- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Taschen GmbH; 01 edition (26 Nov. 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 3822838748
- ISBN-13: 978-3822838747
- Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 1.4 x 18.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,126,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Grand Tour: Travelling the World with an Architect's Eye Paperback – 26 Nov 2004
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"Whether you take the book with you on your travels or read it on the sofa, you couldn't have a better guide." Good Reading Magazine, Sydney, Australia" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Born in Vienna, Austria, Harry Seidler 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. He died on March 9, 2006. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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When it comes to the world's great landmarks, many of the usual suspects are here - the Taj Mahal, St. Peter's, Angkor Wat, Fallingwater - but also less appreciated buildings like Barcelona's German Pavilion and Tokyo's Imperial Hotel. He covers the globe pretty thoroughly, especially Egypt, Italy, France and the U.S., although some countries like Denmark and Thailand are given short shrift as a result. The collection is not complete in the truest sense, but there should be few complaints about what is included here. Seidler complements the images with insightful introductions to each country's specific architecture. Even though the descriptions are brief, they give a helpful context for the unique buildings that were borne out of such political and cultural forces. Moreover, Taschen has decided to discount-price this book in celebration of the publisher's 25th anniversary.
The photographs are superb.