New Organic Architecture: The Breaking Wave

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University of California Press, 2001 - Architecture - 223 pages
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""New Organic Architecture" is an important book. It would be significant if it were only seen as the defining work on contemporary organic architecture. I know of no other volume that brings together the works and words of such a wide range of currently practicing organic architects. The beginning sections of the book do a masterful job of both summarizing the main principles of organic architecture and setting the movement in its historical context. But I believe that the significance of "New Organic Architecture" goes beyond its role in cataloguing the current arc of a long-standing movement. David Pearson grasps what too few people see: that organic architecture fills the void at the heart of the current ecological building movement."--Carol Venolia, Architect, author of "Healing Environments"
"David Pearson's "New Organic Architecture: The Breaking Wave" is a remarkable book. Visually it makes the connection between the organic in nature and in design. Verbally, without getting bogged down in the usual architectural jargon, it offers a broad and comprehensive review of sources, and current work with statements by architects themselves. This is an inspirational book for a broad audience. It is seminal - a seed that will flower into new ideas, and a new vision of what is possible - in the same way that Bernard Rudofsky's "Architecture Without Architects" did thirty years ago. The layout - connecting pictures of architecture and nature, with pithy quotes and descriptions interweaving history, philosphy, design, and culture is like a filed of wildflowers in full bloom. This book is much needed, and I predict will have a long and successful run."--Sim Van der Ryn

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"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 ... Read full review

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Fabrizio Carola 166 lmre Makovecz
Bart Prince 172 John Watson
Jacques Gillet 176 Steven Johnson
Erik Asmussen 178 Koval
Douglas Cardinal 180 Keith Struthers
Gregory Burgess 182 Eugene Tsui
Sim Van der Ryn 186 Nicholas Grimshaw
Tadao Ando 206 Arthur Dyson
Drew and James Hubbell 210 Philippe Samyn
Vitor Ruivo Forte 214 Selected biographies Biographical details of featured architects
Renzo Piano 219 Useful addresses
Eisaku Ushida and Kathryn Findlay 219 Bibliography
Mickey Muennig 221 Index
Peter Hubner 222 Acknowledgements
Shoei Yoh 223 Photographic credits

Eric Furnemont 190 Javier Senosiain
Daniel Liebermann 196 Kendrick Bangs Kellogg
Balkrishna Doshi 202 Thomas
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About the author (2001)

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 Bookwas revised and updated in 1998.

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