Architecture of Specific Structure
The Glasshouse
The Glasshouse
Hardcover      ISBN: 0714832111

This is a comprehensive survey of glasshouses. The book traces the evolution of glass enclosures from the mid 16th-century, when the desire to nuture exotic plants in often hostile climates led to the development of the glasshouse and the ingenious mechanical servicing systems, capable of creating their own artificial micro-climates. Through the technical advances in the early 19th century, large-scale constructions were built initially for private individuals and botanical societies. Towards the mid-century, with the advent of mass production and specialist component systems, the fashioning of modular constructions such as the Crystal Palace became possible.

Fallingwater Rising: Frank Lloyd Wright, E. J. Kaufmann, and America's Most Extraordinary House
Fallingwater Rising
Frank Lloyd Wright, E. J. Kaufmann, and America's Most Extraordinary House
Paperback      ISBN: 0375710159
Fallingwater Rising is a biography not of a person but of the most famous house of the twentieth century. Scholars and the public have long extolled the house that Frank Lloyd Wright perched over a Pennsylvania waterfall in 1937, but the full story has never been told.

When he got the commission to design the house, Wright was nearing seventy, his youth and his early fame long gone. It was the Depression, and Wright had no work in sight. Into his orbit stepped Edgar J. Kaufmann, a Pittsburgh department-store mogul-"the smartest retailer in America"-and a philanthropist with the burning ambition to build a world-famous work of architecture. It was an unlikely collaboration: the Jewish merchant who had little concern for modern architecture and the brilliant modernist who was leery of Jews. But the two men collaborated to produce an extraordinary building of lasting architectural significance that brought international fame to them both and confirmed Wright's position as the greatest architect of the twentieth century.

Fallingwater Rising is also an enthralling family drama, involving Kaufmann, his beautiful cousin/wife, Liliane, and their son, Edgar Jr., whose own role in the creation of Fallingwater and its ongoing reputation is central to the story. Involving such key figures of the l930s as Frida Kahlo, Albert Einstein, Henry R. Luce, William Randolph Hearst, Ayn Rand, and Franklin Roosevelt, Fallingwater Rising shows us how E. J. Kaufmann's house became not just Wright's masterpiece but a fundamental icon of American life.

One of the pleasures of the book is its rich evocation of the upper-crust society of Pittsburgh-Carnegie, Frick, the Mellons-a society that was socially reactionary but luxury-loving and baronial in its tastes, hobbies, and sexual attitudes (Kaufmann had so many mistresses that his store issued them distinctive charge plates they could use without paying).

Franklin Toker has been studying Fallingwater for eighteen years. No one but he could have given us this compelling saga of the most famous private house in the world and the dramatic personal story of the fascinating people who made and used it.

A major contribution to both architectural and social history.
Oberlin Book of Bandstands
Oberlin Book of Bandstands
Paperback      ISBN: 089133128x
Exceptional Treehouses
Exceptional Treehouses
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 0810980487

In Exceptional Treehouses, author and treehouse builder Alain Laurens reveals 30 gorgeous treehouse structures, 25 of which are entirely new creations, all illustrated with Daniel Dufour's beautiful watercolors as well as photographs by Jacques Delacroix, commissioned specially for this book.
As in his first book, Treehouse Living, Laurens demonstrates his commitment to sustainable building and environmentalism with his designs, all executed with ecological ideals in mind. In 2000 Laurens started his company, La Cabane Perch e, to design and build treehouses around Europe. Each house takes into account the local environment, as well as the tree in which the structure stands, and the photographs show details of how the treehouses are constructed without driving nails into any part of the host tree. Exceptional Treehouses is the perfect inspiration for treehouse lovers, eco-friendly architects, and enthusiastic amateurs.

Wood Burners
Wood Burners
Paperback      ISBN: 156898104x

Wood burners, also known as wigwam burners due to their conical shape, were once common at sawmills throughout the Pacific Northwest, where they were used to incinerate the enormous excess of sawdust and scraps that was a byproduct of every mill. As a result of the passage of environmental legislation in the 1970s that outlawed their use, these structures are vanishing from the American Landscape. Through photographs, drawings and maps, this volume examines the history and typology of this little-known vernacular architecture.

Calatrava Berlin: Five Projects
Calatrava Berlin
Five Projects
Paperback      ISBN: 3764329858
Going Out in Style: The Architecture of Eternity
Going Out in Style
The Architecture of Eternity
Hardcover      ISBN: 0816036497

Architectural photographer Keister and Cronin, the former associate editor of American Cemetary, present a tour of mausoleums located in such cities as Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Buffalo, Boston, Chicago, New Orleans, Los Angeles, San Francisco. Captions describe the architectural style, the life of

The Vertical Building Structure
The Vertical Building Structure
Hardcover      ISBN: 0442239106

Schueller, both a structural engineer and an architect, has combined the fundamental ideas and perspectives of his two fields into a single reference. He presents discussions, illustrations, graphs, and equations for modern building structure systems from geometric, aesthetic, historical, functional, environmental, and construction viewpoints. Suitable as a textbook for graduate and advanced undergraduate courses in building structures and design engineering. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

World Architecture 1900-2000: A Critical Mosaic : Southeast Asia and Oceania
World Architecture 1900-2000
A Critical Mosaic : Southeast Asia and Oceania
Hardcover      ISBN: 3211832939

"World Architecture" records the major architectural contributions made in all regions of the world to the development of human culture. Grouped into 10 geographical regions and representing five twenty-year-periods, the buildings have been selected by approximately 80 eminent international architectural critics. Each volume contains 100 buildings from one particular region, each object accompanied by an analytical text as well as by drawings and photographs. Introduction essays by the general editor, Kenneth Frampton, and the editor(s) of each volume complete the survey.
The series comprises 10 volumes. The books are handsome, linen-bound and stitched, generously formatted (21,5 x 28,5 cm/8,4 x 11 inches) and contain approx. 300 pages and 400 colour prints each. This unique project gives the most precise and authoritative description of 1000 of the century's most notable buildings. Countries: Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, The Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, and Oceania.

Houses Of Martha's Vineyard
Houses Of Martha's Vineyard
Hardcover      ISBN: 1580931537

Each year the pristine beaches, lush pine forests, and picturesque New England towns of Martha's Vineyard draw tens of thousands of admirers to one of our country's most beautiful islands. Some of these visitors have become part-time residents, building contemporary homes alongside the traditional Victorian cottages, sea captains' mansions, and colonial farmhouses that comprise the island's cultural and architectural heritage. Rarely does one find such a concentration of outstanding contemporary designs.
This beautifully designed volume presents twenty-four Vineyard homes, built in the past twenty years, by internationally renowned architects, among them Robert A. M. Stern, Steven Holl, and the Polshek Partnership. Glorious color photographs, detailed architectural plans, and project descriptions document the challenges and solutions reached by each architectural firm. Complementing the visual material is an introductory essay by architect Keith Moskow, which sets the historical and architectural context for these gracious new homes.