Italian architect Carlo Scarpa (1906-1978) is a unique figure in the Modern movement and even today his work continues to challenge accepted notions of modern architecture. While intensely revered as an architect of immense detail and consideration, no comprehensive monograph has been produced on this scale to date - nothing that approaches the breadth and depth covered by this title. With an illuminating text by Robert McCarter, who has developed a reputation and following for his meticulously researched, experentially-based, and jargon-free accounts of key figures in Modern architecture, this book provides the definitive study of Scarpa's many accomplishments, including such works at the Canova Museum, the Castelvechhio Museum and the Brion Cemetery, among others.
Robert McCarter is a practicing architect and has been Ruth and Norman Moore Professor of Architecture at Washington University in St. Louis since 2007. He taught previously at the University of Florida, where he was Director of the School of Architecture from 1991–2001, and Columbia University, among others. He has also been Director of the Museum of Finnish Architecture (1978–83) and Rector of the Institute of Industrial Arts, Helsinki (1972–4). He has written for numerous international publications and published over 30 books including: Understanding Architecture (2012); Louis I. Kahn (2005); On and By Frank Lloyd Wright: A Primer of Architectural Principles (2005), all by Phaidon Press. He is also the author of Encounters 1 (2005) and Encounters 2 (2012); The Embodied Image (2011); The Thinking Hand (2009); The Eyes of the Skin (2005, 2007 and 2012) and The Architecture of Image (2001 and 2007).
With 350 images and drawings, "Carlo Scarpa" documents the architect's dramatic modernism - the sweeping red staircase of his Banca Popolare in Verona, his sleek concrete-and-wood Olivetti showroom in Venice - even as it celebrates his poetic vision?--ELLE Decor