What's New On The Bookshelf? November 2016 Edition
This month, we'll take you on a journey through the striking architecture of the Arab Emirates - and for those dazzled about Scandinavian design there are news! Furthermore, one of the most distinguished personalities within architectural theory presents a personal essay collection reflecting on his architectural voyage. And speaking of theory, the work of Robert Venturi and his theoretical approach is re-evaluated as is the case with Surrealism and its influence on architecture.
United Arab Emirates: Architectural Guide
By Henrik Bohle and Jan Dimog
Pages: 540 pages
Publisher: DOM Publisher
In 1971, seven emirates were gathered under the United
Arab Emirates (UAE) which ever since has had a significant
influence on the major economic upswing characterizing the country.
The upswing highly depending on the oil and gas industry has led to
great investments in both trade, tourism and construction.
Especially the latter, has manifest itself in numerous of
skyscrapers and architectural projects designed by some of the
leading contemporary architects around the world. This guide book
juxtaposes historical architecture anchored in Arab tradition to
the striking results of contemporary architecture in a country in
Scandinavia Dreaming: Nordic Homes, Interiors and Design
Showing the diversity and richness of contemporary Scandinavian interior design, Scandinavian Dreaming juxtaposes the newest interpretations on Nordic design. The book emphasizes the uniqueness of contemporary Nordic spaces narrated through various anecdotes highlighting keywords such as function, tradition and elegance.
By shortlisting design firms counting Hay, Ferm Living
and Gubi, Scandinavian Dreaming features profiles of brands as well
as personalities who have had a great impact on the ongoing
discussions concerning Nordic craftsmanship. The book offers both a
nuanced historical and an aesthetic voyage through the golden age
of the timeless Scandinavian design tradition.
Origins, Invention, Revision
James S. Ackerman (b. 1919) is one of the most
remarkable personalities within the field of architectural history
and theory. He is best known as a major scholar on masters such as
Michelangelo, Andrea Palladio and the Italian Renaissance, which
Ackerman especially came to an increasingly on-site understanding
of during his service under World War 2. Devoting his research to
bring back the great architects of the past, the essay collection
Origin, Invention, Revision presents a personal journey that ranges
from the consequences of Ackerman's service during World War 2 to
the legacy of the Italian Renaissance. And eventually, to classical
architecture of India he came to encounter through a passage
throughout the country.
The Difficult Whole: A Reference Book on the Works of Robert
Venturi, John Rauch and Denise Scott Brown
The Difficult Whole presents an alternative to
contemporary architectural discourse on the basis of a rereading of
material including the works of Robert Venturi. The book tends to
re-evaluate and offers new perspectives on the legacy of Venturi by
reflecting on his principal work, Complexity and Contradiction in
Architecture, from 1966. The Difficult Whole features essays on 28
projects by architects such as Venturi, Rauch and Scott
Architecture and Surrealism
Written by Neil Spiller, a professor of architecture and digital theory, Architecture and Surrealism offers an understanding on the interplay between architecture, technology and surrealism. With key concepts such as the interior space, the house, alternative realities and the body, the book investigates the existing reality and opportunities caused by new technology and its ability to create otherworldly concepts. Architecture and Surrealism furthermore argues how architects nowadays in remarkable ways utilize Surrealist ideas in their own work, and additionally states that the conditions of contemporary design approaches the surreal.
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