- Lavishly produced with silk case, one gatefold, and 28 pages of insertions on special pages
- A collaboration between renowned architect Richard Rogers and architect and writer Ivan Margolius
- Features the drawn designs for some of Kaplický’s best work – including the International Space Station
- An excellent reference for architects and students of architecture
Jan Kaplický (1937-2009) was a visionary architect with a passion for drawing. It was his way of discovering, describing and constructing; and through drawing he presented beguiling architectural imagery of the highest order.
Many of his sketches, cutaway drawings and photomontages are brought together and celebrated in this book. These drawings date from the early years of his independent practice, Future Systems, in the 1970s, to his final ink drawings, executed in the mid-1990s. Featured projects range from design studies for the International Space Station, undertaken with NASA, to the Media Centre at Lord’s Cricket Ground, in London, winner of the 1999 Stirling Prize.
Jan Kaplický was one of the world’s last great architect-artist-draughtsmen, upholding a heritage that has its roots in the early Renaissance and has all but vanished with the advent of computer-aided design. If this book has one central message for architects, it is that drawing as an art and a discipline must not be forgotten.
Richard Rogers is an architect of global renown. He was one of the first people to recognise Jan Kaplický’s talent and offer him a place in his studio.
David Jenkins has written and edited numerous critically acclaimed books., including: Norman Foster Works( Volumes 1 to 6); The Strange Death of Architectural Criticism; and a monograph on the Californian architect Pierre Koenig.