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Austin Val Verde: A Montecito Masterpiece Hardcover – July 20, 2006


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Balcony Press; 1 edition (July 20, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1890449393
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890449391
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 9.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #931,718 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Berge Aran received a degree in architecture and a PhD in the history of architecture from Istanbul Technical University. In 1997 he began a three-year project, a color photographic essay on Austin Val Verde, which resulted in an almost unprecedented documentation of a specific site. He died in 2000.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rocque on March 10, 2011
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At first glance this looks like a quality book--magnificent cover photo, good graphic design, excellent cover stock. However, once you start turning the pages
it becomes one of the worst architectural books I have ever seen. The photos are not arranged in such a way as to give you a sense of experiencing the house
as you move through it. The photos themselves look as if they were taken by an amateur. The viewpoint of each photo was very poor, there was no changing
lenses to open up or close down the subject matter, all the photos were washed out and poorly focused, and you are left with a sense of having seen a collection
of hasty, random snapshots. The page design is extremely mediocre. When I think of what could have been done with the subject matter and the budget, all I can
think of is what a lost opportunity this was for a really outstanding book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Peter B. Retallick on May 13, 2007
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This book includes great photos on a subject that I love. Unfortunately some of these seem to be repeated. If you are looking for explanations about Bertram Goodhue's design process this is not the book for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jardiniere on August 24, 2009
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Beautiful estate, pictures well worth seeing reflect the estate as it was presented for display by its former, inept "stewards," now gone following the Austin Val Verde Foundation bankruptcy.
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