In the Thick of Things: An Architect Observes

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Sylph Editions, 2009 - Architecture - 44 pages
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Vincen Cornu, a Paris-based architect, attempts to translate architectural sensation into words and images, in order to convey the inspirations behind his work and the ways in which buildings, and the spaces they create, can offer journeys of imaginative discovery. He takes the reader back to early theories of architecture, through topics as diverse as skyscrapers, railway tracks, grain barns in Northern Spain designed to deter rodents, and the work of masters in the field such as Alvaro Siza, Hans Scharoun, and Louis Kahn. The text works alongside numerous full-colour drawings and architectural plans to give a glimpse into what architecture might mean to us today. (Included is a 16-page booklet with the French text of this cahier.)

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Vincen Cornu is an architect, born in Poitou. He has completed projects of various scales and types including schools, museums, houses, collective housing, urban projects, and furniture. He is the designer of more than forty museum exhibitions, including for shows by CÚzanne, Corot, Delacroix, Matisse, Monet, Munch, Picasso, Poussin, Seurat, Turner, Whistler, and on the Vikings. Since 1994 he has taught at the Ecole d’Architecture de Paris (la Villette). He lives and runs his own architecture practice in Paris.

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