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  • How Architecture Worksby Witold Rybczynski

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2013; US$ 27.99

    An essential toolkit for understanding architecture as both art form and the setting for our everyday lives We spend most of our days and nights in buildings, living and working and sometimes playing. Buildings often overawe us with their beauty. Architecture is both setting for our everyday lives and public art form?but it remains mysterious... more...

  • Glasshousesby Fiona Grant

    Osprey Publishing 2013; US$ 7.95

    The orangeries and glasshouses that stand in the gardens of many stately homes help to tell a three-century story of garden fashion. They reflect both the architectural and social trends of their time, but above all show an increasing ability to tailor the buildings to the needs of the plants within. Starting with the Restoration fashion for cultivating... more...

  • Muslim Architecture of South Indiaby Mehrdad Shokoohy

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 44.95

    This book reinterprets the Muslim architecture and urban planning of South India, looking beyond the Deccan to the regions of Tamil Nadu and Kerala - the historic coasts of Coromandel and Malabar. more...

  • Understanding Islamic Architectureby Attilo Petruccioli; Khalil K. Pirani

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 72.95

    This book seeks to energize the ongoing debate in academia and among practitioners on the meaning and understanding of Islamic architecture, and explores how the design profession can be employed to build in the spirit of Islam. more...

  • BEYOND ARCHIGRAM STEINERby Hadas A. Steiner

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 49.95

    An analysis of the far-reaching influence of Archigram , the journal published in London in the 1960s, and the group of the same name that created it. more...

  • Contemporary Perspectives on Jane Jacobsby Dirk Schubert

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2014; US$ 119.95

    Based on cross-disciplinary and transnational approaches, this book offers new insights into Jane Jacobs's complex and often contrarian way of thinking. Now, more than 50 years after the initial publication of her famous book 'The Death and Life of Great American Cities' (1961) in a period of rapid globalisation and deregulated approaches... more...

  • Icehousesby Tim Buxbaum

    Osprey Publishing 2014; US$ 12.95

    In the days before refrigeration, the very wealthy would use specially designed icehouses to store food from one season to the next. This book examines the design and development of icehouses, using many illustrations to explain how they worked and how they improved as scientific knowledge increased. With a detailed description of the different uses... more...

  • Hassan Fathy and Continuity in Islamic Arts and Architectureby Ahmad Hamid

    I.B.Tauris 2010; US$ 14.99

    Hassan Fathy, the Egyptian architect known for his recognition of the potential of vernacular forms as a vital force in contemporary architectural design, sought to integrate the traditions of Islamic art with his modern visions for living. Guided by Fathy?s principles, Ahmad Hamid, an architect who collaborated with Hassan Fathy in the Institute for... more...

  • The Age of Comfortby Joan DeJean

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2009; US$ 10.99

    Today, it is difficult to imagine a living room without a sofa. When the first sofas on record were delivered in seventeenth-century France, the result was a radical reinvention of interior space. Symptomatic of a new age of casualness and comfort, the sofa ushered in an era known as the golden age of conversation; as the first piece of furniture designed... more...

  • The Working Man's Green Spaceby Micheline Nilsen

    University of Virginia Press 2014; US$ 39.50

    With antecedents dating back to the Middle Ages, the community garden is more popular than ever as a means of procuring the freshest food possible and instilling community cohesion. But as Micheline Nilsen shows, the small-garden movement, which gained impetus in the nineteenth century as rural workers crowded into industrial cities, was for a long... more...