The Great Builders

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The contributors include practicing architects and leading academics, and their essays focus on the architects and engineers through history who have shaped and transformed the built environment. More than two hundred illustrations of structures famous, revolutionary, and surprising--including original drawings and prints and modern photography--bring the works to life.

Architectural structures both subtle and spectacular have always been designed with an audience in mind, an intent to influence the way we see, think, move, and interact; and the builders themselves can be as fascinating as their creations. Mathematician and visionary, philosopher and ecologist, nationalist, modernist, rationalist, deconstructivist: the characters behind the buildings are many and varied.

Featuring work by Filippo Brunelleschi, Shah Jahan, Christopher Wren, Karl Friedrich Schinkel, John Fowler, Gustave Eiffel, Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, R. Buckminster Fuller, Louis Kahn, Oscar Niemeyer, Eero Saarinen, Frank Gehry, Norman Foster, Santiago Calatrava, and many more.
Publication Date: 
November 7, 2011