50 Architects You Should Know

50 Architects You Should Know

Book - 2008
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Starting with the Renaissance, this introduction to fifty visionary architects traces the major aesthetic movements over the past six centuries and offers concise portraits of the geniuses behind them. This accessible and lively survey takes readers around the world and through history, from Filippo Brunelleschi to Antoni Gaudi to Frank Gehry. Doublepage spreads feature full-color illustrations, informative sidebars, and a timeline that extends throughout the book. A concise and accessible architectural history, this book is a fascinating look at the enormous variety of ways architects have helped define their eras.
Publisher: Munich, Germany : Prestel, c2008
ISBN: 9783791340432
Branch Call Number: 720.92 KUH
Characteristics: 171 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Thiel-Siling, Sabine
Lowis, Kristina

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Me_Tarzan
Jul 16, 2018

Well-well-well - I am pleased to inform you that in "50 Architects You Should Know" one Canadian building designer does, in fact, earn himself an entry into this book.

And, that architect is Frank Gehry - But, the thing is - Gehry defected to the USA early on in his career so that sort of cancels him out as being a true Canadian.... No!?

Anyway - This glossy, full-colour volume offers the inquisitive reader a fairly decent overview of the history of 50 of the world's leading architects.

Starting from the 15th century and moving right along through to the 20th century - It becomes clearly obvious that it's Italy and the USA (natch) who warrant the most representation here.

And, finally - Yes. I do feel a tad let down, finding out that buildings which were erected during the "Art Deco" movement seemed to have missed receiving any inclusion into this book at all.

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1aa
Aug 13, 2016

A quick zip-through a short list of great architects, from the far past, to the still practicing.

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VRMurphy
Oct 03, 2012

Made me want to learn more about many of the people featured, which to my mind is the point of books like this. Amazing how few women made the cut, though; I recognize this may be due to their under-representation in the profession.

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kmoyer
Aug 27, 2012

Very interesting summary of architects - their styles. Would have liked more photos of examples described in the text to get a better understanding of their work. Perhaps also references to more indepth studies of individuals' works etc.

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