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Luis Barragan's Gardens of El Pedregal

Luis Barragan's Gardens of El Pedregal


  • Format: Hardcover
  • 256 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
  • Published: June 2001
  • ISBN-10: 1568982674
  • ISBN-13: 9781568982670

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The name Luis Barragan evokes images of Latin American modernism-brightly colored plain surfaces set off against lush foliage. His 1,250-acre Gardens of El Pedregal, begun in 1945 on the lava fields of south of Mexico City, were dotted with houses and plazas, fountains and ponds, cacti and pepper trees. Barragan considered El Pedregal his most important project, and critics have described the houses and gardens there as a turning point in Mexican architecture.This book examines El Pedregal's program and form, its representation in architect-commissioned photographs and advertising, and its place within contemporary discourses on cultural identity, design and place, and suburbanization.Like our highly acclaimed Revolution of Form, Luis Barragan's Gardens of El Pedregal offers an in-depth analysis of this now mostly destroyed project through original documents, drawings, color and black-and-white photography, and critical examinations of the design process. Luis Barragan is Mexico's most famous architect. Between 1944 and 1953, he directed the design, construction and advertising of the 1250 acre residential subdivision Jardines del Pedregal, 'the gardens of the stony place'. This is the first book to study in depth this single project by Barragan. Illustrations.