What’s New On The Bookshelf? March 2017

by | 08. Mar 2017

Article | What's New on the Bookshelves

This month in ‘What’s New on the Bookshelf’ we recommend five different books including topics as politics, architecture tradition and representations within architecture.

Firstly, we’ll take a look on postcolonial Nigeria and the political struggles that arose in the wake of city planning. Also, we’ll provide insight in Japanese domestic architecture after World War 2 – the first comprehensive study made on the topic. And eventually, we’ll take a closer look on representations and the use of photography as a means of creating architecture. 
Finally, the ETH Studio Basel presents their research conducted on the processes of urbanization in six different territories.


Yiorgis Yerolymbos: Orthographs
Hardback: 164 Pages
Publisher: Yale University Press

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In his book Orthographs, Greek architect and photographer, Yiorgis Yerolymbos, documents the development of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center by Renzo Piano. Providing the readers with a unique insight into the complexity of a construction process by photographically capturing the progress, Orthographs tells the story of the award winning Renzo Piano’s future Athenian architectural landmark and invites the readers inside the project.

In 2015, arcspace interviewed Yiorgis Yerolymbos. Read the full interview here


Nnamdi Elleh: Architecture and Politics in Nigeria – The Study of a Late Twentieth-Century Enlightenment-Inspired Modernism at Abuja, 1900-2016
Hardcover: 350 pages
Publisher: Routledge

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Five years after the Civil War in Abuja in Nigeria (1967-1970), the ideal of city planning was to bring people from different social layers together in a new modern postcolonial era. Unfortunately, the city instead became polarized and new militant groups such as Boko Haram and similar ethnic groups arose as a consequence of a strong disagreement on how the financial means gained from the oil wealth of the country should be spent.

The great ambition of transforming the city into a modern cultural metropolis has been drowned in political struggles. Investigating the successes and failures of the architecture of postcolonial Abuja, the book gives an insight in the theme of political architecture.


Florence Ostende and Pippo Ciorra: The Japanese House
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Marsilio

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As the first in-depth study on domestic Japanese architecture since World War 2, the Japanese House investigates the aesthetics and traditions of contemporary Japanese design. The book is realised in the wake of a large retrospective exhibition at the Tokyo Museum of Modern Art, MAXXI and the Barbican, and presents a comprehensive study on the works of world known architects such as Toyo Ito, Kazuyo Sejima, and Kenzo Tange amongst others.

Featuring more than 40 architects ranging from international recognized personalities to figures little known outside of Japan, the book thematizes the diversity of Japanese architecture.


Jesús Vassalo: Seamless
Hardback: 200 Pages
Publisher: Park Books

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Seamless investigates representations within architecture and how shared digital technologies are interdependent on one another. Emphasizing photography in relation to architecture, the book discusses how the use of the two media blur the boundaries when producing images of architecture from fragments of reality.

On the basis of various interviews and conversations with collaborating architects and photographers and their mutual influence, Seamless seeks to give an understanding on how architecture is created through images. 


Roger Diener: Territory – On the Development of Landscape and City
Hardcover: 220 Pages
Publisher: Park Books 

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Investigating the process of urbanization outside cities, the ETH Studio Basel have gathered the results of their comprehensive research from 2008-2014 into Territory – On the Development of Landscape and City.

The book juxtaposes six different territories worldwide in relation to the themes of settlement, agriculture, mining and industrial production, water management and networks and infrastructure, and discusses the regional differences and urbanization processes taking place during the years the research was conducted.