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Richard Meier, Architect, Vol. 3: 1992-1998 Hardcover – June 12, 1999


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli; 3rd edition (June 12, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847819965
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847819966
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 1.6 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,994,893 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

While architectural styles keep changing, Richard Meier is a rock of constancy, holding fast to the forms and principles of classic 20th-century modernism. His pristine white buildings, precise and articulated, proclaim that rationality and clarity still have the power to impress us in an age of unfettered stylistic experimentation. Others may seize the role of Dionysus, but he is content to be Apollo.

This is the third installment of a series of monographs on Meier's architecture; the first volume was published in 1985. It records 23 works designed or completed between 1992 and 1999. The best known of these is the legendary Getty Center in Los Angeles, but that billion-dollar Wagnerian extravaganza has not distracted Meier from turning out many other impressive structures of large and small scale, including the Hague City Hall and Central Library, the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Rachovsky House in Dallas. Two-thirds of the projects are in Europe or Asia, suggesting that America may not be taking full advantage of this native son's abilities.

This large-format, square book is handsomely assembled, with 444 pages and more than 650 well-reproduced color and black-and-white photos and finely honed line drawings. Essays by architectural historians Kenneth Frampton and Joseph Rykwert and a postscript by architect Arata Isozaki--all major figures in their fields--provide valuable analysis that completes this impressive volume. --John Pastier

About the Author

Richard Meier received his architectural training at Cornell University and established his office in New York City in 1963. Since that time, his international practice has included museums, courthouses, city halls, corporate headquarters, educational facilities, and public housing in addition to private houses. He has received numerous awards for his work, including the Pritzker Prize for Architecture and the Gold Medal of the American Institute of Architects.

Kenneth Frampton is Ware Professor of Architecture at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.

Joseph Rykwert is Paul Philippe Cret Professor of Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania

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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Todd Evans on February 11, 2000
Format: Hardcover
To those very few of us who are in architectural circles, Richard Meier is a common name. I know that I quickly bought the first two volumes of his books upon entering Architecture School, and put my name on a waiting list for 3 months to get the third volume. When the book arived, I was a little disappointed at the haste in which the book was put together. It seemed to me that they were in such a rush to put out another volume of his work, that the quality of it suffered. Many of the projects shown in this book, are just completed versions of what was in the planning phases in his second book. Another disappointing feature of this book is that almost one quarter of it is dedicated to the Getty Center. I guess the reason that it seemed so spurious to me is that I had volume two AND a book on the Getty Center before purchasing this third volume, so there wasn't much new information to sink my teeth into. My recomendation is this: If you have the first two volumes- Don't be in any hurry to buy this book. It's already familiar to you, and you'll be let down.
If you don't have the first two volumes, or are new to architecture: Go and buy this book immedeately! This is a great book for you to become familiar with one of the masters of modern architecture. You'll like what you see
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 4, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This 3rd in a series monograph by Rizzoli is a must-have addition to any serious architectural book library or to fans of Richard Meiers work. The numerous color photos are top rate, and together with a large number of drawings give a thorough overview of one of the top designers of today. The many photos in particular attest as to the successful completion of previously anticipated projects which have been in the pipeline, while new drawings herald new masterpieces to come.
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By Dr. Wilson Trivino on May 9, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is the third volume of series that captures the tireless work of Richard Meier who has taken simplicity and made master pieces. In his first volume he discusses white in this book it is the evolution as an architect.
The Getty Museum is discussed. I have been to it as it sits on a mountain top capturing the beauty of Southern California in the backdrop of the city of angels.
Meier notes in the preface that "if we are to create new and meaningful places within our cities, we need to have not only a sense of our common social and spiritual aspirations but also a feeling for the traditions from which our society stems."
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By steven adelson on April 1, 2013
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Great collection of what I consider some of Richard Meier's most iconic works. Photography is beautiful, a must in an architectural library.
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