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Robert A.M. Stern: Houses
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.

Louis I. Kahn
Louis I. Kahn
Paperback      ISBN: 3764359641

1999 ist das Jahr des 25. Todestages von Louis Kahn. In der zweiten HAlfte des 20. Jahrhunderts hat das Entwerfen Louis Kahns eine herausragende Bedeutung fA1/4r die internationale Architektur. Kahn gehArt zur Generation der Architekten, die an der Vollendung und zugleich Aoeberwindung der klassischen Moderne teilhatten.Er realisierte die meisten seiner Projekte in den USA und errichtete einige bedeutende GroAprojekte in Asien. Von dem lange Zeit wenig beachteten FrA1/4hwerk Kahns, A1/4ber GroAprojekte wie das National Capital of Bangladesh in Dhakar bis hin zum Kimbell Art Museum in Forth Worth veranschaulichen die Werke die humanitAre Idee in der Architektur Kahns. Die vorliegende Monographie dokumentiert alle wichtigen Bauten und Projekte mit eigens fA1/4r diesen Band angefertigten Planzeichnungen und unverAffentlichten Photographien, ergAnzt durch das Material des Kahn-Archivs.

Frank Lloyd Wright: The Guggenheim Correspondence
Frank Lloyd Wright
The Guggenheim Correspondence
Hardcover      ISBN: 0809313170

A narrative in correspondence from the Guggenheim Letters, a remarkable archive that, in its entirety, would make a stack equal in height to the model of the Guggenheim Frank Lloyd Wright made in 1946. Here is a very personal and detailed account of the creative struggle required to build the extraordinary Guggenheim Museum.It is a seventeen-year saga which saw the firing of the first curator, the death of the donor, and the creation of six complete sets of plans and 749 drawings. Ironically, Wright died six months before its completion.From its opening in October 1959, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum has been recognized as Frank Lloyd Wright s crowning achievement. Pfeiffer demonstrates that the story of its construction is arresting drama as well. The Guggenheim, while periodically modified and adapted to meet its changing needs, continues to give expression to Wright s artistic vision and is a testament to the spirit of both Wright and Guggenheim."

Creating the Not So Big House: Insights and Ideas for the New American Home
Creating the Not So Big House
Insights and Ideas for the New American Home
Paperback      ISBN: 1561586056

The Not So Big House created a movement that is changing the way people think about the American home. That groundbreaking book proposed a new blueprint for the American home: a house that values quality over quantity, with an emphasis on comfort and beauty, a high level of detail, and a floor plan designed for today's informal lifestyle.

Creating the Not So Big House is the blueprint in action. Focusing on key design strategies such as visual weight, layering, and framed openings, Sarah Susanka takes an up-close look at 25 houses designed according to Not So Big principles. The houses are from all over North America in a rich variety of styles -- from a tiny New York apartment to a southwestern adobe, a traditional Minnesota farmhouse, and a cottage community in the Pacific Northwest. Whether new or remodeled, these one-of-a-kind homes provide all the inspiration you need to create your own Not So Big House.

Site Community Icon Innovation: Architecture Of The Smithgroup
Site Community Icon Innovation
Architecture Of The Smithgroup
Hardcover      ISBN: 1931536376
Ackerberg House & Addition: Richard Meier
Ackerberg House & Addition
Richard Meier
Paperback      ISBN: 188525427x
Caltech's Architectural Heritage: From Spanish Tile to Modern Stone
Caltech's Architectural Heritage
From Spanish Tile to Modern Stone
Hardcover      ISBN: 1890449059

The campus of the California Institute of Technology was destined for architectural greatness when, in 1915, the university's visionary founder, astronomer George Ellery Hale, retained one of New York's preeminent architects, Bertram Goodhue, to devise a master plan for 22 acres of orange groves in what was then rural Pasadena. Goodhue's eclectic "planted patios and shaded portales, sheltering walls, and Persian pools" set the tone for the campus's illustrious architectural future.

Throughout the first half of the century, Caltech's nearly continuous expansion would spawn such architectural jewels as the Athenaeum, a combination Italian villa and Spanish hacienda; Greene and Greene's bungalow-style student union; and the gardens of landscape architects Beatrix Ferrand and Florence Yoch, who thoughtfully mixed the campus's Mediterranean themes with its natural California setting.

Well-researched and informative, this book details the organizational and architectural elements that have made Caltech a model for scientific institutions the world over. Rare photographs of lost and altered buildings portray an early Pasadena with ambitious plans to become a cultural mecca, while contemporary images reflect the Institute's continued dedication to a rich architectural future.

Baroque and Rococo
Baroque and Rococo
Paperback      ISBN: 006430115x

Examines two architectural genres in their historical context, surveying the stylistic features, inspiration and secular and ecclesiastical manifestations as modified throughout Europe

Paperback      ISBN: 0789308916

Bernard Tschumi is often touted as one of the world's best modern architects. The architect achieved early fame by winning the competition to design the Parc de la Villette, a 125-acre, $300-million public park on the northeast edge of Paris that featured bright red deconstructivist pavilions. Tschumi is widely credited with leading Columbia's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation into the digital revolution and in the process positioning the school at the forefront of the architectural vanguard. During his fifteen-year tenure, Tschumi continued to build and the results are amply illustrated in this new monograph, the first to document Tschumi's full career. Projects included: Le Fresnoy National Studio for Contemporary Arts in Tourcoing, France (1998); Columbia University's Lerner Hall Student Center (1999); Marne La Vallee School of Architecture, Paris (1999); the Interface Flon, a bus, train, and subway station and pedestrian bridge in Lausanne, Switzerland (2000); a Concert Hall and Exhibition Complex in Rouen (2001); the new Florida International School of Architecture in Miami; the Museum for African Art in New York; and the New Acropolis Museum in Athens.

Luis Barragn's Gardens of El Pedregal
Luis Barragn's Gardens of El Pedregal
Hardcover      ISBN: 1568982674

The name Luis Barragan evokes images of Latin American modernism-brightly colored plain surfaces set off against lush foliage. His 1,250-acre Gardens of El Pedregal, begun in 1945 on the lava fields of south of Mexico City, were dotted with houses and plazas, fountains and ponds, cacti and pepper trees. Barragan considered El Pedregal his most important project, and critics have described the houses and gardens there as a turning point in Mexican architecture.This book examines El Pedregal's program and form, its representation in architect-commissioned photographs and advertising, and its place within contemporary discourses on cultural identity, design and place, and suburbanization.Like our highly acclaimed Revolution of Form, Luis Barragan's Gardens of El Pedregal offers an in-depth analysis of this now mostly destroyed project through original documents, drawings, color and black-and-white photography, and critical examinations of the design process.