- Series: World Design Series (Book 6)
- Paperback: 157 pages
- Publisher: Stewart Tabori & Chang (June 1, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1556705573
- ISBN-13: 978-1556705571
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.5 x 11.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,021,688 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mexican Contemporary (World Design Series) Paperback – June 1, 1997
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Mexican Contemporary is a lush volume with 179 full-color photographs, many full page or double page spreads of an architectural detail, such as a fountainhead carved from stone gushing water with a dense blue wall in the background. Several of these images afford the reader an opportunity for a close-up view. Sometimes it seems more like a meditation on a theme or image, Striking also are the shadows captured in many of the photographs, like an essential element of color itself, how it appears in different light. With such beautiful photography, it seems almost unfair to comment that so many large scale close-ups can also create an emotional distance for the viewer. With Mexican Contemporary being as much of a photo book as a narrative, I often wished for less abstraction
Michael Helquist, MARIE EQUI: Radical Politics and Outlaw Passions
So when the architect I was interviewing recently for a massive home remodel listened to all my ideas and confusion, and said, "Ah! Barragan!" I was startled and then delighted to discover Luis Barragan was the maestro and his style was the inspiration for the wonderful homes in this book. It had quietly re-shaped my ideas about residential architecture and design more completely than I realized.
So now I am reading the book, and it gives a very simple, clear sense of the principles that guide this group of minimalist-colorist architects -- in a way that's useful to a lay reader. I understand that schematics and plans and so on are also important and 'real' designers and builders will bemoan their absence -- but that's some other book. There are books that will give you an arcane academic dissection of this approach to light, line, space, color, man, and nature -- but not this one.
This book is for dreaming.