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A Pattern Language
Towns, Buildings, Construction (Center for Environmental Structure Series)
by Christopher Alexander (Dec 31, 1976)
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At the core of A Pattern Language is the philosophy that in designing their environments people always rely on certain ‘languages,’ which, like the languages we speak, allow them to articulate and communicate an infinite variety of designs within a formal system which gives them coherence.This book provides a language of this kind. It will enable m...
The Death and Life of Great American Cities
by Jane Jacobs (Dec 01, 1992)
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A direct and fundamentally optimistic indictment of the short-sightedness and intellectual arrogance that has characterized much of urban planning in this century, The Death and Life of Great American Cities has, since its first publication in 1961, become the standard against which all endeavors in that field are measured. In prose of outstanding ...
Happy City
Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design
by Charles Montgomery (Oct 07, 2014)
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A globe-trotting, eye-opening exploration of how cities can—and do—make us happier peopleCharles Montgomery's Happy City is revolutionizing the way we think about urban life. After decades of unchecked sprawl, more people than ever are moving back to the city. Dense urban living has been prescribed as a panacea for the environmental and resource cr...
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Peter Adeney
How Buildings Learn
What Happens After They're Built
by Stewart Brand (Sep 30, 1995)
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Buildings have often been studied whole in space, but never before have they been studied whole in time. How Buildings Learn is a masterful new synthesis that proposes that buildings adapt best when constantly refined and reshaped by their occupants, and that architects can mature from being artists of space to becoming artists of time. From the co...
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Caterina Fake
The Poetics of Space
by Gaston Bachelard (Apr 01, 1994)
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Since its first publication in English in 1964, French philosopher Gaston Bachelard's Poetics of Space remains one of the most appealing and lyrical explorations of home. Bachelard takes us on a journey, from cellar to attic, to show how our perceptions of houses and other shelters shape our thoughts, memories, and dreams."A magical book. . . . The...
Monolith to Microservices
Evolutionary Patterns to Transform Your Monolith
by Sam Newman (Dec 03, 2019)
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How do you detangle a monolithic system and migrate it to a microservices architecture? How do you do it while maintaining business-as-usual? As a companion to Sam Newman's extremely popular Building Microservices, this new book details a proven method for transitioning an existing monolithic system to a microservice architecture.With many illustra...
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Grady Booch
Life in the English Country House
A Social and Architectural History
by Mark Girouard (Sep 10, 1978)
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The English country house has flourished over the centuries because of its ability to adapt to the changes in English society. This book is an account of the ways in which the upper-class life style were reflected in the houses in which the wealthy and powerful lived. First published in 1978, this is a history of the English country house from the ...
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Paul Graham
Neutra. Complete Works
by Barbara Lamprecht (Oct 27, 2010)
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All of Richard Neutra's works gathered together in one volume"[...] the definitive volume on the Viennese-born architect." - Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Originally from Vienna, Richard Neutra came to America early in his career, settling in California. His influence on post-war architecture is undisputed, the sunny climate and rich landscape bei...
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Chris Messina
The Eyes of the Skin
Architecture and the Senses
by Juhani Pallasmaa (Jun 19, 2005)
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Since the book's first publication, interest in the role of the body and the senses has been emerging in both architectural philosophy and teaching. This new, revised and extended edition of this seminal work will not only inspire architects and students to design more holistic architecture, but will enrich the general reader's perception of the wo...
Architecture
Form, Space, and Order
by Francis D.K. Ching (Dec 31, 1995)
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The Second Edition of this classic introduction to the principles of architecture is everything you would expect from the celebrated architect, author, and illustrator, Francis D. K. Ching. Each page has been meticulously revised to incorporate contemporary examples of the principles of form, space, and order - the fundamental vocabulary of every d...
Delirious New York
A Retroactive Manifesto for Manhattan
by Rem Koolhaas (Dec 01, 1997)
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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 meta...
The Timeless Way of Building
by Christopher Alexander (Dec 31, 1978)
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In The Timeless Way of Building Christopher Alexander presents a new theory of architecture, building, and planning which has at its core that age-old process by which the people of a society have always pulled the order of their world from their own being.He writes, “There is one timeless way of building. It is thousands of years old, and the same...
Castle
by David Macaulay (Oct 25, 1982)
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A 1978 Caldecott Honor Book The word itself conjures up mystery, romance, intrigue, and grandeur. What could be more perfect for an author/illustrator who has continually stripped away the mystique of architectural structures that have long fascinated modern man? With typical zest and wry sense of humor punctuating his drawings, David Macaulay trac...
Neufert Architects' Data, Third Edition
by Ernst Neufert (Sep 11, 2000)
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Architects' Data provides an essential reference for the initial design and planning of a building project. Organised largely by building type, and with over 6000 diagrams, it provides a mass of data on spatial requirements and also covers planning criteria and considerations of function and siting. Most illustrations are dimensioned and each build...
Atmospheres
by Peter Zumthor (Mar 16, 2006)
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Was �eine architektonische Atmosph�re wirklich ausmacht�, sagt Peter Zumthor, ist �diese einmalige Dichte und Stimmung, dieses Gef�hl von Gegenwart, Wohlbefinden, Stimmigkeit, Sch�nheit, ... in deren Bann ich etwas erlebe und erfahre, was ich in dieser Qualit�t sonst nicht erleben w�rde.�Seine Leidenschaft gilt der Erschaffung von Geb�uden mit solc...
Peter Zumthor Thinking Architec*OP*
by Princeton Arch Staff (Jun 30, 1998)
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In order to design a building with a sensuous connection to life, one must think in a way that goes far beyond form and construction. In these essays Peter Zumthor expresses his motivation in designing buildings, which speak to our emotions and understanding in so many ways, and possess a powerful and unmistakable presence and personality. This boo...
Cathedral
The Story of Its Construction
by David Macaulay (Oct 26, 1981)
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A 1974 Caldecott Honor Book Readers worldwide recognize Caldecott Medal winner David Macaulay's imaginary Cathedral of Chutreaux. This critically acclaimed book has been translated into a dozen languages and remains a classic of children's literature and a touchstone for budding architects. Cathedral's numerous awards include a prestigious Caldecot...
Cabin Porn
Inspiration for Your Quiet Place Somewhere
by Steven Leckart (Sep 29, 2015)
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Rural escapes for those yearning for a simpler existence, by the creators of the wildly popular tumblr Cabin Porn.Created by a group of friends who preserve 55 acres of hidden forest in Upstate New York-Cabin Porn began as a scrapbook to collect inspiration for their building projects. As the collection grew, the site attracted a following, which i...
A Field Guide to American Houses
by Virginia Savage McAlester (May 12, 1984)
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The guide that enables you to identify, and place in their historic and architectural contexts, the houses you see in your neighborhood or in your travels across America. 17th century to the present. Book was reprinted in 2006...
A Visual Dictionary of Architecture
by Francis D. K. Ching (Sep 05, 2011)
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This book defines over 5,000 terms relating to architectural design, history, and technology. It is the only dictionary that provides concise, accurate definitions illustrated with finely detailed, hand-rendered drawings, each executed in Mr. Ching's signature style....
Building Construction Illustrated
by Francis D. K. Ching (Oct 01, 2000)
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A professional architect presents an update to the classic manual on residential and light construction techniques and includes increased coverage of environmentally friendly materials--plus the latest data on concrete, steel and glazing technology, energy efficiency in buildings, moisture and thermal protection, natural lighting, and masonry. 100+...
City
A Story of Roman Planning and Construction
by David Macaulay (Oct 24, 1983)
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Text and black and white illustrations show how the Romans planned and constructed their cities for the people who lived within them....
The fourth age of Soviet architecture In this volume photographer Frédéric Chaubin reveals 90 buildings sited in fourteen former Soviet Republics which express what could be considered as the fourth age of Soviet architecture. They reveal an unexpected rebirth of imagination, an unknown burgeoning that took place from 1970 until 1990. Contrary to t...
Life Between Buildings
Using Public Space
by Jan Gehl (Jan 16, 2011)
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“. . .thoughtful, beautiful, and enlightening...” —Jane Jacobs   “This book will have a lasting infl uence on the future quality of public open spaces. By helping us better understand the larger public life of cities, Life between Buildings can only move us toward more lively and healthy public places. Buy this book, fi nd a comfortable place to si...
The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces
by William H. Whyte (Mar 01, 2001)
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In 1980, William H. Whyte published the findings from his revolutionary Street Life Project in The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces. Both the book and the accompanying film were instantly labeled classics, and launched a mini-revolution in the planning and study of public spaces. They have since become standard texts, and appear on syllabi and rea...
Hollow Land
Israel's Architecture of Occupation
by Eyal Weizman (Jul 04, 2017)
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Hollow Land is a groundbreaking exploration of the political space created by Israel’s colonial occupation.In this journey from the deep subterranean spaces of the West Bank and Gaza to their militarized airspace, Eyal Weizman unravels Israel’s mechanisms of control and its transformation of the Occupied Territories into a theoretically constructed...
Sir Banister Fletcher's A History of Architecture.
by Dan Cruickshank (Sep 24, 1996)
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The 20th edition of Sir Banister Fletcher's A History of Architecture is the first major work of history to include an overview of the architectural achievements of the 20th Century. Banister Fletcher has been the standard one volume architectural history for over 100 years and continues to give a concise and factual account of world architecture f...
The Production of Space
by Henri Lefebvre (Apr 07, 1992)
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Henri Lefebvre has considerable claims to be the greatest living philosopher. His work spans some sixty years and includes original work on a diverse range of subjects, from dialectical materialism to architecture, urbanism and the experience of everyday life. The Production of Space is his major philosophical work and its translation has been long...
The Thinking Hand
Existential and Embodied Wisdom in Architecture
by Juhani Pallasmaa (Apr 19, 2009)
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In our current global networked culture that puts so much emphasis on the virtual and the visual, the mind and the body have become detached and ultimately disconnected. Though physical appearance is idolised for its sexual appeal and its social identity, the role of the body in developing a full understanding of the physical world and the human co...
Case Study Houses
by Elizabeth A. T. Smith (Nov 09, 2019)
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The Case Study House program (1945-66) was an exceptional, innovative event in the history of American architecture and remains to this day unique. The program, which concentrated on the Los Angeles area and oversaw the design of 36 prototype homes, sought to make available plans for modern residences that could be easily and cheaply constructed du...
Pyramid
by David Macaulay (Apr 26, 1982)
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Through concise text and richly detailed black and white illustrations we come to know the philosophy of life and death in ancient Egypt....
Project Japan
Metabolism Talks...
by Rem Koolhaas (Nov 20, 2011)
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Back to the future Visionary architecture in postwar Japan “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 thei...
Genius Loci
Towards a Phenomenology of Architecture
by Christian Norberg-Schulz (Jan 01, 1979)
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From the author’s preface:The present book forms a sequel to…Intentions in Architecture and Existence, Space and Architecture. It also relates to…Meaning in Western Architecture. Common to all of them is the view that architecture represents a means to give man an “existential foothold”…The philosophy of Heidegger has been the catalyst which has ma...
Architecture Without Architects
A Short Introduction to Non-Pedigreed Architecture
by Bernard Rudofsky (Jun 30, 1987)
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In this book, Bernard Rudofsky steps outside the narrowly defined discipline that has governed our sense of architectural history and discusses the art of building as a universal phenomenon. He introduces the reader to communal architecture--architecture produced not by specialists but by the spontaneous and continuing activity of a whole people wi...
Underground
by David Macaulay (Mar 23, 1983)
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David Macaulay takes us on a visual journey through a city's various support systems by exposing a typical section of the underground network and explaining how it works. We see a network of walls, columns, cables, pipes and tunnels required to satisfy the basic needs of a city's inhabitants....
Architectural Graphics
by Francis D. K. Ching (Jun 19, 2002)
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The completely updated, illustrated bestseller on architectural graphics with over 500,000 copies sold Architectural Graphics presents a wide range of basic graphic tools and techniques designers use to communicate architectural ideas. Expanding upon the wealth of illustrations and information that have made this title a classic, this Fourth Editio...
The City Shaped
Urban Patterns and Meanings Through History
by Spiro Kostof (Oct 01, 1991)
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Spanning the ages and the globe, Spiro Kostof explores the city as a "repository of cultural meaning" and an embodiment of the community it shelters. Widely used by both architects and students of architecture, The City Shaped won the AIA's prestigious book award in Architecture and Urbanism. With hundreds of photographs and drawings that illustrat...
Design Drawing
by Francis D. K. Ching (Aug 31, 1997)
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This is comprehensive introduction to drawing and more sheds new light on the relationship between perception, drawing, and design. Design Drawing covers the traditional basics of drawing, including line, shape, tone, and space. The supplemental CD-ROM contains information and instruction that elucidates a broad range of design drawing concepts thr...
Los Angeles
The Architecture of Four Ecologies
by Reyner Banham (Mar 05, 2009)
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Reyner Banham examined the built environment of Los Angeles in a way no architectural historian before him had done, looking with fresh eyes at its manifestations of popular taste and industrial ingenuity, as well as its more traditional modes of residential and commercial building. His construct of "four ecologies" examined the ways Angelenos rela...
The Four Books of Architecture
by Andrea Palladio (Jun 01, 1965)
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Andrea Palladio (1508–1580) was one of the most celebrated architects of the Renaissance, so important that the term Palladian has been applied to a particular style of architecture that adheres to classical concepts. The wide spread of Palladianism was due partly to the private and public buildings he constructed in Italy, the designs of which wer...
This thorough documentation of the work of trailblazing Danish firm BIG invites audiences into their processes, methods, and results via the most approachable and populist means of communication available - the cartoon. Published on the occassion of an exhibition at the Danish Architecture Centre, Copenhagen, 21 February - 31 May 2009....
Enterprise Integration Patterns
Designing, Building, and Deploying Messaging Solutions
by Gregor Hohpe (Oct 19, 2003)
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Enterprise Integration Patterns provides an invaluable catalog of sixty-five patterns, with real-world solutions that demonstrate the formidable of messaging and help you to design effective messaging solutions for your enterprise. The authors also include examples covering a variety of different integration technologies, such as JMS, MSMQ, TIBCO A...
Design Like You Give A Damn
Architectural Responses To Humanitarian Crises
by Architecture for Humanity (Jan 15, 2006)
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The greatest humanitarian challenge we face today is that of providing shelter. The physical design of our homes, neighborhoods and communities shapes every aspect of our live, yet where architects are most desperately needed, they can least be afforded. Design Like You Give a Damn is a compendium of innovative projects from around the world that d...
Constructing Architecture
Materials, Processes, Structures
by Andrea Deplazes (Nov 30, 2005)
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This internationally prizewinning volume now appears in its second, revised and expanded edition. Since the first edition was published in 2005, it has been adopted as a textbook at many universities. Organized into chapters on "Raw Materials/Building Materials (Modules)," "Building Components (Elements)," "Building Methods (Structures)," and "Buil...
The Works
Anatomy of a City
by Kate Ascher (Nov 27, 2007)
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How much do you really know about the systems that keep a city alive? The Works: Anatomy of a City contains everything you ever wanted to know about what makes New York City run. When you flick on your light switch the light goes on--how? When you put out your garbage, where does it go? When you flush your toilet, what happens to the waste? How doe...
Space, Time and Architecture
The Growth of a New Tradition, Fifth Revised and Enlarged Edition (The Charles Eliot Norton Lectures)
by Sigfried Giedion (Feb 27, 2009)
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A milestone in modern thought, Space, Time and Architecture has been reissued many times since its first publication in 1941 and translated into half a dozen languages. In this revised edition of Mr. Giedion's classic work, major sections have been added and there are 81 new illustrations. The chapters on leading contemporary architects have been g...
The Possibility of an Absolute Architecture
by Pier Vittorio Aureli (Feb 10, 2011)
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Architectural form reconsidered in light of a unitary conception of architecture and the city.In The Possibility of an Absolute Architecture, Pier Vittorio Aureli proposes that a sharpened formal consciousness in architecture is a precondition for political, cultural, and social engagement with the city. Aureli uses the term absolute not in the con...
Theory and Design in the First Machine Age
by Reyner Banham (Jul 24, 1980)
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First published in 1960, Theory and Design in the First Machine Age has become required reading in numerous courses on the history of modern architecture and is widely regarded as one of the definitive books on the modern movement. It has influenced a generation of students and critics interested in the formation of attitudes, themes, and forms whi...
Wright
by Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer (Nov 11, 2015)
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The Wright idea "The interior space itself is the reality of the building." - Frank Lloyd Wright Widely thought to be the greatest American architect, Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) was a true pioneer, both artistically and technically. At a time when reinforced concrete and steel were considered industrial building materials, Wright boldly made us...
Studies in Tectonic Culture
The Poetics of Construction in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Architecture
by Kenneth Frampton (Sep 30, 2001)
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This is Kenneth Frampton's follow-up to his A Critical History of Modern Architecture....
Modern Architecture Since 1900
by William J.R. Curtis (Jun 26, 1996)
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Since its first publication in 1982, Modern Architecture Since 1900 has become established as a contemporary classic. Worldwide in scope, it combines a clear historical outline with masterly analysis and interpretation. Technical, economic, social and intellectual developments are brought together in a comprehensive narrative which provides a setti...
Architecture Depends
by Jeremy Till (Feb 08, 2013)
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Polemics and reflections on how to bridge the gap between what architecture actually is and what architects want it to be.Architecture depends--on what? On people, time, politics, ethics, mess: the real world. Architecture, Jeremy Till argues with conviction in this engaging, sometimes pugnacious book, cannot help itself; it is dependent for its ve...
Precedents in Architecture
Analytic Diagrams, Formative Ideas, and Partis, Fourth Edition(Paperback) - 2012 Edition
by Roger H. Clark | Michael Pause (Jan 01, 2012)
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A revision of the architectural classic on design analysis Precedents in Architecture, Third Edition provides a vocabulary for architectural analysis that illuminates the works of leading architects and aids architects and designers in creating their own designs. Thirty-one leading architects are represented in this updated Third Edition in examina...
Cabins
by Philip Jodidio (Nov 19, 2014)
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Life in the woods: Creative cabin architecture Ever since Henry David Thoreau's described his two years, two months, and two days of cabin existence at Walden Pond, Massachusetts in Walden, or, Life in the Woods (1854), the idea of a refuge dwelling has seduced the modern psyche. In the past decade, as our material existence and environmental footp...
Theorizing a New Agenda for Architecture
by Kate Nesbitt (Nov 30, 1997)
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Theorizing a New Agenda for Architecture: An Anthology of ArchitecturalTheory collects in a single volume the most significant essays on architectural theory of the last thirty years.A dynamic period of reexamination of the discipline, the postmodern eraproduced widely divergent and radical viewpoints on issues of making, meaning, history, and the ...
The Architecture of Community
by Leon Krier (Mar 16, 2011)
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"No architect has explored architecture's claim to universality better than Léon Krier, and it is this which makes him the most controversial figure of contemporary architectural culture." -Demetri Porphyrios Leon Krier is one of the best-known—and most provocative—architects and urban theoreticians in the world. Until now, however, his ideas have ...
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A prominent architect considers his contemporaries--James Stirling, Robert Venturi, Aldo Rossi, Peter Eisenman, Alvaro Siza, Frank Gehry, Rem Koolhaas, and Herzog & De Meuron--in a lavishly illustrated series of profiles.The internationally acclaimed architect Rafael Moneo is known to be a courageous architect. His major works include the Houston M...
Atlas of Novel Tectonics
by Jesse Reiser (Jan 31, 2006)
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Architects Jesse Reiser and Nanako Umemoto have been generating some of the most provocative thinking in the field for nearly twenty years. With Atlas of Novel Tectonics, Reiser+Umemoto hone in on the many facets of architecture and illuminate their theories with great thought and simplicity. The Atlas is organized as an accumulation of short chapt...
101 Things I Learned in Architecture School
by Matthew Frederick (Aug 31, 2007)
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Concise lessons in design, drawing, the creative process, and presentation, from the basics of "How to Draw a Line" to the complexities of color theory.This is a book that students of architecture will want to keep in the studio and in their backpacks. It is also a book they may want to keep out of view of their professors, for it expresses in clea...
In Praise of Shadows
by Junichiro Tanizaki (Dec 01, 1977)
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An essay on aesthetics by the Japanese novelist, this book explores architecture, jade, food, and even toilets, combining an acute sense of the use of space in buildings. The book also includes descriptions of laquerware under candlelight, and women in the darkness of the house of pleasure....
For an Architecture of Reality
by Michael Benedikt (Dec 31, 1991)
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0930829050|9780930829056. For an Architecture of Reality published in the year 1992. The author of this book is Michael Benedikt . We have a dedicated page displaying collection of Michael Benedikt books here. This is the Paperback version of the title "For an Architecture of Reality ". For an Architecture of Reality is currently Available with us....
Suburban Nation
The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream
by Andres Duany (Sep 13, 2010)
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A manifesto by America's most controversial and celebrated town planners, proposing an alternative model for community design.There is a growing movement in North America to put an end to suburban sprawl and to replace the automobile-based settlement patterns of the past fifty years with a return to more traditional planning principles. This moveme...
The Geography of Nowhere
The Rise and Decline of America's Man-Made Landscape
by James Howard Kunstler (Jul 26, 1994)
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The Geography of Nowhere traces America's evolution from a nation of Main Streets and coherent communities to a land where every place is like no place in particular, where the cities are dead zones and the countryside is a wasteland of cartoon architecture and parking lots.In elegant and often hilarious prose, Kunstler depicts our nation's evoluti...
The Not So Big House
A Blueprint for the Way We Really Live
by Sarah Susanka (Jan 01, 1998)
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This best-seller was met with an extraordinary response when it was published in 1998. In it, visionary architect Sarah Susanka embraced the notion of smaller, simpler shelters that better meet the needs of the way we live today. The book created a groundswell of interest among homeowners, architects, and builders. More than 200 photographs bring t...
A History of Architecture
Settings and Rituals
by Spiro Kostof (May 03, 1995)
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No mere survey of famous buildings, Kostof's History examines an inclusive spectrum of manmade structures: prehistoric huts and the TVA, the pyramids at Giza and the Rome railway station, the ziggurat and the department store. Indeed, Kostof considered every building worthy of attention, every structure or shelter a potential source of insight, whe...
Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture
by Robert Venturi (Jan 01, 1977)
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First published in 1966, and since translated into 16 languages, this remarkable book has become an essential document in architectural literature. As Venturi's "gentle manifesto for a nonstraightforward architecture," Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture expresses in the most compelling and original terms the postmodern rebellion against t...
The Image of the City
by Kevin Lynch (Jun 14, 1960)
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The classic work on the evaluation of city form.What does the city's form actually mean to the people who live there? What can the city planner do to make the city's image more vivid and memorable to the city dweller? To answer these questions, Mr. Lynch, supported by studies of Los Angeles, Boston, and Jersey City, formulates a new criterion -- im...
Outline of European Architecture, An
by Nikolaus Pevsner (Oct 01, 2009)
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One of the most widely read boks on European architecture, Nikolaus Pevsner's landmark work was first published in 1942. Through several revisions and updates during Pevsner's lifetime, it continued to be a seminal essay on the subject, and even after his death, it remains as stimulating as it was back in the mid-twentieth century. Sir Nikolaus Pe...
The Architecture of the City
by Aldo Rossi (Sep 12, 1984)
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Aldo Rossi, a practicing architect and leader of the Italian architectural movement La Tendenza, is also one of the most influential theorists writing today. The Architecture of the City is his major work of architectural and urban theory. In part a protest against functionalism and the Modern Movement, in part an attempt to restore the craft of ar...
The Hidden Dimension
by Edward T. Hall (Sep 30, 1990)
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An examination of various cultural concepts of space and how differences among them affect modern society. Introducing the science of "proxemics," Hall demonstrates how man's use of space can affect personal business relations, cross-cultural exchanges, architecture, city planning, and urban renewal....
Modern Architecture
A Critical History (World of Art)
by Kenneth Frampton (Apr 30, 1992)
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Third edition: revised and enlarged362 illustrationsThis acclaimed survey of 20th-century architecture and its origins has become a classic since it first appeared in 1980. Now revised, enlarged and expanded, Kenneth Frampton brings the story up to date and adds an entirely new concluding chapter that focuses on four countries where individual tale...
Vitruvius
The Ten Books on Architecture (Bks. I-X)
by Vitruvius (Jun 01, 1960)
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Marcus Vitruvius Pollio, a Roman architect and engineer flourishing in the first century B.C., was the author of the oldest and most influential work on architecture in existence. For hundreds of years, the specific instructions he gave in his "Ten Books on Architecture" were followed faithfully, and major buildings in all parts of the world reveal...
Space and Place
The Perspective of Experience
by Yi-Fu Tuan (Feb 07, 2001)
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A study of the ways in which people feel and think about space, how they form attachments to home, neighborhood, and nation, and how feelings about space and place are affected by the sense of time.“Since it is the breadth and universality of his argument that concerns Yi-Fu Tuan, experience is defined as ‘all the modes by which a person knows and ...
Experiencing Architecture
by Steen Eiler Rasmussen (Mar 14, 1964)
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Profusely illustrated with fine instances of architectural experimentation through the centuries, Experiencing Architecture manages to convey the intellectual excitement of superb design. From teacups, riding boots, golf balls, and underwater sculpture to the villas of Palladio and the fish-feeding pavilion of the Peking Winter Palace, the author r...
Architecture Theory since 1968
by K. Michael Hays (Feb 27, 2000)
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An anthology of the pivotal theoretical texts that have defined architecture culture in the late twentieth century.In the discussion of architecture, there is a prevailing sentiment that, since 1968, cultural production in its traditional sense can no longer be understood to rise spontaneously, as a matter of social course, but must now be construc...
Understanding Architecture
Its Elements, History, And Meaning (Icon Editions)
by Leland Roth (Jul 25, 2006)
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This best-selling, illustrated survey of Western architecture is now fully revised throughout, explaining the structure, function, history, and meaning of architecture in a way that is both accessible and engaging. The long-awaited second edition includes: new coverage on Postmodernism and its relationship to the Modernist era; a reorganization of ...
Le Corbusier
by Jean-Louis Cohen (Nov 25, 2015)
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Architectural poetry in the machine age "Architecture is the masterly, correct and magnificent play of volumes brought together in light." - Le Corbusier Born Charles-Edouard Jeanneret, Le Corbusier (1887-1965) adopted his famous pseudonym after publishing his ideas in the review LEsprit Nouveau in 1920. The few buildings he was able to design duri...
How to Read Churches
A Crash Course in Ecclesiastical Architecture
by Denis R. McNamara (Apr 12, 2011)
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Small enough to fit in a pocket yet serious enough to provide real answers, this primer is a must-have for architecture and history buffs, tourists, and churchgoers interested in decoding the styles and symbols of religious buildings. Every building contains clues embedded in its design that identify not only its architectural style but also who de...
Notes on the Synthesis of Form
by Christopher Alexander (Oct 23, 1964)
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"These notes are about the process of design: the process of inventing things which display new physical order, organization, form, in response to function." This book, opening with these words, presents an entirely new theory of the process of design.In the first part of the book, Christopher Alexander discusses the process by which a form is adap...
Why Buildings Fall Down
How Structures Fail
by Matthys Levy (Feb 17, 2002)
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The stories that make up Why Buildings Fall Down are in the end very human ones, tales of the interaction of people and nature, of architects, engineers, builders, materials, and natural forces all coming together in sometimes dramatic (and always instructive) ways....
The Classical Language of Architecture
by John Summerson (Dec 14, 1966)
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The author's purpose is to set out as simply and vividly as possible the exact grammatical workings of an architectural language.Classical architecture is a visual "language" and like any other language has its own grammatical rules. Classical buildings as widely spaced in time as a Roman temple, an Italian Renaissance palace and a Regency house al...
How to Read Buildings
A Crash Course in Architectural Styles
by Carol Davidson Cragoe (Mar 18, 2008)
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This practical primer is a handbook for decoding a building’s style, history, and evolution. Every building contains clues embedded in its design that identify not only its architectural style but also the story of who designed it, who it was built for, and why. Organized by architectural element (roofs, doors, windows, columns, domes, towers, arch...
Why Buildings Stand Up
The Strength of Architecture
by Mario Salvadori (Feb 16, 2002)
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Between a nomad's tent and the Sears Tower lies a revolution in technology, materials, and structures. Here is a clear and enthusiastic introduction to buildings methods from ancient times to the present day, including recent advances in science and technology that have had important effects on the planning and construction of buildings: improved m...
Thermal Delight in Architecture
by Lisa Heschong (Dec 04, 1979)
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Our thermal environment is as rich in cultural associations as our visual, acoustic, olfactory, and tactile environments. This book explores the potential for using thermal qualities as an expressive element in building design. Until quite recently, building technology and design has favored high-energy-consuming mechanical methods of neutralizing ...
Learning from Las Vegas - Revised Edition
The Forgotten Symbolism of Architectural Form
by Robert Venturi (Jun 14, 1977)
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Editorial Reviews - Learning from Las Vegas From the Publisher Learning from Las Vegas created a healthy controversy on its appearance in 1972, calling for architects to be more receptive to the tastes and values of "common" people and less immodest in their erections of "heroic," self-aggrandizing monuments. This revision includes the full texts o...
Towards a New Architecture
by Le Corbusier (Apr 01, 2014)
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For the Swiss-born architect and city planner Le Corbusier (Charles-Édouard Jeanneret, 1887–1965), architecture constituted a noble art, an exalted calling in which the architect combined plastic invention, intellectual speculation, and higher mathematics to go beyond mere utilitarian needs, beyond "style," to achieve a pure creation of the spirit ...
Fundamentals of Building Construction
Materials and Methods
by Edward Allen (Dec 24, 2003)
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Now in its Fourth Edition, Fundamentals of Building Construction is an essential textbook that has been used by thou-sands of students annually in schools of architecture, engineering, and construction technology. The best-selling reference focuses on the basic materials and methods used in building construction. Emphasizing common construction sys...
The continuously accelerating phenomenon of urbanization continues to be one of the great challenges of our time, surfacing repeatedly as an issue in different areas of the world for two hundred years. In a world that has been redefined by a proliferation of communication networks and by a progressive erasure of borders, Mutations reflects on the t...
The City of To-morrow and Its Planning
by Le Corbusier (Mar 31, 1987)
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In this 1929 classic, the great architect Le Corbusier turned from the design of houses to the planning of cities, surveying urban problems and venturing bold new solutions. The book shocked and thrilled a world already deep in the throes of the modern age.Today it is revered as a work that, quite literally, helped to shape our world. Le Corbusier ...
The Phaidon Atlas of Contemporary World Architecture
by Editors of Phaidon Press (May 11, 2004)
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The Phaidon Atlas of Contemporary World Architecture presents a global survey of the most outstanding works of contemporary architecture from around the world completed in the last five years. Organized geographically and illustrated with global, regional and sub-regional maps locating each building, the book illustrates more than 1,000 completed b...
Home
A Short History of an Idea
by Witold Rybczynski (Jul 07, 1987)
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Walk through five centuries of homes both great and small--from the smoke-filled manor halls of the Middle Ages to today's Ralph Lauren-designed environments--on a house tour like no other, one that delightfully explicates the very idea of "home."You'll see how social and cultural changes influenced styles of decoration and furnishing, learn the co...
Programs and Manifestoes on 20th-Century Architecture
by Ulrich Conrads (Nov 14, 1975)
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The present volume offers eloquent testimony that many of the master builders of this century have held passionate convictions regarding the philosophic and social basis of their art. Nearly every important development in the modern architectural movement began with the proclamation of these convictions in the form of a program or manifesto. The mo...
The Stones Of Venice
by John Ruskin (Aug 24, 2017)
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John Ruskin, Victorian England's greatest writer on art and literature, believed himself an adopted son of Venice, and his feelings for this city are exquisitely expressed in The Stones of Venice. This edition contains Ruskin's famous essay "The Nature of Gothic," a marvelously descriptive tour of Venice before its postwar restoration. As Ruskin wr...
Brunelleschi's Dome
How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture
by Ross King (Aug 13, 2013)
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Brunelleschi's Dome is the story of how a Renaissance man bent men, materials, and the very forces of nature to build an architectural wonder. Not a master mason or carpenter, Filippo Brunelleschi was a goldsmith and clock maker. Over twenty-eight years, he would dedicate himself to solving puzzles of the dome's construction. In the process, he did...
The Architecture of Happiness
by Alain De Botton (Apr 08, 2008)
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One of the great but often unmentioned causes of both happiness and misery is the quality of our environment: the kinds of walls, chairs, buildings and streets that surround us.And yet a concern for architecture and design is too often described as frivolous, even self-indulgent. The Architecture of Happiness starts from the idea that where we are ...
Modern Architecture
by Alan Colquhoun (Jul 17, 2002)
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Colquhoun, an eminent scholar in the field of architecture, offers here a new account of international modernism that explores the complex motivations behind this revolutionary movement and assesses its triumphs and failures. The book focuses on the work of the main architects of the movement such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Adolf Loos, Le Corbusier, an...
The Future of Architecture in 100 Buildings
by Marc Kushner (Mar 10, 2015)
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The founder of Architizer.com and practicing architect draws on his unique position at the crossroads of architecture and social media to highlight 100 important buildings that embody the future of architecture.We’re asking more of architecture than ever before; the response will define our future.A pavilion made from paper. A building that eats sm...
A Place of My Own
The Architecture of Daydreams
by Michael Pollan (Dec 30, 2008)
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A room of one's own: is there anybody who hasn't at one time or another wished for such a place, hasn't turned those soft words over until they'd assumed a habitable shape?When writer Michael Pollan decided to plant a garden, the result was an award-winning treatise on the borders between nature and contemporary life, the acclaimed bestseller Secon...
Collage city
by Colin Rowe (Jan 01, 1978)
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This book is a critical reappraisal of contemporary theories of urban planning and design and of the role of the architect-planner in an urban context. The authors, rejecting the grand utopian visions of "total planning" and "total design," propose instead a "collage city" which can accommodate a whole range of utopias in miniature....
The Seven Lamps of Architecture
by John Ruskin (Jun 18, 2018)
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"I believe architecture must be the beginning of arts, and that the others must follow her in their time and order; and I think the prosperity of our schools of painting and sculpture, in which no one will deny the life, though many the health, depends upon that of our architecture." — John Ruskin.In August of 1848, John Ruskin and his new bride vi...