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  • Architecture and Power in Africaby Nnamdi Elleh

    ABC-CLIO 2002; US$ 139.00

    Two of the most ambitious religious edifices of the 20th century are the Our Lady of Peace Basilica in the West African country of the Ivory Coast and the Hassan II Mosque in Morocco. Nnamdi Elleh not only provides a substantial architectural and pictorial analysis of the buildings themselves. Using these two buildings as case studies, he also investigates... more...

  • Indispensable Eyesoresby Melanie van der Hoorn

    Berghahn Books 2009; US$ 90.00

    Collapsing concrete colossuses, run-down overgrown skeletons, immutable architectural misfits: the outcasts from our built environment, which we are dying to dispose of - and yet cannot do without - have inspired many ghost stories, crime novels and urban legends. Such narratives reveal the significance of architectural eyesores for the people who... more...

  • Feng Shui in Chinese Architectureby Evelyn Lip

    Marshall Cavendish International (Asia) Ptd Ltd 2008; US$ 19.20

    Feng Shui, literally ‘wind and water’, is a Chinese belief system aimed at finding the most harmonious sites for buildings by taking into account the metaphysical energy flow (qi), the influence of the Five Elements of the cosmos and a complex calculation of time cycles. more...

  • Losing Siteby Shelley Hornstein

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2011; US$ 109.95

    This book addresses the relationship between memory and place and asks how architecture captures and triggers memory. It examines how architecture exists as a physical entity and how it registers as a place that we come to remember, as well as whether it can exist or be found beyond the physical site itself in our recollection of it. more...

  • The Political Unconscious of Architectureby Nadir Lahiji

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2011; US$ 59.95

    Bringing together a team of leading scholars this book critically examines the important contribution made by eminent cultural and literary critic Fredric Jameson. This book breaks new ground in architectural criticism and offers insights into the interrelationships between politics, culture, space, and architecture. Fredric Jameson himself provides... more...

  • Carbon-Neutral Architectural Designby Pablo M. La Roche

    Taylor and Francis 2011; US$ 109.95

    The energy used to operate buildings is one of the most significant sources of greenhouse gas emissions. To lessen the human impact on climate, it is necessary to reduce these building-related emissions. New legislation, as well as market and financial pressures, are driving architects and developers to create low-carbon buildings. While it is possible... more...

  • Vertical Livingby Julia Gatley; Paul Walker

    Auckland University Press 2014; US$ 31.99

    In 1946 a group of students and idealists got together to realize their visions for a modern city. Over the following half century, the Architectural Centre they founded helped shape the possibilities of modern life in urban New Zealand and profoundly influenced the remaking of the capital city of Wellington. More than just an association of architects,... more...

  • The Architecture of Useby Stephen Grabow; Kent Spreckelmeyer

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 44.95

    By analyzing ten examples of buildings that embody the human experience at an extraordinary level, this book clarifies the central importance of the role of function in architecture as a generative force in determining built form. Using familiar twentieth-century buildings as case studies, the authors present these from a new perspective, based on... more...

  • Designing for Hopeby Dominique Hes; Chrisna du Plessis

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 65.95

    A forward looking book on sustainable design that describes problems and then, by providing a different way to conceptualise design and development, leads on to examples of regenerative solutions. Its aim is to move the discussion away from doing less, but still detracting from our ecological capital, to positively contributing and adding to this... more...