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Mario Botta: Public Buildings 1990-1998 Paperback – December 18, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-8881183210 ISBN-10: 8881183218

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  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Skira (December 18, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8881183218
  • ISBN-13: 978-8881183210
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 1 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,554,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mario Botta (b. Mendrisio, 1943)
After serving as an apprentice in the studio of the architect Tita Carloni in Lugano, Mario Botta attended art school in Milan. He then continued his studies at the College of Architecture in Venice where he earned his degree in 1969. His examiners were Carlo Scarpa and Giuseppe Mazzariol.

During his time in Venice, he met Le Corbusier and Louis I. Kahn, with whom he worked on both the new Venice city hospital and on a design for the city's new congress centre.

He then set up an architecture practice in the Ticino, and his very first buildings revealed his characteristically intense approach to design work-- an approach that would be translated into countless buildings around the world (ranging from his one-family houses in the Ticino to the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco). From 1970 onwards, he devoted a great deal of his time to teaching and to running conferences, seminars and courses at numerous schools of architecture in Europe, Asia, the United States and South America.

In recent years, he has been deeply involved in the design and preparation of the new Ticino School of Architecture, a part of the University of Italian Switzerland, which opened its doors in October 1996.

About the Author

Mario Botta (b. Mendrisio, 1943)
After serving as an apprentice in the studio of the architect Tita Carloni in Lugano, Mario Botta attended art school in Milan. He then continued his studies at the College of Architecture in Venice where he earned his degree in 1969. His examiners were Carlo Scarpa and Giuseppe Mazzariol.

During his time in Venice, he met Le Corbusier and Louis I. Kahn, with whom he worked on both the new Venice city hospital and on a design for the city's new congress centre.

He then set up an architecture practice in the Ticino, and his very first buildings revealed his characteristically intense approach to design work-- an approach that would be translated into countless buildings around the world (ranging from his one-family houses in the Ticino to the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco). From 1970 onwards, he devoted a great deal of his time to teaching and to running conferences, seminars and courses at numerous schools of architecture in Europe, Asia, the United States and South America.

In recent years, he has been deeply involved in the design and preparation of the new Ticino School of Architecture, a part of the University of Italian Switzerland, which opened its doors in October 1996.

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By Peter F. Stubbs on November 15, 2000
Format: Paperback
While the Architect's process is touched upon, the real stars here are the photos of the models and buildings. This book offers the reader a fine sampling of the public buildings by an architect with a strong personal style. Interior and exterior shots (showing context nicely) abound, and the model work is just stunning. Sure to fire the imagination of the architecture enthusiast.
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This book served justice to one of the true master of our time. A triumph of architectural spirit over shallow trends and self-important manifestos.
The book has almost no writing but with beautifully composed images of the architect's drawings, sketches, models, and photographs of finished building. Sometimes, an image is worth a thousand words, and it is really refreshing to see an architecture book that let the work speaks for itself.
Format of this book is full of surprises. The book is about 8.5 in square with 228 pages, compact but not too small, and some of the pages allow you to unfold so the reader can experience his architecture with grandeur views.
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