“The Guggenheim: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Iconoclastic Masterpiece” edited by Yale University Press

The latest book by Francesco Dal Co, renowned historian and former member of the BigMat Award Jury, tells the captivating tale of the plans and personalities behind one of New York City’s most radical buildings: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim Museum.

 

 

Guggenheim Museum. Section drawing, 1944 © Yale Books

Guggenheim Museum. Section drawing, 1944 © Yale Books

 

Yale Books has recently released a book on one of the most iconic buildings in the city of New York: the Solomon Guggenheim Museum, designed by American Modern classic architect Frank Lloyd Wright, author of the early Modern Prairie Houses and Organic style Villas. Renowned historian, art critic and architect Francesco Dal Co is the author of this comprehensive research book, which displays one of the most intrincate historical, social and constructive details of the building yet.

Francesco Dal Co is professor at IUAV and director of the architecture magazine Casabella. In 2013 he formed part of the BigMat ’13 International Architecture Award Jury.  (more…)

“Centre Pompidou. Renzo Piano, Richard Rogers, and the Making of a Modern Monument” by Francesco Dal Co

The book by Francesco Dal Co, director of Casabella and BigMat International Architecture Award member of the jury, presents a lively intellectual biography of one of the 20th century’s most iconic buildings.

 

L’outil informative © Yale University Press

L’outil informative © Yale University Press

 

The Centre Georges Pompidou, also called Beaubourg, is today considered an icon of contemporary Paris, the quintessence of a modern building, and a model for what a museum can be. In 1971, Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers, together with the engineering firm Ove Arup & Partners, won an international architecture competition with their innovative and irreverent design. (more…)

“Palladio Virtuel” by Peter Eisenman, Yale University Press

It represents the culmination of ten years of study of Palladio’s villas by Eisenman, adding an important contribution to the sixteenth-century master’s already robust legacy. The book proposes a reading of the buildings that undermines the traditional view of Palladio’s architecture as founded on ideal forms.

 

Villa Rotonda Model overlaid with axonometric © Peter Eisenman and Matt Roman

Villa Rotonda Model overlaid with axonometric © Peter Eisenman and Matt Roman

 

Many historians of architecture have viewed the villas of Andrea Palladio (1508–1580) as physical manifestations of the classical architectural principles described in his treatise The Four Books of Architecture (I Quattro Libri dell’Architettura). Written toward the end of his life, The Four Books illustrate Palladio’s built work, redrawn the way he wanted it to be. In this groundbreaking new study, American architect and educator Peter Eisenman analyzes twenty of Palladio’s villas, offering a radical interpretation of the Renaissance master’s work. (more…)