Architecture Books

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    Architecture and Identity

    This book brings together complex fields of knowledge and globally splintered discourses on the common complaint about the loss of identity which, to a substantial degree, is associated with the built environment in cities and specifically with their architecture. Architecture and Identity takes a global, multidisciplinary look on how identities in contemporary architecture are constructed.

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    Houses: Collection of Architecture

    This 512 page volume of the series Collection features around 200 houses from all parts of the world - by famous architects as well as the stars of the future unknown so far focusing on the variety of possibilities for creating private residences. Each project is featured by comprehensive texts in English, German and French, sketches, floor plans and drawings as well as high-quality photographs.

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    Moderns Abroad: Architecture, Cities and Italian Imperialism

    This volume studies the architecture and urbanism of modern-era Italian colonialism (1869-1943) as it sought to build colonies in North and East Africa and the eastern Mediterranean. Mia Fuller follows, not only the design of the physical architecture, but also the development of colonial design theory, based on the assumptions made about the colonized, and also the application of modernist theory to both Italian architecture and that of its colonies.

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    Modern Architecture: The Structures That Shaped the Modern World

    A brand new edition of this visually stunning and lavishly produced guide to the great buildings and structures of the modern age from around the world. Divided into eight clear sections, each movement in architecture from 1900 to the present day is represented: Arts and Crafts, Classicism, Organic, Modernism, Postmodernism, Robotic, Cities, and Futures.

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    After Architecture: Typologies of the Afterwards

    This work presents a compilation of materials with which seventeen artists reflect on the gap between architecture as idea, architecture on paper, and its actual use - in other words, the "afterwards" of construction. The project distinguishes four possible typologies of the afterwards: back, interior, around and demolition. These typologies of the afterwards would in this way come to compose a kind of heterotopia of architecture.

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    Extreme Architecture: Building for Challenging Environments

    Architects face some of their most difficult challenges from building in extreme environments, which draw out some of their most interesting and inspiring work. "Extreme Architecture" showcases 45 recent buildings designed for challenging environments, giving valuable insights into the extremes of architectural thinking. Projects range from a desert refuge in southern Arizona to a floating marine research center, an underground seed vault in northern Norway and a research station at the South Pole.

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    Architecture, Participation and Society

    How can architects best increase their engagement with building users and wider society to provide better architecture? Since the mid 1990s government policy has promoted the idea of greater social participation in the production and management of the built environment but there has been limited direction to the practising architect. Reviewing international cases and past experiences to analyze what lessons have been learnt, this book argues for participation within other related disciplines, and makes a set of recommendations for architectural practices and other key actors.

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    Architecture Now! 6

    This sixth installment of Architecture Now!, featuring buildings ranging in size from Terunobu Fujimori s tiny (6.07 square meters) Teahouse Tetsu to Norman Foster s gigantic Crystal Island project in Moscow (1.1 million square meters), provides an overview of what is happening right now in architecture, be it of traditional inspiration, or at the very edge of current thinking.

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    Corporate Buildings

    Architecture turns a company's image and its corporate identity into three-dimensional reality. New interpretations, fresh viewpoints, and design innovations are the hallmark of the 25 projects featured in Corporate Buildings, a showcase of the best in corporate design.

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    Staircases Selection and Details

    Building a stairway to heaven--or anywhere else? Get Staircases Selection. Complete one-volume overview of staircases today, with almost 500 color photos, practical tables and diagrams plus information on materials, proportions, more..

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    The Modern Impulse

    Located in New York City since 1972, Peter L. Gluck and Partners is known for its integrity of design and sensitivity to the relationship between architectural form and context. Rather than specializing in a particular building type or specific architectural style, the firm provides appropriate responses to often difficult and conflicting requirements, and has designed buildings throughout the United States, ranging from houses, schools, religious buildings, and community centers to hotels, corporate interiors, university buildings, and historic restorations.

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    Pure Plastics: New Materials for Today's Architecture

    Plastic has moved from a supporting role to being a new star among construction materials. Of the over 50 different types of plastics in existence, each one has something different to offer. It is versatile, light-weight, flexible and moisture resistant; it can be colorful, clear or opaque and practically unbreakable.

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    Attention to Detail

    Designed to be informative as well as visually stimulating, this book offers the best and latest solutions to both old and new interior design problems and queries. Detailed photographs show how people have actually tackled projects, such as refitting or redesigning a room, or selecting the light fittings or door handles to suit a scheme.

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    Architecture Now! Houses

    This book is not about decoration, nor is it a practical guide to building one's own house. It is, rather, a search that may lead the willing reader from Patagonia in Argentina to the cliffs of Dover Heights, Australia to see some of the most remarkable houses built in the past five years.

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    The Design Hotels Book: Edition 2009

    The 2009 edition of The Design Hotels Book presents a comprehensive overview of 170 of the most attractive Design Hotels worldwide and provides insight into trends and developments in the fields of design and hospitality.

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    Architecture Oriented Otherwise

    So much writing about architecture tends to evaluate it on the basis of its intentions: how closely it corresponds to the artistic will of the designer, the technical skills of the builder, or whether it reflects the spirit of the place and time in which it was built, making it not much more than the willful (or even subconscious) assemblage of objects that result from design and construction techniques. Renowned writer and thinker David Leatherbarrow, in this groundbreaking new book, argues for a richer and more profound, but also simpler, way of thinking about architecture, namely on the basis of how it performs.

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    Building in the Future: Recasting Labor in Architecture

    There is no denying the transformational role of the computer in the evolution of contemporary architectural practice. Thirty-four contributors including designers engineers fabricators contractors construction managers planners and scholars examine how contemporary practices of production are reshaping the design/construction process.

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    Shanghai Transforming

    In recent years architecture firms have turned to China as the most hospitable location to experiment with and develop their most unconventional architecture. Shanghai Transforming critically examines Shanghai so that readers can understand the forces driving its deep transformation.

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    Engineered Transparency: The Technical, Visual, and Spatial Effects of Glass

    Glass is one of the most ubiquitous and extensively researched building materials. Engineered Transparency presents a portfolio of projects featuring cutting-edge glass designs by todayis most innovative architects including SANAA's acclaimed Glass Pavilion at the Toledo Museum of Art Yoshio Taniguchi's MoMA expansion in New York City and Steven Holl's Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City.

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    Leven Betts: Pattern Recognition

    Leven Betts: Pattern Recognition features 18 projects from the firm's critically acclaimed first decade. The diverse portfolio of projects run the gamut in scale from furniture and exhibition design to townhouse and city plans. Featuring numerous photos, drawings, and diagrams, Leven Betts: Pattern Recognition invites architecture professionals and students to explore a unique design process and discover their own powers of observation.

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    Earth Architecture

    Currently it is estimated that one half of the world's population - approximately three billion people on six continents - lives or works in buildings constructed of earth. Earth Architecture presents a selection of more than 40 projects that exemplify new, creative uses of the oldest building material on the planet.

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    More Mobile: Portable Architecture for Today

    The allure of mobile portable architecture is worldwide and centuries old. n More Mobile the follow-up to her groundbreaking 2002 book Mobile Jennifer Siegal explores the ever-growing range of possibilities of portable demountable structures.

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    Building Tall: Image of the Skyscraper

    The skyscraper continues to inspire architects and visual artists of all types. More than a century of literature art film and new media representations have built an image of the skyscraper inside the space of our collective imagination. Featuring rarely seen images and lively text Building Tall explores the phenomenon of the skyscraper - from its legacy of supreme technical achievement to the meanings of its various artistic interpretations.

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    Expanding Architecture: Design as Activism

    Expanding Architecture presents a new generation of creative design carried out in the service of the greater public and the greater good. Questioning how design can improve daily lives, editors Bryan Bell and Katie Wakeford map an emerging geography of architectural activism - or "public-interest architecture" - that might function akin to public-interest law or medicine by expanding architecture's all too often elite client base.

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    Integrated Design in Contemporary Architecture

    Taking sustainability to the next level, the emerging practice of integrated design provides the strategies to achieve high-performance, low energy, and cost-effectiveness, by a careful ground-up consideration of how the program, siting, design, materials, systems, and products of a building connect, interact, and affect one another. Integrated Design in Contemporary Architecture takes a comprehensive look at projects that exemplify current approaches to this exciting new field.

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    Strike a Pose

    Strike a Pose! documents a new extroverted architectural language. The iconographically charged scenes and futuristic spaces featured are playful and experimental and range from private residences to schools and operas, museums and interior design. Manifested in spectacular structures, eccentric forms and vivid colours, this expressive approach goes way beyond conventional stylistic and geographic boundaries.

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    Arts & Architecture, 1945-54

    Arts & Architecture, limited to 5000 copies, provides a comprehensive record of mid-century American architecture and brings the legendary Arts & Architecture back to life after forty years.

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    Piano: Renzo Piano Building Workshop 1966-2008

    The updated publication includes new photographs of projects completed since the previous edition, such as his The New York Times Building in New York, the Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern, Switzerland, The Morgan Library in New York, as well as some sneak peeks at his current projects, including the 66-story London Bridge Tower, which is set to be Europe's tallest building.

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    Architectural Epicentres: Inventing Architecture, Intervening in Reality

    The book Architectural Epicentres: Inventing Architecture, Intervening in Reality presents seven architectural productions of the 20th and 21st centuries: Mexican architecture which gained world prominence in the 1950s and 1970s, Brazil's "irrational modernism", the "extended rationalism" of Finnish architecture of the 1950s, the Swiss Ticino Tendenza, the Super Dutch phenomenon of the late 1980s, the architectural production of Spain's Barcelona and Bilbao, and the emerging architecture of Slovenia today. These productions are approached and analysed through a highly specific set of optics, as of architectural epicentres.