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Betsky, Aaron

Works: 217 works in 679 publications in 1 language and 9,880 library holdings
Genres: History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Exhibition catalogs  Catalogues raisonnés  Pictorial works  Catalogs  Designs and plans 
Roles: Author, Contributor, zxx, Editor, Author of introduction, Curator, Other, Redactor, Interviewer
Classifications: NA1469.H33, 720.92
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Aaron Betsky
Zaha Hadid : the complete buildings and projects by Zaha Hadid( Book )

24 editions published between 1998 and 2006 in English and held by 510 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For over twenty years, Zaha Hadid, the Iraqi-born, English-educated architect, has symbolised the vanguard of contemporary architecture. This book offers a complete overview of both her programmatic and aesthetic concerns
False flat : why Dutch design is so good by Aaron Betsky( Book )

21 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in English and held by 486 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"False Flat documents the vitality of the current design scene in The Netherlands, one of today's most important centers of innovation and experimentation in architecture, urban planning, industrial design, and graphic design. Contemporary Dutch designers artfully recast and reinterpret known forms and modernist archetypes through technological know-how, creativity, and wit. The authors compare this transformation to the "false flat" of the subtly sloping Dutch landscape - the product of centuries of reclaiming territory from the waters of the North Sea and the Rhine. Written by Aaron Betsky with Adam Eeuwens, and designed by acclaimed Dutch graphic artist Irma Boom, False Flat brings to life the dynamism, diversity, and underlying structures of a unique and prolific design culture."--Jacket
Landscrapers : building with the land by Aaron Betsky( Book )

17 editions published between 2002 and 2006 in English and held by 473 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Ever since the discovery of the cave, humans have made use of nature's geological formations. It has been only recently, however, that developments in structural engineering have made it possible to engage the earth's surface as a building element in its own right. With an increasing awareness of our planet's limited natural resources and with landscape architects exerting ever-greater influence on contemporary design, the most acclaimed architectural practices from around the world are building into the earth, merging man-made forms with the contours of the land. The results are at once preternatural and breathtaking. From Zaha Hadid's Tram Terminal in France to Snohetta's Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Egypt, from Future System's hill-burrowing house in Wales to Antoine Predock's Spencer Theater in the United States, over fifty projects expose the breadth and depth of this new direction in architecture." "Aaron Betsky introduces this global tour by considering our historical preoccupation with communing with the land through building. Four central chapters explore the ways in which 'geotecture' responds to, becomes a part of and yet remains distinctive within our natural landscape. 'Engineered Utopias' investigates how the material and physical act of shaping the earth through technology and innovation has opened up a realm of ideals; 'Caves and Caverns' burrows into the land to discover new spatial experiences; 'Unfolding the Land' opens up the earth to create architectural forms; finally, 'A New Nature' merges landscape with architecture, the natural with the human." "Countless contemporary architecture movements around the world make it difficult to identify meaningful international trends. With the subtext of our planet's power and beauty, Landscrapers reveals some of the most important, influential and appealing building forms for today and the future."--Jacket
Violated perfection : architecture and the fragmentation of the modern by Aaron Betsky( Book )

12 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 369 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Overzicht van het werk van hedendaagse architecten
Building sex : men, women, architecture, and the construction of sexuality by Aaron Betsky( Book )

10 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 369 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Buildings have always been an expression of human sexuality. In this book, architecture critic and curator Aaron Betsky takes a look at the man-made world and concludes that it is just that: made by men and not women. The structure of buildings and the layout of cities in the modern world have almost always been determined by men, and the abstract and alien order of grids and columns that has resulted imprisons us in a way of living based on repression and, in some cases, oppression. By contrast, it is women who create the interior spaces within these man-created environments. Comfortable, beautiful, seductive, and logical, these interiors act as areas of escape, self-definition, and sometimes even revelation. Drawing on a wide range of architectural examples, from African mud huts to modern apartment complexes, Betsky explores what effects this division of architectural labor has had on our sensibilities and, indeed, on how we relate to one another as men and women. He believes that although it has always been thus, we do not have to live within this dichotomy between the exterior and the interior, the made and the lived, the masculine and the feminine, forever. It is possible, says Betsky, to create "spaces of liberation, spaces in which we can re-construct our selves and our world."
Icons : magnets of meaning by Aaron Betsky( Book )

18 editions published between 1977 and 1997 in English and held by 356 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lipstick. 501s. Las Vegas hotels. What do they mean to us? What do they say about who we are? From freeways to surfboards to corporate logos, twelve everyday objects are recast here as icons - single, physical forms that embody a complex universe of associations. Published in conjunction with a major exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, this striking volume explores these icons as benchmarks for the current state of design and suggests new ways to look at the interconnectedness of design, consumer culture, and the aesthetics of desire. -- from back cover
Experimental architecture in Los Angeles by Aaron Betsky( Book )

8 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 333 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

To the latest developments in one of architecture's most exciting centers of activity
Queer space : architecture and same-sex desire by Aaron Betsky( Book )

9 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 331 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Betsky asserts that gay men and women have always been at the forefront of architectural innovation - reclaiming abandoned neighborhoods, redefining urban spaces, and creating liberating interiors out of hostile environments. These "queer spaces" reflect the experiences of homosexuals in a straight culture. Often forced to hide their true nature, gay men and women have turned inward, playing with the norms of interior space and creating environments of stagecraft and celebration where they can define themselves without fear. Their experiments point the way to an architecture that can free us all from the imprisoning structures and spaces of the modern city
James Gamble Rogers and the architecture of pragmatism by Aaron Betsky( Book )

8 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 315 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Architecture must burn by Aaron Betsky( Book )

15 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 284 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The U.N. Building by Aaron Betsky( Book )

10 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 281 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"When it was completed in 1952 along New York's East River, the United Nations Building stood as a symbol of world humanitarianism, a beacon of unity after the Second World War. One of the most historic commissions of the 20th century, it was inspired by Le Corbusier's vision and seen through by architect Wallace Harrison, whose triumph put him on the cover of Time magazine." "More than 50 years later, the 39-story building is regarded as one of the pinnacles of mid-century modernism. Its magnificent public spaces and assembly halls, as well as its impressive collection of artworks by Chagall, Henry Moore and many others, make it one of the most visited sites in New York." "On the celebration of the United Nations' 60th Anniversary, and before a long period of renovation, this publication presents a portrait of this building. Specially commissioned photography and an essay bring alive the spaces that have played host to the historic aspirations, speeches, debates and gatherings that have been central to the world's development since 1945."--BOOK JACKET
Scanning : the aberrant architectures of Diller + Scofidio by Diller + Scofidio (studio di architettura)( Book )

11 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 270 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The de Young in the 21st century : a museum by Herzog & de Meuron by Diana Ketcham( Book )

4 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 260 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Designed by the internationally renowned Swiss firm Herzog & de Meuron, winners of the 2001 Pritzker Prize, the new de Young Museum in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park is an architectural tour de force
Koning Eizenberg : buildings by Aaron Betsky( Book )

8 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 247 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rob Wellington Quigley : buildings ₊ projects by Magali Sarfatti Larson( Book )

8 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 232 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Monograph on the work of the San Diego based architect. Features 28 built and unbuilt projects
Zaha Hadid : complete works by Zaha Hadid( Book )

3 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 230 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ben van Berkel & Caroline Bos : UN Studio UN Fold by Ben van Berkel( Book )

14 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 221 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The UN Studio also known as the United Network Studio was founded in 1998 by Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos (art historian) as a continuation of their multidisciplinary architectural practice
Drager House : Franklin D. Israel by Aaron Betsky( Book )

11 editions published between 1989 and 1996 in English and held by 221 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Each book in this series focuses on a celebrated building, chosen for its exceptional character, innovative design or technical virtuosity. Included is a text by a respected author, plus technical drawings, photographs and working details
The complete Zaha Hadid by Zaha Hadid( Book )

11 editions published between 2013 and 2016 in English and held by 207 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Zaha Hadid is the leading architect in the world, and is the first female recipient of the prestigious Pritzker Prize (2004). This is the complete monograph of Hadid's works, from her early, unbuilt projects and ideas from her student years to her very latest projects around the world, including the Aquatics Centre for the London 2012 Olympic Games, the Guangzhou Opera House in China, and the Eli & Edythe Broad Art Museum in Michigan, USA. The book also includes her furniture, product and exhibition designs
Simply Droog : 10 + 3 years of creating innovation and discussion by Ramakers( Book )

17 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 194 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First published in 2004 to accompany the touring exhibition "Simply Droog: 10 + 1 years of creating discussion and innovation," this updated edition documents the Dutch conceptual design company Droog Design's activities, products and designs from 2004 and 2005
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False flat : why Dutch design is so good
Alternative Names
Aaron Betsky Amerikaans architect

Aaron Betsky arquitecto y crítico de arte estadounidense

Бетски, Аарон

ベツキー, アーロン

ベツキィ, アーロン

English (241)

False flat : why Dutch design is so goodLandscrapers : building with the landViolated perfection : architecture and the fragmentation of the modernIcons : magnets of meaningQueer space : architecture and same-sex desireJames Gamble Rogers and the architecture of pragmatismArchitecture must burnThe U.N. Building