- 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)
Calatrava Paperback – 15 Aug 2007
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Only 3 stars as these are the small versions at the £5'ish price and not the larger coffee table sized editions. Read morePublished on 5 Nov. 2013 by Richard Piggot
I guess that André Breton would have embarked Calatrava in the Surrealist group.
And of course, would have fire it soon !
These books in general are basic, as the series name suggests.
I found them interesting before I really started to look for precedents for design, concept, construction etc... Read more