Individual Architects of the 2oth Century
Homme de Lettres
Paperback ISBN: 1568989806
On his French identity card, legendary architect Le Corbusier listed his profession as "Homme de Lettres" (Man of Letters). Celebrated for his architecture, which numbers fewer than sixty buildings, Le Corbusier also wrote more than fifty books, hundreds of articles, and thousands of letters. Le Corbusier, Homme de Lettres is the first in-depth study of Le Corbusier as a writer as well as an architect. Featuring more than two hundred archival images from Le Corbusier's life and work, this groundbreaking book examines his many writing projects from 1907 to 1947, as well as his letters written to two mentors: Charles L'Eplattenier and William Ritter. In Le Corbusier, Homme de Lettres author M. Christine Boyer focuses on the development of his writing style as it morphed from romantic prose to aphorisms and telegraphic bulletins. For each of his books, Le Corbusier was meticulous about the design of the page layout, the form of the type, the impact of the ideas, and even the promotional material. As a man of letters, Le Corbusier expected to contribute to the cultural atmosphere of the twentieth century. Le Corbusier, Homme de Lettres shows for the first time how his voluminous output books, diaries, letters, sketchbooks, travel notebooks, lecture transcriptions, exposition catalogs, journal articles reflects not just a compulsion to write, but a passion for advancing his ideas about the relationship between architecture, urbanism, and society in a new machine age.
Hardcover ISBN: 161689265x
"Saarinen Houses presents seventeen of the houses designed by the iconic father-son architects. Including original drawings and archival photos, as well as a wealth of newly taken photographs, the book highlights both the commonalities and differences inthe two architects' works. From Eliel Saarinen's early-twentieth-century Villa Pulkanranta, an eclectic mix of local Finnish design traditions and international influences, to Eliel's famous Art-Deco house at Cranbrook, to the duo's collaborative Koebel House, with its strong, horizontal exterior, to Eero's Miller House, one of the most significant examples of modern domestic architecture in the United States, Eliel and Eero Saarinen: Houses shows how the development of new interests and techniques became manifest in the design of these residences. Regardless of style, all of these buildings are based in the Saarinens' belief in architecture as as a total work of art--that a building must be designed both inside and out and be seen in relation to the landscape it sits in. All of the houses have carefully designed interior and blend and merge into their surroundings in a natural manner, rewarding their inhabitants with exciting views, inviting nooks, comfortable chairs to sit in, and rooms heated with fireplaces. As these pages show, both architects were extremely skilled at creating a balanced domestic environment through harmoniously designed rooms and carefully considered details"--
Toshiko Mori Architect
Hardcover ISBN: 158093191x
Founded in New York City in 1981, Toshiko Mori Architect is known for using both new and traditional materials and for integrating architecture with light and landscape. This monograph, the first on the practice, includes more than twenty-five residential, cultural, institutional, and commercial projects. The firm has designed private houses in Maine, New York, and Florida, including additions to modern residences by Paul Rudolph and Marcel Breuer. In addition, Toshiko Mori Architect specializes in exhibition designs, notably various installations of textiles and other materials at the Museum of Modern Art and the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum.
The Life and Work of Frank Gehry
Hardcover ISBN: 0307701530
"From one of our foremost architectural writers: an engaging, brilliant exploration of the life and work of the most famous architect of our time, and one of the few architects ever to be widely admired by both critics and the general public.This first full-fledged critical biography of Frank Gehry presents and evaluates the work of a man whom fifty architects, critics, and historians assembled by Vanity Fair designated "the most important architect in the world." It discusses at length his major buildings: from his own house--an "exploded" Dutch Colonial in Santa Monica--to the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, which has almost single-handedly transformed contemporary architecture. It considers the work in light of Gehry's personal life: the influence of hisimmigrant grandparents, his two marriages, his close relationships to an unusual circle of celebrated clients and friends, his longtime therapist. It analyzes his carefully created "aw, shucks" persona and the intense ambition it masks; examines Gehry's anxieties about fame and how his "outsider" status as a Los Angeles architect allowed him to experiment in useful ways; and finally discusses how he thinks about and employs technology to change not just the way a building can look but the way architecture itself is practiced"--
Figures and Configurations, Projects and Buildings, 1986-1988
Paperback ISBN: 0847809382
Illustrates many of the Portuguese architect's projects in West Berlin, Portugal, Salzburg, and The Hague
Some sunning to wraps. Previous owner's Ex Libris embossed stamp on ffep. Nice copy overall.
Behind the Iron Curtain
Confession of a Soviet Architect
Paperback ISBN: 3869223596
The prominent architect Felix Novikov was born in 1927, when the famous Constructivist Konstantin Melnikov was at the peak of his career. Novikov tells the dramatic story of Soviet architecture, portraying the conditions he worked in and how he collaborated with the government and other participants during the creative process. He further explains how Soviet design and planning institutes were organized with reference to the Union of the Architects of the USSR and describes the creative ideals of his generation of architects, who are today identified as Soviet Modernists. As a time witness, his memories cannot be recounted in their whole complexity by historians. Novikov also describes some of the conditions that affected his own creative fate and that of others. This book reflects the characteristics of Soviet life and its connections to architects
Architecture and the Tradition of Progress
Hardcover ISBN: 1907317147
Berthold Lubetkin: Architecture and the tradition of progress was originally published in 1992 by RIBA Publications and is widely regarded as the definitive account of the life and works of Berthold Lubetkin (1901 - 1990), Britain’s leading Modernist architect. In 1982, at the age of 81, he was awarded the RIBA Royal Gold Medal for Architecture and he is believed to have more listed buildings to his credit than any other twentieth century architect in Britain. Lubetkin’s prime years in practice were during the 1930s, with his pioneering work leading the Modern Movement in Britain. He continued to have a prolific output in the post-war years. An exhibition of Modern Architecture in England at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in the 1930s established Lubetkin as a celebrated figure in the US and his name still carries that legendary status. Following a 20-year friendship, author and architect John Allan documents unpublished drawings, photographs, and extracts of writing in this richly illustrated study. Allan sets Lubetkin’s work in the wider historical, social and political environment of the time. From his early work in Paris in the 1920s, when he was acquainted with renowned architects such as August Perret and Le Corbusier through to the work of his practice Tecton, the book provides a comprehensive account of his landmark buildings for London Zoo, Finsbury Borough Council and the famous Highpoint apartments. His post-war work, including the troubled project to build Peterlee New Town, is also fully covered. In addition to his outstanding architectural achievement, Lubetkin’s life provides much speculation, this book reveals the man behind the architecture: a survivor of the Russian Revolution, European traveler, social commentator and intellectual in Europe during the 1920s associating with leading figures of the avant-garde and a committed social activist in Britain throughout the twentieth century. Lubetkin’s name, achievements and prestige continue to feature in international discourse on architecture and the Modern Movement. This updated and comprehensive study is an essential book for students of architecture and the modern period, practitioners of architecture and design alike, as well as anyone with an interest in one of the great figures in twentieth century architecture.