The Yale Building Project The First 40 Years Richard W. Hayes, Robert A. M. Stern

Publication date:
28 Feb 2007
The Yale School of Architecture
272 pages: 279 x 216mm
50 b-w + 250 color illus.
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Conceived by architect Charles W. Moore and begun in the context of social activism and dramatic institutional change during the 1960s, the Yale Building Project has contributed to the education of many of this country’s leading architects, serving as the model for “design-build” programs at universities nationwide. The Yale Building Project: The First 40 Years is the first comprehensive history of this important initiative.
Every year since 1967, graduate students in the Yale School of Architecture have designed and constructed a building for a community–based client. This book documents each of the projects alongside essays that situate the program in its historical context, from students’ journeys to rural Appalachia to build community centers and a health clinic, to pavilions and recreational structures constructed throughout Connecticut, and affordable housing built in New Haven. Describing a program that has had a profound effect on American architectural culture, this book will serve as a valuable resource for architects, historians, students, and community planners.

Richard W. Hayes is an architect and architectural historian. Robert A. M. Stern is Dean and J.M. Hoppin Professor of Architecture at the Yale School of Architecture.

"Each building project is summarized in four to five pages of descriptinve prose and color photographs; there are also interviews with key figures and a lengthy historical account of this unique experiment in the annals of elite higher education. A Who's Who of American architecture over the past half century. Recommended."?Library Journal

"The [Yale Building Project] concept was revolutionary in the formal training of architecture students: they should learn how to construct a building at an early stage of their training and do so, not just through conventional classes, but rather by designing, then constructing, a building themselves?as a team, in an intensive, yearlong exercise. . . . Most of the volume covers the projects themselves, with commentary by current and former students who have found the experience a formative one in their careers. Highly recommended."?Choice

AIGA 50 Books/50 Covers of 2007, Outstanding Design