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  • The Glass State: The Technology of the Spectacle, Paris, 1981--1998

    Karton Kapak
    From the Gothic to the contemporary, glass has transformed the structural, formal, and philosophical principles of architecture. In The Glass State, Annette Fierro views the many meanings of transparency in architecture. Specifically, she analyzes the transparent monumental buildings that were built in Paris between 1981 and 1998 as part of Francois Mitterrand's program of Grands Projets. The Grands Projets provide a rare opportunity to study a finite set of buildings constructed of similar materials, in the same time period, in a specific urban landscape, and with related ideological missions.Fierro employs a "discourse of the detail," in which the smallest architectural detail manifests the political, theoretical, and urban contexts of the building's design and construction. She examines the paradox of the most pared down architectural configurations being used to support the most complex meanings. Intrinsic to Mitterrand's glass buildings in Paris, for example, is a political concept: the metaphor of accessibility as a means of breaking open cultural institutions previously closed to the public.In addition to the structures of the Grands Projets -- the Institut du Monde Arabe, the Grande and Petite Pyramides du Louvre, the glass greenhouses at utopian park projects at La Villette and Andre Citroën and the Bibliotheque nationale de France -- Fierro discusses the Fondation Cartier and two precedent structures, the Centre Georges Pompidou and the Eiffel Tower.
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  • A Victorian Housebuilder's Guide: Woodward's National Architect of 1869

    Karton Kapak
    Plans and specifications for 20 distinctive Victorian structures, from a simple cottage to an ornate brick villa. Over 580 black-and-white illustrations.
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  • Explorers House: National Geographic and the World It Made

    Sert Kapak
    For more than one hundred years, the National Geographic Society has brought "the world and all that is in it" to millions worldwide. Through its unparalleled research, exploration, publications, and photography, the organization and its magazine have, in many ways, defined how we see the world. Now Robert Poole's Explorers House gives a vibrant, behind-the-scenes look at National Geographic, from its start in 1888 to its evolution into one of the most esteemed and iconic American institutions. The story of the National Geographic is a family story of a media dynasty to rival the Sulzbergers or Luces. The Grosvenors, along with Alexander Graham Bell, who was linked to the family by marriage, created the institution's photography-based monthly, and the family has been on the masthead since the McKinley administration. Content to stay in the shadows, however, they have remained modestly obscured from public view while their media empire has grown to reach some forty million readers and viewers each month. The Grosvenor and Bell family history is not merely the story of the National Geographic; it is a captivating view of the sweep of American scientific, geographic, and political history since the late nineteenth century, rendered in fascinating human terms by Poole. Moreover, Explorers House shows the inside workings of the magazine's editorial process, providing an unprecedented look behind some of National Geographic's ground-breaking articles and explorations-from Cousteau's famous Calypso voyages to the origins of Jane Goodall's research on chimpanzees to the institution's 1963 Mt. Everest expedition, the first to place an American on the summit. We also hear of the writers and photographers who are larger than life figures themselves, such as Luis Marden, the writer-photographer who unearthed the remains of the H.M.S. Bounty off Pitcairn Island, among many other feats. Explorers House presents the National Geographic from the inside out-from its remarkable founding family to the very ends of the earth it investigates.
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  • Morocco Bound: Disorienting America’s Maghreb, from Casablanca to the Marrakech Express (New Americanists)

    Karton Kapak
    Until attention shifted to the Middle East in the early 1970s, Americans turned most often toward the Maghreb—Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and the Sahara—for their understanding of “the Arab.” InMorocco Bound, Brian T. Edwards examines American representations of the Maghreb during three pivotal decades—from 1942, when the United States entered the North African campaign of World War II, through 1973. He reveals how American film and literary, historical, journalistic, and anthropological accounts of the region imagined the role of the United States in a world it seemed to dominate at the same time that they displaced domestic social concerns—particularly about race relations—onto an “exotic” North Africa.   Edwards reads a broad range of texts to recuperate the disorienting possibilities for rethinking American empire. Examining work by William Burroughs, Jane Bowles, Ernie Pyle, A. J. Liebling, Jane Kramer, Alfred Hitchcock, Clifford Geertz, James Michener, Ornette Coleman, General George S. Patton, and others, he puts American texts in conversation with an archive of Maghrebi responses. Whether considering Warner Brothers’ marketing of the movie Casablanca in 1942, journalistic representations of Tangier as a city of excess and queerness, Paul Bowles’s collaboration with the Moroccan artist Mohammed Mrabet, the hippie communities in and around Marrakech in the 1960s and early 1970s, or the writings of young American anthropologists working nearby at the same time, Edwards illuminates the circulation of American texts, their relationship to Maghrebi history, and the ways they might be read so as to reimagine the role of American culture in the world.
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  • Grant Jones, Jones & Jones/ILARIS: The Puget Sound Plan

    Karton Kapak
    Grant Jones, founding principal of the noted landscape architecture firm Jones & Jones, has practiced ecological design for more than 30 years and has been a pioneer in river planning, scenic highway design, zoo design, and landscape aesthetics. The latest addition to our successful Source Books inLandscape Architecture series, Grant Jones/Jones & Jones ILARIS, focuses on Jones's "green print" plan for Puget Sound in Washington State. Working in collaboration with the Trust for Public Lands and using new GIS technology, Jones & Jones developed the software tool ILARIS. This CAD-liketool helps to evaluate the aesthetic resources of landscape regions and is used as a basis for future planning. The Puget Sound model can be applied to other landscapes at risk. Including an interview with Grant Jones, critical essays discussing his work, as well as numerous diagrams, plans, and photographs, Grant Jones/Jones & Jones ILARIS is a thorough study of an important project.
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  • Habit-Habitat: Christa de Carouge

    Sert Kapak
    "Clothing as housing, the shell in which we live and breathe" is the credo of Swiss fashion designer Christa de Carouge. Her creations, usually made of black shimmering silk in simple drapes that caress the wearer, combine comfort with individuality and aesthetic beauty. Architecture expert Werner Blaser explores the designer's work, aesthetics, and philosophy, as well as discussing her debt to Mies van der Rohe's "less is more" and to Le Corbusier's fabric collages.
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  • House in the Landscape: Siting Your Home Naturally

    Karton Kapak
    Most homes built in the United States over the last fifty years were merely plopped down on a piece of land without any real integration of house and site. The result is a suburban sprawl of homes that are as uninspiring as they are environmentally unsustainable. House in the Landscape offers a viable alternative for landowners who want to build in a more thoughtful manner. Twenty-two houses by some of today's best-known residential architects illustrate nine site types from all over the United States. Each site, the issues it posed, the solutions the architects found, andthe resulting house design are discussed and explained in detail, providing a wealth of siting information for the reader.
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  • Iconography and Electronics upon a Generic Architecture: A View from the Drafting Room

    Karton Kapak
    Robert Venturi's Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture and Learning from Las Vegas (the latter coauthored with Denise Scott Brown and Steven Izenour) are among the most influential books by any architect of our era -- the one celebrating complexity in architecture, the other the uses of symbolism in commercial and vernacular architecture and signage. This new collection of writings in a variety of genres argues for a generic architecture defined by iconography and electronics, an architecture whose elemental qualities become shelter and symbol.The voice is personal -- eloquent in expounding on the unglamorous side of practice; sometimes vituperative and corrective in addressing clients, theoreticians, and critics; often amusing and humorous in looking back on past projects and opportunities; instructive in describing early influences and tastes; and reflective in assessing his own impact on the profession.The essays include Venturi's 1950 M.F.A. thesis, published here for the first time -- a work that foreshadows many of the themes that were later to make him a controversial and ground-breaking architect and writer -- and a series of vintage Venturi aphorisms.
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  • Mehrdad Yazdani

    Karton Kapak
    Architect Mehrdad Yazdani has won the respect of critics and clients alike for his imaginative approach to the design of public and institutional buildings. Mehrdad Yazdani, the first monograph of his work, presents a collection of 25 projects, large and small, built and unbuilt, illustrating Yazdani's responsiveness to issues of public engagement, program complexity, and site context. The author, architect and critic Joseph Giovannini, emphasizes the role that drawing and painting have played in guiding and inspiring this Iranian-born and Texas-educated architect.
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  • Henry Hobson Richardson and His Works

    Karton Kapak
    Here is the first important study of the leading 19th-century architect, a pioneer of Romanesque Revival. The work is filled with plans, photographs, drawings, and detailed discussions of all of Richardson's major buildings, including Trinity Church in Boston, Harvard Law School, and others. Written by the first female architectural critic, it is the foundation of all later research on Richardson.
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  • The University of Texas at Austin

    Karton Kapak
    The newest title in Princeton Architectural Press's Campus Guide series takes readers on an architectural tour of the University of Texas at Austin's history from its foundation in 1883 to present-day. Beautifully photographed in full color, along with a selection of rarely seen archival imagery, the guide presents the history of UT-Austin through six architectural walks, revealing the stories behind both the historic and contemporary buildings. Featuring buildings designed by prominent Texan architects like Herbert M. Greene of Greene, La Roche and Dahl; internationally known designs from the likes of Paul Cret, Gordon Bunshaft and development of the current master plan by Cesar Pelli, The University of Texas at Austin is the definitive history of UT's architectural growth and maturity, mirroring its ascent as one of America's premiere centers of higher learning.
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  • Responsive Architecture: Moody Nolan Recent Work

    Karton Kapak
    Twenty-five years ago, Curtis Moody founded his architectural practice in an improvised office inside an old house in Columbus, Ohio, where a bathtub served as an ad-hoc drawings cabinet. As word spread of his outsized talent, Moody attracted a growing number of impressive clients and projects. Howard E. Nolan joined Moody in 1984, and newly formed Moody Nolan flourished. Today, Moody Nolan has become one of the fastest-growing architectural firms in the nation. Responsive Architecture presents the finest examples of Moody Nolan's recent work. The selection of photographs and technical drawings makes clear the firm's guiding design principles. Author Morris Newman explores the firm's consistent design ethos, centered on humane values and the notion ofresponsive architecture as a mode of inquiry. The book features a selection of recent work including the Jesse OwensMemorial Stadium and the Jerome Schottenstein Center, both exciting new campus buildings at Ohio State University. Theseand numerous other examples reveal an architecture that responds naturally to context and client needs while remainingengaged in complexities born from experiments in transparency, layering, and massing. Responsive Architecture: Moody Nolan Recent Work is a lesson in crafting unique, memorable responses for users and visitors, thereby ensuring work that will stand the test of time.
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  • The Modern in Spain: Architecture after 1948

    The Modern in Spain: Architecture after 1948

    Karton Kapak
    The advances made by modern Spanish architecture from the 1940s, when it lay in silence and obscurity, to the 1990s, when it received worldwide acclaim, is a dramatic story, probably the most remarkable case of postwar architectural progress in Europe. This definitive critical study of postwar Spanish architecture looks at the works, projects, trends, landmarks, architects, and engineers of the period. It is both a descriptive history and a new critical evaluation by one of Spain's most important architectural critics and historians.* Not for sale in Italy, Spain, and Central and South America
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  • Towering Mirrors, Mirroring Towers: Photographs of Urban Reflections

    Towering Mirrors, Mirroring Towers: Photographs of Urban Reflections

    Sert Kapak
    Towering Mirrors is a study in visual abstraction, as well as a showcase of modern architecture. The volume takes us on a nation-wide tour of magnificent buildings, from Chicago to Dallas to Sarasota, Florida. The collection features incredible variety: some shots are humorous and full of color; some are curious and surreal; still others are somber and impressive. Using nothing more than skillful framing and careful timing, Weinberg perfectly captures the striking beauty of American skyscrapers. Each shot is an experiment in color and composition, making surprisingly interesting subjects of the ordinary places where people work and live
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  • Building Up and Tearing Down: Reflections on the Age of Architecture

    Building Up and Tearing Down: Reflections on the Age of Architecture

    Sert Kapak
    The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao by Frank Gehry, the CCTV Headquarters by Rem Koolhaas, the Getty Center by Richard Meier, the Times Building by Renzo Piano: Pulitzer Prize–winning critic Paul Goldberger’s tenure at The New Yorker has documented a captivating era in the world of architecture, one in which larger-than-life buildings, urban schemes, historic preservation battles, and personalities have commanded an international stage. Goldberger’s keen observations and sharp wit make him one of the most insightful and passionate architectural voices of our time. In this collection of fifty-seven essays, the critic Tracy Kidder called “America’s foremost interpreter of public architecture” ranges from Havana to Beijing, from Chicago to Las Vegas, dissecting everything from skyscrapers by Norman Foster and museums by Tadao Ando to airports, monuments, suburban shopping malls, and white-brick apartment houses. This is a comprehensive account of the best—and the worst—of the “age of architecture.”On Norman Foster:Norman Foster is the Mozart of modernism. He is nimble and prolific, and his buildings are marked by lightness and grace. He works very hard, but his designs don’t show the effort. He brings an air of unnerving aplomb to everything he creates—from skyscrapers to airports, research laboratories to art galleries, chairs to doorknobs. His ability to produce surprising work that doesn’t feel labored must drive his competitors crazy.On the Westin Hotel:The forty-five-story Westin is the most garish tall building that has gone up in New York in as long as I can remember. It is fascinating, if only because it makes Times Square vulgar in a whole new way, extending up into the sky. It is not easy, these days, to go beyond the bounds of taste. If the architects, the Miami-based firm Arquitectonica, had been trying to allude to bad taste, one could perhaps respect what they came up with. But they simply wanted, like most architects today, to entertain us.On Mies van der Rohe:Mies’s buildings look like the simplest things you could imagine, yet they are among the richest works of architecture ever created. Modern architecture was supposed to remake the world, and Mies was at the center of the revolution, but he was also a counterrevolutionary who designed beautiful things. His spare, minimalist objects are exquisite. He is the only modernist who created a language that ranks with the architectural languages of the past, and while this has sometimes been troubling for his reputation . . . his architectural forms become more astonishing as time goes on.
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  • Brandscapes: Architecture in the Experience Economy

    Brandscapes: Architecture in the Experience Economy

    Karton Kapak
    In the twenty-first century, we must learn to look at cities not as skylines but as brandscapes and at buildings not as objects but as advertisements and destinations. In the experience economy, experience itself has become the product: we're no longer consuming objects but sensations, even lifestyles. In the new environment of brandscapes, buildings are not about where we work and live but who we imagine ourselves to be. In Brandscapes, Anna Klingmann looks critically at the controversial practice of branding by examining its benefits, and considering the damage it may do. Klingmann argues that architecture can use the concepts and methods of branding--not as a quick-and-easy selling tool for architects but as a strategic tool for economic and cultural transformation. Branding in architecture means the expression of identity, whether of an enterprise or a city; New York, Bilbao, and Shanghai have used architecture to enhance their images, generate economic growth, and elevate their positions in the global village. Klingmann looks at different kinds of brandscaping today, from Disneyland, Las Vegas, and Times Square--prototypes and case studies in branding--to Prada's superstar-architect-designed shopping epicenters and the banalities of Niketown. But beyond outlining the status quo, Klingmann also alerts us to the dangers of brandscapes. By favoring the creation of signature buildings over more comprehensive urban interventions and by severing their identity from the complexity of the social fabric, Klingmann argues, today's brandscapes have, in many cases, resulted in a culture of the copy. As experiences become more and more commodified, and the global landscape progressively more homogenized, it falls to architects to infuse an ever more aseptic landscape with meaningful transformations. How can architects use branding as a means to differentiate places from the inside out--and not, as current development practices seem to dictate, from the outside in? When architecture brings together ecology, economics, and social well-being to help people and places regain self-sufficiency, writes Klingmann, it can be a catalyst for cultural and economic transformation.
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