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Water and Architecture

Moore, Charles W. -Text -- Lidz, Jane - Photoghrapher

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ISBN 10: 0810939754 / ISBN 13: 9780810939752
Published by Abrams 224pp., New York, New York, U.S.A., 1994
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Title: Water and Architecture

Publisher: Abrams 224pp., New York, New York, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hardcover


Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: 1st. Edition

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The interplay of water and architecture has intrigued world-renowned architect Charles W. Moore and internationally acclaimed photographer Jane Lidz for decades. Their mutual interest has resulted in Water and Architecture, a collaboration of vibrant, poetic images and words in which the two reveal the expressive force of water, one of the most powerful and versatile of architectural elements.
In his lively, insightful text, Moore first addresses the symbolism of water as a design element, then examines the specific uses of water in a wide spectrum of architectural structures - fountains and waterfalls, rivers and canals, lakes and pools, and oceans and island - concluding with a look at basic design principles and environmental issues. Following each chapter are Lidz's spectacular color photographs - 130 in all - which bring the sites and ideas discussed vividly to life. The inspirational beauty of these images captures the essence of each design.
The scope of the book is impressive. The architecture ranges in style from classical to postmodern and includes places both celebrated and secret, from splendid palaces to humble plazas, waterfront skylines to private pools. Equally broad is the worldwide geographical span of the book: Bali, Belgium, China, England, France, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Spain, Thailand, and the United States are represented in Lidz's photographs.
The text sections are accompanied by black-and-white documentary illustrations and architectural plans. A comprehensive list of the color photographs and an index round out this magnificent volume, which speaks not only to architects and designers but also to lovers of art, photography, gardens, and travel - to anyone who has ever been enthralled by the mystical power of water.

From Publishers Weekly:

The interplay of water and architecture--in waterfront skylines, ports, houses, fountains, canals, plazas, natural and artificial lakes and pools--is the theme of this exquisite album. Skimming from ocean-straddling temples in Bali and Rome's grandiose Trevi Fountain to cities like Paris and San Antonio that are inextricably linked to their rivers, architect Moore's limpid essay is at once a loving celebration of water as source and symbol of life, and a searching inquiry into how architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright and Louis Kahn manipulate water's physical characteristics and associations. Lidz's intuitive photographic vision seems perfectly attuned to this subject, and no one who ponders this globe-straddling photo-essay will look at water in quite the same way again. Architects' and Designers' Book Service main selection.

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