Oscar Niemeyer: Curves of Irreverence (Yale University Press, 2008) by Styliane Philippou is a rarely available monograph of the Brazilian master architect.
Lavishly illustrated with original sketches, drawings and models, and historical and specially taken photographs, this monograph explores the development of Niemeyer’s extraordinary body of ideas and forms as well as his key role in the construction of Brazil’s modern image and cultural tradition. The Complete range of Niemeyer’s work, built and unbuilt, is closely studied: from his contribution to the first state-sponsored Modernist skyscraper in the world, the Ministry of Education and Public Health in Rio de Janeiro, trough his architectural manifesto on the lakeshores of Pampulha, the polymetric architecture of his Casa das Canoas and his mid-twentieth-century reinterpretation of tradition and monumentality in the government buildings for Brasília, to his recent spectacular civic landmarks at Niterói and Curitiba. Detailed documentation and examination of Niemeyer’s major buildings, from first sketches to final achievement, grant rare insights into his design process and the architectural principles and ideological aspirations that have guided his intoxicating experiments in reinforced concrete.
– Styliane Philippou, Oscar Niemeyer: Curves of Irreverence (Yale University Press, 2008), excerpt from the book description
The text is in English. The book is lavishly illustrated with architectural photographs and drawings.
Our copy in stock is in very good condition. The pages are clean, no markings. The binding is fine. The dust jacket is in very good condition, only some minor signs of shelf wear.