What’s New On The Bookshelf? November 2016 Edition

by | 16. Nov 2016


This month,  we’ll take you on a journey through the striking architecture of the Arab Emirates – and for those  dazzled about Scandinavian design there are news!  Furthermore,  one of the most distinguished personalities within architectural theory presents a personal essay collection reflecting on his architectural voyage. And speaking of theory, the work of Robert Venturi and his theoretical approach is re-evaluated as is the case with Surrealism and its influence on architecture. 


United Arab Emirates: Architectural Guide 

By Henrik Bohle and Jan Dimog
Pages: 540 pages
Publisher: DOM Publisher

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In 1971, seven emirates were gathered under the United Arab Emirates (UAE) which ever since has had a significant influence on the major economic upswing characterizing the country. The upswing highly depending on the oil and gas industry has led to great investments in both trade, tourism and construction. Especially the latter, has manifest itself in numerous of skyscrapers and architectural projects designed by some of the leading contemporary architects around the world. This guide book juxtaposes historical architecture anchored in Arab tradition to the striking results of contemporary architecture in a country in rapid change.


Scandinavia Dreaming: Nordic Homes, Interiors and Design

By Angel Trinidad
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Gestalten

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Showing the diversity and richness of contemporary Scandinavian interior design, Scandinavian Dreaming juxtaposes the newest interpretations on Nordic design. The book emphasizes the uniqueness of contemporary Nordic spaces narrated through various anecdotes highlighting keywords such as function, tradition and elegance.

By shortlisting design firms counting Hay, Ferm Living and Gubi, Scandinavian Dreaming features profiles of brands as well as personalities who have had a great impact on the ongoing discussions concerning Nordic craftsmanship. The book offers both a nuanced historical and an aesthetic voyage through the golden age of the timeless Scandinavian design tradition.


Origins, Invention, Revision

By James S. Ackerman
Hardcover: 232 pages
Publisher: Yale Press

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James S. Ackerman (b. 1919) is one of the most remarkable personalities within the field of architectural history and theory. He is best known as a major scholar on masters such as Michelangelo, Andrea Palladio and the Italian Renaissance, which Ackerman especially came to an increasingly on-site understanding of during his service under World War 2. Devoting his research to bring back the great architects of the past, the essay collection Origin, Invention, Revision presents a personal journey that ranges from the consequences of Ackerman’s service during World War 2 to the legacy of the Italian Renaissance. And eventually, to classical architecture of India he came to encounter through a passage throughout the country.


The Difficult Whole: A Reference Book on the Works of Robert Venturi, John Rauch and Denise Scott Brown

By Kersten Geers, Jelena PanĨevac and Andrea Zanderigo
Hardcover: 216 pages
Publisher: Park Books

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The Difficult Whole presents an alternative to contemporary architectural discourse on the basis of a rereading of material including the works of Robert Venturi. The book tends to re-evaluate and offers new perspectives on the legacy of Venturi by reflecting on his principal work, Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture, from 1966. The Difficult Whole features essays on 28 projects by architects such as Venturi, Rauch and Scott Brown. 


Architecture and Surrealism

By Neil Spiller
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Thames and Hudson

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Written by Neil Spiller, a professor of architecture and digital theory, Architecture and Surrealism offers an understanding on the interplay between architecture, technology and surrealism. With key concepts such as the interior space, the house, alternative realities and the body, the book investigates the existing reality and opportunities caused by new technology and its ability to create otherworldly concepts. Architecture and Surrealism furthermore argues how architects nowadays in remarkable ways utilize Surrealist ideas in their own work, and additionally states that the conditions of contemporary design approaches the surreal.