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4.35  ·  Rating Details ·  201 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
Renowned artist and architect Maya Lin's visual and verbal sketchbook—a unique view into her artwork and philosophy.

Walking through this parklike area, the memorial appears as a rift in the earth -- a long, polished black stone wall, emerging from and receding into the earth. Approaching the memorial, the ground slopes gently downward, and the low walls emerging on either
Paperback, 224 pages
Published September 12th 2006 by Simon & Schuster (first published 2000)
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Jun 23, 2011 Linda rated it it was amazing
Maya Lin is Chinese-American artist and architect. She completed her studies at Yale University. Maya Lin is best known for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC and the Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery, Alabama. I re-read this book periodically as it gives me a sense of peace. I hope to see her installation, "Storm King Wavefield" near Mountainville, NY this autumn. The photographs of her work give an escape and provide a sense of tranquillity. Her narratives describing the developm ...more
Feb 09, 2013 Gala rated it really liked it
Loved to hear from this engaged and engaging personality about her process, but, strangely, the most enduring bit of information is the way she chose the dimensions of the book itself-- to be somewhere between the size of a book that you carry with you to read on the subway and the size of an art monograph that sits on coffee tables. I found myself thinking about this simple choice the whole time I was reading, and it was a fascinating meditation on the ergonomics of the book form.
Apr 14, 2012 Josh rated it really liked it
I love her words. She designs first with a narrative to describe the character of a project, and from that comes beautful works. It's easy to see that each project is an honest exploration of character rather than an interjection of what the artist or architect would like to see happen. In this way her projects are well rooted, deriving power from their surrounding and history. I can only hope to experience more of her "quiet" spaces in the future.
Apr 28, 2007 Parag rated it it was amazing
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Absolutely breathtaking. If you are an admirer of her work, from the war memorial to the water table commemorating women at Yale, check this out. It's a wonderful, thoughtful retrospective of some of her work. Beautifully done, and quite compelling as she writes about the work as well.
Dec 22, 2009 Wendy rated it it was amazing
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A great mind, creative, humanitarian architect. There is also a wonderful documentary about her: >i
Aug 04, 2009 MJ rated it liked it
Enjoyed reading the story/history/details behind the works....but wished more/better pictures to go along with.
May 01, 2011 Shana rated it it was amazing
Maya Lin makes the most beautiful ideas come to life. This book gives a glimpse into some of her work.
Feb 06, 2016 Carol rated it it was amazing
Excellent artistic view and creation. I would've liked to see improvement to photos in the book
Jun 20, 2013 jw468 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Certain projects should receive more in-depth coverage, otherwise I'd give it five stars.
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Jun 09, 2008 Cheryl Klein rated it it was amazing
Elegant and thought-provoking, just like her art.
Jul 09, 2011 Maya rated it really liked it
so incredibly beautiful...deserves more recognition
Mar 05, 2012 Tim rated it really liked it
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Such a talented designer and a fine writer.
Oct 03, 2007 Jen rated it it was amazing
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I love to read about how others approach their work and Maya Lin's process and design/architecture and thoughts always are compelling and moving.
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A beautiful book about architure, space and how this talented designer imagines environments.
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Maya Ying Lin (Chinese name 林璎, born October 5, 1959) is an American designer and artist who is known for her work in sculpture and landscape art. She came to fame (and is still best known) as the designer of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., and has since continued to pursue a career in art and architecture...

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