New Directions in Contemporary Architecture: Evolutions and Revolutions in Building Design since 1988 / Edition 1

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Rem Koolhaas has defined architecture as a chaotic adventure. Nothing could be more true than that of the last two decades. Never has architecture been so unbridled and so extraordinary: the architectural cast has never been so wide and their works so diverse. What though if you are new to the subject? How is it possible to make sense of this seemingly unruly architectural landscape? There are so many different types of architecture, so many designers with such varying and even contradictory approaches.

This book is a much needed navigation guide for anyone interested in modern architecture. Organised chronologically, it enables you to find your way through one of the most prolific periods of building design. It looks at buildings in often contrasting styles that have been built almost simultaneously across the world with their roots in very different tendencies and schools of thought. A loose but effective framework is provided, which pulls all these multiple threads together, while key buildings are described individually with a unique clarity and precision.

  • Covers seminal works, such as Guggenheim Bilbao and the Jewish Museum in Berlin.
  • Features key architects: Norman Foster, Zaha Hadid, Herzog & de Meuron, Toyo Ito, Rem Koolhaas, Jean Nouvel and Renzo Piano
  • Illustrated with more than 220 colour images

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470518908
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/23/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Luigi Prestinenza Puglisi is an architectural writer andcritic. he teaches Contemporary Architectural History at LaSapienza University in Rome. He writes for Domus, The Plan,L'Arca, Abitare and Architectural Design. He is the Italiancorrespondent for A10 new European architecture,Monument (Australia) and the Architect's Newspaper(USA). He is an editor for Le Carre Bleu. PrestinenzaPuglisi is the director of the weekly presS/Tletter ( andcurator of numerous exhibitions and events. he has written manybooks and is also the guest-editor of Italy: A New ArchitecturalLandscape, Architectural Design, 2007.

His writings can be found online at:

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Table of Contents

1. After Deconstructivism 1988-92.

1.1. Precedents.

1.2. Deconstructivist Architecture.

1.3. A New Paradigm.

1.4. Zaha and the Game of Opposites.

1.5. Rem Koolhaas: Method and its Paradoxes.

1.6. Frank O Gehry: New Compositions.

1.7. Disjunction and Dis-location.

1.8. Between Gesture and Perception: Fuksas and Holl.

1.9. The Minimalist Approach: Herzog & de Meuron.

1.10. Minimalism in England, France and Japan.

1.11. The development of High Tech.

1.12. Post-Modernism and Modernism Continued.

1.13. The Inheritance of Deconstructivism.

2. New Directions: 1993-7.

2.1. The Turning Point.

2.2. Explosive Buildings.

2.3. Los Angeles, Graz and Barcelona.

2.4. The Radicals and Coop Himmelb (L)au.

2.5. Nouvel: Beyond Transparency.

2.6. Herzog & de Meuron and the Skin of the Building.

2.7. Minimalisms.

2.8. Questions of Perception.

2.9. Koolhaas: Euralille.

2.10. The Poetics of the Electronic: Between the Blob and theMetaphor.

2.11. Eco-tech.

2.12. Renzo Piano's Soft-Tech.

2.13. PAYS-BAS_perspectives.

2.14. Pro and Versus a New Architecture.

2.15. The MoMA Extension.

2.16. The Beginnings of a New Season.

3. A Season of Masterpieces: 1998-2001.

3.1. The Guggenheim in Bilbao (Frank O Gehry)

3.2. The House in Floriac (Rem Koolhaas)

3.3. The Jewish Museum in Berlin (Daniel Libeskind)

3.4. The KKL in Lucerne (Jean Nouvel)

3.5. The Un-Private House.

3.6. The Möbius House.

3.7. A Dutchness in the State of Architecture.

3.8. New Landscapes,New Languages.

3.9. New Landscape: The West and East Coast.

3.10. A New Avant-Garde.

3.11. Landscapes of Aesthetic Objects?

3.12. Aesthetics, Ethics and Mutations.

3.13. The Eleventh of September.
Two Thousand and One.

3.14. Starting Over.

4. Trends: 2000-7

4.1. The World Trade Center.

4.2. Clouds and Monoliths.

4.3. The Star System.

4.4. The Crisis of the Star System.

4.5. The Crisis of Architectural Criticism.

4.6. The End of the Star System?

4.7. Ten Projects.

4.8. Super-Creativity and Ultra-Minimalism.

4.9. Back to Basics.

4.10. The Next Stop.




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