The spread of capsular civilization is a worst-case scenario that is taking shape before our very eyes, without us even being aware of it. In the face of the speed of our technology, the suburbanization of our daily lives and the ever more extreme but poignant polarization of our society, we feel obliged to return to the capsules of our vehicles, in architectural cocoons or urbanistic enclaves: malls, gated communities, amusement parks. Since September 11, the war in Iraq and the War on Terrorism, it has been almost impossible to dissociate architecture from its political and social context. Add to this the massive influence of capitalism on architecture, the disturbing demographic developments and the associated political, social and ecological catastrophes, and you get the robotic snapshot of a society dominated by fear, exclusion and simulation. De Cauter sketches a realistic and alarming account of the new world order that is an everyday concern for the architects and planners of the contemporary city as well as for its inhabitants and users.
Monographie consacrée à la dernière villa de la série des maisons blanches, dites "villa puristes" construites par Le Corbusier et Pierre Jeanneret durant les années 1928-1931. La villa Savoye à Poissy prés de Paris correspond à l'invention d'une nouvelle typologie dont la conception se situe dans une double référence: celle de l'idéal classique, représenté par le temple qui fait face au paysage, ensuite celle du logement moderne dont elle ambitionne de symboliser le modèle idéal.
Kandinsky's temperas, gouaches and watercolours from the Munich years and the Russian period are definitively catalogued and discussed in chronological order (including those known only from documentary evidence). Many previously unknown pictures are published for the first time. The artist's earlier works, his bold abstractations from 1911 to 1914, and his little-known watercolours painted in Russia from 1915 to 1921 are fully documented and illustrated.
Vivian Barnett also provides complete provenance, exhibition history and reference for more than 500 watercolours and gouaches, plus an addendum to the Catalogue of Oil Paintings (1982, 1984). The original essays, complete list of exhibitions, selective biography and extensive colour illustrations make this volume essential for collectors and scholars.