Richard Rogers and Architects: From the House to the City Hardcover – 31 May 2010
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`From the House to the City' both exemplifies and explains Rogers impact on contemporary industrial design, particularly in the UK, where his unique creations have taken the landscape of an old world European style city and transformed sections of it into a cutting-edge modern, steel and glass metropolis. (There is even an example of his work in the `new town' area near Milton Keynes in `Design for Manufacture Housing.') From the Millennium Dome to the fabulous columns of the Lloyds of London headquarters to the home of Britain's Channel 4 Television, the Canary Wharf project and beyond, Rogers and his team have assembled futuristic buildings that will no doubt remain landmarks for many years to come.
The book divides Rogers work across style functions (green, transparent, urban, systems, etc.) and explains his design and constructions in nearly poetic terms along the way. Amply filled with pictures, drawings and text, the book shows the sweeping magnitude of both Rogers' well-known existing work as well as giving equal weight (in terms of description and illustration) to a large number of works that are on the drawing board or yet to be built. Unlike any architecture book we've ever seen, there is even a `manifesto' which covers the firms beliefs, organization goals, charity endeavors, etc.; the factors that drive their work. To see a remarkable design career in progress (rare in these catalog style art and architecture volumes) be sure to check out `From the House to the City.' It's a sure way to see what's coming next - and why.