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Paul Rudolph: The Late Work
Roberto de Alba

ISBN 9781568984018
Publication date 6/1/2003
10 x 8 inches (25.4 x 20.3 cm), Hardcover
224 pages, 250 color illustrations, 150 b/w illustrations
Rights: World; Carton qty: 14; (-23.23)

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The light- and breeze-filled modern houses in Florida of the 1950s--featured in Paul Rudolph: The Florida Houses--and the hard-lined silhouette of Yale's Art and Architecture Building (1962) are the two images that come to mind when one thinks of Paul Rudolph. Yet, few people know the work of the last decades of his life, from the 1970s through the 90s. Published here for the first time, Rudolph's final works are explored through his masterful pencil drawings, models, and photographs, as well as the last interview of his life with architect Peter Blake.

In a book that considers these projects in the context of his early success, Roberto de Alba explores the architect's buildings designed from 1969 to 1996 and includes an astonishing variety of projects, many built, such as houses, towers, bungalows, chapels, corporate buildings, and urban plans of a monumental scale. All show the complicated interplay of space, light, and mass that are the trademarks of Rudolph's genius. Through de Alba's close contact with the architect before his death, Rudolph's own vision is conveyed in descriptive texts and accompanying images.

Paul Rudolph: The Late Work is designed as a companion volume to The Florida Houses, and is the second in a planned three-volume set of the complete works of this legendary architect.

Roberto de Alba practiced architecture with I. M. Pei and Partners and taught architectural design at Yale University and the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He lives in New York City.

Editorial Reviews

"From the devoted and conscientious eyes of one of his students, this new volume explores how weird stacking, and the rest of Rudolphs's mantramatured in the 70's, 80's and 90's."

"The short descriptive texts are richly illustrated by clear photographs and a remarkable variety of illustrations by Rudolph, revealing his creative process and skilled hand. Robert Bruegmann's thoughtful introductory essay cast three of the late works in light of the early work that brought Rudolph his fame and makes a fair case to explain why Rudolph's star diminished so quickly after his initial success and how he found an appropriate context for much of his later work in Southeast Asia. Highly recommended"

"For the first time in book form, we may revel in the last works of Paul Rudolph's career, including residences, commercial hi-rises, and institutional projects."

Library Journal:
"Well documented and illustrated with superb photographic reproductions, this work by De Alba, who has taught architectural design at Yale, is a valuable addition to all architecture collections."

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