What’s New On The Bookshelf? September 2016 Edition
In this ‘What’s New On The Bookshelf’ we bring you our top picks from over the summer period. Topics include verticality during the modernist and post-modernist movements, a look into spatiality through the medium of painting, typography in the urban sphere, and a monograph on German powerhouse firm, Sauerbruch Hutton.
Vertical Urban Factory
Vertical Urban Factory focuses on the spaces of production in cities that both comprise factories that are significant in their design and contribute to a vital urban environment. This book reexamines the historic modernist and contemporary factories through the lens of an urbanist while provoking the future of urban manufacturing. It shows that now factories are cleaner and greener they can be reintegrated in city life creating a new paradigm for sustainable urban industry that is also more self-sufficient. Illustrated with historic and contemporary photographs, manufacturing process diagrams, and infographics.
Pezo Von Ellrichshausen: Spatial Structure
‘Spatial Structure’ is both a written and painted essay about the understanding of spatial relationships in architecture. In over a decade of constant academic and professional practice by Pezo Von Ellrichshausen, as a parallel enquiry to the contemplation and production of buildings, this essay is rooted in a reciprocal motivation: the basic assumption that architecture is a form of knowledge. This double essay is an attempt to overtake the visual, technological, political or social practice in order to explore the very meaning of the most primary formal attributes of a room, even before that room is configured as such.
Lettering on buildings and in the public realm affects our environment. The core of this manual is formed by archigraphy projects that represent a strategy of how architecture can be enriched by graphic elements. The structural, material or visual methods can thus be used as inspiration for the reader’s own designs. A compilation of lettering techniques, advice on project management, make this manual a tool for architects and graphic designers.
Artist Moki branches out into new mediums in her latest monograph, which features evocative images picked out in black, white and many tones of unpainted wood that serves to make its audience question their own definition of shelter. Stark white figures stand out against the complexity of wood grain and deep black backgrounds; faces peer out from haphazard structures evocative of handmade shelters and children’s tree houses. Collapsing shanties contrast with images of lovers entwined in close embraces and lone figures carrying what is seemingly everything they own on their backs or in small carts. Whether deceptively simple or overwhelming in their depth, Moki s pieces evoke a twinge of melancholy and a sense of the uncanny, tempered as always by the beauty and skilled craftsmanship of her work.