“There are few things in life more gratifying than owning an impressive, well-curated collection of glossy coffee-table books,” says writer Daniel Renfrow stating that the dilemma is always which coffee book takes top stack status. His solution? To go local with two new coffee-table books, create two stacks and give them both top stack status. The books, each from disparate Houston architecture firms include PDR’s Collisions and Curtis & Windham’s A Vision of Place.
In beautiful new books, architecture firms tout different visions for a fast-changing Houston — living in classic style, and working with modern vitality. - Daniel Renfrow
The article refers to Collisions saying it “chronicles impressive recent design feats, while laying out in poetic prose the science behind its progressive, in-demand approach.” “The secret to innovation, says PDR President Lauri Goodman Lampson, is to create a compelling workplace environment that facilitates the serendipitous colliding, interaction and collaboration of employees. We’re in a transformative period right now in work, where almost everything we know is shifting from this idea of hierarchy and isolation, and the focus now is getting people together across all hierarchies, disciplines and departments. We’ve flattened the hierarchy, and now it’s all about transparency and the ability to interact and to integrate. In order for organizations to figure out how to thrive in today’s ever-changing, fast-paced, technological world, Lampson says people need workplace environments that create opportunities for them to communicate openly and share ideas. PDR facilitates these environments by focusing on three essential components: connection to nature, collegiality and urbanness, which they define as the density of human energy,” quotes Renfrow.
Curtis & Windham’s book, which focuses on creating timeless and elegant residences including mansions in River Oaks, country houses in Texas and their Inverness House. “Also picture are some of Curtis & Windham’s civic projects, such as a stately dining hall recently designed for Houston’s St. John’s School, and an airy Catholic church built in Jefferson, Texas.
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