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  • Black

    Stella Paul

    Product Code: CDBPN
    Hardback
    A stunning journey through the world's most dramatic and inspiring black architecture - now in a cool, compact new format In this sleek, stylish and easy-to-use new size, Black: Architecture in Monochrome highlights the exquisite elegance of black in the built world through more than 150 structures. From ancient churches to contemporary skyscrapers, Black demonstrates how hues from ebony to onyx have been beloved by architects for centuries. Insightful texts paired with striking photography bring to life these captivating buildings including works by Mies van der Rohe, Philip Johnson, David Adjaye, Jean Nouvel, Peter Marino, and Steven Holl.
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  • Practical Self-sufficiency

    Dick and James Strawbridge

    Product Code: CCYQZ
    Hardback
    Find your route to a more sustainable lifestyle with Dick Strawbridge, of Channel 4's Escape to the Chateau, and his son James. No matter who we are or where we live, we can all take steps to reduce our carbon footprint. For some, that might mean upping sticks and living off the land. For the rest of us, the reality might involve smaller, but no less important, lifestyle changes: cutting back on plastic or food waste, foraging wild produce, growing a few vegetables, making your own plant-based milks, or keeping a chicken or two. Dick and James Strawbridge know what it's like to make these changes. Between them, they've lived on a smallholding, in a terraced house, and even a chateau. In this updated edition of Practical Self-sufficiency they share everything they've learned, and give you the tools you need for a more rewarding and environmentally conscious life.
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  • Green Architecture

    Philip Jodidio

    Product Code: BQZRB
    Hardback
    The most exciting new buildings today are almost all environmentally aware, sustainable, and conceived to consume less energy than ever before. Discover the best examples of green projects from the Architecture Now! series in this handy Bibliotheca Universalis edition.Celebrated architects like Frank Gehry and Norman Foster are presented alongside young up-and-coming creators from all over the world. Filled with plans, renderings of proposed projects, and stunning architectural photography, this is nothing short of an encyclopedia of eco-design.From a water treatment facility to an art museum, luxurious holiday homes to commercial structures, these buildings all make a bold environmental statement. Being "green" means being aware of the responsibility in the construction and use of modern buildings; some solutions are as old as the history of architecture, while others are born of cutting-edge technologies. Explore these approaches and many more in this groundbreaking collection showcasing 100 of the world's most innovative eco-friendly buildings.
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  • Landscape Architecture

    Ian Thompson

    Product Code: AJYMZ
    Paperback
    Landscape architecture plays an important role in shaping the places in which we live and work. But what is it? Landscape architects are involved, amongst other things, in the layout of business parks, the reclamation of derelict industrial sites, the restoration of historic city parks, and the siting and design of major pieces of infrastructure such as motorways, dams, power stations, and flood defences, as well as the planning of parks and gardens. Taking a historical perspective, Ian Thompson looks at both the roots of landscape architecture and the people that established it. This Very Short Introduction explores some of the misconceptions about landscape architecture and considers the discipline's origins in landscape gardening. Thompson takes a look at a number of areas, including the influence of Modernism, the difference between landscape design and landscape planning, and the way that planning legislation has driven the growth of the discipline. He also explores contemporary environmentalism, the debate as to whether landscape architecture is an art or a science, landscape architecture in the community, post-industrial projects, and its relationship with ecological urbanism. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
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  • Where Architects Sleep

    Sarah Miller

    Product Code: CDBRA
    Hardback
    In the tradition of the bestselling Where Chefs Eat: the definitive global hotel guide by the real experts who know - architects No one appreciates a building quite like an architect - and now, for the first time, more than 250 of the world's leading architects share insider tips on where to stay, revealing everything from renowned destinations to undiscovered gems. With 1,200 listings in more than 100 countries, this unique guide has readers covered, whether planning a business trip or a vacation, a city break or a remote getaway, a wedding or a corporate event. It's the ideal resource, gift, and gateway to design-conscious journeys worldwide.
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  • Rome

    Ilia Celiento

    Product Code: CDBWR
    Paperback
    Rome, the 'Eternal City', is not only enriched by buildings and monuments that preserve the culture of Italy in the symbolic centre of Christianity and the hub of the Italian Republic. The architecture of Rome also tells the story of a process of restoration and innovation. During the 1930s, the social and cultural revolution led to calls for functionality and practicality, which are represented by impressive modern public and residential works, as well as by major initiatives from architectural forces of urban change in the capital. This handy pocket guide to modern and contemporary architecture in Rome has entries for 87 buildings, and a clever folding map with thumbnail photographs which correspond to marked locations. It includes indices by architect and by project, accessibility to the public, and directions by bus and metro.
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  • New York

    Aurora Maria Riviezzo

    Product Code: CDBWI
    Paperback
    New York City is a metropolis in a constant state of metamorphosis. Amidst continuous construction, the redevelopment of the existing cityscape plays a fundamental role in the evolution of the Big Apple as a place to live, work, and visit. This pocket guide to highlights of modern and contemporary architecture features 85 famous skyscrapers, cutting-edge projects with abandoned infrastructure, post-industrial buildings, and inventive low-cost housing models. Each building is accompanied by text describing its history, use, materials, and architectural profile, in addition to directions, and public accessibility.
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  • Belgium New Architecture 7

    Ouvrage collectif architecture

    Product Code: CDBVI
    Hardback
    The introduction to this 7th volume focuses on the broader theme of public space. How do you bring together habitat, mobility, social interactions, amenities/services and culture? How do you rethink urban mobility consistent with current technological, ecological and digital issues? What place does the citizen have in the public space, as a place to meet, a place where links are made and a clear driving force for the quality of life? What examples are there to follow and what solutions to offer? With participation of the Bouwmeesters, who have set out their vision for us in Belgium, and of the Citilinks architects, for an international perspective - from New York to Shanghai, this is a must read reference book on the greatest achievements in contemporary architecture of recent years. From offices and shops, housing, public spaces, to cultural & educational sites, there are over 60 recently completed structures by Belgian and foreign architects to be discovered in this latest volume. Text in English, French and Dutch.
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  • Rights of Future Generations

    Product Code: CDOQJ
    Paperback
    The present state of environmental crisis is not an accident of history, but rather the result of a war waged along social, techni-cal, and mental lines-a war against future generations. Climate change is the symptom of the eradication of alternative perspectives on what it means to live and to coexist.It is the consequence of a single, pathological mode of existence dominating all others. Which ecologies sup-port this state of things, and which ecologies can resist it? Which conditions produce non-exploitative relationships between hu-mans and other beings, between those who are here, those who have gone, and those yet to come? The intergenerational per-spective is at the heart of all such questions. The inaugural Sharjah Architecture Triennial, titled Rights of Fu-ture Generations, includes commissioned works by architects, artists, activists, choreographers, and scientists examining sites of resistance, struggle, emancipation, and experimentation. The twenty-seven essays featured in Conditions-the first of two volumes published in conjunction with the Triennial-chronicle some of these sites. From spiritual geographies of trade in the Indian Ocean, to the unwritten transmission of land title in the Ganges Delta, this is a book about architecture's fundamental role in imagining other forms of coexistence.
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  • Revit 2020 for Architecture

    Eric Wing

    Product Code: CCWIF
    Paperback
    The updated 2020 edition of the popular step-by-step tutorial for Revit Architecture Shortly after its first publication, Autodesk Revit for Architecture: No Experience Required quickly became the market-leading, real-world guide for learning and building with Revit--the powerful and sophisticated Building Information Modeling (BIM) software used by professionals the world over. Fully updated for Revit 2020, this popular, user-friendly book helps you learn the Revit interface, understand the fundamental concepts and features of the software, and design, document, and present a 3D BIM project. A continuous, step-by-step tutorial guides you through every phase of the project: from placing walls, doors, windows, structural elements, dimensions, and text, to generating documentation, advanced detailing, site grading, construction scheduling, material takeoffs, and much more. Updated and revised to include new content, this invaluable guide covers all the fundamental skills every Revit user needs. Whether used as a complete, start-to-finish lesson or as a quick-reference for unfamiliar tasks, this book will help you: Learn each phase of designing, documenting, and presenting a four-story office building using a simple yet engaging continuous tutorial Follow the tutorial sequentially or jump to any chapter by downloading the project files from the Sybex website Use the start-to-finish tutorial project as a reference for your own real-world projects and to develop a powerful Revit skillset Gain thorough knowledge of Revit's essential concepts and features to make the move from 2D drafting to 3D building information modeling Get up to speed with advanced features, including new coverage of advanced walls, families, sites, topography, and more Autodesk Revit 2020 for Architecture No Experience Required is the go-to guide for both professionals and students seeking to learn Revit's essential functions quickly and effectively, to understand real workplace projects, processes, and workflows, and to set the stage for continuing on to more advanced skills.
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  • Hybrid Food Retail

    Bernhard Franken

    Product Code: CBZEA
    Paperback
    Online shopping and changing consumer demands radically transform the food retail industry for the first time since the introduction of the supermarket in the 1930s. After decades of stagnation, food retail is currently one of most creative fields for designers, architects and other professionals developing new formats like bio food markets, 'to go' outlets and pop ups. This handbook prescribes hybridization - a fusion of supermarket and gastronomy, co-working, hospitalityor performative formats - as a powerful remedy against the digital disruption. As a result of a 3-year research with 60 students of retail design at PBSA Dusseldorf and for the first time in this field, Hybrid Food Retail offers an overview of the history, an encyclopaedic analysis of the elements and highlights the emerging trends in the food retail industry.
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  • Modern Building Design

    Ricardo Codinhoto

    Product Code: CBYDW
    Paperback
    Climate change, technology, and regulation are just some of the challenges faced by the architecture, engineering and construction industry in the design and build of modern buildings. This book explores these trends, highlighting how higher education and the construction sector can address these challenges through modern design practices and integrated approaches. It explores the following topics: conflicting design tensions in projects; the concept of Defornocere ('ugly through harm'); the emerging role of the design manager; buildings and their impact on health and wellbeing, and the importance of information modelling for enhanced design. Energy modelling and life-cycle analysis along with multidisciplinary building design and design trade-offs are covered too. With case studies and supporting illustrations this book will guide you to a better understanding of modern building design.
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  • How to Read Skyscrapers

    Edward Denison

    Product Code: CCLWJ
    Paperback
    Throughout history, the story of the skyscraper has been defined by our desire for ascendance-politically, militarily, economically, religiously, culturally, and, of course, physically. These spectacular superstructures epitomise more than architectural aspiration, they excite the imagination and inspire awe. The scope of the book is deliberately broad with a thematic first section and a geographical second section. Conceptual chapters, introduce the origins of our desire to build high and explore the skyscraper's role in fuelling our imaginations through different modes of cultural expression. How To Read Skyscrapers offers a deep and rich understanding of the skyscraper by providing a comprehensive account of this unique and captivating building-type, from its origins in myth and legend to its future potential in satisfying humankind's needs and aspirations.
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  • The Creeping Plague Of Ghastly Facadism

    The Gentle Author

    Product Code: CCAOA
    Hardback
    A humour analysis of facadism in London - why it is happening and what it means - accompanied by a gallery of the most notorious examples guaranteed to induce laughter and horror in equal degree.
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  • Nanda Vigo

    Marco Meneguzzo

    Product Code: CBYGL
    Paperback
    A protagonist of the Milanese cultural scene of the 1960s, Italian designer Nanda Vigo (Milan, 1936) began producing her Cronotopi in 1963, in the spirit of ZERO, the transnational group of German, Dutch, French, Belgian, Swiss and Italian artists. Participating in the avant-garde movements and groups of the early sixties, the artist developed her own thoughts on the light, transparency and immateriality that were to constitute her work as well as on the spaces inhabited by human beings. This book showcases the multifaceted activity of Nanda Vigo in the fields of art, architecture and design, analysed by curator Marco Meneguzzo. Text in English and Italian.
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  • Julia Watson. Lo-TEK. Design by Radical Indigenism

    Julian Watson

    Product Code: CBXZV
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    Three hundred years ago, intellectuals of the European Enlightenment constructed a mythology of technology. Influenced by a confluence of humanism, colonialism, and racism, this mythology ignored local wisdom and indigenous innovation, deeming it primitive. Today, we have slowly come to realize that the legacy of this mythology is haunting us. Designers understand the urgency of reducing humanity's negative environmental impact, yet perpetuate the same mythology of technology that relies on exploiting nature. Responding to climate change by building hard infrastructures and favoring high-tech homogenous design, we are ignoring millennia-old knowledge of how to live in symbiosis with nature. Without implementing soft systems that use biodiversity as a building block, designs remain inherently unsustainable.Lo-TEK, derived from Traditional Ecological Knowledge, is a cumulative body of multigenerational knowledge, practices, and beliefs, countering the idea that indigenous innovation is primitive and exists isolated from technology. It is sophisticated and designed to sustainably work with complex ecosystems. With a foreword by anthropologist Wade Davis and four chapters spanning Mountains, Forests, Deserts, and Wetlands, this book explores thousands of years of human wisdom and ingenuity from 20 countries including Peru, the Philippines, Tanzania, Kenya, Iran, Iraq, India, and Indonesia. We rediscover an ancient mythology in a contemporary context, radicalizing the spirit of human nature.
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  • Architecture Today: Sustainable Homes

    Cayetano Cardelus

    Product Code: CBJTZ
    Hardback
    This book presents a selection of eco-houses and sustainable homes built according to what is feasible today in terms of sustainable architecture that respects the environment. It shows us what ecological alternatives are available to standard building design and construction. Once considered architectural curiosities, these houses - built in a way that respects the environment - actually lay the foundations of tomorrow's regular construction and the building legacy that we bequeath to our children and grandchildren with which they feel at home and where enjoying a healthy and sustainable environment is the norm.
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  • Cabin Porn: Inside

    Zach Klein

    Product Code: CAWJI
    Hardback
    Initially created by a group of friends as an online scrapbook, Cabin Porn became an international sensation following the publication of the first volume of photographs of hand-made homes in breath-taking natural landscapes around the world. This new book delves deeper into the best-loved homes featured on the blog over the last ten years, offering close-ups of the stunning architecture and interior design that make them truly remarkable. With more timeless photography and new design stories, Cabin Porn: Inside brings fresh inspiration for your quiet place somewhere.
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  • Best Buildings Britain

    Matthew Freedman

    Product Code: CBKND
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    Best Buildings Britain is the third title in the Best Buildings series, following Best Buildings Belgium (2018) and Best Buildings Holland (spring 2019). In this guide, Matthew Freedman presents 75 buildings completed after 1918 in Great Britain, each accompanied by a photo and a short text. The selection is based on the top ten lists of renowned British architects and architecture critics, including great names like Norman Foster, Piers Gough, Charles Holland, Jonathan Meades, Alice Rawsthorn and Richard Rogers. From their lists comes a surprising mix of 'best' buildings, from applauded contemporary projects such as the London Aquatics Centre, to impressive must-sees such as Highpoint in Highgate (London) or Marine Court in St Leonards-on-Sea, up to brutalist gems such as Preston bus station and the National Theatre. The book also features the full lists with all of each contributor's ten favourite buildings.
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  • Digital Fabrications

    Galo Canizares

    Product Code: CAZLG
    Hardback
    Digital Fabrications is a collection of essays and half-true stories about design software and hardware. Written from the perspective of architectural design, each piece expands on emerging trends, devices, foibles, and phenomena engendered by an increased reliance on interactions with interfaces in the discipline. The essays ask: how do we characterise our post-digital design labour? What are the politics of design software? How is architecture adapting to a world largely dependent on platforms and scripts? What are the spatial mechanisms of the internet and VR? Using storytelling techniques, this book accepts that software is everywhere, and narrows in on a few ways it has taken command of our cultural products. From the perspective of architectural design, a field traditionally associated with sketching and its own myths of creativity, computers are an essential workplace tool. Projects rely on a wide assortment of software packages and standalone applications, but rarely do architects reflect on the structure of those programs or how they have infiltrated our disciplinary conventions. PDFs and JPGs are as much a part of our vocabulary as plans, sections, and elevations. A drawing today might refer to a rendering, a CAD document, a proprietary BIM file, or anything that describes a project visually. While one way of examining this disciplinary shift might be to re-imagine what digital drawing can be, this collection of essays puts forth another way: to look at the behaviours, phenomena, collective trends, and oddities emerging as a result of global software proliferation. In other words, this book accepts that software is everywhere, and narrows in on a few ways it has taken command of our cultural products.
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  • Cafe Culture

    Robert Schneider

    Product Code: BZRSN
    Hardback
    There's something very special about being able to relish a quality espresso or expertly brewed filter coffee in beautifully designed surroundings. What is the magic formula that makes a cafe space so inviting, so successful, with a buzz in the atmosphere that's so enjoyable? Cafe Culture: For Lovers of Coffee and Good Design brings together a selection of well-crafted interior spaces by those with both a strong sense of good design aesthetics and a refined appreciation of the art of a good coffee experience. As the much-anticipated follow-up to Robert Schneider's very successful first book, Coffee Culture: hot coffee + cool spaces - design inspiration that presents coffee shop designs from across the United States, in his new book Schneider expands on the theme by showcasing a wonderful new collection of designs, this time from around the globe, including from Australia and New Zealand, Europe, China, South Korea and Japan, Britain, and North America. Richly illustrated throughout with full-colour photos that capture the feel and personality of each coffee shop, and with detailed analysis of each design and its features, along with an insightful overview of the industry trends in design across the globe, this book successfully connects an appreciation for great coffee with spaces that invite human interaction and create memories through good design.
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  • Food Store: 50+ Stunning Interior Designs & Branding Concepts

    Paolo Emilio Bellisario

    Product Code: BZQPH
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    This book breaks through the boundaries between 'interior design' and 'graphic design', showing readers the birth of a small commercial space: from logos, packaging, menus, product design to the interior design of space, and even to uniforms, all of which are designed by designers. In addition to displaying space and graphic design through pictures, the book will present readers some interviews from designers. Through their analysis, readers can have a more comprehensive understanding of the features and trends of interior and graphic design of food stores, as well as brand promotion and store operations.
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  • Monastic

    Friederike von Rauch

    Product Code: BZOFS
    Hardback
    With her eye for architectural details, Friederike von Rauch captures the contemplative power of monastery interiors and simultaneously separates them from their religious context. The Berlin-based artist has lived and worked in several of the icons of European monastery architecture over the past few years, including Le Corbusier's Sainte-Marie de La Tourette near Lyon, Hans van der Laan's Roosenberg Abbey near Antwerp, and Andrea Palladio's monastery San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice. Using an analogue, medium-format camera, she has created images that tell of immersion, with ascetic lighting control and reduced colours. The absence of human presence and the subtle treatment of light and shadow lend her interiors an element of timelessness and placelessness.
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  • Homesick

    Catrina Davies

    Product Code: BYJFA
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    The story of a personal housing crisis that led to a discovery of the true value of home. 'Incredibly moving. To find peace and a sense of home after a life so profoundly affected by the housing crisis, is truly inspirational' Raynor Winn, bestselling author of The Salt Path Aged thirty-one, Catrina Davies was renting a box-room in a house in Bristol, which she shared with four other adults and a child. Working several jobs and never knowing if she could make the rent, she felt like she was breaking apart. Homesick for the landscape of her childhood, in the far west of Cornwall, Catrina decides to give up the box-room and face her demons. As a child, she saw her family and their security torn apart; now, she resolves to make a tiny, dilapidated shed a home of her own. With the freedom to write, surf and make music, Catrina rebuilds the shed and, piece by piece, her own sense of self. On the border of civilisation and wilderness, between the woods and the sea, she discovers the true value of home, while trying to find her place in a fragile natural world. This is the story of a personal housing crisis and a country-wide one, grappling with class, economics, mental health and nature. It shows how housing can trap us or set us free, and what it means to feel at home.
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