Pierre Gauthier

Top Reviewer Ranking: 539
Helpful votes received on reviews: 64% (114 of 178)
Location: Montréal


Top Reviewer Ranking: 539 - Total Helpful Votes: 114 of 178
A History of Future Cities by Daniel Brook
A History of Future Cities by Daniel Brook
4.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding!, June 24 2014
In this very original book, the author draws convincing parallels between four cities that are far apart, both geographically and culturally: Saint Petersburg, Shanghai, Mumbai and Dubai.

The quantity and quality of research is remarkable, a wide range of enlightening details being provided. Though some may judge certain sentences to be intricately constructed, the work is well written and well organized. Each chapter deals with a phase of development in a single city. Chapters are placed chronologically so that the reader lively moves from one city to the next as he plunges ahead.

Apart from changing its odd title, the only improvement that could be made to this… Read more
Discovering Architecture: How the World's Great Bu&hellip by Philip Jodidio
2.0 out of 5 stars Quite Superficial!, June 24 2014
The title for this handsome book is a total misnomer.

It should rather be along the lines of A Short Survey of Famous Buildings'.

Indeed, the book does not deal with an overall overview of architecture, neither in terms of history, of styles nor of techniques. Rather, it briefly discusses 50 very well known constructions across the world, most recognized as significant by UNESCO. For each, a single-page essay is provided, often including a long quotation from UNESCO documents. This is complemented with a full-page photograph, and sometimes two or three more. That's it! Thus, any reader who is already mildly familiar with the field is not led to any significant… Read more
The Judgment of Paris: The Revolutionary Decade Th&hellip by Ross King
In this book, Ross King sets out to present the beginnings of impressionism in France in the latter half of 19th century.
He may only be commended for the amazing research that he accomplished and that allows him to provide a slew of details regarding protagonists, events and context.

The basic premise of the book is to draw a parallel between the lives and works of Ernest Meissonier, a now forgotten champion of traditional art, and Édouard Manet, seen as the incarnation of artistic innovation. For good measure, the political evolution of France in that period, that is the rise and fall of Napoleon III, is thrown in. The book's chapters, which are short, thus… Read more

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