What’s New On The Bookshelves? January 2016 Edition

by | 14. Jan 2016


This month’s round-up of the best new titles in architectural publishing includes an exploration of new sustainable building practices, a catalogue of the recently completed Chicago Architecture Biennial, a pilgrimage into the spiritual world of church architecture,the latest publication by Peter Eisenman and a look at best practice when designing for creative workplaces.

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Dense + Green: Innovative Building Types for Sustainable Urban Architecture

by Thomas Schropfer

Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Birkhauser (1 Jan. 2016)


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The integration of nature in architecture is a key concern of sustainability. Dense + Green explores new architectural typologies that emerge from the integration of green components such as sky terraces, vertical parks and green facades, in high-density buildings. In-depth case studies on the most relevant building types are complemented by expert essays that demonstrate the current paradigm shift in the sustainable urban environment.

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The State of the Art of Architecture

by Chicago Architecture Biennial

Hardcover: 512 pages
Publisher: Lars Muller (January 25, 2016)

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The inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial is the largest exhibition of its kind in North America, and a new global platform for architecture. It rallies over one hundred participants from more than thirty countries, whose work tests the limits of architectural thinking and production. The majority of them have established their practice after 2000, reflecting the Biennial’s aim to support and disseminate the work and ideas of a new generation of designers.

The State of the Art of Architecture is a project that parallels and complements the ambitions of the 2015 Biennial exhibition. The curatorial team has invited practicing architects to converse and debate with leading theorists, artists, and curators, resulting in a set of ninety original texts. These dialogues chart mutual influences, alternative histories, past and future speculations. Varying formats and a lack of hierarchy permit the readers to draw their own connections and interpretations. A cross-section of concerns and positions from around the world, this book offers a penetrating survey of the state of architecture today.

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Clerics, Carpenters and Architects

by Steuart Beattie

Hardcover: 160 pages
Publisher: Artifice books on architecture (29 Jan. 2016)

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In a visual exploration of Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands of British Columbia s spiritual heritage, Clerics, Carpenters and Architects, authored by Steuart Beattie, delves into the architectural, cultural and historical features of church and temple buildings, unearthing stories and photographic footage dating back to the nineteenth century and placing this archival footage alongside contemporary images taken by Beattie himself. Beattie leads the reader on a tour of sorts illuminating how the religious communities, and architectural fashions in these areas have changed over time. We see how the churches built in former times are later joined by spiritual houses of other faiths, such as Synagogues and Gurdwaras, and we also see the revival of the rich spiritual culture of the First Nations People, after failed attempts of past governments to achieve assimilation, all of which has redefined the island’s cultural anatomy. Many of the more recent structures show distinctive original accomplishment and skill in replicating, often in wood, the long established architectural and artistic traditions of the migrant communities. Acting as a photographic guide for anyone with an interest in Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands of British Columbia’s local history, its colonial past and its natural environment, Clerics, Carpenters and Architects comprises a detailed introduction, alongside a short history of each region and commentaries on selected buildings. Before retiring, Steuart Beattie was Deputy High Commissioner for Canada in London, with postings in New Delhi and Bonn. He remained an enthusiastic photographer throughout his career and since his retirement he has focused his time on this passion.

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Palladio Virtuel

by Peter Eisenman

Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Yale University Press (December 15, 2015)

Many historians of architecture have viewed the villas of Andrea Palladio (1508-1580) as physical manifestations of the classical architectural principles described in his treatise The Four Books of Architecture (I Quattro Libri dell’Architettura). Written toward the end of his life, The Four Books illustrate Palladio’s built work, redrawn the way he wanted it to be. In this groundbreaking new study, American architect and educator Peter Eisenman analyzes twenty of Palladio’s villas, offering a radical interpretation of the Renaissance master’s work.

Working from an architect’s perspective, Eisenman, with Matt Roman, shows the evolution of Palladio’s villas from those that exhibit classical symmetrical volumetric bodies to others that exhibit no bodies at all, just fragments in a landscape. This conclusion stands in stark contrast to studies that emphasize principles of ideal symmetry and proportion in Palladio’s work. Featuring more than 300 new analytic drawings and models, this handsome book is an important addition to the corpus of Palladian studies and a testament to Palladio’s lasting place in contemporary architectural thought.


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The Other Office 2: Creative Workplace Design

by Carmel McNamara and  Will Georgi

Hardcover: 488 pages
Publisher: Frame Publishers; 1 edition (18 Jan. 2016)

This book highlights outstanding and inspirational spaces that are setting the trends in creative workplace design. At its core are the 100 pioneering projects drawn from practices all over the world, each extensively illustrated with plans and visuals. Featured offices include ad agencies, media outfits and technology firms, ranging from compact offices and design hubs to large workplaces. This luxurious volume is an up-to-date reference tool for professionals of the commercial architecture and design community, featuring cutting-edge workplace design. Office designs are presented on 4 to 8 pages, which include an in-depth description of both concept and design, project credits and stunning photography. Outlined are the challenges that designers must overcome to be able to realise more efficient, modern and – all importantly – creative working environments. This luxurious volume is an up-to-date reference tool for professionals of the commercial architecture and design community, featuring cutting-edge workplace design. The Other Office 2 highlights outstanding projects and inspirational spaces from across the globe.