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Alvaro Siza, Complete Works 1952-2013 [Hardcover]

Philip Jodidio
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15 May 2013
Complex simplicity.




This is the seminal book on Portugal's master architect.




When Alvaro Siza, one of the great figures of contemporary architecture, won the prestigious Pritzker Prize in 1992, the Jury citation described his shapes as "molded by light, [with] a deceptive simplicity about them; they are honest. They solve design problems directly...That simplicity, upon closer examination however, is revealed as great complexity. There is a subtle mastery underlying what appears to be natural creations."




Born in Matosinhos, Portugal, in 1933, Siza created his own practice in Porto in 1954, and he has been a Professor of Construction at the University there since 1976. He received the European Community's Mies van der Rohe Prize in 1988 and the Praemium Imperiale in Japan in 1997, the Golden Lion at the 2002 Venice Architecture Biennale and the 2009 RIBA Gold Medal.




He has built a large number of projects in Portugal, and worked on the restructuring of the Chiado area of Lisbon following the devastating 1988 fire. Siza designed both the Portuguese Pavilion for the 1998 Lisbon World's Fair and the 2005 Serpentine Pavilion in London in collaboration with Eduardo Souto de Moura. He completed the Serralves Foundation (Porto, 1998), and the Museum for the Ibere Camargo Foundation in Porto Alegre, Brazil in 2008.




As for all previous TASCHEN architect's monographs, this book was realized in close collaboration with the architect and includes a full catalogue of his work to date.

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  • Hardcover: 500 pages
  • Publisher: Benedikt Taschen Verlag; Mul edition (15 May 2013)
  • Language: English, French, German
  • ISBN-10: 3836521717
  • ISBN-13: 978-3836521710
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 32.5 x 45 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 486,410 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Philip Jodidio studied art history and economics at Harvard, and edited Connaissance des Arts for over 20 years. His books include TASCHEN's Architecture Now! series, and monographs on Tadao Ando, Norman Foster, Richard Meier, Jean Nouvel, and Zaha Hadid. He is internationally renowned as one of the most popular writers on the subject of architecture.

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The author: Philip Jodidio (born 1954) studied art history and economics at Harvard, and edited Connaissance des Arts for over 20 years. His books include TASCHEN's Architecture Now! series, and monographs on Tadao Ando, Norman Foster, Richard Meier, Jean Nouvel, and Zaha Hadid. He is internationally renowned as one of the most popular writers on the subject of architecture.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Alvaro Siza 17 Jan 2014
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I love this book - an expansive experience, beautifully produced gorgeous sketches by the man himself with jaw dropping locations
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1.0 out of 5 stars Huge book, even bigger disappointment 30 July 2013
By neko - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
It's easy to be impressed by the sheer size and weight of this book when it arrives, but the book (and similar ones in the same series) was designed to trick you into thinking that something this huge must be epic in its scope and detail.

It is incredible to think that something this big could actually be nothing more than a picture book, and not a very good one at that. You will learn absolutely nothing about this great architect because...

a.) The drawings are tiny and give no dimensions or notes to explain the spaces. In place of this you get extra large repetitive photos of the few best angles of the project (sometimes not even interior shots).

b.) You also get thumbnail size sketches that have no relevance to the design process...just a random page out of a sketchbook. Some of theses are not even of the building, or explained in any way. There is nothing to be gained from these images - they look like they were only included to fill blank spaces.

c.) The book is not a 'complete works of' unless you include the index at the back. Many great projects are not included in detail.

d.) The text is awful and banal. It reads like poor translated english that someone was forced to write, just to fulfill a basic requirement. I won't bother quoting any of them, but they would be appropriate for explaining generic architectural terms to children.

I also have the same book by the same publisher/author of Richard Meier, and I realize now that it almost equally as bad. The only thing they did better in that book, is make the drawings slightly more legible.

In closing, for its size, this is likely the most disappointing and pointless architectural book that has ever been published. Save your money, save some trees, and the carbon footprint of shipping this truly awful book.
0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and clear images and analysis of work 3 July 2013
By Gerald L. Maffei - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Great text and analysis. Large format, plans, sketches and sections helpful in understanding his work. Manu images not seen before.
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