United States Architecture
A Concise History of American Architecture
A Concise History of American Architecture
Paperback      ISBN: 0064300862

0-06-430158-3 Understanding Architecture: Its Elements, History, and Meaning

Concrete Los Angeles Map: Guide to Concrete and Brutalist Architecture in La
Concrete Los Angeles Map
Guide to Concrete and Brutalist Architecture in La
Paperback      ISBN: 1912018594

Blue Crow Media's latest architecture map, Concrete Los Angeles Map offers a unique guide to LA's hitherto under celebrated concrete architecture. This two-sided guide, features a map of selected buildings in Los Angeles, an introduction by architecture writer and critic Deane Madsen, original photographs by Jason Woods, and details of over fifty concrete buildings and structures. Collectively, these buildings and structures form an overlooked iconography and represent some of finest achievements in engineering and design that Los Angeles has to offer.

Contemporary American Architects
Contemporary American Architects
Paperback      ISBN: 3822885894
Contemporary Southern Homes
Contemporary Southern Homes
Hardcover      ISBN: 0764346822

The South is known for its preserved mansions but many more beautiful twenty-first century houses preserve that same sense of ambiance. In over 400 full-color images, twenty Southern design professionals with varying architectural styles exhibit their award-winning work, ranging from classical Georgian symmetry to modernist traditions infused with fascinating flair. From Virginia to Arkansas, their work features expansive, open floor plans, walls of glass, and the use of indigenous materials. You can still see those Greek revival columns and the walls of hinged shutters, but you can also observe a remarkable range of homes that skillfully reflect their physical and cultural milieus within the contemporary era. Glass walls and open floor plans notwithstanding, these residences offer charm and authenticity. The architects' diverse backgrounds and design philosophies are shaping the South in the twenty-first century.

Delirious New York: A Retroactive Manifesto for Manhattan
Delirious New York
A Retroactive Manifesto for Manhattan
Paperback      ISBN: 1885254008

Since its original publication in 1978, Delirious New York has attained mythic status. Back in print in a newly designed edition, this influential cultural, architectural, and social history of New York is even more popular, selling out its first printing on publication. Rem Koolhaas's celebration and analysis of New York depicts the city as a metaphor for the incredible variety of human behavior. At the end of the nineteenth century, population, information, and technology explosions made Manhattan a laboratory for the invention and testing of a metropolitan lifestyle -- "the culture of congestion" -- and its architecture.

"Manhattan," he writes, "is the 20th century's Rosetta Stone . . . occupied by architectural mutations (Central Park, the Skyscraper), utopian fragments (Rockefeller Center, the U.N. Building), and irrational phenomena (Radio City Music Hall)." Koolhaas interprets and reinterprets the dynamic relationship between architecture and culture in a number of telling episodes of New York's history, including the imposition of the Manhattan grid, the creation of Coney Island, and the development of the skyscraper. Delirious New York is also packed with intriguing and fun facts and illustrated with witty watercolors and quirky archival drawings, photographs, postcards, and maps. The spirit of this visionary investigation of Manhattan equals the energy of the city itself.
Doris Duke's Shangri-La: A House in Paradise: Architecture, Landscape, and Islamic Art
Doris Duke's Shangri-La: A House in Paradise
Architecture, Landscape, and Islamic Art
Hardcover      ISBN: 0847838951

This inspiring book accompanies the first traveling exhibition about Doris Duke's estate Shangri La and its influential synthesis of modernist architecture and Islamic art and design. Situated on five acres of terraced gardens and pools overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Honolulu's Diamond Head, Shangri La was the idyllic paradise of philanthropist Doris Duke, reflecting her personal passion for the art, architecture, and design of the Islamic world. The estate incorporates unique architectural features, such as carved marble doorways, jalis, and floral ceramic tiles, and the decor includes artifacts, such as silk textiles, jewel-toned chandeliers, and gilt and coffered ceilings, many collected during her travels. This volume presents an exclusive tour of Shangri La's breathtaking interiors and landscape, including the splendid furnishings and art. Archival photographs of Duke and friends as well as correspondence and drawings provide a view into a lifestyle defined by the highest sense of aesthetics. Doris Duke's Shangri La is sure to inspire both art and design lovers.

Dream Homes Metro New York: An Exclusive Showcase of New York's Finest Architects, Designers and Builders
Dream Homes Metro New York
An Exclusive Showcase of New York's Finest Architects, Designers and Builders
Hardcover      ISBN: 193341507x

Dream Homes of Metro New York presents you with breathtakingly rich phtographs of the most technically innovative and aesthetically interesting architecture and construction of recent years.

Driftwood Shacks: Anonymous Architecture Along the California Coast
Driftwood Shacks
Anonymous Architecture Along the California Coast
Hardcover      ISBN: 0936070803

Lloyd Kahn has been hiking and camping on Northern California beaches for the last dozen or so years and, given his background in publishing books on building, it's only natural that he would notice the unique and whimsical beach shacks constructed by anonymous builders.

Here are some 60 structures, shaped by materials lying on the beach, and ephemeral in the sense that they are built without nails, and don't last long -- victims of wind, waves, and high tides. (All of the ones depicted are now gone.)

There are also photos of beach sculptures, seaweed, seashells, birds, sea lions, whalebones, waves, surfers, fishermen, and sunsets, as well as photos from a 3-day backpacking trip along the remote "Lost Coast."

A book for beachcombers and beach lovers everywhere, all of whom share a deep love for the ocean and its surroundings.

Early American Architecture: From the First Colonial Settlements to the National Period
Early American Architecture
From the First Colonial Settlements to the National Period
Paperback      ISBN: 0486254925

In this comprehensive, highly praised reconstruction of the nation's architectural past, a distinguished teacher and critic of architecture describes and evaluates a wide variety of building styles -- from the primitive dugouts and cabins of the first settlers to the Greek Revival mansions of the early nineteenth century. Moreover, this volume was the first to offer thorough coverage of early architecture throughout the United States, including homes, schools, meeting houses, and commercial buildings in the Northeast; Georgian structures in Maryland, Virginia, the Carolinas, the Middle Colonies, and New England; the French Colonial style in the Mississippi Valley; the baroque architecture of mission churches and ranch homes in the Southwest and California, and the nationwide growth of Neoclassic and Romantic styles.
Nearly 500 line drawings and photographs enhance the text, including reconstruction drawings of buildings long demolished or seriously altered, making this a valuable pictorial repository of the nation's early architectural heritage. In addition to carefully chosen and well-integrated illustrations, the book also contains a number of historical documents, contemporary letters, and travelers' comments that enrich the discussion, as well as account of plans, materials, and methods of construction.
For the general reader or nonspecialist, Early American Architecture provides an informative and entertaining survey, written with a minimum of technical jargon, and abundantly supplied with clarifying comments, notes, and diagrams. For the scholar, it brings together in one concise volume the research of leading specialists in the regional period architecture. Students, architects, historians, restorers -- anyone interested in American architecture -- will delight in this thoughtful and expertly written book, described by Lewis Mumford as "a milestone in American architectural history."

Empire, State & Building
Empire, State & Building
Hardcover      ISBN: 1940291844

This book considers the material basis of building as a key impetus of both urbanization and the energetics of urban life. The otherwise externalized material geographies and thermodynamics of building's material basis reveal much about the dynamics and efficacy of how we build. This book plots the material history and geography for one plot of land in Manhattan--the parcel of land under the Empire State Building--over the past two hundred years. Through rich illustrations, it tracks all the building material that have passed through this parcel or remain in its geographic and ecological dynamics: spatially (in terms of their geographic material footprints and industrial processes) and quantitatively (in terms of embodied energy, embodied carbon, and emergy flow). In successive chapters, the book articulates the empire and states that are inherent to building, but remain unconsidered--abstract and unknown--by architects.