Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Architecture Under Construction.

Architecture Under Construction. Photographs by Stanley Greenberg. University Of Chicago Press, Chicago, 2010. 120 pp., 80 halftone illustrations, 11x11".

"Mies van der Rohe once commented, 'Only skyscrapers under construction reveal their bold constructive thoughts, and then the impression made by their soaring skeletal frames is overwhelming.'
In 'Architecture under Construction', photographer Stanley Greenberg explores the anatomy and engineering of some of our most unusual new buildings, helping us to understand our own fascination with what makes buildings stand up, and what makes them fall down.

As designs for new constructions are revealed and the public watches closely as architects and engineers challenge each other with provocative new forms and equally audacious ideas, Greenberg captures penetrating images that reveal the complex mystery - and beauty - found in the transitory moments before the skin of a building covers up the structures that hold it together."

The photographs are "framed" by a historical and critical essay by Joseph Rosa. The constructions depicted includes buildings designed by Norman Foster, Frank Gehry, Steven Holl, Daniel Libeskind, Thom Mayne, and Renzo Piano, among others.

Quotes from here.

1 comment:

Alejandra Hutchcraft said...

“Only skyscrapers under construction reveal their bold constructive thoughts…” – That is a very meaningful statement! But I think what the statement is trying to imply is that we should appreciate the beauty of creation – creation of wonderful a structure, from the skeletal framework to the beauty of their end-results.