Architecture Books

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  1. Light Space Life - Houses by SAOTA

    Light Space Life: Houses by SAOTA

    Light Space Life is the first monograph from internationally recognized South African architecture studio SAOTA, known for crafting exceptional modern buildings that forge powerful connections to their extraordinary settings. Presenting memorable and distinctive residences selected from its wide-ranging global output, the book celebrates thirty-five years of innovative residential design from Lagos to Los Angeles, including houses from the dramatic South African coast where it all began.

  2. Gesture and Response - 25 Buildings by William Pedersen of KPF Architects

    Gesture and Response: 25 Buildings by William Pedersen of KPF Architects

    William Pedersen selected 25 buildings as emblematic of his architectural aspirations, contextual concerns, and material manifestations. He shows how monumental buildings made from hard glass, stone, and steel can exist at a gentle human scale. After taking the reader on a chronological tour of 24 towering corporate headquarters, contextual educational facilities, and community-oriented government projects, Pedersen takes us home - literally - to examine his own house on Shelter Island that was 20 years in the making.

  3. Architecture in the 20th Century

    Architecture in the 20th Century

    The architecture of the 20th century is distinguished by an astonishing diversity. From lofty 'starchitects' to lesser-known names around the world, this chronological overview takes you to the heart of the ideas, trends, and transitions that defined the 1900s. Organized chronologically, the 31 chapters put it all into perspective, illustrated by hundreds of large-format photos as well as a plenitude of drawings and floor plans. The biographical appendix covers all of the century's greatest architects while celebrating today's new talents, and the lavish illustrations include some of the best architectural photography in the modern era.

  4. Contemporary Houses - 100 Homes Around the World

    Contemporary Houses: 100 Homes Around the World

    This book features 100 of the world's most interesting and pioneering homes designed in the past two decades, featuring a host of talents both new and established, including John Pawson, Shigeru Ban, Tadao Ando, Zaha Hadid, Herzog & de Meuron, Daniel Libeskind, Alvaro Siza, and Peter Zumthor. Accommodating daily routines of eating, sleeping, and shelter, as well as offering the space for personal experience and relationships, this is architecture at its most elementary and its most intimate.

  5. Formgiving - An Architectural Future History

    Formgiving: An Architectural Future History

    Formgiving: An Architectural Future History is a visionary attempt to look at the horizon of time. The Danish word for 'design' is 'formgiving,' which literally means to give form to that which has not yet taken shape. In other words, to give form to the future. Architecture plays a special role by proposing spaces for our lives that are fragments of the future in the making. Throughout more than 700 pages, Bjarke Ingels presents his personal selection of projects, including the 12,000-square-meter LEGO House in Denmark, the human-made ecosystems floating on oceans, the redesign of a World War II bunker into a contemplative museum, and the ski slope-infused power plant celebrating Copenhagen's commitment to carbon neutrality.

  6. Design Like You Give a Damn 2 - Building Change from the Ground Up

    Design Like You Give a Damn 2: Building Change from the Ground Up

    Design Like You Give a Damn 2 is an indispensable handbook for anyone committed to building a more sustainable future. Following the success of their first book, Architecture for Humanity brings readers the next edition, with more than 100 projects from around the world. Packed with practical and ingenious design solutions, this book addresses the need for basic shelter, housing, education, health care, clean water, and renewable energy.

  7. Architects After Architecture - Alternative Pathways for Practice

    Architects After Architecture: Alternative Pathways for Practice

    Architects After Architecture reframes architecture as a uniquely versatile way of acting on the world, far beyond that of designing buildings. In this volume, we meet forty practitioners through profiles, case studies, and interviews, who have used their architectural training in new and resourceful ways to tackle the climate crisis, work with refugees, advocate for diversity, start tech companies, become leading museum curators, tackle homelessness, draft public policy, become developers, design videogames, shape public discourse, and much more. Together, they describe a future of architecture that is diverse and engaged, expanding the limits of the discipline, and offering new paths forward in times of crisis.

  8. Ando - Complete Works 1975-Today

    Ando: Complete Works 1975-Today

    This collection spans the breadth of Ando's entire career, including such stunning new projects as the Shanghai Poly Grand Theater and the Roberto Garza Sada Center in Monterrey, Mexico. Each project is profiled through photographs and architectural drawings that explore Ando's unprecedented use of concrete, wood, water, light, space, and natural forms.

  9. Architecture History, Theory and Preservation

    Architecture History, Theory and Preservation

    Architecture History, Theory and Preservation critically explores the historic development, theoretical underpinnings and conservation practices of architecture. Complete with 170 full-color images, this volume presents architectural and urban examples, from Prehistory to the Middle Ages, chronologically and thematically examining contextual issues that provide each period with distinctive expressions.

  10. Architecture is a Social Act

    Architecture is a Social Act

    Good architecture is no longer about simply designing buildings, but about meeting head-on the forces that are shaping today's world. Architecture is a Social Act addresses how the discipline can be used as a tool to engage in politics, economics, aesthetics, and smart growth by promoting social equity, human interaction, and cultural evolution. This book features 28 projects drawn from across LOHA's nearly 30-year history, a selection that underscores the direct connection between the development of consciously designed buildings and wider efforts to tackle issues that are relevant in a rapidly changing world.

  11. Modern Architecture - A Critical History

    Modern Architecture: A Critical History

    Kenneth Frampton's highly acclaimed survey of modern architecture and its origins has been a classic since it first appeared in 1980. Starting with the cultural developments since 1750 that drove the modern movement, moving through the creation of modern architecture, and exploring the effects of globalization and the phenomenon of international celebrity architects, this book is the definitive history of modern architecture. For this extensively revised and updated fifth edition of Modern Architecture, Frampton added new chapters exploring the ongoing modernist tradition in architecture while also examining the varied responses to the urgent need to build more sustainably and create structures that will withstand changing climates. This new edition also features completely redesigned interiors and an updated and expanded bibliography.

  12. The New Farm - Contemporary Rural Architecture

    The New Farm: Contemporary Rural Architecture

    Recent generations of farmers have reinvented the family farm and its traditions, embracing organic practices and sustainability and, along with them, a bold new use of modern architecture. The New Farm profiles sixteen contemporary farms around the globe, accompanied by plans and colorful images that highlight the connections among family, food, design, terrain, and heritage.

  13. Cool is Everywhere - New and Adaptive Design Across America

    Cool is Everywhere: New and Adaptive Design Across America

    Cool Is Everywhere is a photographic survey of the adaptive reuse design movement in America's coolest cities. Michel Arnaud has been studying the spread of urban life into smaller towns for years now, looking at how today's architects are blending the past with the present in exciting ways. This book highlights remarkable designs that have transformed ordinary buildings into works of art. From North Adams, Massachusetts, to Oakland, California, join Michel as he explores the skyscrapers and quaint neighborhoods that led him to believe that cool is, in fact, everywhere.

  14. McClean Design - Creating the Contemporary House

    McClean Design: Creating the Contemporary House

    In his new book, McClean Design: Creating the Contemporary House, the Irish-born architect takes us behind the scenes of twenty-one of his ultra-modern homes completed in the past fifteen years. The reader is granted access to McClean's vision for each project, from design strategies to sketches. McClean's stunningly luxurious homes grace every page of this 240-page book, allowing readers to be swept into a world of not only sleek contemporary architecture, but also of lavish features such as champagne vaults, wine cellars, cigar rooms and movie theaters.

  15. Beyond the West - New Global Architecture

    Beyond the West: New Global Architecture

    Beyond The West inspires a fresh understanding of global contemporary architecture beyond the Western Countries. Architects throughout the world work against a backdrop of rapidly growing cities, changing societies and climate, and emerging economies. But while Western architecture has largely dominated the discourse, architecture firms from non-Western countries have been establishing local and global -recognition for themselves, often finding strikingly different solutions to local requirements, including sustainability, transportation and migration, construction materials, and traditions. Beyond The West journeys across Asia, Africa, and the Americas to understand how local architects respond to a changing world, and focuses its wide lens on inspiring and truly global architecture.

  16. Designing a World-Class Architecture Firm

    Designing a World-Class Architecture Firm

    Designing a World Class Architecture Firm: The People, Stories and Strategies Behind HOK tells the history of one of the largest design firms in the world and draws lessons from it that can help other architects, interior designers, urban planners and creative services professionals grow bigger or better. Former HOK CEO Patrick MacLeamy shares the revolutionary strategies HOK's founders deployed to create a brand-new type of architecture firm. He pulls no punches, revealing the triple crisis that almost bankrupted HOK and describes how any firm can survive and thrive.

  17. Architectural Digest at 100 - A Century of Style

    Architectural Digest at 100: A Century of Style

    Architectural Digest at 100 celebrates the best from the pages of the international design authority. The editors have delved into the archives and culled years of rich material covering a range of subjects. Ranging freely between present and past, the book features the personal spaces of dozens of private celebrities like Barack and Michelle Obama, David Bowie, Truman Capote, David Hockney, Michael Kors, and Diana Vreeland, and includes the work of top designers and architects like Frank Gehry, David Hicks, India Mahdavi, Peter Marino, John Fowler, Renzo Mongiardino, Oscar Niemeyer, Axel Vervoordt, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Elsie de Wolfe.

  18. The Short Story of Architecture

    The Short Story of Architecture

    The Short Story of Architecture is a pocketbook guide to key styles, buildings, elements and materials - a new and innovative guide to the subject of architecture that explores 50 key buildings, from the Great Pyramids to high-tech, sustainable skyscrapers.

  19. Breaking Ground - Architecture by Women

    Breaking Ground: Architecture by Women

    This book is a ground-breaking visual survey of architecture designed by women from the early twentieth century to the present day. Featuring twentieth-century icons such as Julia Morgan, Eileen Gray and Lina Bo Bardi, and the best contemporary talent, from Kazuyo Sejima to Elizabeth Diller and Grafton Architects, this book is, above all else, a ground-breaking celebration of extraordinary architecture.

  20. The New Architecture of Wine - 25 Spectacular California Wineries

    The New Architecture of Wine: 25 Spectacular California Wineries

    The New Architecture of Wine celebrates the sophisticated blend of agriculture and style that defines California wine country. With well-told stories and stunning photography, author Heather Hebert features the architecture of 25 California wineries, including buildings designed by top architects Juan Carlos Fernandez and Howard Backen, among others.

  21. Gathering - Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

    Gathering: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

    Good buildings require an understanding of the principles of structure, light, space, and material, but great buildings require an understanding of people. The most successful inspire through the interactions and connections made within them. Gathering is the latest book from the award-winning architecture firm Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. This collection of work exemplifies how architecture has the power to bring people together by design, allowing them to engage with one another in new ways, to generate ideas, share their passions, and build communities.

  22. Case Study Houses (Basic Art Series 2.0)

    Case Study Houses (Basic Art Series 2.0)

    The Case Study House program (1945-1966) was a unique event in the history of American architecture. Sponsored by Arts & Architecture magazine, the program sought to respond to the postwar building boom with prototype modern homes that could be both easily replicated and readily affordable to the average American. The results of the program would redefine the modern home and extend influence not only across the United States but around the world. This compact guide includes all of the Case Study Houses with over 150 photos and plans, as well as a map showing locations of all sites, including those that no longer exist.

  23. Architects at Home

    Architects at Home

    Architects at Home takes readers on a thrilling tour through the fascinating, eclectic and stylish abodes of some of the world's best-known architects. Combining rich photography and spectacular imagery with an incisive summary by a leading architecture specialist, Architects at Home provides a rich source for those keen to delve into the design aesthetics, concepts and innovations of prominent architects from around the globe.

  24. F.L. Wright

    F.L. Wright

    Acclaimed as the 'father of skyscrapers,' the quintessentially American icon Frank Lloyd Wright was an architect of aspiration. He believed in giving cultivated American life its fitting architectural equivalent and applied his idealism to structures across the continent, from suburban homes to churches, offices, skyscrapers, and the celebrated Guggenheim Museum. Exploring Wright's aspirations to augment American society through architecture, this book offers a concise introduction to his at once technological and Romantic response to the practical challenges of middle-class Americans.

  25. New Architecture Los Angeles

    New Architecture Los Angeles

    This book is an exhilarating and richly illustrated guide to Los Angeles's most exciting new buildings, establishing the city as a mecca for forward-thinking and environmentally conscious architecture. 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

  26. The Structural Basis of Architecture

    The Structural Basis of Architecture

    The Structural Basis of Architecture is a book that shows how to 'see' structures as being integral to architecture. It engages a subject that is both about understanding the mechanical aspects of the structure as well as being able to relate this to the space, form, and conceptual design ideas that are inherent to the art of building. Analyzing the structural principles behind many of the best-known works of architecture from past and present alike, this book places the subject within a contemporary context. The subject matter is approached in a qualitative and discursive manner, illustrated by many photographs and structural behavior diagrams.

  27. Gio Ponti - Archi-Designer

    Gio Ponti: Archi-Designer

    Gio Ponti: Archi-Designer covers Ponti's entire career from 1921 to 1978, highlighting the many aspects of his work: from mechanical production to handicraft, from architecture to industrial design, from furniture to lighting, from the creation of magazines to his forays into the fields of glass, ceramics and goldsmithing. Featuring more than 500 pieces, this book traces Ponti's multidisciplinary journeys through architecture, furniture and design in his work for private homes and public buildings, including universities and cathedrals.

  28. The Art of Japanese Architecture

    The Art of Japanese Architecture

    The Art of Japanese Architecture presents a complete overview of Japanese architecture in its historical and cultural context. The book begins with a discussion of early prehistoric dwellings and concludes with a description of works by important modern Japanese architects. Along the way, it discusses the iconic buildings and architectural styles for which Japan is so justly famous-from elegant Shinden and Sukiya aristocratic villas like the Kinkakuji 'Golden Pavilion' in Kyoto, to imposing Samurai castles like Himeji and Matsumoto, and tranquil Zen Buddhist gardens and tea houses to rural Minka thatched-roof farmhouses and Shinto shrines.

  29. Wood Architecture Today

    Wood Architecture Today

    A noble and age-old material, wood remains a crucial component of contemporary architecture and design due to its tremendous versatility and favorable inherent qualities. Wood Architecture Today showcases 30 of the most relevant contemporary international architects who put this well-known medium into service in new and inspiring ways. A range of projects including homes, cabins, schools and chapels, all enhanced by the use of wood in both architectural and decorative settings, are featured in the pages of Wood Architecture Today.

  30. Biomimetics for Architecture - Learning from Nature

    Biomimetics for Architecture: Learning from Nature

    Nature has always been a source of inspiration for the design of the human environment. The analysis of biological constructions can not only lead to astonishing technical solutions but can also inspire the design of architecture. Using numerous practical examples, this richly illustrated introduction traces the process from the understanding of how something functions, to abstraction - for example in computer models - and the construction of initial prototypes, through to fully functional manufacture and production.