With essays by Jeremy Melvin, Nicolai Ouroussoff, Anne Power, and Ricky Burdett and an interview by Michael Craig-Martin. London: Royal Academy of Fine Arts and Abrams, 2013, 112 pages, $20.
Outsize Impact of an Inside Man
This colorful little book—published in connection with last year's exhibition at the Royal Academy, Richard Rogers: Inside Out—explains how the architect, known for some sensational urban buildings, exemplifies the ideals with which Modern architecture was founded. His best-known works, such as the Pompidou Center, Lloyd's of London, the Bordeaux Law Courts, Madrid-Barajas Airport Terminal 4, and the Millennium Dome, may be more expressionistic and colorful than anything Mies or Gropius did, but his dedication to social change builds on the beliefs of the Modern masters—and, indeed, goes beyond what any of them accomplished.
Contributing editor Jayne Merkel is the author of Eero Saarinen and contributes to Architectural Design/AD in London.