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The California Bungalow
The California Bungalow
Paperback      ISBN: 0912158859

Now in its fifth printing, this volume provides an architectural and social history of the turn-of-the-century, craftsman-style American dream house in which an owner of modest means could live simply and artistically. California provided the perfect landscape -- scenically, economically, and socially -- for the proliferation of examples ranging from do-it-yourselfers and mass-produced builders' cottages to the sophisticated artifacts of the Greene brothers and the Heinemans.

Then & Now
Then & Now
Hardcover      ISBN: 0785811168

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.

The New Bungalow
The New Bungalow
Hardcover      ISBN: 1586850423

The Arts & Crafts bungalow has been reborn, in as rich and full an array of iterations as it was in its heyday -- from tight clusters of similar inexpensive housing opportunities to the grand, and arguably borderline, bungalow scale of the "ultimate bungalows" of the 1910s. The New Bungalow is a celebration of contemporary interpretations of this classic house style -- an art form that symbolizes the best of the good life. It offers an alternative solution to the tract development filled with homes appliqued with various random trim details and contrived architectural components. It is a guide to creating a home that has a true, honest expression of style. Given their simple lines, spacious and open floorplans, natural tones, and colors, it is no mystery why new bungalow developments are gaining popularity.

The Gothic Cathedral: The Architecture of the Great Church 1130-1530
The Gothic Cathedral
The Architecture of the Great Church 1130-1530
Paperback      ISBN: 0500276811

Hundreds of these great churches were built throughout Europe in a rich variety of styles between c. 1130 and c. 1530, all of them representing an investment of money and effort so immense that it is difficult to find a modern parallel. Christopher Wilson focuses here on the interaction between design and the requirements of patrons, following the creative processes of architects by reconstructing the problems and opportunities that they faced. He discusses chronology, structural techniques, and stylistic developments and then goes further, seeing the story as a sequence of choices from which new challenges and solutions arose. 221 illustrations.

Looking Around: A Journey Through Architecture
Looking Around
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.

Architecture: Presence, Language and Place
Architecture
Presence, Language and Place
Paperback      ISBN: 8881187000
Art Nouveau: An Architectural Indulgence
Art Nouveau
An Architectural Indulgence
Paperback      ISBN: 1901092348

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.

Heaven in Stone and Glass: Experiencing the Spirituality of the Great Cathedrals
Heaven in Stone and Glass
Experiencing the Spirituality of the Great Cathedrals
Paperback      ISBN: 0824519930

Like a mystical tome awaiting to be deciphered, a Gothic cathedral holds many secrets about the soul's yearning for God. In Heaven in Stone and Glass, Catholic priest and professor of theology at Mundelein Seminary in Chicago teaches us how to read these secrets, with beautiful reflections on aspects such as light and darkness, the labyrinth, the meaning of gargoyles and demons, and the imagery of vertical space. whether you are preparing for a pilgrimage to York Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, or looking ahead to inspirational bedside reading, this book is the perfect guide.

Between Landscape Architecture and Land Art
Between Landscape Architecture and Land Art
Paperback      ISBN: 3764361190

Contemporary landscape architecture is progressing towards an appropiate and independent language of its own. Drawing on the potentials of art and architecture, the ever changing relationship between man and nature is given new expression. Ecological concerns and aesthetic aspirations interact in a fruitful dialogue. Particularly Land Art and related art movements become sources of inspiration and innovation. The ground-breakting works of the landscape artists and architects presented in this book reveal the diverse current trends in international landscape design. "This book offers many stimuli to design. Its contents are not just for landscape architects," wrote The architects journal. With chapters on Dani Karavan, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Bernard Lassus, Peter Latz, Dieter Kienast, Herman Prigann, Peter Walker, Adriaan Geuze and others.

The Architecture of Science
The Architecture of Science
Hardcover      ISBN: 0262071908

The Architecture of Science offers a dazzling set of speculations by historians of science, architecture, and art; architectural theorists; and sociologists as well as practicing scientists and architects.How do the spaces in which science is done shape the identity of the scientist and the self-conception of scientific fields? How do the sciences structure the identity of the architect and the practice of architecture in a specific period? And how does the design of spaces such as laboratories, hospitals, and museums affect how the public perceives and interacts with the world of science? The Architecture of Science offers a dazzling set of speculations on these issues by historians of science, architecture, and art; architectural theorists; and sociologists as well as practicing scientists and architects. The essays are organized into six sections: "Of Secrecy and Openness: Science and Architecture in Early Modern Europe"; "Displaying and Concealing Technics in the Nineteenth Century"; "Modern Space"; "Is Architecture Science?"; "Princeton after Modernism: The Lewis Thomas Laboratory for Molecular Biology"; and "Centers, Cities, and Colliders."