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Luis Barragan's: Gardens of El Pedregal [Hardcover]

Keith L. Eggener , M. Treib
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June 27 2001 Building Studies

The name Luis Barragán evokes images of Latin American modernism—brightly colored plain surfaces set off against lush foliage. His 1,250-acre Gardens of El Pedregal, begun in 1945 on the lava fields south of Mexico City, were dotted with houses and plazas, fountains and ponds, cacti and pepper trees. Barragán considered El Pedregal his most important project, and critics have described the houses and gardens there as a turning point in Mexican architec-ture. This book examines El Pedregal's program and form, its represen-tation in architect-commissioned photographs and advertising, and its place within contemporary discourses on cultural identity, design and place, and suburbanization. Like our highly acclaimed "Revolution of Forms", Luis Barragán's Gardens of El Pedregal offers an in-depth analysis of this now mostly destroyed project through original documents, drawings, color and black-and-white photography, and critical examinations of the design process.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Luis Barragan's Gardens of El Pedregal Oct. 25 2001
Format:Hardcover
This is a remarkable book, engaging and forceful, scrupulously researched and boldly imaginative. Keith Eggener's reading of Barragan's Gardens probes the crucial area of cultural studies with energy and precision, offering a sizable number of fresh ideas and unsuspected connections. A rare achievement; Eggener's study is not only an impressive and welcome contribution to the field of Modern architecture, but also a great pleasure to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Luis Barragan's Gardens of El Pedregal Oct. 25 2001
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This is a remarkable book, engaging and forceful, scrupulously researched and boldly imaginative. Keith Eggener's reading of Barragan's Gardens probes the crucial area of cultural studies with energy and precision, offering a sizable number of fresh ideas and unsuspected connections. A rare achievement; Eggener's study is not only an impressive and welcome contribution to the field of Modern architecture, but also a great pleasure to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Barragan's photos May 13 2012
By Antonio E Mendez V - Published on Amazon.com
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Barragan's preferred photographer was Armando Salas Portugal who usually worked in black and white, the book reproduces Salas' photos . The reason for this is because some of the "gardens" don't exist anymore or have been completely modified. I really enjoyed the book and think that it contains lots of valuable information.
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1.0 out of 5 stars what no color? Dec 20 2008
By Richard M. Beckman - Published on Amazon.com
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I cannot believe anyone can write a meaningful book on Barragan without color photographs. The author misses the point and provides us with alot of irrelevant information!
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