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Robert Maillart: Builder, Designer, and Artist

Robert Maillart: Builder, Designer, and Artist

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David P. Billington
Cambridge University Press, 3/24/2008
EAN 9780521057424, ISBN10: 0521057426

Paperback, 368 pages, 27.4 x 20.4 x 2.1 cm
Language: English

This comprehensive biography traces the life and works of Robert Maillart, one of the most important engineers and designers of the twentieth century. His career developed around a central issue of modern technological society: the debate between two antithetical views of engineering opposing applied science, which relied on general mathematical theories for understanding structures against design, which Maillart championed. Maillart considered structures not merely works of utility but also as works of art. As utilitarian objects, he created a series of innovations of lasting significance. Aesthetically, Maillart shaped his three innovations in concrete to create surprising and often stunning new forms. Providing an analysis of these innovations, this biography also connects Maillart's aesthetic ideas with the private and professional context in which he worked.

1. Student and designer
1872–1901
2. Designer and builder
1902–1909
3. Builder and millionaire
1909–1914
4. War and revolution
1914–1919
5. Scholar and designer
1920–1927
6. Solitary designer
1927–1932
7. Images from within
1932–1934
8. The great debate
1934–1938
9. Honored at last
1938–1940
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