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James Stirling (architect)

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James Stirling (architect)'s Biography

Sir James Frazer Stirling FRIBA (22 April 1926 in Glasgow – 25 June 1992 in London) was a British architect considered to be among the most important and influential architects of the second half of the 20th century. He is perhaps best known as one of a number of young architects who from the 1950s on questioned and subverted the compositional and theoretical precepts of the first Modern Movement. Stirling's development of an agitated, mannered reinterpretation of those precepts – much influenced by his friend and teacher, the important architectural theorist and urbanist Colin Rowe – introduced an eclectic spirit that allowed him to plunder the whole sweep of architectural history as a source of compositional inspiration, from ancient Rome and the Baroque, to the many manifestations of the modern period, from Frank Lloyd Wright to Alvar Aalto. His success lay in his ability to incorporate these encyclopaedic references subtly, within a strong and muscular, very decisive architecture of strong, confident gestures that aimed to remake urban form.

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james stirling, florey building, oxford 1966-1971
james stirling, florey building, oxford 1966-1971
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  • Log Magazine: Special thematic issue on The Absurd

      News Source: International Business Times | 3 years ago
    The Absurd gets serious about the seemingly irrational side of architecture. Guest edited by Michael Meredith of MOS , this special thematic issue identifies the funny, ugly, contradictory, and more fuzzy realms of architecture, disavowing the
  • This week's new exhibitions

      News Source: The Guardian | over 3 years ago
    The Cult Of Beauty, London Rejecting Victorian Britain's grim realities, the aesthetic movement strove to create a world of perfect beauty. Indeed, this extensive V&A study of its luxurious output has a certain resonance given our current dark days. "
  • James Stirling, the architect who divides opinion

      News Source: The Guardian | over 3 years ago
    architects love him, while those who use his most notorious buildings loathe him...The abiding image is of young German and Japanese architects unloading from their coaches, peering in through the great glass wall of Cambridge's History Faculty

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  • Architecture Jobs | James Stirling, the architect who ...

      Blog Source: architecturejobs.info | over 3 years ago
    The GuardianJames Stirling, the architect who divides opinionThe GuardianHe had all the charm and confidence that architects must have to win jobs, but lacked any grain of social sensibility. His goal was to be a great architect, ...
  • Architect Positions » Blog Archive » James Stirling, the ...

      Blog Source: www.architectpositions.com | over 3 years ago
    Photograph: Graham Turner for the Guardian James Stirling divides opinion: architects love him, while those who use his most notorious buildings loathe him. Or that's how it used to be. The abiding image is of young German and Japanese ...
  • The Architectural Monograph: A Defense: Places: Design ...

      Blog Source: places.designobserver.com | over 3 years ago
    ... given the difficult economics of the format (and the literary marketplace in general), and contrasts today's vanity projects with the landmarks of earlier generations — Le Corbusier's Oeuvre Complete, James Stirling's Buildings and ...

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