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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on December 9, 2001
Format: Paperback
to an architect the purpose of this book is unclear. The subject is an architect with an extremely interesting life, who designed very interesting buildings. The subtitle of the book gives us the impression that the book is about architecture. In reality it only gives us a very poor impression of the buildings designed by Neutra: only very small pictures are displayed of what he designed. family snap-shots on the other hand, are everywhere and in larger sizes.
Of course this can be a purpose of the writer. However, the uncritical way and blind admiration for Neutra makes the book boring to read and tiresome.
I suggest that anyone that is interested in the works of Neutra buy another book, with better, and more pictures of his buildings and floor plans to go with them. His buildings deserve it.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on October 23, 1999
Format: Paperback
The classic Neutra companion; very informative. Although I would have liked to have seen current color photographs of the great RJN's work along with the extensive B&W ones (actually I believe a volume of that nature is in the works), this retrospective is nonetheless very broad in its scope and has many interesting stories about the building of the structures during Neutra's life. Also contains a complete list of his buildings and houses, along with locations and dates of construction.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 3, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book is the benchmark on Richard Neutra's work, it's thorough, has wonderful, vivid images, and the text is scholarly, but easy to read. I have always been a huge fan of Mr. Neutra's work, it is so clean, open, and modern. His buildings really fit Southern California perfect, the sunshine and the dry ocean breezes meld well with his modern asthetic. If you have any interest in Moderne architecture or are just a fan of the singular Mr. Neutra, then I highly recommend this book.
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on December 14, 2014
Format: Hardcover
If you want to know more about Richard Neutra, the context of his output, and pivotal works in his oeuvre, this is definitely the book for you. Thomas Hines’s writing is balanced, clearly addressing Neutra’s strengths and shortcomings in his work and conduct; carefully tracing Neutra’s early history, struggle to enter the profession of architecture, rise to acclaim and the later fading of that acclaim. Although this book is primarily biographical in nature, it is heavily illustrated with images of Neutra’s work, several of which aren’t in Lamprecht’s, Boesiger’s, or Neutra’s own books.
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on September 5, 2013
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
Hines book is just excellent. I loved his inclusion of relationship descriptions and insights into Neutra's personality. Of course, his coverage of Neutra's architectural creations was wonderful.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on November 16, 2000
Format: Paperback
this is an excellent account of the life and works of richard neutra. i would recommend this book to anyone interested in modern architecture, both regionally and internationally. More color images would have been appreciated, although this does not detract from the overall attractiveness of the book.
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