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Key Buildings of the 20th Century: Plans, Sections and Elevations [With CDROM]by Richard Weston
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Featuring more than one hundred of the most significant and influential buildings of the twentieth century, this second edition has been expanded and updated to include new buildings from the early part of the twenty-first century and work by architects who have risen to increasing international prominence. Richly illustrated with hundreds of architectural drawings and photographs, this book includes classic works by such seminal architects as Le Corbusier, Frank Lloyd Wright, Mies van der Rohe, and Alvar Aalto, as well as masterpieces by more recent masters such as Norman Foster and Frank Gehry.
For each building there are numerous, accurate scale plans showing typical floors, together with elevations, sections, and site plans where appropriate. All of these have been specially commissioned for the book and are based on the most reliable information and sources. A concise text supplemented by full-color images explains the significant architectural features of each building and the influences it shows or had generated. Cross-references to other buildings in the book highlight the various connections between these key structures. As an added bonus for readers, a free CD-ROM containing digital files of all the drawings is included inside the book.
Book News Annotation:
Weston (Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff U., the UK) uses a keen eye and effective pen to present a compelling description and critique of each building in this survey, in essays of less than a page each (under the color photo or two of the building), with the plans, elevations, and sections on the facing page. Among the new entries for the 2d ed. are the Bloch Building of the Nelson-Atkins Museum, by Steven Holl; the Dutch Pavilion of the Hanover Expo, by Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs, and Nathalie de Vries; and the Casa de Música, by Rem Koolhaas. The CD-ROM contains all of the drawings in digital form. The volume is oversized (9.75x11.5") and includes a list of further reading. Annotation Â©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Key Buildings of the Twentieth Century: Plans, Sections, and Elevationsfeatures 106 of the most significant and influential buildings of the twentieth century, including classic works by such seminal architects as Le Corbusier, Frank Lloyd Wright, Mies van der Rohe, and Alvar Aalto, as well as those by more recent masters, such as Norman Foster, Frank Gehry, and Rem Koolhaas.
[I]t is nice to see a book like this. A book that gives us beautiful buildings, something to inspire people and to show what architecture can do. These are buildings that stand the test of time and will continue to inspire new generations who will push what is possible even further.... for students to become inspired to reach for the stars.
An analysis of influential work by seminal architects, including Le Corbusier, Frank Lloyd Wright, Mies van der Rohe, Norman Foster, Frank Gehry, and Rem Koolhaas.
Accurate scale plans, together with elevations, sections, and site plans where appropriate for each of the buildings, specially drawn for this book, and concise accompanying text explaining the important architectural features of the building make this an ideal reference for architecture students and professionals. It includes a CD-ROM containing digital files of all the drawings.
Accurate scale plans show each floor, together with elevations, sections, and site plans where appropriate for each of the buildings. All of these have been specially drawn for this book and are based on the most up-to-date information and sources. The concise accompanying text explains the important architectural features of each building and the influences it shows or generated; one or two full-color images offer exterior and/or interior views. Cross-references to other buildings highlight the various connections between the key buildings.The illustrated introduction gives a brief overview of the development of architecture in the twentieth century, paying particular attention to issues of spatial organization. A bibliography provides further reading about the architects and the buildings discussed. The quality and number of line drawings allow the buildings to be understood in detail and make this book indispensable for all students of modern architecture. As an added bonus, the book includes a CD-ROM containing digital files of all drawings. Includes CD-ROM (PC and Mac compatible).
About the Author
Richard Weston, an architect, landscape designer, and author, is professor of architecture at Cardiff University. His books include the monograph Alvar Aalto (winner of the 1995 Sir Banister Fletcher Prize) and the definitive monograph on the Danish architect Jørn Utzon; The House in the Twentieth Century; Materials, Form and Architecture; and Key Buildings of the 20th Century.
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