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Why Buildings Stand Up: The Strength of Architecture
Why Buildings Stand Up
The Strength of Architecture
Paperback      ISBN: 0393306763
Traces the development of architectural structure, ranging from the nomad's simple tent to the Sears Tower
Crossing China: Land of the Rising Art Scene
Crossing China
Land of the Rising Art Scene
Hardcover      ISBN: 3942597128
Creative China introduces the creative scene of the country in six chapters subdivided into the fields of architecture, design, art, fashion, photography and advertising. The breathtaking changes that have swept over this booming nation have generated a creative output that reflects the cultural breakthrough of the former republic. Today it's "designed in China" rather than "made in China".
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 0789209055
Mvrdv: Km3: Excursions on Capacity
Mvrdv: Km3
Excursions on Capacity
Hardcover      ISBN: 8495951851
KM3 is the story about a world that is densifying. KM3 is a city that is continuously under construction, with space for limitless populations and possibilities. A city that continues to serve all desires, that enlarges our capacities. Beyond scarcity. Beyond separation. Beyond pessimism and protectionism. A city that will lead to a new programmatic "skin" around the globe, swelling beyond the horizontal, surging vertically. The 3D City. A free fall in endless space. Pure depth. Without escape. Yet. KM3 is a hypothesis, a theoretical city, and a possible urban theory.
Your Green Home: A Guide to Planning a Healthy, Environmentally Friendly New Home
Your Green Home
A Guide to Planning a Healthy, Environmentally Friendly New Home
Paperback      ISBN: 0865715556
Aimed at future homeowners as well as designers and builders, this accessible text explains how to plan a new home that is both environmentally friendly and a healthful place to live. Topics covered include (for example) energy efficiency, water conservation, renewable energy, landscaping, and cost considerations. Wilson is executive editor of Environmental Building News. Distributed in the U.S. by Consortium Books Sales and Distribution. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
Architecture and the Sciences: Exchanging Metaphors
Architecture and the Sciences
Exchanging Metaphors
Paperback      ISBN: 1568983654
Since antiquity, the sciences have served as a source of images and metaphors for architecture and have had a direct influence on the shaping of built space. In recent years, architects have been looking again at science as a source of inspiration in the production of their designs and constructions. This volume evaluates the interconnections between the sciences and architecture from both historical and contemporary perspectives. Architecture and the Sciences shows how scientific paradigms have migrated to architecture through the appropriation of organic and mechanical models. Conversely, architecture has provided images for scientific and technological discourse. Accordingly, this volume investigates the status of the exchanges between the two domains. Contents include: Alessandra Ponte, Desert Testing; Martin Bressani, Violet-le-Duc's Optic; Georges Teyssot, Norm and Type: Variations on a Theme; Reinhold Martin, Organicism's Other; Catherine Ingraham, Why All These Birds? Birds in the Sky, Birds in the Hand; Antoine Picon, Architecture, Science, Technology and the Virtual Realm; and Felicity Scott, Encounters with the Face of America.
Details of Modern Architecture
Details of Modern Architecture
Hardcover      ISBN: 026206121x
How did the great architects of this century reconcile their vision of architecture with the realities of building? This is a crucial question that every student of architecture must confront. The Details of Modern Architecture, the first comprehensive analysis of both the technical and the aesthetic importance of details in the development of architecture, provides not one answer but many. The more than 500 illustrations are a major contribution in their own right. Providing a valuable collective resource, they present the details of notable architectural works drawn in similar styles and formats, allowing comparisons between works of different scales, periods, and styles. Covering the period 1890-1932, Ford focuses on various recognized masters, explaining the detailing and construction techniques that distort, camouflage, or enhance a building. He looks at the source of each architect's ideas, the translation of those ideas into practice, and the success or failure of the technical execution. Ford examines Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House and Fallingwater Le Corbusier's Villa Savoye, and buildings by McKim, Mead & White, Lutyens, Mies van der Rohe, and Schindler from a point of view that acknowledges the importance of tradition, precedent, style, and ideology in architectural construction. He discusses critical details from a technical and contextual standpoint, considering how they perform how they add to or detract from the building as a whole, and how some have persisted and been adapted through time.

How to Read a Building
How to Read a Building
Paperback      ISBN: 000724746x
Learn to analyse and interpret architectural features with confidence.
Modern Architecture: A Guidebook for His Students to This Field of Art
Modern Architecture
A Guidebook for His Students to This Field of Art
Hardcover      ISBN: 0226869385
The Sniper's Log: Architectural Chronicles of Generation X
The Sniper's Log
Architectural Chronicles of Generation X
Paperback      ISBN: 8492861223
This compilation of texts written since 1986 reveals a parallel activity to Alejandro Zaera-Polo's professional life. The book is like a sniper's log, a register of events for the purpose of accumulating experience, trying to identify tendencies and to assess performances, rather than to establish truth. Written for different media and formats (professional magazines, speaking engagements, academic presentations...), the texts are thread together as part of a biographical experience determined by temporal and geographical factors. A graphic texture of nearly 500 images captures the temporal framework of these writings and provide a background to trigger associations.