Beauty provides the dynamic catalyst for sixteen very charged and individual discussions about architecture and design. Based on a series of interviews by Yael Reisner, Architecture and Beauty has been developed into sixteen individual chapter/portraits, written up by Fleur Watson, that eloquently recount the thoughts of some of the world s most creative designers. Each interviewee candidly expresses their beliefs and experiences and espouses their own distinctive position on aesthetics. Offering up rare and often highly personal insights into the minds of today s most progressive and high-profile architects, the book is lusciously illustrated with the works that the architects discuss. Featured architects: Will Alsop, Hernan Diaz Alonso, Peter Cook, Odile Decq, Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Zvi Hecker, Mark Goulthorpe, Kolatan/MacDonald Studio, Greg Lynn, Tom Mayne, Juhani Pallasmaa, Gaetano Pesce, Eric Owen Moss, Wolf Prix and Lebbeus Woods.
YAEL REISNER has a Diploma in Architecture from theArchitectural Association in London. Before turning toarchitecture, she completed a BSc in Biology at the HebrewUniversity in Jerusalem. Born in Tel Aviv, she now lives in Londonwhere she has her own practice. Having taught for nine years at theBartlett School of Architecture (UCL), she currently teachesinternationally while completing a PhD at RMIT in Australia on thetheme of emotional beauty and experience in contemporaryarchitecture. She is also curating two parallel exhibitions on thework of Gaetano Pesce for the Design Museum and the Aram Gallery inLondon. FLEUR WATSON is a design journalist, curator and formerEditor-in-Chief of the Australian architecture journalMONUMENT (2001-7). She has a Bachelor in Design from CurtinUniversity, an Associate Degree in Journalism and a Masters of Artsin Curating Contemporary Design from London s Design Museumand Kingston University. Fleur is Director of somethingtogether, a multi-disciplinary studio that presentsarchitecture through events and exhibitions, and is the ManagingCurator for the Cultural Program of Melbourne's State of DesignFestival.