What’s New On The Bookshelves? May 2015 Edition

by | 08. May 2015


The highlights of this month’s upcoming book releases include the first comprehensive study of Dutch architect, writer, and teacher Aldo van Eyck’s 50-year career and Roland Fischer’s extraordinary typological study of facade patterns and textures. Also, an a+u monograph on Caruso St. John and a collection of discussions on the topic of site specificity with, among others, Peter Zumthor and Bjarke Ingels. Finally, a manual for urban design that links temporary interventions to long-term thinking.



Aldo van Eyck

by Robert McCarter (Author)

Hardcover, 264 pages
Publisher:  Yale University Press (May 12, 2015)

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Aldo van Eyck (1918-1999) was a Dutch architect, writer, and teacher who helped redefine Modern architecture in the second half of the 20th century. As an advocate for architecture’s engagement with history, culture, climate, and the lived human experience of buildings and urban spaces, he created designs that privileged place and the daily rituals in the lives of its inhabitants over universal ideals. In this volume, enlivened by 300 illustrations from the Aldo van Eyck archive,

Robert McCarter provides the first comprehensive study of van Eyck’s 50-year career since his death, guiding readers through the architect’s buildings and unrealized projects, with a focus on the interior spatial experience and on the design and construction processes.



Roland Fischer: Façades

by Petra Giloy-Hirtz (Editor)

Hardcover, 188 pages
Publisher:  Hirmer Publishers (April 15, 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.


a+u 534: Caruso St. John 

Paperback, 148 pages
Publisher: A+U Magazine (May 20, 2015)

a+u March 2015 is a special issue on London and Zurich based Caruso St John Architects, led by Adam Caruso and Peter St John.  In this instalment, 20 more recent renovation works by Caruso St John Architects are featured, including Tate Britains Millbank Project, Sir John Soanes Museum, Downing College, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Nottingham Contemporary, Gagosian Galleries, Nagelhaus, and more.

Alongside these projects, an in-depth look at the evolution of the design process developed through the years by Caruso St John is offered through essays by editor-in-chief of AMC magazine Dominique Boudet, architecture critic of The Independent  Jay Merrick, and Adam Caruso.



Site Specific

by Karen Forbes (Editor)

Paperback, 156 pages
Publisher:  ORO Editions (June 1, 2015)

Site Specific is an investigation into how place and context affects critical design development in an architectural site related programme. Architects were shortlisted for this project for their particular (and sometimes contrasting) modes of working with site specificity within European and American contemporary architectural practice. All the architects selected are working at an international level within their field and display a high level of intelligence and sensibility within their designs.

This book offers the reader a chance to understand the deeper thinking of the individual interviewees. This insight can enhance significantly an appreciation of some of the key issues in contemporary architectural practice today.


City of Permanent Temporality

by Kristian Koreman (Author), Elma Van Boxel (Author)

Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher:  NAI Publishers (June 1, 2015)

Elma van Boxel and Kristian Koreman, with their firm ZUS, propose a radically new way of making a city: permanent temporality. This strategy is formed around an urban reality of values, material and people; a philosophy based on to the past and orientated towards the future. City of Permanent Temporality is a manual for urban design that links temporary interventions to long-term thinking.

Taking as its examples the internationally famous Luchtsingel and Schieblock projects, for which ZUS received the Berlin Urban Intervention Award and the Rotterdam Architecture Award, this inspiring book describes the impressive process of 15 years of work in the urban laboratory that is Rotterdam.