What's New on the Bookshelves? March 2015 edition

March 12, 2015 /

At the top of the pile of this month's numerous, noteworthy, new book releases is an insightful analysis of the past three decades worth of Dutch architecture attempting to find the roots of it's popularity. Also, and very apropos, Wimy Maas' self-declared 'bad-ass' guide to copy-pasting, as well as a remarkable collection of contemporary buildings that tackle some of the biggest challenges facing architecture today.


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Double Dutch: Dutch Architecture since 1985 

Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: nai010 publishers (March 24, 2015)

In  Double Dutch: Dutch Architecture since 1985, architecture critic and journalist Bernard Hulsman describes the unprecedented boom experienced by Dutch architecture in the past quarter-century, discussing over 100 buildings that characterize the fascinating and turbulent scene.

Dutch architects took the world by surprise with unconventional designs such as the Koolhaas' 1992 Rotterdam Kunsthal and the Dutch Pavilion by MVRDV at the World Exhibition in Hannover in 2000.


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The Future of Architecture in 100 Buildings

Hardcover, 176 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster/ TED (March 10, 2015)

We're entering a new age in architecture - one where we expect our buildings to deliver far more than just shelter. We want buildings that inspire us while helping the environment; buildings that delight our senses while serving the needs of a community; buildings made possible both by new technology and repurposed materials.

Like an architectural cabinet of wonders, this book collects the most innovative buildings of today and tomorrow. The buildings hail from all seven continents (to say nothing of other planets), offering a truly global perspective on what lies ahead.


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Copy Paste: Bad Ass Copy Guide

Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: nai010 publishers (March 24, 2015)

What are the really original ideas in architecture? Isn't it better to ask what someone adds to the existing repertoire and then to evaluate that? In science, it is common to define originality in that respect. This type of attitude seems to be a taboo in architecture.

So now the time has come to stop this obsessive pursuit of unique authorship. The Why Factory brings together diverse viewpoints on the dilemma of copying in architecture, along with the ethical and legal obligations. This book contains a versatile guide to copying, and explores the potential by means of a broad set of scenarios with the help of various tools.


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The Inevitable Specificity of Cities

Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Lars Muller (March 25, 2015)

Even though cities are inscribed into global processes and networks, they develop their own specific ways of dealing with these conditions. They tend to produce and reproduce their own specific city, their own patterns and character traits. Using the categories of territory, power, and difference -- also lending the book its structure -- the texts analyze different case studies of cities and urbanized territories, ranging from the Canary Islands to Hong Kong and Nairobi, unfolding the distinctiveness of their physical and social existences.

The Inevitable Specificity of Cities features contributions by Roger Diener, Mathias Gunz, Manuel Herz and Jacques Herzog, among many others.


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Women, Modernity, and Landscape Architecture

Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Routledge (February 6, 2015)
Language: English

Modernity was critically important to the formation and evolution of the landscape architecture discipline. This study looks closely at the work and influences of some of the least studied figures of the era: established yet less well-known female landscape architects who pursued modernist ideals in their designs.

The women featured in Women, Modernity, and Landscape Architecture belong to the pioneering first two generations of professional landscape architects and were outstanding in the field.

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