Architecture : A Performing Art

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This is an unconventional but remarkably effective book about the career and work of one architect - John Andrews, who has received worldwide attention. In the forthright, frank manner typical of the man, Andrews tells of the practice of architecture as it really is - from getting a job to the completion of the building. In his introduction, Andrews writes: "I did not start originally to write a book, but to record experiences which could be useful to students. When teaching at the University of Toronto, I became quite concerned that there was no part of the course where I could get students to understand the immense variety of experiences that go into building a building." The book that has emerged from Andrews' experiences is both an attempt to provide that understanding, revealing what a career as an architect truly involves, and at the same time a portrait of the artist as a young architect. Like all competent artists, Andrews began with a mastery of his craft.
He became a great artist because he approached each problem with single-minded and passionate intensity, and let the solution emerge naturally and inevitably from the pressure of the facts and the dictates of the imagination. Illustrated with over 200 photographs, plans and two-colour diagrams, it will undoubtedly prove a revelation to many students of architecture.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 176 pages
  • 225 x 255 x 16mm | 940g
  • Lutterworth Press
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0718825322
  • 9780718825324
  • 2,377,247

About Jennifer Taylor

John Andrews received his Bachelor of Architecture at the University of Sidney in 1956, his master of Architecture at Harvard University in 1958. After practising and teaching in Canada, he returned to Australia, where he was a member of the Royal Institute of Architects New South Wales Chapter Council (1970-72), and an Architectural Juror for the Australian Archives National Building (1979) and the Australian Parliament House Competition (1979-80). He was a Board Member of the Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council (1977-81) and Chairman of the Architecture and Design Panel of the Australia Council. He is the recipient of many awards from Australia, Canada and the United States, including the Royal Australian Institute of Architects Gold Medal in 1980. Jennifer Taylor is a Senior Lecturer in Architecture at the University of Sidney. She began her architectural education in England, and graduated as Master of Architecture from the University of Washington, Seattle, in 1969. She has travelled extensively, and her writings on contemporary architecture in Australia, Japan and the Netherlands have appeared in various architectural journals throughout the world.
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