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New organic architecture : the breaking wave
Pearson, David, 1940-
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Berkeley: University of California Press, [2001]

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223 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm

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NA682.O73 P43 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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New Organic Architecture is a manifesto for building in a way that is both aesthetically pleasing and kinder to the environment. It illuminates key themes of organic architects, their sources of inspiration, the roots and concepts behind the style, and the environmental challenges to be met. The organic approach to architecture has an illustrious history, from Celtic design, Art Nouveau, Arts and Crafts, to the work of Antoni Gaud#65533; and Frank Lloyd Wright. Today there is a response to a new age of information and ecology; architects are seeking to change the relationship between buildings and the natural environment. In the first part of his book, David Pearson provides a history and assessment of organic architecture. The second part comprises statements from thirty architects from around the world whose work is based on natural or curvilinear forms rather than the straight-line geometrics of modernism. Each statement is accompanied by full-color illustrations of one or several of the architects' built projects.

Author Notes

David Pearson is an architect and planner actively involved in inner city and new community planning--both in Britain and the U.S. For more than ten years he has been active in the field of ecological design. With degrees both from the University of London and the University of California, Berkeley, he works, lectures, and travels widely. He founded the Ecological Design Association and is the editor of EcoDesign, the association's journal. His The Natural House Book was revised and updated in 1998.

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Library Journal Review

"Organic" has long served as a catchall term in architecture, haphazardly applied to topics as disparate as cave dwellings, 19th-century Gothic Revival, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Frank Gehry. Pearson (The Natural House Book) strives to place organic architecture in historic perspective, define the elements that bond and energize its proponents worldwide, and showcase the latest and best examples of organic building. He succeeds up to a point: the prose is flowing and inspirational, the illustrations abundant, and the selection of architects laudably diverse. The text, however, resounds with partisan rhetoric more typical of a manifesto than a critical survey. Over half the book is an anthology of architects' statements, which is interesting but doesn't make for a coherent overview of the contemporary scene. James Wines's Green Architecture (LJ 10/15/00) draws a more complete and balanced picture of the increasingly influential trend toward organic design and environmental sustainability, making it a first choice for public and academic libraries. This book, notwithstanding the above reservations, is highly recommended as a supplemental resource. David Soltesz, Cuyahoga Cty. P.L., Parma, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 8
Building as naturep. 10
Continuous presentp. 12
Form follows flowp. 14
Of the peoplep. 16
Of the hillp. 18
Of the materialsp. 20
Youthful and unexpectedp. 22
Living musicp. 24
Part 1 Sources and inspirationsp. 26
Roots and conceptsp. 30
Nature's formsp. 48
Geometryp. 62
Environmentp. 70
Part 2 Living organic architecturep. 80
Fabrizio Carolap. 82
Bart Princep. 86
Jacques Gilletp. 94
Erik Asmussenp. 100
Douglas Cardinalp. 104
Gregory Burgessp. 110
Sim Van der Rynp. 114
Eric Furnemontp. 118
Daniel Liebermannp. 122
Balkrishna Doship. 130
Tadao Andop. 136
Drew and James Hubbellp. 138
Vitor Ruivo Fortep. 142
Renzo Pianop. 144
Eisaku Ushida and Kathryn Findlayp. 148
Mickey Muennigp. 152
Peter Hubnerp. 158
Shoei Yohp. 162
Imre Makoveczp. 166
John Watsonp. 172
Steven Johnsonp. 176
Kovalp. 178
Keith Struthersp. 180
Eugene Tsuip. 182
Nicholas Grimshawp. 186
Javier Senosiainp. 190
Kendrick Bangs Kelloggp. 196
Thomas Raup. 202
Arthur Dysonp. 206
Philippe Samynp. 210
Selected biographies: Biographical details of featured architectsp. 214
Useful addressesp. 219
Bibliographyp. 219
Indexp. 221
Acknowledgementsp. 222
Photographic creditsp. 223