Architecture Books

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    Big and Green: Toward Sustainable Architecture in the 21st Century

    More than a century after its inception, the skyscraper has finally come of age. Though it has long been lampooned as a venal and inhospitable guzzler of resources, a revolutionary new school of skyscraper design has refashioned the idiom with buildings that are sensitive to their environments, benevolent to their occupants, and economically viable to build and maintain. Designed by some of the best-known architects in the world, these towers are as daring aesthetically as they are innovative environmentally. Big and Green is the first book to examine the sustainable skyscraper, its history, the technologies that make it possible, and its role in the future of urban development.

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    Paris Architecture & Design

    One of a series of authoritative pocket guides introduced only last fall, the Paris aNd Guide provides tourists and professionals alike with an overview of new and notable architecture and interior design in "the city of light." Sixty buildings - governmental and residential, commercial and religious - by renowned architects such as Mario Botta, Jean Nouvel, Renzo Piano, Tadao Ando and I.M. Pei to name a few, are profiled and accompanied by color photographs.

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    Architecture and Feminism: Yale Publications on Architecture

    Originally conceived as the Yale Journal of Architecture and Feminism, Architecture And Feminism is the result of Debra Coleman, Elizabeth Danze, and Carol Henderson's efforts to create an ongoing forum at the Yale School of Architecture for the discussion of the relationship between architecture and feminism. In order to promote the idea that architecture and feminism is an important area of study, an open call for papers and projects led to over one hundred submissions from a diverse group of authors.

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    The Architecture of Baltimore: An Illustrated History

    From its trademark row houses to Benjamin Henry Latrobe's landmark Cathedral (now Basilica) of the Assumption, Baltimore architecture can rightly claim to be as eclectic, exciting, and inspiring as that of any American city. Many of its important buildings figure prominently in the oeuvres of leading American architects: Latrobe, Robert Mills, Maximilien Godefroy, Richard Upjohn, Stanford White, and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe among them. Yet Baltimore's distinctive urban environment also owes much to the achievements of local talents, including Robert Cary Long Sr. and Jr., John Rudolph Niernsee and James Crawford Neilson, E. Francis Baldwin and Josias Pennington, Laurence Hall Fowler, Alexander Cochran-not to mention generations of skilled craftsmen and builders.

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    Architecture of Schools: The New Learning Environments

    This is the standard design guide on schools architecture, providing vital information on school architecture. Mark Dudek views school building design as a particularly specialised field encompassing ever changing educational theories, the subtle spatial and psychological requirements of growing children and practical issues that are unique to these types of building. He explores the functional requirements of individual spaces, such as classrooms, and shows how their incorporation within a single institution area are a defining characteristic of the effective educational environment.

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    Concrete Architecture

    Concrete is now chic, becoming ubiquitous in shops, restaurants, and even homes. The reasons are many, as concrete is a remarkable material that can be used in a huge range of techniques and situations. Its color and texture vary, it can be very affordable and mass produced, or meticulously crafted and manipulated. New developments and increased understanding of the possibilities of concrete architecture are inspiring contemporary architects and designers across the globe. Concrete Architecture looks at recent architectural projects that use concrete for a huge range of projects, and celebrates the intrinsic qualities of concrete in the places where we live, work, and play. This book is an invitation to re-evaluate concrete as a modern material and generator of construction techniques.

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    Medieval Architecture

    Medieval architecture comprises much more than the traditional image of Gothic cathedrals and the castles of chivalry. A great variety of buildings--synagogues, halls, and barns--testify to the diverse communities and interests in western Europe in the centuries between 1150 and 1550. This book looks at their architecture from an entirely fresh perspective, shifting the emphasis away from such areas as France towards the creativity of other regions, including central Europe and Spain.

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    Florence: The City and Its Architecture

    This book offers a comprehensive account of the architecture of Florence, setting the city's extraordinarily beautiful buildings within the political, economic, and cultural contexts in which they were made. The rapid expansion of its banking interests and its wool and textile industries brought Florence prosperity, and it became, under Medici power, the heart of the European Renaissance, and the sponsor of pivotal architectural works.

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    Careers in Architecture

    In Careers in Architecture, you will find out about the variety of jobs within the architecture field--residential, commercial, and institutional architecture; historic preservation; landscape architecture; engineering; urban and regional planning; and more.

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    New Classicism: The Rebirth of Traditional Architecture

    New Classicism provides an in-depth look at a form of design that appeared lost forever with the rise of modernism in architecture. But now, with an intense revival of interest in classical design, and with the demise in popularity of the subsequent postmodernism, new vigor has infused traditional forms and motifs. Focusing on approximately thirty projects by the best classically oriented firms in the United States and Britain, New Classicism examines this burgeoning new vogue for the many varieties of traditional classical design.

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    The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright: A Complete Catalog

    Over the past decade, there has been a significant revival of interest in the architecture and designs of Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959). From Barnsdall Park in Los Angeles to the Zimmerman house in New Hampshire, from Florida Southern College to Taliesin in Wisconsin, with Fallingwater in between, Frank Lloyd Wright buildings open to the public receive thousands of visitors each year, and there is a thriving commerce in reproductions of Wright's furniture and fabric designs. Among the many books available on Frank Lloyd Wright, William Allin Storrer's classic--now fully revised and updated--remains the only authoritative guide to all of Wright's built work.

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    New Organic Architecture: The Breaking Wave

    New Organic Architecture is a manifesto for building in a way that is both aesthetically pleasing and kinder to the environment. It illuminates key themes of organic architects, their sources of inspiration, the roots and concepts behind the style, and the environmental challenges to be met. The organic approach to architecture has an illustrious history, from Celtic design, Art Nouveau, Arts and Crafts, to the work of Antoni Gaud' and Frank Lloyd Wright.

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    Julius Shulman: Architecture and Its Photography

    Julius Shulman has documented buildings in that seemingly transparent way for more than six decades. This meticulous and prolific craftsman was in the right place, California, at the right time, the golden age of West Coast modern residential architecture that spanned the 1930s to the 1960s. Richard Neutra helped him get his start, and he recorded early modernists such as Wright, Schindler, Soriano, Harris, Frey, Ain, Stone, Gropius, Kahn, and Neutra, as well as younger ones such as Goff, Lautner, Ellwood, Koenig, Drake, Killingsworth, Eames, Greene, Legoretta, and even early Frank Gehry. His view camera captured the glamour of hillside steel-and-glass houses cantilevered above the city lights, the serenity of desert vacation homes at dusk, and the clean-lined ingenuity of young architects working on modest budgets.

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    Mobile: The Art of Portable Architecture

    The allure of mobile, portable architecture is worldwide and centuries old, from the desert tents of the bedouin to the silvery capsules of the Airstream trailer. Mobile explores the ever-growing range of possibilities of portable, demountable, and mobile structures. Jennifer Siegal brings together the work of the most interesting contemporary designers of dynamic, active structures, whose work ranges from the microenvironment of a house that literally attaches to your body to the city-scaled macroenvironment of London's Millennium Dome, from the interior of a Boeing jet to an entire mobile community whose living units plug into a framework of flexible communal space, and from the practical design of transportable office space to the whimsical design of Pink Floyd's The Wall stage set. All of the designs celebrate the lightness, transience, and practicality that mobile architecture makes possible.

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    The History and Architecture of Chetham's School and Library

    Chetham's School and Library is an exceptional example of fifteenth-century collegiate architecture-the best preserved building of its date and type in England. Located in the heart of Manchester, Chetham's originally lodged the college of fifteenth-century priests who officiated at the church that is now Manchester Cathedral.

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    The Architecture of the Italian Renaissance

    Guides the reader from the earliest revivals of Roman style to the villas of Palladio and Vignola. Each of the great architects is clearly and sensitively discussed. 202 illustrations.

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    Source Book of American Architecture

    This encyclopedic guide to 500 of the most important architectural works in the United States examines 1,000 years of architectural evolution in America. The author personally traveled throughout all 50 states photographing over 2,000 architecturally significant structures in order to compile this unique volume. Arranged chronologically, this guide offers readers a historically continuous survey, from mysterious 11th-century Anasazi cliff dwellings to Pei Cobb Freed & Partners' Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.

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    Chinese Architecture

    This lavishly illustrated book is a comprehensive and authoritative study of Chinese architecture from Neolithic times through the late nineteenth century. Six of China's greatest architectural historians have joined with a leading Western scholar to write this book, the first in-depth, collaborative history of Chinese architecture in more than fifty years.

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    New York: Architecture & Design

    New York is as dynamic a city as any in the world, ever changing and always, it seems, in the process of re-inventing itself. This is no less true of its architecture than it is of its people. Because it is a world city that attracts talent from every corner of the earth, its buildings during the last fifteen years have been conceived and designed by a multicultural pantheon of architects. Whether Philippe Starck's hotel interior renovations, OMA's Prada store, Taniguchi's MOMA addition or the many projects built by distinguished American architects, this little guide provides a concise overview for anyone interested in the architecture of the city.

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    American Houses: A Field Guide to the Architecture of the Home

    American Houses is a historical guide to the architecture of the American home. While other architectural field guides show only fa├žades, this book includes floor plans, showing how the form of a house arises from its function. Photographs and drawings of exteriors illustrate the significant field marks of each style and help pinpoint the key elements that can identify a house even when it has been remodeled beyond recognition. Beautifully illustrated, clearly written, and impeccably researched, American Houses is an essential reference for anyone interested in the history of American residential architecture.

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    Architecture for Art: American Art Museums, 1938-2008

    In recent years, museums have achieved the status of architectural monuments in their own right, especially in America, where the museum itself is often as much a focal point as the art it displays. With exciting new buildings currently under way in New York, Denver, Minneapolis, Atlanta, and Boston, now is the perfect time for this survey of 39 museums throughout the United States, by more than 50 of the world's greatest architects, from Frank Lloyd Wright and Louis Kahn to Santiago Calatrava, Frank Gehry, and Richard Meier.

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    Modern Architecture

    Colquhoun, an eminent scholar in the field of architecture, offers here a new account of international modernism that explores the complex motivations behind this revolutionary movement and assesses its triumphs and failures. The book focuses on the work of the main architects of the movement such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Adolf Loos, Le Corbusier, and Mies van der Rohe, re-examining their work and shedding new light on their roles as acknowledged masters.

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    The Visual Dictionary of American Domestic Architecture

    Over 500 illustrations trace domestic architecture from indigenous dwellings of Native American groups to contemporary homes of the 1990s. Each of the 12 chapters begins with a brief narrative that summarizes a type, period, or style of architecture. Multiple interior and exterior views of representative buildings (including outbuildings) are well labeled. Features such as stairs, doors, windows, framing and wall construction, and brickwork are clearly illustrated.

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    A History of Architecture: Settings and Rituals

    Visually and intellectually stimulating, this book is at once a compelling history and an indispensable reference on all aspects of our built environment. It achieves for architecture what Janson's history accomplished for visual art.

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    Architecture of the Old South

    Architecture of the Old South: Greek Revival & Romantic and its companion volume, Architecture of the Old South: Colonial & Federal, are the climax of some twenty years of exploration, research and writing. Buildings are three-dimensional history books that reflect the comings and goings, successes and failures, aspirations and follies of real people. Virginia was the oldest, most populous and richest colony in the South, with early architecture of unsurpassed elegance and variety. Maryland, thanks to an early start and the successful cultivation of tobacco, produced colonial architecture second only to Virginia and South Carolina, the rich rice colony.

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    The Four Books on Architecture

    Perhaps the most influential practitioner in the history of Western architecture and one of the earliest neoclassicists, Palladio created a singular corpus of architecture, the legacy of which is seen and felt in buildings of all types throughout the Western world. His theoretical and promotional treatise, I Quattro Libri dell' Architecttura, was first published in Venice in 1570 and sets forth a grammar of architecture. From building materials to residences to Roman temples, Palladio covered an incredible breadth of topics in his four volumes.

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    Tropical Architecture: Critical Regionalism in the Age of Globalization

    The tropical region covers a significant proportion of the globe, and yet its architecture receives relatively little outside comment or exposure. Dispersed widely throughout the world, the region incorporates areas as far-flung as the Caribbean islands, India, South-East Asia, and large parts of Australia, Africa and South and Central America. Despite their great cultural diversity, these areas share both climatic and ecological factors, as well as a post-colonial condition and the pressures of modernization in the world of globalization.

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    Architecture In The Netherlands: Yearbook, 2003-2004

    The current edition of Architecture in the Netherlands once again presents a selection of the past year's most remarkable architecture from northern Europe. More than 30 projects realized in 2003 are highlighted alongside photographic illustrations and plans.

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    Banister Fletcher's A History of Architecture

    This unique reference book places buildings in their social, cultural and historical settings to describe the main patterns of architectural development, from Prehistoric to the International Style. Again in the words of Sir Banister Fletcher, this book shows that 'Architecture ... provides a key to the habits, thoughts and aspirations of the people, and without a knowledge of this art the history of any period lacks that human interest with which it should be invested.'

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    The State of Architecture at the Beginning of the 21st Century

    As its ambitious title suggests, this collection of some 60 essays, manifestos and ruminations covers a lot of ground, but-as is often the case with such an assemblage of voices-that ground, writing-wise, is bumpier in some areas than others. The pieces come from talks presented at a Columbia University architecture conference, and in general, the most successful ones offer concrete solutions or sum up current architectural issues.