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Green Architecture Hardcover – August 1, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen; 25th edition (August 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3836503212
  • ISBN-13: 978-3836503211
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 1.2 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,186,042 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An interesting exploration into how we might live and how we ought to live in harmony with nature." - Wisconsin State Journal, United States"

About the Author

Philip Jodidio studied art history and economics at Harvard University, and was editor-in-chief of the leading French art journal Connaissance des Arts for over two decades. He has published numerous articles and books on contemporary architecture, including TASCHEN's Architecture Now! series, Building a New Millennium, and monographs on Tadao Ando, Renzo Piano, Santiago Calatrava, Norman Foster, Richard Meier, and Alvaro Siza.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L.R.W. on May 15, 2009
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To be fair, I have not read the book cover to cover. My disappointment lies in the fact that there are many pretty pictures or coffee table book images throughout the book, but little in the way of architectural drawings or renderings. Furthermore, there is some discussion about materials and techniques but it does not seem to go into very much detail and the connection is not there to the images. For example, I am looking at Renzo Piano's Tjibaou Center (featured on the book jacket). There is some information about the use of bamboo and regional/cultural context but it does not go into detail and the pictures of the complex are not even on the same or adjacent pages. The pictures are also not oriented toward the discussion... they are little more than marketing photos so that you can recognize the site but not the materiality, function, or any other important characteristics of the project.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RHYS on September 22, 2010
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I'm glad I didn't pay full price. This book is to wordy not enough pictures. Probably should've looked at it in a library or bookshop. I'll read it anyway but I'm no going to enjoy it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Reinold F. on July 2, 2009
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I bought this book with the hope to find a contemporanean panorama about the green architecture since its beginnings to today but instead it seems a work thinked in the 90's years. I'm reading it but a bit slow, perhaps for its anachronic character. There is no much references to the present and althought the author try to escape and avoid the clichés from the green architecture (for example some people tends to think it as a method to put a bit of grass, so the author fortunately try to find a new real architectural point of view) in some moments he almost seems tempted to repeat the old stereotypes.
Well, but now i have to say that this book actually is two books in one: There is a book of words, and other secret book of images, images that directly don't support to the concepts explained for the author, and almost I think that the author thought his book as an essay without pictures.
To me this book has an interest as essay and of photographic reference(from Jodidio I suppose) to search in amazon. The Taschen edition work as always is great.
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