Other Nations Architecture
Architectural Guide Tokyo
Paperback ISBN: 3869224851
Having visited often and sometimes lived in Tokyo, Meyer has led architectural tours of the Japanese city, and here presents a guide to help foreign visitors find and appreciate the architecture. He focuses on prominent pre-war and post-war buildings erected in the city's central 23 wards. He does not consider interior design or residential buildings unless there is public access to the interiors, and does not distinguish between foreign and Japanese architects. For each building he includes a address, GPS coordinates, architect, a photograph, sometimes drawings or diagrams, and a description of the building and the design and construction projects. Annotation
Architecture in Asmara
Colonial Origin and Postcolonial Experiences
Paperback ISBN: 3869224878
Scholars of architecture, urban planning, human geography, and sociology team up with photographers to explore the architecture of Asmara, the capital of Eritrea. They cover colonialism and modernity, the construction of the colonial sphere, Asmara's colonial architecture and urbanism, Asmara's cultural heritage, tracing postcolonialism, a geography of memories, city and migration, and Asmara's new images. Among their topics are colonial preliminaries: the genesis of Italian imperialism in the experience of the governance of Asmara, Asmara and Rome: architecture and urbanism of the Fascist Italian Empire and their reception, mapping the past for the sake of the future: the Cultural Assets Rehabilitation Project, postcolonial utopia in Ermina Dell'Oro and Elise Kidan visions of an ideal society in Asmara and beyond, and a city goes abroad: remembrance and hope in migration from Asmara. Annotation ©2018 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
Architecture of Bali
A Source Book of Traditional and Modern Forms
Hardcover ISBN: 0824826833
Landscape and architectural designer Wijaya presents a visual study of Balinese architecture's origins, elements, and variations. Following an overview of the Balinese village, he discusses basic architectural elements, building materials, ornamentation, hybrid styles, and adaptations evidenced in modern private houses and boutique hotels. Illustrated with color photographs by Wijaya and other specialist photographers. Oversize: 11.25x11.25. Annotation (c) Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Architectures of Russian Identity 1500 to the Present
1500 To the Present
Paperback ISBN: 0801488281
From the royal pew of Ivan the Terrible, to Catherine the Great's use of landscape, to the struggles between the Orthodox Church and preservationists in post-Soviet Yaroslavl—across five centuries of Russian history, Russian leaders have used architecture to project unity, identity, and power. Church architecture has inspired national cohesion and justified political control while representing the claims of religion in brick, wood, and stone. The architectural vocabulary of the Soviet state celebrated industrialization, mechanization, and communal life. Buildings and landscapes have expressed utopian urges as well as lofty spiritual goals. Country houses and memorials have encoded their own messages. In Architectures of Russian Identity, James Cracraft and Daniel Rowland gather a group of authors from a wide variety of backgrounds—including history and architectural history, linguistics, literary studies, geography, and political science—to survey the political and symbolic meanings of many different kinds of structures. Fourteen heavily illustrated chapters demonstrate the remarkable fertility of the theme of architecture, broadly defined, for a range of fields dealing with Russia and its surrounding territories. The authors engage key terms in contemporary historiography—identity, nationality, visual culture—and assess the applications of each in Russian contexts.
Building Saigon South
Sustainable Lessons for a Livable Future
Hardcover ISBN: 194353201x
In the Saigon South district of Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City, globally renowned architecture firm Skidmore Owings & Merrill designed a livable, human-scale urban environment in partnership with the Phu My Hung development group. SOM created the master plan that still guides growth and change in this part of the city, which has been accepted as an example of sustainable development to be imitated across Asia and throughout the rest of the world. Saigon South’s neighborhoods accommodate residents of varying income levels and provide green public space for all. Verdant parks are placed alongside the area’s natural water features. The master plan’s emphasis on multi-use design allows for traditional shophouses as well as larger businesses, integrating all parts of life into a pedestrian-friendly district. Saigon South is an economically and civically vibrant district that showcases the city’s cultural richness rather than the egos of the architects and developers.
Building The Japanese House Today
Hardcover ISBN: 0810959313
Describes in detail the design and construction of a traditional Japanese house in California, revealing how the aesthetic principles of Japanese architecture--including clean lines, intricate joinery, and expert woodworking--can be adapted to such Western needs as central heating, computerized lighting systems, furnishings, insulation, and electronics. Architects & Designers Book Club.
A History of the Brazil Modern House
Hardcover ISBN: 0847831752
A rediscovery of one of the most powerful schools of Modernism. On the one hand sensual and warm, on the other rational yet rhythmic, Brazilian Modernism is the soulful alternative to its European parent, better known for theoretical rigor and cold precision. Using the modern materials of concrete and reinforced glass, as well as wood and steel, Brazilians brought to Modernism an unspoken philosophy that allowed for the free flow of nature and built forms, so that the one was not dominated by the other but rather embraced by it. The undulating and amorphous buildings of Oscar Niemeyer are perhaps the best known expressions of this philosophy, in which the typical straight line of Europe’s Modern home becomes a graceful arabesque. The story of the Brazil Modern house is a tradition, a great flowering of talents and vision and a revealing new experience of Modernism, that until now has not been properly documented. Casa Modernista is the first volume to comprehensively cover this extraordinary architecture. Within its pages is featured not only the work of Niemeyer, but also that of all the most important modern architects of this extremely rich, multifaceted nation, including Affonso Eduardo Reidy, Jorge Machado Moreira, Carlos Leao, Alvaro Vital Brazil, Paulo Mendes da Rocha, Joao Walter Toscano, and Abrahao Sanovicz.
Chinese Houses of Southeast Asia
The Eclectic Architecture of Sojourners and Settlers
Hardcover ISBN: 0804839565
The multiple Chinese migrations from southeastern China to Southeast Asia has had important implications for both regions. In Southeast Asia this influence can be seen in the architecturally eclectic homes these migrants and their descendants built as they became successful; homes that combined Chinese, European and local influences, especially during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Chinese Houses of Southeast Asia strives not only to be an informative but also an authoritative book on the subject of hybrid architecture—illed with stunning color photographs and essays on nearly thirty well-preserved homes.
Chinese Houses of Southeast Asia
The Eclectic Architecture of Sojourners and Settlers
Paperback ISBN: 0804844798
This is an authoritative book on the subject of hybrid architecture built by successful Chinese immigrants and their descendents in Southeast Asia. It includes hundreds of photographs and information on the historical contexts of the buildings.
Constructions of Power and Piety in Medieval Aleppo
Hardcover ISBN: 0271015624
A specialist in medieval Islamic architecture and institutions explains how the Ayyubid dynasty in the 12th and 13th centuries brought unprecedented architectural development to the most important city in medieval Syria. He describes how they modernized the city rather than build a new one as most ascendent dynasties did, and argues that the intense palatial and religious activity was intended to create a royal image of the Ayyubid state while fostering links between it and urban population. Well illustrated in black and white. The quotations are in both Arabic and English. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.