Its discussion of the reshaping of urban environment focuses on London's Dockland, the most ambitious and politically sensitive development in postwar Britain. It also considers the work of lesser-known designers and women architects as well as famous international stars.
Art Nouveau was a multinational movement that flowered simultaneously in many cities of Europe and the Americas, driven by the enthusiasm of a new century. It was a quiet revolution headed by distinguished architects whose names will forever remain synonymous with opulence and innovation: Guimard in France, Horta in Belgium, Sullivan in America, Gaudi in Spain, Mackintsoh in Scotland, Saarinen in Finland. The series of movements that formed Art Nouveau are introduced by Victor Arwas, a leading international expert on the period, and described in a series of essays by prominent specialists.
Edmund Gillon has photographed and Clay Lancaster commented on 116 remarkable but lesser-known Victorian American homes. From Nova Scotia to Geneva, New York to Cape May, these rarely appreciated dwellings offer some of the best 19th-century architecture. Includes row houses, cottages, farms, summer homes.
During the period before World War I, the German Werkbund was at the center of attempts to forge new theories of architecture and design in light of the momentous technological and economic developments of modernity. In this fascinating book, Frederic J. Schwartz explores the ideological and aesthetic positions at the core of debates that embroiled the prominent architects, critics, sociologists, economists, and politicians who had united in the Werkbund during this pivotal era.
Taking the Werkbund out of the shadow of 1920s developments in architecture and design that have received more attention, Schwartz casts new light on this earlier historical movement. He shows that the concerns of the group went far beyond aesthetics, as design became a major testing ground for a new self-consciousness about the effects of consumerism and commodification in modern culture. Schwartz explores how a theoretical dialogue developed between the Werkbund and sociologists such as Georg Simmel and Werner Sombart, how economists' ideas about the cultural nature of the consumer market led to an ill-fated call for the development of "types," and how a group of "individualists" within the organization developed an opposing position by taking into account changes in copyright and trademark laws that had begun to govern the economic use of visual form in quite concrete ways. It is to the debates in and around the Werkbund, Schwartz asserts, that we must look to find important roots of the mass culture theory associated with Walter Benjamin, Theodor Adorno, and other thinkers of the Frankfurt School.
Sarah Susanka's Not So Big Solutions for Your Home explores practical design ideas that can transform any house into a great house that looks, works and feels right for the owner.
Sarah Susanka, whose previous best-selling books showed homeowners how to appreciate and create a house that is beautiful, visually expansive and reflective of how families really live, now offers readers practical, everyday design ideas on everything from selecting a site for a new home to designing a mail-sorting space. Photographs, along with over 150 drawings from Sarah Susanka's own sketchbook, illustrate practical home design ideas for everyday living.
Not So Big Solutions for Your Home is a compilation of over 30 columns written by Sarah Susanka for Fine Homebuilding magazine.
-- Makes architecture and design accessible to people who are not trained in the field
-- Provides a wide variety of practical, accessible, everyday solutions
The 20th century has produced some of the most innovative and memorable designs for private houses, which have become architectural icons worldwide. In the 1920s and 1930s, the private house was the means by which architects established the early Modern Movement, and clients looked favourably on commissioning the avant garde. Today, the house is enjoying an architectural renaissance, as private clients have returned to architects to express their wealth and status. The result is a collection of innovative projects that reveal some of the real concerns of world-famous architects, and display the talents of younger designers eager to establish their reputations.
ABC of Architecture is an accessible, nontechnical introduction to architectural structure, history, and criticism. Author James F. O'Gormon moves seamlessly from a discussion of the most basic inspiration for architecture (the need for shelter from the elements), to an exploration of space, system, and material, and, finally, to an examination of the language and history of architecture. He shows the nonspecialist how to read a design in plans, sections, and elevations, and how architects, like other artists, make creative use of space and light.
History's most fascinating landmarks are brought to life in vivid see-through reconstructions in this richly illustrated series. In Then and Now, famous landmarks such as the Acropolis, the Coliseum, and the Tower of London are pictured as when just built and as they look now. Cities: Then and Now, documents how places such as Rome, Prague, and San Francisco appeared in their initial stages and how they have changed throughout history. Bible: Then & Now, features reconstructions of Jerusalem, Babylon, Jericho and eleven other Biblical sites as well as fascinating insight into legacies and people of the Biblical world. Battlefields: Then & Now, describes the sites, battles and leaders behind some of history's greatest conflicts, from Guatemala to Desert Storm.
An imaginative and chic way to decorate a living area--whether studio apartment, multi-room house on several acres of land, or anything in between--is by taking advantage of the resources of salvage yards. As this beautifully illustrated book demonstrates, architectural salvage yards overflow with bargain-priced fixtures, fittings, and decorative pieces that represent virtually every historical era. Stone pediments, mantel pieces, lighting sconces, garden gates, benches, doors, mirrors, columns, tiles, lintels, art glass, and even entire staircases can be purchased from salvage and put to use. Better yet, these items often go for only a fraction of what it costs to buy and install new and frequently far less beautiful, less durable objects. This volume's introduction shows how easy it is to find pieces to fit every budget. Next, the authors discuss the styles of various historical periods, and in color photos they show some of the effects these items can have in today's homes. Periods considered include Georgian, Regency, Victorian, Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Edwardian, and Modern. The rest of the book looks at some interesting items readers can expect to find in salvage yards, and coaches them in developing a sharp eye for good pieces. Combining a running narrative with handsome, instructive photos, the authors describe projects in progress, from first conception to finished results. Here's a wonderful idea book for all who want to improve and beautify their living areas. 200 full-color photos and illustrations.