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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press (1 Nov. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616890703
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616890704
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 677,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Tadao Ando, born in Japan in 1941, is one of the world's foremost contemporary architects. His work is characterised by a commitment to the highest levels of craftsmanship. Ando is known for the subtle use of architectural concrete in combination with natural materials such as wood and stone. Active natural elements such as sun, rain and wind are integral to his compositions. He has designed numerous notable buildings, including Row House in Sumiyoshi, Osaka, 1976 (for which he was awarded the Annual Prize of Architectural Institute of Japan in 1979), Church of the Light, Osaka, 1989, Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, St. Louis, 2001, Armani Teatro, Milan, 2001 and Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 2002. Among the many awards he has received are: Gold Medal of Architecture, Academie d'Architecture (French Academy of Architecture) in 1989, The Pritzker Architecture Prize in 1995, Gold Medal of the American Institute of Architects in 2002, and Gold Medal of Union Internationale des Architectes in 2005.

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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ka tong on 14 Mar. 2013
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gd book, quite thin and handy. havent started reading it, but it's in a conversation form thing, looking forward to reading it
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Tadao Ando 26 Nov. 2012
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The prominent Japanese architect Tadao Ando combines history and nature, intellect and emotions in a unique manner. His ideas are interesting for the educated reader as well as for students of architecture and of Japan. Mr. Hunter's very readable translation clarifies Ando's personal history and motivation, particularly his personal interaction with technology and modernity. Ando retains a strong commitment to both social responsibility and working with the earth's features such as light, wind and water. His architecture fulfills his goal of synthesizing history and the present, art and reality, abstract and concrete, east and west. He innovates without falling under the seductive spell of technology. Ando's response to the Kobe earthquake and the Fukushima disaster demonstrate his respect for historical memories and the spirit of nature. Moreover, the book elucidates the sources of the youthful Ando's inspiration - the great men, travels and studies - in order to provide a road map to his successors. Finally, the smooth flow of language, aided by the illustrations, makes this work enjoyable for the general reader.
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This is one of the few books in English that opens a door to Ando's personality and worldview. I loved every page of this book and recommend it to any Ando fan. You'll get a sense of who he is and why his buildings resonate the way they do. His advice to architecture students is worth the price of admission alone!
Up close and Personal with Ando-san 4 Feb. 2014
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This slim volume contains as much personal detail and philosophical musing from Ando-san as anything which has been published regarding this much admired architect.
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