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Taddeo Gaddi, Italian Artist and Architect, Giclee Print
Taddeo Gaddi,
Giclee Print

Taddeo Gaddi
b. c. 1300; Florence, Italy
d. c. 1366; Florence

Medieval architect and painter Taddeo Gaddi is generally credited as the designer of the Ponte Vecchio. The Ponte Vecchio, literally “Old Bridge”, consists of three segmental stone arches with shops built along the span, and crosses the Arno River at its narrowest point in Florence.

Ponte Vecchio and Arno River, Florence, Tuscany, Italy, Giclee Print
Ponte Vecchio and Arno River, Florence, Tuscany, Italy,
Giclee Print






FYI - Supposedly the term bankrupt originated on the Ponte Vecchio - when a merchant could no longer pay his debts, his banca, or table, was smashed, "rotto", for “banca rotta”. Also the Ponte Vecchio was not destroyed in World War II by the retreating Germans in 1944, allegedly because Hilter expressly forbade its destruction.


Esculturas, Antonio Gaudi, Art Print
Esculturas,
Antonio Gaudi,
Art Print


Antonio Gaudi
b. 6-25-1852; Reus, Catalonia, Spain
d. 6-10-1926; Barcelona

Antonio Gaudi, notable for his unique style and highly intricate designs, was afflicted with inflammation of the joints from childhood, making moving about painful and thus providing the opportunity to look carefully and think creatively rather than rushing around.

The Four Towers of Gaudi's Church of La Sagrada Familia, Photographic Print
The Four Towers of Gaudi's Church of La Sagrada Familia, Photographic Print








Gaudi's careful observations of nature, the Spanish gothic style, and his faith are expressed in the massive Sagrada Famila Catholic church in Barcelona, under construction since 1882.

Antonio Gaudi: Master Architect


Sir Patrick Geddes Scottish Biologist and Sociologist; Active in City Planning, Giclee Print
Sir Patrick Geddes Scottish Biologist and Sociologist; Active in City Planning,
Giclee Print

Patrick Geddes
b. 10-2-1854; Ballater, Scotland
d. 4-17-1932; France

Biologist Patrick Geddes is best remembered for his innovative thinking in the fields of urban planning.

Geddes introduced the concept of “region” to architecture and planning and coined the word “conurbation” in 1915 to describe the melding of cities and towns into one continuous urban and industrially developed area.

Geddes promoted the idea he shared with John Ruskin that spatial form and social processes are related and influence one another. His plan for Bombay included the following -

  • Preservation of human life and energy, rather than superficial beautification.
  • Conformity to an orderly development plan carried out in stages.
  • Purchasing land suitable for building.
  • Promoting trade and commerce.
  • Preserving historic buildings and buildings of religious significance.
  • Developing a city worthy of civic pride, not an imitation of European cities.
  • Promoting the happiness, health and comfort of all residents, rather than focusing on roads and parks available only to the rich.
  • Control over future growth with adequate provision for future requirements.

FYI - the city of Tel Aviv's center is built to Geddes master plan.

Geddes was also interested in education, the science of ecology, nature conservation and pollution. He is considered a forerunner of modern Green politics.


Guggenheim Museum, Designed by American Architect Frank O. Gehry, Opened 1997, Bilbao, Photographic Print
Guggenheim Museum,
Bilbao, Spain,
Photographic Print

Frank O. Gehry
b. 2-28-1929; Toronto, Canada

Frank Gehry, born Ephraim Owen Goldberg, designs buildings that are “destinations”, attracting tourists and sightseers.

Gehry's best known works include the titanium-covered Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain; Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles; Dancing House in Prague, Czech Republic; and his private residence in Santa Monica, California.

Frank O. Gehry: The Complete Works


James Gibbs by William Hogarth, Engraved by Bernard Baron, 1747, Giclee Print
James Gibbs
by William Hogarth, Engraved by Bernard Baron, 1747,
Giclee Print

James Gibbs
b. 12-23-1682; Aberdeen, Scotland
d. 9-5-1754; London

James Gibbs' most notable works are St Martin-in-the-Fields, in London, and the cylindrical, domed Radcliffe Camera at Oxford University.

FYI - in architecture “camera” is a suite of rooms, from the Latin camera = chamber.


Cass Gilbert, Print
Cass Gilbert
Print

Cass Gilbert
b. 11-24-1859; Zanesville, Ohio
d. 5-17-1934

Cass Gilbert is noted for being an early advocate of skyscrapers such as his Woolworth Building. He also designed the US Supreme Court building.

Cass Gilbert, Life and Work: Architect of the Public Domain


Walter Burley Griffin, Print
Walter Burley Griffin,
Print



Walter Burley Griffin
b. 11-24-1876; Maywood, Illinois
d. 2-11-1937

Walter Burley Griffin, architect and landscape architect, is best known for his part in designing Canberra, Australia's capital city. Griffin, associated with the Prairie School of architecture, has been credited with the L-shaped floor plan, the carport, and the first use of reinforced concrete.

Walter was also the husband of fellow architect Marion Mahony Griffin (1871-1961) who is best remembered for her architectural renderings.

Walter Burley Griffin in America
Marion Mahony Griffin: Drawing the Form of Nature


Architect Walter Gropius, Builder Emory Roth and Erwin Wolfson, with Model of Grand Central Building, Photographic Print
Architect Walter Gropius
Photographic Print

Walter Gropius
b. 5-18-1883; Berlin, Germany
d. 7-5-1969; Boston, MA

Walter Gropius, architect and founder of Bauhaus, is one of the pioneers of “modern” architecture along with Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Le Corbusier.

FYI - Gropius was married to Alma Schindler, the widow of composer Gustave Mahler, a story told in the 2001 movie Bride of the Wind.

The New Architecture and The Bauhaus


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