Mario Botta is convinced that modern architecture must find its roots in the past, and that it must be at once in contrast with its natural setting and in fundamental harmony with the urban environment. Such references in his work are indirect, and they are often reflected in his choice of materials such as brick, granite, or marble. Through works such as Evry Cathedral or the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, he has shown his capacity to transform urban settings and to raise architecture to new levels. This newly updated book explores his most important works to date.
Philip Jodidio(born 1954) studied art history and economics at Harvard, and edited Connaissance des Arts for over 20 years. His books include TASCHEN’s Architecture Now! series, and monographs on Tadao Ando, Norman Foster, Renzo Piano, Jean Nouvel, and Zaha Hadid. He is internationally renowned as one of the most popular writers on the subject of architecture.