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Mario Botta [Paperback]

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Born in Switzerland in 1943, Mario Botta is a leading member of the Swiss-Italian Ticino school of Architecture. Equally comfortable working on a large scale or with smaller, more intimate projects, he is a maestro when it comes to fusing the strengths of Modernism with the tried and tested forms of tradition.

Free and wide-ranging in his use of modern construction techniques, he made his mark with such high-stakes commissions as Evry Cathedral, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Tinguely Museum in Basel. But he is respected particularly for his sensitivity to regional vernacular and to the building's relationship with the land (see his Casa Biachi in Riva San Vitale). Whether designing an office block in Lugano, a home for the elderly in Ticino, or even a celebratory tent for the 700th anniversary of the Swiss Confederation, Botta negotiates sensitively between space and light, the line and the curve, internal symmetry and the benefits of vistas to realise his essentially spiritual vision of an architectural practice for the millennium and beyond.

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Pages   192
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.7" Width: 7.5" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   1.7 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 1, 2003
Publisher   Taschen
ISBN  3822823449  
ISBN13  9783822823446  

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More About Philip Jodidio

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Philip Jodidio was the editor in chief of the French art monthly Connaissance des Arts for more than twenty years. He is the author of more than 100 books on contemporary architecture, including Rizzoli's I.M. Pei: The Complete Works and Tadao Ando: Venice. Elizabeth Dowling is professor emeritus at Georgia Tech University.

Philip Jodidio currently resides in Grimentz.

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86 projects copiously illustrated and concise  Nov 6, 2005
ISBN: 8425217180 is an exclusively black & white, concise and copiously illustrated paperback survey of 86 major works published in 1997 by Gustavo Gili (GG) of Barcelona in English and Spanish side by side on 256 pages, as a 4th edition. A short introductory part on several pages is followed by the main review part presenting each shortly described project in a combination of excellent B&W photos, plans, sections, elevations, hard line presentation drawings, sketches, etc. The book is ended with a biography, writings, list of works, etc. on several pages. Most of hundreds of only B&W illustrations are technical, but all (incl. B&W photos) are of a good quality, well balanced, crisp and legible. Like all from the Works and Projects series, it is solid among architectural monographs, but slightly smaller than the Studio Paperback series published by Birkhäuser Verlag under ISBN: 37643* (Basel)/08176* (Boston) or Artemis Verlag under ISBN: 37608* (Zürich)/18740* (London).
an overview on Botta's works in architecture mainly  Dec 17, 2000
The book gives an overview on Botta's works in the past, present and it lists some projects with their drawings and models that are proposed to be done in the future. The book is sufficient, in my opinion, to provide a basic understanding of Botta's philosophies and the way he handles architecture.

almost every information given in the book is given in three different languages. Hence, the book might be useful to some of those who don't use English.

There is a small gallery at the end of the book that illustrates some of the design work that Botta did outside architecture like furniture, vases, among others. the collection is informative. However, I wished I found a collection with larger photos and more details.

So, in general, I rate the book as a good reference and overview on Botta's works, especially architectural ones.


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