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Fire Spaces: Design Inspirations for Fireplaces and Stoves
Fire Spaces
Design Inspirations for Fireplaces and Stoves
Hardcover      ISBN: 076431694x

Warning: This book will make you want to include a fireplace or stove in almost every room in your home, and the yard too The beauty, alluring warmth, and technological ease and cleanliness of today's hearth products make having a fire faster, easier, safer, and more enticing than ever. This book illustrates the allure, with more than 400 gorgeous color images. It's easy to find your style, visiting hundreds of homes and experiencing the way that they have incorporated fire spaces into their living spaces. There has never been a book like this, with so many wonderful images of fireplaces and stoves. Most are shown within room settings, helping you to envision a fireplace as part of your overall decor. Plus, there's an enormous gallery of close-up images showing fireplace and stove details. You'll have trouble choosing just one

Why Buildings Stand Up: The Strength of Architecture
Why Buildings Stand Up
The Strength of Architecture
Paperback      ISBN: 0393306763

Between a nomad's tent and the Sears Tower lies a revolution in technology, materials, and structures. Here is a clear and enthusiastic introduction to buildings methods from ancient times to the present day, including recent advances in science and technology that have had important effects on the planning and construction of buildings: improved materials (steel, concrete, plastics), progress in antiseismic designs, and the revolutionary changes in both architectural and structural design made possible by the computer.

Architecture Now
Architecture Now
Hardcover      ISBN: 3822840912
The best of contemporary architectural design (TASCHEN's 25th anniversary special edition) The cr?me de la cr?me of the most influential architects and architectural firms?the definitive reference guide to contemporary architectural design. Here you'll find familiar names, such as O. Gehry, Meier, Ando, Foster, and Starck, as well as a host of brilliant future stars. Highlights include Jakob & MacFarlane's morphological George Restaurant at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, Diller & Scofidio's "Blur Building" proposal for the International Expo 2001 in Switzerland, and Herzog & De Meuron's remarkable Tate Modern. Arranged alphabetically by architect or firm, with biographical and contact information for designers and an extensive selection of photographs and illustrations, this volume presents the highlights of Architecture Now! Vol 1.
Layered Urbanisms
Layered Urbanisms
Paperback      ISBN: 0393732509

This book presents the work and the advanced studios of Gregg Pasquarelli in "Versioning 6.0," Galia Solomonoff in "Brooklyn Civic Space," and Mario Gooden in "Global Typologies. It features interviews and the work of the architects along with their studio projects.

Biedermeier
Biedermeier
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 0789209055

Prized by the avant-garde and the haute bourgeoisie of central Europe in the nineteenth century, Biedermeier style is experiencing an unprecedented revival around the world today. Biedermeier, with its newly updated introduction and expanded bibliography, serves as an unrivaled sourcebook for those who are interested in the furniture and decor of an era that has uncanny parallels with our own. Angus Wilkie traces the complex history of this forgotten era, giving a cultural background to the work itself. Providing an overview of the astonishing variety of furniture produced by local cabinetmakers from Germany to Scandinavia, this text showcases the candlesticks, secretaries, and spittoons crafted in rich fruitwoods and subtly decorated with ebony inlay and sunburst veneer. Over 160 specially commissioned color photographs - as well as watercolors of Biedermeier interiors, original textile designs, and original drawings of furniture and draperies - illustrate this book.

Ice Architecture
Ice Architecture
Hardcover      ISBN: 3938780592

Glaciers, snow and perpetual ice have always fascinated human beings; this is reflected in the exceptional architecture of frigid regions. The task of building in the coldest parts of the world represents both a bare necessity and a special challenge. Thi

Landscape and Englishness
Landscape and Englishness
Hardcover      ISBN: 1861890222

Landscape has been central to definitions of Englishness for centuries. David Matless argues that landscape has been the site where English visions of the past, present and future have met in debates over questions of national identity, disputes over history and modernity, and ideals of citizenship and the body.
Landscape and Englishness is extensively illustrated and draws on a wide range of material - topographical guides, health manuals, paintings, poetry, architectural polemic, photography, nature guides and novels. The author first examines the inter-war period, showing how a vision of Englishness and landscape as both modern and traditional, urban and rural, progressive and preservationist, took shape around debates over building in the countryside, the replanning of cities, and the cultures of leisure and citizenship. He concludes by tracing out the story of landscape and Englishness down to the present day, showing how the familiar terms of debate regarding landscape and heritage are a product of the immediate post-war era, and asking how current arguments over care for the environment or expressions of the nation resonate with earlier histories and geographies.
" ... cultural history at its best, subtle, multi-layered and full of new ideas and insights ... this book is a 'must'." Contemporary British History
" ... creates a convincing portrait of the changing meanings of the English landscape in the twentieth century." Times Literary Supplement"

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.

The Art of Natural Building-Second Edition-Completely Revised, Expanded and Updated: Design, Construction, Resources
The Art of Natural Building-Second Edition-Completely Revised, Expanded and Updated
Design, Construction, Resources
Paperback      ISBN: 0865717710

The original, complete, user-friendly introduction to natural building, now fully revised and updated

The popularity of natural building has grown by leaps and bounds, spurred by a grassroots desire for housing that is healthy, affordable, and environmentally responsible. While there are many books available on specific methods such as straw-bale construction, cob, or timber framing, there are few resources which introduce the reader to the entire scope of this burgeoning field.

Fully revised and updated, The Art of Natural Building is the complete and user-friendly introduction to natural building for everyone from the do-it-yourselfer to architects and designers. This collection of articles from over fifty leaders in the field is now stunningly illustrated with over two-hundred full-color photographs of natural buildings from around the world. Learn about:

  • The case for building with natural materials, from the perspectives of sustainability, lifestyle, and health
  • What you need to know to plan and design your own beautiful and efficient natural home
  • Explanations of thirty versatile materials and techniques, with resources on where to go for further information on each
  • How these techniques are being used to address housing crises around the world.

Clearly written, logically organized, and beautifully illustrated, The Art of Natural Building is the encyclopedia of natural building.

Joseph F. Kennedy is a designer, builder, writer, artist, educator, and co-founder of Builders Without Borders. Michael G. Smith is a respected workshop instructor, consultant, and co-author of the best-selling book The Hand-Sculpted House . Catherine Wanek is a co-founder of Builders Without Borders and author/photographer of The Hybrid House and The New Straw Bale Home .

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."