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Emotional Architecture 4 Jap Sam 2014 ISBN 9789490322397 Acqn 22708 Pb 21x15cm 128pp 132col ills 15.50 Over the past few years the Romanian-Dutch artist and theorist Calin Dan (1955) has identified a very specific field of research, defined as 'Emotional Architecture', while developing a highly personal idiom where video and photography, next to text and music, play an important role. Dan focuses on the use, the experience, the meaning and the emotional value of architecture and urban environments. Through his observations of the city, his explorations of neighbourhoods, his contacts with dwellers and visitors, and through his research of traditions, Calin Dan developed an almost psychoanalytical way of looking at things. His work is an original blend of personal observations, folklore, historical facts and architectural analysis. The subject of Emotional Architecture 4 is the MinVROM building in The Hague. It is not only a strong architectural and urban landmark; but it is also a turning point in the way public architecture articulates with political representation in the Netherlands. MinVROM was the last project directly and purposefully commissioned by a government body to an architect's office, according to a vision stemming from ideological, political and representational values. From there on, economic arguments helped the decision to give up the idea of the government (or government bodies) as client and beneficiary of a pre-designed vision, and to substitute it with a relation landlord-tenant, where government institutions will let building units developed independently, by teams of architects, developers and urbanists. Such a decision has deep impact on the relationship between the political and the social bodies, as the first withdraws from the public domain into a neutral, almost image-less position, comparable to the one of the corporations migrating from station to station, according to momentous priorities.

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A Sight Of Archaic Chinese Buildings Celebrating Chinese 7 Vols Tang Teaching Museum 2013 ISBN 9787535656810 Acqn 23187 Hb 25x34cm 2520pp 3000ills 2500col 250 China is a vast country composed of many multi-ethnic cultures and historical backgrounds. Archaic architecture in China varies greatly from region to region, which in turn lends each unique characteristics arising from its various ethnicities, history, climate, and geographical features. This sprawling, seven-volume anthology of ancient architecture is organised as a comparison of similarities and differences between Chinas six designated cultural regions: Northern, Jiangnan, Sichuan, Lingnan, Mintai and Southwestern. Through nearly 20,000 photographs and countless drawings, the series exhaustively catalogues virtually every feature of many ancient Chinese building types.

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Oase 91 - Building Atmosphere nai010 publishers 2014 ISBN 9789462081079 Acqn 22718 Pb 17x24cm 128pp 50ills 21 After a period in which notions like 'programme', 'data' and 'image' reigned supreme, we are witnessing a renewed search for atmosphere in many contemporary architectural practices. OASE invited two leading architects, Peter Zumthor and Juhani Pallasmaa, who have identified atmosphere as a core theme of architecture, to engage in a conversation about building atmosphere.

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Jean Nouvel - Recent Project A.D.A.Edita Tokyo Co. Ltd. 2014 ISBN 9784871406857 Acqn 23335 Pb 26x30cm 180pp col ills 31 A comprehensive overview of recent work by the 2008 Pritzker Prize winner, Jean Nouvel, this impressive instalment offers an in-depth and personal guide to the successes of this acclaimed French architect. Brimming with superb photos, highly detailed project drawings and explanations, it offers an inside look at the development and inspiration surrounding nineteen diverse works, both realised and in progress, from the past ten years and around the globe; among them, the Louvre Abu Dhabi, Brussels-Midi Station, Doha High-Rise, Hainan Atlantis, Lascaux 4, Cuartel San Martn and the Renaissance Barcelona Fira Hotel. An interview by Yoshi Futagawa completes the volume.

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GA Houses 135 - Houses In Sao Paolo A.D.A.Edita Tokyo Co. Ltd. 2014 ISBN 9784871400831 Acqn 23336 Pb 21x30cm 120pp 200ills 100col 24 GA Houses documents outstanding new residential architecture from all over the world. Included in each issue also are retrospective looks at residential works of the past which are now considered epoch-making. With projects by SPBR Arquitetos, Studio MK27, UNA Arquitetos, FGMF, Eizo Shiina, Kengo Kuma and others.

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Seoulutions - Bart Hauser, NEXT Architects. Freestyle 02 BNA 2013 ISBN 9789461901316 Acqn 23464 Pb 12x16cm 128pp 100ills 75col 19 Bart Reuser, partner of of Amsterdam-based NEXT architects, presents a temporary record of the continuous transformation of the Hongdae district in Seoul, a creative hotspot with a young and diverse population. While the booklet is a search for the driving forces behind unique urban solutions, it also pays tribute to the dynamic city. Reuser experiences the city from the inside and analyses its organisation, not to mention the ongoing process of change occurring within Hongdae specifically, both on a spatial and programmatic level. Through numerous drawings, photos, unprecedented local insight and entrepreneurial spirit, he outlines the fascinating lessons that can be learned.

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C3 353 - Memory. New Reality. Liberal And Functional C3 2014 no ISBN Acqn 23459 Pb 22x30cm 208pp 300ills 200col 21.95 Memory is one of three themes in this edition, introduced in an essay by Paula Melneo and featuring projects concerned with retrieving part of a local atmosphere, history or identity, such as the Garden Tree House by Hironaka Ogawa & Associates and the Hut in Fichtelberg by AFF Architekten. The second theme, New Reality from Old Industrial Site, takes up the related practice of transforming and revitalising disused and ruined urban areas. Among the highlighted works are the Danish National Maritime Museum by BIG and Casa Mediterraneo Headquarters by Manuel Ocaa. Finally, Liberal and Functional examines the university building typology in four new projects.

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Toyo Ito 1971-2001 Toto 2013 ISBN 9784887063372 Acqn 23488 Pb 19x25cm 312pp 500ills 400col 48.50 For Toyo Ito, architecture is not so much a work of art but a mirror reflecting the times. From modest beginnings with a small atelier in 1971, he has grown to become one of the foremost practitioners of conceptual architecture, and was awarded the Pritzker Prize in 2013. Covering topics like architecture for a consumption-oriented society, the pursuit of abstract beauty, public buildings and Itos white period, this monograph of collected works allows an unparalleled view into his development and work through the years. Besides an extensive and insightful conversation with Terunobu Fujimori, the book contains five interviews with Ito focusing on specific projects and periods.

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Hiroshi Naito 2005-2013 - From Protoform To Protoscape Toto 2014 ISBN 9784887063389 Acqn 23489 Pb 19x25cm 350pp 300ills 200col 48.50 A captivating and gorgeously presented overview of recent work by the acclaimed Japanese architect, this monograph covers more than 20 diverse projects, both realised and under development, through detailed plans and drawings, project data and chronology, myriad photographs and an extensive, insightful essay by Naito himself. From large-scale works like Asahikawa Station, the Shimane Arts Centre and Azumino City Hall, to single-family homes, university buildings and the Makino Memorial Garden, he invests in each a fundamental quest to answer the challenge of designing architecture for all living things, and to step beyond the framework of everyday society.

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Volume 38 - The Shape Of The Law Archis Foundation 2014 ISBN 9789077966389 Acqn 23490 Pb 20x27cm 144pp 120ills 90col 21 "Its legal, but is it legitimate?" and "Its legitimate, but is it legal?" These are questions rarely discussed in public concerning architecture and urban design. Yet architects have to deal with rules and regulations, and architecture is to a large extent defined by them. So the question is: how to deal with the law? Throughout the pages of this issue, 'Volume' explored different strategies for dealing with legal problems, whether that be through a direct fight or indirect action, through avoiding, subverting or changing the law. Because in the end law is too important to be left to lawyers.

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Survival Of The Modern - From Cultural Centres To Planned Suburbs B Architectural Publications 2013 ISBN 9788792700063 Acqn 23503 Pb 21x27cm 160pp 140ills 70col 23.95 The Nordic version of modernism during the 1906s and 70s had certain characteristics that are of increasing interest to international architectural historians today. Of particular significance in this series of investigations is the relation between Nordic lands and the Baltic states during Soviet times, not only in terms of political comparisons but also because of the questions raised regarding modernisms dependence on the concept of a planned society. Taking the two poles of cultural centres and planned suburbs as their focus, the authors delve into this new field of research. With contributions by Claes Caldenby, Timo Tuomi, Vaidas Petrulis and Siri Skjold Lexau, among others.

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Vincent Van Rossem - The Rape Of Cities. The Disastrous Impact Of Urban Renewal Architectura & Natura Press 2014 ISBN 9789461400369 Acqn 23508 Hb 13x20cm 48pp 30ills 19.95 This slim booklet reprints a speech given by Vincent van Rossem upon acceptance of the post of professor of monuments and urban issues of the period since the 19th century, in particular the city of Amsterdam, at the University of Amsterdam in 2009. He addresses the tendency of European architects and urbanists to view the ravages of war as a unique opportunity to push forward with radical new plans, pointing to the unprecedented destruction of many cities during and in the wake of WWII. It is an absorbing and critical look at the struggle for balance between preservation and renewal, in which Van Rossem delves deeply into Amsterdams unique history.

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Green Architecture - Mario Cucinella Architects Equal Books 2013 ISBN 9788997603183 Acqn 23509 Hb 20x26cm 378pp 400ills 300col 65 Establishing a deep connection with the climate, culture and natural environment of a place is a process that seems to Italian architect Mario Cucinella to be much closer to the complexity of nature and less like mechanical artifice. Together with his office, MCA, Cucinella researches and conceives architectural and industrial design projects using innovative technologies in an effort to promote environmental sustainability, ethics and a positive social impact. This monograph introduces his activities in the growing movement for sustainability with detailed profiles of more than 25 exemplary projects, including Beijings SIEEB building and the Bologna Civic Offices.

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The City As Interface - How New Media Are Changing The City. Reflect 10 nai010 publishers 2014 ISBN 9789462080508 Acqn 22212 Pb 15x23cm 192pp 12ills 23.95 Digital and mobile media are changing the way urban life takes shape and how we experience our built environment. On the face of it, this is mainly a practical matter: thanks to these technologies we can organize our lives more conveniently. But the rise of urban media also presents us with an important philosophical issue: How do they influence the way that the city functions as a community? Employing examples of new media uses as well as historical case studies, Martijn de Waal shows how new technologies, on one level, contribute to the further individualization and liberalization of urban society. There is an alternative future scenario, however, in which digital media construct a new definition of the urban public sphere. In the process they also breathe new life into the classical republican ideal of the city as an open, democratic community of strangers.

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The City As A Project Ruby Press 2014 ISBN 9783944074061 Acqn 23286 Pb 19x26cm 356pp 100ills 32 What if the city can be seen differently than as a sort of self-organising chaos? Shaped not only by material forces, but also by cultural and didactic visions, the city may instead result from political intention in the form of architectural projects. This collection of eight essays, edited by Pier Vittorio Aureli, examines a fascinating set of urban conditions across more than two millennia of history, from the political theology of the Islamic city to the political economy of Renaissance architecture, and from the planned Mesoamerican metropolis to the Fordist factory floor, revealing the ways in which the city arises from the constant interaction between ideas and spatial conditions.

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