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About Deyan Sudjic
Deyan Sudjic is director of the Design Museum, London. He is the author of The Language of Things," "100-Mile City," and "The Edifice Complex." and the co-author of "The Architecture Pack."
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The director of the Design Museum defines the greatest artefact of all time: the city
We live in a world that is now predominantly urban. So how do we define the city as it evolves in the twenty-first century? Drawing examples from across the globe, Deyan Sudjic decodes the underlying forces that shape our cities, such as resources and land, to the ideas that shape conscious elements of design, whether of buildings or of space. Erudite and entertaining, he considers the differences between capital cities and the rest to understand why it is that we often feel more comfortable in our identities as Londoners, Muscovites, or Mumbaikars than in our national identities.
A biography of Lord Foster, one of the world's foremost architects, written with his full co-operation.
Norman Foster is a phenomenon - as an architect, but also as an individual. He is responsible for a dozen or more of the most recognisable buildings of the last thirty years. Under his driven leadership, what is now called Foster and Partners has grown to an international firm with almost 1,000 employees, building astonishing constructions all over the world.
Deyan Sudjic explores the nature of the impact that he has had on architecture, and on the contemporary city. It traces his remarkable journey from the backstreets of Manchester, the determination with which he has built a global architectural practice, and his huge creative impact on what we see around us.
Amongst many other buildings, Norman Foster is responsible for the design of Beijing's new airport, one of the world's largest, for the Rossiya tower in Moscow, in contention to be the tallest skyscraper in Europe until the credit crunch killed it, for one of the towers at Ground Zero in Manhattan, and for a crop of new towers in London. He designed the Reichstag, the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banks headquarters in London and China, the new Wembley stadium and the British Museum's new court.
Deyan Sudjic's insightful and elegantly written biography charts the remarkable life of one of the world's most influential architectural figures.
We live in a world drowning in objects. But what do they tell us about ourselves?In The Language of Things, Deyan Sudjic charts our relationship - both innocent and knowing - with all things designed. From the opulent excesses of the catwalk, or the technical brilliance of a laptop computer, to the subtle refinement of a desk lamp, he shows how we can be manipulated and seduced by our possessions.
Sudjic delivers an exhilarating insider’s history of design as he introduces us to the world's most original innovators and reveals the hidden meanings in their work. How did the design of a pistol influence a car? Why did a chair make a cafe the most fashionable place in Paris? What can we learn from a banknote, a police uniform or a typeface? And why can't any of us decide what size to wear our trousers? In an age when the word ‘designer’ has become synonymous with the cynical and manipulative, Sudjic examines the qualities behind successful design and explores the conflicting tensions between high art and mass production.
Brilliant and courageous, The Language of Things defines the visual vocabulary of our time and gives us a powerful new way of seeing the world.
The history of modern architecture is as diverse as it is beautiful, varying wildly from region to region and era to era. Here Deyan Sudjic, Director of the Design Museum, explores 50 of the most significant and striking buildings in the world, from the modernist aesthetic of Le Corbusier's Villa Savoye to the eye-catching flair of Beijing's CCTV Headquarters.
Villa Savoye, Poissy
Rockefeller Center, New York
Eames House, Los Angeles
Montreal Biosphere, Montreal
Pompidou Centre, Paris
Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao
Beijing Olympic Stadium, Beijing
...and many more.
This book is not a dictionary, though it tells you all you need know about everything from Authenticity to Zips. It's not an autobiography, though it does offer a revealing and highly personal inside view of contemporary culture.
It's an essential tool kit for understanding the modern world. It's about what makes a Warhol a genuine fake; the creation of national identities; the mania to collect. It's also about the world seen from the rear view mirror of Grand Theft Auto V; digital ornament and why we value imperfection. It's about drinking a bruisingly dry martini in Adolf Loo's American bar in Vienna, and about Hitchcock's film sets. It's about fashion and technology, about politics and art.
«Para dar sentido a una ciudad, hemos de saber algo acerca de las personas que viven en ella, y de la gente que la construyó. Es necesario preguntarse cómo lo hicieron y por qué.»
Una ciudad está hecha por personas. Tiene una identidad distintiva, que consiste en mucho más que una aglomeración de edificios; clima, topografía y arquitectura forman parte de lo que crea esa distinción, al igual que sus orígenes. Lo apasionante es que todos estos elementos no siempre producen los mismos resultados: muchas ciudades tienen un río, pero el Sena es único, parte esencial de lo que hace París distinto de Berlín. Hong Kong es una ciudad comercial, y también Dubái, y Hamburgo, pero son ellas mismas, inconfundibles. Cada ciudad es una experiencia única.
La mayoría de nosotros vivimos en ciudades, pero ¿sabemos qué es lo que hace que una ciudad sea una ciudad? ¿Es un lugar… o una idea? ¿Cómo debemos definir la ciudad hoy, tal y como evoluciona en el siglo xxi?
Un libro que nos ayuda a comprender por qué a menudo nos sentimos más cómodos con nuestra identidad como barceloneses, londinenses, moscovitas o mumbaienses que con nuestra identidad nacional.