James Stirling Michael Wilford and Associates: Buildings & Projects 1975-1992

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James Stirling's untimely death in 1992 cut short an immensely fruitful later phase of a creative career which began in the 1950s. Stirling inaugurated this second period in the Seventies when he established his main London office in partnership with Michael Wilford and devised his ambitious urban-planning proposals for the area round the Cathedral and the Wallraf-Richartz Museum in Cologne. International recognition resulted in a host of spectacular commissions for the team, consolidating its reputation and its influence on a younger generation of architects.
James Stirling, Michael Wilford and Associates: Buildings and Projects 1975-1992 is a retrospective documentation of this achievement, detailing the plans and projects that Stirling executed right up until his death. Critical appraisals, technical data and extensive illustrations record many important buildings, including the Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart; the Sackler Wing extension to the Fogg Museum, Harvard; the Science Centre in Berlin; the Clore Gallery for the Turner Collection at the Tate Gallery, London; the Performing Arts Center at Cornell University, New York State; and the B. Braun Melsungen A.G. buildings at Melsungen in Germany. All these projects testify to Stirling and Wilford's ability to synthesize many types of architectural idiom into work rich with a sense of play and spontaneity.
Some of the most celebrated - and often controversial - buildings of recent years are included in this comprehensive summary of an impressive canon of modern British architecture. Their fame is a measure of James Stirling's attainment, which now receives its proper commemoration.

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Born in 1923, graduating from the School of Architecture at Liverpool University in 1950, James Stirling ranks as one of the most interesting figures to emerge in Britain in the second half of the twentieth century. His activity lasted from 1950 until 1992, the year of his death. His work exemplified a continuous and undogmatic research, in which modern architecture is constantly redefined through the attention given to its social content and its physical context. In 1955 he founded with James Gowan the practice known as Stirling and Gowan, and at once, with their flats at Ham Common, they gave a new twist to the term "Brutalism," while with their Engineering Laboratories at Leicester University they reinterpreted modern architecture in Britain. Between 1964 and 1970 Stirling, working on his own, made fresh impact with designs for Cambridge and Oxford Universities, at St. Andrew's in Scotland, and for Olivetti at Haslemere. In 1971 he formed a partnership with Michael Wilford, who inherited the practice after his untimely death. Their projects for museums at Dusseldorf, Cologne and Stuttgart (the Neue Staatsgalerie) initiated a post-modern architecture that never ceased to be functional and forward-looking. James Stirling was awarded the Alvar Aalto Award in 1978, the Royal Gold Medal in 1980, and the Pritzker Prize in 1981.
Robert Maxwell was educated at the Liverpool School of Architecture, where he was a contemporary of James Stirling. After qualifying in 1950 he worked as an architect, and there are some six buildings in London that can point to as his work, including the river facade of the Royal Festival Hall. From 1958 he taught architecture, first at the ArchitecturalAssociation, then at the Bartlett School, University College, London. In 1982 he was appointed Dean of Architecture at Princeton University, where he is now Professor of Architecture Emeritus. Among his many books and publications are "New British Architecture," 1972, and "The Two-Way Stretch: Modernism, Tradition and Innovation," 1996.

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