Glenn Murcutt: A Singular Architectural Practice

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Glenn Murcutt is one of the world s most celebrated living architects, and is widely hailed as Australia s architect laureate. He was awarded the Pritzker Prize in May 2002, and is one of only seven recipients of the prestigious Alvar Aalto Medal. This astounding volume is the most up-to-date book on Murcutt s work. Full-colour photography, much of it supplied from the architect s own private collection, and a comprehensive selection of drawings and concept sketches, are complemented by Glenn s own notes, and the insightful commentary of internationally recognised architectural editors, Professor Haig Beck and Jackie Cooper. This book explores buildings and projects drawn from a wide variety of contexts: coastal, mountainous, tropical and desert, not to mention urban. Glenn Murcutt has also been awarded the Thomas Jefferson Medal for Architecture, the Kenneth F. Brown International Award for Architectural Culture in the Asia Pacific region, and was recently awarded an International Honorary Fellowship from the Royal Institute of Canadian Architects. SELLING POINTS: - Australia's guru of sustainable site-friendly architecture and a mentor to many of the world's architecture students - Includes the design philosophy of Glenn Murcutt in his own words and the expert commentary of Haig Beck and Jackie Cooper - Features the stunning photography of Max Dupain, Reiner Blunck, Anthony Browell and Eric Sierins 101 col., 185 b.andw.

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This book is a collaboration between Glenn Murcutt and internationally recognised architectural editors, Professor Haig Beck and Jackie Cooper. Book design by Garry Emery Design.

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Recipient of the 2002 Pritzker Architectural Prize, Murcutt is noted as Australia's chief exponent of sustainable and site-sensitive buildings. Working alone, as the title suggests, he created an original Australian architecture, characterized by the quality of the outback landscape. His buildings have evolved from the work of Mies van der Rohe (e.g., Mies's Crown Hall at the Illinois Institute of Technology), as seen in structures dating from the Laurie Short House of 1973 to the more expressive Magney House of 1985. Written by architecture critics Haig Beck and Jackie Cooper and divided into three sections-theory, practice, and technique-the volume begins with a series of brief essays, including one by Murcutt himself, on the technical, material, and aesthetic aspects of the work; oddly, none of these essays acknowledges the architect's obvious debt in his early work to Mies. In the middle section, 23 designs, illustrated with color and black-and-white photographs, are presented with brief, sometimes overly promotional descriptions and more insightful analyses by the architect. In the final section, a series of highly informative sketches, drawings, and construction details documents each of the same designs. Complementing E.M. Farrelly's more concise but ultimately more satisfying Three Houses: Glenn Murcutt, this volume is recommended for larger architecture collections.
Paul Glassman, New York Sch. of Interior Design Lib., New York
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