What’s New On The Bookshelf? May 2017 Edition

by | 12. May 2017

Article | What's New on the Bookshelves


Divisare Books: Rasmus Hjortshøj
Publisher: Divisare Books

Danish architect and photographer Rasmus Hjortshøj is featured in Divisare’s latest collections of visual essays that portrays the photographic works of Rasmus Hjortshøj. Hjortshøj has managed to position himself as a highly respected contemporary architectural photographer with his desaturated colour palette that pays a tribute to the works of some of the most recognized architects world wide. His subtle and elegant portraits examines projects by Toyo Ito, MVRDV, SANAA, Herzog & de Meuron, and others through photographic representation. Rasmus Hjortshøj is featured in Divisare Books no. 37-42.

Read arcspace’s latest interview with Rasmus here.


SANAA. Sejima & Nishizawa. 1990-2017
By Avisa
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Avisa


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SANAA. Sejima & Nishizawa is a monograph that unfolds the architectural projects of almost three decades of Japanese firm, Sanaa. Since the firm’s establishment in 2005, the managing partners, Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, have led the design of some of the most renowned contemporary projects world wide counting the New Museum in New York, Zollverein School of Design in Essen, the Rolex Center in Lausanne and the beautiful river-inspired Grace Farms Foundation in Connecticut, amongst others. Examining the philosophy and approach of the lightness and radicalness of Sanaa’s architecture, the book presents articles and essays by Louis Fernández-Galiano and Sejima and Nishizawa themselves and gathers the complete oeuvre of Sanaa.


The City and the Architecture of Change: The Work and Radical Visions of Cedric Price
By Tanja Herdt
Paperback: 206 pages
Publisher: Park Books

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This book offers an in depth insight into the life and work of British architect, Cedric Price (1934-2003), who throughout his architectural career questioned societal problems in terms of architecture and design. On the basis of 1960s and 1970s social upheaval resulting in a redesign of the city of London, Tanja Herdt investigates Price’s approach to societal changes and his constant search for a new vocabulary that could relate modern architecture to the reality of an emerging information age.

The City and the Architecture of Change features unpublished materials and provides a thorough account of Cedric Price’s main concepts and visions. The book furthermore provides a glimpse into Price’s well-known as well as less known works and puts the creative and forward thinking mind of Price into perspective.


Elbphilharmonie Revisited
By Dirk Luckow
Softcover: 112 pages
Publisher: Snoeck Verlagsgesellschaft mbH


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In the wake of the opening of Herzog & de Meuron’s Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg earlier this year, several artists were invited to do an exhibition in relation to the new building. Some of the works examine the monumentality of architecture through photography, whilst others encapsules the intersecting boundaries between visual art, architecture and design through site specific installations, videos and sculpture. Even though the new Elbphilharmonie was the stepping stone and origin for the exhibition idea Elbphilharmonie Revisited, the artworks also possessed an autonomous character in which they all provided a critical approach and served as a means to examine fundamental questions in relation to the reality of life and the interplay between architecture and fine art. The exhibition culminated into Dirk Luckow’s book, Elbphilharmonie Revisited.


Zaha Hadid: Early Paintings and Drawings
By Etel Adnan
Hardcover: 168 pages
Publisher: Koenig Books

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As a homage to the visionary Iraqi-born British architect, Zaha Hadid, the Serpentine Gallery in London is currently host to an exhibition featuring early sketches and rare paintings by one of the most distinguished contemporary architects. In the wake of the exhibition, Etel Adnan reveals a unique catalogue of the extraordinary universe of Hadid. The book includes a large selection of rarely seen paintings, drawings, notebooks, and visionary digital work stretching from the 1970s up until the early 1990s, and represents the time before her first building was ever conducted in 1993.