Architectural Detail
1000 Architectural Details: A Selection of the World's Most Interesting Building Elements
1000 Architectural Details
A Selection of the World's Most Interesting Building Elements
Paperback      ISBN: 1770859152

"This is a fascinating volume packed with comprehensive illustrations and the most current expert information. Professionals, do-it-yourselfers and anyone with an interest in design will find it eminently practical." --SciTech Book News

A study of detail in contemporary world architecture in photographs and drawings.

1000 Architectural Details is a reference catalog to buildings' structural features. In photography and drawings (floors, elevations, cross-sections, axonometrics and sketches), the authors discuss how function meets form to create outstanding architecture and design. The material has been selected for its capacity to inspire and propose innovative ideas on how to approach the design or construction of different parts of a project.

Divided into 15 thematic chapters, the details are numbered from one to a thousand, and each is illustrated with a close-up photograph or drawing and explained in a concise caption. The authors begin with primary structural elements, such as columns and beams, and a section on materials and their properties covers the finishings commonly used, such as concrete and steel.

The authors also discuss essential installed elements, such as facades, roofs and insulation, as well as the many interior and exterior features that, while functional, allow the most latitude in decoration. These can include floors, lighting, color, storage, doors and landscaping. "Green building" is covered in chapters on sustainable materials, recycling and prefabricated materials.

This is a fascinating volume packed with comprehensive illustrations and the most current expert information. Professionals, do-it-yourselfers and anyone with an interest in design will find it eminently practical.

Nairn's Paris
Nairn's Paris
Hardcover      ISBN: 1910749494
50th Anniversary of original publication; this is a unique Paris guidebook from the late, great, architecture and travel writer Ian Nairn.

Illustrated with the author's black and white snaps of the city, Nairn shows his eye for detail - whether it is stonework on an archway, shadows cast by a railing, or an empty chair in a Paris park, in this book which celebrates the City of Light. Nairn's Paris captures the city on the cusp of great changes and provides a glimpse of a city that is about to disappear. Here is an idiosyncratic and unpretentious portrait of the 'collective masterpiece' that is Paris.

Introduced by writer and BBC presenter Andrew Hussey, author of the popular Paris: The Secret History.

'About one third of the book is discovery, in the sense that I came upon the sites by accident or by following a topographical hunch. There must be many more, and all you need for the search is the ability to turn off the main road, switch on your antennae and respond. Good luck.' - Ian Nairn
An Ideal Collaboration: The Art of Classical Details II
An Ideal Collaboration
The Art of Classical Details II
Hardcover      ISBN: 1864706015

The most definitive book on 'classical detailing' in yearsCovers all the fundamentals of classical architectureFeatures a foreword by Ellie CullmannIncludes projects by Quinlan Terry, perhaps the most well-known classical architect practising todayOther architects include Robert Adam and Hugh Petter, Julian Bicknell, Robert Franklin, Digby Harris and John Simpson"Showcasing 25 residences by today's leading classical architects, this wonderful new book also addresses the fundamental issue of collaboration between architect, decorator, landscaper, and the enormous cast of characters who bring their formidable talents to the realization of every project. An Ideal Collaboration is an important addition to the literature of architecture and design." Ellie Cullman" An Ideal Collaboration shares a place in my library next to volumes on great 20th century Classicists. It is essential as a visual reference to the continued evolution of timeless style." Steven GambrelIn the follow-up to the critically acclaimed The Art of Classical Details, Phillip James Dodd continues his look at some of the finest examples of contemporary classical architecture in Great Britain and the United States, while also examining how collaboration is the key to their successful design.In reality, collaborative relationships are rare, especially amongst designers, where each is often focused on their own individual objectives and unable to transcend their own egos. Often used as a catch phase, but not often realized, true collaboration requires an understanding and an appreciation - of the role that all parties play in the design and construction of a home.An Ideal Collaboration includes the work of some of the most notable names in contemporary residential design. Architects, decorators, landscape designers, consultants, builders, craftsmen, artists and vendors, all address the design process and the pivotal role that collaboration plays in creating cohesive timeless designs.

Nightmares in the Sky: Gargoyles and Grotesques
Nightmares in the Sky
Gargoyles and Grotesques
Hardcover      ISBN: 0670823074

Photographs of more than one hundred gargoyles that decorate America's cities are accompanied by the popular novelist's commentary on the horrific world of awe and terror these grotesques inspire and represent

The House with Sixteen Handmade Doors: A Tale of Architectural Choice and Craftsmanship
The House with Sixteen Handmade Doors
A Tale of Architectural Choice and Craftsmanship
Hardcover      ISBN: 0393242048

When Henry Petroski and his wife Catherine bought a charming but modest six-decades-old island retreat in coastal Maine, Petroski couldn't help but admire its unusual construction. An eminent expert on engineering, history, and design, he began wondering about the place's origins and evolution: Who built it, and how? What needs, materials, technologies, historical developments, and laws shaped it? How had it fared through the years with its various inhabitants?

Sleuthing around dimly lit closets, knotty-pine wall panels, and even a secret passage--but never removing so much as a nail--Petroski zooms in on the details but also steps back to examine the structure in the context of its time and place.

Catherine Petroski's beautiful photographs capture the clues and the atmosphere. A vibrant cast of neighbors and past residents--most notably the house's masterful creator, an engineer-turned-"folk architect"--become key characters in the story.

As the mystery unfolds, revealing an extraordinary house and its environs, this ode to loving design will leave readers enchanted and inspired.

Architectural Ornament: Banishment and Return
Architectural Ornament
Banishment and Return
Paperback      ISBN: 0393730468
Architectural Ornament reveals the fascinating interplay of art, society, politics, and commerce from antiquity through modernism and explains ornament's near demise and recent revival. It is a stunningly documented argument against artistic chauvinism and a lively survey of modern architecture. In over 250 illustrations, Brolin shows the breadth of ornamental expression through the centuries and proposes an approach to ornament that allows new and old buildings to coexist in harmony.
The Decorative Tile in Architecture and Interiors: In Architecture and Interiors
The Decorative Tile in Architecture and Interiors
In Architecture and Interiors
Hardcover      ISBN: 0714831611

This text aims to integrate tiles and their design and manufacture, with the architectural and social environment in which they were used. It concentrates particularly on the golden age of tiles in the 19th century when their production became a major industry.

Brick Pavement and Fencewalls: Authentic Details for Design and Restoration
Brick Pavement and Fencewalls
Authentic Details for Design and Restoration
Hardcover      ISBN: 0471383376

One of the oldest and most versatile building materials available, brick is used for period landscape design in walkways, entry pavements, courtyards, terraces, porticoes, steps, and fencewalls. With the increased interest in traditional landscape design, this book will appeal to anyone who is interested in restoring old brickwork or in creating new brickwork with a historic feel.

5000 Years of Tiles
5000 Years of Tiles
Paperback      ISBN: 1588343987

A comprehensive, full-color exploration of tile art and production worldwide, from earliest times to the present day. The book is both an authoritative work of reference and a visual delight, ranging from ancient Greece, where the first fired roof tiles date from as early as the third millennium BC, to twentieth-century Mexico. Along the way we encounter stunning examples of the tiler's art: the enormous English medieval floor pavements from Byland Abbey and Clarendon Palace; figural tiles from China, intended to adorn roofs and ward off evil; the famous Iznik tiles from the Islamic world, with their richly decorative patterns; the highly stylised ceramic tiles of the Arts and Crafts movement; and the tiles created by some of the finest ceramic artists and potters of the twenty-first century.

Placing the tiles firmly in their historical and cultural context, the book highlights both continuity and diversity, the dissemination of techniques and designs, and how tile art in one time and place has inspired and rejuvenated those in others. Tiles are also studied in terms of function as well as form, and the full range of architectural and practical purposes for which they have been used - from floors to roofs, stoves to bathrooms, cathedrals to metro stations - will be explored, along with the various techniques employed to create such versatile pieces. 5000 Years of Tiles is the essential, most comprehensive single volume for anyone interested in the ceramic, decorative, and architectural arts.
Allan Greenberg: Classical Architect
Allan Greenberg
Classical Architect
Hardcover      ISBN: 0847840735

This monograph showcases the exquisite architecture of Allan Greenberg, one of the most influential architects of the classical movement. A leading exponent of classical architecture, Allan Greenberg has drawn on a vast knowledge of ancient styles in the design of his illustrious list of projects. His work is renowned for its historically inspired fa ades, its classical detail, and the highest level of craftsmanship. Collaborating with leading sculptors, wood-carvers, mosaicists, metalworkers, and ornamental plasterers to create beautiful details that make his work unique, Greenberg has produced buildings that radiate a sense of classic beauty and artistic integrity. This monograph celebrates Greenberg's esteemed career by showcasing in depth his private houses, apartments, university buildings, and civic buildings that demonstrate his lifelong commitment to traditional styles, unparalleled quality, and decorative expression. With specially commissioned photographs of exteriors, interiors, and details as well as original drawings and plans, the book is an important addition to any architecture library and an inspiration to interior designers and homeowners with an appreciation for fine architecture and interiors.