Author Peter Lagomarsino Reveals the Light and Shadows of Architecture

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New book takes the readers into an aesthetic journey through the American landscape.

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Having practiced architecture for over 20 years, author Peter Lagomarsino has a unique perspective into the urban components of the built environment and a valuable visual assessment of their aesthetic value. In his new publication, Urban Forms as Art Volume 1, he embarks into an aesthetic journey through the American landscape, focusing on the component details of the urban community, some of which were accidental.

In this first volume of the book, The Visual Survey of the American Fire Escape, he shows an interesting physical form in urban vocabulary by visiting the fire escapes from twelve American cities in different regions. Specifically, it is a survey of a component which is really an architectural afterthought.

According to Lagomarsino, civil and industrial leaders placed more value on their own business in the construction of industrial spaces, than the lives of the many workers inside their capitalist machine, leaving legislators to come to the rescue with an external architectural solution. This iconic form is glorified with scenes in movies, but their everyday existence is to hang there as lonely as the wealthy industrialist’s that initially omitted them. They speak of being the savior in an impending doom, and do so in shadows of light and mirrored reflections seen in complex overlapping Cartesian coordinates, like angels to carry the people to safety.

This book shows the beauty of a dying and unique American architecture. The images highlights the fire escape as eerily frozen in time like they are from cold war East Berlin, waiting for their removal by a follow on urban renewal that may never come. And yet very few architectural forms exhibit this much soliloquy of repetition and rhythm that is so involved with the hieratic form of a life safety function. They are ironic and speak of human condition.

Urban Forms as Art Volume 1 is a truly enlightening book that does not only focus on the aesthetic value of architecture, but also brings to light the touch of humanity behind the structures and their forms.

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About the Author
Peter Lagomarsino, a Principal Architect at Neptune Design Group in Scottsdale Arizona, has practiced Architecture for over twenty years. He’s the author of “Confessions in a Crown Vic” and a critique of the American “Dream” and the story of what really happened in development this last century. He is an avid photographer of architecture with over thirty six years behind the camera. He also paints acrylic on canvas for art sales and commissioned work. He has Bachelors of Arts in Architecture from the University of New Mexico, a Masters of Architecture from Clemson University and is LEED Accredited. Part of his Masters, was at the Charles E. Daniels Center for Urban Design at Clemson’s Villa in Genoa Italy where he traveled extensively in Europe, Greece, and the Middle East capturing over six thousand images on slide medium.
Urban Forms As Art Volume 1 * by Peter Lagomarsino
The Visual Survey Of The Fire Escape
Publication Date: March 4, 2013
Picture Book; $41.99; 72 pages; 978-1-4797-9060-9
Picture Book Hardcover; $51.99; 72 pages; 978-1-4797-9061-6
E-Book; $3.99; 978-1-4797-9062-3

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