Item description for Alvar Aalto, 1898-1976: Paradise for the Man in the Street (Taschen Basic Architecture) by Louna Lahti & Peter Gossel...
Finnish architect Alvar Aalto (18981976) was not only influenced by the landscape of his native country, but by the political struggle over Finland's place within European culture. Aalto turned to ideas based on Functionalism, subsequently moving toward more organic structures, with brick and wood replacing plaster and steel. He also designed buildings, furniture, lamps, and glass objects. Contains approximately 120 images, including photographs, sketches, drawings, and floor plans Introductory essays explore the architect's life and work, touching on family and background as well as collaborations with other architects The body presents the most important works in chronological order, with descriptions of client and/or architect wishes, construction problems and resolutions The appendix includes a list of complete or selected works, biography, bibliography and a map indicating the locations of the architect's most famous buildings
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 7.25" Height: 9" Weight: 0.78 lbs.
Release Date Dec 2, 2004
ISBN 3822835277 ISBN13 9783822835272
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"Basic" Oct 31, 2007
When they call this book "basic," they mean it. There is nothing deep or philosophical contained within these pages. Instead, this is an overview of the main works that Aalto produced during his career. Projects range from his Savoy vases to entire buildings. This is a good starting point for anyone who is interested in learning more about Aalto's work and nice to have as a basic reference. For the price, this little book can't be beat!
Dry, but an inexpensive introduction Sep 22, 2007
I love Aalto's work, but this book was just dry. I give it 3.5 only because it's meant to be an inexpensive introduction to Aalto's work, and it is inexpensive..but the writing is just dry. You really get nothing from the articles about the buildings..but it is a nice intro to the architect's life and it does showcase a few of his best works...albeit in a dry manner..
If you aren't really interested in his work, this is perfect for you. But if you want a decent look into some of his buildings and materials and philosophy, then your going to have to splurge a little