Architects on Architects

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9780071375832: Architects on Architects

Here's a profound, stirring study of how the world's greatest architects influenced the work of others and why--told in the architect's own dramatic and awe-filled words. The contributors discuss the career-inspiring achievements of their mentors, designers of some of the most famous structures on earth. They delve into their own design philosophy, and how the genius of others affected their careers, their goals, as well as their lives. This candid personal testimony imparts the emotion, inspiration, and wonderment of architecture and vividly demonstrate the power of mentorshipand the potential it can unleash. Each original essay is beautifully illustrated with photographs (most in full color) of both the architect's work and that of his mentor, providing a visually stunning forum for comparison and learning. An ideal book for architecture aficionados, ARCHITECTS ON ARCHITECTS captures the soul, inspiration, and majesty of architecture.

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WHO INSPIRED THE WHO’S WHO OF ARCHITECTURE?

With the passion of first discovery, today’s most notable architects share their most moving and formative encounters with the art and influence of mentors, models, and heroes.

Full of spellbinding meetings with legendary figures and outstanding works, told by those most touched by their greatness, this grand voyage among the pinnacles of architecture gives you intimate access to the most original structures and minds of our time. Often you will sit beside geniuses at the moment storied works came into consciousness. Frequently you will share seminal exchanges between great mentors and gifted students. Always you will be entertained by true tales of the origins and transmutations of brilliance.

LAVISH ORIGINAL COLOR PHOTOS, STIRRING TEXT, AMD EYE-CATCHING DESIGN MAKE THIS BOOK A PLEASURE TO READ, OWN, OR GIVE TO SOMEONE SPECIAL

THE GREAT ON THE GREAT

Diana Agrest on Sergei Mikhailovich Eisenstein
Tadao Ando on Le Corbusier
Henry N. Cobb on H. H. Richardson
Norman Foster on Paul Rudolph
Mario Gandelsonas on Mies van der Rohe
Michael Graves on Le Corbusier
Vittorio Gregotti on Peter Behrens
Charles Gwathmey on Louis I. Kahn
Hugh Hardy on William van Alen
Arata Isozaki on Le Corbusier
Carlos Jimenez on Luis Barragan
Sumet Jumsai on Le Corbusier
Ricardo Legorreta on José Villagrán
William S. W. Lim on Le Corbusier
Richard Meier on Frank Lloyd Wright
William Pedersen on Rockefeller Center
Cesar Pelli on Eero Saarinen
James Polshek on Louis I. Kahn
Antoine Predock on The Alhambra
Raj Rewal on Fatehpur Sikri
Richard Rogers on Maison de Verre
Der Scutt on Paul Rudolph
Robert A. M. Stern on Paul Rudolph
Hans Busso von Busse on Paul Rudolph

Here’s a profound, stirring study of how the world’s greatest architects influenced the lives and work of others―told in the disciples’ own dramatic and awe-filled words. They discuss the career-inspiring achievements of their mentors, designers of some of the most famous structures on Earth. The contributors delve into their mentors’ design philosophy, and tell you how the genius of the masters affected their careers, their goals, and their lives.

This candid personal testimony imparts the emotion, inspiration, and wonderment of architecture and vividly demonstrates the power of mentorship and the potential it can unleash. Each original essay is beautifully illustrated with photographs (most in full color) of both the architect’s work and that of his or her mentors, providing a visually stunning forum for comparison and learning.

In these pages you will hear from Richard Meier on his fruitful association with Frank Lloyd Wright. You will share Diana Agrest’s appreciation for the cinematic and structural genius of Sergei Mikhailovich Eisenstein. You will read Tadao Ando’s account of his enthrallment with Le Corbusier―and the Chappelle Notre Dame du Haut.

Open this book and meet masters of architecture―Mies van der Rohe, Louis Kahn, William van Alen, H. H. Richardson, Eero Saarinen―and their admirers―Cesar Pelli, Michael Graves, Hugh Hardy, Charles Gwathmey, William Pedersen, and 19 more of the great names of today’s architecture.

In addition, Architects on Architects lets you appreciate great work and great architects from contrasting perspectives. No fewer than four of today’s leading architects--Norman Foster, Der Scutt, Robert A. M. Stern, and Hans Busso von Busse―share awe (and differing reactions) before the mastery of Paul Rudolph. You will also view the highly influential work of modernist Le Corbusier from more than one window.

An ideal book for architecture aficionados, ARCHITECTS ON ARCHITECTS captures the soul, inspiration, and majesty of architecture. On architects and by architects, it is a work that builders, developers, and architects themselves will feel compelled to own.

About the Author:

SUSAN GRAY, Editor, is a people and portrait photographer and writer who has worked with a number of major corporations, magazines, and museums. The Eastman Kodak Company sponsored her first book, WRITERS ON DIRECTORS. ARCHITECTS ON ARCHITECTS is sponsored by USG Group.

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