Visions of Seaside: Foundations / Evolution / Imagination / Built & Unbuilt Architecture, a new 608-page book by Dhiru A. Thadani, is now available in select stores in Seaside. The hard-bound, coffee table book explores important pieces of Seaside’s history, insights and ideas.
“The idea for this book was conceived during my artist residency at Seaside in January 2011,” said Thadani. “Experiencing the town in the company of its founder, as well as among its residents and merchants, I became aware of the numerous projects that had been designed for sites within Seaside but had not been built. I knew of Léon Krier’s prolific drawings for Seaside, but was amazed by the body of work by others. Intrigued, I delved deeper, only to discover a treasure trove of design drawings of extremely high quality.”
Visions of Seaside explores designs of the town that were never constructed and the lessons it offers as an urbanist design. The book offers stunning, unique photographs and insights into the Seaside community from its humble beginnings to its modern development today.
Thadani is an architect and urbanist who has been in practice since 1978. As a design principal and partner for more than 30 years, he has completed projects throughout the world, and continues to provide a broad range of consulting services in architecture and urban design. His professional work has included new and adapted buildings, new developments, neighborhood revitalization, and urban retrofits and infills in addition to being a published author.
The book will be sold exclusively in Seaside until September 3rd. After that date, it will be available on Amazon and at Random House bookstores such as Rizzoli.
Thadani will host a book-signing on July 19th at 6 p.m. at Pizitz Home & Cottage in Seaside, with additional book signings to be announced during the next few weeks.