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Evolution of a Retail Streetscape: DP Architects on Orchard Road
Evolution of a Retail Streetscape
DP Architects on Orchard Road
Hardcover      ISBN: 1864704624

A visual and textual narrative, showcasing DP Architects' extensive contribution to the character, growth and personality of the famous Singapore shopping and entertainment precinct. It also explores the concept of retail architectural typology and outlines the development and evolution of Orchard Road.

Best Designed Wellness Hotels
Best Designed Wellness Hotels
German    Hardcover      ISBN: 3899860586

This updated volume of the successful "best designed wellness hotels" series seduces the reader into a world of looking at beautiful details, and the harmony between colours and shapes, whether it be in the centre of pulsating large cities, on the Caribbean Islands, in the winelands of California, the Moyave Coast, in the forests of North America, in the jungle, the Mexican outbacks or at the end of the world in Patagonia. The author has selected new fascinating addresses which, not only offer an attractive spectrum of wellness activities, but also the finest architecture and design.

Industry, Architecture, and Engineering: American Ingenuity, 1750-1950
Industry, Architecture, and Engineering
American Ingenuity, 1750-1950
Hardcover      ISBN: 0810934736

Hoover Dam, the Erie Canal, the steel mills of Pittsburgh -- America's contributions to industry and technology are among our finest achievements. This book, the only comprehensive illustrated history of American industrial architecture and civil engineering from the 18th to 20th centuries, is an invaluable record of a key aspect of our heritage -- and a proud testament to American ingenuity.

The lively, informative text is illustrated with compelling photographs, both historic and contemporary, most from the impressive collection of the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) of the National Park Service. Among the sites featured are the early factories and textile mills of Paterson, New Jersey, and Lowell, Massachusetts, where the American Industrial Revolution began; the innovative River Rouge automobile plant in Dearborn, Michigan; the Sloss Iron Furnaces of Birmingham, Alabama, center of the cast-iron industry; and all types of bridges, from covered wooden structures to the great Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.

The Charming Night
The Charming Night
Hardcover      ISBN: 9881668875
The various nightclub designs in this book.
Hardcover      ISBN: 1884822452
Skyscrapers is a lavish and appropriately soaring celebration of the world's most spectacular buildings.

From the ancient Lighthouse at Alexandria to the Leaning Tower of Pisa, from the Empire State Building to the Petronas Towers in Malaysia, the 50 buildings represented in this magnificent book leap off the page in words and more than 200 rich, duotone images. This unique volume includes facts-at-a-glance for each building, visual comparisons of heights, and quotes from a variety of architects and experts--all accompanying stunning full-page photos of each structure.

"An eye-popping elevating experience." -Gene Shalit, "Today"

"Breathtaking. Magnificent. Unique. Very special. Exquisite. One-of-a-kind. Well researched. Beautifully designed." -Robert J. Bruss, Tribune Media Services

Progressive Design in the Midwest: The Purcell-Cutts House and the Prairie School Collection at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Progressive Design in the Midwest
The Purcell-Cutts House and the Prairie School Collection at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Paperback      ISBN: 0816638470

Built by William Gray Purcell and George Grant Elmslie in Minneapolis in 1913, the Purcell-Cutts house features a buff-colored facade, nearly flat roof, floor-to-ceiling art glass windows, and a revolutionary interior structured around an open floor plan, facilitating everyday living without the senseless division of space. Progressive Design in the Midwest documents the house and its furnishings from the year it was built to the time it was donated to the museum, restored, and opened to the public in 1990.

The many objects in the Institute's Prairie School collection, including works by Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright, William Gray Purcell, and George Grant Elmslie, among others, are described in detail. Along with each piece is a list of relevant texts, exhibitions, and the historical background of the piece, as well as information about the designer.

With its multitude of historic photographs, many never before published, Progressive Design in the Midwest is a unique combination of history, house tour, and museum guide.

Color in Mass: Concrete and Pigments on the New City of Justice of Barcelona
Color in Mass
Concrete and Pigments on the New City of Justice of Barcelona
Paperback      ISBN: 841539120x

Before completion of Barcelona's Ciudad de la Justicia in 2009, the city's legal departments were spread out among 17 buildings in Barcelona and the neighboring city of L'Hospitalet de Llobregat. A collaboration between the UK-based David Chipperfield Architects and Barcelona-based Fermín Vázquez/b720 Arquitectos , the unified complex of nine concrete buildings totals 240,000 square meters of built space. By adding pigments to the concrete mix the designers achieved various natural surface colors to soften and humanize the structures. The project is represented here with a reflective conversation between Chipperfield and Vázquez in 2011; descriptive and graphic documentation of the project; illustrated explanations of how it was built; and technical guidelines on the prescription and proper use of pigments for concrete. No subject index. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

The Castle: An Illustrated History of the Smithsonian Building
The Castle
An Illustrated History of the Smithsonian Building
Paperback      ISBN: 156098287x

Using historical accounts, desk and personal diaries, and contemporary guidebooks, "The Castle" weaves the Smithsonian Building's nearly 150-year architectural history with the lore and stories of the people who have worked and lived in this striking medieval revival structure. The book also discusses the design of the 19th-century building.

Velo City: Architecture for Bikes
Velo City
Architecture for Bikes
Paperback      ISBN: 3791349090

From a bike rack to the world's most glamorous cycling shop, Velo Architecture shows how our cities are being transformed by a new wave of bike-related design. The world's major cities are making room for cyclists, helping them to ride, store, share, and buy their bicycles more easily than ever before. As a result, bike-related design has become one of the hottest fields in architecture. From racetracks to commuter paths and from bike sharing to bridges, this comprehensive survey details every aspect of this brave new cycling world. Drawing on the latest trends in bike design and fashion it places each project in context to provide an eclectic visual record of the world built around cycling. With an introductory essay that considers the history and future of cycling and packed with numerous color illustrations, this book is perfect for design enthusiasts and cyclists alike.

Sustainable Architecture: Hi-Tech Housing
Sustainable Architecture
Hi-Tech Housing
Hardcover      ISBN: 848986179x