What’s New On The Bookshelves? April 2015 Edition

by | 09. Apr 2015


This month, a thought-provoking study of the conseuences of an ever-aging population. Then, an insightful look at one of the world’s most familiar and popular building materials and an expanded edition on the master of Modernism, Le Corbusier, by award‐winning architectural historian William J. R. Curtis. Also, a fascinating monograph on David Adjaye, a look at the possibilities of establishing a new relationship between architecture and nature and a a collection of striking examples of contemporary religious architecture.


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Young-Old: Urban Utopias of an Aging Society

by Deane Simpson (Author)

Hardcover, 384 pages
Publisher: Lars Muller (March 20, 2015)

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Richly illustrated with drawings, maps, and photographs, Young-Old examines contemporary architectural and urban mutations that have emerged as a consequence of one of the key demographic transformations of our time: aging populations. 

The book investigates and documents phenomena ranging from the continuous, golf-cart-accessible urban landscapes of the world’s largest retirement community in Florida and the mono-national urbanizaciones of “the retirement home of Europe” on Costa del Sol, to the Dutch-themed residential community at Huis Ten Bosch in southern Japan.


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by William Hall (Author)

Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Phaidon Press (April 20, 2015)

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From the strange remains of the Ziggurat of Ur dating from 2100 BC, to the mighty mills of the industrial revolution, the brick has been an architectural staple for centuries. The world’s best architects have explored the qualities of brickwork – from Alvar Aalto, Jørn Utzon, Frank Lloyd Wright and Mies van der Rohe to contemporary architects like Frank Gehry.

Brick is a beautiful and informative visual exploration of a material that is often overlooked, and sometimes considered limiting, but is actually full of spectacular potential.


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Sacred Spaces: Contemporary Religious Architecture

by James Pallister (Author)

Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Phaidon Press (April 20, 2015)

Sacred Spaces showcases 30 of the most breath‐taking, innovative, iconic and undiscovered examples of contemporary religious architecture, including work by well‐known architects alongside emerging designers.

Spanning all major religions and places of worship from intimate, reflective chapels and cemeteries to dramatic cathedrals and memorials, Sacred Spaces documents each project with lavish‐in‐depth photography and drawings and texts by James Pallister that provide a modern historical context..


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Le Corbusier: Ideas & Forms

by William J R Curtis (Author)

Hardcover, 512 pages
Publisher: Phaidon Press (April 20, 2015)

Originally published in 1996 to critical fanfair, scholar William J.R. Curtis has re‐issued his classic text with extensive new scholarship and contemporary research that continues the high standard of the original publication.

Presented chronologically with a clear narrative, Curtis has worked tirelessly not only to document Le Corbusier’s key projects in detail but to contextualize them within the architect’s overarching philosophy of urbanism and art and the pervading culture of Le Corbusier’s time. With full access to the renowned Le Corbusier archive, Curtis’ text is lavishly illustrated with new photographs, plans and original sketches and a fresh new design.


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David Adjaye: Form, Heft, Material

by Zoë Ryan (Editor) et al.

Paperback, 296 pages
Publisher: Art Institute of Chicago (April 14, 2015)

Tanzania-born, David Adjaye is rapidly emerging as a major international figure in architecture and design. His expanding portfolio of important civic architecture, public buildings, and urban planning commissions spans Europe, the United States, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.

Adjaye transforms complex ideas and concepts into approachable and innovative structures that respond to the geographical, ecological, technological, engineering, economic, and cultural systems that shape the practice of global architecture.


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Hypernatural: Architecture’s New Relationship with Nature 

by Blaine Brownell (Editor) et al.

Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press (April 21, 2015)

In  Hypernatural architecture and material experts Blaine Brownell and Marc Swackhamer present an international collection of forty-two case studies that illustrate astonishing new applications possible in this rapidly growing field, from Echoviren, a botanical pavilion that was designed to wilt into its surrounding redwood forest in Northern California, to the MIT Media Lab’s Silk Pavilion, constructed by the threads of silkworms as they passed over scaffolding.

Together, these projects show that by looking to nature, design can be a tool that makes our built environment more efficient, sustainable, and, most of all, livable.