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Water and Architecture [Hardcover]

Charles W. Moore

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March 1 1994
Architecture engages in a continual dialogue with its environment, and water is one of the basic elements of that dialogue. Now more than ever, water is featuring in the most advanced, challenging architectural designs, and this study presents an account of its resurgent importance. "Water and Architecture" documents the dynamic interplay of buildings and water, solid and liquid, upright and level. Its worldwide coverage takes in classic examples and the latest leading-edge projects: sites discussed range from the Trevi Fountain in Rome to Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater house in Pennsylvania and the gleaming Tokyo Sea Life Park in Japan. Charles Moore's text first addresses the symbolism of water as a design element, then examines specific applications in all kinds of structures and settings: fountains and waterfalls, rivers and canals, lakes and pools, oceans and islands. He also takes a look at basic design principles and environmental issues. Documentary illustrations and plans accompany the text, and each section is complemented by a portfolio of colour pictures by photographer Jane Lidz, bringing the locations and ideas discussed to life.
--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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The interplay of water and architecture--in waterfront skylines, ports, houses, fountains, canals, plazas, natural and artificial lakes and pools--is the theme of this exquisite album. Skimming from ocean-straddling temples in Bali and Rome's grandiose Trevi Fountain to cities like Paris and San Antonio that are inextricably linked to their rivers, architect Moore's limpid essay is at once a loving celebration of water as source and symbol of life, and a searching inquiry into how architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright and Louis Kahn manipulate water's physical characteristics and associations. Lidz's intuitive photographic vision seems perfectly attuned to this subject, and no one who ponders this globe-straddling photo-essay will look at water in quite the same way again. Architects' and Designers' Book Service main selection.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Feast for eyes-sublime combination of prose & images Sept. 19 1999
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Water and Architecture is chocolate cake with vanilla-bean ice cream: A combination of two elements-Moore's prose and Lidz's images-that are wonderful on their own, but sublime in combination. The book is a feast for the eyes, with pictures and words so powerful as to be an evocation of sound and smell and taste and touch. What a beautiful finale for the proflific and beloved AIA Gold Medalist Charles Moore. What a showcase for the work of award-winning photographer Jane Lidz. What a pellucid and moving explanation of the relationship between water-oceans, fountains, canals and pools-and architecture. No one-especially no architect-could not love this beautiful book.

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