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Zaha Hadid: Complete Works, 19792009 Hardcover

ISBN-13: 978-3836502948 ISBN-10: 3836502941 Edition: Box Mul

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 500 pages
  • Publisher: TASCHEN America Llc; Box Mul edition (September 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3836502941
  • ISBN-13: 978-3836502948
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 13.5 x 2.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #765,564 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Philip Jodidio (born 1954) studied art history and economics at Harvard, and edited Connaissance des Arts for over 20 years. His books include TASCHEN’s Architecture Now! series, and monographs on Tadao Ando, Norman Foster, Richard Meier, Jean Nouvel, and Zaha Hadid. He is internationally renowned as one of the most popular writers on the subject of architecture.
 



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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By L. T. Pun on December 1, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Bought this the day I saw it in a bookstore. Paid the discounted price here--and worth every penny, but I do start to regret buying past books about her since I no longer need them after having this one. The only other book of Hadid's works that is comparable to this one is the all-inclusive El Croquis Hadid collection.

The vellum prints are helpful to understand her layer technique, but also a little bit gimmicky--and not that helpful if you happened to need to read each drawing individually in detail. Had it been printed on white paper I could have done the same (comparing layers) by scanning them and put them together on computer.

And some of her paintings can never be printed too big--if the original is like 9' tall, then you need a big book to reproduce it. As far as I can remember this is the biggest book ever published for her stuff.

Not that it will ever happen--wish it had included some writings to locate her stuff among architectures in the past decade.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Charles Arko on April 30, 2010
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First off you should be warned this is a massive book. You can not take it with you. You can not put it on your bookshelf. It is destined for the coffee table. It is the most comprehensive Hadid book to date - by far. Nothing comes close to covering the amount of projects, interviews, and concepts. Given the books size and full page photos, what becomes strangely apparent is the sloppiness of Hadid's detailing, especially on early projects. You really see the marred edges of concrete, kinks in the poured forms, missed connections. It's almost as if an architecture practice this heavy on concept can't be bothered to figure out control joints, reveals, and drainage.

This is actually an asset for the book. I think too often we obsess over postage sized renderings of unbuilt work. Well, here (some) of the work is built, and the images are so large that there is no way to hide the imperfections. Case in point - Hadid's "Landscape formation 1" - the curves aren't entirely smooth. Actually they are rather kinked by the formwork used to pour the concrete. The edges are marred by use, broken away because a chamfered edge wasn't specified. Concrete and glass come together rather abruptly, with no frame, no insulation, no standard practice of architecture considered. The actual book, however, is well constructed, researched, and would no doubt be the slickest addition to your coffee table possible. It's a book you look at (not in but really AT) when you walk by. It has a presence in the room. Opening it means clearing your schedule for a while.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By YuliaV on March 3, 2011
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The Item is amazing. Great book with quite a few quality drawings and numbers of photos. Determinately a great gift. Had a little problem with shipping order,but at the end it all got taken care of.
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By RoyBobble86 on August 15, 2012
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This book was very well photographed and the material was top noche. This is exquisite work and it should be made available to the public. Horray!
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Innes Ferguson on February 19, 2010
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a weighty tome in every sense, although text repeated via translation helps to pad it out, the visual content is worth the silly low amazon price. watch the postman struggle and curse you to deliver it. amazing value, book as coffee table, unique
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