What's New on the Bookshelf? April 2016 edition

What's New on the Bookshelves brings you the latest in architectural publishing. This month, you'll find an unexpected blueprint to the criminal possibilities in the world all around us in, A Burglar's Guide to the City, as well as a look at the emerging talents coming out of the United Kingdom. Also, a new look at the relationship and possibilities between landscape and urbanism plus a new way of mapping urban space. Finally, we're bringing you a monograph of the great Australian architect, Peter Stutchbury.


A Burglar's Guide to the City

by Geoff Manaugh (Author)

Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: FSG Originals (April 5, 2016)

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At the core of A Burglar's Guide to the City is an unexpected and thrilling insight: how any building transforms when seen through the eyes of someone hoping to break into it. Studying architecture the way a burglar would, Geoff Manaugh takes readers through walls, down elevator shafts, into panic rooms, up to the buried vaults of banks, and out across the rooftops of an unsuspecting city.

With the help of FBI Special Agents, reformed bank robbers, private security consultants, the L.A.P.D. Air Support Division, and architects past and present, the book dissects the built environment from both sides of the law. Whether picking padlocks or climbing the walls of high-rise apartments, finding gaps in a museum's surveillance routine or discussing home invasions in ancient Rome, A Burglar's Guide to the City has the tools, the tales, and the x-ray vision you need to see architecture as nothing more than an obstacle that can be outwitted and undercut.

Full of real-life heists-both spectacular and absurd-A Burglar's Guide to the City ensures readers will never enter a bank again without imagining how to loot the vault or walk down the street without planning the perfect getaway.


Landscape as Urbanism: A General Theory

by Charles Waldheim (Author)

Hardcover: 216 pages
Publisher: Princeton University Press (February 16, 2016)

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It has become conventional to think of urbanism and landscape as opposing one another-or to think of landscape as merely providing temporary relief from urban life as shaped by buildings and infrastructure. But, driven in part by environmental concerns, landscape has recently emerged as a model and medium for the city, with some theorists arguing that landscape architects are the urbanists of our age. InLandscape as Urbanism, one of the field's pioneers presents a powerful case for rethinking the city through landscape.

Charles Waldheim traces the roots of landscape as a form of urbanism from its origins in the Renaissance through the twentieth century. Growing out of progressive architectural culture and populist environmentalism, the concept was further informed by the nineteenth-century invention of landscape architecture as a "new art" charged with reconciling the design of the industrial city with its ecological and social conditions. In the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, as urban planning shifted from design to social science, and as urban design committed to neotraditional models of town planning, landscape urbanism emerged to fill a void at the heart of the contemporary urban project.

Generously illustrated, Landscape as Urbanism examines works from around the world by designers ranging from Ludwig Hilberseimer, Andrea Branzi, and Frank Lloyd Wright to James Corner, Adriaan Geuze, and Michael Van Valkenburgh. The result is the definitive account of an emerging field that is likely to influence the design of cities for decades to come.


New Architects 3: Britain's Best Emerging Architects

by Architecture Foundation (Author)

Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Merrell Publishers (April 5, 2016)

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Published in association with the Architecture Foundation, NEW ARCHITECTS 3 showcases the wealth of emerging architectural talent in the UK. It provides a unique guide to over 85 of the most innovative and talented young architectural practices, many of which are destined to become the leading practices tomorrow. With this publication, the third in a groundbreaking series that began in 1998, the Architecture Foundation continues its tradition of championing new generations of architects and helping the development of many young practices. The first edition of NEW ARCHITECTS was cited by architects and clients alike as the one key reference source for the commissioning of public and private projects, offering a critical outlook on the buoyant UK architectural scene. The Observer newspaper said of NEW ARCHITECTS 2, published in 2001 by Merrell, 'In terms of providing an insight into future trends in architecture, it is hard to beat.' Today the UK scene remains lively and diverse with London marked out as arguably the pre-eminent international city for ambitious and innovative design. Yet it is still difficult for young practices to gain commissions. This brand new book, featuring practices selected by a jury of architectural professionals, represents the next generation of talent, and will be invaluable for all those interested in the best new additions to our built environment.

The book arranges the featured practices in alphabetical order, and provides a comprehensive, independent expert assessment of each practice, along with contact details and a total of 450 colour illustrations of recent projects. Offering both practical information on how to get the most out of the client/architect relationship and an overview of the architecture scene in the UK, this book will not only serve as a reference for clients, advisers and urban planners, but also as resource to inspire readers and celebrate the value of high-quality contemporary architecture.


Drawing Architecture and the Urban

by Sam Jacoby (Author)

Paperback: 328 pages
Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (April 4, 2016)

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Drawing is an important means to analyse information and develop rigorous arguments both conceptually and visually. Going beyond the how-to drawing manual, this book provides an instrumental approach to drawing, especially computer-generated drawings; it outlines how drawings should be used to convey clear and analytical information in the process of design, as well as the communication and discussion of a project. In depth examples are provided how to communicate effectively. The final section demonstrates how to transform case-studies, directly connecting an analytical approach with the design process.


Under the Edge: The Architecture of Peter Stutchbury

by Ewan McEoin (Editor)

Hardcover: 300 pages
Publisher: Thames and Hudson (Australia) Pty Ltd (April 1, 2016)

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There is an historical interface at play in Australia between the hegemony of western culture and the many and exotic cultures of the east, of the Pacific Islands and Australia s Indigenous cultures that exposes a deep understanding of building in harmony with place, climate and nature. This interface is particularly clear in the work of Peter Stutchbury, as is clearly shown in this extensive and beautifully produced monograph. Projects range from beach houses to garden houses, from his Hangar Flying Museum in Hunter Valley to a woolshed Wagga Wagga.

Last updated: April 07, 2016

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