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Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future is accompanied by an illustrated catalog that addresses the same themes and follows the same framework as the exhibition, with sections devoted to building types and the architect’s milieu.

The publication comprises approximately 65,000 words of text and 450 illustrations, of which approximately a quarter is in color. An opening essay written by co-editors Donald Albrecht and Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen introduces the themes of the book, which is composed of two main sections, an annotated chronology, selected Saarinen writings, and appreciations by former collaborators. In the first section, titled Reframing Saarinen, seven interpretive essays by a team of researchers and scholars situate Saarinen and his work in his social, intellectual, and artistic milieu. The second section of the book offers the most complete portfolio of Saarinen projects to date presenting a chronological survey of more than one hundred projects. In addition, the portfolio features eleven short essays that discuss individual projects and building types. A detailed narrative chronology of the life and career of Saarinen draws on a multitude of sources, from interviews to private datebooks and letters, tracing diverse personal and professional aspects of the architect’s life. Finally, there is a selection of writings by Eero Saarinen, as well as a transcript of a panel discussion with former colleagues Cesar Pelli, Kevin Roche, Harold Roth, and Robert Venturi, moderated by Robert A. M. Stern. The catalog is published by Yale University Press.

Publication Editors

Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen, Assistant Professor, Yale School of Architecture
Donald Albrecht, Independent Curator, Curator of Architecture and Design at the Museum of the City of New York

Publication Authors

Donald Albrecht, Independent Curator, Curator of Architecture and Design at the Museum of the City of New York
Mark Coir, Director of Cranbrook Archives and Cultural Properties
Rosamond Fletcher, Master of Environmental Design, Yale School of Architecture
Sandy Isenstadt, Assistant Professor, Department of Art History at Yale University
Sean Khorsandi, Master of Architecture, Yale School of Architecture
Alexandra Lange, PhD, Institute of Fine Arts at New York University
Hélène Lipstadt, Research Affiliate in the History, Theory and Criticism Section at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Brian Lutz, US Market Manager, Lammhults Ab
Reinhold Martin, Associate Professor, School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University
Thomas Mellins, Curator of Special Exhibitions at the Museum of the City of New York
Will Miller, Chairman and CEO of Irwin Financial Corporation of Columbus, Indiana
Christopher Monkhouse, Curator of Architecture, Design, Decorative Arts, Craft and Sculpture, The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Jennifer Komar Olivarez, Associate Curator at The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen, Assistant Professor, Yale School of Architecture
Alan J. Plattus, Professor of Architecture and Urbanism at Yale School of Architecture
Michael Rey, Master of Architecture, Yale School of Architecture
Susanna Santala, Doctoral Candidate, Department of Art History, Helsinki University
Vincent Scully, Sterling Professor Emeritus of the History of Art, Yale University
Timo Tuomi, Director of Research, Museum of Finnish Architecture

Panel Discussion with former Collaborators

Cesar Pelli
Kevin Roche
Harold Roth
Robert Venturi
Robert A. M. Stern, Moderator

Content Editing

Diana Murphy, Editor
Claudia De Palma, Assistant to the Editor

Graphic Design

Michael Bierut, Partner, Pentagram
Jena Sher, Graphic Designer, Pentagram

Line Drawings

Janice Carapellucci, Principal, Carapellucci Design

Yale University Press

Patricia Fidler, Publisher, Art and Architecture
Michelle Komie, Editor, Art and Architecture
Philip King, Senior Manuscript Editor