Imre Makovecz: The Wings of the Soul (Architectural Monographs No 47)

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This is the first book in English exclusively devoted to the startlingly original work of Imre Makovecz, Hungary's most highly acclaimed architect. A household name in his native country for many years, Makovecz first gained international recognition with his extraordinary pavilion at the Seville Expo of 1992. The architectural press not only hailed his organic and highly idiosyncratic architecture, but also recognised it as containing an authenticity and spirituality lacking in much contemporary design. The author emphasises the universality of Makovecz's work, by illustrating selection of his buildings, each accompanied by further descriptions and explanations. A biography and chronology also combine to give a full account of Makovecz's career. Many of the photographs and original drawings in this monograph offer a unique opportunity to see previously unpublished material.

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Architectural Monographs No 47 Imre Makovecz the Wings of the Soul This is the first book in English exclusively devoted to the startlingly original work of Imre Makovecz, Hungary's most highly acclaimed architect. A household name in his native country for many years, Makovecz first gained international recognition with his extraordinary pavilion at the Seville Expo of 1992. The architectural press not only hailed his organic and highly idiosyncratic architecture, but also recognised it as containing an authenticity and spirituality lacking in much contemporary design. In this monograph, Edwin Heathcote emphasises the universality of Makovecz's work. Unlike many journalists who have presented Makovecz as a mere personification of his nation and his culture, the author has spent many hours interviewing him to understand his most important themes and influences: the way he has sought out ancient archetypes and anthropomorphic forms. A comprehensive introductory essay outlines these as a prelude to an illustrated selection of his buildings, each accompanied by further descriptions and explanations. A biography and chronology also combine to give a full account of Makovecz's career. Many of the photographs and original drawings in this monograph offer a unique opportunity to see previously unpublished material. The highly successful Architectural Monographs series focuses on individuals of international stature who have been influential in practice and in education. Each monograph is designed to reflect the style of the architect featured, providing an invaluable record of the work and an important source book for further study. Monographs in print include: Alvar Aalto ? Edwin Lutyens ? Mies van der Rohe John Soane ? Richard Rogers ? Terry Farrell Daniel Libeskind ? Ahrends, Burton and Koralek Tadao Ando ? Le Corbusier ? Frank Lloyd Wright Hassan Fathy ? Robert AM Stern ? CFA Voysey Foster Associates ? Venturi Scott Brown ? Rob Krier Lebbeus Woods ? Morphosis ? Demetri Porphyrios Peter Pran of Ellerbe Becket ? Stirling + Wilford Peter Cook ? Eric Owen Moss ? Quinlan Terry William Alsop and Jan Störmer ? Itsuko Hasegawa Franklin D Israel Recent Monographs: Panos Koulermos No 35 Miguel Angel Roca No 36 Tomás Taveira No 37 Ron Herron No 38 Allan Greenberg No 39 Enric Miralles No 40 Toyo Ito No 41 Minoru Takeyama No 42 Derek Walker No 43 Philip Johnson No 44 Carlo Aymonino No 45 Santiago Calatrava No 46

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Edwin Heathcote is an architect and writer working in London. He became interested in the architecture of Imre Makovecz while studying at Kingston University where he wrote a dissertation on his work. He has lived and worked in Hungary as a journalist for radio and newspapers and is also the author of Twentieth Century Architecture in Budapest. He is currently collaborating with Makovecz in the building of a pavilion and exhibition in London.

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