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Tadao Ando [Hardcover]

Philip Jodidio


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31 July 2004
Philippe Starck describes him as a "mystic in a country which is no longer mystic." Drew Philip calls his buildings "land art" that "struggle to emerge from the earth." He is the only architect to have won the discipline's four most prestigious prizes: the Pritzker, Carlsberg, Praemium Imperiale, and Kyoto Prize. His name is Tadao Ando, and he is the world's greatest living architect. Combining influences from Japanese tradition with the best of Modernism, Ando has developed a completely unique building aesthetic that makes use of concrete, wood, water, light, space, and nature in a way that has never been witnessed in architecture. Ando has designed award-winning private homes, churches, museums, apartment complexes, and cultural spaces throughout Japan, as well as in France, Italy, Spain, and the USA. This book, created at the height of Ando's illustrious career, presents his complete works to date.

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"In architecture, there is a part that is the result of logical reasoning and a part that is created through the senses. There is always a point where they clash. I don't think architecture can be created without that collision." - Tadao Ando

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Philip Jodidio studied art history and economics at Harvard University, and was Editor-in-Chief of the French journal Connaissance des Arts for over two decades. He has published numerous articles and books, including TASCHEN's Architecture Now! volumes I and II, Building a New Millennium, and monographs on Norman Foster, Richard Meier, and Alvaro Siza. Jodidio is internationally renowned as one of the most talented writers on the subject of architecture.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great monograph for your collection~ 29 Jan 2005
By Heejae Lee - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is the latest monograph on Tadao Ando and despite its steep price, its sheer size alone can justify its value. Although the title states "complete works," the monograph focuses on select projects from the mid-70's to the present (there is however, a list of his complete works in the back with single b/w photos in an index format). Although many of the projects that are featured here can be found in other Ando monographs, the extra large photographs of his projects reveal a new sense of space to projects that we are already familiar with. In addition, this monograph also features preliminary sketches of projects and some photos that have not been published before. New projects that you won't be able to find in his other monographs include the 4x4 house, Ground Zero Project, etc. A great book to have in your collection and so far, the grandest of all of Ando's publications.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome photos of Awesome architecture 29 Jan 2007
By Wayne Tjaden - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
A wonderful, large format, book covering all of Ando's significant work into the early 2000's. It is so interesting to see his early work, how clear a path he set for himself in his career and how carefully he has kept on the path.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sensibility 16 Feb 2007
By Pablo de Assis Baptista - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Thanks Taschen, this book is perfect, the size, the case, the cover!!! beautiful picures, plans and text. That is how a archtecture book is done, in years, people will talk about the sensibility in put Ando's work in a book.

The travel begins in the case, with a familiar pattern of Ando's work, the cover, beautifully taken, and the climax of book presentation is the hardcover, with Ando pattern, perect!

Inside, have everything oh Ando's work, the text, the picures and the plans are superb, but the top os te top is the sketches os his works.

Thanks again Taschen..
1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ando's huge book 18 Jan 2007
By dandy dude - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
the book is amazing... arrived in great condition and amazingly quick... the book was much bigger than what i had in mind though... huge and heavy...
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