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The Grand Tour: Harry Seidler's Architectural Sights (Klotz) Paperback – 27 Jun 2003
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About the Author
Born in Vienna, Austria, [b]Harry Seidler[/b] studied architecture at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg before winning a scholarship to Harvard, where he studied under Walter Gropius. He also studied under Josef Albers at Black Mountain College in North Carolina and was the chief assistant of Marcel Breuer in New York from 1946 to 1948. He worked with Oscar Niemeyer in Rio de Janeiro before opening his own practice in Sydney in 1949. He has taught at the Harvard School of Design, the ETH in Zurich, and the University of Sydney. In 1996, Seidler was awarded the RIBA gold medal.
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I am so glad I did! A wonderful book full of buildings in the World, I shall never see, and some that I can say "I've been there!"
A MUST for any armchair traveller.
Also intensely irritating is the fact that the layout of the book means that many beautiful buildings are presented over a two page spread - which means that with the paperback version, if you want to see the entire thing, you have to crack the spine of the book back or lose a good 1/5 of the image in the dip where the pages meet. Better by far to have rotated the images 90 degrees and presented them as landscape images on a single page, surely? The picture numbering is also extremely strange; often you are told that pictures 1, 2, 4 and 6 are of one building, while pictures 3 and 5 are of two others - this is just weird and gets very irritating. Surely it would not have been difficult to have put all the pictures of one building consecutively before moving onto the next?
The irritations of this book began to outweigh its pleasures for me and it was only by the slenderest margin that I was persuaded not to throw it at the wall. One for the charity shop box, I think. Mainly because I got fed up with being told repeatedly just how bloody wonderful Corbusier was.
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