As architect, designer and especially author, Swiss master Werner Blaser has always asked, “What is good architecture?” In this copiously illustrated, comprehensive book, Blaser – author of books on Mies Van Der Rohe, Aalto, Meier, Piano, Jahn and Ando, among many others – offers his answer. Drawing on photographs from his impressive archive, which he accompanies with short explanatory texts, Werner Blaser vividly demonstrates the basic foundations of architecture and perception. In a few fascinating sections, for example, he describes the relation between the Finnish landscape and the works of Aalto; shows how Calatravas uses natural principles in his architecture; reveals how Piano works with light. He also considers traditional Chinese and Indian architecture, and the relation between archetype and image and the element of silence. A brilliant summing-up by one of architecture’s great thinkers.
9 x 9 inches / 176 pp / 170 b/w and color
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