Bernard Tschumi is often touted as one of the world's best modern architects. The architect achieved early fame by winning the competition to design the Parc de la Villette, a 125-acre, $300-million public park on the northeast edge of Paris that featured bright red deconstructivist pavilions. Tschumi is widely credited with leading Columbia's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation into the digital revolution and in the process positioning the school at the forefront of the architectural vanguard. During his fifteen-year tenure, Tschumi continued to build and the results are amply illustrated in this new monograph, the first to document Tschumi's full career. Projects included: Le Fresnoy National Studio for Contemporary Arts in Tourcoing, France (1998); Columbia University's Lerner Hall Student Center (1999); Marne La Vallee School of Architecture, Paris (1999); the Interface Flon, a bus, train, and subway station and pedestrian bridge in Lausanne, Switzerland (2000); a Concert Hall and Exhibition Complex in Rouen (2001); the new Florida International School of Architecture in Miami; the Museum for African Art in New York; and the New Acropolis Museum in Athens.
In 'Anybody home?', Pierre Zoelly takes a hard look at work he has done over the last three decades to ponder the question: How well have his houses fulfilled the promise to be what they set out to be? Has the architect, in attempting to accomodate individual client wishes, created spaces in which the residents can develop and thrive? Or have these private spheres become constricting and prison-like? Did plans go sour once they were turned into built reality?
Drawing on 7 examples of single-family dwellings built in Switzerland and the United States, Zoelly confronts, head-on, an architect's good intentions with the actual experiences of the people who were to live in his finished products. The homeowners' perception of life 'at home' is juxtaposed with photographs that capture their lifestyles from the visitor's-eye view. The result is a finely-tuned, self-critical account of the kind all too rarely carried out by architects today.
Most books about architecture and urban environments give the impression that the world is a flat place inhabited by very rich countries and very poor countries. More complex physical and geographical realities exits, however, as well as places with middling economies. In this book, architect Eduard Bru discusses some of these places, many of which are found in southern Europe, and through them he reflects on the present and the immediate future of the built environment, using parameters different from those of the dominant Dutch/North American majority. He defends, for poorer countries, a construction of space by means of non-ephemeral, highly neutral, even atemporal objects whose meanings change with time.
This inaugural issue is devoted to studies of Taliesin I. Designed and constructed in 1911 upon Wright's return to Wisconsin from Europe, Taliesin I burned in August 1914. It thus became the most difficult Wright residence for Wright scholars to examine.
In this volume's critical essays, Neil Levine offers a view of the different layers of meaning of Taliesin I; Scott Gartner explains the legend of the Welsh bard Taliesin and its meaning for Wright; Anthony Alofsin considers the influence of the playwright Richard Hovey and the feminist Ellen Key on Wright's and Cheney's thought of the period; and Narciso G. Menocal suggests that the Gilmore and O'Shea houses in Madison, Wisconsin, are a collective antecedent to Taliesin I.
To conclude the volume, Anthony Alofsin has written what amounts to a catalogue raisonn of the drawings and photographs of Taliesin I. Surprisingly, he finds no photographs of the living area and argues that those that have been published are in fact of Taliesin II.
Too long out of print, Pearson's book is still regarded as the best work on this great Modernist who, though primarily an architect, designed several classics of modern furniture. The impeccable research is enhanced by hundreds of photographs, plans, and renderings.
One of the great figures in nineteenth-century English architecture and design, E. W. Godwin (1833-1886) began his career as an architect, later turned to furniture design and decoration, and finally focused on Victorian theater, assuming the roles of costume designer, designer-manager, and critic. In the first section of this book, ten scholars examine Godwin's multifaceted life and career, discussing his diverse contributions as a design reformer. The second section of the book presents a fully annotated selection of over 150 items that represent the formation and flowering of Godwin's oeuvre.Beginning with an overview of Godwin's life, the book then examines the antiquarian and Japanese sources of his styles. Separate chapters discuss his architectural achievements, from early church restorations to the design of avant-garde house/studios; his contributions to design reform through writings as an architectural journalist; his role as an interior designer and the importance of furniture in his commissions; and the changing nature of the critical attention he received in life and after his death. In subsequent chapters, the contributors focus on particular products Godwin designed, his own work in the Victorian theater, and the achievements of his son, theatrical designer Edward Gordon Craig.
From the turn of the century until his death in 1959, Frank Lloyd Wright produced an almost uninterrupted stream of projects that redefined the American architectural vision. The most comprehensive summary and appraisal of Wright's achievement ever assembled, with nearly 500 illustrations, including 190 in color, this volume presents an impressive array of works: single family houses that provided images and models for generations of suburban buildings across the United States, community solutions to housing for Depression America, and an astonishing progression of landmark commercial and institutional structures. In these pages appear Wright's most spectacular commissions--among them Fallingwater, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and Tokyo's Imperial Hotel--but also a retrospective selection of other projects from all periods of his enormously productive career. Photographs of actual buildings and of models, plans, and sketches, as well as reproductions of the architect's masterful drawings, many previously unpublished, are all included.
Frank Lloyd Wright firmly believed that "life could be formed anew if new form could be brought to its setting, architecture." His revolt against customary architectural design was shared by rugged individualist Fred C. Robie, who chose Wright to build his dream house in 1908 -- a structure that was eventually named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. In this painstakingly researched and illuminating account of the design and construction of the Robie home, a noted architectural authority presents an in-depth study remarkable for clarity and thoroughness.
At age 28, Robie had become a highly successful businessman who conceived the idea of building a grand home in his native Chicago. He insisted on a design incorporating features that were innovative for the day: hallways and stairwells situated to conserve valuable space, rooms that suggested feelings of airiness, and narrow trimmings on doorways and windows, among others. Robie's wish to shape space as a means of personal expression meshed with Wright's own feelings and spirit. The two strong-willed men formed a perfect union: Robie had found his architect and Wright his ideal client.
Drawing on revealing family documents, including a 1958 interview with Robie, and a host of other sources, the author has compiled an authoritative photo-history, enabling the reader to witness each stage and various transformations of a landmark of modern architecture. The text is enhanced by 160 carefully selected illustrations, including perspectives and elevations, cross-sectional drawings, floor plans, designs for windows, carpets, lighting fixtures and other furnishings, plus recent and historic photographs. Now students, architects, any lover of fine buildings can watch an architectural masterpiece take shape in this profusely illustrated history of the house Wright himself labeled "a source of world-wide architectural inspiration."
Louis Sullivan, student of Frank Furness and mentor to Frank Lloyd Wright, is arguably the most famous American architect of the 19th century. A pioneer of the tall office building, his theories paved the way for the emergence of the modern skyscraper. The architecture of Chicago and much of the Midwest was shaped by his style.