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What's New on the Bookshelves? June 2015 edition

June 04, 2015 /

Summer holidays being just around the corner, now's the time to plan your summer reading. For the suitcase, we've got the new Heatherwick Thames & Hudson monograph and a comprehensive study of the renewed interest among young architects in timber construction. Better suited for carry-on luggage, the recent edition of OASE dedicated to the early years of OMA, a call for collaborative, inclusive, network-driven architecture and a revised edition of Le Corbusier's seminal lecture series, Precisions.

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OASE 94: O.M.A. The First Decade

by Pier Vittorio Aureli (Author) et al.

Paperback: 144 pages
Publisher: nai010 publishers (June 23, 2015)

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This thematic issue of OASE sheds new light on the architectural production of Rem Koolhaas' OMA during its first decade (1978-1989)--a mythical period in the history of the world-famous office of Rem Koolhaas. The proposals, plans and projects, both implemented and not, are subjected to critical appraisal and richly illustrated with fascinating, often unfamiliar visual material in this issue of OASE. The projects include the residence of the Irish Prime Minister (1979), the design competition for Parc de la Villette in Paris (1982), Villa Palestra for the Milan Triennale (1986) and the designs for the City Hall in The Hague (1986) and the Swiss Hotel Furkablick (1988).

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Thomas Heatherwick: Making

by Maisie Rowe (Author)

Paperback: 608 pages
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd; Revised edition (July 6, 2015)

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Covering the studios complete output over twenty years some 170 projects Thomas Heatherwick: Making answers what many have asked: How did he do that? Heatherwick Studio has continued to expand since the original edition was published in 2012.

This new edition includes more large-scale international work, which will place Heatherwicks reputation alongside the most influential architects and designers of a generation. Heatherwick was personally involved in the books every detail, ensuring that the most fascinating and sometimes personal facets of each projects are revealed, most for the first time.

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Timber in the City

by Andrew Bernheimer (Editor)

Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: ORO Editions (June 15, 2015)
   

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As synthetic materials and mutant and hybrid concoctions attain prominence in our daily lives―in our handheld devices, cooking utensils, vehicles, even things as simple as our shopping bags―the design and construction industries have instead re-embraced the familiar, the conventional―wood.

Technology is now commonly used to cut, perforate, assemble, erect, and even fabricate wood in a manner not previously possible. Timber in the City documents how young designers and architects are imaginatively rethinking the means by which we build and the methods by which we define space merely through differing deployments of a familiar building material.

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Open Source Architecture

by Carlo Ratti (Author), Matthew Claudel (Contributor)

Hardcover: 144 pages
Publisher: Thames & Hudson; 1 edition (June 16, 2015)
  

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Open Source Architecture is a visionary manifesto for the architecture of tomorrow that argues for a paradigm shift from architecture as a means of supporting the ego-fueled grand visions of "starchitects" to a collaborative, inclusive, network-driven process inspired by twenty-first-century trends such as crowd-sourcing, open access, and mass customization. The question is how collaborative design can avoid becoming design-by-committee. Authors Carlo Ratti and Matthew Claudel  navigate this topic nimbly in chapters such as "Why It Did Not Work" and "Learning from the Network."

They also meet the essential requirement of any manifesto, considering the applications of open-source architecture not only conceptually but also in practice, in chapters such as "Open Source Gets Physical" and "Building Harmonies."  Open Source Architecture is an important new work on the frontlines of architectural thought and practice.

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Precisions - on the Present State of Architecture and City Planning 

by Le Corbusier (Author), Tim Benton (Contributor)

Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Park Books; New edition edition (June 15, 2015)

Precisions - on the Present State of Architecture and City Planning, or  Precisions as the book is commonly known, originated from a series of ten lectures presented by Le Corbusier in Buenos Aires in 1929. It consists of concise summations of the Swiss-born French architect's pioneering philosophy, the lectures contain some of Le Corbusier's most compelling aphorisms and cover topics from technique, design and human scale.

For many, including Le Corbusier himself, the Precisions lectures marked an important shift in the architect's thinking and are considered one of his most mature statements on modern architectural revolution. This new edition sheds light on the principles that informed his work. Published to honor the fiftieth anniversary of Le Corbusier's passing, this new and expanded edition presents the Precisions lectures to a new audience. 

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