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by Philip Jodidio

Master of Form: Santiago Calatrava's exquisite fusion of architecture, art and engineering (Complete Works 1979-2007) Santiago Calatrava is not only one of the world's most prominent architects, but also an engineer and an artist. With recent projects such as the stadiums for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens or the new railway station in Li?ge, Belgium, he has reached a level of undeniable notoriety in Europe and continues to move further ahead. The only architect ever to have his work exhibited at both the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, he is currently working on the main transportation hub for Ground Zero in Manhattan as well as the tallest building in the United States: the 160-story Chicago Spire Tower. Winner of the 2005 American Institute of Architects Gold Medal as well as numerous other prestigious awards, Calatrava is one of the greatest and most innovative architects alive. He collaborated extensively with Philip Jodidio in the preparation of this monograph that retraces his career thus far and places his architecture in the context of his art, where nature meets engineering. All of Calatrava's work, from his astonishing suspended swimming pool at Zurich's Federal Institute of Technology to his latest, startling designs, is featured in this lavishly illustrated volume. Santiago Calatrava created watercolor drawings specifically for the fold-out pages of this volume.
Download Calatrava: Complete Works, 1979-2007 epub
ISBN: 3822847119
ISBN13: 978-3822847114
Category: Engineering
Subcategory: Engineering
Author: Philip Jodidio
Language: English
Publisher: TASCHEN (May 30, 2007)
Pages: 528 pages
ePUB size: 1722 kb
FB2 size: 1604 kb
Rating: 4.9
Votes: 982
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Santiago Calatrava is an astounding architect, engineer and artist. His work has revitalized the organic tradition of Frank Lloyd Wright and Bruce Goff. Calatrava's work is rewarding on both a macro scale and micro scale because he pays equal attention to building details and to his all-encompassing vision (as best expressed at the City of Arts and Sciences complex in Valencia). It should be stated clearly that this is a coffee table book and not a scholarly book. The emphasis is clearly on the photos and on Calatrava's watercolors. Another point that needs to be made is that the title of this book is somewhat misleading. It only includes a bare-bones listing of all his work and covers just a selection of his major built, unbuilt and upcoming projects in depth. For that reason, this is a fine addition to a Calatrava collection, but it is not the be-all or end-all.
this a very good book, and of course the price for such a luxury edition is more than reasonable. the only drawback is the lack of planimetric information, which for me as an architecture student is basic if you want to fully understand a work of such complexity....
anyway, the watercolors are pretty good, and as my title in this review inferred, this is obviously a more artistic focused book rather than architectural.
so be warned, the book and the whole presentation are breathtaking, but the content is more artistic than architectural, so be prepared not to find blueprints of various of the works presented in this book.

I could not agree more with the reviewer below that stated this book is not the end all be all, but for admirers of Calatrava's work, it would be a must have...uh if you have the requisite trust fund that is..this book is SERIOUSLY overpriced, even at 500 plus pages it's just not worth this much bank. The images are quite good and the text interesting though not indepth. I was most intersted in Calatrava's transit station in lower Manhattan, I was a bit disappointed more text and imagery was not given to that. All and all, just really for affluent ardent Calatrava fans.
I've never had such a big book! It is six kilograms full with beautiful and impressive photos and lots of sketches of this master of art and dynamic architecture.
The book is a real 'wannahave' and gives a good impression of what the architect has performed.
The text is in 3 languages (English, German and French) so that the actual amount of text is pretty small.
There is almost no technical information in the book, despite the fact that Calatrava must be a 'master of matter' to be able to construct these marvelous buildings.
Nor are there plans of the buildings, unfortunately.
The book is an excellent eye catcher on my table, and it can give lots of inspiration for new buildings.
I received this book as a gift from much cherished colleagues - and I very much appreciate their generosity.
While the book does offer a comprehensive overview of Calatrava's work I would say this is a book for the lay reader, not the professional. Firstly there is not enough technical information in the form of plans, sections, elevations. Secondly, the amount of real estate allocated to Calatrava's sketches of the human body not to mention the post hoc sketches of his designs suggest a somewhat vain and spurious connection with the architectural work itself. And thirdly, the book is grossly oversized - and overpriced - to be a really useful addition to the office library. In short this is not even a coffee table book, it is a work of overweaning self-regard. not an unimportant lesson for today's architects, but perhaps not the intended message.
I have always wanted to find architectural books of this quality. It illustrates the complete works of the architect with excellent presentation and superb quality of sketches and images on a large size of paper. This book is ultimately a must-buy book. However, the only criticism to this book is that it lacks architectural drawings; hardly there are any. This book reveals more about the artistic side of Calatrava rather than the technical side.
This book has everything you need to know about this amazing architect.
maybe it lacks floor plans, other than that the study sketches reveals a lot of informations on the buildings.
I was pleasently surpraise, i had bought before some use book like knew and they were really in bad shape and i tried again and it was like new. than you