Robert A.M. Stern
Hardcover ISBN: 1885254687
In over thirty years of practice, Robert A. M. Stern has developed a distinctive architecture committed to the synthesis of tradition and innovation and, above all, to the creation and enhancement of a meaningful sense of place. Inspired by the great legacy of American architecture, the firm of Robert A. M. Stern Architects has produced a variety of building types in a range of stylistic vocabularies. The design of houses, for which the firm initially gained notice, remains a cornerstone of the practice. Beautifully illustrated in color, this major monograph -- a companion volume to the best-selling Robert A. M. Stern: Buildings -- thoroughly documents more than forty-five houses built over the course of thirty years. These distinguished houses are located in diverse settings across the United States, from San Francisco's Russian Hill to the Rocky Mountains to the Long Island and New England coasts. In every case, Stern has emphasized the importance of context by exploring the nature of place through houses that embody the region's vernacular architectural heritage, as well as gracefully reflect each site's unique natural setting. Whether considering classical New York town houses, Shingle Style "cottages" by the sea, or Scandinavian log houses as reinterpreted on the American frontier, Stern has fostered a strong sense of architectural continuity and connection to the past by participating in the dialogue across time that he believes lies at the heart of architecture.
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.
The Not So Big House
A Blueprint for the Way We Really Live
Paperback ISBN: 1561583766
Proposes guidelines for creating intimate homes that serve both spiritual needs and material requirements, covering such topics as specific lifestyles, budgeting, and energy-efficient construction. Reprint. 75,000 first printing.
Philip Johnson/Alan Ritchie Architects
Hardcover ISBN: 1580930840
Highlights structures, both in the planning and executed stages, designed in the 1990s by the firm of Philip Johnson/Alan Ritchie Architects, that demonstrate the firm's sculptural achievements, including Da Monsta and the Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut, and its larger projects including the Cathedral of Hope in Dallas.
Frank Gehry's Walt Disney Concert Hall
Hardcover ISBN: 0810949814
Symphony, which includes an introduction by Gehry, traces the history of the Concert Hall from its inception through completion in four illuminating essays and stunning photographs by acclaimed architectural photographer Grant Mudford. Authors Richard Koshalek and Dana Hutt describe the dramatic journey beginning with an unprecedented gift of $50 million in 1988 from the late Lillian Disney, widow of Walt Disney, for a new home for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, to final construction of the building. Carol McMichael Reese explores the planning of the Concert Hall in relation to a century of efforts to make Downtown Los Angeles the economic and cultural hub of the city. Architecture critic and writer Michael Webb eloquently describes the artistry and complex engineering of this unique structure. And Esa-Pekka Salonen, music director for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, recounts his first impressions of Gehry and the architectural models for the new building in an essay that also defines what makes a great orchestra and a world-class concert hall. Attracting visitors from around the world, Walt Disney Concert Hall is one of the most important and innovative buildings of recent years. Symphony brings its story to all those interested in modern architecture and the vitality of classical music.
Richard Neutra's Miller House
Paperback ISBN: 1568982747
In 1936, St. Louis socialite Grace Lewis Miller commissioned internationally acclaimed architect Richard Neutra to design a winter house in the burgeoning heart of Palm Springs, California. The therapeutic value of modern architecture espoused by Neutra - already evident in his V.D.L. Research House and Lovell Demonstration Health House - appealed to Miller, an instructor of the posture-improving Mensendieck System of Functional Exercise. Miller wanted an open, light-filled house that would also accommodate a studio for her avant-garde practicce. This unique program, combined with the incredible beauty of a desert site, attracted Neutra to the small but important project. In 1937, the architect and his sophisticated client produced a masterwork of forward-thinking and artful architecture. Author Stephen Leet traces the project for the Miller House from conception to realization, illuminating how the Mensendieck System and its staunch advocate influenced its development. He examines the complex relationship between architect and client as detailed in the extensive and impassioned correspondence exchanged by Neutra and Miller. In addition, sketches and drawings by the architect along with period photographs taken by Julius Shulman provide insight into the Miller House, revealing the way in which client and designer, site and program, the desert landscape and the newly emerging culture of health and fitness all intersected in a moment of the architectural sublime.