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Calatrava Paperback – 15 Aug 2007

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Product details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: TASCHEN GmbH (15 Aug. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3822848735
  • ISBN-13: 978-3822848739
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 0.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 455,992 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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 Salgado Calatrava, Norman Foster, Richard Meier, Alvaro Siza, Tadao Ando, and Renzo Piano.


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Santiago Calatrava is an unusually talented architect. His architectural creations possess an awe inspiring beauty, elegance and purity.

The richly illustrated slim volume had on me an immense aesthetic and emotional impact. The spare text was insightful.

The book comprise an Introduction and the main body with the description of 19 projects illustrated with magnificent photographs but also sketches of the projects along with textual description of the underlying philosophy and guiding principles for each project.

The introduction includes information on the training of the architect comprising Art and Architecture in Spain and a Ph.D degree in civil engineering from the prestigious Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich. As the architect explains, his creations emanate from a fusion of his three capacities namely those of the artist, architect and engineer. In an interview he describes his work as an "interwinement of plastic expression and structural revelation, producing results that possibly can be best described as a synthesis of aesthetics and structural Physics."

The architect acknowledges that his taste for simplicity in engineering otiginates from his observation of the work of the Swiss engineer Robert Maillart. With simple forms Maillart showed that it is possible to create a strong content and to elicit an emotional response. But though the architect admires the work of Maillart, still he differentiates his own work and particularly bridges. Maillart's bridges, observes Calatrava, are often set in a beautiful mountain scenery. His achievement was to introduce successfully an artificial element into such magnificent locations.
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This book presents 40 works of the Spanish architekt, from bridges and subway stations to opera houses (Valencia) and very original skyscrapers (which however - with the exception of the turning torso im Malmö - are still studies). Only in the attachment all objects of Calatrava are listed, so subtitling the book "complete works" is overdoing it a bit. The explanations on the presented objects are rather short (as there are trialingual in EN/GE/FR), and sometimes a few more details might have been interesting. The leading role in this book anyway are the nice photographies and the sketches of the individual objects. If this makes it coffee table book, so be it. Calatrava has a very distinct and extraordinary style, bringing science fiction to mind and making its objects looking nearly lifelike. If you like this style and considering the rather modest price this book is a worthwhile buy.
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I found this little book definitely satisfying, and its quality/price ratio excellent, as it always is for Taschen editions.
A sensible introduction gives an interesting and not boring coverage of who Calatrava is as an architect and as a man,
and what kind of curriculum lead him to what he is today.
Afer this, come a series of short ( 2-4 pages)monographic pieces on his most significant works, from the early '80s to our days.
The number and quality of photographs is also excellent and they explain along with the text what is really important in each work.
Absolutely commendable!
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I've been intrigued by Santiago Calatrava's architecture since seeing the station at Liege Guillemins in 2009, just before it was completed. At that point, not knowing much and wanting to find out more, I found this little Taschen book the perfect introduction. There are short (2-6 pages) chapters on each building and a 15-page introduction.

As a scientist at the interface between life sciences and physical sciences, I am of course particularly attracted to Calatrava's characteristic way of taking inspiration from soft, living, moving creatures and using it for his structures, giving them a life of their own. Biology shines through everywhere in his work, and the book is good in pointing this out, using some of the architect's sketches as well. The photos are brilliant, too, though it may well be physically impossible to make a boring photo of anything designed by Calatrava.

Most importantly, the book contains a world map with the locations of his buildings at the end, very handy for planning travels to see as many of his works as possible.
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