Book Signing with David Sokol

Saturday, Sep 8
1 – 2 PM

Benenson Visitors Center


Book signing with David Sokol author of Hudson Modern: Residential Landscapes

Hudson Modern showcases stunning new houses in the Hudson River Valley that embrace the dramatic settings and cultural bounty of this popular region. As the birthplace of American landscape painting, the Hudson River Valley has long been a refuge from the city and a laboratory for new aesthetic expression. Today, thanks to its ascendant reputation as a weekend utopia, architects are extending that tradition into the built environment. Designing residences that revere local climate, landscape, and history in a distinctly modernist language, these talents are sowing a new Hudson River school of architectural thought.

Hudson Modern surveys this emerging domestic architecture, featuring nearly twenty houses that integrate with site and region through composition, scale, and materials, an d which strike a balance between innovation and rootedness. Author David Sokol presents these and numerous other examples of design-forward residences that are responsive to terrain, building vernacular, and cultural legacy. Together, the new Hudson Valley houses point a way forward for rural living in the twenty-first century.


In Hudson Modern: Residential Landscapes David Sokol highlights 18 homes in the Hudson River Valley of New York, revealing how the bucolic region that inspired landscape painters now supports forward-thinking design. For the LM Guest House in Dutchess County, for instance, Katherine Chia and Arjun Desai created a wood-paneled master bedroom that practically seems to levitate within the foliage, while Robert Siegel designed his House 432 in Katonah with a rooftop courtyard that resembles a living room with the ceiling sliced clean off—a novel way to watch the seasons change.” —The New York Times

“A peek into the most beautiful modernist residences that dot the region—proof that architects like Steven Holl, Kiernan Timberlake, and Joel Sanders are just as likely as the artists to fall prey to the charms of this unique region.” —Galerie

“As a whole, this book shows us something very different than similar publications: 18 recent designs that are relatively unpretentious, all highly respectful of their environment, and without a McMansion in sight.” —Interior Design

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