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June 19, 2010 1:10 am
Richard Rogers and Architects: From the house to the city, Fiell Publishing, RRP£24.95
Best-known for pioneering buildings such as the Centre Pompidou in Paris, Lloyd’s of London and the Millennium Dome, Richard Rogers is a key architect of our age. His work has a legible “architectural vocabulary and grammar”, as Deyan Sudjic, London’s Design Museum director, observes in the introduction to this 280-page hardback. His structures are light, transparent and environmentally friendly. They employ new materials and innovative techniques. Simple to use, they show a concern for the public spaces surrounding both commercial and residential buildings while his vision for urban living has future generations in mind. More subtly, perhaps, the themes defining his practice’s projects have captured shifting socio-cultural attitudes for more than three decades.
Surveys of architecture can be very dry but this book’s design, typography and images are as eye-catching as its subject matter. Presenting the projects in sections that characterise the work – “legible”, “lightweight”, “green”, “transparent” and so on – is inspired. Early work and works-in-progress are also covered and there is an essay by Rogers on Cities and the Future. Anyone interested in design and architecture or tomorrow’s buildings will find this book an engaging companion.
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