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Aplix: Dominique Perrault, Architect, Andre Morin, Photographer
Dominique Perrault, Architect, Andre Morin, Photographer
Hardcover      ISBN: 3907078136
Architecture, Industry and Innovation: The Work of Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners
Architecture, Industry and Innovation
The Work of Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners
Paperback      ISBN: 0714839345

Nicholas Grimshaw is one of the pre-eminent figures of the British architectural scene. alongside Lord Norman Foster and Lord Richard Rogers he is a leading light of the high-tech movement, responsible for some of the outstanding buildings of the last decade. The period 1965-1988, which is covered in this volume of his work, established his reputation worldwide as a master architect of great subtlety.

Fallingwater: Frank Lloyd Wright's Romance with Nature
Frank Lloyd Wright's Romance with Nature
Hardcover      ISBN: 0789300729

Frank Lloyd Wright was once asked if he went to church. He responded that his church was Nature with a capital N. A reverence for nature permeated Wright's work from the beginning. The sun, trees, stones, and water were elements of the natural world that Wright studied and ultimately incorporated into his style of organic architecture.

Fallingwater--Wright's masterwork--is considered his sublime integration of building and nature. Deep in the lush Pennsylvania forest, Fallingwater rises as a testament to Wright's genius. Nowhere else is his architecture felt so warmly or appreciated so intuitively.

Wright's deep understanding of nature and man's place in nature is presented through this architectural icon. An abundance of beautiful photographs of Fallingwater, elegantly framed by its dramatic natural setting, illuminates the naturally inspired features of Wright's masterpiece. Wright authority Lynda S. Waggoner's introduction--along with excerpts from Wright's observations of nature and quotes from philsophers such as Emerson and Thoreau, who profoundly influenced Wright's thinking--reveals how this legendary twentieth-century architect made the natural world a central element in his revolutionary approach to architecture.

Frank Lloyd Wright
Frank Lloyd Wright
Hardcover      ISBN: 0670033421

From the way we build to the way we live, Frank Lloyd Wright's influence on American architecture is visible all around us. Now, Ada Louise Huxtable, the Pulitzer Prize- winning architecture writer for "The Wall Street Journal"?and chief architecture critic for "The New York Times" for nearly twenty years?offers an outstanding look at the architect and the man. She explores the sources of his tumultuous and troubled life and his long career as master builder as well as his search for lasting, true love. Along the way, Huxtable introduces readers to Wright's masterpieces: Taliesin, rebuilt after tragedy and murder; the Imperial Hotel, one of the few structures left standing after Japan's catastrophic 1923 earthquake; and tranquil Fallingwater, to which millions have traveled to experience its quiet grace. Through the journey, Huxtable takes us not only into the mind of the man who drew the blueprints, but also into the very heart of the medium, which he changed forever. A story of great triumph and heartbreak, "Frank Lloyd Wright" is, like Wright's own creations, an expertly wrought tribute to a man whose genius lives on in the very landscape of American architecture.

Cass Gilbert Abroad: The Young Architect's European Tour
Cass Gilbert Abroad
The Young Architect's European Tour
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 1890434515

Cass Gilbert's illustrious architectural career dawned in his twentieth year, not with an American building but with a sheaf of European sketches. In 1880 he crossed the Atlantic with high hopes but only the vaguest prospect of work, either abroad or on his return. Armed with pencil, pen, and watercolor brushes, Gilbert visually raided the cities and countrysides of England, Italy, and France for their architectural wonders, their scenery, and anything else that served his fascination with the monumental and the picturesque. He returned home bitterly disappointed at not finding a position in England; but the spoils he brought back with him -- a matchless portfolio of studies and sketches -- earned him entrie into one of the foremost architectural offices in the country and served as the foundation for a long and fruitful career. It is only fitting that these earliest glimmerings of his talent, strong enough even then to win acclaim among his peers in New York and Paris, should at last be brought into the light.Cass Gilbert Abroad combines the fledgling architect's drawings and watercolor sketches from his European tour with letters he wrote home to his mother and to his closest friend and architectural confidant, Clarence Johnston.

Many Masks: A Life of Frank Lloyd Wright
Many Masks
A Life of Frank Lloyd Wright
Hardcover      ISBN: 0399132325

The author profiles the professional achievements and flamboyant personal life of his long-time friend and preeminent American architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

Mario Campi: Architekturen Und Entwurfe : Architectures and Architectural Design
Mario Campi
Architekturen Und Entwurfe : Architectures and Architectural Design
Hardcover      ISBN: 3764364432

Mario Campi (*1936 in ZA1/4rich) erAffnete, nach seinem Studium an der ETH ZA1/4rich, bereits 1962 ein eigenes ArchitekturbA1/4ro in Lugano. Von 1977 bis 1984 A1/4bte Campi eine intensive LehrtAtigkeit an amerikanischen Hochschulen aus (u.a. Cornell und Harvard), seit 1985 ist er Professor an der ETH. Campis formstreng und elegant komponierte GebAude, in schApferischer FortfA1/4hrung des italienischen Rationalismus, zeichnen sich aus durch eine Reduktion auf das Wesentliche. Bauten, die, bei aller FunktionalitAt und ZeitgemAAheit, einen faszinierenden Geist klassischer Heiterkeit ausstrahlen. Diese Monografie gibt einen qualifizierten und detaillierten Aoeberblick A1/4ber die Projekte und Bauten der letzten Jahre - darunter die Wohnbauten in Lugano sowie die soeben vollendeten Chemie-Neubauten fA1/4r die ETH in ZA1/4rich - und bringt zudem Mario Campis fruchtbaren analytischen Ansatz in Lehre und Praxis zur Darstellung.

A Clearing in the Distance: Frederick Law Olmsted and America in the 19th Century
A Clearing in the Distance
Frederick Law Olmsted and America in the 19th Century
Paperback      ISBN: 0684865750

In a brilliant collaboration between writer and subject, Witold Rybczynski, the bestselling author of Now I Sit Me Down, illuminates Frederick Law Olmsted's role as a major cultural figure at the epicenter of nineteenth-century American history.

We know Olmsted through the physical legacy of his stunning landscapes--among them, New York's Central Park, California's Stanford University campus, and Boston's Back Bay Fens. But Olmsted's contemporaries knew a man of even more extraordinarily diverse talents. Born in 1822, he traveled to China on a merchant ship at the age of twenty-one. He cofounded The Nation magazine and was an early voice against slavery. He managed California's largest gold mine and, during the Civil War, served as the executive secretary to the United States Sanitary Commission, the precursor of the Red Cross.

Rybczynski's passion for his subject and his understanding of Olmsted's immense complexity and accomplishments make his book a triumphant work. In A Clearing in the Distance, the story of a great nineteenth-century American becomes an intellectual adventure.
Ferruccio Vitale: Landscape Architect of the Country Place Era
Ferruccio Vitale
Landscape Architect of the Country Place Era
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 1568982909

Ferruccio Vitale is America's forgotten landscape architect. Though his works like Skylands and Longwood Gardens are well known, his name has been eclipsed by his contemporary, Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. Yet Vitale's influence on the modern direction of landscape design and his promotion of it as a profession is arguably more significant than Olmsted's. His unique designs and philosophy, which challenged the then-dominant pictorial mode of landscape architecture, influenced generations of followers, and is still felt today. Vitale (1875-1933) developed his rationale designs, based on the principles of composition from the fine arts and architecture, in both civic commissions and, most notably, at the country estates of captains of industry and finance. He introduced an idealized and abstracted type of formal design that created beautiful spaces, structured large sites, and reflected informal and relaxed plant compositions. Ferruccio Vitale tours over 40 of his masterworks, photographed by some of the best landscape photographers of the time, including Samuel Gottscho. It recounts the compelling story of a life in the early twentieth century, influenced by immigrant dreams, social clubs, and professional connections, and its culmination in some of the greatest landscapes of the 20th century.

In the Nature of Materials, 1887-1941: The Buildings of Frank Lloyd Wright
In the Nature of Materials, 1887-1941
The Buildings of Frank Lloyd Wright
Paperback      ISBN: 0306800195

This is the definitive study of Frank Lloyd Wright and his work, an eloquent summation of an outstanding career that spanned nearly seventy years of American architectural history. Writing with warmth and penetrating intelligence, Henry-Russell Hitchcock, America's leading architectural expert, explores Wright's distinctive approach to the design and construction of homes, civic centers, housing projects, country clubs, and office buildings--emphasizing throughout Wright's skillful use of materials to create harmony between structure and environment.Hitchcock covers each of the major phases in Wright's first fifty years as an architect: the apprenticeship with J.L. Selsbee; the movement toward maturity with "Lieber Meister" Sullivan, and the links with Richardson, the "prairie" architecture of the early 1900s and the non-domestic work of the same period which exerted so great an influence upon the development of modern European architecture; the textile block housing and cantilevered skyscraper projects of the early '20s; the creative hiatus of the late '20s and early '30s; and the projects of the Depression years, interrupted in 1942 by World War II.More than 400 illustrations are presented in chronological order in a format Wright himself designed, revealing an endless assortment of shapes, materials and structural ornament that indicate the scope and focus of Wright's genius. Accompanying the photographs, plans, and perspectives is Hitchcock's perceptive commentary, linking each building to a particular phase in Wright's development and showing how in each case the architect forged the elements of materials, mass, space, and ornament into a powerful visual statement.Hitchcock also contributes a list of the architect's completed projects through 1941, and, in a new foreword specially prepared for this Da Capo edition, assesses Wright's major projects during the last two decades of his life.