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The Constant, dialogues on Architecture in Black and White, (Dialogues with Durek)

Catalano, Eduardo

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ISBN 10: 0937999024 / ISBN 13: 9780937999028
Published by Cambridge Architectural Press, 2000
Condition: As New Hardcover
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This is a fine, as new, hardcover, first edition copy, no DJ, as issued. White spine. There was a lovely Catalano house in our neighborhood. Page 150, A warped sheet of paper design roof. Alas, for the lack of simple roof maintenance, the house was knocked down and carted away. Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 071953

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Title: The Constant, dialogues on Architecture in ...

Publisher: Cambridge Architectural Press

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: No DJ

Edition: First Edition.

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The book is a dialogue between an architect and a mathematician taking place over a period of seven days and presenting examples of architectural system-forms that originate in many scientific fields as well as mathematical abstractions that are translated into flowing three-dimensional forms leading to new conceptions of structure and space.

The book is directed to the young, to students and educators longing for change, to historians of art and architecture who want to challenge long standing myths and precedents; to planners who want to conceive a new urban environment since no change is valid while it preserves the unimaginative and obsolete structures of the past, to architects in order to narrow the increasing gap between art, science and technology by means of a new science, the Science of Systems and to the general reader who is interested in architecture and can see it here in a unique literary context.

The constant reduces 5000 years of architecture to a single concept and to three buildings that have introduced fundamental innovation into the art. It simplifies architecture into a universal concept called Generic Architecture whose bare bones are inclusive, long lasting, adaptable to change and so flexible as to encompass all building types.

About the Author:

Eduardo Catalano is an architect in constant search of synthesis. He calls it synthesis of the essential.

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, he graduated from the University of Buenos Aires in 1940 and in 1944, 1945 from the Universities of Pennsylvania and Harvard where he studied under Walter Gropius. He taught at the Architectural Association in London, England, at the School of Design in Raleigh, North Carolina State University, where he was the head of the Department of Architecture and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT, where he is a Professor Emeritus.

He has received five first prizes in national architectural competitions in the United States. Among the buildings he has designed are the Raleigh House, designated for its audacious conception of thin shell structure and space as one of the two hundred most important works of architecture in the country, also the Juilliard School of Music in Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York, in asociation with Pietro Belluschi, and Embassies of the United States of America in Argentina and South Africa.

He is the author of four books, a contributor to the Encyclopaedia Britannica and the Enciclopedia Ilaliana and a member of the Academy of Science in Buenos Aires.

His buildings and articles have been published in numerous professional books and periodicals of architure and engineering all over the world and his work has been exhibited in the United States and in Europe.

He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

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