Architecture, Industry and Innovation
The Early Work of Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners
Paperback ISBN: 0714839345
Nicholas Grimshaw is one of the pre-eminent figures of the British architectural scene. Alongside Sir Norman Foster and Sir Richard Rogers he is a leading figure of the high-tech movement, responsible for some of the outstanding buildings of the last decade. This new volume in Phaidon's series of his complete works covers the years 1965-88, a period which saw Grimshaw establish his practice and his reputation worldwide as an architect of great subtlety and a master of detail. Colin Amery charts the line of Grimshaw's development from his student days at the Architectural Association onwards. He gives critical insights into Grimshaw's thinking and design methodology for a family of buildings, from the 1967 Service Tower for a student hostel to his 1988 Grand Union Walk houses and Superstore for Sainsbury's at Camden. Like Mercedes saloons, Grimshaw buildings show a steady evolution, model to model, an evolution which is illustrated in detail here with photographs, plans and drawings.
Paperback ISBN: 0262700522
Bernard Tschumi's Event-Cities presents an original selection of his most recent architectural projects, which are at the center of polemics on architecture and cities today. Tschumi has already expanded the field of contemporary architectural theory through his writings. Now, with Event-Cities, he enlarges some of his earlier concerns to address the issue of cities and their making. Event-Cities explores contemporary architecture through its confrontation with the major programs defining the edge of the twenty-first century - airports, business centers, multipurpose railroad "cities," downtown areas, and multimedia art centers, as well as video installations and domestic environments. Using different modes of notation ranging from rough models to sophisticated computer-generated images and testing various means to inscribe the movement of bodies in space, Tschumi reveals the complexities of the architectural process and the rich texture of architectural events that define the nature of urban reality. Event-Cities unfolds a new type of architectural documentation, far removed from the glossy picture books that have become the major means of presenting architectural projects - a "project discourse" that may be as extensive and precise as any theoretical or critical text. The selection of Tschumi's main recent projects includes the National Center for Contemporary Arts (Le Fresnoy) in Tourcoing, France; the "inhabited bridges" for the city of Lausanne, Switzerland; the mile-long "airport city" for Osaka, Japan; and a new business and entertainment center in Chartres, France.
Hardcover ISBN: 0810942267
Published to mark the centenary of the birth of Louis Kahn (1901-74), master American architect, whose importance has only increased since his death. This volume features photographs of 15 of his buildings, supplemented by a selection of plans, sections, drawings and sketches.
Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House
The Illustrated Story of an Architectural Masterpiece
Paperback ISBN: 0486245829
Painstakingly researched and illuminating account of the making of the Fred C. Robie home. Revealing family documents, excerpts from a 1958 interview with Fred Robie, and 160 black-and-white illustrations.
Frank Lloyd Wright
Unity Temple, Barnsdall (Hollyhock) House, Johnson Wax Administration Building and Research Tower
Hardcover ISBN: 0714838691
Frank Lloyd Wright was the first truly organic architect. His use of recurring elemental themes and materials - open-plan layouts, clean geometric lines, water, stone, wood, prairie and sky - resulted in buildings that perfectly reflected, enhanced and assimilated their environments. Comprising more than 50 images, this book is an essential companion to a man whose influence on modern architecture has been immeasurable.