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"Name any city that has seen explosive growth in the past century—Tokyo, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, Jakarta, Bangkok, Seoul, Kuala Lumpur—and he's had a hand in the making of its skyline. Name any 'old world' financial metropolis—New York, London, Frankfurt—and he's had a hand in designing its skyline, too.” ( Juan Sebastian Pinto for Forbes.com) In a series of fas "Name any city that has seen explosive growth in the past century—Tokyo, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, Jakarta, Bangkok, Seoul, Kuala Lumpur—and he's had a hand in the making of its skyline. Name any 'old world' financial metropolis—New York, London, Frankfurt—and he's had a hand in designing its skyline, too.” ( Juan Sebastian Pinto for Forbes.com) In a series of fascinating tales, Gene Kohn explains how he helped build one of the most successful architecture firms in the world, offering inspiring lessons on business leadership and design innovation that can be applied to many fields. Founded on July 4, 1976, Kohn Pedersen Fox quickly became a darling of the architectural press with groundbreaking buildings such as the headquarters for the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, 333 Wacker Drive in Chicago, the Procter & Gamble headquarters in Cincinnati, and the World Bank Headquarters in Washington, DC. By the early 1990s, when most architecture firms in the U.S. were struggling to survive a major recession, KPF was busy with significant buildings in London, Germany, Canada, Japan, Korea, and Indonesia—pioneering a model of global practice that has influenced architecture, design, and creative-services firms ever since. Like any other business, though, KPF has stumbled along the way and wrestled with crises. But through it all, it has remained innovative in a field that changes all the time and often favors the newest star on the horizon. Now in its fifth decade, the firm has shaped skylines and cities around the world with iconic buildings such as the World Financial Center in Shanghai, Roppongi Hills in Tokyo, the International Commerce Centre in Hong Kong, the DZ Bank Tower in Frankfurt, the Heron Tower in London, and Hudson Yards in New York. Forthright and engaging, Kohn examines both award-winning achievements and missteps in his 50-year career in architecture. In the process, he shows how his firm, KPF, has helped change the buildings and cities where we live, work, learn, and play.


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"Name any city that has seen explosive growth in the past century—Tokyo, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, Jakarta, Bangkok, Seoul, Kuala Lumpur—and he's had a hand in the making of its skyline. Name any 'old world' financial metropolis—New York, London, Frankfurt—and he's had a hand in designing its skyline, too.” ( Juan Sebastian Pinto for Forbes.com) In a series of fas "Name any city that has seen explosive growth in the past century—Tokyo, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, Jakarta, Bangkok, Seoul, Kuala Lumpur—and he's had a hand in the making of its skyline. Name any 'old world' financial metropolis—New York, London, Frankfurt—and he's had a hand in designing its skyline, too.” ( Juan Sebastian Pinto for Forbes.com) In a series of fascinating tales, Gene Kohn explains how he helped build one of the most successful architecture firms in the world, offering inspiring lessons on business leadership and design innovation that can be applied to many fields. Founded on July 4, 1976, Kohn Pedersen Fox quickly became a darling of the architectural press with groundbreaking buildings such as the headquarters for the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, 333 Wacker Drive in Chicago, the Procter & Gamble headquarters in Cincinnati, and the World Bank Headquarters in Washington, DC. By the early 1990s, when most architecture firms in the U.S. were struggling to survive a major recession, KPF was busy with significant buildings in London, Germany, Canada, Japan, Korea, and Indonesia—pioneering a model of global practice that has influenced architecture, design, and creative-services firms ever since. Like any other business, though, KPF has stumbled along the way and wrestled with crises. But through it all, it has remained innovative in a field that changes all the time and often favors the newest star on the horizon. Now in its fifth decade, the firm has shaped skylines and cities around the world with iconic buildings such as the World Financial Center in Shanghai, Roppongi Hills in Tokyo, the International Commerce Centre in Hong Kong, the DZ Bank Tower in Frankfurt, the Heron Tower in London, and Hudson Yards in New York. Forthright and engaging, Kohn examines both award-winning achievements and missteps in his 50-year career in architecture. In the process, he shows how his firm, KPF, has helped change the buildings and cities where we live, work, learn, and play.

44 review for The World by Design: The Story of a Global Architecture Firm

  1. 4 out of 5

    Natasha

    I received this book as a part of a Goodreads Giveaway. This book was such a smooth and entertaining read. I also want to give kudos to the aesthetic of the book, which makes the ride so much better, in my opinion. The cover of the book is simple, yet vibrant and enticing. To the touch, the texture of the cover is very nice, as are the actual pages of the book. The material the pages are made out of is somehow different than what you usually find in books, perhaps because of the color photos tha I received this book as a part of a Goodreads Giveaway. This book was such a smooth and entertaining read. I also want to give kudos to the aesthetic of the book, which makes the ride so much better, in my opinion. The cover of the book is simple, yet vibrant and enticing. To the touch, the texture of the cover is very nice, as are the actual pages of the book. The material the pages are made out of is somehow different than what you usually find in books, perhaps because of the color photos that graced the pages. I love it when an autobiographies include pictures for the reader to reference to, it really impacts and enhances the storytelling. If I where to write an autobiography of my life, I would model it after this book, 100%. The actual writing is wonderful and makes this read a pleasant one. The story he tells is unique and exciting, but very informative and wise. This man has had quite the life and I was very happy to get a peek at it. I recommend this book.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jayne Gerdeman Homsher

    Quite interesting read to me as I enjoy city design and skyscraper design as I have traveled over my work years. I also have family that work in architecture and retail design. All the stories of building his business and especially the stories on working with the richest man in building his work and property needs overseas was so very interesting. I have read this book cover to cover and enjoyed learning his business development aspects as he built his firm and its reputation over time. This bo Quite interesting read to me as I enjoy city design and skyscraper design as I have traveled over my work years. I also have family that work in architecture and retail design. All the stories of building his business and especially the stories on working with the richest man in building his work and property needs overseas was so very interesting. I have read this book cover to cover and enjoyed learning his business development aspects as he built his firm and its reputation over time. This book is a must read for those that want to work in architecture and design as well as consulting work. I wish there had been more photographs in this book and the book would really be fantastic even more with lots of photos highlighting his design ideas in buildings they have completed.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Susan Csoke

    This is a fascinating intellectual read. Kohn is a genius when it comes to redefining cities around the globe. Lovely color photos. A coffee table book for sure. Thankyou Goodreads for this free book.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Shawna

    I found this book very interesting, I enjoyed learning about architecture and loved the pictures as you went.

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    Steven Ridgely

    Great book.

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    Excellent book!!!

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