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Windows on the world Architect Harry Seidler has spent more than 50 years traveling the globe, extensively photographing the peak achievements in architecture from 3000 B.C. to the present day. This collection of highlights from Seidler's opus offers armchair travelers, students, architecture buffs, and historians the opportunity to browse the buildings of the world through one man's photographs.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.56" Width: 5.51" Height: 0.63" Weight: 0.79 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2004
ISBN 3822838748 ISBN13 9783822838747
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More About Harry Seidler
Seidler is considered one of Australia's foremost architects. He studied architecture at the University of Manitoba. In 1945-6 he attended the Master's class at Harvard University. He later studied design at Black Mountain College. During over fifty years of practice he has built a great variety of work from houses to skyscrapers, both in Australian cities and internationally.
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Seidler's Remarkable Architectural Journey Around the World Oct 30, 2007
Austrian-born Australian architect Harry Seidler died last year at age 82, and he spent the greater part of his life photographing the world's great structures. This book captures over 570 pages worth of those images, all of which retain a timeless quality thanks to Seidler's unerring eye for architectural detail and his strict use of Leica cameras and Kodachrome film. Since he doesn't date the photos (only the construction periods of the buildings highlighted), it is impressive how their visual consistency reflect such a complete awareness of what an architect reviews as significant. It's hard to believe some of the photos are over half a century old. The net impact is that you come away with a much greater appreciation of buildings that have become more familiar more as icons.
When it comes to the world's great landmarks, many of the usual suspects are here - the Taj Mahal, St. Peter's, Angkor Wat, Fallingwater - but also less appreciated buildings like Barcelona's German Pavilion and Tokyo's Imperial Hotel. He covers the globe pretty thoroughly, especially Egypt, Italy, France and the U.S., although some countries like Denmark and Thailand are given short shrift as a result. The collection is not complete in the truest sense, but there should be few complaints about what is included here. Seidler complements the images with insightful introductions to each country's specific architecture. Even though the descriptions are brief, they give a helpful context for the unique buildings that were borne out of such political and cultural forces. Moreover, Taschen has decided to discount-price this book in celebration of the publisher's 25th anniversary.