Architectural expressions: a photographic reassessment of fun in architecture

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Wiley-Academy, Dec 18, 2001 - Architecture - 127 pages
Architectural Expressions turns on its head the notion that architecture must be deadly serious in order to be valid. It is a testament to the wit and inventiveness of a selection of architects and building designers over the last century who have injected a sense of fun into the built environment

Over the last 30 years, brothers Peter and Tony Mackertich have travelled the western world seeking out buildings which are inspiring, innovative, and show a touch of humour. Their stunning colour photographs bear witness to the fact that it is possible to make legitimate architecture whilst still retaining a smile. Boldly juxtaposing 'high' architecture with less recognised structures, the book traces the development of the spirit of fun in 20th-century building design.

Buildings featured include

  • Einstein Tower, Potsdam, Germany (Erich Mendelsohn, 1919-24

  • Hoover Factory, London, UK (Wallis, Gilbert and Partners, 1932

  • Pan-Pacific Auditorium, Los Angeles, USA (William Wurdamen, 1936

  • AT&T Headquarters, New York, USA (Philip Johnson & John Burgee, 1982 <P>
  • Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain (Frank O Gehry, 1997

  • Peckham Library, London, UK (Will Alsop, 2000
For too long the complex theories of architecture have tended to alienate the man in the street. Happily we have now reached a time when the same buildings that are admired by architects for their cutting-edge innovations are also appreciated by the general public for their wit and visual appeal. This book will delight anyone with either a personal interest or an active role in the design of the built environment - and a sense of humour

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About the author (2001)

Mackertich is a photographer and works from his studio in London. He has been working freelance for 30 years and has many advertising and commercial clients. For the last ten years, he has taught Design Photography at the London College of Printing.

Mackertich is currently working as a consultant freelance art director and designer, based in London.

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