Portman’s America & Other Speculations takes an unconventional and speculative approach towards the understanding of the work of one of the world’s most creative, controversial, daring, and prolific architects, John Portman. Combining the talents of an architect, artist and developer, he was able to embark on a series of large-scale building projects – megastructures – that radically redefined the relationship of architecture to the city and its citizens.
Portman’s own voice and ideas complement the contributions of others, including new photographs by Iwan Baan, to present a more complex and nuanced reading of both the architect and his architecture. Finally, the repertoire of Portman’s buildings is analyzed in meticulous detail and used by a group of students from the Harvard Graduate School of Design as a catalyst for a host of divergent and new architectural speculations.
“the text is engaging on its own, yet it yields ground to stunning photography by Andreas Gursky, Jordi Bernadó, and Iwan Baan”
Edited by Mohsen Mostafavi, co-published by Harvard University Graduate School of Design
With photographs by Iwan Baan
Design: Integral Lars Müller