What’s New On The Bookshelf? June 2017

by | 08. Jun 2017

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Dear readers, summer is fast approaching so we’ve put together our list of recommendations for your holiday reading. They include a new publication that accompanies a recent exhibition on Chinese architect, Wang Shu, and a book that investigates the new global phenomenon of ‘concept-based architecture’. There’s also a new book that begins where the Germany Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale ended that reflects on the challenges and potential of the recent influx of refugees to Germany. Finally, there’s a book on the changing perspective of urban design has been traced and brought into perspective, as well as, something for those of you mediating between design and writing.

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Wang Shu and Amatuer Architecture Studio
By Kjeld Kjeldsen, Wang Shu
Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: Lars Müller

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This Spring, The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark opened a retrospective on the works of Pritzker Prize winner and Chinese architect, Wang Shu. This publication accompanies the exhibition and examines the recent work of Wang Shu that responds to China’s explosive urbanization by practicing an approach of reusing materials from the great amount of buildings systematically being tearing down and rebuilt after western standards and models.

Read arcspace’s review the Wang Shu – Amateur Architecture Studio here:

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Adventures in Conceptualism
By Kristoffer Lindhardt Weiss
Softcover: 240 pages
Publisher: Arvinius + Orfeus Publishing

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The latest book from Danish philosopher, Kristoffer Lindhardt Weiss, explores the idea of concept-based architecture. The book features a series of conversation with some of the world’s leading architects and urbanist such as Bjarke Ingels, COBE’s Dan Stubbergaard, Farshid Moussavi, Francois Blanciak, and Boris Brorman Jensen among others. The book investigates the production of formal diversity through a free and experimental practice by the works of offices such as Snøhetta, BIG, NL Architects, Henning Larsen Architects and others.

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CARTHA – On Making Heimat
By Elena Chiavi
Paperback: 128 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 2017 edition of CARTHA is part of a collaboration with the German Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale where the challenges and potential of the recent influx of refugees to Germany was explored. The book reflects on the fact that Germany is often the arrival country for refugees and features various statements and interviews with Iverna McGowan from Amnesty International and other leading professionals around the world.

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City Riffs: Urbanism, Ecology, Place
By Richard Plunz
Hardcover: 192 pages
Publisher: Lars Müller

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In City Riffs, Richard Plunz traces the changing perspectives of urban design within an ever-changing global context. The book covers a wide range of places and methods, and examines urbanism as being the production of space-integrating aspects of design, ecology, as well as social, economical, and psychological interactions. City Cliff gives an insight into themes as formal and informal city grows, postcolonial structures, and post-urban phenomena – all exemplified through current issues in cities as Detroit, Brussel, Prague, and more.

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How Architects Write
By Tom Spector, Rebecca Damron
Paperback: 280 pages
Publisher: Routledge

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For those in need of a tool to crack the code of how to write both as student and professional, this book mediates between design and writing. Presenting various examples stretching from a chapter on online communication and sections on critical reading, the book also contains guidelines for writing project descriptions, design essays, storyboarding for practitioners as well as theses, research reports, and field reports for students.