What’s New On The Bookshelf? August 2017
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.
By Zaha Hadid Architects
Publisher: The Images Publishing Group
Hardcover: 284 pages
By Francesco Dal Co
Publisher: Yale University Press
Hardcover: 184 pages
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.
By Clifton Ellis and Rebecca Ginsburg
Publisher: University of Virginia Press
Hardcover: 200 pages
By Sara Dunn and Martin Felsen
Publisher: Applied Research & Design
Paperback: 272 pages
By Simon Henley
Publisher: Riba Publishing
Paperback: 224 pages
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.