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The Glass State
Author: Annette Fierro

ISBN: 9780262562218
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 338
Published: 16 September 2006
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 17.8 x 1.9
Description:
Winner, Scholarly Illustrated Category, 2004 Association of American University Presses (AAUP) Book, Jacket, and Journal Show. From the Gothic to the contemporary, glass has transformed the structural, formal, and philosophical principles of architecture. In "The Glass State," Annette Fierro views the many meanings of transparency in architecture. Specifically, she analyzes the transparent monumental buildings that were built in Paris between 1981 and 1998 as part of Francois Mitterrand's program of "Grands Projets." The "Grands Projets" provide a rare opportunity to study a finite set of buildings constructed of similar materials, in the same time period, in a specific urban landscape, and with related ideological missions. Fierro employs a "discourse of the detail," in which the smallest architectural detail manifests the political, theoretical, and urban contexts of the building's design and construction. She examines the paradox of the most pared down architectural configurations being used to support the most complex meanings. Intrinsic to Mitterrand's glass buildings in Paris, for example, is a political concept: the metaphor of ...

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