What's New on the Bookshelf? May 2016 edition


How to Make a Nation: A Monocle Guide

By Monocle

Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Gestalten (June 15, 2016)

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What characteristics and values define a country? Which countries are particularly successful in terms of education, economics, or culture? In this book, Monocle provides a global perspective on the distinct qualities of nations.

Monocle's books with Gestalten have shown you how to build a better life, business, and home. But now Monocle raises the bar: how do you run a great country? They are not talking about might, muscle, or nationalism ―although you need a bit of a swagger every now and then. They are talking about a country that feels like a cohesive community, knows what to value, and goes out into the world to gently get its way with soft power, fine ambassadors, and compelling cultural offerings. At home, this country celebrates good education, well-made institutions, and its own people and their skills.

How to Run a Nation: A Monocle Guide is a thought-provoking primer that informs and inspires. The best ideas don't need to be invented ―they need to be found and copied. Let Monocle be your guide.



The Architecture of Jacques Ferrier

By Alexander Tzonis and Kenneth Powell

Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Thames & Hudsen (April 19, 2016)

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Influenced by the critic Rayner Banham, the work of French architect/engineer Jean Prouvé, and his early experience of working with Norman Foster, Jacques Ferrier has developed a highly individual approach to architecture that seeks to harness technology in order to create buildings and urban environments that fully engage with the practical and emotional needs of people. Central to Ferrier's philosophy is the idea of the "Sensual City," which aims to create buildings and cities that engage with the five senses―sound, smell, sight, touch, and taste―that compose human experience.

The Architecture of Jacques Ferrier is a review of this master architect's work to date in Europe and Asia: from the French pavilion designed for the Shanghai World Expo 2010 and the Tabarly Sailing Museum in Brittany; to showcase headquarters for Hachette Livres and Piper-Heidsieck Champagne and the next-generation skyscraper, Hypergreen. The book features introductory texts by world-renowned architectural commentators Alexander Tzonis and Kenneth Powell, and a fascinating and insightful interview with Jacques Ferrier. 



New Aging: Live Smarter Now to Live Better Forever

By Matthias Hollwich

Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Penguin Books (March 29, 2016)

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New Aging invites us to take everything we associate with aging-the loss of freedom and vitality, the cold and sterile nursing homes, the boredom-and throw it out the window. As an architect, Matthias Hollwich is devoted to finding ways in which we can shape our living spaces and communities to make aging a graceful and fulfilling aspect of our lives. Now he has distilled his research into a collection of simple, visionary principles-brought to life with bright, colorful illustrations-that will inspire you to think creatively about how you can change your habits and environments to suit your evolving needs as you age. With advice ranging from practical design tips for making your home safer and more comfortable to thought-provoking ideas on how we work, relax, and interact with our neighbors, and even how we eat, New Aging will inspire you and your loved ones to live smarter today so you can live better tomorrow.



The Architect's Handbook 2

By Domitris Kottas

Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: Links Internationals (May 7, 2016)

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An architect's head is filled with thousands of details: weights and resistances, sizes and specifications, acoustic protection, properties, and so on.How can a busy professional keep all this information in mind?The Architect's Handbook is an easy-to-use, exhaustive reference book packed with facts: conversion tables, legal standards, technical specs, material properties, rules of thumb and much more; putting all the information at the architect's fingertips, anytime, anyplace.It includes detailed plans, drawings and sketches, and 80 charts full of hardy technical information.



Can a City Be Sustainable?

By The Worldwatch Institute

Paperback: 448 pages
Islands Press (May 10, 2016)

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Cities are the world's future. Today, more than half of the global population-3.7 billion people-are urban dwellers, and that number is expected to double by 2050. There is no question that cities are growing; the only debate is over how they will grow. Will we invest in the physical and social infrastructure necessary for livable, equitable, and sustainable cities? In the latest edition of State of the World, the flagship publication of the Worldwatch Institute, experts from around the globe examine the core principles of sustainable urbanism and profile cities that are putting them into practice.

State of the World first puts our current moment in context, tracing cities in the arc of human history. It also examines the basic structural elements of every city: materials and fuels; people and economics; and biodiversity. In part two, professionals working on some of the world's most inventive urban sustainability projects share their first-hand experience. Success stories come from places as diverse as Ahmedabad, India; Freiburg, Germany; and Shanghai, China. In many cases, local people are acting to improve their cities, even when national efforts are stalled. Parts three and four examine cross-cutting issues that affect the success of all cities. Topics range from the nitty-gritty of handling waste and developing public transportation to civic participation and navigating dysfunctional government.

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