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Dominique Perrault: Recent Works [Paperback]

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Dominique Perrault erupted into the European architecture landscape in the early '90s, winning the competition for the Paris National Library-and then the French National Prize for Architecture in 1996, followed by the Mies van der Rohe Prize in 1997. Perrault developed a revolutionary design production balanced between a sophisticated rationalism and an elegant use of technology as seen in the Berlin Velodrome and in the Mediateque of Venissieux.This richly illustrated volume examines the complete work of Perrault and concludes with an interview with the master. Moving from Perrault's early international projects, Capitanucci reviews his creative production, focusing her essay on the recent works by dividing it into thematic sections: Architecture and Contemporary Public Space-Five Projects, Boxes, Late Nineties-Competitions and Design Experiments, and Urban renewal.
Maria Vittoria Capitanucci is an architect and critic. She is Professor of Theory and History of Architecture at the University of Milan.

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Studio: Skira
Pages   240
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.11" Width: 6.54" Height: 0.63"
Weight:   1.41 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 16, 2006
Publisher   Skira
ISBN  8876242694  
ISBN13  9788876242694  

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Good introductory book on DP's Architecture.  Nov 9, 2006
If you are a fan of Dominique Perrault (DP), this book will serve its purpose. The book compiles many projects executed by DP with highly dense texts and images. Along the chronological (and thematic) march of projects, the book carefully provides interstitial chapters that kindly explain the content and philosophy of DP architecture. Since his debut with the Mitterand's grand projects, Perrault's main thesis has been providing a landscape to the urban fabric. Based on the author, sometimes that landscape is expressed in "emptiness" (National Library in Paris) and sometimes it is expressed in the form of "land art" (Olympic facilities in Berlin). In either case, it's the celebration of the void (open space/ erasure of territory) over solid. The book also demonstrates the materiality of DP architecture expressed in the luminous prismatic forms. Perrault uses the term "Neutralization" regarding the attitude he has towards materials. He wants to seek new dimensions in territory definition and space perception by innovative material applications. Author claims Perrault's high tech is different from British's. But rather, it follows the "French High Tech". Besides the explicit explanation on DP architecture by the author, reader will also easily question some of the characteristics in Perrault's architecture. Why does DP like sunken gardens (National Library, Ewha)? Why is he obsessive about metal mesh? What are the characteristics of light? What's so contemporary about his landscape? How is his research and actual application different from other contemporary architects such as Sejima, Nouvel, and Artes? What is Perrault's idea of geometry and veiling?...........Thought provoking book.

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