The Great Builders (Paperback)
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The Great Builders (Paperback)

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Paperback 256 Pages / Published: 13/05/2021
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The Great Builders surveys the careers of forty great architects whose engineering skills were crucial to their success. Sixteen nationalities and seven centuries of architectural innovation make for a survey of spectacular scope and depth: from churches and fortresses to bridges and high-tech skyscrapers, it includes masterpieces from all over the world and covers 700 years of architectural history.

Here is Brunelleschi, who built the 'unbuildable' dome of Florence Cathedral; Sinan, a Christian engineer who became chief architect to the Ottoman court; Joseph Paxton, scribbling down a design for the Crystal Palace, London, on a piece of blotting paper; and James Bogardus, an early American evangelist of the opportunities offered by cast-iron architecture.

Rapid advances in industrial production inspired experiments with new materials and techniques, gradually allowing a whole new architecture to emerge: reinforced concrete, plate glass and steel were central to the creations of Le Corbusier, Auguste Perret and Mies van der Rohe, for instance; and, in the High-Tech architecture of the present day - represented by Norman Foster, Frank Gehry and Santiago Calatrava, among others - computer-aided design has seemingly tested the boundaries of the possible.

Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
ISBN: 9780500294789
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 240 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'The story that these 40 anecdotes tell is captivating ... [this] is a rare book that treats architecture as an expression of structural science in the hands of artists' - New York Journal of Books
'[An] excellent study of architecture's most outstanding exponents ' - Burlington Magazine

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