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Find architect biographies in Book People's hand-picked range of architecture books. They will help you learn about the lives and inspirations of these incredible designers.

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Find architect biographies in Book People's hand-picked range of architecture books. They will help you learn about the lives and inspirations of these incredible designers.

  • Becoming an Architect

    Janelle Zara

    Product Code: BZOJF
    Hardback
    An illuminating guide to a career as an architect written by art and design journalist Janelle Zara and based on the real-life experiences of two experts in the field-required reading for someone considering a path to this rewarding profession. Go behind the scenes and be mentored by the best to find out what it's really like, and what it really takes, to become an architect. Design critic Janelle Zara takes readers to the front lines to offer a candid portrait of this challenging profession. What does it actually mean to be an architect today? What do they do? How do they do it? Zara shadows acclaimed architects Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee of the prestigious Los Angeles-based firm Johnston Marklee. Learn from the founders as they near the unveiling of their major new building, the Menil Drawing Institute. Sit in on meetings as they compete for new projects, and watch as they conceive, draft, render, plan, construct, and execute buildings. Architects must juggle hundreds of items to ensure their ideas come to life as planned. Zara shows that good architects must have artistic vision as well as organizational acumen. An accessible and informed primer on a hot profession, Becoming an Architect is the most valuable informational interview you'll have-required reading for anyone considering this dream job.
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  • Powerhouse

    Christopher Domin

    Product Code: CAYWN
    Hardback
    Powerhouse is the first book on the singular life and career of American architect Judith Chafee (1932-1998). Chafee was an unrepentant modernist on the forefront of sustainable design. Her architecture shows great sensitivity to place, especially the desert landscapes of Arizona. Chafee was also a social justice advocate and a highly respected woman in a male-dominated profession. After graduating from the Yale University Architecture School, where her advisor was Paul Rudolph, she went on to work in the offices of legends including Rudolph, Walter Gropius, Eero Saarinen, and Edward Larrabee Barnes. In addition to her architectural legacy, her decades of teaching helped shape a generation of architects. Chafee's drawings and archival images of her work are complemented by stunning photography by Ezra Stoller and Bill Timmerman.
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  • Beautified China

    Kris Provoost

    Product Code: BZRZD
    Hardback
    This book of stunning photographs by architect and photographer Kris Provoost captures the wave of the architectural revolution in China. Internationally renowned architects such as Zaha Hadid, Rem Koolhaas, Ole Scheeren, Herzog & de Meuron, Daniel Liebeskind and many others have been engaged in creative, futuristic, and flamboyant projects in China in recent years. The sky is literally the limit, both in terms of construction, use of materials and design. Unimaginable forms, which defy all rules of gravity, come to life in immense skyscrapers. Beautified China offers an overview of these revolutionary designs, capturing their surreal impact in photographs that explore the free play of form that characterises each building. The book features essays by Rem Koolhaas, Ma Yansong & Ole Scheeren, among others, and each photograph is accompanied by information pertinent to the project, including function, environment, and context.
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  • Frederic Borel, architect

    Frederic Borel

    Product Code: BZHIK
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    Frederic Borel graduated from the Special School of Architecture in 1982, and afterwards became laureate of the PAN XIII, of Albums de la jeune architecture and the villa Medici horsles-murs. Established in Paris since 1985, Frederic Borel has developed a new approach to the urban question, through some emblematic buildings of a new architectural expressiveness. Text in English and French.
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  • Under Under

    Luis Callejas

    Product Code: BZGYE
    Paperback
    Under Under is a publication that links the works and thoughts of practitioners, educators, and researchers in the fields of landscape architecture, architecture, urbanism, and the visual arts. This editorial experiment attempts to reveal images and ideas that have not necessarily had the chance to solidify as built projects or in academically rigorous media. The editors must first select work that they believe deserves some form of inquiry, and secondly, they must attempt to build new knowledge by pairing two different bodies of work or perspectives. For this inaugural edition, we chose to open Jeppe Aagaard Andersen's archive. Andersen's influence is not questioned, however, precisely because of his visibility as a practitioner, widely available media usually focuses on his built works. Hanne Bat Finke helps us read his work, also elaborating on his legacy for Danish landscape architecture. Hanne's own experimental production is presented together with Andersen's archival material.
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  • Claude Parent

    Chloe Parent

    Product Code: BXZAO
    Hardback
    The influence of the idealistic French architect Claude Parent (1923-2016) extends far beyond the legacy he left in iconic commercial and residential built works such as the Villa Drusch in Versailles (1963), the church of Sainte-Bernadette du Banlay in Nevers (1966), and GEM shopping centre in Sens (1970). Movement was at the heart of Parent s vision, and is nowhere more evident than in his drawings, many of which are published in this book for the first time drawings which, according to Frank Gehry, are extraordinary beautiful fantasies, full of poetry, and which Edwin Eathcote, writing for the Financial Times, described as breathtaking in their ambition they not only presage Daniel Libeskind and Zaha Hadid, they arguably surpass them. Parent s work manifests the oblique function theory he developed with Paul Virilio in 1963, that dictates that buildings should feature slopes, be wall-free where possible and have a predominance of space over surface. Featuring contributions by some of today s most renowned architects, this long-overdue publication is a must-have for students of architecture and architects alike. Including initial sketches for his best known buildings and never-before-seen drawings of unbuilt works, Claude Parent: Visionary Architect reveals the genius of a man who unquestionably changed the history of architecture.
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  • Chris Wilkinson; Drawing What I See

    Chris Wilkinson

    Product Code: BXWYR
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    A collection of the award-winning architect's travel sketches, showing inspirational buildings across the globe. Includes Sydney Opera House, St Paul's Cathedral and the Tokyo skyline. Chris Wilkinson, the founder of the architectural practice WilkinsonEyre, is responsible for beautiful buildings and structures in London and beyond, including the Gasholders at King's Cross, the redevelopment of Battersea Power Station, and the Gateshead Millennium Bridge. In this appealing publication, Wilkinson presents the sketches he makes while travelling for business and leisure, usually focusing on inspirational buildings or urban cityscapes. His travels have taken him as far afield as the West Indies, Russia, Egypt, Australia and Japan. Wherever he goes, he finds an hour or two to sit and sketch - whether in a hotel room with a view or on a cafe terrace with a cappuccino. From the medieval Tuscan town of Lucca to ancient Egyptian architecture, the Sydney Opera House and the skylines of London, Tokyo and New York, Wilkinson introduces each sketch and ruminates on his work, his travels, and the cities and buildings that have most inspired him.
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  • Collett-Zarzycki

    Dominic Bradbury

    Product Code: BXVJI
    Hardback
    Richly illustrated with beautiful photographs and drawings, Collett-Zarzycki: The Tailored Home provides a thoughtful and comprehensive account of how this atelier has built an extraordinary portfolio of residential work over the last 30 years. From London town houses to Tuscan retreats to new build vacation homes on the French Riviera, Collett-Zarzycki's work encompasses architecture, interiors and landscape design, with an emphasis on refined spaces, crafted materials and bespoke furniture. This rare capacity to span the entire spectrum of design has given rise to homes of great cohesion and charm, as well as originality and individuality. With backgrounds in the art world and engineering, as well as formative years in both Africa and the UK, Anthony Collett and Andrzej Zarzycki bring a wealth of experience to bear upon projects that are defined by their unique sense of character, developed in response to site, setting and the considered needs of their clients. Whether the commission is for a penthouse interior, a town house reinvention, or a new build country or coastal home, there are common themes to their work, with an emphasis on craft, materiality, attention to detail and timeless elegance, fusing contemporary living with Neoclassical, Arts & Crafts and Modernist influences. The book offers insights into the influences and inspiration behind the firm's work, into founding partners Collett and Zarzycki's unique collaborative working practices, their ability to work across a range of forms and scales and their use of contemporary artisan craftsmen in the bespoke fixtures, fittings and furniture which are integral to many of their projects.
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  • Gyorgy Kepes

    John R. Blakinger (Terra Visit

    Product Code: BXVIH
    Hardback
    How Gyorgy Kepes, the last disciple of Bauhaus modernism, became the single most significant artist within a network of scientific experts and elites. Gyorgy Kepes (1906-2001) was the last disciple of Bauhaus modernism, an acolyte of Laszlo Moholy-Nagy and a self-styled revolutionary artist. But by midcentury, transplanted to America, Kepes found he was trapped in the military-industrial-aesthetic complex. In this first book-length study of Kepes, John Blakinger argues that Kepes, by opening the research laboratory to the arts, established a new paradigm for creative practice: the artist as technocrat. First at Chicago's New Bauhaus and then for many years at MIT, Kepes pioneered interdisciplinary collaboration between the arts and sciences-what he termed "interthinking" and "interseeing." Kepes and his colleagues-ranging from metallurgists to mathematicians-became part of an important but little-explored constellation: the Cold War avant-garde. Blakinger traces Kepes's career in the United States through a series of episodes: Kepes's work with the military on camouflage techniques; his development of a visual design pedagogy, as seen in the exhibition The New Landscape and his book The New Landscape in Art and Science; his encyclopedic Vision + Value series; his unpublished magnum opus, the Light Book; the Center for Advanced Visual Studies (CAVS), an art-science research institute established by Kepes at MIT in 1967; and the Center's proposals for massive environmental installations that would animate the urban landscape. CAVS was entangled in the antiwar politics of the late 1960s, as many students and faculty protested MIT's partnerships with defense contractors-some of whom had ties to the Center. In attempting to "undream" the Bauhaus into existence in the postwar world, Kepes faced profound resistance. Generously illustrated, drawing on the vast archive of Kepes's papers at Stanford and MIT's CAVS Special Collection, this book supplies a missing chapter in our understanding of midcentury modern and Cold War visual culture.
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  • Herbert Rowse

    Iain Jackson

    Product Code: BXJZH
    Paperback
    Herbert James Rowse (1887-1963) was an extraordinary architect who shaped the city of Liverpool with his array of exquisite buildings, plans, and infrastructure. Practicing in an eclectic manner that was influenced by American Beaux Arts and later using simpler geometries of monumental bare brick, his large body of work reveals a modernity that was concerned with luxurious materials, restrained but contemporary decoration and sculpture, and bold forms often with a sense of theatre and performance. His work has endured passing trends and fashions, retaining a seductive appeal and resonance with visitors and occupants alike, despite its often monumental massing and extraordinary scale. This book aims to discern not only the architectural merits and advances of his work, but also their wider significance. Through Rowse's work we gain a glimpse into some of the broader agendas of the time and place, not least through the corporate and banking commissions that accompanied the large docks and shipping firms in Liverpool, where Rowse produced some of his most distinctive work. In addition to these commercial ventures Rowse contributed to the post-war housing debates through his proposals that looked to rows of cottages set around village greens, rather than high-rise living. Published in association with The Twentieth Century Society.
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  • Bernard Trainor

    Bernard Trainor

    Product Code: BXJLA
    Hardback
    Bernard Trainor's newest book celebrates the wild and elemental landscapes of California, from the craggy coasts of Big Sur to the fertile hills of Sonoma wine country. His award-winning work combines an awareness of regional context with materials, collaboration, and deep connection to the land. Beautifully photographed and documented with full-color plans, the projects in this survey of his recent work include a range of scale, from compact urban gardens to expansive rural sites. Trainor's regional, sustainable approach inspires wonder and respect for nature as it aims to preserve and restore it.
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  • Make Alive

    Rodolphe El-Khoury

    Product Code: BWPHA
    Paperback
    The migration of computing from dedicated appliances to physical environments, thanks to increasingly proliferating microchips and ever-expanding information networks directly implicates and empowers architecture as a transformative agent and medium. The fact that objects can now sense, think, act, and communicate with the help of embedded technology is opening up the potential for an architecture that is more closely aligned with the networked dynamics of living systems - a sentient architecture. The technological enhancement of physical matter charts a movement away from a mechanical paradigm towards a biological model. The shift manifests itself on several levels, from the micro scale in the form of new composite or "smart" materials capable of registering and responding to external stimuli, to larger network formations between people, objects, spaces, and landscapes. Radical artifice here serves to imitate nature, enmeshing built environments in a complex web of interactions whose emergent properties approximate the resiliency of natural ecologies. * It is precisely this fine attunement to life that has made these emerging technologies pertinent in dealing with a wide range of issues from the therapeutic benefits to the body, to the mediation of global and climatic energy systems. The projects featured in this book demonstrate in working prototypes architectural applications of synthetic sentience in the broad research area of ambient intelligence, focusing on: Immersive Spaces, Hybrid Living Systems, Responsive Cladding, Surface as Interface, Augmented Building Technologies, and Individuated Experience. Initial informal efforts have evolved with this team into a focused and funded university-based research. The projects establish a collaborative platform involving designers, scientists, and engineers and a new family of spatial problems where, architecture is re-charged.
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  • Dialogues in Space

    Oscar Riera Ojeda

    Product Code: BWONG
    Hardback
    Dialogues in Space: Process and Ideas in the work of Wendell Burnette Architects is the first multi-project monograph on this American architects selective body of work. The title alludes to the architects view that architecture is a constructed conversation between people, things and time. Six singular projects from the architects oeuvre are presented in-depth through the architects' own words, drawings and photography. Also included is a comprehensive essay by the celebrated architectural writer / critic Robert McCarter entitled Crafting Space: Composition and Construction in the Architecture of Wendell Burnette that examines the "thinking and making" process behind the built and un-built work across 15 years of practice. The different typologies of the work explores authentic human experience through provocative spatial constructions - public and private in diverse locales - that attempt to promote an expansive dialogue with our places, our environment, our communities, ourselves, and our time. Through extensive research into the `art of building' - the specificity of place and locally appropriate construction systems, materials, craft, and their infinite capacity to transcend mere construction, the work strives toward an architecture that is at once functional and poetic.
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  • Pitzhanger Manor

    Scala Arts Heritage Publishers

    Product Code: BWOAP
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    The story of this remarkable house and of its creator, whose influence is as strong today as ever. Sir John Soane was one of Britain's most influential architects when he designed and built Pitzhanger Manor between 1800 and 1804. He intended this country estate to reflect his new-found social status and to showcase both his skills as an architect and his eclectic collection of art and antiquities. Newly conserved and returned to his original design, Pitzhanger is a rare London example of a spectacular Soane building. This guide tells the story of this remarkable house and of its creator, whose influence is as strong today as ever.
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  • The Grid and a Conversation

    Morris Adjmi Architects

    Product Code: BWLCL
    Hardback
    A Grid and a Conversation presents a survey of work by the New York City based firm Morris Adjmi Architects, well known for the Samsung building along the High Line and the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. This firm interprets the complex forces that shape our cities to create buildings that are contextual yet unmistakably contemporary. Deeply embedded in the firm's practice is a belief in the Renaissance tradition of architecture, wherein buildings are inextricable from their cultural situation and intellectual function. With a rapidly rising profile and projects under construction in major cities across America, Morris Adjmi Architects is building on its previous ten-year partnership with the Italian architect, designer and scholar Aldo Rossi, with an understanding that the built environment is constantly evolving as it both absorbs and reacts to greater historical narratives; and this rich inheritance unfolds through a distinctive formal language and creative use of materials inspired by its urban milieu. From unexpected twists on classic building types like the all-glass interpretation of a cast-iron facade or the ghostly metallic duplicate of a brick warehouse, to the literally twisting steel tower that embodies the collision of Manhattan's two primary street grids, this text traces the development and distillation of MA's unique practice through key projects completed during its first 20 years. A Grid and a Conversation is interlaced with reflections from writers, scholars, and collaborators, including Diane Ghirardo, Bill Higgins, and Jimmy Stamp. These essays and conversations offer an insight into the array of influences that shape the work of Morris Adjmi Architects.
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  • Dialogue and Translation - Grafton Architects

    Yvonne Farrell

    Product Code: BVYPV
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    Grafton Architects have long been known for their attunement to questions of site and culture in their buildings, and their recent institutional projects show the firm's remarkable sensitivities and talents. But Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara-winners of the Silver Lion at the 2012 Venice Biennale and the 2008 World Building of the Year by the World Architecture Festival-are equally drawn to words and ideas. This collection of lectures delivered at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (including the Kenneth Frampton Endowed Lecture) highlights their intellectual and literary interests, and includes a dossier of their recent work as well as critical commentary from Kenneth Frampton.
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  • Loose Ends

    Maria Giuseppina G. Canniz

    Product Code: BVYKF
    Hardback
    Maria Giuseppina Grasso Cannizzo exhibited at the Venice Biennial in 2004 and 2008, and was honored by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in 2012. That same year she won a gold medal for her life's work at the Milan Triennial, and has been nominated twice for the Mies van der Rohe Prize. Nevertheless, she's still considered an insider's tip. She lives in Vittoria, a small city in southern Sicily, where she realizes the majority of her architecture, including many transformations of historical buildings, single and multiple-family housing, or projects such as the control tower in Marina di Ragusa. Grasso Cannizzo's special design methods are based on her analyses of the urban context and the landscape, as well as her examination of the specific "story" behind each project. She translates the knowledge gained into minimal, self-aware, and sometimes radical concepts, which are ultimately always open to any changes that life and the passage of time may bring. At the same time, this first comprehensive monograph is also a conceptual manifesto by Grasso Cannizzo. Collected in a black box, loose prints provide insight into her most important buildings and make it possible to see the architect's general design methods.
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  • The Bali Villas

    Ernesto Bedmar

    Product Code: BVRTE
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    Perched on the spectacular southwest coast of Bali, this award winning villa by Bedmar & Shi is Ernesto Bedmar's long awaited first project on the island that has so inspired his successful career. The exquisitely designed villa was given the name The Jiva Puri, where "Jiva" in Hindu religious texts denotes the immortal essence of a living organism or being and "Puri" in Sanskrit refers to a palace or large dwelling. Although highly contemporary in expression, the design is intrinsically linked to the built history of the island and shows a deep understanding of traditional Balinese architectural concepts and their relationship to the landscape. Featuring a foreword by Darlene Smyth that puts The Jiva Puri into context before taking the reader on a detailed tour of every pavilion, and sumptuous photography by Albert Lim, the monograph also includes comprehensive plans, elevations, and details to give a fully rounded view of a villa complex that has set new standards of subtle architectural brilliance on the island.
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  • Ronald Lu & Partners

    Ronald Lu & Partners

    Product Code: BVRAH
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    The third publication to come out of the renowned firm, Ronald Lu & Partners celebrates the breadth and creativity of their work in honor of their 35th anniversary. Rather than a retrospective since day one, it illustrates both their recent works and the people that make RLP what it is today. The book shares their projects, the stories of the people that work there and the changes they have experienced over the past ten years. With raw and un-edited interviews from members of the firm, the book explores a fresh take on what it is like to be a practicing architect in today s world."
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  • De Smet Vermeulen

    Heinz Wirz

    Product Code: BVLXN
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    For the first time in this series, Quart presents architects from Belgium, where a consistently high standard of building culture was produced in the 1990s. Henk De Smet and Paul Vermeulen are important representatives of that movement. To this day, they have produced an impressive, high-quality oeuvre. Their works include townhouses, residential and office buildings and a wide range of public buildings. Text in Dutch and French.
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  • Interior Design

    Eric Kuster

    Product Code: BVIRH
    Hardback
    Profiling the work of international interior designer Eric Kuster. In addition to exclusive residences from Curacao to London, his projects also include yachts and hotels, as well as commercial projects, ranging from legendary Amsterdam club Jimmy Woo to Barcelona's Camp Nou Stadium. From every textile to each piece of furniture, and each artwork to every color combination, absolutely nothing is left to chance.
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  • Imagination

    Kamel Louafi

    Product Code: BVDMD
    Hardback
    A personal look into the inspirations and influences of landscape architect Kamel Louafi. Overflowing with pictures of significant projects. Events, experiences, encounters and anecdotes: all reflect the wide range of influences and inspirations that shape Kamel Louafi's work as a landscape architect. From the gardens at the World Exhibition EXPO 2000 in Hanover, to numerous parks and gardens in Germany, Luxembourg, Algeria and East Asia, as well as participation in projects of historical significance, such as the Jewish Museum in Berlin by Daniel Libeskind or the brick factory memorial in Sachsenhausen near Oranienburg, this is a glimpse into the life of a true landscape maestro. Text in English, French, German and Arabic.
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  • A Journey with the Architects of the World

    Vassilis Sgoutas

    Product Code: BVDES
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    Through speeches, articles and interviews, this book highlights some of the more significant considerations that have run in parallel with Vassilis Sgoutas' developments in architecture. It also includes a Random Diary, where the focus is not on what was said or written, but rather on experiences and thoughts that have emanated from events related to architects and to architecture. Although this book is a personal book, it also mirrors the parallel roads of many architects. Through its pages, glimpses can be caught of the UIA, a unique professional organisation that brings together the architects of the world in pursuit of common ideals and targets. Memory is our wealth. Having on record these texts and events helps us to rediscover how our priorities have changed, as well as how they differ across the globe. In reading between the lines, one will be able to gauge the legacy of action and inaction, and where architects, as individuals and as a profession, have had a positive influence on the advancement of causes. More than a mere history, this book is an awakening call.
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  • Harry Seidler: The Exhibition

    Vladimir Belogolovsky

    Product Code: BVDBX
    Hardback
    Vladimir Belogolovsky's Harry Seidler: The Exhibition leaves no stone unturned in documenting his ongoing, four years in the making to date, world tour exhibition, Harry Seidler: Painting Toward Architecture. It examines the blurry boundaries between art and architecture and how these disciplines inspire one another by bringing to focus the work of Vienna-born Australian modernist Harry Seidler and his creative collaborations with a dozen of world-renowned architects and artists. Curator of 20 Seidler exhibitions and author of Harry Seidler: Lifework (Rizzoli, 2014), Belogolovsky provides detailed insights into the project from beginning to end: pitching initial exhibition idea to the client, developing its concept, arranging the tour, preparing the content, designing individual exhibitions, managing installations, presenting the lecture, initiating new collaborations and projects. The book's focus on a single touring exhibition is unprecedented; it explores what typical exhibition catalogues miss entirely - spatial engagement with the content by the public. In its attempt to present various aspects of a single exhibition the book raises fundamental curatorial issues beyond the project in question.
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