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Carlo Scarpa Hardcover – September 30, 2013

ISBN-13: 978-0714848006 ISBN-10: 071484800X

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 287 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press (September 30, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 071484800X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714848006
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 1.5 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With 350 images and drawings, Carlo Scarpa documents the architect's dramatic modernism - the sweeping red staircase of his Banca Popolare in Verona, his sleek concrete-and-wood Olivetti showroom in Venice - even as it celebrates his poetic vision?—ELLE Décor

About the Author

Robert McCarter is a practicing architect and Ruth and Norman Moore Professor of Architecture at Washington University in St. Louis, since 2007. He taught previously at the University of Florida, where he was Director of the School of Architecture from 1991-2001, and Columbia University, among others. He has written for numerous international publications and his books include Louis I. Kahn (2005); On and By Frank Lloyd Wright: A Primer of Architectural Principles (2005); Frank Lloyd Wright (1997); Unity Temple (1997) and Fallingwater (1994), all by Phaidon Press. He is also the author of Wiel Arets: Autobiographical References (2012) and Frank Lloyd Wright: Critical Lives (2006).

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Huddie on October 13, 2013
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My first reaction to the format of this book, while not as severe as B.Olson's critique below, was to be taken aback by Olson's same observations. Yet on spending time with the book, I quickly not only got accustomed to its quirks, but came to appreciate them in the context of the subject. In other words, what at first seemed overly mannered (not just the odd but in practice relatively workable spine/hinge, nor the also odd but, in readings, content-enhancing bold print, but oddities such as indenting the first two lines of paragraphs) I came to see in compelling ways making deference to an architect whose work is so profound that, as author Robert McCarter makes poignantly clear, it defies academic, formal explication.

Since discovering him forty years ago I have bought and have read every word I could find in English on Carlo Scarpa, and partly due to the aforementioned opacity of the work stated by McCarter was skeptical of yet another treatise on him, by an architect/historian who I had not heard of. But from the first few pages I was absorbed in McCarter's knowledge, research, and crystal insights into this mystical opacity. (Opacity in Scarpa's instance being far from pejorative, but a gift for anyone who will approach the architecture with a sense of history, mind and heart.)

McCarter serves Scarpa well, and has given at least this longtime student of The Master a wonderful gift.

(P.S. to B. Olson: though I am as stated above not unsympathetic to your criticisms of the physical book itself, I would urge you to reconsider giving McCarter's work a one star rating, which at first glance - one of the misfortunes of the Amazon rating system - gives the casual reader of the reviews a negative view of a work of scholarship that you seem to in fact admire.)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Locktov on October 1, 2013
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McCarter presents 15 projects in reverential detail. Roaming through the predominantly interior spaces (ordered somewhat chronologically and by poetic themes), we begin to understand Scarpa's philosophies: his conviction that building museums was more rewarding than skyscrapers, it was easier to work with fixed limitations, art was best viewed in natural light, layers of history were not be demolished but revealed, material transitions were to be celebrated and Verum Ipsum Factum - we only know what we make. Beams, joints, apertures, seams, edges, the functional should be beautiful.

McCarter explains repeatedly that the only way to truly understand the work of Scarpa is through "experiential engagement." This monograph is the catalyst to get us to go. Maybe when in Italy, being seduced by the saturated jewel colors of the Venetian plaster at Banca Popolare, or perhaps standing on the first floor of Querini Stampalia surrounded by an interior moat of splashing water during aqua alta, or sensing the intimate love between husband and wife as their sarcophagi incline together at the Brion Cemetery, we will feel what Scarpa saw.
My complete review on The Curated Object: [...]
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By funny how? on November 29, 2013
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A must have for any Scarpa enthusiast. Excellent writing and photography of projects designed by one of modernism's most unappreciated heroes.

That said, the design of the book itself is a horror. The terrible spine/hinge design does not allow the book to open flat and actually tends to want to self-close the book, and so you end up spending your time fighting with the book instead of reading it. Reading it is also a chore as any quoted text is bold, large and a different font from the main text which is gray.
In the end, the overall book design is a completely self-indulgent trainwreck that really and truly interferes with trying to read it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lynne Diamond-Nigh on December 31, 2013
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This was my husband's Christmas present and he loves it. My stepdaughter also spent a lot of time reading it while she was here.
Quick shipment, excellent merchandise.
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13 of 21 people found the following review helpful By B. Olson on October 9, 2013
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How could Phaidon Press take Robert McCarter's excellent text, add wonderful photographs and diagrams and end up with one of the worst book designs that they have ever produced?!!
Book designer - Béla Stetzer - has created a hardbound book with a ridiculous hinge that never allows the book to lie flat. She has also taken any and all quoted texts and put them in a bold point size which is larger than the main text. Therefore the page format is uneven and the read is most annoying. Quoted passages should not dominate the page and make McCarter's own words secondary.
Phaidon should throw away the entire printing and start over with a different book designer who knows how to make a book as special as the architecture of Carlo Scarpa.
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