What’s New On The Bookshelf? December 2016 Edition

by | 11. Dec 2016


In need for some inspiration for what’s to put under the Christmas tree this year? This month, we’ll provide you with some inspirational books; our top five December titles. Stretching from the anniversary of a well-known cultural center in Paris, to a biography of one of the leading contemporary architects; Ghanaian-British David Adjaye, the lead designer of the recent National Museum of African American History and Culture.

In Denmark, we’ll take a close look on the Danish design tradition and its influence domestically as well as worldwide. Furthermore, the theoretical platform CARTHA discusses relationships and networks within the field of architecture and their impact on architectural production, and lastly, for those of you planning a journey, you’ll get inspired by some of the most unique places to stay.


Francesco Dal Co: Centre Pompidou: Renzo Piano, Richard Rogers, and the Making of a Modern Monument.
Hardcover: 168 pages
Publisher: Yale University Press

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In January 2017, it’s 40 years ago Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano’s famous Centre Georges Pompidou was erected. In the wake of this, Francesco Dal Co wrote an intellectual biography revolving around this well reputed and much criticized building. The book tells the fascinating story about Centre Pompidou – the monument of the modern city of Paris, and explores its historical influences and the reasons for its success through time. Eventually, the book features a portfolio of rare drawings and photographs.


Peter Allison: David Adjaye – Constructed Narratives. Essays and Projects
Hardcover: 300 pages
Publisher: Lars Müller

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Recognized as one of the leading contemporary architects, the African born David Adjaye presents an impressive architectural portfolio with numerous of projects – recently extended with the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Constructed Narratives features recently completed buildings by Adjaye and presents several essays on his design approach in relation to chosen projects and eventually his approach towards materiality, the urban environment and lastly, architectural types.  


CARTHA – On Relations in Architecture
Hardback: 274 pages
Publisher: Park Books 

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Established as an online magazine for architecture critics and theory in 2014, CARTHA has ever since focused on bridging the gap between the practical and theoretical approaches to contemporary architecture. This 2016 edition of CARTHA – On Relations in Architecture discusses whether and how personal relations and networks have an impact on the production of contemporary architecture. The publication features several statements from professional architects and theoreticians worldwide and stresses the importance and the role of these relationships.


Sibylle Kramer: Where Architects Stay – Lodgings for Design Enthusiasts
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Braun

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Where Architects Stay takes the reader on a voyage to some of the most inspiring vacation domiciles worldwide. Presenting projects that even comply with the demands of a travelling architect, the book reveals unique places for the short escape counting the romantic idyllic house by the lake, the metropolis loft, a forest cottage and much more!