Big Shed / Will, Pryce.

by Pryce, WillLooking glass.

Publisher: London : Thames & Hudson Ltd. , 2007.Description: 304 pages : illustrations (chiefly colour) ; 28cm.ISBN: 0500342342; 9780500342343.Subject(s): Foster, Norman, 1935-Looking glass | Gehry, Frank O., 1929-Looking glass | Itō, Toyoo, 1941-Looking glass | Libeskind, Daniel, 1946-Looking glass | Nouvel, Jean, 1945-Looking glass | Public architectureLooking glassNote: 240 ill., 228 in colour.;
A radically new vision of contemporary architecture, this spectacular volume is the first to tell the story of this important genre. Packed with work by the world's leading architects - including Frank Gehry, Norman Foster, Jean Nouvel, Daniel Libeskind and Toyo Ito - in a geographically diverse set of locations, it will inform, delight and inspire architects, architectural students and anyone who simply wonders at these modern marvels of engineering.
Note: Bibliography: page 300. - Includes index.
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If the 20th century was the age of the skyscraper, the 21st century belongs to the 'Big Shed' - colossal and highly engineered structures, such as sports arenas, airports and concert halls, that have become landmarks around the world. This spectacular volume is the first to tell the story of this important genre, in a geographically diverse set of locations, it will inform, delight and inspire architects, architectural students and anyone who simply wonders at these modern marvels of engineering.

240 ill., 228 in colour.

A radically new vision of contemporary architecture, this spectacular volume is the first to tell the story of this important genre. Packed with work by the world's leading architects - including Frank Gehry, Norman Foster, Jean Nouvel, Daniel Libeskind and Toyo Ito - in a geographically diverse set of locations, it will inform, delight and inspire architects, architectural students and anyone who simply wonders at these modern marvels of engineering.

Bibliography: page 300. - Includes index.

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As with his 2005 book, Buildings in Wood, freelance photographer Pryce brings to his latest architectural survey a distinctive perspective well grounded in architectural theory and practice. The "big shed" is essentially a vast enclosed space with minimal interior supports that allows for maximum adaptability for current and future needs. Pryce proposes that structures as diverse as airports, art museums, and stadiums have evolved over the last century and a half by utilizing the shed paradigm, albeit with widely divergent building techniques and aesthetic aspirations. Richard Rogers's Millennium Dome (London) and Frank Gehry's Walt Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles) are among the 36 cutting-edge projects by today's high-profile firms that Pryce has chosen to exemplify the "big shed." Often surveys like this consist of little more than captioned illustrations. In contrast, alongside 200-plus of his own glorious (mostly color) photos, Pryce's insightful text provides background and support to his "big shed" thesis. Chapters devoted to function-e.g., sport, industry, and transport-incorporate in-depth critiques of each project. Highly recommended for professional, academic, and large public libraries.-David Soltesz, Cuyahoga Cty. P.L., Parma, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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