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Architecture : sculpture
Sewing, Werner.
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Munich ; New York : Prestel, [2004]

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142 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), plans ; 33 cm
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This volume examines extraordinary architecture in which the structures function as great architecture and sculpture simultaneously.

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Library Journal Review

The sculptural qualities of modern architecture inspirational, emotional, irrational, whimsical, and above all innovative are showcased in this astonishing array of 39 chefs-d'oeuvre created by 39 architects and architectural firms from the 1950s to the present. German architectural critic Sewing represents such icons of Modernism as Le Corbusier's Ronchamp chapel and Wright's Guggenheim Museum while probing the sculptural quality of Western architecture from the 18th century in a well-focused introductory essay. The coverage is international, with a slight emphasis on Germany; contemporary U.S. works include Gehry's Walt Disney Concert Hall and Koolhaas's new Seattle Public Library. Crisp photographs, diagrams, and conceptual sketches heighten the presentations, while Sewing provides vivid, informative descriptions of the buildings themselves. Throughout, Sewing skillfully directs attention to the tensions among sculptural themes, monumentality, functionality, and experimentation. This rich subject deserves even fuller scholarly investigation. Highly recommended for architecture and collections strong on Modernism, although some may hesitate over the price. Russell T. Clement, Northwestern Univ. Lib., Evanston, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

The essay that opens Sewing's book poses a challenging question: "Architecture: Sculpture: Staging the Sublime or Architainment?" Sewing's essay traces the history of the sculptural impulse in architecture from its origins in the 18th century in the sublime, the picturesque, and the revolutionary architecture of France as interpreted by Emil Kaufmann, to the present. However, a special and convincing emphasis is given to the role of Germanic culture in this phenomenon, beginning with Nietzsche and moving forward through German expressionism, Bruno Taut, Paul Scheerbart, to Hans Sharoun. This essay is followed by representative single works of 39 mostly contemporary "star architects" such as Ando, Gehry, Hadid, and Koolhaas. Each work is illustrated by a small number of large-format color photographs and line drawings and is discussed in a concise explanatory essay. Thus, the theme of the sculptural impulse enables Sewing to bring together some very disparate work in an engaging manner. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. All levels. J. Quinan University at Buffalo, SUNY