What’s New On The Bookshelves? February 2015 Edition

by | 12. Feb 2015


Once again we’ve had a glance at some of the most noteworthy upcoming book releases. Firstly, in this month’s edition, BIG’s newest exhibition catalogue/monograph and a newly translated Sigurd Lewerentz monograph. Also, a look at the role of the urban left-over space in Tokyo, the architectural models of Zürich-based E2A beautifully documented and a look at how the work of Danish studio C. F. Møller relate to the notion of the welfare state.


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HOT TO COLD: An Odyssey of Architectural Adaptation

 712 pages
Publisher: Taschen (March 7, 2015)
Language: English

After the global success of YES IS MORE, one of the best-selling architecture books of its generation, BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group presents HOT TO COLD,  an odyssey of architectural adaptation. The book coincides with the HOT TO COLD show at the National Building Museum in Washington DC and presents 60 case studies in harsh climate conditions in order to examine where and how we live on our planet.

On more than 700 richly illustrated pages, the boom explores the immense possibilities of adaptive architecture, from the Arabian desert to the Finnish tundra.


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Sigurd Lewerentz, Architect

Hardcover: 208 pages
Publisher: Park Books; Reprint edition (February 15, 2015)
Language: English

Sigurd Lewerentz, Architect is a high-quality reprint of the first monograph ever written on Lewerentz and his work. Originally published in 1985 in Swedish, this legendary book tells the story of his life and presents his entire body of work through a combination of texts, photographs, drawings, and plans. This edition sets Lewerentz in a contemporary context through a concluding essay on his work and legacy by the German-Chinese architect, critic, and professor Wilfried Wang.


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Tokyo Void: Possibilities in Absence

Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Jovis (February 28, 2015)
Language: English

Japanese architecture and urbanism is often hailed for its sensitivity, using design approaches rooted in centuries-old cultural thinking and symbolism. Notions of temporality, transience and transformation are integral to this. In a city like Tokyo, the constant production and reproduction of urban space also has a considerably vast, and scattered, by-product: void spaces.

Tokyo Void: Possibilities in Absence is a refreshing book looking at the social, cultural and philosophical qualities of urban leftover spaces in one of the world’s densest cities.


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Silent Form: E2A

Hardcover: 98 pages
Publisher: Park Books (March 15, 2015)
Language: English

For years, American artist Jon Naiman has been photographing the work of E2A Architects Zürich, established in 2001 by the brothers Piet Eckert and Wim Eckert, producing a striking series of black-and-white photographs of the firm’s architectural models that capture the full range of its work across public buildings and housing, exhibition design, and industrial architecture.

Silent Form: E2A collects Naiman’s previously unpublished photographs. Alternating between abstract and perfectly focused depictions of these highly detailed forms.


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The Architecture of the Welfare State: CF Moller

Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Artifice Books on Architecture (March 1, 2015)
Language: English

Established in 1924, CF Møller Architects is one of Scandinavia’s oldest and largest architectural practices, whose work ranges from landscape architecture to product design and healthcare planning as well as logistics and management.

Rather than offering a conventional survey of the practice’s work, The Architecture of the Welfare State  looks at the values embraced by the practice in relation to the conditions of the Danish Welfare State, as well as referencing the wider Scandinavian Welfare States and how both might be perceived from an international perspective.