What others are saying about Native Places: Drawing as a Way to See
“I first saw the sketches and read the essays in this volume and many more, by visiting his website, nativeplaces.org. For those who love drawing, seek enlightenment and inspiration from the things they may pass by every day, and perhaps want to capture them in their own sketchbooks, I give Native Places my highest recommendation.” —Charles Linn, FAIA, Amazon Customer Review
“Like a child picking up fistfuls of seemingly commonplace stones, Harmon gathers places in all their forms and meanings and thoughtfully lays them in his book, where the ordinary becomes extraordinary and everyday life takes on a new texture and meaning.” –– Eleanor Spicer Rice, Ph.D
“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
“As subjects of this architect’s drawings and commentary, ordinary objects take on extraordinary presence: chairs, mailboxes, a screened door, windows, porches, steps, columns, balconies are rendered with a spirit of the place and the people who have used them, sometimes over many decades. Harmon’s drawings are a way to see the human dimension present in all architecture.” — Michael J. Crosbie, Ph.D, FAIA, for Common\Edge.org
“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