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Foster + Partners: Catalogue [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

Norman Foster , David Jenkins
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30 Jun 2012
Highlighting his most significant work, including recent and classic projects, Foster + Partners: Catalogue traces the development of the Foster studio from its formation in the 1960s to the present. More than 120 buildings and projects are featured in full-colour photographs and complemented by sketches and drawings. The book examines the distinctive features of Foster's work and shows the full range of the practice's achievements as urban planners, architects, and industrial designers. Underlying Foster + Partners' use of new technologies are concerns with sustainability and environmental issues in their designs. Organized by themes, it includes the studio's latest buildings such as the new wing at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Masdar Institute in Abu Dhabi, Wembley Stadium in London along with other important projects such as the Beijing Airport, the Hearst Tower in New York, the Great Court at the British Museum in London, and the distinctive headquarters tower for Swiss Re - winner of the 2004 Stirling Prize. Including buildings that showcase the essential characteristics of Foster's distinctive design philosophy, this book presents the most comprehensive overview of the renowned architect's career to date.

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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Prestel (30 Jun 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3791346857
  • ISBN-13: 978-3791346854
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,598,987 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Norman Foster is one of most renowned architects working today. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the Praemium Imperiale and the Pritzker Architecture Prize.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Don't be put off by the title! 10 Oct 2010
By Midge
I confess I was never that enthusiastic about modern architecture - until I saw the Top Gear "super cars do France" episode which ended at the truly jaw droppingly beautiful Millau Viaduct. Keen to find out who had dreamed up such an epic structure, I found myself looking in more detail at the work of Foster and Partners, and finding that there were many iconic buildings by them I'd seen without realising who the architect was.

OK so it isn't a cheap book, and simply calling it a "catalogue" doesn't exactly do it justice, but the catalogue is a great way of appreciating the variety of interesting and thought provoking work the practice has undertaken. Packed full of photos, commentary, concept sketches etc.

Its very much project focused, so there is only a little bit about Norman Foster and the practice, so I guess you'll need to buy one of Norman Foster's books to find out more about the man himself.

So bearing in mind it directly contributed to me finally getting what modern architecture was all about, it was a very good buy for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Foster and Partners - Catalogue 19 Mar 2012
Wow! What a fantastic book! Just received today and had a quick look through. Lots of favourites appear and some not known as well, or even aware they were by Norman Foster.The book is huge - approx 11x9 inches and weighs 2 kilos. This gives tremendous scope for wonderful photographs, often across two pages.The images are superb, with just 3 being Trafalgar Square,the Millau viaduct and the Reichstag, but you could pick anywhere at random in the book for the most beautiful photographs from some incredible viewpoints.
If you have any interest in architecture, or just in the buildings around you this book is an absolute must. At it's current price of 6.80 it's little dearer than a magazine and must be the publishing bargain of the decade. Buy this book and enjoy it for years to come. As you have probably worked out by now I unreservedly recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You don't have to be an architect 31 Mar 2014
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to appreciate this wonderful retrospective of arguably Britain's greatest living architect. It contains a comprehensive review of most of Norman Foster's projects from his rise in the 60s to his eminent postion as the father of post-modernism in the 21st Century. Beautifully illustrated a must for all lovers of the modern.
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I was very pleased with this book it made a great present, it was well illustrated and was just what I was expecting
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a coffee table book!! Fascinating 16 Mar 2013
By J J
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I spent ages looking at this. Love it. I have no Architectural knowledge, just love buildings, especially Mr Fosters'. I can really recommend this.
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