Alvaro Siza, Complete Works 1952-2013 Hardcover – 15 May 2013
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About the Author
The author: Philip Jodidio (born 1954) 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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It is incredible to think that something this big could actually be nothing more than a picture book, and not a very good one at that. You will learn absolutely nothing about this great architect because...
a.) The drawings are tiny and give no dimensions or notes to explain the spaces. In place of this you get extra large repetitive photos of the few best angles of the project (sometimes not even interior shots).
b.) You also get thumbnail size sketches that have no relevance to the design process...just a random page out of a sketchbook. Some of theses are not even of the building, or explained in any way. There is nothing to be gained from these images - they look like they were only included to fill blank spaces.
c.) The book is not a 'complete works of' unless you include the index at the back. Many great projects are not included in detail.
d.) The text is awful and banal. It reads like poor translated english that someone was forced to write, just to fulfill a basic requirement. I won't bother quoting any of them, but they would be appropriate for explaining generic architectural terms to children.
I also have the same book by the same publisher/author of Richard Meier, and I realize now that it almost equally as bad. The only thing they did better in that book, is make the drawings slightly more legible.
In closing, for its size, this is likely the most disappointing and pointless architectural book that has ever been published. Save your money, save some trees, and the carbon footprint of shipping this truly awful book.