FALLINGWATER: A Book celebrating the 75th Anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Beloved Masterwork Print E-mail
Thursday, 26 May 2011 08:06

Fallingwater

FALLINGWATER


Edited by Lynda Waggoner
Photographed by Christopher Little
Essays by David G. De Long, Rick Darke, Justin Gunther, Neil Levine, John Reynolds, and Robert Silman
In Association with the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy

Rizzoli / HC w/jacket / 328 pages / 11” x 11”
250 color and b&w illustrations



Arguably the greatest residential work of Architecture, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Masterwork is celebrating its seventy-fifth anniversary. Conceptualized by Wright for the Kaufmann family back in 1935, this weekend getaway, built over a waterfall, is the perfect synergy between nature and architecture.

“The union of powerful art and powerful nature into something beyond the sum of their separate powers deserves to be kept living.”— Edgar Kaufmann jr.

Last Updated on Monday, 30 May 2011 15:30
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David Adjaye : A House For An Art Collector Print E-mail
Monday, 28 March 2011 06:27

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Texts by Peter Allison, Adam Lindermann, and interviews with David Adjaye
Principal photography by Robert Polidori and Lyndon Douglas
Pub Date: March 22, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Rizzoli
Trim Size: 9 x 11


For the several years, David Adjaye has been at the forefront of world architecture, having designed some high-profile buildings such as the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver, and the recently winning the design for the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 May 2011 10:54
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The Tropical Modern House Print E-mail
Tuesday, 15 March 2011 14:59

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Written by Raul A. Barreneche

Pub Date: February 8, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Category: Architecture - Domestic
Publisher: Rizzoli
Trim Size: 9 x 9



It’s the time of the year that we long for the warm weather of the tropics immersing in the lands of sunshine. If you cannot afford the tickets to such destinations, then why not do it through a book featuring modern tropical dwellings. Such en experience would soothe both sides of the brain. Traveling around the globe between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn, the author selected a collection of attractive modern houses that he shares with his readers.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 May 2011 10:27
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Frank Williams Architect Print E-mail
Monday, 15 November 2010 11:00
Frank-WilliamsLast February, the architecture community lost a prominent figure with the passing away of Frank Williams. For over forty years, Mr. Williams designed dozens of skyscrapers that impact the skylines of many cities like New York, Dubai, and Shanghai.

After graduating from the University of California at Berkeley and receiving a master’s degree from Harvard, Frank Williams taught at Columbia University for four years before opening his own office, Frank Williams & Partners in New York. Since then, the firm has received many honors, including those from the Municipal Art Society of New York and the American Institute of Architecture. Mr. Williams died on February 25th, 2010, he was 73.

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A new book about the late Frank Williams has just been released in September. The book, with a strikingly elongated format, starts with an introduction by the architect, then features 35 skyscrapers designed by Mr. Williams, including renderings and photographs. While going through these mega-buildings, one can notice the architect's attention to details, as well his constant effort in bringing those huge volumes to the human scale.


Skyscrapers, assume a role that goes far beyond its functional requirements. They are are symbolic landmarks that define a city's skyline. Their stylistic form-givers vary from cultural background of the host city to the technological criteria that allow those building to go ever so higher.
Last Updated on Thursday, 26 May 2011 11:06
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New Book reviews past and present work of Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Print E-mail
Tuesday, 08 June 2010 06:42

GWATHMEYGwathmey Siegel & Associates (GSAA) announces the publication of Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects: Selected Works, a new monograph from Images Publishing that celebrates the firm’s ongoing legacy and contribution to Modern Architecture.

The book features recent projects such as the Yale Arts Complex and W Hotel Hoboken alongside prime examples of the firm’s work from the last four decades. Libraries; academic buildings; private homes; museums.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 June 2010 07:11
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Books: Atelier Bow-Wow - Behaviorology Print E-mail
Written by Camille Chami   
Wednesday, 07 April 2010 07:32
Atelier Bow-Wow Book: BehaviorologyThe book covers the majority of the work of Tokyo-based architectural firm of Atelier Bow-Wow. Founded by Yoshiharu Tsukamoto and Momoyo Kaijima, Atelier Bow-Wow has mostly concentrated its activity around small houses, usually built within dense urban surroundings. With a fresh vision that is well detailed in the book, Atelier Bow-Wow’s have defied the conventional guidelines and created original, volumetrically optimized spaces that respond to the needs of its users despite their constrained dimensions.

While large portions of the book are dedicated the firm’s architecture work, the architects’ work on furniture as well as their research projects are well detailed. Interesting essays by different writers help the reader to learn more about the principles that guide the firm’s design. The book’s introduction written by Kaijima and Tsukamoto themselves sheds the light on the concepts that glue all their work together. They insist on the fact that their projects had a tendency to “contaminate, inform, and mutually develop one another”. While striving to produce livable, viable, and enjoyable spaces, they developed a recurrent theme based on “Behavior”.

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 May 2011 10:33
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Books - Subnature : Architecture's Other Environments Print E-mail
Monday, 01 March 2010 08:39

 

SubnatureSubnature :
Architecture's Other Environments
David Gissen

ISBN 9781568987774
7 x 9 inches (17.8 x 22.9 cm), Paperback , 224 pages
80 color illustrations ; 65 b/w illustrations


While many books have developed the correlation between nature and architecture, few have examined the more specific link that buildings have with ‘Subnature’ defined by the author as « the denigrated forms of nature…ones that envisioned as threatening ». He classified these forms as primitive (mud and dankness), filthy (smoke, dust, and exhaust), fearsome (glass and debris), and uncontrollable (weeds, insects, and pigeons).

David Gissen subdivided his book in separate sections dedicated sections. In a clear, well-structured analysis, he examines how Subnature forms an integral part of our life. It is a problem for the clean modern building that cannot age gracefully when these aspects of nature are ignored. The book also looks at a group of Architects and researchers, who try to identify these elements and integrate solutions that adapt to their long-term impact, even embrace them as form givers.
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