In the Nature of Materials, 1887-1941
The Buildings of Frank Lloyd Wright
Paperback ISBN: 0306800195
"This is the definitive study of Frank Lloyd Wright and his work, an eloquent summation of an outstanding career that spanned nearly seventy years of American architectural history. Writing with warmth"
Thomas Jefferson, Landscape Architect
Paperback ISBN: 081390899x
Collaboration with the greatest botanists of his time, an instinctive humanitarianism, and a natural ingenuity in landscape design combined to make Thomas Jefferson a pioneer in American landscape architecture. Frederick D. Nichols and Ralph E. Griswold, in this close study of Jefferson
Geography of Home
Writings on Where We Live
Paperback ISBN: 1568984294
Geography of Home has been hailed as 'an appealing, insightful collection of musings on the architecture, psychology, and history of house and home in America' (Kirkus). Now available in paperback, Geography of Home reminds us that the house is home to many things. Far more than four walls and a roof, it contains our private and public lives, our families, our memories and aspirations, and reflects our attitudes toward society, culture, the environment, and our neighbors. In a literary tour of the spaces of our homes, noted design essayist Akiko Busch reflects on how we define such elusive qualities as privacy, security, and comfort. Part social history, part architectural history, part personal anecdote, this rich and delightful book uncovers the hidden meanings of the place we call home.
World House Now
Contemporary Architectural Directions
Paperback ISBN: 0789308851
World House Now is the sequel to America House Now and European House Now in Universe's popular and affordable architecture series, books that are the leading surveys of their field. This volume showcases international talent, including such well-recognized architects as Tadao Ando (Japan), Glenn Murcutt (Australia), Samuel Mockbee (US), and rising stars like Shigeru Ban (Japan), TEN Arquitectos (Mexico), and Edge/Gary Chang (Hong Kong). Domestic architecture is constantly changing; World House Now showcases over twenty houses all built in the last three years to illuminate current trends in domestic architecture and house styles. Part of the perennial appeal of modernism is its adaptability to local climates, geographies, and construction methods. These houses illustrate how contemporary design is successfully translated across international borders.
A Journey Through Architecture
Paperback ISBN: 0140168893
From the opening sentences of his first book on architecture, Home, Witold Rybczynski seduced readers into a new appreciation of the spaces they live in. He also introduced us to "an unerringly lucid writer who knows how to translate architectural ideas into layman's terms" (The Dallas Morning News). Rybczynski's vast knowledge, his sense of wonder, and his elegantly uncluttered prose shine on every page of his latest meditation on the art of building. Looking Around is about architecture as an art of compromise?between beauty and function, aspiration and engineering, builders and clients. It is the story of the Seagram Building in New York and the Wexner Center for the Visual Arts in Columbus, Ohio?a museum that opened without a single painting on view, so that critics could better appreciate its design. But what of the visitors who want a building that displays art well? What of those who work in the building? Looking Around explores the notion of the architect as superstar and assesses giants from Palladio to Michael Graves, styles from classicism to high tech. It demonstrates how architecture actually works?or doesn't?in corporate headquarters, airports, private homes, and the special buildings designed to represent our civilization. For all its erudition, Looking Around is also bracingly straightforward. Rybczynski looks closely and critically at structures that may once have dazzled us with their ostentation and expense, and sees them as triumphs or failures?of aesthetic ideals and of lasting function. This is a fascinating and illuminating book about an art form integral to our lives.
A History of Western Architecture
Hardcover ISBN: 0823022730
Watkin's (architecture history, U. of Cambridge, England) third edition contains new material on the architecture of Egypt and Mesopotamia, as well as architecture's most recent trends. One wishes for more frequent ground plans and sections as well as greater detail on the eras before the Renaissance; Watkin's writing, and examples are most expansive for the periods of the Renaissance, Baroque, and nineteenth century. Despite these reservations, the text remains a readable, solidly argued, and copiously illustrated introductory survey text useful for the undergraduate classroom. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
A Guide to Ecstacity
Multilingual Hardcover ISBN: 1568984243
In this encyclopedic book, British architectural visionary Nigel Coates asks us to reimagine the city as a dynamic hybrid of inventive design and cross-cultural political empowerment. His innovative view of the contemporary metropolis is presented in the form of Ecstacity, a hypothetical place that collapses the real into the imaginary, with fragments of cities from around the world woven together into one multifaceted urban fabric. With streetscapes, buildings and plans appropriated from Tokyo, Cairo, London, New York, Rome, Mumbai and Rio de Janeiro, Ecstacity constructs an urban kaleidoscope marked by cultural diversity and suggests that pluralism - and not uniformity - is the best response to the multiplication of modern lifestyles and revolutions in global communication. Guide to Ecstacity is simultaneously a sourcebook, architectural survey, novel, and autobiography. It features Coates's own influential designs as well as work by other leading architects, including Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Rem Koolhaas, and Daniel Libeskind.
Samuel Mockbee and an Architecture of Decency
Paperback ISBN: 1568982925
Mockbee (d. 2001) founded the Rural Studio, in Hale County, Alabama, in the early 1990s, where he and other architects have focused on designing and building modest, innovative houses for poor people. Architectural writer Oppenheimer and photographer Timothy Hursley document their work. There is no index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR