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Otto Wagner, 1841-1918: Forerunner of Modern Architecture (Taschen Basic Architecture)

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One of Austria's most influential architects, Otto Wagner (1841-1918) played a key role in modernizing urban architecture. Forming an approach described as structural rationalism, Wagner pioneered use of materials such as glass, steel, and especially aluminum. He was associated with the Viennese Succession, a group of artists and designers headed by Gustav Klimt that ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published May 1st 2005 by Taschen (first published January 1st 2005)
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Luciano Riccardi
Oct 12, 2011 Luciano Riccardi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Con queste parole potrei descrivermi, data la mia predilezione per alcuni edifici progettati e realizzati dall’architetto austriaco Otto Wagner tra la fine del XIX e l’inizio del XX secolo. Già, perché in questi termini di esprimeva un altro grande e famoso architetto, sempre austriaco, Adolf Loos nel celebre saggio “Ornamento e delitto”, nei confronti di coloro che si ostinavano a decorare le architetture.
Pertanto dal sottosuolo confesso: “Sono un uomo degenerato. Un uomo sgradevole...”.
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Jul 03, 2010 Kristen Northrup rated it liked it
I recently browsed a DK travel guide to Vienna and was particularly struck by the architecture of Otto Wagner, so I ordered this book. There are plenty of lovely photos and sketches. The text is very much written for architecture insiders, however. Terms are not defined and much knowledge is assumed. The author is also quite opinionated -- you see a lot of "Without a doubt...," "It is clear...," and "It can be assumed...," and the compulsively descriptive language can get redundant -- "..after a ...more
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