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Renzo Piano (Taschen Basic Architecture Series) [Paperback]

Philip Jodidio
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15 May 2012 Taschen Basic Architecture Series
The mechanics of lightness. The wide-ranging career of the Italian virtuoso. "The array of buildings by Renzo Piano is staggering in scope and comprehensive in the diversity of scale, material, and form. He is truly an architect whose sensibilities represent the widest range of this and earlier centuries." Such was the description of Renzo Piano given by the Pritzker Prize jury citation as they bestowed the prestigious award on him in 1998. Whereas some architects have a signature style, what sets Piano apart is that he seeks simply to apply a coherent set of ideas to new projects in extraordinarily different ways. "One of the great beauties of architecture is that each time, it is like life starting all over again," Piano says. "Like a movie director doing a love story, a Western, or a murder mystery, a new world confronts an architect with each project." This explains why it takes more than a superficial glance to recognize Piano's fingerprints on such varied projects as the Pompidou Center in Paris, the Kansai airport in Osaka, Japan, the Tjibaou Cultural Center in Noumea, New Caledonia, The New York Times Building in New York, the Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern, Switzerland, and the Morgan Library in New York. Every book in TASCHEN's "Basic Architecture Series" features: approximately 120 images, including photographs, sketches, drawings, and floor plans; introductory essays exploring the architect's life and work, touching on family and background as well as collaborations with other architects; the most important works presented in chronological order, with descriptions of client and/or architect wishes as well as construction problems and resolutions; and, an appendix including a list of complete or selected works, biography, bibliography and a map indicating the locations of the architect's most famous buildings.

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen GmbH (15 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3836530686
  • ISBN-13: 978-3836530682
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 18.5 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 234,741 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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About the Author

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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5.0 out of 5 stars Renzo Piano 23 Aug 2013
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This book is stuffed full of great photos and drawings. It's an account of Renzo Piano's career as an architect and of his buildings. I would have liked his drawings to be reproduced larger but this is a small criticism - I am enjoying the book very much. It's a small book taking full advantage of every scrap of space on every page. Hurray!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Gift 8 Dec 2013
By LT
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I brought this as a Christmas gift so not yet given but I am sure it will be received very well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book 3 Nov 2012
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I've bought a few of these and I like this series of books not much more expensive than a magazine as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book 21 Jun 2012
By pjc
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Thanks for great book. Marvellous value for money and packed with interesting info. Well worth the cost and gives everything you want to know in a concise way
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice book but... 24 May 2012
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Such a shame that arguably one of his best creations, the Peek & Cloppenburg Department store in Kohn, has been omitted entirely. I was really looking forward to reading about that. I will have to look around for another book more suitable. If you aren't bothered by this, it features a lot of his other works and I'm still pleased to have it. Just cannot work out for the life of me how such a wonderful piece of architecture was deemed unfit for this book.
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