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Eduardo Souto de Moura: Sketchbook Hardcover – 30 Sep 2012

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Torre David is an incomplete skyscraper in the center of the Venezuelan capital Caracas that has been occupied and reconstructed by local residents. Work on the building, named after the financial investor David Brillembourg, who died in 1993, was suspended during the Venezuelan financial crisis of 1994. After the office tower-- the third highest in Venezuela--had stood empty for many years, it was taken over by the local population in 2008. The occupants made the building their own with improvisation and skill--it is a "vertical favela," now containing not just housing but also other everyday facilities such as an improvised doctor's office, shops, and more. Photographer Iwan Baan has documented Torre David and its occupants, creating a portrait that captures the contradictions of the place while at the same time revealing urban structures that have emerged dynamically and without planning.

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EDUARDO SOUTO DE MOURA, born in Porto in 1952, is regarded as one of the most important contemporary architects. In 2011 he was awarded the Pritzker Prize for his architectural work.

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3.0 out of 5 stars For completists only 12 Nov. 2012
By Dash Amfleck - Published on Amazon.com
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I admire the conceptual rigor of this project, and also the elegance of its execution: as an exact reproduction of the architect's working sketchbook, this little volume demonstrates the role sketching play's in Souto de Moura's practice. The printing is crisp and stark, the design of the book is very subtle and intelligent. An appendix on a natural-colored stock explains the project's genesis and execution, and lists the projects that the architect was exploring on each page. Still, it's not a truly satisfying addition to one's bookshelf, mostly because the contents don't feel all that - ahem - illustrative (in any sense). Souto de Moura seems to draw with an ink ball pen with a thick line, which lends itself to quick, gestural work, and the sketches in this book are hasty and generally unlovely, even crude. Fair enough, they are private explorations of ideas in progress, many of which would doubtless be discarded. Nonetheless, not enough of the spreads document anything like a real architectural idea, or even anything visually pleasing to study. Instead, spread after spread lovingly reproduce mostly blank expanses of white, some with a few rough stabs at a detail or form and maybe, in a corner, a fax number or some basic arithmetic calculations. Some pages, full of hastily scribbled notes, might prove to be of interest to readers who have a good grasp of written Portugese, but for anyone else, they don't provide much interest beyond getting a look at the architect's handwriting and method of organizing sentences and paragraphs.

Although it's a moderately handsome object, I think most architects and lay readers will be disappointed with "Sketchbook No. 76." It might be useful to a handful of academics or appeal to Souto de Moura fetishists (if there is such a thing). I hope the companion volume by Sou Fujimoto will be more interesting.
1.0 out of 5 stars i haven't receive the order!! 4 Feb. 2013
By Kitja Trisrisupha - Published on Amazon.com
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i haven't receive any thing yet, now it's almost 2 and half month from the day i paid. very disappointed.
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended 13 Jan. 2015
By Artsy - Published on Amazon.com
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Good book. Highly recommended!
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