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Dinner for Architects Paperback – May 17, 2004

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (May 17, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393731545
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393731545
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 8.2 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,621,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

A cadre of internationally recognized architects were invited to a dinner for the opening of a new exhibition space at the Architecture Museum of Munich's Technical University. But rather than their persons, the architects were asked to send the Museum a sketch on a dinner napkin, which would then be placed on a table as their "representative." This handsomely produced book presents their "colorful and whimsical" responses. Readers aren't told much more than this; both Nerdinger's introduction and Howard's foreword would fit on one of the Museum's napkins. Nerdinger, the Museum's current director, declines to say if the idea was his (or what year the dinner took place) but, in her afterword, Irene Meissner assures us that "a meal unlike any other was served, and the guests ate, drank, and were merry late into the night." Full-color reproductions of some 60 napkins-with sketches by Tadao Ando, Mario Botta, Steven Hall, Josef Paul Kleihues, Dominique Perrault and Robert Venturi, among others-are interspersed with bon mots on the subject of drawing by the likes of Josef Albers, Le Corbusier (who was never a fan of the architectural sketch) and Mies van der Rohe. The sketches themselves range from quick scribbles to more elaborate works of art; they are striking enough to carry the book on their own, with the wattage of the collective reputations behind them.
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“A gift for the thoughtful” (Raymond J. Steiner - Art Times)

“Inspired doodles are a familiar cliché in the world of architecture . . . But Dinner for Architects, a newly published collection of napkin sketches commissioned from Steven Holl, Tadao Ando, Robert Venturi, and others by the Architecture Museum of the Technical University of Munich, is more than an inside joke. As the examples shown here suggest, napkins can be an architect's canvas, diary, and aesthetic manifesto all rolled—or wadded up—together.” (Boston Globe)

“Wonderful and often whimsical . . .” (Sara Scott - Log Home Design Ideas)

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I must say that sketches were disappointing and the napkin sketch contest that I ran at my architecture firm yielded far greater results than those contained herein. The book is much ado about nothing....
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I was really hoping for more in this book. The books' construction is quite nice - with the watercolor paper and all, but the content is not nearly as exciting as I had hoped. I was looking for more explanation and thought process behind the sketches from the sketchers. It still is a good coffee table item though to start conversation with non-architectural mere mortals. :P
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