The Sagrada Familia

Gaudí's Heaven on Earth


Author: Gijs van Hensbergen

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1408854783

Category: Architecture

Page: 224

View: 2007

A definitive and illuminating biography of one of the most famous – and most famously unfinished – buildings in the world, the Sagrada Familia of Barcelona. Its scaffolding-cloaked spires reach up to the heavens, dominating the Barcelona skyline and drawing in millions of visitors every year. What seduces our attention is perhaps a combination: not only its almost megalomaniac ambition and architectural extravagance but the sheer longevity of its construction. Its creator, Antoni Gaudí, 'God's Architect', saw the first stone laid on 19 March 1882 and yet it is unlikely to be completed until 2026 at the very earliest. It has survived two World Wars, the ravages of the Spanish Civil War and the 'Hunger Years' of Franco's rule. It has defied the critics, the penny-pinching accountants, the conservative town-planners and the slaves to sterile modernism to witness the most momentous changes in society and history. The Sagrada Familia explores the evolution of this remarkable building, working through the decades right up to the present day before looking beyond to the final stretch of its construction. It is at once a guidebook and a chronological history, and a moving and compelling study of man's aspiration towards the divine. Rich in detail, vast in scope, this is a revelatory and authoritative study of a building and its place in history and the genius that created it.

World Film Locations: Barcelona


Author: Helio San Miguel,Lorenzo J. Torres Hortelano

Publisher: Intellect Books

ISBN: 1783200251

Category: Art

Page: 128

View: 8876

Barcelona is one of the world's most beautiful cities. A permanent showcase of the work of acclaimed architect Antoni Gaudí, it also has a long and rich cinematic legacy. Great directors from all over the world--among them Woody Allen, Pedro Almodóvar, and Michelangelo Antonioni--have set their films there. World Film Locations: Barcelona is the first book of its kind to explore the rich cinematic history of this seductive Catalonian city. The illuminating essays collected here cover essential themes of the city's cinematic history, including the origins of cinema in Barcelona; the role of Ciutat Vella (old quarter) as a film set; the influential Barcelona School of the 1960s; the film presence of Gaudí and his work; changing attitudes and urban renewal before and after the 1992 Olympics; and the emergence of a new generation of female filmmakers that have made Barcelona the center of their cinematic explorations. This book will be a welcome addition to the libraries of anyone enchanted by the beauty of Barcelona, whether in person on the big screen.

The Chickens Fight Back

Pandemic Panics and Deadly Diseases that Jump From Animals to Humans


Author: David Waltner-Toews

Publisher: Greystone Books Ltd

ISBN: 1553652703

Category: Social Science

Page: 246

View: 6282

Emerging diseases like mad cow, SARS, and avian flu are — for the moment, at least — far more prevalent in animals than in humans. Still, the knowledge that measles, TB, and smallpox were at one time "emerging" diseases that eventually made a permanent, and quite deadly, jump to humans gives epidemiologists pause. The Chickens Fight Back examines the various groups of animal diseases, explains what attracts them to the human population — from food to sex to living conditions — and offers suggestions for keeping them at bay. It also points out that diseases must be looked at from an ecological, cultural, and economic point of view as well as from a biological standpoint. Cooking meat till its well done and slathering on insect repellent for a hike in the woods are effective preventative measures, but as David Waltner-Toews notes, it's more important to fundamentally rethink humankind's place in the world.

Art nouveau

painting, sculpture, jewelry, architecture, glass


Author: Nathaniel Harris

Publisher: Bookthrift Co

ISBN: 9780671089054

Category: Art

Page: 206

View: 6798

Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy in the Cancer Setting

Finding Meaning and Hope in the Face of Suffering


Author: William S. Breitbart,William Breitbart, M.D.

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199837228


Page: 440

View: 7668

Meaning-Centered-Psychotherapy in the Cancer Setting provides a theoretical context for Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy (MCP), a non-pharmalogic intervention which has been shown to enhance meaning and spiritual well-being, increase hope, improve quality of life, and significantly decrease depression, anxiety, desire for hastened death, and symptom burden distress in the cancer setting. Based on the work of Viktor Frankl and his concept of logotherapy, MCP is an innovative intervention for clinicians practicing in fields of Psycho-oncology, Palliative Care, bereavement, and cancer survivorship. This volume supplements two treatment manuals, Meaning-Centered Group Psychotherapy (MCGP) for Patients with Advanced Cancer and Individual Meaning -Centered Psychotherapy (IMCP) for Patients with Advanced Cancer by Dr. Breitbart, which offer a step-wise outline to conducting a specific set of therapy sessions. In addition to providing a theoretical background on the MCP techniques provided in the treatment manuals, this volume contains chapters on adapting MCP for different cancer-related populations and for different purposes and clinical problems including: interventions for cancer survivors, caregivers of cancer patients, adolescents and young adults with cancer, as a bereavement intervention, and cultural and linguistic applications in languages such as Mandarin, Spanish, and Hebrew.

Barcelona, Then & Now


Author: José Soler

Publisher: Thunder Bay Press (CA)

ISBN: 9781592236572

Category: Travel

Page: 144

View: 1406

A trip to Barcelona, Spain, is not soon forgotten. The capital of Catalonia, Barcelona is known for its remarkable architecture, glorious strolls down Las Ramblas, fantastic food, political unrest, and a history that dates back to the arrival of the Romans in the first century before Christ. Pop open a bottle of cava, and enjoy time traveling at its best in Spain's second largest city with Barcelona Then and Now. * Seventy pairs of photographs illustrate then-and-now images of beautiful, historic Barcelona. * Explore the Barri Gotic, the old city's Gothic Quarter, and you'll notice how the narrow cobbled streets where Picasso and Joan Mir� once lived have -- and haven't -- changed with time. * Discover the astounding architectural gifts of Antoni Gaud� as they were then, and as they are today; see Parc Guell, Batllo House and his still unfinished masterpiece, La Sagrada Familia. * Visit the Mercat de la Boqueria, Barcelona's famous food market, and you'll notice it's still a vital part of the city's everyday life.