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Frank O. Gehry: The Complete Works Paperback – 4 Sep 2003

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  • Paperback: 614 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press; New edition edition (4 Sept. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904313159
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904313151
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 3.8 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,003,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Francesco Dal Co is Director of Electa's architecture division and Professor of Architecture at the Istituto Universitario di Architettura in Venice. A renowned architecture historian and critic, he is also the editor of Casabella. He is the former Director of Architecture for the architecture section of the Venice Biennale. He is the author of many books, including The Modern City, Modern Architecture (with Manfredo Tafuri), Frank O. Gehry: The Complete Works (with Kurt W. Forster), and Tadao Ando, published by Phaidon. Kurt W. Forster is a distinguished professor and critic of architecture history. He was the founding director of the Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities from 1983 to 1992, and thereafter taught at the Institute of History and Theory of Architecture (ETH) in Zurich and was assistant director of the Canadian Centre for Architecture. Born and educated in Zurich, he studied at the universities of Berlin, Munich, and Zurich. He taught at Yale University (1960-67), Stanford University (1967-82), and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has curated major exhibitions and contributed essays on Alberti, Giulio Romano, Palladio, Schinkel, and Le Corbusier, as well as completed case studies of the architecture of Peter Eisenman, Daniel Libeskind, Frank Gehry, and Raphael Moneo. Author's/Photographer's Residence: Francesco Dal Co: Venice, Italy; Kurt W. Forster: Como, Italy.


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For some time, Gehry's architecture has astonished and exasperated architectural critics, but it is his bizarre concrete-steel-limestone-titanium-and-glass Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain (1997) that has brought his eccentric fantasies to the attention of a broader public. The short, critical essays in this book, one by the noted architectural historian Kurt Forster and the other by Italian architectural critic Franceco dal Co, will not help the reader understand the complex of ideas that lies behind Gehry's work; but Hadley Arnold's 517-page catalog that traces Gehry's work from his senior thesis project at the University of California (1954) to his One Times Square proposal (1997) is an architectural historian's delight, with hundreds of plans and color illustrations of models, projects, and completed works. There is also a "Project Register" that provides a year-by-year synopsis of Gehry's work, a biography that includes Gehry's awards and prizes, and a 21-page bibliography. This book is the perfect introduction to Gehry's work, and it will be an essential purchase for all libraries that support either an undergraduate or graduate program in architecture. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals. E. Van Schaack, formerly Colgate University
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essential reading for all us gehry-freaks...well, i guess it is. i haven't been able to concentrate on the text just yet. the photographs keep distracting me from my attempts at a disciplined study of the works. but who cares, right? if you are devoted to frank gehry you MUST have this book on your shelf. open the covers of this book and become familiar with a genius. in a world dominated by boyzone, mcdonald's, and teletubbies it is a relief to know that the mechanics of the human mind can achieve so much more. frank gehry is a true inspiration for all of mankind. break out of the box and find out what frank is trying to say.
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I am not joking but for me this is really the best architecture book i have ever seen. I love gehry's architecture and i know some works like Bilbao Guggenheim or the building of " ginger rogers and fred astaire" theme and at this book i think nothing escapes to the autors. This is a wonderful review of Gehry's works and if you want to buy a book that is not expensive for all the quality that it has inside. Congratulations to the autors and to publisher. If you love architecture like me: Buy it!
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By A Customer on 7 April 1999
Format: Hardcover
There are no words to describe this fantastic book. Francesco Dal Co and others autor's made an excelent work for students, architects and people who are interested in good architecture. Congratulations!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91091c54) out of 5 stars An architectural historian's delight 27 April 1999
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Format: Hardcover
For some time, Gehry's architecture has astonished and exasperated architectural critics, but it is his bizarre concrete-steel-limestone-titanium-and-glass Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain (1997) that has brought his eccentric fantasies to the attention of a broader public. The short, critical essays in this book, one by the noted architectural historian Kurt Forster and the other by Italian architectural critic Franceco dal Co, will not help the reader understand the complex of ideas that lies behind Gehry's work; but Hadley Arnold's 517-page catalog that traces Gehry's work from his senior thesis project at the University of California (1954) to his One Times Square proposal (1997) is an architectural historian's delight, with hundreds of plans and color illustrations of models, projects, and completed works. There is also a "Project Register" that provides a year-by-year synopsis of Gehry's work, a biography that includes Gehry's awards and prizes, and a 21-page bibliography. This book is the perfect introduction to Gehry's work, and it will be an essential purchase for all libraries that support either an undergraduate or graduate program in architecture. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals. E. Van Schaack, formerly Colgate University
17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91091c24) out of 5 stars insightful reference book 8 Jan. 2000
By Ping Lim - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book is a must for Gehry-fan. Whilst I don't rever him like a God but I do admire his enormous talent & his willingness to experiment with materials in constructing buildings & furniture. In this book, you would get the feel that he's not merely an architect but also an artist. In other words, functionality & aesthetics blend harmoniously together. I particularly enjoy the latter part of the book where it displayed more of his famous works such as the Vitra office, Guggenheim Museum, etc. The first illustrations of his works are something that I can do without because they are works that any draughtsperson could produce. I suppose this book is a bibliography & therefore, it's essential for the readers to know of his humble beginning to understand his eventual greatness. Besides, with his new fame, abundant resources in the form of budget, technology, assistant staff also come in very handy as well. The book does omit the kettle project that Frank worked with Alessi, though. I'm looking forward to savour the 2nd edition of the book, if there's any.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8f32bf00) out of 5 stars Frank O. Gehry:The Complete Works by Francesco Dal Co, et al 15 Aug. 2001
By Jack E Meyers, Jr - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Architecture is my first love although I am a Art History Major. So without any dobt I knew this publication would be right up my ally. To say the least I was not dissappointed. A brief, illustrated synopsis was given on all projects right up to the current "Music Experience" extravaganza. One point I found of particular interest was that in most of the Bios it gave the Budget that Gehry had to work in. It is a massive book and printed on top quality stock. One that will last a lifetime in my Library. It is a book worthy of any one interested in cutting edge design. Although alot of the projects are in Europe as they seem to be more accepting of his progressive designs the commissioned works in America are just as fine. I can only anticipate the "New Guggenheim"in New York.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8efed300) out of 5 stars amazing new perspective 11 Mar. 2002
By Bernard - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
i did not have a good impression of gehry until i got this book. i got it because i had to know what this guy is thinking when he comes up with what i thought was "ugly" stuff (i now feel ashamed to admit that). now i see the beauty of his work.
my eyes have been opened. i now have a greater respect for what he is doing.
the photography is amazing...the book provides sketches and insight into what gehry is trying to do.
must have for architectural students/interns
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90fccd44) out of 5 stars ABSOLUTLEY AMAZING 26 Oct. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
this amazing book of another master of 20th century architecture, and one to contine his brillant work in the 21st. This book is full of images and writing relating to his designs and concept ideas. For any architecture student this book is an amazing sorce of ideas.
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