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Inspire: Australian National Architecture Awards 2014
Inspire
Australian National Architecture Awards 2014
Hardcover      ISBN: 0980612381

What is it to be inspired? It is the state of being compelled to do something—something creative. The projects you will discover in these pages certainly inspire. The book is rich in ideas and possibility that show architectural creativity at its very best. But more than that, these projects represent the work that is being designed and built now; and that fills me with hope, and immense pride in the profession of architecture. I welcome you to Inspire, a celebration of print for the 2013 Australian Institute of Architects’ National Architecture Awards winners. This is the fourth in a 10 volume series that presents an inspirational visual survey of the Awards from 2010 to 2019, charting the very best in Australian architecture through the course of a decade. The National Architecture Awards bring together outstanding designs from all around the country. Geographically, the projects are very evenly dispersed this year and the National Jury travelled widely across the country in its quest for excellence. If I was to point to any trends this year, there is certainly strength in the notion of community. By this I mean the exceptional quality of work that is evident in public buildings, but also the fact that architects are fundamentally designing for communities. They are increasingly sensitive to the place their work, whether residential, commercial or other uses, will have in the community—and, beyond that, what its legacy might be to the community. Australia’s ultimate public building is unquestionably Parliament House in Canberra. A symbol of Australian democracy, home to the Parliament of Australia and meeting place of the nation, Parliament House is one of Australia’s most iconic buildings. To all readers, we hope you will enjoy this publication—and the wonderful Australian architecture within these pages.

Japan: The New Mix: Architecture, Interiors and More
Japan
The New Mix: Architecture, Interiors and More
Hardcover      ISBN: 1864702672

This title presents a selection of 21 of Japan's top architects and designers, presenting their most recognised and latest work to demonstrate their individuality and style. Young, promising architects are also featured, including a handful not born in Japan, but who have nevertheless made Japan their home.

Japanese Architecture: A Short History
Japanese Architecture
A Short History
Paperback      ISBN: 480531043x
A. L. SadlerÆs invaluable study of Japanese architecture first appeared in 1941. Considered a classic in its field, unequaled in clarity and insight, Japanese Architecture A Short History is a lucid and uncomplicated introduction to this important aspect of Japanese culture. Beginning with the earliest evidences from prehistory and ending with the Edo period, when Japan attained stature as a modern state, Japanese Architecture is as relevant today as it was in 1941.
Japanese Architecture: An Exploration of Elements & Forms
Japanese Architecture
An Exploration of Elements & Forms
Paperback      ISBN: 4805313285
Thick thatched roofs and rough mud plaster walls. An intricately carved wood transom and a precisely woven tatami mat--each element of traditional Japanese architecture tells a story.

In Japanese Architecture, author Mira Locher explores how each of these stories encompasses the particular development, construction, function and symbolism inherent in historic architectural elements. From roofs, walls and floors to door pulls and kettle hangers, Japanese Architecture situates these elements firmly within the natural environment and traditional Japanese culture.

Japanese architecture developed with influences from abroad and particular socio-political situations at home. The resulting forms and construction materials--soaring roofs with long eaves, heavy timber structures of stout columns supporting thick beams, mud plaster walls flecked with straw and sand and the refined paper-covered lattice shoji screen--are recognizable as being of distinctly Japanese design. These constructed forms, designed with strong connections to the surrounding environment, utilize natural construction materials in ways that are both practical and inventive.

This fascinating architecture book provides a comprehensive perspective of traditional Japanese architecture, relating the historical development and context of buildings and the Japanese garden while examining the stories of the individual architectural elements, from foundation to roof.
Japanese Homes and Their Surroundings
Japanese Homes and Their Surroundings
Paperback      ISBN: 0486207463

This work deals with every aspect of the traditional Japanese home, from its general plan and major structural features to such ceremonial and traditional appointments as the tatami mats (which actually determine the size of the house), lamps, hibachi (braziers), fusuma and shoji screens, candlesticks, pillows, and tokonoma (places where art objects or flowers are displayed). It covers details of both construction and architectural ornamentation, and it points out the many ways in which the traditional Japanese house achieved the almost ideal blend of art and nature, decoration, and stark simplicity that is its hallmark. It shows in detail such things as how natural irregularities (such as in logs) are used to advantage, how partitions change the shape of the interior, and how the garden with its bridges, lanterns, and natural forms (sometimes artfully wrought) complements the severity of the house itself. More than 300 drawings by the author illustrate the text.
Morse was one of the first to try to see and understand a dwelling in terms of the culture and tradition of the people who live in it. As a result, this work, which for three generations has remained the most informative and exhaustive discussion in English of the Japanese home, is equally honored for its strikingly modern conception of architecture and, more particularly, of the Japanese home as a place where people live.
Since this work was first published, many of the traditional features of the Japanese home have altered under the impact of Western ideas. The work, consequently, should be particularly valuable to contemporary architects, artists, structural engineers, and scholars who want a purer view of the traditional Japanese dwelling. Because of its wealth of suggestion, it will also prove valuable to designers and craftsmen. For laymen, it continues to offer insight into a type of architecture (and a way of life) that is having an increasing impact on Western ideas.

Japanese Homes and Their Surroundings
Japanese Homes and Their Surroundings
Paperback      ISBN: 0804809984

Describes and illustrates the construction methods, materials, styles and designs of traditional domestic architecture in Japan.

Journeys: How Travelling Fruit, Ideas and Buildings Rearrange Our Environment
Journeys
How Travelling Fruit, Ideas and Buildings Rearrange Our Environment
Paperback      ISBN: 8492861541

Journeys: How travelling fruit, ideas and buildings rearrange our environment explores the subject of migrations and their impact on the built environment. The publication includes 16 stories written in a narrative form similar to historical fiction. The stories featured highlight key concepts critical to understanding the movement of people, animals, objects and ideas and explore the physical impact of this movement on the built environment. The book brings together different authors, subjects and historical periods in a cohesive way, allowing it to maintain a consistent narrative feel throughout. The authors, experts within their research field, come from various disciplines. Their different backgrounds contribute to the book's diverse and sometimes even witty content. Each story is accompanied by a specially commissioned illustration. A section in the book is also dedicated to photographs and images that visually represent the themes explored in the stories.

Jutaku: Japanese Houses
Jutaku
Japanese Houses
Hardcover      ISBN: 0714869627

Quirky, surprising and entertaining - with more than 400 houses, Jutaku is architecture at the speed of Japan.

Frenetic. Pulsating. Disorienting. Japan's contemporary culture is constantly in flux. In stark contrast to the centuries old imperial architecture of Kyoto, recent Japanese architectural practices have ushered in an era of continuous experimentation.

With 400 houses, one house per page, one image per house, Jutaku: Japanese Houses is a fast-paced, "quick hit" shock to the system that shines a Harajuku-bright neon light on the sheer volume, variety and novelty of contemporary Japanese residential architecture.

Featuring the work of many of Japan's most famous architects including Shigeru Ban, Sou Fujimoto, Toyo Ito, Kengo Kuma, Jun Igarishi, Shuhei Endo and dozens of up and coming and completely unknown young architects, Jutaku is organized geographically taking readers on a bullet train journey across Japan's architectural landscape. Essential reading for architects, designers and fans of contemporary Japanese culture.

Le Scale Di Venezia
Le Scale Di Venezia
Hardcover      ISBN: 8888864016
Master Builders of Byzantium
Master Builders of Byzantium
Paperback      ISBN: 1934536032

Examining Byzantine architecture--primarily churches built in the area of Constantinople between the ninth and fifteenth centuries--from the perspective of its masons, its master builders, Robert Ousterhout identifies the problems commonly encountered in the process of design and construction. He analyzes written evidence, the archaeological record, and especially the surviving buildings, concluding that Byzantine architecture was far more innovative than has previously been acknowledged.

Ousterhout explains how masons selected, manufactured, and utilized materials from bricks and mortar to lead roofing tiles, from foundation systems to roof vaultings. He situates richly decorated church interiors, sheathed in marble revetments, mosaics, and frescoes--along with their complex iconographic programs--within the purview of the master builder, referring also to masons in Russia, the Balkans, and Jerusalem.