What’s New On The Bookshelves? December 2015 Edition

by | 10. Dec 2015




by Philip Jodidio

Hardcover: 96 pages
Publisher: Taschen (December 30, 2015)

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Understated excellence: The architect of the extraordinary ordinary. From Berlin to Beirut, David Chipperfield (born 1953) aspires to an architecture founded on collaboration, ideas, and excellence. His buildings are intended as physically immediate spaces in which a sort of ordinariness becomes remarkable, and by which the individual structure co-exists with broader concepts of city building. Chipperfield”s vision has driven major projects around the globe, from the famed rebuilding of the Neues Museum in Berlin, Germany to the Amorepacific Headquarters in Seoul. His architec­tural practice has won many international competitions and numerous awards and citations for design excellence. In vivid images and accessible texts, this book covers Chipperfield”s most striking projects to introduce the architect suspicious of ôstarchitecture, but nevertheless a global star on the architecture stage.



Polychromie architecturale: Le Corbusier’s color keyboards from 1931 – 1959

by Arthur Ruegg

Hardcover: 192 pages
Publisher: Birkhauser (December 11, 2015)

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Le Corbusier designed two colour collections for the Salubra wallpaper company: the “Clavier de couleurs” of 1931, with 43 colours, and the 1959 collection, with 20. Not content with the mere colour selection, drawn from his experience as an architect and painter, he also organised the tones on 12 sample cards in such a manner that, by using a slider, three to five colours could be varyingly isolated or combined. Each card contained a different colour scheme intended, when applied, to create a particular spatial effect. This would become not only a useful tool but also a kind of testament to purist colour theory, an essential reference and a valuable instrument for all those who deal with colour in theory and practice. Arthur Rüegg, emeritus professor at ETH Zürich, explores the significance of the Salubra collections for the history of modern architecture, and in the epilogue to this third edition collates the research findings of the last twenty years. The second volume contains 13 colour plates with the 63 colours and four separate sliders; the third volume consists of 63 full-page colour sample sheets. All the colours are screen-printed; the colour plates are glued by hand.


Reading Structures: 39 Projects and Built Works

By Guy Nordenson

Hardcover: 376 pages
Publisher: Lars Muller Publishers (December 2015)

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This monograph presents 39 complex structures by the Princeton University professor and structural engineer Guy Nordenson. The body of work, developed with architects and artists including Raimund Abraham, Henry N. Cobb, Steven Holl, Michael Maltzan, Richard Meier, SANAA, and many others, reveals Nordenson’s unique contributions to a progressive collaborative design process as both engineer and designer. The structures in this volume span twenty-eight years, from his early work with Paul Weidlinger, to his formation of the New York office of Ove Arup & Partners, through the first 13 years since the 1998 establishment of his current independent practice, Guy Nordenson and Associates.

The volume is organized around three thematic sections: Engineering Ephemera, Simply Supported, and Building History. It includes Nordenson’s essays on these themes, as well as his individual project descriptions chronicling the vision and challenges of each. Barry Bergdoll, architectural historian, curator, and critic, provides an introduction.


Space, Hope, and Brutalism

By Elain Harwood

Hardcover: 736 pages
Publisher: Paul Mellon Centre BA (November 17, 2015)

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This is the first major book to study English architecture between 1945 and 1975 in its entirety. Challenging previous scholarship on the subject and uncovering vast amounts of new material at the boundaries between architectural and social history, Elain Harwood structures the book around building types to reveal why the architecture takes the form it does. Buildings of all budgets and styles are examined, from major universities to the modest café. The book is illustrated with stunning new photography that reveals the logic, aspirations, and beauty of hundreds of buildings throughout England, at the point where many are disappearing or are being mutilated.

Space, Hope, and Brutalism offers a convincing and lively overview of a subject and period that fascinates younger scholars and appeals to those who were witnesses to this history.

The Urbanism of Frank Lloyd Wright

by Neil Levine

Hardcover: 464 pages
Publisher: Princeton University Press (1 Dec. 2015)

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This is the first book devoted to Frank Lloyd Wright’s designs for remaking the modern city. Stunningly comprehensive, The Urbanism of Frank Lloyd Wright presents a radically new interpretation of the architect’s work and offers new and important perspectives on the history of modernism. Neil Levine places Wright’s projects, produced over more than fifty years, within their historical, cultural, and physical contexts, while relating them to the theory and practice of urbanism as it evolved over the twentieth century.

Lavishly illustrated with drawings, plans, maps, and photographs, this book features the first extensive new photography of materials from the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives. The Urbanism of Frank Lloyd Wright will serve as one of the most important books on the architect for years to come.