Architecture Books

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    The Classical Language of Architecture

    Classical architecture is a visual "language" and like any other language has its own grammatical rules. Classical buildings as widely spaced in time as a Roman temple, an Italian Renaissance palace and a Regency house all show an awareness of these rules even if they vary them, break them or poetically contradict them.

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    Architecture for the Gods

    A boom in the construction of churches, synagogues, and other places of worship is currently reaching its highest level in three decades. The result has been an exciting diversity of styles, each a response to the needs of a particular congregation. This timely survey explores more than forty such projects, making it a valuable resource for anyone involved in the building or use of religious structures, as well as all lovers of modern architecture.

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    Sacred Architecture

    Ever since the cave dwellers, we have honored and acknowledged our spiritual roots in stone, wood, and iron, constructing sacred places that reflect our faith and wonder. Provided in this reference are the world's most spectacular examples of sacred architecture, on display in hundreds of color and black-and-white photographs and illustrations. Istanbul's spectacular Blue Mosque, the towering spires of Notre Dame, the Temple at Luxor, Native American sweat lodges, and many other examples of sacred architecture are represented, with accompanying text that places each structure in its proper theological context.

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    Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects: Architecture, Art, and Craft

    In addition to generous illustrations, including full-color and black-and-white photography and detailed drawings and plans, Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects: Architecture, Art, and Craft features a statement from the firm's partners, explicating their influence and process, and an essay by noted architectural critic Paul Goldberger.

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    ABC of Architecture

    This volume represents a significant departure in terms of its intended readership, scope of subject, and depth of analysis for O'Gorman (art, Wellesley Coll.), who has written eloquently and with considerable originality on late 19th-century American architecture. Here he provides a brief primer on architectural awareness for the beginning student or lay reader.

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    Tokyo Architecture & Design

    It is safe to say that the twenty first century arrived first in Tokyo in the shape of its ultra-modern architecture. During the last few years, innovation and creativity remain the hallmarks of its built environment. This indispensable little guide highlights several of Tokyo's most interesting buildings (by architects such as Renzo Piano and Tadao Ando) and also showcases outstanding interior design.

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    New Minimalist Architecture

    New Minimalist Architecture looks at 21 such spaces from around the world, each of which reflects the most inspired uses of minimalism in architecture today.

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    Spanish-Colonial Architecture in the United States

    A classic work by a distinguished architectural historian, tracing Spanish architectural influence in Florida, the Gulf Coast, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California in text illustrated by 195 photographs and 50 measured drawings. Among the sites explored: St. Augustine, San Antonio, Santa Fe, Tucson, San Diego, Santa Barbara, San Juan Capistrano and Carmel.

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    INDEX Architecture: A Columbia Architecture Book

    INDEX Architecture documents the extensive cross-fertilization of ideas that can occur between architectural practice and education. Through work developed by students and faculty at Columbia University's School of Architecture, it offers not only an archive of avant-garde work but a record of architectural discourse at a time when the design studio has been radically altered by digital technology.

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    Looking Around: A Journey Through Architecture

    Rybczynski is an architectural critic whose interests and resulting essays roam far from the specific building(s) he is enjoying. These critiques employ a gentle, even relaxed prose that allows readers to share Rybczynski's aesthetic connections and his expansions on the role of building styles in our constructed world.

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    African Architecture: Evolution and Transformation

    From Egypt to Ethiopia, Botswana to Burundi, and Zimbabwe to Cameroon, this landmark book presents the first complete and definitive study of African architecture from antiquity to the present.

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    Surface Architecture

    Visually, many contemporary buildings either reflect their systems of production or recollect earlier styles and motifs. This division between production and representation is in some ways an extension of that between modernity and tradition. In this book David Leatherbarrow and Mohsen Mostafavi explore ways that design can take advantage of production methods such that architecture is neither independent of nor dominated by technology.

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    London's Contemporary Architecture

    London's Contemporary Architecture: A Visitor's Guide is a practical and highly-illustrated guide to the best modern buildings in the British capital. In full colour throughout, this map-based book contains pithy and fascinating comments, plus lavish illustrations, of more than 130 examples of London architectural projects from the last two decades.

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    Venice: The City and It's Architecture

    Examines the way in which Venice's unusual topography has influenced the form and type of the city's buildings. The text looks at the city's most important monuments such as the Rialto Bridge and the Basilica of San Marco, discusses important building types such as churches and palaces, and also looks at the urban fabric of the middle-class and working-class districts of the city.

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    Lost Architectures

    This book stands in opposition to the popular notion that the best architecture is built on compromise. Rather, Neil Spiller argues, the most original and brave products of the architectural mind are often to be found in those projects which, for whatever reason, never came to fruition.

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    London: Architecture & Design

    One of a series of authoritative pocket guides introduced only last fall, the London aNd Guide provides tourists and professionals alike with an overview of notable architecture and interior design created in this most vibrant city during the last fifteen years. Sixty buildings, including City Hall, the Tate Modern, and the Millenium Bridge, as well as the interiors of the newest hotels, restaurants and showrooms are profiled and Illustrated with color photographs.

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    Architecture for the Poor: An Experiment in Rural Egypt

    Architecture for the Poor describes Hassan Fathy's plan for building the village of New Gourna, near Luxor, Egypt, without the use of more modern and expensive materials such as steel and concrete. Using mud bricks, the native technique that Fathy learned in Nubia, and such traditional Egyptian architectural designs as enclosed courtyards and vaulted roofing, Fathy worked with the villagers to tailor his designs to their needs.

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    Ceramic Houses and Earth Architecture: How to Build Your Own

    How-to-build step by step an adobe and ceramic architecture that is affordable and self-help. How to build arches, vaults, domes, and utilize the natural energy of wind, sun-and-shade to help save forests and create a sustainable architecture.

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    Next Generation Architecture: Folds, Blobs, and Boxes

    A new generation of architects is pushing digital technology to its limits and continues a tradition of "organic" architecture, often labeled "blobitecture." A few architects in the pre-digital era anticipated the shape of today's sleek and supple buildings, but computers have helped make many of today's large, truly innovative architectural projects buildable.

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    Viva Las Vegas: After Hours Architecture

    Architect and architectural critic Hess makes clear the singular origin and development of Las Vegas, explaining strengths and weaknesses and the city's significance as an icon of modern American urban culture. Illustrated with both new and historical photos.

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    Palm Beach: An Architecture Legacy

    Palm Beach: An Architectural Legacy details the meticulous restorations of over twenty great houses and public buildings on what has been called "America's Riviera." These houses were restored from 1988 to the present, and each house has won the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach's coveted Ballinger Award. The glorious photography showcased here respectfully documents the superb restoration of these houses, many of which have never before been published.

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    New York Architecture: A History

    This newest title in the Universe architecture series is a popular survey and iconic history of New York City architecture. A must-have for architects, students, and New Yorkers, the book includes an in-depth study of twenty-five of New York's most important buildings. Organized chronologically, the projects cover the major architectural periods in New York, as affected by changes in the city's population, economy, politics and historic events.

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    New Stone Architecture

    Here's the guide architects and building professionals need to meet the exploding demand for using stone in contemporary architecture and understand why stone is an attractive and practical option for new construction.

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    306090-07: Landscape within Architecture

    This new journal, fast becoming a staple in the architectural community, aims to revitalize, reform, and rebuild the profession by showcasing the work of promising students, young designers, and innovative educational institutions. Each volume addresses a pressing architectural issue and offers diverse, cross-disciplinary solutions in the form of projects, ideas, buildings, and other media.

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    Architecture Today

    With the collapse of Modernism in the 1960s, architecture has fragmented and evolved in many different directions, each driven by its own ideologies and theories. This book sets out a clear and comprehensive guide to the prominent styles and movements, tracing the work of the main protagonists of contemporary architecture.

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    Architecture, Colors

    Double-page spreads feature an architectural element of a particular color on one side and the name of the color spelled out on the other.

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    Illustrated Dictionary of Architecture

    Illustrated Dictionary of Architecture is a compilation of more than 5,000 photographs and drawings in nearly 1,500 entries that define the technical and stylistic elements of both current and historical architecture. Some definitions stand alone, but most are accompanied by at least one illustration.

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    The Architecture of New York City

    Gives historical, artistic descriptions plus original photographs of more than 90 major structures, sites and symbols-from Indian coves and trails and Dutch canals to contemporary skyscrapers. Contains a comprehensive analysis of the major architectural styles that have helped create the New York City skyline.

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    Vernacular Architecture

    An alternative title for Glassie's book might well be "A Thoughtful Ramble Through Euro-American Cultural History Using Old Buildings as a Starting Point." Rewriting and revising the fifth chapter of his recent Material Culture, Glassie discusses the complex ways humans organize their lives by analyzing the houses they build. The emphasis is on rural building in Ireland, Turkey, and the Eastern United States, although homes in Japan, Sweden, and Bangladesh are presented as well.

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    Contemporary Techniques in Architecture

    This publication addresses the most far-reaching and innovative developments in digital practice to have taken place in the last five years. It demonstrates how experimental architects are being challenged at a new rigorous intellectual level and are going beyond the strictures of the conceptual into the realm of the material.