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Nature and Architecture
Nature and Architecture
Hardcover      ISBN: 8881186586
"Nature," wrote Novalis in a poem of Fragments, "is a magical city frozen in stone." This book, instead, considers architecture as the magical transcription of the shapes and laws of nature into the artificial universe of the city.

Following on in the wake of modern art's urge to conjure up the primordial paths of expressionism, this book explores the natural origin of architectural archetypes: the column, the house, the wall, the door, the temple, the tower, etc. No matter the age or civilisation, all these elements are eternally present in the building activities of mankind.

Evolving from research carried out in the sixties, this book not only examines the differences and similarities between natural and architectural forms, but it also draws comparisons between natural forms and the precepts and ideas that over the centuries have characterised the architecture of different cultures, not so much in order to highlight a manifest naturalistic inspiration but rather to comprehend the unity to which the human mind and the secret order of natural forms both belong.

While acknowledging the central role of ecology, this book refers to the extraordinary achievements of science, especially the one that goes by the name of "new paradigm," to show architecture the way in which continuity and innovation can finally unite. An architecture which, fuelled by the spirit of a new alliance, becomes again the art of inhabiting the earth, putting aside its role as instrument and emblem of that thirst for dominion and violence enunciated by Bacon. A feminine architecture, far from the arrogance of the Babelic twilight years of the 20th century.
"Nature," wrote Novalis in a poem of Fragments, "is a magical city frozen in stone." This book, instead, considers architecture as the magical transcription of the shapes and laws of nature into the artificial universe of the city.

Following on in the wake of modern art's urge to conjure up the primordial paths of expressionism, this book explores the natural origin of architectural archetypes: the column, the house, the wall, the door, the temple, the tower, etc. No matter the age or civilisation, all these elements are eternally present in the building activities of mankind.

Evolving from research carried out in the sixties, this book not only examines the differences and similarities between natural and architectural forms, but it also draws comparisons between natural forms and the precepts and ideas that over the centuries have characterised the architecture of different cultures, not so much in order to highlight a manifest naturalistic inspiration but rather to comprehend the unity to which the human mind and the secret order of natural forms both belong.

While acknowledging the central role of ecology, this book refers to the extraordinary achievements of science, especially the one that goes by the name of "new paradigm," to show architecture the way in which continuity and innovation can finally unite. An architecture which, fuelled by the spirit of a new alliance, becomes again the art of inhabiting the earth, putting aside its role as instrument and emblem of that thirst for dominion and violence enunciated by Bacon. A feminine architecture, far from the arrogance of the Babelic twilight years of the 20th century.
The Light Construction Reader
The Light Construction Reader
Paperback      ISBN: 1580931057

The exhibition "Light Construction," held at New York's Museum of Modern Art in 1995, maintains a lasting influence on contemporary architecture. Architects represented in the show, such as Steven Holl and Toyo Ito, continue to win prestigious commissions. Others, such as Herzog and de Meuron and Frank Gehry, have risen to celebrity status with the completion of competition-winning designs for the Tate Museum, Bankside, in London and the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. These works share a taste for glass, perforated metal, and other transparent materials. In bringing together the work of these diverse architects, "Light Construction" raised crucial questions about the role of materials, the nature of architectural effects, and the legacy of modernism.
The second volume of the Source Books in Architecture series, "The Light Construction Reader" is an ambitious collection of thirty-eight essays that explores the themes and issues surrounding this important exhibition. Included here are essays by exhibition curator Terence Riley as well as noted architects and critics such as Peter Eisenman, Anthony Vidler, Greg Lynn, and Robin Evans. The complete transcripts of the Light Construction Symposium, held at Columbia University in conjunction with the exhibition, are also included. Colin Rowe and Robert Slutzky's widely influential essay "Transparency: Literal and Phenomenal" is presented here for the first time together with its lesser-known sequel of 1971. Also represented are Italo Calvino, Jacques Derrida, Jean Starobinski, and many others.

Citizen City: Vancouveras Henriquez Partners Challenges Architects to Engage in Partnerships That Advance Cultural Sustainability
Citizen City
Vancouveras Henriquez Partners Challenges Architects to Engage in Partnerships That Advance Cultural Sustainability
Paperback      ISBN: 1897476809
Citizen City focuses on the latent potential of cross-sector partnerships among private developers, non-profits and various levels of government in attempting to harness a portion of the wealth created in the real estate development process to achieve socially valuable urban planning goals: meeting the needs of the community s most vulnerable members, providing affordable housing and creating community amenities to promote a vibrant urban culture.
The book highlights the success and failures of such partnerships with case studies of ten Vancouver, BC, building projects. The projects combine the strengths of Henriquez Partners Architects and Collaborators from all sectors, and are in varying stages of development from concept to completion. It is hoped that the lessons of these cross-sector partnerships will aid the creation of a more vibrant, just, community-oriented city a Citizen City and continue to improve Vancouver. Additionally, these important projects may help guide other North American cities towards a more just existence.
Citizen City will also touch on the role of the design community as thought leaders and relationship builders, and contains a provocative interview with Gregory Henriquez challenging a new generation of architects towards greater civic engagement."
1000x Architecture of the Americas
1000x Architecture of the Americas
Hardcover      ISBN: 3938780568

Outstanding buildings have been constructed in the Western Hemisphere; acclaimed as well as emerging architects are contributing today with their work in North, South, Central America and the Carribbean to the definition of tomorrow?s architecture. This c

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.

Symbols of Power: Napoleon and the Art of the Empire Style, 1800-1815
Symbols of Power
Napoleon and the Art of the Empire Style, 1800-1815
Hardcover      ISBN: 0810992957

This is a remarkable book, which accompanies a traveling exhibition organized by the Musee des Art Decoratifs in Paris, and is comprehensive compendium of the Empire Style in all its glory. Lavishly illustrated with superb photographs, many taken expressly for this book, it will be a landmark in the library of the history of the decorative arts and an essential reference for lovers of wonderful objects everywhere."

More Mobile: Portable Architecture for Today
More Mobile
Portable Architecture for Today
Paperback      ISBN: 1568987587

The allure of mobile, portable architecture is worldwide and centuries old. From the desert tents of the Bedouin to thesilvery capsules of the Airstream trailer, mobile architecture has inspired designers with its singular characteristics of lightness, transience, and practicality. In More Mobile, the follow-up to her groundbreaking 2002 book Mobile, Jennifer Siegal explores the ever-growing range of possibilities of portable, demountable structures. From serious Refuge Wear to the playful Bar Rectum and the practical Kunsthallen, More Mobile explores the working methods and finished work of the most exciting contemporary designers and presents today's most dynamic, active mobile structures in beautiful color images, detailed drawings, and thoughtful text. Contributors include Studio-Orta, Dr Wapenaar, Andrea Zittel, Andrew Maynard, Andreas Vogler, Horden Cherry Lee Architects, N55, Atelier Bow-Wow, Mark Fisher Studio, MMW, LOT-EK, and the Office of Mobile Design. A foreword by Jude Stewart discusses life on the move, while an introduction by William J. Mitchell considers the house as a robot in which to live.

The 20th-Century World Architecture
The 20th-Century World Architecture
Hardcover      ISBN: 0714857068

* The only resource of its kind, '20th-Century World Architecture' contains, in a single volume, over 750 of the most outstanding works of architecture built between 1900 and 1999.

Soft Shells: Porous and Deployable Architectural Screens
Soft Shells
Porous and Deployable Architectural Screens
Paperback      ISBN: 9063692692

Soft Shells focuses on porous and deployable architectural screens creatied by using four basic techniques: cut, pleat, tile, and weave. The projects are beautifully photographed with step-by-step images to explain the design process. This new book by Sofia Vysofiti will be very useful for design courses and workshops.

Death of the Dream: Farmhouses in the Heartland
Death of the Dream
Farmhouses in the Heartland
Paperback      ISBN: 189043423x

The Industrialization of the American economy between 1862 and 1893 provided pioneer farm families with the means to realize their dreams on the Midwestern prairie. Now the last of their original farmhouses are disappearing. "There was no way to save them, " writes author William Gabler, "but their great homeliness and variety could be recorded in photographs."