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Before & After 2002: An Abridged Campus Archive Documenting the Tenure of Ren Levy | Lead Book Designers at Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Spring 2013

Deborah and Sofia Balters worked under the guidance of Elizabeth Diller to design and produce a tome documenting the evolution of the Lincoln Center campus over the last six decades. It was presented as a gift to Lincoln Center’s departing president, Reynold Levy in 2013.

The book measures 7” by 10.5” large and 8” thick, weighs 18 lbs, and contains 2424 hand-bound pages of visual and written content. Its 24 chapters portray physical and ephemeral transitions that occurred on campus, documenting ‘Before and After’ Ren. ‘Before’ records a memory of the original construction at Lincoln Center and documents the campus’ inception and evolution up until Ren’s appointment as president. These pages are creme colored, serif fonted and demure. The ‘After’ section breaks from the architectural archive and is glossy, colored and dynamic. Images jump across each page; content sections are experiential. The dense volume demonstrates the impact DS+R’s renovation, and Reynold Levy’s tenure, had on Lincoln Center.


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Deborah Balters / BA in Architecture, 2007 / M.Arch 2011 + Sofia Balters / BA in Architecture, 2010