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Geoffrey Bawa: The Completed Works

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Few architects of the twentieth century have achieved the harmonious and pleasurable fusion of local building traditions with modern forms and sensibility as has Geoffrey Bawa. The man and the buildings that he has created over the last forty years have become legendary in the region and influential around the world. Born in Sri Lanka in 1919 and educated at Cambridge University, Bawa initially worked in a Colombo law firm before returning to London's progressive Architecture Association as a student in the ...
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Few architects of the twentieth century have achieved the harmonious and pleasurable fusion of local building traditions with modern forms and sensibility as has Geoffrey Bawa. The man and the buildings that he has created over the last forty years have become legendary in the region and influential around the world. Born in Sri Lanka in 1919 and educated at Cambridge University, Bawa initially worked in a Colombo law firm before returning to London's progressive Architecture Association as a student in the 1950s. His early works were houses that artfully married vernacular styles and sensitively responded to climate and site with a modern architectural vocabulary. It wasn't long before his talents were applied on a larger scale, to a number of carefully designed hotels, the Sri Lanka parliament, and a wide variety of schools, office buildings, and other public works. His oeuvre is symbolized by the evolution of his own residences, in Colombo and in Lunuganga, which eloquently reflect Bawa's career and personality.

This ambitious publication is a comprehensive documentation and appreciation of the man and his work. Introductory chapters present Bawa's early life and the influence of local architecture and his education, while the heart of the book is a portfolio of his most important works. The reference section includes a complete chronology.

Architecture trends come and go, often fueled by a preoccupation with technology, but master architects whose works transgress boundaries, history, and styles always have something to teach. In the work of Geoffrey Bawa there are lessons for all of us. 600 photographs and illustrations, 300 in color.

Author Biography: David Robson is Professor of Architecture at the University of Brighton.

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Editorial Reviews

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Robson (architecture, Univ. of Brighton) here writes definitively about important South Asian architect Geoffrey Bawa. A Sri Lankan trained in London, Bawa developed a personal synthesis of traditional local forms and modernist plans. His site-specific, sustainable, and energy-conscious designs include courtyard and tower houses of local materials, schools, factories, offices, hotels, a university campus, and his country's New Parliament buildings. Robson outlines Sri Lankan history and architecture, then traces Bawa's aristocratic early life. In chronological segments, he analyzes 49 buildings, illustrating each with drawings and photographs (500 total, 250 in color). Bawa, who is now seriously ill, recently received a special Aga Khan Award for Architecture. This fine book is only the third about Bawa and appears to be the most comprehensive. Recommended for large architectural and South Asian collections.-David R. Conn, Surrey P.L., B.C. Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500341872
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 11/28/2002
  • Pages: 276
  • Sales rank: 571,060
  • Product dimensions: 10.70 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

David Robson was Professor of Architecture at the University of Brighton and Visiting Professor at the National University of Singapore. He lives in Britain and Sri Lanka.

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