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BooKs the Fusion of Architecture and Art The JuDaIc Work of kenneTh TreIsTerr In this rare view of six sacred projects he designed, award-winning architect and artist Ken Treister expressed the importance of uniting architecture and art in his work. His poetic sensibility combines with the vast spread of his creative vision to produce work that will draw its audience to a new level of appreciation for architectural beauty. The book is filled with Laszlo Regos' gorgeous color photographs that allow the reader to share in the beauty of Treister's sacred designs. Beginning with the award-winning Gumenick Chapel at Temple Israel of Greater Miami, Treister sets his mission "to design a building that not only encloses a sacred space but is a total work of art that lifts the human spirit." A stately foyer leads into the contemplative hush of the central chapel where natural light flows in through stunning Belgian-cast glass windows, protecting and guarding the sacred Torah. The space from the menorah to the ark holding the Torah is transforming. No detail is overlooked. Treister's determination to please not only the eye, but to satisfy human longing for a home for our deepest emotions can be seen in his designs. From his original designs to his restoration of Temple Emanu-El's domed sanctuary, Treister feels, "a powerful silence should be sensed, a whisper that you are entering a holy space." From the hand-carved murals at Beth David Congregation and the synagogue at Miami's Jewish Home for the Aged to the University of Florida's Judaica Suite in the Smathers Libraries, visitors are immersed in an architecture of beauty. This new book is the first published survey of the architect's work culminating in his most important project, Miami Beach's Holocaust Memorial. In this work, a 50-foot tall bronze hand and arm stretch toward I believe that we must elevate the simple concept of "beauty" to the highest ideal in the creation of architecture. Historic architecture has always been about beauty, i.e., proportions, balance, light, shadow, humanism, ornamentation and creativity...from the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans and throughout the ages, architecture was basically about one thing, the poetry of building beauty. Kenneth Treister, FAIA the sky with 130 anguished life-size human figures clinging to its skin. One of Ken Treister's favorite terms is Gesamtkunstwerk, a German word meaning "totality of the arts." As explained by Michael A. Vidalis, in an article published in Architectural Review, June 30, 2010, the word literally means "total work of art." It is the notion that all types of art, including painting, music, architecture, literature, etc., can be collated into one interrelated subject, project and study. The use of the term in an architectural context signifies the fact that the architect is responsible for the design and/or overseeing of the building's totality: shell, accessories, furnishings and landscape. It is a notion perfectly expressed in Ken Treister's sacred design projects. ■ Photography by Laszlo Regos Forward by Rabbi Yitz Greenberg Books & Books Press, Coral Gables, 179 pages 28 www.aiafla.org http://www.aiafla.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Florida/Caribbean Architect - Summer 2015

President’s Perspective
Editorial
Legislative Update
My Perspective: The AIA Florida Citizen Architect-in-Residence Program
Mark Hampton, FAIA
South American Restaurants’ Headquarters
Blue Dog Holler
Center for Architecture Sarasota
Walmart to Go
Spotlight: Emerging Professionals/ Patrick Thorpe, Assoc. AIA
Books
Work-in-Progress
Advertisers Index

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