Architecture Books

  • WTHI
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    I Never Knew That About London author Christopher Winn takes you on a series of walks through central London that will open your eyes to the events that happened in the city during the Victorian era.

    Among the little-known facts he reveals are the 300-foot bell tower at the Houses of Parliament; a hidden chapel in Bloomsbury that was described by Oscar Wilde as 'the most delightful private chapel in London'; and the best Victorian loos in the world that are located near Old Street.
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    Dixe Wills, a Book People favourite author, looks at Britain's tiniest treasures in this eye-opening book.

    He examines the smallest counties in the land, crosses the shortest river and enjoys a ride on the tiniest ferry. Covering castles, cathedrals, cinemas, pubs, museums, theatres, woods and stately homes, he explains how these gems are united in their lack of size and many of them are only known to locals.

    He explains how although these attractions and sites are all small in stature, they offer big fun.
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    Become fluent in the world of volutes, hood moulds, lobed architraves and bucrani with this stunning edition of Rice's Architectural Primer. It will help you talk about buildings with as much knowledge and enthusiasm as you have for your favourite films, TV shows and music.

    This beautiful book covers the grammar and vocabulary of British buildings, explaining the evolution of styles from Norman castles to Norman Foster. From cathedrals to country houses, the entries are complemented by over 400 jaw-dropping watercolour illustrations and hand-drawn annotations.

    This joyous celebration of architecture will help you recognise, understand and date any British building.
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    Discover how the city was imagined in maps from ancient times through to the modern day in Jeremy Black's Metropolis: Mapping the City.

    This is a fascinating look at the history of cities through the eyes of the cartographers who mapped their streets. Packed with more than 150 maps, charts and illustrations, the beautiful book reveals how our urban spaces have evolved.
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    New and updated edition featuring an exhaustive collection of London's Art Deco style from factories and underground stations to theatres and private residences. Contains more than 200 stunning photographs offering a visual journey through London and beyond. The Art Deco style gained prominence at the 1925 Paris Exposition, after which each nation seemed to adapt its own distinct architectural style. Less florid than the French or that of the United States, Great Britain s buildings reflected the country s imperial status. From the imposing style of the Savoy Hotel, through the ornate detail of the West End theatres, to Art Deco factories like the Hoover Building, they also demonstrated Britain s love of detail. Remarkably, many of London s Art Deco buildings still survive their once grime-covered indigenous Portland stone now mostly scrubbed clean, beautifully displaying their many sculptural details. This richly illustrated book offers a fascinating and detailed look at the Art Deco style from building design to decorative detail.
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    An expanded and fully revised edition of John Newman's classic survey of the buildings of West Kent, first published in 1969. Here is an extraordinary concentration of architecture of the first rank, and an immense variety of landscape and townscape, from the deep woods of the Weald to the shingles of Dungeness, the cathedral city of Rochester with its Norman castle, and the remarkable Georgian naval dockyard at Chatham. Domestic buildings of note range from plentiful timber-framed hall houses to the Palladian masterpiece of Mereworth Castle and the planned modernist village of New Ash Green, as well as country houses on the grandest scale, such as Cobham Hall and Knole. The parish churches can show rich and memorable work of almost every period, especially the middle ages and the Gothic Revival. This new edition includes detailed explorations of many rewarding urban areas, and fresh perspectives on such famous landmarks as Ightham Mote, Sissinghurst and Hever Castle.
  • BFIGZ
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    Emergence is one of the most exciting new fields in architecture today, gaining interest from not only academics and students but also leading professionals, with directors from Fosters, Arup and Bentley Systems all attending the most recent symposium on the subject at the Architects Association, London. As a concept, Emergence has captured the zeitgeist, embodying the pervasive cultural interest in genetics and biological sciences. In the sciences, Emergence is an explanation of how natural systems have evolved and maintained themselves, and it has also been applied to artificial intelligence, information systems, economics and climate studies. The potential of the mathematics of Emergence that underlie the complex systems of nature is now being realised by engineers and architects for the production of complex architectural forms and effects, in advanced manufacturing of 'smart' materials and processes, and in the innovative designs of active structures and responsive environments.* The first book to provide a detailed exploration of the architectural and engineering consequences of this paradigm, and a detailed analysis of geometries, processes and systems to be incorporated into new methods of working.* Sets out a new model of 'Metabolism' that uses natural systems and processes as a model far beyond the minimising environmental strategies of 'sustainability'.* www.architectureofemergence.om
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    In Why You Can Build It Like That, John Zukowsky examines buildings from the past half century or so that pushed the boundaries of what was architecturally acceptable when they were built. 100 striking international examples of modern architecture are categorized into thematic chapters that reflect form as well as society. Zukowsky explores the history of these buildings and their makers, presenting relevant biographical factors and socio-cultural influences that impacted on the distinctive designs. The book includes the works of heroic early modernist architects such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Frank Lloyd Wright, alongside long-established architectural firms such as Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. It also features mavericks of the past and present Bruce Goff, Shin Takamatsu and Shigeru Ban and singular architectural wonders that reflect their own times. Readers will find out why all the featured buildings look the way they do, and why they were created when and where they were. Zukowskys original text unravels the rich and complex stories that exist behind the design of some of the worlds more unconventional monuments, revealing exactly why each building is one of a kind.
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    For decades, the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) has been working to revitalize the social, cultural, and economic strength of communities in the Muslim world through its Historic Cities Programme. This book documents more than 100 such efforts that have been carried out in Afghanistan since 2002. Each project is illustrated with specially commissioned photographs and detailed descriptions. A powerful testament to the AKTC's commitment to Islamic culture, this book documents the organization's ongoing work to celebrate, restore, and maintain Afghanistan's cultural presence in the modern world.
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    A crash course in designing and constructing buildings Too often, textbooks turn the noteworthy details of architecture into tedious discourse that would put even Frank Gehry to sleep. Architecture 101 cuts out the boring explanations, and instead provides a hands-on lesson that keeps you engaged as you explore the world's greatest structures. Featuring only the most important facts, building styles, and architects, you'll enjoy uncovering the remarkable world of architecture with this book. Inside, you'll also find fascinating elements like: * Illustrations of popular building styles, such as Georgian and Greek Revival* Drawings of the essential parts of different buildings* Unique profiles of the most inspirational figures in architectureFrom Norman Foster and Frank Lloyd Wright to the Beauvais Cathedral and the Empire State Building, Architecture 101 is packed with hundreds of entertaining architecture tidbits that you can't get anywhere else!
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    From the Red Room in Twin Peaks to Club Silencio in Mulholland Drive, the work of David Lynch contains some of the most remarkable spaces in contemporary culture. Richard Martin's compelling study is the first sustained critical assessment of the role architecture and design play in Lynch's films. Martin combines original research at Lynchian locations in Los Angeles, London and Lodz with insights from architects including Adolf Loos, Le Corbusier and Jean Nouvel and urban theorists such as Jane Jacobs and Edward Soja. In analyzing the towns, cities, homes, roads and stages found in Lynch's work, Martin not only reveals their central importance for understanding this controversial and distinctive film-maker, but also suggests how Lynch's films can provide a deeper understanding of the places and spaces in which we live.
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    Featuring dozens of high-quality photographs, schematic designs and insightful commentary this Japanese architecture book is a must-have for architects or collectors. The past five years are widely consider to have been the most innovative period in contemporary Japanese design history. The projects featured in New Japan Architecture were completed during this extraordinarily fertile time. Featuring breathtaking images of modern Japan, this volume presents forty-eight extraordinary projects by forty-two of the world's leading architects, including: Hitoshi Abe Ward Kishi Tadao Ando Chiba Manabu Architects Toyo Ito Kengo Kuma Kazuyo SejimaThis architecture book features a wide-range of buildings, some exhibiting the ultimate ideal of the white Zen cube, while others exemplify the search for the new wow factor in iconic design. In many, cutting-edge modernity is counterbalanced by a concern for sustainability--an issue that has motivated many architects to rethink and reintroduce concepts drawn from traditional Japanese architecture. Projects big and small, private and public, residential and commercial are included. Insightful text by two leading experts in the field of Japanese architecture highlights the remarkable aspects of each building and places these developments within the wider context of world architecture. Offering an essential overview of current trends, New Japan Architecture points the way to modern architecture's future.
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    'Kinetic Architecture: Designs for Active Envelopes' is an essential resource for architects, engineers, students, and researchers seeking an in-depth study of how architectural facades dynamically respond to interior and exterior conditions in a manner that saves energy, without sacrificing human comfort. The book specifically focuses on facades with dynamic components, such as active shading devices and hydronic systems, which form an emerging and significant new development in architecture. Russell Fortmeyer and Charles Linn's essays weave together the historical roots of these very special facades, informed by the authors' unique theoretical insight. This original thinking is buttressed by detailed case studies of the facade technology and design expertise figuring in 27 buildings from around the globe, including many important structures whose envelopes have never been documented before.
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    Features gardens and terraces designed to become part of the interior spaces of the homes they adjoin. '21st Century Architecture: Alfresco Living' features courtyard gardens and terraces designed to become part of the interior spaces of the homes they adjoin. These courtyard spaces function as outdoor rooms and become extensions of everyday living spaces. Many of the outdoor spaces featured are architect-designed, while others are the work of landscape designers. Some outdoor spaces are expansive, featuring green roofs and swimming pools, while others claw back a bit of the urban landscape to provide a low-maintenance escape for homeowners. While each designer's approach to the outdoors is unique, all demonstrate a mindfulness of the need to bring the outdoors inside; to extend the sense of space to our everyday lives. Also available: '21st Century Residential Landscape Design' ISBN: 9781864704068 'Outdoor Living' ISBN: 9781876907556 SELLING POINTS: - Presents a variety of courtyard gardens, from densely planted to minimalist, from the ground floor up to the rooftops, all with a common theme of suitability for 21st-century living - Features projects from Australia and New Zealand, as well as Singapore, Brazil, Japan and the USA 400 col.
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    Visit 50 of the world's most fascinating buildings from the Houses of Parliament to the Sydney Opera House on this stunning architectural tour. Discover how to "read" a building, identify key characteristics of architecture and get underneath the bricks and mortar with stunning 3-D cutaways and illustrations. Walk the halls of stunning cathedrals, majestic mosques, opulent palaces, and modern skyscrapers, with awe-inspiring photography transporting you to the world's most celebrated buildings. Come face-to-face with some of the greatest architects to have lived and find out how the styles, techniques and materials they used helped create these iconic buildings. Great Buildings is a personal tour for every armchair explorer, the perfect gift for the connoisseur, and an excellent introduction to architecture. Previous edition ISBN 9781405375702
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    Take the first step to creating the home of your dreams ...We all love our homes, but sometimes they can frustrate us. With underused spaces, cluttered living rooms, neglected hallways, impractical kitchens and lack of storage, the list of things we'd like to change can seem endless. In Rooms, award-winning architect Declan O'Donnell shows us how we can release our inner designer to create a home that works for the way we live. From open-plan living, to cleverly designed kitchens, home offices, extensions, attic conversions and clever storage ideas, Declan looks at common problems and solutions and, regardless of budget, helps us to channel our inner creativity to make changes to our home - to live better.
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    How are changing conditions in society likely to affect Germany's built environment? What are the catalysts for transformation in its cities and regions? Speculations Transformations is devoted to the social and spatial transformations that Germany will face in the future, speculating on their architectural consequences.
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    In this hyper-compact, fully illustrated guide to architecture, Susie Hodge outlines the history and theory of architecture from the earliest structures to the cutting-edge concepts of the present day. Along the way she profiles 200 key buildings, historic styles, architectural movements and celebrated architects from all around the world. Contents include the Greek orders, Roman engineering, Gothic architecture, the Renaissance, the Baroque, Revivalism, Art Nouveau, Modernism and Postmodernism, Futurism and Dynamic architecture along with architects like Inigo Jones, Christopher Wren, Gaudi, Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier and Frank Gehry.
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    In this fun and intellectually stimulating book, readers can recreate a number of London's most renowned Brutalist buildings. Opening with an informative history of the origins and philosophy of Brutalist architecture, the book then focuses on 9 buildings, including the Barbican Estate, Robin Hood Gardens, Balfron Tower and the National Theatre. The first part of the book looks at the significance of each of these buildings, with a short chapter on each, complete with texts and images. The second part of the book consists of a series of 9 pre-cut and folded buildings, printed on heavy card stock, that readers can detach and construct with easy-to-follow instructions. At once fun and informative, this unique book offers a challenging and entertaining approach to architecture.
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    Are We Human? rethinks the philosophy of design in a multi-dimensional exploration from the very first tools and ornaments to the constant buzz of social media. The average day involves the experience of thousands of layers of design that reach to outside space but also reach deep into our bodies and brains. Even the planet itself has been completely encrusted by design as a geological layer. There is no longer an outside to the world of design. Design has become the world. Design is what makes the human. It is the very basis of social life. But design also engineers inequalities and new forms of neglect, such as lawlessness, poverty, and the climate at the same time as the human genome and the weather are being actively redesigned. We can no longer reassure ourselves with the idea of "good design." Design itself needs to be redesigned.
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    This book is the first part of a three-volume field guide to the future of architecture. The collection maps contemporary architectural practice and urban planning, presented through the words and ideas of some of its key players and change- makers. From institutions, activists, thinkers, curators and architects to urban bloggers, polemicists, critics and publishers, Archifutures presents the people shaping tomorrow's architecture and cities - and thereby helping to shape our societies of the future as well.This first volume of Archifutures, The Museum includes thought pieces, essays, interviews, and discussions - in both words and pictures - between members of Future Architecture platform. Steering the dialogue on the contemporary role of these institutional bodies are current practitioners and thinkers including socks-studio, Nick Axel, Lea-Catherine Szacka, and Ana Dana Beros.
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    Evoking Through Design: Contemporary Moods in Architecture is visually stunning, featuring built work and speculative projects, which highlight how contemporary practices are using devices such as spatial compositing, surface articulation and novel manipulations of materials in order to constitute spatial conditions radiating in delicate and sophisticated atmospheres. Contributors: Benjamin Bratton, Jeffrey Kipnis, Neil Leach, Silvia Levin, Frederic Migayrou, Juhani Pallasmaa, David Ruy, and Mario Carpo. Architects: Phillip Beesley, Marjan Colletti, Hernan Diaz Alonso, Evan Douglis, Michael Hansmayer, Steven Holl,Ferda Kolatan, Sean Lally, Greg Lynn and Peter Zumthor.
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    Gain insight into both modern and Japanese styles with this stunning Japanese interior design book. Japan Living presents thirty exceptional houses that transcend function and resonate with spirit. Chosen for their inspiring and innovative designs, these new Japanese homes are special places to dream in. The owners and architects, working as collaborative teams, have created homes that are quintessentially Japanese. Crisp, sharp, transparent and light--these new designs represent a new burst in creativity over the past decade. Many reflect changes in the dynamics of Japanese society, while others represent self-expression and individuality. All of them are marked by a return to traditional Japanese materials and design elements married with such present-day requirements as flexibility, modern kitchens and bathrooms, energy efficiency and electronic gadgetry.
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    The Whitney Museum is building itself a new home in downtown Manhattan's Meatpacking District. Due to open on May 1st, 2015, the project will substantially enlarge the Whitney's exhibition and programming space. Clad in pale blue- grey enamel steel panels, the new, eight-storey building is powerfully asymmetrical, with the bulk of the full-height museum to the west, Hudson-side, with tiers of lighter terraces and glazed walkways stepping down to the High Line, embracing it into the project. The Museum is entered via a dramatically cantilevered plaza, or "largo", a public space that serves as a kind of decompression chamber between street and museum, a shared space, with views to the Hudson and the High Line entrance just a few steps away. Accessed from the "largo", the main entrance lobby also serves as a public gallery - nearly a thousand square feet (100 sq. Meters) of free-entry exhibition space.Level three houses a 170-retractible seat theatre with double-height views over the Hudson River, along with technical spaces and offices. Some 4 650 sq. Meters of gallery space is distributed over levels five, six, seven and eight, the fifth level boasting a 1670 sq. Meters, column-free gallery - making it the largest open-plan museum gallery in New York City. A text at the end of the book provides the reader with a "behind the scene" view. A conception of the museum that starts from the work of art to arrive at the architectural project. A journey that takes the reader through time and space during its realisation.