Architecture Books

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    New Japan Architecture

    By documenting 48 important projects by 42 established and avant-garde architects, New Japan Architecture takes the reader through a journey of current trends in contemporary Japanese architecture and predicts future directions. The selection of buildings in the book includes projects that are big and small, private and public, residential and commercial. The informative writings complement beautiful photographs that highlight the remarkable aspects of each building.

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    Analyzing Architecture Through Freehand Drawing

    Drawn to Design: Analyzing Architecture Through Freehand Drawing is a guide for students and teachers to understand the need for, the role of and the methods and techniques of freehand analytical sketching in architecture. The presentation focuses on drawing as an approach to and a phase of architectural design.

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    Kinetic Architecture: Designing with Movement

    Kinetic architecture comprises completely movable structures, movable components such as roofs or interior walls and alterations to a facade. This book presents kinetic architecture as the answer to functional requirements: must the entire building be mobile, must it adapt to changing conditions or must it allow for quick assembly? It documents the various technical options for realizing kinetic structures.

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    The Fundamentals of Architecture

    The Fundamentals of Architecture gives a comprehensive and engaging overview of architecture in its entirety, from creation to construction. Beginning with a fascinating chapter on the history of architecture including a timeline of architectural influences, this new edition contains in-depth case studies, practical projects and carefully selected imagery.

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    Modern Architecture Through Case Studies 1945 to 1990

    Modern Architecture Through Case Studies 1945 to 1990 presents some of the most famous architecture of the period. Filled with beautiful photographs, plans and architect's drawings, this is a clear and accessible discussion on a period of architecture that engages many questions still under debate in architecture today.

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    Skyscraper: Art and Architecture Against Gravity

    Skyscraper: Art and Architecture Against Gravity explores the enduring human desire to build farther and farther into the sky. Examined here are themes such as verticality, personification, urban critique, improvisation and the vulnerability of landmark buildings. Skyscraper features the work of about 50 artists, including Francis Alÿs, Ziad Antar, Fikret Atay, Erica Bohm, Jennifer Bolande, Marie Bovo, Roe Ethridge, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Cyprien Gaillard, Jakob Kolding, Vera Lutter, Claes Oldenburg, Gabriel Orozco, Thomas Ruff, Andy Warhol, Peter Wegner, Wesley Willis, Catherine Yass, Yin Xiuzhen and Shizuka Yokomizo.

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    Architecture & Design versus Consumerism

    Architecture & Design versus Consumerism: How Design Activism Confronts Growth, informed by recent research into the viability of a "steady state" economy, sets an agenda for addressing the designer's paradox of sustainable consumption. The agenda includes ways that architecture and design can help transition us towards a new kind of economy that prioritizes real wellbeing rather than economic growth. Packed with examples and illustrations, the book argues that taking action, or activism, is an important but so far underexplored way for architects and designers to confront consumerism.

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    Accessible Architecture: Construction and Design Manual

    Accessible Architecture: Construction and Design Manual features 50 current projects, presented with texts, photos, plans, and diagrams. The projects a modern language of form, helping to create and shape contemporary living spaces for people.

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    Architecture: From Commission to Construction

    Architecture: From Commission to Construction provides an in-depth study of the design and construction processes behind 25 leading contemporary buildings. Covering a broad range of international projects, the book illustrates the working methods and creative concerns of both long-established and emerging international architects.

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    Stephan Maria Lang: Architecture

    A proponent of the slow architecture movement, Stephan Maria Lang designs homes that are mirrors of their inhabitants' souls. Through this highly individualized approach, his work takes on a remarkable diversity. With one hundred full-color illustrations, Stephan Maria Lang: Architecture - A Journey to the Soul presents select projects by Lang from 2004 to 2011.

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    Digital Fabrication in Architecture

    With the increasing sophistication of CAD and other design software, there is now a wide array of means for both designing and fabricating architecture and its components. Digital Fabrication in Architecture focuses on the inspiring possibilities for architecture that can be achieved with all the different technologies and techniques available for making complete designs or their components.

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    Detail in Contemporary Residential Architecture

    Detail in Contemporary Residential Architecture provides analysis of both the technical and the aesthetic importance of details in the development of contemporary residential architecture. Featuring many of the world's most highly acclaimed architects, the book presents more than 50 of the most recently completed and influential house designs.

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    Kenzo Tange: Architecture for the World

    Kenzo Tange is a peerless figure among twentieth-century Japanese architects, unmatched in his talent, influence, and versatility. This collection of essays represents a new generation of original research that reframes Tange in the context of Japan's unique embrace of modern architecture as well as global discourses of cultural identity, technology, and the synthesis of the arts.

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    Dam German Architecture: Annual 2012 2013

    Dam German Architecture: Annual 2012 2013 features a number of stunning buildings in the fields of residential, commercial, institutional, and public works. Essays examine recent trends, such as the rise of neoconservative buildings and the surge in lavish, prestigious sports arenas which, after only a few years of existence, are often on the verge of being torn down as the country is not able to maintain the buildings any longer.

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    Contemporary Classical: The Architecture of Andrew Skurman

    Architect Andrew Skurman is an unabashed classicist. His award-winning San Francisco-based firm, Andrew Skurman Architects, specializes in designing superbly crafted custom residences inspired by the building traditions of French chateaux, Mediterranean villas, and Georgian country houses. Featuring gorgeous photography and exquisite watercolor studies, Contemporary Classical showcases an exceptional range of residential work, including the new Pelican Hill Resort on the Newport Coast of California.

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    Qualities of Duration

    Qualities of Duration: The Architecture of Phillip Smith is the first book to chronicle their firm's complete body of work, detailing its numerous residential, commercial, corporate and institutional projects through 350 illustrations and a text by architectural historian Alastair Gordon.

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    The Sainsbury Laboratory: Science, Architecture, Art

    The Sainsbury Laboratory focuses on this building in Cambridge's Botanic Garden which opened in 2011. The Laboratory is the leading international centre for the study of plant science, which is enabled by the bequest of the Sainsbury family/institution. The book is split into three sections; science, architecture and art. The science refers to the scientific practice of the laboratory, the architecture refers to the cutting edge building and the art profiles the artists involved in the project, Norman Ackroyd, Susanna Heron and William Pye.

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    Entre: Architecture From the Performing Arts

    Founded in 2002 by Carlos Teixeira, Vazio S/A is as much a working practice operating through private and public sector commissions, as it is a research hub for architectural experimentation. The studio's integrated vision of design encompasses architecture, landscape architecture and urban design and, in addition to more conventional commissions, works collaboratively with artists, performers and social groups to develop contemplative urban interventions and investigate relationships between contemporary architecture and culture. Entre explores this multidisciplinary approach by featuring a selection of projects from Spiral Booths exhibited in 2010 as part of Architects Build Small Spaces, at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, through to the installation at the last Sao Paulo International Art Biennial, The Other and the Same.

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    The Sky's the Limit

    The Sky's the Limit serves as a compelling exploration of these seemingly impossible, yet surprisingly practical structures and spaces. Unleashing the creative potential offered by the latest developments in design and construction, this book presents spectacularly formed buildings, façades, and interiors as well as inspiring temporary projects and urban interventions by both young and established talents.

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    Piecing Together Los Angeles: An Esther McCoy Reader

    Esther McCoy (1904-1989) is one of the twentieth century's foremost architecture historians, and one of the greatest chroniclers of the architecture of mid-century southern California. Piecing Together Los Angeles: An Esther McCoy Reader is the first anthology of McCoy's writing. It features a selection of some 70 pieces--ranging from her 1945 article "Schindler, Space Architect" to "Arts & Architecture: Case Study Houses," a 1989 essay commissioned by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

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    From vernacular movie theaters of the 1930s and spectacular hotel resorts to libraries, private residences, universities, museums and the fantastical buildings of Las Vegas, Thomas Schiff's Prospect documents quintessential American architecture at its grandest.

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    Newly Drawn

    Newly Drawn presents nine Finnish architects offices that are achieving rising international recognition, and the young architects who work there. Following interviews with the personnel and presentations of the offices, the book proceeds to the projects and their unique characteristics.

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    Le Corbusier: The Architect on the Beach

    Dispensing with his trademark suit and bowtie, Le Corbusier was spending increasing amounts of time at the shore in the 1940s, collecting stones, shells, and other jetsam, and enjoying the works of the philosopher and ardent shell collector Paul Valery. And it was here that the seemingly hyper-rational architect developed a revolutionary new theory of design, built around these polished and splintered shapes.

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    The Design Hotels Book: Edition 2012

    The new edition of The Design Hotels Book is a comprehensive overview of the most original design hotels worldwide. By presenting 220 spectacular hotels, including 30 properties that are new for 2012, the book provides insight into trends and developments in hospitality design.

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    Learn for Life: New Architecture for New Learning

    Learn for Life is a diverse collection of inspiring architecture and interiors that support progressive models of acquiring knowledge. New interpretations of kindergartens, schools, universities, and libraries are featured along with architecturally innovative offices and conference rooms.

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    Wandering the Garden of Technology and Passion

    John Marx is of the generation of design architects who witnessed their pencils morph into mouses and their drafting tables into computer desktops. Throughout this transition, he has maintained a remarkable aesthetic consistency in his architectural projects. Wandering the Garden of Technology and Passion is a study of digital design through Marx's work.

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    100 Ideas That Changed Architecture

    100 Ideas that Changed Architecture chronicles the most influential ideas that have shaped architecture. Entertaining and intelligent, it provides a concise history of the subject, and is also a fascinating resource to dip into. Arranged in a broadly chronological order to show the development of architecture, the ideas that comprise the book include innovative and influential concepts, technologies, techniques and movements.

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    Form Defining Strategies

    Form Defining Strategies examines experimental design methodologies in architecture and their discussion in academic settings.

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    Eike Becker Architects: Superferenz

    At nearly 500 pages, this tome is the first comprehensive monograph on Eike Becker Architekten, a Berlin firm that operates at the intersection of architecture and urban planning. Featuring 28 projects, Superferenz provides insight into the architects' ideas and methods with reproductions from sketchbooks, paintings, collages, models, drawings, photographs and writings.

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    Architectural Guide Taiwan

    Taiwan has a highly creative architecture, design and urban culture scene that so far has received little notice in international design publications. The new book in the Architecture Guides series by DOM publishers therefore highlights the architecture and urban culture of the "beautiful island."