Paul Rudolph with introduction and notes by Rupert Spade and 63 photographs by Yukio Futagawa
New York : Simon and Schuster, 1971. First U.S. Edition. Hardcover. 134 pages ; photographic illustrations ; 24 cm. Very good copy; no underlines or markings within the pages. Satisfaction guaranteed!
Paul Rudolph : Introduction and notes by Rupert Spade ; Photographs by Yukio Futagawa
Paul Rudolph is one of the most inventive, versatile and controversial members of the generation of American architects that has arisen since the war. Born in 1918 in Kentucky, Rudolph was trained at the Alabama Polytechnic Institute, and at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard under Walter Gropius, whose ideas (notably on the importance of teamwork and on the role of planners in architecture) he was in due time to reject as he evolved his basic principle: that urban design is the prerogative of the architect.
He began his career in partnership with Ralph Twitchell, an architect thirty years his senior, in Sarasota, Florida. The partnership concentrated on designing small houses, which already showed Rudolph to be abandoning the purist austerity of Gropius. Invitations to give lectures followed, and in 1958, with a school building in Sarasota, the Jewett Arts Center at Wellesley College, Massachusetts, and a project for a new American Embassy in Amman, Jordan, to his credit, Rudolph was appointed Chairman of the School of Architecture at Yale University. Among his larger projects during this period were a number in New Haven itself, including housing and the parking garage for 1500 cars. At Yale he designed the Greeley Memorial Laboratory of the Institute of Forestry, and the massive Art and Architecture Building, built in ribbed concrete.
On leaving Yale in 1965, Rudolph moved to New York, where he continues to practice. His projects have assumed proportions that his early designs for houses did not presage. The New York Graphic Arts Center project of 1967, for example, embodies a gigantic framework intended to contain mobile prefabricated units—a combination of two concepts within one scheme, and an extraordinary example of Rudolph's creative virtuosity.
With 65 plates including 1 1 in color; 24 plans and sections.
Rupert Spade is an architectural consultant and writer. He contributes a monthly column on current affairs to Architectural Design, and is working on an analysis of European architecture in relation to mass housing. He is also a tutor at the Architectural Association School in London. In 1970 he was invited as guest critic by the Finnish government to the National Finnish Exhibition of Architecture at Helsinki.
The photographs were especially taken for this book by the distinguished Japanese photographer Yukio Futagawa.
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