The Complete Works

Book - 1996
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Mexican architect Luis Barrag n is one of this century's most creative designers. Self-taught, he achieved international renown for his remarkable personal artistic vision. Using vegetation, water, primary geometric forms, and vivid colors, Barrag n created a poetic and painterly yet elegantly simple architectural style that transformed the Mexican building tradition into an abstract architectural language. There has been extraordinarily little published on Barrag n, and this new monograph is the only comprehensive compilation of his work-102 buildings and 12 additional projects-many of which have never been published before. Its intelligent analyses and sup erb illustrations demonstrate the complexity and scope of this great designer, as both an architect and a landscaper. It presents not only Barrag n's well-known later work, but also shows the development of his oeuvre: from early projects, which incorporated vernacular Mexican forms with Islamic elements, through a period clearly influenced by the International Style and Le Corbusier, to a culmination in the clean, colorful modernism for which Barrag n is best known. This new monograph collects over 400 illustrations: Barrag n's drawings, color and black-and-white photographs of his work, meticulously re-drawn plans, elevations, and sections created especially for the book, and new scale models of important projects. In addition, the monograph contains many texts-a preface by Alvaro Siza, essays by Mexican architectural critics Antonio Toca and J.M. Buendia, previously unpublished text by Barrag n himself, and an unabridged transcription of his Pritzker Prize acceptance speech. An invaluable volume, Barrag n: The Complete Works also includes a detailed bibliography and comparative international chronology. This book is the essential compendium of the work of a master architect.
Publisher: New York : Princeton Architectural Press, 1996.
ISBN: 9781568980850
Branch Call Number: 720.92/BARRAGAN
Characteristics: 224 p. : ill., map, plans ; 31 cm.


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Sep 01, 2011

Filled with exquisite imagery, this summary of Barragan's career provides a solid narrative for the overarching thematic elements in his works. The photographs are breathtaking, and coupled with the insightful essays your emotions will be stirred.

In the middle of the book during Barragan's more developer-oriented phase, the author still lavishes praise upon him. Maybe the architectural merit of his buildings doesn't deserve it so much here.


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