Architecture Books

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    Jim Olson Houses

    Seattle-based architect Jim Olson, the founding partner of Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects, is particularly known for his subtly elegant residences, from a glass farmhouse in eastern Oregon to a Balinese-inspired retreat in Hawaii, from a diminutive waterfront cabin for his own family to two grand art-filled residences on the shores of Lake Washington in Seattle.

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    Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

    For architects and many others who are committed to the modernist tradition, Mies van der Rohe is a pivotal figure. With in-depth, scholarly essays and opulent photographs and plans, this book traces the multifaceted development of his work, including his first Berlin buildings, his villa projects, his work at the Bauhaus in the 1930s, and his American projects of the postwar years.

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    From Autos to Architecture

    One of the most interesting questions in architectural history is why modern architecture emerged from the war-ravaged regions of central Europe and not the United States, whose techniques of mass production and mechanical products so inspired the first generation of modern architects like Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe, and Walter Gropius. In From Autos to Architecture, historian David Gartman offers a critical social history that shows how Fordist mass production and industrial architecture in America influenced European designers to an extent previously not understood.

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    The Library Book: Design Collaborations in the Public Schools

    The L!brary Book takes readers behind the scenes of fifty groundbreaking library projects to show how widely varied fields and communities - corporate underwriters, children's book publishers, architects, graphic designers, product manufacturers, library associations, teachers, and students - can join forces to make a difference in the lives of children. Based on the premise that good library design can actually inspire learning, the L!brary Initiative brings together some of the world's leading architects to reimagine the elementary school libraries in New York City.

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    Provisional: Emerging Modes of Architectural Practice USA

    Provisional profiles nine of the United States' most exciting architectural practices. They all share a pragmatic, 'roll-up-your-sleeves' approach that seeks opportunities to redefine the role of craft in architectural practice. Enlightening interviews together with a selection of drawings, diagrams, models, renderings, and building process photographs reveal a shared commitment to experimentation and learning-by-doing.

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    Material Immaterial: The New Work of Kengo Kuma

    Material Immaterial: The New Work of Kengo Kuma presents more than thirty of the architect's recent works. The book also includes an extended essay on the evolution of the architect s work, from the founding of Kengo Kuma and Associates in 1990 to the present.

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    Contemporary Curtain Wall Architecture

    Contemporary Curtain Wall Architecture features detailed analyses of contemporary projects by leading architects and engineers. Each cutting-edge project is documented through detailed drawings, color photography, and insightful descriptions of the aesthetic and technical considerations that make these projects best-case examples of curtain wall technology.

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    Design Ecologies: Sustainable Potentials in Architecture

    Design Ecologies is a groundbreaking collection of never-before-published essays and case studies by today's most innovative "green" designers. Their design strategies social, material, technological, and biological run the gamut from the intuitive to the highly technological.

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    Subnature: Architecture's Other Environments

    The exhilarating and at times unsettling work featured in Subnature suggests an alternative view of natural processes and ecosystems and their relationships to human society and architecture. Subnature looks beyond LEED ratings, green roofs, and solar panels toward a progressive architecture based on a radical new conception of nature.

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    Full Irish: New Architecture in Ireland

    From Georgian cities to modernist masterpieces, architecture in Ireland has a long history of excellence. In Full Irish author Sarah A. Lappin examines the nature of twenty-first-century Irish architectural identity as it develops its own progressive, contemporary idiom. Illustrated with color photographs and drawings, Full Irish includes more than seventy projects from Ireland's leading firms as well as its up-and-coming designers.

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    Bioreboot: The Architecture of R&sie(n)

    Bioreboot features nineteen projects-illustrated with extensive plans, photographs, and renderings-along with essays and interviews, providing the most comprehensive monograph of R&Sie(n). Despite working with oppositional relationships-machinery versus nature, purity versus corruption, paranoia versus rationality-theirs is an architecture whose primary aim is the ecological and social improvement of the place in which it exists.

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    Digital Fabrications: Architectural and Material Techniques

    Digital Fabrications, the second volume in the new Architecture Briefs series, celebrates the design ingenuity made possible by digital fabrication techniques. Author Lisa Iwamoto explores the methods architects use to calibrate digital designs with physical forms.

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    Installations by Architects: Experiments in Building and Design

    The first survey of its kind, Installations by Architects features fifty of the most significant projects from the last twenty-five years by today's most exciting architects, including Anderson Anderson, Philip Beesley, Diller + Scofidio, John Hejduk, Dan Hoffman, and Kuth/Ranieri Architects. Projects are grouped in critical areas of discussion under the themes of tectonics, body, nature, memory, and public space.

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    Tadao Ando at Naoshima: Art Architecture Nature

    Tadao Ando at Naoshima: Art, Architecture, Nature showcases the latest work in an on going process of building by Tadao Ando at the acclaimed Naoshima Island Art Complex. Featured here is Ando's recently completed Chichu Art Museum, an underground facility built on the small island in the Inland Sea of Japan.

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    The Atlas of American Architecture: 2000 Years of Architecture

    This comparative history of American architecture, social spaces, and engineered environments - organized by style, and then by chronology - is for the general reader. Within its heavily illustrated pages, Tom Martinson traces two millennia of the built environment of this endlessly fascinating, extraordinarily expansive, and utterly diverse nation. Pairing vibrant photography with a rich knowledge of the history of architecture in America - from the Hopi and Colonial years to neomodernism, Robert A. M. Stern, and Zaha Hadid - the book is a comprehensive overview of styles and developments, as well as telling the story of a country through its buildings.

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    Building Up and Tearing Down: Reflections on the Age of Architecture

    In this collection of fifty-seven essays, the critic Tracy Kidder called "America's foremost interpreter of public architecture" ranges from Havana to Beijing, from Chicago to Las Vegas, dissecting everything from skyscrapers by Norman Foster and museums by Tadao Ando to airports, monuments, suburban shopping malls, and white-brick apartment houses. This is a comprehensive account of the best-and the worst-of the "age of architecture."

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    Living West: New Residential Architecture in Southern California

    A dense concentration of design talent, uniquely varied topography, and one of the world's most pleasant climates have made Southern California a crucible of architectural innovation. Thirty of the best designs by the most creative firms portray the diversity of Southern California's architecture. Author Sam Lubell draws examples from Montecito to San Diego and the arid conditions of Joshua Tree to illustrate the wide range of responses to geography, budget, and space. Featured architects include Barbara Bestor, Belzberg, Griffin Enright, Lorcan O'Herlihy, Michele Saee, the Office of Mobile Design, and Predock Frane, among others.

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    New York 1930: Architecture and Urbanism Between the Two World Wars

    The tumultuous period witnessed the contruction of many of the architectural monuments that have come to define New York: the Chrysler Building, the Empire State, Rockefeller Center, and the George Washington Bridge. While focusing on these landmark structures, the authors consider other components of the built environment as well: the public housing projects, highways, parks, and commercial, residential, and entertainment districts. Their delight in their subject is evidenced by the lively text and careful selection of over 600 period photographs and illustrations.

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    Wendy Evans Joseph Pop Up Architecture

    Using the latest in paper engineering, craft and mischief abound in this unique architectural monograph. The book includes an essay by Paul Goldberger and pop-ups by renowned paper engineer Kees Moerbeek. Featured projects include Inn at Price Tower, the Holocaust Memorial Garden, and the Writer's Studio, Home Observatory and more.

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    Selldorf Architects

    The work of Selldorf Architects is known for its clarity of distribution, elegant proportions, deliberate rendering of light, and integrity of structure. This monograph, the first published on the firm, concentrates on twenty major projects from institutional, commercial, high-end retail, residential, and art-related spaces.

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    Architecture in Times of Need: Make It Right

    Architecture in Times of Need is the first book to document the projects and progress made by the Make It Right Foundation, established by actor Brad Pitt during the redevelopment of New Orleans' vibrant Lower Ninth Ward which was devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The projects by David Adjaye, GRAFT, MVRDV, and Shigeru Ban, among others, are shown in numerous photographs and renderings with sketches, building plans, and informative commentary by the architects.

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    Houses of Steel

    Central to the initiative are the Living Steel International Architecture Competitions, each presenting architects with a unique opportunity to bring their vision to life. This book presents the winning and finalist schemes from the three competitions held to date.

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    Timeship: The Architecture of Immortality

    When built, Timeship will be the world's most secure and technologically advanced facility for the long-term storage of cryopreserved biological materials and a centre for research into life extension. "Timeship: The Architecture of Immortality" examines the creation of this remarkable building, its symbolism and the technology that will make it possibly the most innovative building of our time, a Noah's ark of time travel.

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    Architectural Spatiality

    The subject of this book is twofold - a concept and its meaning, an architectural culture and its preoccupation. This book examines the meanings of space in relation to the notion of enclosure and cladding (Bekleidung), particularly in the related work of five theorists and architects: August Schmarsow, Gottfried Semper, Camillo Sitte, Otto Wagner and Adolf Loos.

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    Jean Tschumi: Architecture at Full Scale

    Jean Tschumi: Architecture at Full Scale is the first book on the Swiss architect who, after his training at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, entered the polemical field of modernity and its technological expression. Interrupted by his tragic death in 1962 at the age of 57, Tschumi's work is rich in theoretical questions.

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    Framework: Gluckman Mayner Architects

    Richard Gluckman is an architect who creates spaces comparable to minimalist art. His careful consideration of the basic components of architecture-structure, scale, proportion, material, and light-produces buildings and interiors that heighten the perception of physical space and what is contained in that space. More than fifteen projects for artists, collectors, and museums are presented in this volume, including the Gagosian and Mary Boone Galleries in New York; the Mori Arts Center in Tokyo, Japan; the Museo Picasso Malaga in Spain; the Perelman Building at the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the recently completed expansion of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego; and the design for the Contemporary Art Museum of the Presidio in San Francisco.

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    Building London: The Making of a Modern Metropolis

    The London cityscape has been intensely chronicled in photographs from daguerreotype to digital and is a visual laboratory for understanding the evolution of the modern city. This wonderful collection of images spans the city's entire history, from ancient byways to beloved icons like St. Paul's Cathedral, Buckingham Palace, and the neon lights of Piccadilly Circus.

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    XS Future: New Ideas, Small Structures

    XS Future, the third volume in the successful XS series, focuses on two of today's most challenging design problems-how to conserve space and help preserve the environment. The houses that are profiled here all represent striking, cost-effective, functional solutions located "at the edge of possibility" - remote locations previously deemed unbuildable, sites that face extreme environmental conditions, or simply, designs so daringly provocative that they are literally at the extremity of contemporary architecture.

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    Zaha Hadid: Complete Works

    Zaha Hadid is the most visionary of the best-known contemporary architects. This is the most complete survey of her work, and it encompasses both built and unbuilt designs, including her most recent commissions: the Guggenheim-Hermitage Museum in Lithuania and the Aquatics Centre for the 2012 London Olympics. Among her most renowned works are the Vitra Fire Station in Germany and the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati.

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    Exploding the Myths of Modern Architecture

    In Exploding the Myths of Modern Architecture, Malcolm Millais explores the forces and factors that led to the emergence of the Modern movement, arguing that it was based on completely false premises. Millais offers a rarely heard perspective on the Modern movement, explaining its failures and how the well-meaning "revolutionaries" behind it gained and maintained power.