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Eero Saarinen

Eero Saarinen
 

This highly anticipated monograph is the first major publication on Eero Saarinen since the early 1960s and fills a significant gap in Saarinen scholarship. Written in an accessible, journalistic style, it will be of interest to architects and students as well as general readers ... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780714865928
Barcode 9780714865928
Published 24 March 2014 by Phaidon Press Ltd
Format Paperback
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Author(s) By Merkel, Jayne
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ISBN-13 9780714865928
ISBN-10 0714865923
Stock Available
Status Title is temporarily out of stock
Publisher Phaidon Press Ltd
Imprint Phaidon Press Ltd
Publication Date 24 March 2014
International Publication Date 22 March 2014
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Merkel, Jayne
Category Individual Architects
Number of Pages 256
Dimensions Width: 250mm
Height: 290mm
Spine: 21mm
Weight 1,633g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Architecture - United States - 20th century, Saarinen, Eero - Criticism and interpretation
NBS Text Architecture
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 720.92
Catalogue Code 964106

Description of this Book

Eero Saarinen was one of the world's most celebrated architects at the time of his death at the age of 51; he designed and built more than 35 buildings in his lifetime and collaborated on 30 more with his father, renowned architect Eliel Saarinen. Eero's career began in childhood: As the son of the esteemed Eliel, designer of Cranbrook Academy in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, Eero grew up in an intellectually charged environment surrounded by art and design, and entered his first architectural competition while still in grade school. Eero Saarinen trained and practiced with his father until the early 1950s, when he established his own firm and began to design some of the most influential institutions of his day, among them residential colleges and a hockey rink at Yale University, an auditorium and chapel at the Massachussetts Institute of Technology, American embassies in London and Oslo, and corporate complexes for General Motors, IBM, and Bell Laboratories that spearheaded the creation of the modern suburban office park. While all of these projects blur the boundaries between architecture, art, and landscape, none share a single, identifiable style. Saarinen explored new materials and techniques in every building, developing innovative uses of granite, glazed bricks, reflective glass, concrete, and curtain-wall technology to suit each program. Such wide-ranging approaches to his architecture made Saarinen difficult to classify, and interest in his work dissipated soon after his death. This volume is the most thorough monograph published to date on Eero Saarinen and the first major publication on the architect in 40 years. Organized chronologically in 14 chapters, it traces Saarinen's life and career from his childhood in Finland to collaboration with his father, through his iconic airport projects of the 1960s, documenting more than 60 commissions and competitions. The approximately 300 illustrations include period photography by renowned architectural photographers Ezra Stoller, Balthazar Korab, Harvey Croze, and others; rarely seen original sketches, concept drawings, and plans; and more recent color photography. The book also quotes numerous interviews with Saarinen's colleagues and architecture critics, such as Robert A.M. Stern, Florence Knoll, and Cesar Pelli, examining how Saarinen was viewed in his own time and today

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review 'Merkel's handsome volume presents the first truly comprehensive survey, and seeks to demonstrate how Saarinen could be 'mainstream and avante-garde at the same time.' (New Yorker)

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Author's Bio

Jayne Merkel is an architectural historian and critic and serves on the editorial board of Architectural Design in London. She was the editor of Oculus, the journal of the New York chapter of the American Institute of Architects, from 1995 to 2002. A prolific writer, she is the author of five books, and over the past 25 years has written for Art in America, Progressive Architecture, and Harvard Design Magazine, amongst many other publications. She was Architecture Critic for The Cincinnati Enquirer from 1977 to 1988, and is a former Director of the Graduate Program in Criticism at the Parsons School of Design in New York.

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