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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Monacelli Press (19 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580932177
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580932172
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 3 x 27.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 336,073 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Edgar on 3 Jan. 2011
Format: Hardcover
Great sensitive architect pursuing own vision.
The vision was of honesty and beauty irrespective of fashion but his own response to the world and some of the basic questions. Very well produced book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Thoughts of a poetic architect 30 July 2009
By Joong Won Lee - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
If you are Severre Fehn's fan, this book will be an extremely rewarding read.
Author of the book worked with Fehn, wrote a book with Fehn, and taught with Fehn.
The book is an insider's story. It covers many anecdotes and casual conversations
about Fehn.

The book is divided into chapters, more or less chronologically, covering similar
themes and issues that occupied Fehn. In between author's extremely well crafted
paragraphs, Fehn's own words and speakings are inserted (bold text) with his sketches.
Pritzker Receipient, fans of Fehn remember his famous chalkboard talkings.
He tells a story about his thoughts and buildings in Norwegian sense of place and poetry.
Succint and terse, yet, deep and mythical.

His storytelling of the site and his architectural response to it are charged with
almost primitive metaphors. Norwegian Pavilion in Venice and Glacier Museum in Fjaerland are best
examples that shows Fehn's oratory structure manifested in material structure.
Semantics of Fehn is like that of a blade of sword, constantly cutting and reflecting.
It cuts earth and reflects light. Readers of the book will be chilled by the sound of
his words and thrilled by the essence of his contents.

The book is tantalizing in other matters as well. Fehn's relationship and friendship with other
famous architects in Scandinavia, Italy, and the US is well documented. His stay
and influence in Venice (Scarpa), Paris (Prouve), and New York (Hejduk) is also well told.
His international networking with Team X and his personal retreating with School of Oslo
also bi-polarizes Fehn's communal relationship and artistic solitude.

If a prospect reader likes Kahn, Lewerentz, and Zumthor. Here is another great book
with many poetic surprises.
Five Stars 19 Jan. 2015
By peder vilnes - Published on Amazon.com
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