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Santiago Calatrava: The Poetics of Movement

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Thames & Hudson, 1999. 240pp. £14.95 European House Now by Susan Doubilet & Daralice Boles. Thames & Hudson, 1999. 240pp. £14.95

Early volumes in this well-produced Thames & Hudson paperback series - for instance, on Wright and Kahn - were repackagings in a smaller, cheaper format of books that had already appeared, writes Andrew Mead. The Kahn was particularly welcome, given the quality of its text as well as its images

(AJ 20.11.97). But the series' emphasis has now shifted to new commissions, and Santiago Calatrava and European House Now are published for the first time. Both have a strong visual impact, with high-quality photographs; but while Susan Doubilet and Daralice Boles, surveying 29 recent European houses, are unsurprisingly restricted to relatively brief descriptions of each building, Alexander Tzonis develops an argument. Attentive to the metaphoric character of Calatrava's designs as well as to their structural ingenuity (see Orient Station, Lisbon, above), this is a thoughtful introduction to his work.

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