INVITATION TO BOOK LAUNCH.
Triumphs of Change: architecture reconsidered
School of Architecture, Vivian Street @ 4.30pm, Friday 16th December. Launch by Professor Michael OSTWALD, Dean of Architecture, NEWCASTLE University, Australia. Caroline Schopfer, book editor from Peter Lang AG, Bern, Switzerland will also be present.
Book will be on sale discounted 30% for the evening…price 75 dollars (cash)
From the publisher’s website:
This book is born out of a sense of scepticism with self-indulgence in architecture. It seeks a new prescription for readdressing architecture as an expression of human need. Sense, Sagacity and the Sublime define the architectural realities of its organizing principle, while Gods and Goddesses; Princes and Prelates; Corporate Clients and Citizens identify strategic shifts in Western Civilization. The book carries the judgment of democracy derived from Greek Goddess Athena. This is followed by the measured building world of Le Thoronet which advances unswervingly towards the Paris Opera – the greatest processional triumph of the 19th Century. The finale deals with Frank Lloyd Wright at «Falling Water», Le Corbusier at Ronchamp, Renzo Piano at Kansai Airport, Japan, and Santiago Calatrava’s winged vehemence at Milwaukee, USA.
The book concludes with a thoughtful reminder – emphasizing the values of human engagement while providing philosophical support for the social contract in architecture.
About the author
Russell Walden carries a Doctorate from the University of Birmingham, and is an architect with designed and built buildings in England, Scotland, and in his home country New Zealand. He is also an elected Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Architects. Recently retired from Victoria University of Wellington where he taught History and Design. His books include (ed) The Open Hand, Essays on Le Corbusier, 1977 and 1982; Voices of Silence, 1988; Finnish Harvest, 1998.