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BUILDING BARCELONA-A SECOND RENAISSANCE Paperback – August 15, 2006
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"Rowe curates the recent history of Barcelona's urban development into an account that is personal, critical and optimistic. " --Archinect
The Spanish city of Barcelona is home to some of the most challenging architecture on the planet. Featuring many examples of Gaudí's best work alongside masterworks by international architects including Mies van der Rohe, José Luis Sert, Rafael Moneo, Luis Barragán, Arata Isozaki, Arup & Partners, Richard Meier, and Jean Nouvel, the city is now one of the primary destinations for architecture tourists everywhere. In this page-turner of an architecture and urban-planning book, renowned architect and critic Peter G. Rowe, whose work focuses on the evolving cultural conditions of modernity in the built environment, singles out key buildings and historical milestones that have helped mold the city." --Harvard Design Magazine
About the Author
Peter G. Rowe is the Raymond Garbe Professor of Architecture and Urban Design and University Distinguished Service Professor at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, where he has taught since 1985. Between 1992 and 2004 he served as Dean of the Faculty of Design, following appointments as Chairman of the Department of Urban Planning and Design (1988-1992) and Director of the Urban Design Programs (1985-1990). --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top customer reviews
The major positive aspect to be underscored is that, despite this sponsorship, the author, a Harvard professor, remains honest, objective and even somewhat critical of recent decisions.
Sadly, the book is marred by:
* numerous and horrendous typos and spelling mistakes;
* an outdated lay-out that places all illustrations between chapters;
* very low resolution black and white photographs with incomplete captions, notably regarding dates;
* an almost complete exclusion of maps.
The book is close to current events in many aspects and since it was published in 2006 it will soon be completely outdated.
Consequently, it cannot be recommended to anyone, even the fondest Barcelona afionados.