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Barcelona: Manifold Grids and the Cerda Plan
Manifold Grids and the Cerda Plan
Paperback      ISBN: 1939621534
Redesigning Gridded Cities focuses with extreme detail on four paradigmatic gridded cities, Manhattan, Chicago, Barcelona, and Hangzhou by analyzing these cities and proposing their own interventions that implicate the grid in productive ways. They emphasize the value of open forms for city design, and specifically insist that the grid has the unique capacity to absorb and channel urban transformation flexibly and productively. In both historical and projective, this series of books explore the potential of the grid as a design tool to produce a multitude of urban processes and forms. The construction of modern Barcelona can be seen as a laboratory of urban projects and planning strategies. This process spanning more than 150 years features a series of innovative experiments that correspond to different scales and explain the complexity involved in constructing such a singular capital city.
A History of Architecture in 100 Buildings
A History of Architecture in 100 Buildings
Hardcover      ISBN: 1770855998
"Architecture is an all-embracing adventure without end," declares Dan Cruickshank in the introduction toA History of Architecture in 100 Buildings. Cruickshank's selection represents key moments in architectural history and it is truly global in scope. It includes many of the world's best-known structures, and many less obvious ones, the unsung heroes of this great and fascinating story. Having visited most of the featured buildings himself, his book is both authoritative and intimate. From the evocative remains of ancient civilizations to towering New York skyscrapers, Cruickshank'sA History of Architecture in 100 Buildings is organized in seven themes. Examples are: - Pioneers -- Pantheon (Rome), National Library (Paris), Flatiron Building (New York), Norkomfin Housing (Moscow), Casa Malaparte (Capri) - Buildings of Vision -- Sculpture, Gate of Lions (Greece), Krak des Chevaliers (Syria), Maori Meeting House (New Zealand), Assembly Buildings (Bangladesh), Moscow Metro (Russia) - Follies -- Bishop's Castle (Colorado), Falling Water (Pennsylvania), Sagrada Familia (Barcelona) - Ancient, Lost and Disappearing Worlds -- Uruk (Iraq), Mud City of Chan Chan (Peru), Mesa Verde (Colorado), R.F. Scott's Hut (Antarctica), Oratory of Gallerus (Ireland) - Scale: Where Size Matters -- Burj Khalif (Dubai), Crystal Island Complex (Moscow), Towers Of San Gimignano (Italy), Pyramid of the Sun and Ciudadela (Teotihuacan, Mexico), Ulm Minster (Germany) - Rhetoric and Meaning -- Ise Inner Shrine (Japan), Christ in the Attic (Amsterdam), Taj Mahal (India), Crystal Island Complex (Russia), The Palace of Ctesiphon (Iraq) - Survivals and Revivals -- Slave Cabins (New Orleans), Catherine Palace (Russia), Carcassonne (France) Watson's Hotel (Mumbai), Eastern State Penitentiary (Philadelphia). Architects, historians, travelers and inquisitive readers will enjoy this beautiful, sumptuously illustrated book.
Lake District of Minneapolis: History of the Calhoun Isles Community
Lake District of Minneapolis
History of the Calhoun Isles Community
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 0816644225
The Minneapolis lake district, which includes Lowry Hill, Kenwood, Lake of the Isles, and East Calhoun, has always attracted a unique mix of people. Some came to make their fortune, others to live a splendid life in what was then open country. Some came to build comfortable family homes, others to promenade along the lake shores or to revel in outdoor sports and recreation. No matter the year or the season, the lake district has always taken center stage in Minneapolis's urban life.David A. Lanegran and Ernest R. Sandeen give us the complete history of the area-from the early Native American villages and pioneering missionaries, through the era of the grand resort and the coming of the streetcars, to the park board's remaking of the lakes and the landscape in 1911. With many vivid photographs and illustrations, the book concludes with historical walking tours of the Lowry Hill, Kenwood, East Lowry Hill, Lake of the Isles, East Calhoun, and Cottage City neighborhoods.David A. Lanegran is professor and chair of geography at Macalester College. He is the author and coauthor of several books on the history and geography of the Twin Cities, including Grand Avenue: The Renaissance of an Urban Street (1996).Before his death in 1982, Ernest R. Sandeen was the James Wallace Professor of History and codirector of the Living Historical Museum at Macalester College. He served as a member of St. Paul's Historic Preservation Commission and as a partner in Lanegran, Richter, and Sandeen, an architectural preservation, design, and land-use firm.
Chicago Architectural Club: Prelude to the Modern
Chicago Architectural Club
Prelude to the Modern
Hardcover      ISBN: 1580931448
Looks at the history of the Chicago Architectural Club and its role in shaping architectural education and practice.
Building the Future: Building Technology and Cultural History from the Industrial Revolution Until Today
Building the Future
Building Technology and Cultural History from the Industrial Revolution Until Today
Hardcover      ISBN: 3791339265
Building Suburbia: Green Fields and Urban Growth, 1820-2000
Building Suburbia
Green Fields and Urban Growth, 1820-2000
Paperback      ISBN: 0375727213
Two centuries of American suburban life are exposed in this fascinating exploration of the "American dream" through the communities that defined it, from nineteenth-century utopian communities to modern suburban communities. Reprint.
A Spotter's Guide to Amazing Architecture: Marvel at the World's Coolest Constructions - and Where to See Them: a Spotter's Guide
A Spotter's Guide to Amazing Architecture
Marvel at the World's Coolest Constructions - and Where to See Them: a Spotter's Guide
Paperback      ISBN: 1787013421
The next in our Spotter's Guide series reveals 120 of the world's great human constructions and where to find them, from cloud-piercing skyscrapers and ancient sites to classic buildings and contemporary designs. Packed with facts, maps and photos, it's a fun and fascinating introduction to the sublime, the strange and everything in between. When we travel it's often to see a building - the Taj Mahal, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Eiffel Tower. They're things of beauty, symbols of their age and emblems of human endeavour. Sometimes, buildings are the reason we decide to go somewhere; think of an icon such as Bilbao's Guggenheim and Cambodia's Angkor Wat temple complex. Other times, buildings help make a visit more enriching and rewarding, like discovering the old district of Pelourinho in Salvador, Brazil and the majestic Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey. Amazing Architecture: A Spotter's Guide is perfect for anyone interested in learning about many of the world's greatest architectural sites. Each entry includes a brief introduction, who designed it and when it was built, plus a map to help you plan a visit. Famous, weird and wonderful places include: - Bran Castle in Transylvania, Romania - The Crooked House in Sopot, Poland - Shah Mosque in Esfahan, Iran - Skara Brae in Orkney, Scotland - Towers of San Gimignano, Italy - Roman Baths in Bath, UK - Ayutthaya temple complex, Thailand - The Winter Palace, St Petersburg, Russia - Millau Viaduct, southern France - Chrysler Building, New York, USA - Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies - The mud-made Agadez Mosque, Niger About Lonely Planet: Lonely Planet is a leading travel media company and the world's number one travel guidebook brand, providing both inspiring and trustworthy information for every kind of traveller since 1973. Over the past four decades, we've printed over 145 million guidebooks and grown a dedicated, passionate global community of travellers. You'll also find our content online, on mobile, video and in 14 languages, 12 international magazines, armchair and lifestyle books, ebooks, and more. Follow us on Facebook (, Twitter (@lonelyplanet), Instagram ( and Snapchat (@lonelyplanet).
Most Beautiful House in the World
Most Beautiful House in the World
Paperback      ISBN: 0140105662
Chronicles the work and insight that marked the author's experience as the boathouse he set out to build expanded to become a full-scale home, and contains observations about construction, space, and beginnings.
Ideal Cities: Utopianism and the (Un)Built Environment
Ideal Cities
Utopianism and the (Un)Built Environment
Hardcover      ISBN: 0500341869
This vast panorama spans more than two millennia of Western attempts to invent the perfect city, cradle of the ideal society. Embracing not only architecture and town planning but also art, literature, philosophy, and politics, the book takes us through the imaginary environments of a wide variety of fascinating and often controversial movements and figures, including Plato, Filarete, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas More, Thomas Jefferson, Claude-Nicolas Ledoux, Charles Fourier, Etienne Cabet, Robert Owen, William Morris, Ebenezer Howard, Bruno Taut, Le Corbusier, Frank Lloyd Wright, the European Situationalists, the Japanese Metabolists, Archigram, Superstudio, and many more. The ideal cities in this richly illustrated book exist for the most part in the domain of ideas. Ruth Eaton explores the ability of ideal cities to stimulate reflection and change, and she suggests under what conditions they might continue to exercise their vital function in relation to the urban environment of the future. While it is true that notorious attempts to cross the border into reality have greatly discredited utopianism, it is good to recallwith the famous historian of cities, Lewis Mumfordthat "a map of the world that does not include Utopia is not worth even glancing at." 300 illustrations, 250 in color.

Wright Studies: Taliesin 1911-1914
Wright Studies
Taliesin 1911-1914
Paperback      ISBN: 0809316250
This inaugural issue is devoted to studies of Taliesin I. Designed and constructed in 1911 upon Wright’s return to Wisconsin from Europe, Taliesin I burned in August 1914. It thus became the most difficult Wright residence for Wright scholars to examine. In this volume’s critical essays, Neil Levine offers a view of the different layers of meaning of Taliesin I; Scott Gartner explains the legend of the Welsh bard Taliesin and its meaning for Wright; Anthony Alofsin considers the influence of the playwright Richard Hovey and the feminist Ellen Key on Wright’s and Cheney’s thought of the period; and Narciso G. Menocal suggests that the Gilmore and O’Shea houses in Madison, Wisconsin, are a collective antecedent to Taliesin I. To conclude the volume, Anthony Alofsin has written what amounts to a catalogue raisonné of the drawings and photographs of Taliesin I. Surprisingly, he finds no photographs of the living area and argues that those that have been published are in fact of Taliesin II.