What’s New On The Bookshelf? August 2017

by | 10. Aug 2017

Article | News | What's New on the Bookshelves

Freshly arrived from the print, arcspace’s top books this month include – among others – a new portrayal of Zaha Hadid Architects’ innovative design approach, the relation between the built environment and urban slavery, and a unique behind-the-scene story of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

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Zaha Hadid Architects: Redefining Architecture and Design
By Zaha Hadid Architects
Publisher: The Images Publishing Group
Hardcover: 284 pages

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Since the sudden death of starchitect, Zaha Hadid, Zaha Hadid Architects has maintained its commitment to Hadid’s unique approach to innovative architecture that has characterized the work of the office for years. Driven by the development of rigorous interfaces between technology and human-made systems, the practice has succeeded in creating almost 1000 landmark projects world wide. The book showcases one of the world’s leading architectural firms and gives an insight into the firm’s collaborative thinking and design philosophy. Furthermore, the book  features a long row of renowned projects including national museums, multi-residential towers and commercial developments and includes beautifully detailed drawings, rich photography and insightful commentary.

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The Guggenheim: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Iconoclastic Masterpiece
By Francesco Dal Co
Publisher: Yale University Press
Hardcover: 184 pages

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Francesco Dal Co’s latest book reveals a unique behind-the-scene story of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in Manhattan designed by Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959). Even though the museum today is perceived as an architectural masterpiece, the design and construction of Guggenheim was characterized by a 17 year long struggle and continuous clashes with clients. Through examinations of the museum’s stark contrast to the surrounding city scape and its ability to set new standards for post-war museum architecture, Francesco Dal Co emphasizes and argues for Guggenheim’s iconoclastic character. The book is accompanied with more than 150 drawings and rare photographs documenting the preceding construction process and the building.

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Slavery in the City: Architecture and Landscapes of Urban Slavery in North America
By Clifton Ellis and Rebecca Ginsburg
Publisher: University of Virginia Press
Hardcover: 200 pages

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Ellis and Ginsburg’s groundbreaking publication collects essays analyzing urban slavery in North America. The book is the first of its kind that exclusively deals with the impact of North American slavery on urban design and city life. Slavery in the City comprises a wide group of case studies conducted by contributors from various fields and presents a unique interdisciplinary examination. The book furthermore contributes to broadening our understanding of urban slavery in the US by drawing essential parallels to the built environment.


UrbanLab: Bowling
By Sara Dunn and Martin Felsen
Publisher: Applied Research & Design
Paperback: 272 pages

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Written by the co-founders of UrbanLab, a collaborative office focusing on architecture and urban design, UrbanLab: Bowling presents potential water crisis as an opportunity to speculate on future urban strategies. In this case, strategies that are based on an ecological approach and re-think conventional design methodologies. The book showcases projects that span from large urban proposals to small residential projects and emphasizes the firm’s distinct approach that addresses the design of water-related infrastructures in existing cities.

Redefining Brutalism
By Simon Henley
Publisher: Riba Publishing
Paperback: 224 pages

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In this book, a new definition of brutalism arises from two perspectives: the underlying social context in which the brutalist monuments have been built; and how the term has served as an inspirational platform for other movements such as high-tech and postmodernism. Rather than focusing on the common understanding of brutalism which is often exemplified with an architectural style characterized by concrete, Redefining Brutalism seeks to broaden our understanding of the term. Through a rich photographic documentation, Simon Henley reveals architectural philosophies and ideas that transcend traditional definitions.