Jose Luis Sert

Jose Luis Sert : 1901-1983

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Jose Luis Sert (1902-1983), architect and town planner, friend and collaborator of Le Corbusier, member of CIAM, and founder of the Grupo Este of the GATEPAC in Barcelona, took the Spanish architectural avant-garde of the thirties as the starting point for his work. Sert left Spain in 1939 to settle in the United States, where he eventually suceeded Walter Gropius as head of the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. Among Sert's most representative works are the Fundacion Joan Miro and the Dispensari Antitubercolosi in Barcelona, the Fondation Maeght at Saint-Paul-de-Vence in France, the American Embassy in Baghdad and town plans for several cities in South America, including Medellin, Bogota, Lima and Havana. Through careful archival research, the author has assembled the entire legacy of Sert's projects and has reconstructed the profile of one of the greatest Spanish architects of the twentieth century. The book also conveys an excellent overview of the avant-garde art and architecture movements of the time, with illustrations of important CIAM meetings, art, sculpture and architecture by artists who influenced Sert.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 406 pages
  • 250 x 280 x 30.99mm | 2,068.38g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • w. numerous ill. (partly col.)
  • 1904313213
  • 9781904313212
  • 993,791

Table of contents

Part 1 In the functional city: Barcelona, 1900 to 1930; Barcelona, the Macia Plan and CIAM; 1942 - can our cities survive?; Latin America; final projects and the End of CIAM. Part 2 The Mediterranean: noucentisme and the classical options; an alternate Mediterranean reasoning; Ibiza and the avant-garde; interpretations; immersed in melancholy; return to Ibiza. Part 3 The United States: New York; Cambridge, Massachusetts; going home - New York, Barcelona.
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Review Text

'Josep Rovira, professor of history of architecture at ETSAB school in Barcelona, has written a massive biography of Sert that leaves you breathless. The book is so complete that it not only gives the lowdown on his teachers and mentors, with social and political context, but it also follows his thinking and the history of his thinking. It is more of a course than a book.'
Building Design
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Review quote

'Josep Rovira, professor of history of architecture at ETSAB school in Barcelona, has written a massive biography of Sert that leaves you breathless. The book is so complete that it not only gives the lowdown on his teachers and mentors, with social and political context, but it also follows his thinking and the history of his thinking. It is more of a course than a book.'
Building Design
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