The Iconic Building: The Power of Enigma. Charles Jencks

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9780711224261: The Iconic Building: The Power of Enigma. Charles Jencks

A new type of architecture has emerged in the last 10 years: the iconic landmark building. Driven by social and commercial forces and the demand for instant fame, it has to be both an amazing piece of surreal sculpture and an understated insertion into the urban fabric. Following in the wake of Frank Gehry's New Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, architects such as Norman Foster, Peter Eisenman, Enric Miralles, Zaha Hadid, Coop Himmelblau, Daniel Libeskind, Renzo Piano, Will Alsop and Rem Koolhaas have created a series of lively architectural icons that have courted publicity and controversy in equal measure. Some are successful creations that fulfil their contradictory requirements; others are Malapropistic metaphors that make the public wince. With a mixture of wit, irreverance and sympathy, leading architecture critic Charles Jencks surveys the recent history of the iconic building and then focuses on ten key examples. These include Norman Foster's Swiss Re. building in London (known as 'The Gherkin'), Frank Gehry's Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and Daniel Libeskind's project for Ground Zero in New York. Short interviews with some of the major architects are included, and a series of imaginative analytical drawings by Madelon Vriesendorp reveal some of the provocative associations that bring the buildings to life.

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It's funny and it's clever, and the book ... is also short and concise enough to make its point sharply and memorably ( World of Interiors)

A study of our current obsession with shock-value architecture which reads all the more crisply for its mocking elegance of discourse ( Times Literary Supplement)

About the Author:

Charles Jencks is the author of several best-selling books on architecture. He divides his time between lecturing, writing and designing in the USA, in the UK and in Europe.

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Editore: Frances Lincoln, London, England (2005)
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Descrizione libro Frances Lincoln, London, England, 2005. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Condizione sovraccoperta: As New. 1st Edition. New. First. (First Frances Lincoln edition stated 2005 and number line is complete. Could be gifted to your favorite architect. Dust jacket could be considered new.not price clipped at 19.99 pounds. Only the slightest wear to dj.no tears or chips out. No marks or writings in book, inside or outside. Because of size and weight, book cannot be shipped outside of U.S. Codice libro della libreria 001704

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