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What’s New on the Bookshelves March 2016

What's New on the Bookshelves brings you the latest in architectural publishing. This month, you'll find a beautiful collaboration between acclaimed Japanese architect, Kengo Kuma and photographer Erieta Attali as well as an examination of what it takes to create a book on architecture. Also, an in-depth look of the creative process of Zaha Hadid and a reflection on what the duty of architects really is. Finally, we're bringing you the latest publication from powerhouse magazine, El Croquis, which looks at the work of French architect, Jean Nouvel, since he won the Pritzker Prize in 2008.
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Glass / Wood: Erieta Attali on Kengo Kuma

by Erieta Attali (Photographer), Kengo Kuma (Artist)

Hardcover: 120 pages
Publisher: Hatje Cantz (February 23, 2016)

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The acclaimed Japanese architect Kengo Kuma (born 1954) and photographer Erieta Attali complement one another perfectly in terms of their artistic statement: both of them focus on the inclusion of the landscape. It is not the architecture as such that plays the primary role but the way in which it communicates with the surrounding world. Details from nature and the intricate connection of interior with exterior space characterize the photographs by Attali. In his unique works, Kuma combines Japanese traditions in architecture with those of modernist architecture. His architecture constitutes a bridge where the individual and nature meet. Kuma became famous in the West for his sensitive extension to a mid-century icon in New Canaan, Connecticut, which this exquisite monograph insightfully discusses and portrays.

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The Anatomy of the Architectural Book

by Andre Tavares
 

Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Lars Muller Publishers (1 Mar. 2015)

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Architectural bookmaking has been exposed to disciplinary debates, just as building construction has been exposed to the charms of book culture. Examining the crossovers between book culture and building culture makes visible the axes along which architectural knowledge circulates through books into buildings and back, from the celebration of specific architectural practices to the production of unique books, using pages and print to convey architectural ideas. Dissecting a wealth of books trough five conceptual tools-texture, surface, rhythm, structure and scale-André Tavares analyzes the material qualities of books in order to assess their crossovers with architectural knowledge. The detailed history of Sigfried Giedion's Befreites Wohnen and the two incarnations of the Crystal Palace in Hyde Park and Sydenham provide a background that confront us not only with the rise of the industrialized book, but also with the configuration of the book as a unique visual device.

Richly illustrated with samples from the library of the Canadian Centre for Architecture, the volume discusses a wide range of authors, including Vitruvius, William Morris, Gottfried Semper, El Lissitzky, Le Corbusier, Jacques-Ignace Hittorff, Owen Jones, A. W. N. Pugin, Humphrey Repton, Sebastiano Serlio, Andrea Palladio, John Tallis, Raphael, Eugène Viollet-le-Duc, Jean-Rodolphe Perronet, Jean-Nicolas-Louis Durand, and Frank Lloyd Wright.

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ZAHA HADID | Graphic Space Vol 1

by Fabiano Continanza

Paperback: 132 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 5, 2016)

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The main objective of this book is to show how deformation and distortion through projection allowed opportunity and became a design process. Architecture is no longer about a fixed image of the building but is becoming a very elaborate way to sketch things and allow degrees for complexity. The representation isn't only about the project itself but the urban conditions is pulled into the process allowing for a degree of special complexity which wouldn't be achievable with traditional representation. This had a tremendous impact in the shift in geometry that allowed more possibility to expose components and spaces.

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The Other Architect / Another Way of Building Architecture

by Giovanna Borasi

Paperback: 420 pages
Publisher: Spector Books (March 1, 2016)

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For many, architecture is a service whose goal is building; but for others, it is a field of intellectual research and method of inquiry. Edited by CCA chief curator Giovanna Borasi for the eponymous exhibition, The Other Architect is a timely and beautifully designed source book/catalog. The handsome volume contains reproductions of ephemera from over 20 research organizations developed by architects between 1968 and 2011. A wealth of ideas and approaches to archi- tectural thinking are neatly explicated in captions accompanying each section and augmented in brief essays by international architects, theorists, teachers, writers and curators. Among the organizations featured are Rem Koolhaus s AMO, Art Net, Global Tools, MIT s Architecture Machine Group, Eyal Weizman s Forensic Architecture, ARAU, Design-A-Thon, Delos Symposium, Anyone Corp and CIRCO. A must-have for anyone interested in the field of architecture, this publication describes the rich life of architecture beyond building as thinking process, method and research tool.

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El Croquis 183: Jean Nouvel 2007-2016 Contemporary Reflections

by El Croquis

Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: El Croquis; 1 edition (March 2, 2016)

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This edition of the magazine examines the work of French architect Jean Nouvel since just prior to his being awarded the Pritzker Prize in 2008. Featuring an interview with the architect and Francis Marmande, plus an essay by Santiago de Molina, it offers a diverse overview of how this critically acclaimed designer arrived at the present moment in his career. Included are nineteen projects that span the globe, among them the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the Danish Radio Concert House in Copenhagen, the renovation of Moritz Brewery, Hotel Renaissance in Barcelona, two housing projects in Bordeaux, One Central Park in Sydney, and the European Patent Office in Rijswijk.

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Last updated: March 10, 2016

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