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Josep Lluís Sert

Jaume Freixa
2005

Josep Lluís Sert

Jaume Freixa

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Jaume Freixa

Jaume Freixa is an architect and professor of Architectural Design at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) in Barcelona. He worked for 10 years (1969-1979) in the firm of Sert, Jackson and Associates in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he became head of European projects. After returning to Barcelona, he maintained his close professional and personal relationship with J.L.Sert.

Among other works, Jaume Freixa has designed and supervised both of the expansion projects for the Joan Miró Foundation in Barcelona. He is, moreover, the author of the book "Josep Lluís Sert" (Gustavo Gili, Barcelona, 1979) and curator of the exhibitions "Sert y el Mediterráneo (Sert and the Mediterranean), sponsored by the Spanish Ministry of Transport and the Architects Association of Catalonia (1997), and "Sert, medio siglo de arquitectura 1928-1979" (Sert, Half a Century of Architecture, 1928-1979), sponsored by the Joan Miró Foundation (2005).

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Design Biographies

Josep Lluís Sert (1902-1983) was one of the most influential Spanish architects and urban planners of the 20th century. Not only via his architecture and urban design projects, but also through his positions as dean of the Harvard Graduate Design School and President of the CIAM (International Congresses of Modern Architecture), Sert contributed to the enrichment -and upgrading- of the architectural principles of functionalism, by blending them with the timeless features of Mediterranean architecture and the visual stimuli of contemporary art.
By analysing some of his most emblematic works, this monographic study takes a new approach to Sert -as a designer- a challenge indeed if we bear in mind that he was the architect who taught us to live without furniture. Through numerous articles and illustrations, Jaume Freixa reveals the personality of a man who reformed architectural language and defended the importance of the environment, climate and landscape. All in all, Sert was an exponent of modernity with a highly humanistic vision.

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ISBN: 84-932053-6-2
jaume-freixa – 2005
Spanish / English
Hardcover, 28.6 x 24 cm / 11.154″ x 9.36″
264 pp

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