Renzo Piano came to international prominence as the architect, with Richard Rogers, of the Pompidou Centre in Paris. The work of the Renzo Piano Building Workshop is characterized by its sensitivity to genius loci and local tradition as well as by its mix of traditional materials and techniques with those from the leading edge of technology. In this and succeeding volumes, the architecture of the Workshop is presented comprehensively, with many new photographs and drawings. This first volume also shows key works from Piano's earlier practices and explains how current work evolved from them. Also described are the early formative influences on Piano. 10x11.75". Distributed in the US by Chronicle Books. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition. This first of four volumes on the work of Renzo Piano, shows key buildings and projects from the architect's early career as well as from the Building Workshop. It examines the evolution of his work, his working methods, his early mentors and his architectural development. Presentations of some of his most significant buildings and projects are included. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.