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Description - Substance Over Spectacle by Andrew Gruft

This book features the best and brightest architectural work in Canada of the last 10 years. In this first overview of Canadian architecture in 18 years, Gruft provides a representative sample of Canadian architectural practice since the early 1990s and demonstrates a specific Canadian sensibility that is unlike any architectural trend in the world. The book also explores issues of viability, sustainability, community and utility as they relate to the Canadian architectural experience. Included is the work of 25 architects from every area of Canada, each represented by an installation of their own design and construction. In addition to photographs of the finished projects, "Substance over Spectacle" also features images of the models and architectural drawings, together with analytical/critical text demonstrating the architectural ideas embedded in the work. Five essays deal with different aspects of contemporary Canadian architecture, written by some of Canada's leading thinkers on architecture: George Baird, Sherry McKay, Marco Polo, George Adamczyk and Andrew Gruft.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781551521855
ISBN-10: 1551521857
Format: Paperback
Pages: 224
Imprint: Arsenal Pulp Press
Publisher: Arsenal Pulp Press
Publish Date: 1-Apr-2005
Country of Publication: Canada

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Author Biography - Andrew Gruft

Andrew Gruft is Professor Emeritus in the School of Architecture at UBC and one of the coordinators of the architectural lecture series of the Vancouver League. His field of interest and expertise has always been contemporary architecture and urban design, with a specific focus on Canada, the Americas and Europe. In 1986, he curated "A Measure of Consensus", an exhibiton that examined the state of Canadian architecture. Since then, he has curated and written about contemporary Canadian architecture for galleries and museums around the world.