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Manual of Biogenic House Sections

Recognizing that buildings are a major contributor to global warming and the critical role of embodied versus operational carbon, the book focuses on houses built from materials that either sequester carbon (plants), use materials with very low embodied carbon (earth and stone) or reuse substantial amounts of existing materials. Organized by those materials (wood, bamboo, straw, hemp, cork, earth, brick, stone and re-use), and incorporating life cycle diagrams demonstrating how the raw material is processed into building components, the book shows how the unique properties of each material can transform the ways architects conceive the sections of houses.

The house was selected as the vehicle for these investigations due to its scale, its role as a site of architectural experimentation, and its ubiquity. Building on the techniques of the 'Manual of Section,' the book is comprised of newly generated cross-sectional drawings of fifty-five recent, modestly sized houses from around the world, making legible the tectonics and materials used in their construction. Each house is also shown through exploded axonometric, construction photographs and color photographs of the exterior and interior. Introductory essays set up the importance of embodied carbon, the role of vernacular plant-based construction and the problems of contemporary house construction. Drawing connections between the architecture of the house, environmental systems and material economies, the book seeks to change how we build now and for the future.

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Performance + Assembly

Adrian Smith Gordon Gill Architecture’s “Performance + Assembly: The Experience of Space” covers a range of performance and assembly spaces designed by AS+GG from central spaces in the world’s largest expositions to small, flexible high-technology theaters to expressive and functional auditoriums. The book of global cultural work includes building designs from Chicago to Istanbul, Astana to Dubai and features both photography of built spaces and unbuilt ideas. In this book Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture reviews projects to answer questions that relate to how buildings can be used to enhance the experiences of the users beyond set programmatic requirements by asking questions like: How can architecture and design help advance the technologies, the operations, the program, and the way buildings perform? At a more sensorial and experiential level, the book explores how architecture can speak to the soul to create a place in between the art and the audience.

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Sanctuary

Sanctuary features a series of eighteen recent projects from the award-winning firm de Reus Architects. As a follow-up to Tropical Experience, de Reus Architects continues to add inspired, carefully crafted, timeless, and site-appropriate design to its growing body of work. Essays by Mark de Reus and Joseph Giovannini reveal the continued search that is inherent in design and the relentless effort to reveal how sprit of place contributes to design thinking. Each project is introduced with spectacular exterior and interior photography and gives the reader an in-depth look into de Reus Architects’ design thinking. With select projects from Hawaii, Mexico, and the Pacific Northwest, Sanctuary explores a wide range of buildings showcasing de Reus Architects’ timeless and well-executed architecture.

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Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, 2006–2020

Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture’s, 2006-2020 monograph showcases the spectacular work of the firm from the first 15 years of its practice through drawings, renderings, model photography, photography of built work, competition entries, exhibition materials, master plans, interiors, and special research projects and publications.

The projects featured in the monograph cover a wide variety of AS+GG’s high-performance, energy-efficient, aesthetically striking architecture on an international scale in a wide range of typologies and scales, from low- and mid-rise residential, commercial, and cultural buildings to mixed-use supertall towers. Projects explored include supertall towers, large-scale mixed-use complexes, corporate offices, exhibition facilities, cultural facilities and museums, civic and public spaces, hotels and residential complexes, institutional projects, and high-tech laboratory facilities.

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Bonstra | Haresign Architects

DESIGNING COMMUNITY

This book celebrates over 20 years of Bonstra|Haresign Architects’ community-focused practice. It documents the growth and success attributable to the firm’s philosophy and methodological approach. Many beautiful images and descriptive text show that Bill’s and David’s design aspirations and cooperative work styles, shared by their talented, associate partners John Edwards and Jack Devilbiss and the studio teams, have produced not only award-winning architecture, but also architecture benefitting each project’s surroundings.

Bonstra|Haresign Architects serves a variety of populations and communities: urban and suburban, commercial and residential, civic and cultural. Projects range from affordable and market-rate housing to historic restoration, renovation and adaptive reuse. Typologically diverse projects are the essence of Bonstra|Haresign Architects’ architectural work and community-building efforts. And desirable community enhancement resulting from their projects is visible in Washington, DC, urban neighborhoods as well as in eastern region.

Bonstra|Haresign Architects’ does not exist to implement the aesthetic tastes and wishes of a soloist “starchitect” or prima donna designer with a signature style, yet design artistry is an essential goal of the firm. This complements Bill’s and David’s fundamental commitment to create contextually modernist architecture as an agent of positive change beyond each project’s site boundaries.

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Architecture of Place

BATES MASI + ARCHITECTS

To respond to the unique opportunities of each client and site, Bates Masi + Architects has developed an approach rather than a devotion to a particular style. Careful study of the needs of the site and owners uncovers a guiding concept particular to each project. That concept is distilled to its essence so that it can inform the design at all scales, from massing to materials to details. The consistency of the concept is evident in the finished product. The result is an architecture that is cohesive, innovative, contextual, and full of details that delight.

'Architecture of Place' is the follow up to 'Bespoke Home,' the first comprehensive survey of Bates Masi’s fifty-plus years of work published in 2016. It focuses on the firm’s recent residential portfolio. Using each house as a case study, the book documents Bates Masi’s design process with concept images, diagrams, architectural models, and narratives for each project. This book demonstrates how influences of the physical and historical context, as well as the client, are distilled into a guiding concept for each project. With over 200 pages of photos and drawings of extraordinary second homes, Architecture of Place will appeal to architects and design devotees alike.

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Renovating Carbon

RE-IMAGINING THE CARBON FORM

With global building stock projected to double in the next two decades, the challenge of reducing the carbon expenditure becomes a planning-design-construction opportunity. This urgently warrants an assessment of existing architectural practices and employment/usage of building systems, by professionals and experts to facilitate sustainable and optimistic experimentations. It is high time that we rethink the creative aspects of not just technology and buildings systems, but also the culture and the foundation of the building industry.

The book begins to explore these facets of the complex relationship between the built environment, carbon mitigation and climate change through the low-carbon adaptive re-use of SDE1/3 of the School of Design and Environment (SDE) at the National University of Singapore (NUS). The essays / articles extrapolate key themes on adaptive re-use to the hot and wet atmospheres on the urbanizing Equator. Unlike new-builds, the design and development of adaptive re-use projects straddle the existing realities of the built form and future projections of building use and operations.

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Digital Structures

DATA AND URBAN STRATEGIES OF THE CIVIC FUTURE

'digitalSTRUCTURES: Data and Urban Strategies of the Civic Future' provokes a larger body of work that engages with digital property and data infrastructures. Digital currencies (cryptocurrencies) and digital property require large amounts of land, resources, and data centers and infrastructures to store these “supplies.” There is a larger architectural and urban infrastructural challenge and urgency on how these various kinds of digital exchanges are mediated, to limit the detrimental use of our everyday resources. If our everyday objects are digital and no longer physical, how does it challenge ecological questions? How does this affect the future of urban living?

The case-studies, interviews, and guest contributions prompt discussions that were part of the CityX Venice, Sezione del Padiglione Italia, at the 17th La Biennale di Venezia. Guest contributors were prompted to challenge and provoke the topics that are questioning the issues of open innovation models that operate a city, robotics and artificial intelligent systems, supply chains affected by digital storage, and data infrastructural arguments that play a large role within our Web 3.0 urban digital and real landscapes.

Using a mixed-media approach, the book couples a novel exploration of XR (mixed-reality) and AR (augmented reality) into diagrammatic mapping and graphical cartography, and how data interacts with various open innovation models in digital property and real property.

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Practice with Purpose

A GUIDE TO MISSION DRIVEN DESIGN

'Practice with Purpose' is about designing buildings beyond their property lines to address some of society’s most urgent challenges: the climate emergency, racial and ethnic injustice, chronic homelessness, educational crises, and the preservation of the embodied carbon and culture of existing buildings.

To successfully contend with these ecological and societal emergencies, the design values and practice of architecture must be rapidly transformed within the next decade. Architects must become creative agents of change, providing the vision and skill to lead our communities toward an equitable, climate-positive future for all.

Twenty years ago, San Francisco–based Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects rededicated its practice to focus on these urgent issues. Its mission-driven designs not only address the critical concerns of twenty-first century architecture, but also bring clients and users into the dialogue. LMSa’s award-winning works show the creative potential of building a practice with purpose.

In this book, LMSa shares its experience and insight as a call to action to the architecture profession. Through case studies, data-driven essays, user testimonials, and thought-provoking questions, LMSa offers design strategies to architects who want to make an environmental and social impact.

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The Shape of the Land

TOPOGRAPHY & LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE

'The Shape of the Land: Topography & Landscape Architecture'—the first book to center on this subject—presents the contributions of thirteen well-known practitioners and academics who discuss the forms and ramifications of reconfiguring terrain. The essays range in content from pre-industrial precedents in the work of Humphry Repton to new digital topographic modeling systems without the use of contour lines, the treatment of waste products to the land art of the American Southwest. Practicing landscape architects focusing on the modeling of topography in the works considering both utility and aesthetics. In all, the book reviews the history, reasons, and results of at least three centuries of topographic interventions, while suggesting pathways into the future—as new technology and new necessities increase the functional demands placed upon landscape architects, while at the same time potentially offering new forms of artistic expression.

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History Reinterpreted

THE MYLES STANDISH HOTEL

Celebrated as one of America’s top classical architects, Patrick Ahearn—a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects—began his career with ambitious adaptive-reuse public projects, and for more than four decades has focused on historically motivated, site-sensitive private residences in New England and beyond. Raised in Levittown, New York, and based in Boston, he received degrees in architecture and urban design from Syracuse University. Today, he oversees the firm that bears his name while also deftly drafting firsthand. He has designed hundreds of signature residences, including more than 350 projects on Martha’s Vineyard alone, and has been featured in publications including Architectural Digest, New England Home, and The Wall Street Journal. His first book, Timeless, is in its sixth printing.

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Building Toys

AN ARCHITECT'S COLLECTION

The book Building Toys: An Architect’s Collection documents over 100 architectural building toys from the author’s collection, from the mid-1800s to the present, from the U.S. and abroad. Each toy has an immersive two-page spread celebrating its unique features with photos of packaging graphics, component parts, assembly diagrams, and a built example designed and constructed by the author. Well-researched background information on designers and company histories provides intriguing facts which complete each toy’s description. When taken together, these stories reveal a microcosm of western commercial and industrial history, illustrating trends in design, advertising, and material production techniques.

The book is organized by toy material (natural wood, metal, plastic, etc.), creating six “chapters.” It includes a two-page introduction which reflects the author’s role as architect, photographer, and collector. There are approximately 250 pages giving a dynamic visual portrayal of a seldom seen world.

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Land, Sea, Shelter, & Culture

AHL is the most prominent, prestigious, and progressive architectural practice working in Hawaii. As such, the history of Modern Hawaiian architecture is very much the history of AHL. Over the past 75 years, no firm has built bigger, higher, or more frequently that AHL. This book tells their story and in so doing, tells the story of the making of a modern Hawaii.

The output of the firm is extraordinary, ranging from numerous state and federal facilities like the Hawaii State Capitol building to the Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalaniana‘ole Federal Building. The first high-rises in Hawaii belong to AHL along with some of most high-profile residential (Moana Pacific), hospitality (Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa), healthcare and education (John A. Burns School of Medicine), and commercial complexes like the American Savings Bank and Pacific Guardian Center Towers, to numerous retail stores, schools and university buildings, churches, and extensive work with the military...

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The Story of a Section

DESIGNING THE SHOUGANG OXYGEN FACTORY

This book is an experiment on constructing a text starting—exclusively and strictly—from the materials of an architectural project. As in an archive, it contains all the documents produced by the design team, which become the only sources of a text that allows the reader to generalize the project’s contents and reflect on its process. An extensive masterplan is transforming the abandoned industrial area of Shougang, on the outskirts of Beijing, into one of the venues for the 2022 Winter Olympics Games. Within this process, the China Room, as a research center of the Politecnico di Torino dedicated to urbanization and architecture in China, was involved by Tsinghua University in the transformation of the former oxygen factory into a visitor center, working on industrial memory as a lever for a renovation of the existing site aimed at the overall sustainability of the masterplan.

The book overviews and analyses the most important steps that transformed initial design intentions into a defined proposal, passing through different solutions, changes, debates, and negotiations among the different stakeholders called into action along the whole process.

Telling the story of this architectural project means thinking about the ways of designing across different contexts in the global market. More particularly, the story is about the skills and experiences that Academia puts in place by addressing real transformation projects through research, with respect to professional practice modalities. In addition, the book is intended to make design practicing transparent to the reader, capable to move around the genesis of the project following the many trajectories occurred along the whole process, similarly to an open archive: retrospectively the final image of the building will incorporate architectural elements brought by socio-technical decisions, enlarging the spectrum of design agency from single authorship to a larger collective of involved stakeholders.

Among the project documents, a recurring drawing guided the project exchange between the Politecnico and Tsinghua teams during the two years of joint design work. The cross-section of the factory was the point of comparison about the relationship with the structural skeleton of the original factory and the vertical organization of the project: from the public playground on the ground floor to the intensive exploitation of the intermediate levels, to the roof that seeks new relationships with the competition area and the natural landscape.

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Of Limbs, Leaves, and Hope

A PORTRAIT OF PHILADELPHIA’S URBAN FOREST IN TIMES OF A PANDEMIC

Of Limbs, Leaves, and Hope represents the unforeseen gain of biophilic relief from the coronavirus pandemic. Forced to work remotely because of COVID-19, daily walks and bike rides became an essential distraction from hours of uninterrupted screen time. Photography became a pastime, and as weeks turned into months the city began to present itself anew: streets, plazas, parks, church grounds, cemeteries, and untold nooks and crannies not before seen or recorded. Trees soon began to dominate the compositions, as if beckoning to stand out against the gridiron construction. And so, the project began: to record the presence of trees as foreground actors of the everyday urban landscape. Beginning in the spring of 2020, hundreds of photographs were taken, often times of the same tree at different times of the day, under varying light conditions, and through the seasons. A sense of intimacy developed: of seeing how a plant breathes-in the city over time, silently, exhaling in return nurturing permanence and resilience.

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Young Architects 22

VALUE

Young Architects 22: Value features work by the winners of the 2020 Architectural League Prize for Young Architects + Designers. The competition theme examined the meanings of value in contemporary architecture—a concept that spans “numbers, colors, measurement, worth, and ethics,” in the words of the theme statement.

From an open-source robotics laboratory producing new architectural forms and processes to a series of community gardens built from salvaged architectural models, the projects and practices featured in this volume represent a wide breadth of responses to the competition theme, refining and expanding the notion of value in contemporary design practice.

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Twentieth-Century Architecture and Modernity 

OUR PAST, OUR PRESENT

The theme of “modernity” was the launching pad for architecture in the 20th century, to the point of completely revolutionizing our way of life. By causing in its development absolutizations and misunderstandings, actual motives linked to the profound desire to improve everyone’s life were reconsidered.

Against the theory that the 20th century connected the objective of modernity to that of the Modern Movement, this book deals with the theme of a present continuity by revealing those “open visions” that characterized modernity at the end of the 19th century. By critically reviewing the main stages of development over time—as well as the intense debates of architectural historians, architects and contemporary scholars—the thesis of modernity as tradition, research, criticism, place of contradictions is supported. Further echoed by that of “architecture tout court,” enhancing the present environment in its current fragility of views—even more so today with the appearance of a virus capable of undermining our way of living. These are “contemporary modernisms” aimed at recovering the essence of a recent past to project it into the present, restoring to architecture that long-neglected role of critical construction and formation of society in an era, ultimately defined as “of Rembrandt beauty.”

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Island Homes

CASUAL ELEGANCE IN DESIGN

Island Homes and Casual Elegance in Design presents the beautiful yet unpretentious new homes, residential renovations, and commercial buildings designed by Honolulu-based Peter Vincent Architects. A boutique firm founded in 1992, PVA specializes in custom-built architecture in a broad spectrum of styles and genres. Each project responds to the unique needs and vision of its client as well as the physical, social, and environmental opportunities and requirements offered by its site.

In stunning color photography, the book features twenty built works by PVA. Each shows the creative design, quality materials, and exacting proportions that set PVA apart. The text, crafted from interviews with managing partner Peter Vincent, tells an intimate story of each project and discusses the various personal experiences that have influenced his architectural philosophy. A foreword by Malia Mattoch McManus, author of The Hawaiian House Now, discusses how PVA projects respect their surroundings and the culture.

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Barns of the St Croix Valley

AN ARCHITECT SKETCHBOOK

Illustrated with 200 barn sketches, diagrams, and maps, this book takes you on a journey through the St Croix River Valley. It grounds you in the geography, geology and biology of the region and introduces you to its original inhabitants, the Dakota and Ojibwe peoples, European explorers, fur traders and loggers and the settlers that followed them. It is a celebration of regional diversity and architectural expression through a single type of building—the barn.

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One House Per Day

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One House Per Day no.001-365 collects the first 365 drawings from Andrew Bruno’s project One House Per Day, along with a foreword by Keith Krumwiede and essay contributions by Malcolm Rio, Alessandro Orsini & Nick Roseboro, and Clark Thenhaus. The drawings are high quality 1:1 reproductions of the originals, and the 7.5” trim size matches the size of the sketchbooks that the originals were drawn in. The drawings are each given a full page, with a subsequent section including a brief description of each drawing. While the drawings themselves are mute, and their descriptions relatively deadpan, the essays contemplate the place of the detached house in American culture from social, political, and economic perspectives. The book is 392 pages long and is softbound in gray recycled paper. The front cover features 365 debossed circles to represent the 365 houses; these give the book a unique tactile quality.

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Delta Design Futures

ENDURANCE FOR NEW FRONTIERS

The Pearl River Delta region has been severely engineered throughout its process of historical emergence. As it is about to confront a new wave of changes in the present century driven by economic growth, industrial activity, and growth of maritime operations, the book proposes “endurance” as a way of urban design in the Pearl River Delta region to organize space around the changing frontiers between territory inhabited by people and South China Sea. The book addresses the urgency to counter the risks posed to the delta city-region by proposing scenarios for urban growth.

The design futures for the Pearl River Delta are formed by acknowledging the socio-political drift towards one direction above another, which influences the future organization or reorganization of space. The historical emergence of the river delta highlights the fact that it is conditioned to multiple directives and multiple transformations, which at the same time makes it exemplary yet idiosyncratic. Therefore, the scenarios of city-region development presented in the book, depict an integration of systems of flows, and the symbiosis of conflicting powers. A series of specific questions lead to principles that drive each future growth trajectory, which is represented through a series of diagrammatic logics in order to organize space through structures of landscape systems and those of new territories and networks.

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With Reference

In With Reference, Soo Chan of SCDA explores the fundamentals of architecture—going back to inspirations and precedents, examining basic building blocks and core values—in search of a universal spatial vocabulary for contemporary practice.

As practice becomes increasingly globalized and fragmented, the applied design language has to absorb nuances of climate, craft, culture, and place. Through a rich diagrammatic analysis of seminal projects by SCDA as well as masters of architecture around the world, With Reference argues for the revival of a rule-based design language.

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9 Ways

Combining how-to with why-to, 9 Ways to Make Housing for People lays out the core principles that David Baker Architects uses to help communities develop great urban housing. Written for architects and residents—as well as officials, developers, and planners—this book is a kit of parts: nine proven strategies for getting the best outcomes for housing in urban contexts. Detailed explorations and comprehensive case studies show how to apply and combine the principles creatively to meet the needs of sites, people, and budgets. Pragmatic and imaginative, 9 Ways is a modern manual for urban housing—getting it built and making it great.

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Mark Foster Gage

ARCHITECTURE IN HIGH RESOLUTION

In the course of a ten-month invited competition Mark Foster Gage Architects, using tools ranging from artificial intelligence to 3D fractal software, re-invented the design languages of the ancient Nabatean civilization located on the Arabian Peninsula to propose the first Saudi resort in the modern era that would be open for international tourists. Isolated in a vast desert, with little infrastructure and virtually no visitors, lie the ancient ruins of Mada’in Saleh, and the site for the project. With five-hundred pages and over 1,500 images this is a book that documents the design process of this project, complete with all of its ideas, misdirections, failures, restarts, breakthroughs, and everything in-between.  Of interest to architects and non-architects alike, this book heralds a new generation of creative techniques and design technologies that promise to redefine how we think of the past, present and future of the built environment in the 21st century and beyond.  

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Speaking of Architecture

INTERVIEWS ABOUT WHAT COMES NEXT, WITH MARK FOSTER GAGE

What ideas are currently energizing your architectural work and explorations? Why did these ideas become impactful while others did not? What role did mentors and peers play in the development of these ideas? What were your breakthrough insights or aha moments? What is next for you, and for the discipline and discourse of architecture? For this book, Mark Foster Gage has selected eleven of the most noteworthy and fascinating conversations from his year-long project of documenting the ideas of the next generation of designers who are revolutionizing the nature of architectural practice and theory today. This remarkable collection of casual, informative, and personal interviews engages fifteen architects as they reveal what made them who they are, what propels their architectural work forward, and what they anticipate comes next.

A noted practitioner, tenured Yale professor, CNN design contributor, and respected insider of the international architectural scene, Mark Foster Gage has spent his professional life with many of the most important figures in architectural discourse and practice. With this book he focuses on an emerging generation of practitioners- approaching his subjects with a characteristic mix of insight, wit, and humor in a book that is consistently entertaining and informative as the architects open up in unexpected ways about their beliefs, work, lives and thoughts about where architecture, and they, are headed next.

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Great Architects of the 20th Century

Manuel I. Galindez

Galíndez is, without any doubt, the most brilliant of the architects that have ever existed in Bilbao: a city with a very high architectural quality, due to its privileged place in economic terms within Spain, and to the existence of an industrial bourgeoisie very relevant not only locally, but nationally. The book analyses eight buildings by Manuel Galíndez, located in Madrid, Barcelona, and Bilbao. The book’s purpose is to fill the gap related to the absence of the great architects of the 20th Century ignored by the sectarian modern historiography. Galíndez works are very conscious with the integration within the urban context. He is an architect that cares for the compositional issues beyond the style he uses in a given building, and his construction is meticulous, rigorous, and exquisite.

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Landscape Architecture Frontiers 053

COGNITIVE SCIENCES AND LANDSCAPE DESIGN

Cognitive sciences that aim at establishing scientific and explicit interpretations can diversify approaches to exploring users’ feelings and experiences of a specific environment. For example, people’s emotions and feelings change with their environment, closely related to people’s sensory processes and brain wiring, personal experiences, and visiting purposes, etc., can be understood as a prompt intuitive response. Environmental information and responses are processed very fast to support quick decision making in relation to people’s survival and benefits. Environmental Psychology explains the environmental types people prefer and why certain environments make people feel, for example, anxious or excited. Understanding people’s emotional responses to the environment facilitates, or “nudges” (a term usually used in the inter-discipline of Psychology and Behavioral Economics), users to act or make choices as desired. Moreover, research on attention in cognitive sciences can also inform designers: by controlling the spatial elements and intangible elements (such as light and sound) to minimize environmental disturbance or noise, users’ attention can be directed to specific elements, element combinations or series. During this process, users’ specific emotional memories or symbolic implications are activated, which augments desired feelings and experiences. 

This issue explores the mechanism of how landscape design affects users’ feelings, experiences, and behaviors, as well as usability, by introducing theories, knowledge, and research methods and findings in Cognitive sciences, psychology, neurobiology, and computer science, so as to support landscape architects’ decision making.

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SPECULATION

In this moment of seemingly compounding global crises and existential concerns about the future of the planet, LA+ pauses to consider the values and implications of speculation. How are speculative acts understood differently within specific disciplinary structures versus broader cultural perceptions? Whether employed as a means of influence, a method of production, a form of practice, a manner of inquiry, a way of seeing, or a motivating ideology, LA+ Speculation engages speculation and the speculative as world-shaping concepts worthy of deep and critical reflection.

Guest edited by Christopher Marcinkoski with Javier Arpa Fernandez

Other contributors include:
Merve Bedir
Casey Lance Brown
Stuart Candy
Paul Dobraszyk
Aroussiak Gabrielian
Daisy Ginsberg
Adrian Hawker
Souhei Imamu
Karen Lewis
Min Kyung Lee
Mpho Matsipa
Alexandra Sankova
Jonah Susskind
Ytasha Womak

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Shaping Canton

THE MOUNTAINS ARE HIGH AND THE EMPEROR FAR AWAY

The book takes as its starting point the city of Canton, at the heart of the most populous built-up metropolitan area in Mainland China, and a city that has for several centuries held a central position with regard to economic, social, and physical change in the country.

Shaping Canton focuses on the modern history of Canton. The text and illustrations explore and set out the various stages and events leading up to the modern city, by way of a reinvigorated Chinese superpower, from the founding of trade between Europe and the East in the late 15th century, to the beachheads of foreign influence, and forces of transformation through periods of revolution, political transition, and reform up to the present time.

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Faux Mountains

Artificial mountains are a worldwide reality. Burial sites use, very frequently, the intimidating shape of the man-made mountain. Incense burners in ancient China evoked the Five Sacred Mountains. Mount Parnassus in Greece became an important element in European garden history and a symbol of the Renaissance. In the Baroque Rome of the 17th century the most important artists worked on the constructions of huge ephemeral mounds in order to express more or less codified messages. The model of the artificial mountain was used as well during the French Revolution: the famous celebration of the Supreme Being took place on a gigantic faux mountain. The history of landscape architecture is characterized by the construction of architectural mounds, often built by using local excavation material. The industrial revolution acted as another source for the rise of an anthropic topography, creating forms, which we do not recognize anymore as totally artificial. Architects have found in the form of mountains a model and a gestalt with which to play in an ironic way. In twentieth-century art, mountains are ubiquitous, culminating in Robert Smithson’s masterful exploration of reversed, displaced, and rebuilt mountains. Michael Jakob’s comparative study is the first one to address this fascinating phenomenon.

Artificial mountains are a worldwide reality. Their presence influenced the history of urbanism, architecture, and landscape architecture. Michael Jakob’s study is the first one to address this fascinating worldwide phenomenon stretching from Antiquity to our days.

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Temples & Towns

THE FORM, ELEMENTS, AND PRINCIPLES OF PLANNED TOWNS

This book traces the historic evolution of urban form, principles, and design; it serves as a compendium, or reference, of city design; and is a polemic about the necessity for the recovery of the city and a contemporary urban architecture. It begins with the planned cities of Greece and the Roman Empire from about 500 BC, through the late-medieval Bastides, the Ideal Renaissance cities, and Baroque new towns, to the urban planning strategies of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It covers anti-urban modernist architecture and the resulting disintegration of the city. It concludes with late-twentieth-century efforts to recover the city, a contemporary urban architecture, and urbanism’s potential contribution to the contemporary ecological crisis. The book is project oriented and extensively illustrated. It may be read graphically, textually, or both. As such, it falls into the long tradition of illustrated treatises in which theory is embedded in the projects, with only occasional assistance or clarification from the text. Architecture and urban design are physical arts, not verbal arts, and they are best understood from graphic representations.

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Civano

FROM EXPERIMENT TO MODEL OF RESILIENT URBANISM

Twenty years after its completion, Civano remains a valuable model to emulate for environmentally appropriate growth accommodation, and creation of resilient communities of lasting value. It combines an aggressive environmental sustainability protocol with the social and design tenants of the new urbanism to create a model alternative to sprawl development.

Civano is a retrospective study of a pioneering urban development project in the Sonora Desert that was built in a traditional urban form based on a combined social, and environmental protocol.

In this book, the authors examine both the history and evolution of this unique architectural and urbanist experiment, and consider lessons learned that can lead to a new model of growth accommodation and community building that is more politically intelligent, environmentally responsible, and socially resilient. 

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The Great Padma Book

LIFE AND TIMES OF AN EPIC RIVER

The first comprehensive book on the River Padma, considered the last leg of the Ganges, with a rich collection of new photographs and maps. The Great Padma Book defines the life and history of the Bengal Delta, the largest delta in the world. The book contains original essays by well-known writers, researchers, and academics from diverse fields, including geography, history, literature, architecture, and food history. The preface is written by the renowned author Amitav Ghosh (The Hungry Tide). Besides unpublished photographs documenting the magnificence and diversity of the great river, and wonderful set of maps and diagrams, the book has a rich content in depicting the life and times related to this turbulent river. The wonderful design and layout of the book will make this a collectible item.

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Donald Gray

THE MOST BEAUTIFUL DESIGNS OF TRADITIONAL NEIGHBORHOODS IN ANDALUCIA

The book describes in detail the works of Donald Gray in Andalusia. They are all of imposing beauty. These neighborhoods are made following the centuries-old architectural and urban traditions of this beautiful region of Spain. The book shows from the floors of these developments, to that of the buildings; as well as details of windows, doors, ironworks, fountains, gardens, etc. The many beautiful photographs prove the magnificent creations of Donald Gray.

In short, a very complete book, of undoubted interest to architects, urban planners, and the different trades that intervene in the setting up of architecture, from carpenters, blacksmiths, gardeners, etc., and for those having responsibilities in the city, with its pavements, urban furniture, etc.

 

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Rancho Sisquoc

ENDURING LEGACY ON A HISTORIC CALIFORNIA LAND GRANT RANCH

'Rancho Sisquoc: Enduring Legacy on an Historic California Land Grant Ranch' celebrates the spectacular landscape, fascinating history, colorful characters, and timeless traditions of one of California’s last intact Mexican land grant ranches. The ranch’s 37,000 acres extend from the edge of the Los Padres National Forest to the lush vineyards on the mesas to fertile farmland in the bottomland, and range almost the entire length of the Sisquoc River valley in northern Santa Barbara County. Engaging text, maps, and archival documents are paired with both vintage and contemporary photographs to bring the landscape and its history to life, from prehistory to the days of the vacqueros, from turn-of-the-century homesteading to the realities of a contemporary cattle ranch, farming operation, vineyard and winery with a passionate wine club membership numbering 1,500. Forewords by former Governor Edmund Gerald Brown, Jr.—a California history enthusiast—and Stephan T. Hearst, whose interest in preservation extends to his oversight of the vast ranch lands surrounding Hearst Castle, help give readers a sense of this special place and its unique role on California history. An introduction by co-owner Judith Flood Wilbur and preface by author Elizabeth Clair Flood speak to the role the ranch has played in the lives of one family for seven decades, and their hopes for preserving it for future generations. 'Rancho Sisquoc: Enduring Legacy on an Historic California Land Grant Ranch' will give readers a sense of this special place and its unique role in California history.

 

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Distillations

NANCY GOLDRING DRAWINGS AND FOTO-PROJECTIONS 1971 – 2021

'Distillations: Nancy Goldring Drawings and Foto-Projections 1971–2021' surveys 50 years of visual and conceptual explorations by artist and writer Nancy Goldring. Material is arranged according to predominating themes throughout her career: Thresholds, Sites, Sets, Perspectives, Dreams and Visions, and Chiaroscuro. The book reveals her unique process, how she devised her technique of melding graphic and photographic material through projection, and tracks its evolution from the sandwiching of black-and-white graphic and photographic images through to the creation of her "foto-projections" and large installation work. Included are interviews with the artist and an introduction by Jarrett Earnest with essays by writers and curators Paolo Barbaro, David Levi Strauss, Michael Taussig, and Ellen Handy.

 

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Fun Mill

THE ARCHITECTURE OF CREATIVE INDUSTRY IN CONTEMPORARY CHINA

The book discusses three recurrent methods used by architectural projects to reconfigure space: Collecting icons, Shifting scale, Bounding borders. These intervention methods were identified from amongst a range of design experiences, richly illustrated with sketches, detailed drawings and photographs.

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Typologies for Big Words

Architecture’s original project was the invention of interiority, an enclosed area delimited from its context and made available for a narrowly defined public, function, and meaning. This original project was expanded during the Enlightenment with the invention of type to establish architectural and social institutions for molding subjectivities. The quest for interiority has reached its completion with world capitalism and its associated complexes, the ultimate interior without any possible or imaginable outside. In response to this condition, this book proposes a collection of projects reinventing traditional building and landscape types as openings within the interiority of the current politico-economic global system. Typologies for Big Words presents new types of spaces as holes within society’s big words. Each project is an inseparable pairing of a design proposal and a theoretical essay, and it is named after a spatial type and a big word: Factory of Ecology, Infrastructure of Intimacy, Mausoleum of Humanity, Waiting Room of Democracy, Media Lab of Safety, Office of Diversity, and Museum of Capitalism.

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Reimagining the Library of the Future

PUBLIC BUILDINGS AND CIVIC SPACE FOR TOMORROW'S KNOWLEDGE SOCIETY

The study Reimagining the Library of the Future investigates the various models of public buildings and civic space through the lens of the library. It takes a critical look at the history, present, and future transformation of this significant building typology that has recently emerged as a redefined community place, social condenser, and urban incubator for knowledge generation, storage, and sharing. In particular, the library has evolved as a vibrant and vital member of community development and as a basis for outreach efforts.

This book presents 40 recent public and academic libraries from around the world, with over 200 images. As the survey of precedents shows, the historical cases have informed the design of the recent libraries and the continuous development of the building type over time. Well-designed libraries are now in abundance, and the wider view of this study includes mediatheques and learning centers. The selection of contemporary projects focuses on urban libraries in Europe (Germany, Italy, Austria, Netherlands), the US, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Japan, and China.

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Becoming Urban

CITY OF NOMADS

This book positions Ulaanbaatar as a unique case and one that allows us to view our urban world differently. Operating as a primordial soup of emerging conditions, Ulaanbaatar is conceived as an incubator for alternative urban concepts. The book rejects the agency of the masterplan as an effective tool in emerging urban conditions and instead positions the framework as a tool for incremental urbanism.

Although specific to the Ger districts of Mongolia, the story of how people, communities, planners, and politicians are grappling with the effects of becoming urban remains one of the critical issues facing the 21st century. How this process will be materialized and organized spatially, and by whom, will have profound ramifications on the climate and the social and economic make-up of our future cities.

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Practice Practice

The business of architecture—shaped by anti-trust legislation and pro-corporate governmental policies—has created an extractive, inequitable, and precarious environment for its practitioners. These pressures have led many small firms, which make up roughly three quarters of architecture offices in the United States, to adopt diverse, ad-hoc organizational and survival strategies. In their very precarity, these small firms offer fertile grounds to test more resilient structures. One such model, the worker cooperative, offers a critical mode of practice that is equitable, democratic, and addresses the systemic inequalities that plague the profession.

Practice Practice addresses the parallel trajectories of cooperatives in the United States and the professionalization of architecture. This contextual background highlights the coincident struggles of the labor movement and the emergence of the architectural corporation. Within this context, the cooperative model is presented as a challenge to the prevailing conditions of the profession. Logistical frameworks for creating an architectural cooperative—including diagrams, sample operating agreements, and bylaws—are offered for any firm looking to transition or incorporate anew. The book projects the social, economic, and aesthetic benefits of the architectural cooperative by taking stock of cooperatives in other industries. Finally, Practice Practice presents a vision for a cooperative network of small architecture firms as imagined in collaboration with the Architecture Lobby.

This book situates, celebrates, and envisions a future for small firms. Throughout the book, interviews, office visits, site visits, and field notes document encounters with over twenty such firms. These offices demonstrate the subversive agency harnessed by small firms. If the cooperative model were to infiltrate such sites, the nature of practice and industry would transform. Built work would reflect ever more diverse sensibilities, minority workers' voices would be uplifted, and workers would earn equity through ownership. Architects would enter the solidarity economy, transforming their communities.

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Athens Unveiled

A PORTRAIT OF NINETEENTH CENTURY ATHENS THROUGH HER STREETS AND NEIGHBORHOODS

Every year millions of travelers arrive in Athens eager to catch a glimpse of the ancient city and savor its classical heritage. But what about the late nineteenth century Athens with her neoclassical buildings, wide avenues and literary salons? An Athens where music wafted from King Otto’s palace and the aristocracy waltzed under crystal chandeliers. A city of dignitaries, scholars and architects drawing plans and reworking them, leaving their mark on every dimension of the young capital.

An Athens where commoners hovered around dimly lit fires and children played in the mud amidst the ancient ruins. Where criminals settled disputes with drawn knives and prostitutes roamed the ports luring sailors into filthy, smoke-filled taverns. Where Greek refugees lived in wind-swept streets with no sewers or running water, singing about their troubles under the stars.

An Athens where intellectuals, writers, poets, and artists converged in local cafés planning the future of the newly founded nation, discussing philosophy, literature, and their shared passion for reclaiming Greece for the Greeks.

'Athens Unveiled' pays homage to the people, streets, and neighborhoods of late nineteenth century Athens, where some of the finest neoclassical buildings still stand next to abandoned mansions, brothels, and old factories; where people still bargain the prices of clothes and produce on the old streets of commerce and where young artists create powerful murals, bringing everything about the city into sharp focus.

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A View from the Top

THE VIEWPOINT COLLECTION

The photography collected in 'A View from the Top' may have arisen out of a desire to document a singular body of work—the Viewpoint Collection. Through Kelley’s eye, lens, and postproduction choices, however, it advances the very way that buildings can be photographed and understood, allowing us to visit residences that most of us will never see in person.

The photographs also demonstrate that these projects are quintessentially Californian. Their emphasis on open plans, airy modernism, the indoor-outdoor relationship, natural textures and color-palette, and an intensive attention to landscaping are also quintessentially Los Angeles. The buildings—which are the creations of some of the world’s most renowned architects—are inspired and inspiring.  They are luxurious, aspirational, and visually exciting. The book is both a valuable contribution to architectural history and a pleasure to read.

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Boundless

50 YEARS OF CURIOSITY

Highlighting 50 years of curiosity, 'Boundless' is about pushing the limits of “What’s possible?” It highlights the history of EYP, an interdisciplinary design firm, and its unique culture through a rich body of work. Shared in three parts—roots, complexities, and possibilities—each section tells a story through projects highlighting client dreams, technical challenges, and social and environmental impacts.

“Roots” honors the strong foundations of EYP’s 50-year history, including its early grounding in sustainability, preservation, and work with mission-centered clients. It covers a wide mix of transformative projects across higher education, healthcare, and government sectors. 

“Complexities” reflects the many opportunities and challenges – design, technical, or otherwise—driving the firm’s work over the past two decades. Learn about clients and projects that challenged limits of design, including a green-powered US Embassy; a Planetree hospital; a flexible student maker space, and a state-of-the-art workplace for a national lab. Discover how important existing buildings can be reinvented, like those designed by architectural icons Eero Saarinen and Louis Kahn. 

"Possibilities" covers work the firm is engaged with today – either on the boards or under construction – including community centers, national historic treasures, places of diplomacy, hospitals for mental health, centers for student innovation, and buildings inspiring the future of science and technology. It uncovers what's possible when novel designs intersect with cultural insights to create authentic experiences, enhancing people's lives and communities.

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Urban Lessons of the Venitian Squares

The first part of the book is both an homage to the nature and appeal of the squares of Venice and an analysis of their physical qualities in urbanistic terms.

The Venetian settings were chosen for their freedom from auto traffic, streets, or peculiarities of topography. The narrative then takes those insights and applies them in a corresponding examination of a wide variety of modern-day urban spaces in America, to determine which are being emulated today and which less so.

As a test case of sorts to help inform the successes and failings of modern urban open space, a useful strategy would be to somehow remove the cars and streets from the equation: not as a realistic goal for urbanism today, but as a lens through which to identify a family of attributes that could realistically contribute to successful urban places. The only city in the Western world where this condition actually prevails in reality is Venice, Italy. Alone among the Old World’s cities and towns that are the USA’s urban patrimony, Venice has the unique distinction of being a truly pedestrian urban environment. With this in mind, it seems reasonable to see if Venice could call across the centuries with some insights for modern-day urbanism.

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Folio 2

THE ELEMENTS OF DESIGN

Brick has long been a trusted material, used worldwide by builders who appreciate its strength and versatility. It offers proven value to both traditional works and contemporary designs. The venerable material has even become a trendsetter; as the New York Times recently reported, “Bricks Return with Style in New High-End Buildings.” Following the popular first volume of Folio, 'Folio 2' features the most inspiring new brick buildings in North America and Australia. Here single-family homes, university buildings, cultural centers, showroom interiors, and more show the possibilities of brick. Each project uses material manufactured by Glen-Gery in a variety of shapes, colors, and textures, from conventional brick to glass brick to custom-designed brick for unique implementations. The buildings are thoroughly documented in photos and drawings, and with texts based on new interviews with their designers—a who’s who of both up-and-coming and established architecture firms.

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Future Offices

'Future Offices' examines the evolving nature of the office as a spatial asset. Rapid changes in culture, technology, and society have upended longstanding notions of offices and the nature of work itself. While companies and capital around the globe have become increasingly consolidated, labor vis-à-vis technology has become increasingly decentralized. The office, traditionally a key spatial interlocutor between labor and capital is caught in an awkward position with typological considerations for architecture. What should the future office look like? What is the future role of the headquarters? What does the office’s changing role mean for urbanism? The works collected here provide frameworks for understanding the complex and multifaceted nature of contemporary work, manufacturing, and commerce, and they aspire to influence new ways of conceiving architecture at multiple scales. They speculate upon a future where offices acquire new facets as resources of space, knowledge, and production that participate in local and global economic and cultural contexts in new hybridized forms. At the heart of this is a recognition that the new ways in which companies integrate into in society should be reflected in architecture itself.

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An Architect's Address Book

'An Architect’s Address Book' is memoir in 18 chapters of the places Robert Lemon has lived, studied, and worked over the past six decades. Some are of places that he has visited many times and are important to his career. Studying architecture and conservation, Lemon has lived in Ottawa, Paris, London, Rome, and York. My work has involved projects in Vancouver, Los Angeles, Dorset, the High Arctic, and Xi’an. Other stories are about visiting the buildings of Andrea Palladio and Carlo Scarpa in the Veneto, Arne Jacobsen and Kay Fisker in Denmark, and five iconic 20th-century houses in France, in company of colleagues. Most of the chapters focus on someone influential to Lemon’s career; and his vast interest in food is a thread through most stories.

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San Francisco

31 Commercial Blvd. Suite F
Novato, CA 94949
t 1.415.883.3300
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Los Angeles

ORO LA Office
5520 Palos Verdes Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90505
t: 1.310.318.5186

Montreal

180 Chemin Danis
Grenville PQ, J0V 1B0
Quebec, Canada
t 1.415.233.1944

Singapore

2 Venture Dr.
#11-15 Vision Exchange
Singapore 608526
t 65.66.2206

Shenzhen

Room 15E, Building 7, 
Ying Jun Nian Hua Garden,
Dan Zhu Tou, Shenhui Road, Buji, Longgang district,
Shenzhen, China 518114w
t 86.1372.4392.704

Buenos Aires

Juramento 3115
Buenos Aires C1428DOC
Argentina
t 54.911.6861.2543

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