What’s New On The Bookshelves? September Edition

by | 08. Sep 2015


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MVRDV Buildings
By Ilka Ruby and Andreas Ruby

Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: nai001 publishers (September, 2015)

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Updated edition of this successful publication

In cooperation with Ilka and Andreas Ruby, MVRDV assembled a redefined architecture monograph about its realized work, featuring user testimonies, journalistic articles, unpublished images and accessible drawings.

Since they amazed the world with their design of the Dutch pavilion at the 2000 World Expo, MVRDV has been regarded as one of the world’s top architecture firms. The architects of MVRDV are famous for their visionary research and thought-provoking projects such as Pig City and Grand Paris. In 20 years of practice the office has also realized a stunning portfolio of buildings and urban plans, including Market Hall Rotterdam, Villa VPRO, WOZOCO, Balancing Barn and Mirador Madrid. How do these buildings perform? What are the philosophy, logic and thinking behind the visually imminent MVRDV concepts? And what’s life like in a blue house, on an orange tribune, in a vertical shopping street, in housing silos and inside a mountain of books?


By Gloria Koenig

Hardcover: 96 pages
Publisher: TASCHEN (July 25, 2015)

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The Eames’ work defined a new, multifunctional modernity, exemplary for its integration of craft and design, as well as for the use of modern materials, notably plywood and plastics. The Eames Lounge Chair Wood, designed with molded plywood technology, became a defining furniture piece of the twentieth century, while the couple’s contribution to the Case Study Houses project not only made inventive use of industrial materials but also developed an adaptable floor plan of multipurpose spaces which would become a hallmark of postwar modern architecture.

From the couple’s earliest furniture experiments to their seminal short film Powers of Ten, this book covers all the aspects of the illustrious Eames’ repertoire and its revolutionary impact on middle-class American living.


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A Genealogy of Modern Architecture 1924 – 2007
By Kenneth Frampton

Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: LARS MULLER (September, 2015)

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A Genealogy of Modern Architecture is a reference work on modern architecture by Kenneth Frampton, one of today’s leading architectural theorists. Conceived as a genealogy of twentieth century architecture from 1924 to 2000, it compiles some sixteen comparative analyses of canonical modern buildings ranging from exhibition pavilions and private houses to office buildings and various kinds of public institutions. The buildings are compared in terms of their hierarchical spatial order, circulation structure and referential details. The analyses are organized so as to show what is similar and different between two paired types, thus revealing how modern tradition has been diversely inflected. Richly illustrated, Genealogy of Modern Architecture is a new standard work in architectural education.

Kenneth Frampton, born 1930, is one of the world’s most renowned architectural theorists, the author of the world best seller Modern Architecture: A Critical History, and a professor at Columbia University, New York.


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Building Schools: Key Issues for Contemporary Design
By Leo Care

Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: Birkhauser (August, 2015)

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For some time now, school buildings have represented an important field in architecture, and there is an enduring interest in the challenges this design task presents. This publication explains in ten chapters the central parameters for this architectural typology: the role of the school in the community or neighborhood, questions of sustainability, flexible spaces for learning, suitable furniture, processes of participation in the design, learning outside of the classroom, landscape design, the opportunities in and challenges for special schools, schools in the urban fabric, and the role of new pedagogical concepts. Each theme is illuminated from a variety of cultural perspectives and illustrated with numerous realized buildings as model solutions for the given aspect. A guest commentary by an architect experienced in designing school buildings concludes each chapter.


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The City and the Architecture of Change: The Work and Radical Visions of Cedric Price
By Tanja Herdt

Paperback: 220 pages
Publisher: LARS MULLER (October, 2015)

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Presenting a broad selection of projects covering a twenty-five-year period, this book provides an overview of Cedric Price’s work for the first time. Against the backdrop of the 1960s and 1970s social upheaval which manifested in London’s layout and the design of the city, the book focuses on Price’s approach to an increasingly technological society, as well as his search for a new language of modern architecture that could reflect the emerging information age.