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Our building design books focus on the structures of some of the most important iconic buildings of all time. Available at unbelievable prices, they will be of interest to anyone with an interest in architecture or design.

  • Cabin Porn

    Zach Klein

    Product Code: AUUHD
    Paperback
    'Addictive ...a charter for wistfulness' Observer 'An enchanting rabbit hole of handmade houses' The New York Times 'The Bible of pared back, natural living' Der Spiegel 'Take a deep breath and let the inspiration sink in' GQ Cabin Porn began as an on-line project created by a group of friends to inspire their own home building. As they collected more photos, their site attracted thousands of submissions from other cabin builders and a passionate audience of more than ten million people. This book is an invitation to slow down, take a deep breath, and enjoy the beauty and serenity that happens when nature meets simple craft.
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  • Cabins

    The Images Publishing Group

    Product Code: BXWYM
    Hardback
    Filled with more than 35 inspiring, contemporary cabin designs. Each project provides sound construction details, design logic, and architectural expertise. A richly photographed design reference covering a wide range of cabins, cottages, shelters, shacks, artist studios, lodges, retreats and more. Almost everyone has indulged in the irresistible notion of carving out a romantic rural refuge in a typically rustic setting, beside a beach or meadow, in the mountains, or other pristine environments. This book brings together the infinite number of possibilities of beautiful and creative cabin designs set in idyllic locations where access to nature is unimpeded. There's a growing trend for living in a small getaway, but that needn't mean living in cramped, unimaginative spaces. Cabins: Hidden Places, Stylish Spaces showcases the challenges of how small floor plans and compact interiors can be overcome with inventive modern design solutions and the innovative use of technology. Once-basic structures are now evolving into fancy dwellings that offer off-grid living with low impact on the environment, all the while cocooning the occupants in differing levels of comfort, from rustic formats with basic necessities, to some which offer facilities for luxury living. From artist studios to alpine shelters, beachside shacks to rural retreats, this book is an endless source of inspiration for armchair architects and those seeking to create a peaceful sanctuary that fuses distilled ingenuity with eco-friendly style.
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  • The Story of Tools

    Hole & Corner

    Product Code: BWLWD
    Hardback
    A unique book exploring the beauty, culture and craft of tools. Tools make our lives better. They help us to measure, plan, make, maintain, repair and make our ideas a reality. They are empowering, giving us the potential to do things for ourselves. Since pre-historic man first sharpened his first stone into a cutting implement, we have relied on tools to help us in carrying out even simple tasks. Nowadays, every industry has its own set of tools. What would a painter be without a brush, or a gardener without a fork? This book seeks to explore our relationship with these most fundamental of objects - those that allow us to realise our potential as makers, problem solvers and doers. Many are rightfully considered as design icons, whilst others reveal the improvisational skills of their owners, tweaked and adjusted to suit specific jobs through trial-and-error. Divided into three chapters - Wood and Stone; Earth, Metal and Glass; and Material, Cloth and Decoration - this book tells the story of 25 featured tools through the eyes of those whose craft and livelihood depend on them. Axes, drills, chisels, shaping tools and more are examined by masters of handmade trades from blacksmiths and spoon makers to sculptors and silversmiths. A range of `Collection' features also showcase the beauty of tools en masse, as Hole & Corner explore the toolboxes of craftsmen including gardeners, upholsterers and architects. Celebrating craft, culture and skill, The Story of Tools explored the time and dedication it takes to make and master tools. This is the perfect read for anyone with a penchant for tools, crafts and beautiful design.
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  • The Tropical House

    Elizabeth Reyes

    Product Code: BMNLS
    Hardback
    Pore over this collection of cutting-edge home designs from The Philippines.The Tropical House: Cutting Edge Design in the Philippines celebrates a growing trend toward globalization in interior design. More than 25 stunning houses and condos in and around Manila, the Philippines, evoke a distinctive tropical-modern-fusion style that is gaining popularity around the world. All these elegant residences comprise a synthesis of East-West trends and contemporary furnishings-as Filipino designers merge sleek modernist furniture with local designers' "soulful creations" in natural hardwoods and other tropical materials. Over 250 full-color photographs of outstanding Philippines architecture will inspire readers with their diverse and contemporary looks. From vintage charm to modern with bold, artful accents, to the clean, glamorous new look known as "contemporary chic," this book showcases the myriad tastes of the Philippines' design world. The selection features modernist designs referred to as Zen or Minimalist; admires the modern Global Eclectics, those well-traveled collectors of beautiful objects from East and West; and celebrates the individualists who mix European furniture with acutely creative accents from local designers. Take a glimpse into the rich world of the Philippines interior design in The Tropical House.
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  • How to Date Buildings

    Product Code: AXWQO
    Paperback
    From the black and white Tudor cottage with contorted timbers to the colourful Victorian town hall with patterned brickwork, older buildings often inspire investigation and query. Who built them and why, who lived there and what events were witnessed from their windows? Perhaps the first question, before the others can be put into context is 'how old is the building?'This illustrated and easy reference guide is packed with hundreds of photos and information to help you date buildings and bring their history to life.
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  • Concrete Concept

    Christopher Beanland

    Product Code: AQWLI
    Hardback
    No modern architectural movement has aroused so much awe and so much ire as Brutalism. This global survey profiles 50 brutalist beasts around the world (built between the 1950s to 1970s), and demonstrates how Brutalism infected popular culture. This is architecture at its most assertive: compelling, distinctive, sometimes terrifying. But, as Concrete Concept shows, Brutalism can be about love as well as hate.
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Making Dystopia

    James Stevens Curl (Architectu

    Product Code: BZNAF
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    In Making Dystopia, distinguished architectural historian James Stevens Curl tells the story of the advent of architectural Modernism in the aftermath of the First World War, its protagonists, and its astonishing, almost global acceptance after 1945. He argues forcefully that the triumph of architectural Modernism in the second half of the twentieth century led to massive destruction, the creation of alien urban landscapes, and a huge waste of resources. Moreover, the coming of Modernism was not an inevitable, seamless evolution, as many have insisted, but a massive, unparalled disruption that demanded a clean slate and the elimination of all ornament, decoration, and choice. Tracing the effects of the Modernist revolution in architecture to the present, Stevens Curl argues that, with each passing year, so-called 'iconic' architecture by supposed 'star' architects has become more and more bizarre, unsettling, and expensive, ignoring established contexts and proving to be stratospherically remote from the aspirations and needs of humanity. In the elite world of contemporary architecture, form increasingly follows finance, and in a society in which the 'haves' have more and more, and the 'have-nots' are ever more marginalized, he warns that contemporary architecture continues to stack up huge potential problems for the future, as housing costs spiral out of control, resources are squandered on architectural bling, and society fractures. This courageous, passionate, deeply researched, and profoundly argued book should be read by everyone concerned with what is around us. Its combative critique of the entire Modernist architectural project and its apologists will be highly controversial to many. But it contains salutary warnings that we ignore at our peril. And it asks awkward questions to which answers are long overdue.
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  • Armin Hofmann

    Steven Heller

    Product Code: BZAKA
    Paperback
    The history of posters is rich in variations on the hand. In consumer posters, a hand presents desirable products. But the hand can also take the form of a symbolically charged gesture in the political poster. In cultural posters, the hand then becomes the emblem of the creative individual. Just as versatile as the rhetoric of the hand are its diverse uses as a design element. In this volume, photographic, illustrative and abstract graphic images add up to a small cultural history of the hand as an eloquent conveyor of messages.
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  • Bauhaus Diaspora And Beyond

    Ann Stephen

    Product Code: BYYIT
    Paperback
    Bauhaus Diaspora and Beyond presents an extraordinary new Australasian cultural history. It is a migrant and refugee story: from 1930, the arrival of so many emigre, internee and refugee educators helped to transform art, architecture and design in Australia and New Zealand. Fifteen thematic essays and twenty individual case studies bring to light a tremendous amount of new archival material in order to show how these innovative educators, exiled from Nazism, introduced Bauhaus ideas and models to a new world.
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  • Wood: Living and Working

    David Andreu

    Product Code: BYWSD
    Hardback
    Wood is one of the very best materials for building construction because of its versatility, its capacity as a thermal and acoustic insulator, its warm appearance, pleasant texture and feel and its ecological character. Architects love to use this natural material for exterior design and decoration, aided by new ways of fixing and joining wood thanks to modern technology. Today's criteria for sustainable housing ("living") and offices ("working") also benefit greatly from the use of wood. The great variety of available wood and the fact that it is easy to recycle results in the construction of the masterful and varied designs shown in this book.
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  • Homesick

    Catrina Davies

    Product Code: BYJFA
    Hardback
    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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  • Single-Handedly

    Nalina Moses

    Product Code: BXMRG
    Hardback
    Part of the generation of architects who were trained to draw both by hand and with digital tools, Nalina Moses recently returned to hand drawing. Finding it to be direct, pleasurable, and intuitive, she wondered whether other architects felt the same way. Single-Handedly is the result of this inquiry. An inspiring collection of 220 hand drawings by more than forty emerging architects and well-known practitioners from around the world, this book explores the reasons they draw by hand and gives testimony to the continued vitality of hand drawing in architecture. The powerful yet intimate drawings carry larger propositions about materials, space, and construction, and each one stands on its own as a work of art.
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  • Straw Bale Building Details

    CASBA

    Product Code: BXGYK
    Paperback
    The devil is in the details-the science and art of designing and building durable, efficient, straw bale buildings Straw bale buildings promise superior insulation and flexibility across a range of design aesthetics, while using a typically local and abundant low-embodied energy material that sequesters carbon-an important part of mitigating climate change. However, some early straw bale designs and construction methods resulted in buildings that failed to meet design goals for energy efficiency and durability. This led to improved building practices and a deeper understanding of the building science underlying this building system. Distilling two decades of site-built straw bale design and construction experience, Straw Bale Building Details is an illustrated guide that covers: Principles and process of straw bale design and building, options, and alternatives Building science of straw bale wall systems How design impacts cost, building efficiency, and durability Avoiding costly mistakes and increasing construction efficiency Dozens of time-tested detailed drawings for straw bale wall assemblies, including foundations, windows and doors, and roofs. Whether you're an architect, engineer, contractor, or owner-builder interested in making informed choices, Straw Bale Building Details is the indispensable guide to current practice in straw bale design and construction.
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  • Living with Buildings

    Iain Sinclair

    Product Code: BWVDC
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    We shape ourselves, and are shaped in return, by the walls that contain us. Buildings affect how we sleep, work, socialise and even breathe. They can isolate and endanger us but they can also heal us. We project our hopes and fears onto buildings, while they absorb our histories. In Living With Buildings, Iain Sinclair embarks on a series of expeditions - through London, Marseille, Mexico and the Outer Hebrides. A father and his daughter, who has a rare syndrome, visit the estate where they once lived. Developers clink champagne glasses as residents are 'decanted' from their homes. A box sculpted from whalebone, thought to contain healing properties, is returned to its origins with unexpected consequences. Part investigation, part travelogue, Living With Buildings brings the spaces we inhabit to life as never before.
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  • Toward a Zero Energy Home

    David Johnston

    Product Code: BWUTV
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    With energy costs continuing to rise 'zero energy homes' are latest big green building trend. A Zero Energy Home (ZEH) - a home that produces as much energy as it consumes - is an idea whose time has come! Authors David Johnston and Scott Gibson explore the design and construction of self-sufficient houses from start to finish. They: make the case for a ZEH; cite climate and geographic challenges; describe exactly how to go about building an energy-efficient home; and, feature ten houses that were built for zero energy living. With unequalled knowledge and a passion for the subject, the authors walk readers through the process of building and living in a truly green home.
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  • Design Things

    Thomas Binder (The Royal Danis

    Product Code: BWRRM
    Hardback
    A new perspective on design thinking and design practice: beyond products and projects, toward participatory design things. Design Things offers an innovative view of design thinking and design practice, envisioning ways to combine creative design with a participatory approach encompassing aesthetic and democratic practices and values. The authors of Design Things look at design practice as a mode of inquiry that involves people, space, artifacts, materials, and aesthetic experience, following the process of transformation from a design concept to a thing. Design Things, which grew out of the Atelier (Architecture and Technology for Inspirational Living) research project, goes beyond the making of a single object to view design projects as sociomaterial assemblies of humans and artifacts-"design things." The book offers both theoretical and practical perspectives, providing empirical support for the authors' conceptual framework with field projects, case studies, and examples from professional practice. The authors examine the dynamics of the design process; the multiple transformations of the object of design; metamorphing, performing, and taking place as design strategies; the concept of the design space as "emerging landscapes"; the relation between design and use; and the design of controversial things.
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  • Design for Aging Review 2011

    American Institute of Architec

    Product Code: BWPCO
    Hardback
    This book provides - the best examples to date - of therapeutic environments for the elderly that have purpose in mind with respect to the quality of life of those who live and work in them. 'The Design for Aging Review 11' continues to push all of us to challenge our beliefs about aging and our responsibility to create health-fostering therapeutic environments that assure the aging experience is a fulfilling one. The environment is a major factor of whether or not we are successful in assuring a quality of life for all of us. The DFAR process and award winners who serve as an inspiration for the next generation of senior living. In the early 1960's John Cumming and Elaine Cumming wrote a classic book that helped revolutionise the treatment of mentally ill people in state hospitals. The book is called 'Ego and Milieu: Theory and Practice of Environmental Therapy.' Cumming and Cumming discuss the 'therapeutic power of the total environment'. 'The environment itself should be the primary treatment as well as supporting or complementing other treatment'. The importance of 'normal', 'life-like environments' and the 'creation of neighbourhoods' are paramount. The bottom line is: environments dictate what we believe about seniors, the people who care for them, and those who visit. So, the challenge is to create therapeutic environments. The goal is to create environments that have purpose in mind with respect to the quality of life of those who live and work in them. Last year's edition of 'Design for Aging Review' paved the way and now 'Design for Aging Review 11' is overflowing with the Cumming and Cumming lens in mind. It is packed full of illustrations of the Cumming and Cumming principles. SELLING POINTS: - 'The Design for Aging Review 11' benchmark and award winning nursing homes which serve as an inspiration for the next generation of senior living - This book provides the best examples to date of therapeutic environments for the elderly that have purpose in mind with respect to the quality of life of those who live and work in them 400 col..
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  • Journeys Without Maps

    Tan Hock Beng

    Product Code: BWMQH
    Hardback
    This book samples a selection of works by Maps Design. Founded in 1996, MAPS is a global design practice led by its principals Tan Hock Beng and Maria Hartati. With offices in Singapore and Bangkok, the practice's portfolio has always been broad based in its geographic breadth, with projects currently spread over 20 countries across 61 cities. It has earned an international reputation for the spirit and savoir faire of its work as well as its ability to generate thoughtprovoking design solutions for vastly varied cultural contexts. The firm provides master planning, architectural and interior design services for many project types, with a keen emphasis in hospitality design. It works with top luxury hotel brands like Park Hyatt, Four Seasons, W, St Regis, Sheraton, JW Marriott, Shangri-La, Pan Pacific and Intercontinental. Maps Design is a different kind of architectural practice, Specifically, its commitment to seeing architecture as part of a larger continuum of problems early on has marked how it approaches the design process. It sees itself as a 'reflective practice' and is recognised as a 'thinking' firm, passionately believing that design is intelligence made visible. Its portfolio of works has always been implicitly marked by a dynamic concerned with a demonstrative spatiality throughout every project. Their overarching thesis focuses on an empathetic sensitivity to space, while striving to reinvest their work with an understated layer of meaning and relational dynamics. It is about being inclusive yet projective; in the process, exploring relevant spatial enclosures of joyful sensuality - those unique qualities that make architecture perpetually invigorating.
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  • Cartoon Vision

    Dan Bashara

    Product Code: BWJVF
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    In Cartoon Vision Dan Bashara examines American animation alongside the modern design boom of the postwar era. Focusing especially on United Productions of America (UPA), a studio whose graphic, abstract style defined the postwar period, Bashara considers animation akin to a laboratory, exploring new models of vision and space alongside theorists and practitioners in other fields. The links--theoretical, historical, and aesthetic--between animators, architects, designers, artists, and filmmakers reveal a specific midcentury modernism that rigorously reimagined the senses. Cartoon Vision invokes the American Bauhaus legacy of L szl Moholy-Nagy and Gy rgy Kepes and advocates for animation's pivotal role in a utopian design project of retraining the public's vision to better apprehend a rapidly changing modern world.
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  • Make Sense

    White Arkitekter

    Product Code: BWJPL
    Hardback
    White Arkitekter, Scandinavia's leading interdisciplinary architecture practice, create environments that inspire sustainable ways of living. An employee-owned company founded by Sidney White in 1951, White is a collective of people interested in people. They are architects, anthropologists, planners, engineers, artists, sustainability experts, researchers and more. In their new book, White showcase over 80 international projects. By integrating research and practice, their work pushes levels of sustainability even higher - it `makes sense' in every way. Their projects range from residential apartments to trekking cabins, from schools to offices, from pop-up parks to nature reserves, and from hospitals to an entire city relocation. To build takes many hands and many minds - it is a marriage of sensibility and sensitivity. The projects in Make Sense aim for a better future - for people and for the planet.
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  • New Architecture Los Angeles

    Mike Kelley

    Product Code: BWHZU
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    This exhilarating and richly illustrated guide to Los Angeles's most exciting new buildings establishes the city as a mecca for forward-thinking and environmentally conscious architecture. Some of the world's leading architects are making their mark on Los Angeles's cityscape with exciting and innovative projects. Fifty of the most striking buildings are profiled in this book that features every type of architecture--houses, municipal structures, art museums, office buildings, performance spaces, and houses of worship. Some of the world's leading design firms, including Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Eric Owen Moss Architects, Selldorf Architects, and wHY Architecture, have contributed to the city's structural vernacular. While the projects here are as varied as the luminous Walt Disney Concert Hall by Gehry Partners and Bestor Architecture's compact housing development named "Blackbirds," each building embraces an unmistakably Californian aesthetic reimagined for a new century. With original photography, this is the first book to focus on the surge of creative building that has taken place in Los Angeles in the new millennium.
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