Rare Architecture
Michael Van Gessel Landscape Architect
Michael Van Gessel Landscape Architect
Paperback      ISBN: 905662038x

Edited by Christian Bertram, Erik de Jong.

Mies in America
Mies in America
Hardcover      ISBN: 0810967286

This major study of one of the 20th century's greatest architects reevaluates the entire body of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's work in America. Based on considerable new research and bringing to light previously unstudied material -- drawings and collages, photographs, project documents, and oral histories -- Mies in America presents fresh, original, and corrective interpretations of the architect's achievement.

Designed to accompany the important exhibition curated by Phyllis Lambert of the Canadian Centre for Architecture and opening at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, in June 2001 and then traveling to Montreal and Chicago, Mies in America includes nine essays that together offer a portrait of Mies's evolution as an artist. Packed with over 550 illustrations, the book looks beyond Mies's most famous architectural triumphs, from the IIT campus in Chicago to the Seagram Building in New York, to probe the relationship between a seminal body of work and its cultural context.

Abrams New York, 2001. Some scuffs along front panel of jacket which is now protected in an archival wrapper. Very solid copy.

Office Architecture + Design
Office Architecture + Design
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 3037680075

Constant technological advances and the current focus on ecological considerations have had a strong impact on the construction of office buildings as well as the interior design of work spaces. Further decisive aspects beyond purely functional considerations of work organization are corporate identity, the creation of a positive and motivating working environment and very often also representative functions. Masterpieces: Office Architecture + Design, another volume of the new series Masterpieces presents 60 outstanding projects from all over the world. The reader will find carefully selected works from international established architectural firms as well as promising newcomers, documenting today?s different developments regarding the construction and design of offices.

Oma: Rem Koolhaas : Architecture 1970-1990
Rem Koolhaas : Architecture 1970-1990
Paperback      ISBN: 1878271555

"Rem Koolhaas is, in this book as elsewhere, a graphic virtuoso. Equally, dexterous with models, drawings, and computers, he is a man who can make ... cities of the future into deft circuit boards of squiggles and enigma". -- Rowan Moore, Blueprint

Opera Completa
Opera Completa
Boxed      ISBN: 281AKJ1006699

Box : Near Fine. Book is in Italian

Project Japan: Metabolism Talks...
Project Japan
Metabolism Talks...
Paperback      ISBN: 3836525089

"Once there was a nation that went to war, but after they conquered a continent their own country was destroyed by atom bombs... then the victors imposed democracy on the vanquished. For a group of apprentice architects, artists, and designers, led by a visionary, the dire situation of their country was not an obstacle but an inspiration to plan and think... although they were very different characters, the architects worked closely together to realize their dreams, staunchly supported by a super-creative bureaucracy and an activist state... after 15 years of incubation, they surprised the world with a new architecture--Metabolism--that proposed a radical makeover of the entire land... Then newspapers, magazines, and TV turned the architects into heroes: thinkers and doers, thoroughly modern men... Through sheer hard work, discipline, and the integration of all forms of creativity, their country, Japan, became a shining example... when the oil crisis initiated the end of the West, the architects of Japan spread out over the world to define the contours of a post-Western aesthetic...." --Rem Koolhaas / Hans Ulrich Obrist

Between 2005 and 2011, architect Rem Koolhaas and curator Hans Ulrich Obrist interviewed the surviving members of Metabolism--the first non-Western avant-garde, launched in Tokyo in 1960, in the midst of Japan's postwar miracle. Project Japan features hundreds of never-before-seen images--master plans from Manchuria to Tokyo, intimate snapshots of the Metabolists at work and play, architectural models, magazine excerpts, and astonishing sci-fi urban visions--telling the 20th-century history of Japan through its architecture.

From the tabula rasa of a colonized Manchuria in the 1930s, a devastated Japan after the war, and the establishment of Metabolism at the 1960 World Design Conference in Tokyo to the rise of Kisho Kurokawa as the first celebrity architect, the apotheosis of Metabolism at Expo '70 in Osaka, and its expansion into the Middle East and Africa in the 1970s: The result is a vivid documentary of the last moment when architecture was a public rather than a private affair. Oral history by Rem Koolhaas and Hans Ulrich Obrist

Extensive interviews with Arata Isozaki, Toshiko Kato, Kiyonori Kikutake, Noboru Kawazoe, Fumihiko Maki, Kisho Kurokawa, Kenji Ekuan, Atsushi Shimokobe, and Takako and Noritaka Tange

Hundreds of never-before-seen images, architectural models, and magazine excerpts

Layout by award-winning Dutch designer Irma Boom

Further reading

Ribas & Ribas arquitectos (1957 - 2007): Ribas & Ribas Architects (1957-2007)
Ribas & Ribas arquitectos (1957 - 2007)
Ribas & Ribas Architects (1957-2007)
Hardcover      ISBN: 8483305208
Roadcut: The Architecture of Antoine Predock
The Architecture of Antoine Predock
Hardcover      ISBN: 0826350097

"The roadcut is a diagram of the investigative process for the making of architecture."--Antoine Predock

The work of New Mexico architect Antoine Predock is known around the world. In 2006, the American Institute of Architects awarded Predock its Gold Medal, the highest honor it can bestow on an individual, aligning him with such celebrated modern architects as Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier, and Louis Kahn.

In Roadcut, architectural historian Christopher Curtis Mead traces Predock's development over forty years from early work in Albuquerque--the housing complex La Luz and the Rio Grande Nature Center--to twenty-first-century projects like Winnipeg's Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Mead also gives special attention to the Nelson Fine Arts Center in Tempe, Arizona, the American Heritage Center and University Art Museum at the University of Wyoming, the Turtle Creek House in Dallas, the Austin City Hall and Public Plaza in Texas, and George Pearl Hall at the University of New Mexico.

Sloan's Homestead Architecture, Containing Forty Designs For Villas, Cottages, And Farm Houses
Sloan's Homestead Architecture, Containing Forty Designs For Villas, Cottages, And Farm Houses
Hardcover      SKU: 1199252816

1867, sm 4to, 354 pgs. 2nd edition. Full bound green cloth with fully legible gilt title and decoration on spine. Text is profusely illustrated with engravings of the houses and their floor plans. Boards are dust soiled, cloth is frayed esp on tail. Text block is damp stained, a light stain is visible in the margins of the text throughout and is a bit larger at the beginning of the block. Otherwise a nice, fully intact copy of this interesting piece of architecural history.

St. Petersburg: Architecture of the Tsars
St. Petersburg
Architecture of the Tsars
Hardcover      ISBN: 0789202174

Before becoming a city, St. Petersburg was a utopian vision in the mind of its founder, Peter the Great. Conceived by him as Russia's "window to the West," it evolved into a remarkably harmonious assemblage of baroque, rococo, neoclassical, and art nouveau buildings that reflect his taste and that of his successors, including Anna I, Elizabeth I, Catherine the Great, and Paul I.

Crisscrossed by rivers and canals, this "Venice of the North," as Goethe dubbed it, is of unique beauty. Never before has that beauty been captured as eloquently as on the pages of this sumptuous volume. From the stately mansions lining the fabled Nevsky Prospekt to the magnificent palaces of the tsars on the outskirts of the city, including Peterhof, Tsarskoe Selo, Oranienbaum, Gatchina, and Pavlovsk, photographer Alexander Orloff's portrait of St. Petersburg does full justice to the vision of its founder and namesake. The text, by art historian Dmitri Shvidkovsky, chronicles the history of the city's planning and construction from Peter the Great's time to the reign of the last tsar, Nicholas II. Anyone who has ever visited--or dreamed of visiting--the city of "white nights" will find St. Petersburg irresistible.