In the Thick of Things

In the Thick of Things

by Vincen Cornu


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In the Thick of Things by Vincen Cornu

Vincen Cornu, a Paris-based architect, attempts to ‘translate’ architectural sensation into words and images, in order to convey the inspirations behind his work and the ways in which buildings, and the spaces they create, can offer journeys of imaginative discovery. He takes the reader back to early theories of architecture, through topics as diverse as skyscrapers, railway tracks, grain barns in northern Spain and the works of previous and contemporary architectural masters. The text works alongside numerous full-color drawings and architectural plans by the author himself, creating a glimpse into how architecture is still meaningful to us in the present day.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780955889677
Publisher: Sylph Editions
Publication date: 10/15/2012
Series: Cahiers Series , #11
Edition description: Bilingual
Pages: 44
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Vincen Cornu is an architect, born in Poitou. He has completed projects of various scales and types including schools, museums, houses, collective housing, urban projects, and furniture. He is the designer of more than forty museum exhibitions, including for shows by Cézanne, Corot, Delacroix, Matisse, Monet, Munch, Picasso, Poussin, Seurat, Turner, Whistler, and on the Vikings. Since 1994 he has taught at the Ecole d’Architecture de Paris (la Villette). He lives and runs his own architecture practice in Paris.

Table of Contents


1. Taking Place
2. Mensura, the act of measuring
3. Siza, Pessoa
4. The Vitruvian triangle
5. In the thick of things
6. Vernacular
7. Railway tracks
8. Mosaics
9. Views from the window
10. Schwitters, Scharoun
11. Kahn, Barragàn, and the planted clearing
12. Observatories


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