Calatrava: Complete Works 1979 - 2007 (英語) ハードカバー – 2007/5/4
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Philip Jodidio studied art history and economics at Harvard University, and was Editor-in-Chief of the leading French art journal Connaissance des Arts for over two decades. He has published numerous articles and books, including TASCHEN's Architecture Now series, Building a New Millennium, and monographs on Norman Foster, Richard Meier, Alvaro Siza, Tadao Ando, and Renzo Piano.
anyway, the watercolors are pretty good, and as my title in this review inferred, this is obviously a more artistic focused book rather than architectural.
so be warned, the book and the whole presentation are breathtaking, but the content is more artistic than architectural, so be prepared not to find blueprints of various of the works presented in this book.
The book is a real 'wannahave' and gives a good impression of what the architect has performed.
The text is in 3 languages (English, German and French) so that the actual amount of text is pretty small.
There is almost no technical information in the book, despite the fact that Calatrava must be a 'master of matter' to be able to construct these marvelous buildings.
Nor are there plans of the buildings, unfortunately.
The book is an excellent eye catcher on my table, and it can give lots of inspiration for new buildings.
While the book does offer a comprehensive overview of Calatrava's work I would say this is a book for the lay reader, not the professional. Firstly there is not enough technical information in the form of plans, sections, elevations. Secondly, the amount of real estate allocated to Calatrava's sketches of the human body not to mention the post hoc sketches of his designs suggest a somewhat vain and spurious connection with the architectural work itself. And thirdly, the book is grossly oversized - and overpriced - to be a really useful addition to the office library. In short this is not even a coffee table book, it is a work of overweaning self-regard. not an unimportant lesson for today's architects, but perhaps not the intended message.