Candela

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Experimentation and invention

The focus of this monograph on Spanish-born Félix Candela (1919–1997) is on modern Mexican architecture and its international influence. Conducting daring structural experiments with materials such as reinforced concrete and experimenting with shell vaulting to find new methods to save costs and material in building, Candela not only succeeded in putting his engineering knowledge into high quality constructions ...

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Overview


Experimentation and invention

The focus of this monograph on Spanish-born Félix Candela (1919–1997) is on modern Mexican architecture and its international influence. Conducting daring structural experiments with materials such as reinforced concrete and experimenting with shell vaulting to find new methods to save costs and material in building, Candela not only succeeded in putting his engineering knowledge into high quality constructions but also into high quality architecture. Geometry marks his impressive sculptural work, not only in the industrial buildings but also in churches, restaurants, university buildings, and sport facilities. With this book, readers are invited to discover how construction problems result in poetic and bizarre forms, and how advances in engineering can lead to expressionist architecture.

About the Series:

Each book in TASCHEN’s Basic Architecture Series features:

  • an introduction to the life and work of the architect
  • the major works in chronological order
  • information about the clients, architectural preconditions as well as construction problems and resolutions
  • a list of all the selected works and a map indicating the locations of the best and most famous buildings
  • approximately 120 illustrations (photographs, sketches, drafts and plans)


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783822837252
  • Publisher: Taschen America, LLC
  • Publication date: 7/1/2008
  • Series: Basic Architecture Series
  • Edition description: Illustrate
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Enrique X. de Anda Alanís received his PhD in art history from the National University of Mexico. He is an architect and has been a researcher of the history of architecture for over two decades. He works also in the preservation of the 20th Century Architecture Heritage.

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Table of Contents


Introduction     6
Cosmic Rays Pavilion     20
Chemical Sciences Auditorium     24
La Jacaranda Nightclub in Mexico City     26
Customs Administration Warehouses     28
Church of Our Miraculous Lady     30
Coyoacan Market     36
Our Lady of Solitude Chapel, El Altillo     38
Main Hall of Mexico's New Stock Exchange     44
Church of Saint Anthony of the Orchards     46
Factory Gate of the Lederle Laboratories     50
Jamaica Wholesale Market     52
La Jacaranda Nightclub in Acapulco     54
Entranceway Sculpture at Lomas Tropicales de Tequesquitengo     56
Plaza of the Fans (Plaza Los Abanicos)     58
Los Manantiales Restaurant     62
Lomas de Cuernavaca Chapel     66
Church of Saint Joseph the Laborer     70
San Vicente de Paul Chapel     72
Bacardi & Co. Bottling Plant     76
Santa Monica Church     80
La Florida Church     82
San Lazaro Subway Station     84
Candelaria Subway Station     86
Olympic Sports Complex     88
Life and Work     92
Map     95
Bibliography / Credits / The Author     96
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