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The great builders

Author: Ken Powell
Publisher: London : Thames & Hudson, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Seven hundred years of architectural innovation make for an international survey of spectacular scope and depth, from the dome of St. Paul's cathedral to the arresting angles of the Sydney Opera House, from the monumental Taj Mahal to Kengo Kuma's attempts "to erase architecture," to fortresses, bridges, and skyscrapers. The contributors include practicing architects and leading academics, and their essays focus on
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Aufsatzsammlung
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Ken Powell
ISBN: 9780500251799 0500251797
OCLC Number: 755712903
Description: 304 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
Contents: Filippo Brunelleschi, the father of Renaissance architecture --
Qavam al-Din Shirazi, architect to the House of Tamerlane --
Giuliano da Sangallo, wood sculptor, architect and student of antiquity --
Sinan, master architect of the Ottoman Empire --
Shah Jahan, Mughal emperor and builder --
Christopher Wren, scientist. architect and engineer --
Sebastien le Prestre de Vauban, foremost military engineer of the 17th century --
Thomas Telford, innovator of cast-iron bridge design --
Karl Friedrich Schinkel, genius and engineer --
James Bogardus, inventor of cast-iron architecture --
Joseph Paxton, landscape gardener and architect --
Victor Baltard, municipal architect of Paris --
Isambard Kingdom Brunel, visionary railway engineer and ship designer --
A.W.N. Pugin, realist and revolutionary --
Eugene-Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc, gothic as constructive will --
John Fowler, renowned developer of urban railways --
Giuseppe Mengoni, architect of Milan's Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II --
William Le Baron Jenney, developed Chicago's distinctive skyscrapers --
Gustave Eiffel, engineering mastermind of tall metal structures --
François Hennebique, symbol of reinforced concrete --
Antoni Gaudi, architect-craftsman with a unique creative style --
Louis H. Sullivan, ornamentalist, skyscraper designer and advocate of an "American" style --
Frank Lloyd Wright, architect of the space within --
Auguste Perret, an aesthetic language and doctrine for concrete construction --
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, the last great inventor of form --
Le Corbusier, in concrete or stone, wood or metal? --
Konstantin Melnikov, leap into the unknown --
Pier Luigi Nervi, transfigurations of an engineer --
R. Buckminster Fuller, design for the future --
Ove Arup, the outsider and the art of the impossible --
Louis T. Kahn, architect of the poetics of action and construction --
Jean Prouvé, the constructive imagination --
Oscar Niemeyer, radical critic of Modernist orthodoxies --
Eero Saarinen, exuberance and technological innovation --
Frei Otto, innovator of tensile and membrane structures --
Frank Gehry, designer of expressively iconic buildings --
Kenzo Tange, the architect of megastructures --
Norman Foster, invention and innovation in structure and materials --
Santiago Calatrava, a universal designer --
Kengo Kuma, an architecture of materiality and immateriality.
Responsibility: edited by Kenneth Powell.

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Surveys the careers of forty great architects whose engineering skills were crucial to their success. From churches and fortresses to bridges and high-tech skyscrapers, this title includes  Read more...

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