Architecture Books

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    50 US Architects

    50 US Architects presents a curated collection of award-winning residential and master planning work from leading American designers. Meticulously detailed and site-specific, the featured projects focus on sustainability, technology, and the human spirit.

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    Housing Design: A Manual

    As cities expand and populations swell, the task of reimagining and constructing domestic spaces only increases in its urgency. First published in Dutch in 2008, and now available in an expanded English edition that includes 20 new projects, Housing Design: A Manual is a critically acclaimed guidebook to the current state of housing design, from stacked residential structures to villas.

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    Amsterdam Architecture 2010-2011

    Issue 24 in the ARCAM Pocket series contains illustrations and descriptions of 25 architectural highlights built in Amsterdam in 2010: houseboats and workboats, faculty buildings for the city's two universities, closed work buildings and open offices, housing complexes built as part of urban renewal and urban expansion schemes, including one on water.

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    Archiprix International 2011 MIT Cambridge USA

    Every two years, Archiprix International invites all university-level courses in the field of architecture, urban planning and landscape architecture to select their best graduation projects and submit these for participation. Archiprix International 2011 MIT Cambridge USA displays a representative selection of the projects submitted, including the nominees and winners.

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    Design Innovation for the Built Environment

    Today architecture and other fields in the built environment face the steep task of answering complex questions pertaining to sustainability, performance, and adaptability. Bringing together a range of leading architects, architectural theorists, and designers, Design Innovation for the Built Environment outlines the developments in current practice from leading individuals based in the USA, UK, Australia, Japan and Europe. Edited by a recognized expert, this book exposes the undercurrent of research, which is taking place and how this will contribute to the renovation of architectural practice.

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    Language of Space and Form

    This design studio companion presents architectural terms with special emphasis on using these terms to generate design ideas. It highlights the architectural thinking behind the terminology and helps readers gain a thorough understanding of space and form. Featuring double-page spreads with over 190 illustrated entries, the book fully explores, analyzes, and cross-references key elements and techniques used in architecture and interior design.

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    Reading Architecture: A Visual Lexicon

    This innovative and unique book is a visual guide to the buildings that surround us, naming all the visible architectural features so that, unlike other architectural dictionaries, the reader doesn't have to know the name before looking it up. Clear line drawings and extensive colour photographs illustrate each of the main building types, from forts to churches, stately homes to skyscrapers. The individual structural elements and materials common to all buildings are then explained, whether in Classical, Gothic or Modernist style, before delving into the inner architectural details such as doors and windows, roofs and staircases.

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    The Encyclopedia of Australian Architecture

    The Encyclopedia of Australian Architecture is the first major work of reference to be published on Australian architecture. This book documents and analyses Australian architecture and architects from indigenous beginnings to colonial, modern and contemporary eras. With over 1000 entries from 200 contributors, and 500 photographs and drawings, The Encyclopedia of Australian Architecture provides an unparalleled compendium of architectural knowledge.

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    London Buildings: An Architectural Tour

    This exquisite book contains 45 stylish depictions of London's best buildings, created by influential design duo Robin Farquhar and Hannah Dipper of People Will Always Need Plates. This long-awaited collection covers a range of architectural styles, from Sir Christopher Wren's 1675 Greenwich Royal Observatory to Richard Rogers' 2000 Montevetro development, taking in the glorious 19th-century Victoria and Albert Museum, 20s modernist masterpieces such as the Isokon Building and 1960s concrete Brutalist icons like the National Theatre.

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    Testing to Failure

    Testing to Failure contains a wide selection of research and work from the MIT Department of Architecture, produced between 2009 and 2011. Including student work, the work of professors' own practices, contributions from visiting critics, transcripts from the MIT150 Celebration Symposia, and more, what is presented in this book is a sequence of 'forums,' knots of discussion where the various threads that run through the department reach asymptotically towards definition.

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    Zaha Hadid: Form in Motion

    Zaha Hadid: Form in Motion uncovers Hadid's commercial designs, made between 1995 and 2011, as a means of exploring the interrelationships among architecture, urbanism, and design that define her work. The texts, photographs, and drawings demonstrate Hadid's groundbreaking use of technology in digital design and manufacturing, and the methods and processes that propel her revolutionary formal language.

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    Transport Facilities

    This book offers the reader a superb selection of today's finest examples in the field of transport architecture. Carefully considered projects proposed by renowned architects and designers provide effective solutions for over-crowded airports, busy train stations and major transport links.

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    Hyperbody: First Decade of Interactive Architecture

    Hyperbody, initiated by Kas Oosterhuis and headquartered at the Delft University of Technology, is a think-tank on new ways of designing and creating non-standard and interactive architecture. This book is the first time Hyperbody has published its collaborative projects and experiments within the real world of design and construction.

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    Material Strategies

    Blaine Brownell's best-selling Transmaterial series has introduced designers to hundreds of emergent materials that have the potential to transform our built environment. In our new Architecture Brief, Material Strategies, Brownell shows architects how creative applications of these materials achieve such transformations. Chapters based on fundamental material categories examine historical precedents, current opportunities, and future environmental challenges.

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    Light in Architecture

    Light design in architecture has become more lively and also more colourful in the last few years. The projects selected here show how good architecture is improved with the right light.

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    Writing the Modern City

    Writing the Modern City explores the diverse and fascinating relationships between literature, architecture and modernity and considers how they have shaped the world today.

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    Designing Architecture: The Elements of Process

    Designing Architecture is an indispensable tool to assist both students and young architects in formulating an idea, transforming it into a building, and making effective design decisions. This book promotes integrative and critical thinking in the preliminary design of buildings to inspire creativity, innovation, and design excellence.

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    Inspiration provides a comprehensive overview of new design methods and techniques that are emerging in the field of architecture. The book showcases hundreds of examples, models, sketches, and renderings of architectural designs within dozens of different methodologies.

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    Beyond Shelter: Architecture and Human Dignity

    Across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the United States, groundbreaking work is being done by small teams of outstanding professionals who are helping communities to recover from disaster and rebuild, bridging the gap that separates short-term emergency needs from long-term sustainable recovery. Beyond Shelter features 20 generously illustrated reports from the field, written by the founders of some of the world's most provocative architecture and engineering firms and studios; accomplished nonprofits and research centers; and leaders of prominent organizations as the Red Cross, UN-Habitat and the World Wildlife Fund.

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    Architecture and Space

    Architecture and Space: Design Concepts in the 20th Century introduces 30 spatial concepts by significant 20th-century architects. The individual studies are the result of an extensive survey conducted at the Bauhaus University in Weimar and cover designs by pioneers of Modernism such as Le Corbusier, Louis Kahn, Frank Lloyd Wright and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe as well as spaces and volumes by contemporary architects, including Rem Koolhaas, Zaha Hadid and PeterZumthor.

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    The Great Court at the British Museum

    From initial sketches to final project, this book documents the "reinvention" of the British Museum's Great Court. Numerous photographs reveal the court from a variety of perspectives and show the cutting-edge technology of the spectacular glazed canopy that shelters what is now the largest covered public space in Europe. The project and this book illuminate Foster Partners' holistic and ingenious approach to contemporary design.

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    The Reichstag

    In the 1990s Norman Foster transformed Berlin's Reichstag from a historical symbol of Germany's defeat and division to an architectural beacon for twenty-first century democracy. This book introduces readers to one of Europe's iconic buildings and documents its rehabilitation by Foster Partners through full-color photographs, plans, and sketches, along with informative essays.

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    New New York

    New New York celebrates the newest landmarks of New York - Time Warner Center, Hearst Tower, Brooklyn Bridge Park, The High Line, and more - placing them in the context of the famous and beloved highlights of the city-Rockefeller Center, Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park, Lincoln Center, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Times Square.

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    Nano House

    Digital design tools, sustainable materials, and new prefabrication technologies have led to an explosion in innovative ideas for designing domestic spaces, particularly those in tight surroundings. All the homes in Nano House are drawn from a broad array of climatic and environmental contexts, building methods, and spatial innovations.

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    Parking Structures

    50 international multi-storey car parks with detailed planning material show new trends in the areas of multi-storey car park design and innovative parking systems. The book includes an introduction to architectural heritage with many sample buildings, illustrated with large-format photographs.

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    The Story of Renaissance Architecture

    Focusing on the Renaissance period, this book gives readers the tools they need to grasp the architectural language and building forms of this style. Part of an accessibly written and generously illustrated series on architecture through the ages, this book features the Renaissance period's most important architects, buildings and cities, interior and exterior photographs, detailed images, and drawings and plans.

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    The Story of Gothic Architecture

    Focusing on the Gothic period, this book gives readers the tools they need to grasp the architectural language and building forms of this style. Part of a new, accessibly written, and generously illustrated series on architecture through the ages, this book features the Gothic period's most important architects, buildings and cities, interior and exterior photographs, detailed images, and drawings and plans.

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    The Story of Contemporary Architecture

    Focusing on contemporary architecture, this book gives readers the tools they need to grasp the architectural language and building forms of today's architecture. Part of a new, accessibly written, and generously illustrated series on architecture through the ages, this book features contemporary architecture's most important architects and buildings, interior and exterior photographs, detailed images, drawings and plans.

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    The Story of Baroque Architecture

    Focusing on the Baroque period, this book gives readers the tools they need to grasp the architectural language and building forms of this style. Part of a new, accessibly written, and generously illustrated series on architecture through the ages, this book features Baroque's most important architects, buildings and cities, interior and exterior photographs, detailed images, drawings, and plans.

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    KieranTimberlake: Inquiry

    KieranTimberlake: Inquiry comprehensively documents the beauty and relevance of the firm's ever- evolving and celebrated vision. By undertaking a path of research into new materials and potential technologies that alter fabrication and delivery methods and influence the way we live in our environments, KieranTimberlake endeavors to reshape our expectations of architecture.