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Architectural criticism

  • The Material Imaginationby Matthew Mindrup

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2015; US$ 119.95

    In recent years architectural discourse has witnessed a renewed interest in materiality under the guise of such familiar tropes as 'material honesty,' 'form finding,' or 'digital materiality.' As an alternative to a formal approach in architectural design, this book challenges readers to rethink the reverie of materials in architecture... more...

  • Impossible Heightsby Adnan Morshed

    University of Minnesota Press 2015; US$ 112.50

    The advent of the airplane and skyscraper in 1920s and ?30s America offered the population an entirely new way to look at the world: from above. The captivating image of an airplane flying over the rising metropolis led many Americans to believe a new civilization had dawned. In Impossible Heights , Adnan Morshed examines the aesthetics that emerged... more...

  • Der Starke auf dem Dachby Bettina Ventker

    Harrassowitz Verlag 2015; US$ 104.59

    In der ägyptischen Tempelarchitektur finden sich für die Wasserableitung neben schmucklosen Steinblöcken auch figürlich ausgearbeitete Wasserspeier, die durchweg als rundplastische Löwen gestaltet sind. Anders als aus Griechenland, Rom oder von zahlreichen mittelalterlichen Kirchen und Kathedralen bekannt, speien die ägyptischen Exemplare das Wasser... more...

  • Lefebvre for Architectsby Nathaniel Coleman

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 32.95

    While the work of Henri Lefebvre has become better known in the English-speaking world since the 1991 translation of his 1974 masterpiece, The Production of Space , his influence on the actual production of architecture and the city has been less pronounced. Although now widely read in schools of architecture, planning and urban design, Lefebvre?s... more...

  • Cognitive Architectureby Ann Sussman; Justin B Hollander

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 54.95

    In Cognitive Architecture , the authors review new findings in psychology and neuroscience to help architects and planners better understand their clients as the sophisticated mammals they are, arriving in the world with built-in responses to the environment that have evolved over millennia. The book outlines four main principles---Edges Matter,... more...

  • Al Bahr Towersby Peter Oborn

    Wiley 2014; US$ 80.00

    This publication is entirely centered on the design and delivery of Al Bahr Towers. With 300-colour images, it is highly visual with specially commissioned photography by Christian Richters. An illustrated introduction by the architectural correspondent of The Financial Times , Edwin Heathcote provides an engaging account of the background behind... more...

  • Suspending Modernityby Kay Bea Jones

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2014; US$ 129.95

    Kay Bea Jones’ illuminating study of selected works by Studio Albini will reintroduce his contributions to one of the most productive periods in Italian design. Suspending Modernity follows the evolution of Albini’s most important buildings and projects, even as they reveal his apprehensive attitudes about the modern condition. Albini clarified... more...

  • Reading the Architecture of the Underprivileged Classesby Nnamdi Elleh

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2014; US$ 109.95

    This book not only shows how architects can learn from traditional or vernacular dwellings in order to create habitations for the people of low-income groups in public housing scenarios, but also demonstrates how the architecture of the economically underprivileged classes goes beyond culturally-inspired tectonic interpretations of vernacular traditions... more...

  • Transgressionby Louis Rice; David Littlefield

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 59.95

    Transgression means to 'cross over': borders, disciplines, practices, professions, and legislation. This book explores how the transgression of boundaries produces new forms of architecture, education, built environments, and praxis. Based on material from the 10th International Conference of the AHRA, this volume presents contributions from... more...

  • Empathic Spaceby Christian Derix; ?smund Izaki

    Wiley 2014; US$ 39.95

    In recent years, questions of space have gained renewed momentum in architecture and urban design, as adaptation, densification and sustainable regeneration have become an increasing priority. While most computing-based design tends to emphasise the formal aspects of architecture, overlooking space and its users, the ‘original’ computational... more...