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The Secret Lives of Buildings: From the Ruins of the Parthenon to the Vegas Strip in Thirteen Stories
The Secret Lives of Buildings
From the Ruins of the Parthenon to the Vegas Strip in Thirteen Stories
Hardcover      ISBN: 0805087850

A strikingly original, beautifully narrated history of Western architecture and the cultural transformations that it represents Concrete, marble, steel, brick: little else made by human hands seems as stable, as immutable, as a building. Yet the life of any structure is neither fixed nor timeless. Outliving their original contexts and purposes, buildings are forced to adapt to each succeeding age. To survive, they must become shape-shifters. In an inspired refashioning of architectural history, Edward Hollis recounts more than a dozen stories of such metamorphosis, highlighting the way in which even the most familiar structures all change over time into "something rich and strange." The Parthenon, that epitome of a ruined temple, was for centuries a working church and then a mosque; the cathedral of Notre Dame was "restored" to a design that none of its original makers would have recognized. Remains of the Berlin Wall, meanwhile, which was once gleefully smashed and bulldozed, are now treated as precious relics. Altered layer by layer with each generation, buildings become eloquent chroniclers of the civilizations they've witnessed. Their stories, as beguiling and captivating as folktales, span the gulf of history.

Germany's East Wall in World War II
Germany's East Wall in World War II
Paperback      ISBN: 1472805860

The East Wall was where the final battles for the stricken Third Reich were fought, amid scenes of utter carnage. Beginning life at the end of World War I, the wall became a pet project of Adolf Hitler's, whose ascent to power saw building work accelerated, with plans for a grand, 'Maginot-style' defence put in place. But with a characteristically erratic change of heart, Hitler began to systematically strip the wall of its best defensive assets to bolster the Atlantic Wall, never dreaming that he would face an attack on two fronts. Despite belated and somewhat bungled reinforcements later in the War, the Eastern Wall would face a monstrous challenge as it became the Reich's last redoubt in the face of the mighty Soviet war machine.

Neil Short brings his expert knowledge to bear with an analysis of different stages of the wall's construction, the years of neglect and decay and the hasty, drastic redevelopment in the face of the looming Soviet threat.

The Architecture Pack: A Unique, Three-Dimensional Tour of Architecture over the Centuries : What Architects Do, How They Do It, and the Great Buildings They Have Given Us
The Architecture Pack
A Unique, Three-Dimensional Tour of Architecture over the Centuries : What Architects Do, How They Do It, and the Great Buildings They Have Given Us
Hardcover      ISBN: 0679431004

An interactive chronicle of the history of world architecture combines dramatic three-dimensional, pop-up illustrations of the world's architectural masterpieces, accompanied by working models of key building components, color illustrations, and an audio tour of architectural methods. 75,000 first printing. BOMC.

The Secret Architecture of Our Nation's Capital: The Masons and the Building of Washington, D.C.
The Secret Architecture of Our Nation's Capital
The Masons and the Building of Washington, D.C.
Paperback      ISBN: 0060953683

Today, there are more than twenty complete zodiacs in Washington, D.C., each one pointing to an extraordinary mystery. David Ovason, who has studied these astrological devices for ten years, now reveals why they have been placed in such abundance in the center of our nation's capital and explains their interconnections. His richly illustrated text tells the story of how Washington, from its foundation in 1791, was linked with the zodiac, with the meaning of certain stars, and with a hidden cosmological symbolism that he uncovers here for the first time.

Fascinating and thoroughly researched, The Secret Architecture of Our Nation 's Capital is an engrossing book that raises provocative questions and otters complex insights into the meanings behind the mysterious symbols in Washington.

Autrefois, Maison Privee
Autrefois, Maison Privee
Hardcover      ISBN: 1576871800

Photographer Bill Burke has taken annual trips to Indochina ever since he first traveled to Asia in 1982. Although he usually photographed the people, Burke became aware of how the architecture absorbed as much as reflected the region's history. Transfixed by buildings like the municipal offices built by the French in the 1860s, the vaulted railroad stations and post offices of the 1930s, and the art deco fantasy cinemas of the 1960s, Burke saw the region as an architectural museum, rotting in the humidity and untouched by economic ambition, and began to trace the cultural changes in the area through its architecture.

In Autrefois, Maison Priv e--the title means "once a private house," and refers to the prevalent reappropriation of once private houses for municipal and government use--Burke captures the dramatic history of the area, from the influence of French colonialism through the rise of communism and the devastating effects of the Vietnam War, to the repopulation of Cambodia after the fall of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge and the opening of the area to capitalism. Burke's first entr e into Indochina occurred during the period of Soviet control, a period of recovery that allowed for the current explosion of capitalism, which has already begun to devastate an architectural heritage that was well preserved in the deep freeze of socialism. What the B-52s and tanks didn't destroy during decades of war, developers from neighboring countries are busily replacing and defacing with their shrines of commerce.

Autrefois, Maison Priv e is the only book to delineate this transformation; featuring Burke's signature gritty layout and design, Autrefois, Maison Priv e is a marvel livre deluxe of history, architecture, and photography.
Architecture, Industry and Innovation: The Work of Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners
Architecture, Industry and Innovation
The Work of Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners
Paperback      ISBN: 0714839345

Nicholas Grimshaw is one of the pre-eminent figures of the British architectural scene. alongside Lord Norman Foster and Lord Richard Rogers he is a leading light of the high-tech movement, responsible for some of the outstanding buildings of the last decade. The period 1965-1988, which is covered in this volume of his work, established his reputation worldwide as a master architect of great subtlety.

A History of Western Architecture
A History of Western Architecture
Paperback      ISBN: 1856697908

In his highly acclaimed reference work David Watkin traces the history of western architecture from the earliest times in Mesopotamia and Egypt to the eclectic styles of the twenty-first century. The author emphasizes the ongoing vitality of the Classical language of architecture, underlining the continuity between, say, the work of Ictinus in fifth-century BC Athens and that of McKim, Mead and White in twentieth-century New York. Authoritative, comprehensive and highly illustrated, this fifth edition has been expanded to bring the story of western architecture right up to date and includes a separate final chapter on twenty-first century developments.

The Struggle for Modernism: Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and City Planning at Harvard
The Struggle for Modernism
Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and City Planning at Harvard
Hardcover      ISBN: 0393730484

This remarkable volume tells the unique history of modernism as reflected in the teaching of architecture, landscape architecture, and city planning at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design. Tracing developments at the GSD, which was home from 1937 to 1952 of Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius, Anthony Alofsin reveals that America had initiated its own modern agenda before the arrival of the European modernist ideology. Filled with archival photographs and plans that have never been published before, this book will be of great interest to students and professionals in the fields of art, architecture, and design, as well as to architectural historians.

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.

Mediterranean Villages: An Architectural Journey
Mediterranean Villages
An Architectural Journey
Hardcover      ISBN: 1864701064

Presents the Adriatic coast, Aegean Islands of Greece, hilltowns of central Italy and Andalusia in Spain. The authors, architects from San Francisco, studied, analysed and documented villages where light, form, movement and amazement come together in buildings and villages.