New Book by Steven Holl, Urbanisms: Working with Doubt Print E-mail
Thursday, 17 December 2009 05:42

Steven Holl, with an afterword by Kenneth Frampton
Princeton Architectural Press
288 pp
8.5 x 8.5 in

Steven Holl Architects has just announced the release of a new book, Urbanisms: Working with Doubt. Contemporary urban development is increasingly characterized by a reliance on diagrams, maps, and graphs to convey the rational, statistical point of view of the professional urban planner.

This volume suggests that just as modern medicine has recognized the power of the irrational psyche, urban planners need to realize that the experiential power of cities cannot be completely rationalized and must be studied subjectively. With a selection of urban and architectural projects from his thirty-year practice, Holl stretches urban planning into the domain of uncertainty, from prose into poetry. Urbanisms examines how perception and the senses are intertwined with the material, space, and light of urban form.

Books: The Function of Form by Farshid Moussavi Print E-mail
Tuesday, 01 December 2009 16:30
function_of_formArchitecture Books:

The Function of Form

Farshid Moussavi (Author)
Daniel Lopez (editor)
Garrick Ambrose
Ben Fortunato

Following the success of The Function of Ornament, this is the ultimate graphic manual on structural systems and their capacity to produce a wide variety of forms. Based on the Harvard GSD research seminars of Farshid Moussavi (Foreign Office Architects), The Function of Form explores the production of singular affects through systems that relate form and content.


First Major Book on The Work and Career of Architect Jean Tschumi Is Published Print E-mail
Thursday, 29 October 2009 13:34

First Major Book on The Work and Career of Architect Jean Tschumi Is PublishedJean_TschumiA key contributor to the expression of modern architecture and design in the mid-20th century and an influential figure in both architectural education and the development of international architectural practice, Jean Tschumi (1904-1962) is now the subject of a major illustrated monograph, with the publication of Jean Tschumi: Architecture at Full Scale.

Published by Skira and distributed by Rizzoli International Publications (North America) and Thames and Hudson (elsewhere), Jean Tschumi: Architecture at Full Scale is written by the noted architectural historian Jacques Gubler and features 224 plates illustrating all phases of Tschumi’s work. The hardcover book also features a foreword by Tschumi’s son, architect Bernard Tschumi, and a chronology of Jean Tschumi’s life and career.

Books: Wendy Evans Joseph “Pop Up” Architecture Print E-mail
Friday, 09 October 2009 08:22

1Wendy Evans Joseph POP UP Architecture is an unconventional firm monograph in the form of a pop-up book. The full-color, large format book features ten projects (see list below) and reflects the firm’s work in the sense that that it dispenses with convention in favor of invention.

The book is an artwork in itself, not a straightforward representation of how one experiences architecture. Joseph collaborated with Dutch pop-up expert Kees Moerbeek on the project. There will be a book signing on Wednesday, October 21 at 6 pm at Urban Center Books in New York. POP UP will be available at Urban Center Books, New Spoonbill & Sugartown, Brooklyn, New York, Square Books in Oxford, Mississippi and on

“In place of the staid and self-serious volume of photographs into which architects typically gather their work, POP UP is something far more mischievous,” says Ms. Joseph.

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Books: Alan Colquhoun - Collected Essays in Architectural Criticism Print E-mail
Tuesday, 06 October 2009 11:16

Colquhounby Alan Colquhoun (Author),
Kenneth Frampton (Introduction)


  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Black Dog Publishing (November 19, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906155208
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906155209

    Collected Essays in Architectural Criticism is an indispensable anthology of writing by one of the most important voices in architectural theory of the last 50 years. Born in 1921, Colquhoun graduated from the Architectural Association in 1949. Currently Professor Emeritus of Architecture at Princeton University, he has taught at the AA, Cornell University and University College Dublin, among many other schools of architecture.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 October 2009 11:27
Books: Jim Olson Houses Print E-mail
Monday, 28 September 2009 06:18

OSKA_JimOlsonHousesOn November 17, 2009, The Monacelli Press will release Jim Olson Houses, the most comprehensive collection of projects built in the last decade by the founding partner of Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects as well as the most prominent heir to the legacy of the 1950’s Northwest master architects.

With a series of photographs documenting both exteriors and interiors at 16 residences in Washington, Oregon, California, Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, and Hong Kong, the book represents the holistic approach that has guided Olson throughout his career. The result is a vision that delicately mixes the architectural tradition of the Pacific Northwest, the influence of the Pacific Rim, and their focuses on indigenous craft. Jim Olson’s work, as seen in this new book, reveals the mastery of an architect and his subtle understanding of the world around him. The introduction to Jim Olson Houses is written by Michael Webb.

The Green Workplace, A New Book by HOK's Leigh Stringer Print E-mail
Wednesday, 29 July 2009 10:13

The Green Workplace: Sustainable Strategies that Benefit Employees, the Environment, and the Bottom Line

What drew our attention to this book is its author. Leigh Stringer is an expert on sustainable workplace behavior, operations and design.

A LEED Accredited Professional and member of the HOK Inc. Board of Directors, she is also the founder of, an influential blog that shares insights on workplace issues, green design and green policy changes. It is therefore quite interesting to go through this book that features Real-World Examples from Fortune 500 Companies and showcases sustainable strategies that benefit employees, the environment and the bottom line.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 July 2009 11:02
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