What others are saying about Native Places
“Native Places provides a reflective pause in my busy day to consider the humanity of buildings and places. I find my sense of hope and possibility renewed in these simple, evocative drawings and the wisdom that accompanies them.” – Marlon Blackwell, FAIA, Marlon Blackwell Architect, Fayetteville, Arkansas
“Every morning I look forward to the surprise of the unscheduled dispatch from North Carolina’s Frank Harmon reminding us in brilliant thoughtful, quiet meditation our unbelievable luck to be alive and to think. A masterful legacy on all levels.” – Tom Kundig, FAIA, Olson Kundig Architects, Seattle, Washington
“Native Places…has afforded me happy pleasures, different from any that I have before derived from a book. It is unusual in many ways, one of which is that it defies strict classification. It is a sketch book, a memoir, travel journal, aesthetic experiment, a collection of small familiar esas, and maybe in some respects even a manifesto.” –– Fred Chappell, poet, author, and former North Carolina poet laureate.
“Native Places is a delightful book, destined to change how we see this world.” – J. Michael Welton, architecture critic, News & Observer, Raleigh, North Carolina
“In Native Places: Drawing as A Way To See, renowned architect Frank Harmon offers us from his daily sketchbook a gallery of unexpected beauties.
Luminous ink and watercolor drawings and meditations crafted with a poet’s gift for language take us to places as varied as a rural barn in east Tennessee, the Lawn at the University of Virginia, a pub in London, a back porch in Eastern North Carolina, the view from Van Gogh’s window at St. Remy, a trailer park brightened by a clump of iris.
Frank Harmon has designed many important and beautiful buildings. Here is a work of his art you can hold in your hands. Enlightening and joyous, Native Places takes us into and beyond what Harmon calls the broken places of the world and gives the reader a new way to see.” – Angela Davis-Gardner, author of the novels Forms of Shelter, Plum Wine, Felice, and Butterfly’s Child.