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Theoretical Anxiety and Design Strategies in the Work of Eight Contemporary Architects : The MIT Press - Rafael Moneo

Theoretical Anxiety and Design Strategies in the Work of Eight Contemporary Architects

The MIT Press

By: Rafael Moneo, Gina Carino (Translator)


Published: 28th January 2005
For Ages: 18+ years old
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The internationally acclaimed architect Rafael Moneo is known to be a courageous architect. His major works include the Houston Museum of Fine Art, Davis Art Museum at Wellesley College, the Stockholm Museum of Modern Art and Architecture, and the Potzdammer Platz Hotel in Berlin. Now Moneo will be known as a daring critic as well. In this book, he looks at eight of his contemporaries -- all architects of international stature -- and discusses the theoretical positions, technical innovations, and design contributions of each. Moneo's discussion of these eight architects -- James Stirling, Robert Venturi, Aldo Rossi, Peter Eisenman, Alvaro Siza, Frank Gehry, Rem Koolhaas, and the partnership of Jacques Herzog and Pierre De Meuron -- has the colloquial, engaging tone of a series of lectures on modern architecture by a master architect; the reader hears not the dispassionate theorizing of an academic, but Moneo's own deeply held convictions as he considers the work of his contemporaries. More than 500 illustrations accompany the text.Discussing each of the eight architects in turn, Moneo first gives an introductory profile, emphasizing intentions, theoretical concerns, and construction procedures. He then turns to the work, offering detailed critical analyses of the works he considers to be crucial for an informed understanding of this architect's work. The many images he uses to illustrate his points resemble the rapid-fire flash of slides in a lecture, but Moneo's perspective is unique among lecturers. These profiles are not what Moneo calls the "tacit treatises" that can be found on the shelves of a university library, but lively encounters of architectural equals.

Moneo's insights and analyses are often brilliant, and hisperspective as a Spaniard and as a former chair of the GSD (Harvard Graduate School of Design) is a unique one. He conveys his ideas inlively prose, peppered with anecdotes.-Architectural Record

Prefacep. 2
James Stirlingp. 7
Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brownp. 51
Aldo Rossip. 101
Peter Eisenmanp. 145
Alvaro Sizap. 199
Frank O. Gehryp. 253
Rem Koolhaasp. 307
Herzog & de Meuronp. 361
Indexp. 406
Photo Creditsp. 411
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ISBN: 9780262134439
ISBN-10: 0262134438
Series: The MIT Press
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 28th January 2005
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.2 x 18.0  x 4.2
Weight (kg): 1.23