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New Titles in Architecture, Landscape & Design 22 August 2016
El Croquis Hb 150+174/175: David Chipperfield

Isbn 9788488386915
Publisher El Croquis
Idea code 16404
EUR 108.75

A reprint of the magazine’s sold-out numbers 150 and 174/175, this special hardback edition is the definitive publication on David Chipperfield’s recent work. Featuring more than 40 projects, plus two conversations with Chipperfield (with Juan Antonio Cortés and Emilio Tuñón, respectively) and critical essays, the volume compiles high-profile public buildings alongside lesser known private works. Beginning with Berlin’s Neues Museum, it goes on to encompass the range and diversity of Chipperfield’s output in the 21st century, from museums and corporate headquarters to fashion outlets and private residences. An unmissable addition to any architect’s library.

630 p, ills colour & bw, 24 x 34 cm, hb, Spanish/English

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Smiljan Radic - Bestiary

Isbn 9784887063600
Publisher Toto
Idea code 16367
EUR 47.50

The Chilean architect presents eighteen projects designed in his studio that illuminate ideas and process in this handsome publication. Some began life as illustrations of texts loved by the architect, and several have been realised, or are in that process. Besides photographs, drawings, and renderings, the book includes wooden models based on these projects. According to the preface by Radić, it is a collection of moments of conviction: constructions of the imaginary through what he perceives as good illustrations. Among the featured works are NAVE Performing Arts Hall, House for the Poem of the Right Angle, Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2014, Mestizo Restaurant, and more.

312 p, ills colour, 15 x 21 cm, pb, Japanese/English

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Alvaro Siza: Casa De Cha Da Boa Nova

Isbn 9788460893967
Publisher A.mag
Idea code 16399
EUR 33.15

When Álvaro Siza finished what is known as the Boa Nova Tea House in the early 1960s, it marked the beginning of his career. Set in a challenging topography, the building stands as a symbol of architecture’s identification with, and active interpretation of, the landscape. The composition of its low, volumetric expressiveness and surrounding rocks demands a respectful attentiveness, which until recently had been steadily deteriorating. Under the supervision of Siza, a full restoration of the building’s public spaces and a deeper intervention in its service areas has been undertaken. Beautifully photographed, with plans and original sketches by the architect.

80 p, ills colour & bw, 22 x 24 cm, hb, English

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Isbn 9789090297644
Publisher Xml
Idea code 16375
EUR 25.00

Amsterdam-based office XML explores the complex relationship between space and politics by documenting and comparing the plenary halls of the parliaments of all 193 United Nations member states. Whether arranged in a semicircle or horseshoe, as opposing benches or classroom style, the seats in these halls not only offer clues to a nation’s history, but also the atmosphere in which its laws are shaped. Comparing contexts between divergent geographical locations and governments, both democratic and authoritarian, the lexicon addresses these spaces as more than symbolic representations of national values, portraying them as actors in the shaping of our shared future.This title is in reprint.

448 p, ills bw, 13 x 18 cm, pb, English

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Residential Masterpieces 22: Lina Bo Bardi Casa De Vidro Sao Paulo

Isbn 9784871406475
Publisher Ada Edita Global Architecture
Idea code 16425
EUR 29.70

Built in the early 1950s in São Paulo, Lina Bo Bardi’s Casa de Vidro (Glass House) was the first real architectural project she completed after her arrival in Brazil. Built as a home for herself and her husband, it clearly demonstrates how architecture and design should keep a distance from individuals, society or community, and the natural environment – a stance that would come to underlie all of the Italian-born architect’s subsequent works. Photographed by master architectural photographer Yukio Futagawa, Casa de Vidro still appears as its designer intended, a prototype that responded to a new society, rising directly from the earth and embedded in the surrounding jungle.

54 p, ills colour & bw, 26 x 36 cm, pb, Japanese/English

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AV Monographs 188 Paredes Pedrosa, 1990-2016

Isbn 9788460892571
Publisher Avisa
Idea code 16423
EUR 35.05

Paredes Pedrosa Arquitectos is one of Spain’s leading firms. Characteristic of its work is a pursuit of harmony between the new and the existing, always striving to establish a dialogue with the natural and urban environment and with architecture of the past. The Public Library of Ceuta, for instance, located in this Spanish autonomous city on the north coast of Africa, reflects the irregular footprint of the ancient site from which it emerges. In addition, fifteen works are featured, such as the Town Hall of Valdemaqueda, Madrid’s Valle-Inclán Theatre, the Archaeological Museum of Almería, La Olmeda Roman Villa in Palencia, and the Public Library of Córdoba, among other projects.

130 p, ills colour & bw, 24 x 30 cm, pb, Spanish/English

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Arquitectura Viva 185: For Children

Isbn 02141256
Publisher Avisa
Idea code 16336
EUR 19.45

Though modest, children’s schools can be laboratories for rethinking design strategies as well as catalysts for the enrichment of community life, especially in impoverished contexts. Giancarlo Mazzanti and Juana Salcedo comment on the potentials of educational architecture in an article followed by nine works located on three continents. In Africa, Unmaterial Studio and Selgascano have built an education center in Konokono (Kenya) and Orkidstudio, the Swawou School in Kenewa (Sierra Leone). In Asia, ARCò Studio and MC Architects have carried out a children’s center in the Gaza Strip (Palestine), in America, Maya, Serna, Valenci, and Herrera have completed an educational park in Antioquía (Colombia).

80 p, ills colour & bw, 24 x 30 cm, pb, Spanish/English

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Arquitectura Viva 184: Open Air

Isbn 02141256
Publisher Avisa
Idea code 16335
EUR 19.45

The line between public space and landscape is increasingly blurred, and many architects are exploring the potential behind their being one and the same. Lines, supports, scenes, and artifices are categories for classifying the resulting cases of fusion, as explained in an article followed by twelve recently executed examples located across the Iberian Peninsula: in Málaga, Luis Machuca refurbishes an old industrial workers' walkway; in Alicante, De Miguel traces a course along the coastline; in Elche, Grupo Aranea builds crisscrossing footbridges; Pablo Gallego restores the river beach area of Goián; Zigzag Arquitectura creates a hybrid space in Santander; Abalo Alonso transforms some ruins in Santiago de Compostela.

80 p, ills colour & bw, 24 x 30 cm, pb, Spanish/English

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Arquitectura Viva 186: Continuity And Invention

Isbn 02141256
Publisher Avisa
Idea code 16422
EUR 19.45

This issue shows three recently completed works by Herzog & de Meuron. Situated in France, Spain, and England, respectively, each began from existing structures and was subsequently remodelled to give it a renewed identity. In Colmar, this is expressed in a subterranean volume for the Musée Unterlinden that emerges in a pavilion set in a medieval context. In Madrid, the BBVA headquarters incorporates existing buildings to form a dense fabric between narrow, light-filled courtyards. In London, the Tate Modern extension uses the tanks of the old power station to create a twisting tower clad in a ceramic lattice. All are exemplary in their intelligent interpretation of continuity.

76 p, ills colour & bw, 24 x 30 cm, pb, Spanish/English

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AV Proyectos 075 Dossier Estudio Herreros

Publisher Avisa
Idea code 16421
EUR 12.15

With two major works under construction outside Spain, the Munch Museum in Oslo and the Ágora-Bogotá Convention Center in the Columbian capital, Juan Herreros channels his teaching, research, and professional activity from a global and multidisciplinary approach. The eight projects featured in this issue, which also include Green Vertical Housing in Marseille and Seoul’s Evergreen Terrace, focus on his studio’s primary areas of interest: the city, sustainability, and typological revision. Also in this issue, a detailed feature on the Tate Modern extension by Herzog & de Meuron and Atelier Bow-Wow’s new book, Made in Tokyo, which analyses 70 hybrid urban architectures.

80 p, ills colour & bw, 24 x 30 cm, pb, Spanish/English

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Tsaiher Cheng - Red Light City

Isbn 9789492058058
Publisher The Architecture Observer
Idea code 16385
EUR 25.70

What is the significance of sex work for the architecture of the city? With reports from Amsterdam, Antwerp, Hong Kong, Montreal, and Taipei, this book makes clear that every red light district is the specific outcome of the morphology of the city, the legal status of sex work, cultural understandings, city planning, and market forces. It also shows that sex work has a deep impact on the city's urban form, its buildings, rooms, streets, squares, and alleys, even in places where sex work is officially illegal.

136 p, ills colour & bw, 15 x 20 cm, pb, English

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Shenzhen - From Factory Of The World To World City

Isbn 9789462082373
Publisher Nai010 Publishers
Idea code 16377
EUR 19.90

The story of Shenzhen is well-known: the former fishing village became a "New Town" in 1980 when the Chinese government gave it the status of "Special Economic Zone". Shenzhen soon became a metropolis and a prototype for both economic and urban reform within China. Now Shenzhen has to explore its own identity anew and define the next phase of development. Shenzhen has been raising eyebrows for years: its fast urbanisation causes many social and ecological problems such as a massive floating population, a shortage of land and water resources, and deterioration of the environment. This book provides both a detailed overview of Shenzhen’s current planning issues and illustrates viable solutions.

240 p, ills colour & bw, 14 x 24 cm, pb, English

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Archiprix 2016 The Best Dutch Graduation Projects

Isbn 9789462082953
Publisher Nai010 Publishers
Idea code 16373
EUR 25.65

Each year the Dutch institutions teaching architecture, urban design and landscape architecture select their best final-year projects.The crop is unfailingly rich and varied and reflects the ambitions of a new generation of designers ready to take on every imaginable design task that comes their way.The book Archiprix 2016 introduces the latest wave of fledgling design talent.

112 p, ills colour & bw, 24 x 30 cm, pb, Dutch/English

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Oomph - The Women Who Made Sweden Colorful

Isbn 9789188031341
Publisher Art And Theory Publishing
Idea code 16365
EUR 30.55

'Oomph' is a book about the women who brought on a revolution in Swedish kitchens, linen closets, living rooms, and in the country's textile and fashion industries. With their work in glass, textiles, and ceramics, and their radical ideas about the future of domestic life, they put Sweden on the industrial design map in the middle of the twentieth century. Many women designers were engaged in the increasingly acute housing crisis, and questioned the way homes were traditionally designed. After the Second World War, new manufacturing opportunities emerged: new customs demanded new designs and materials. But many doors still remained closed to women designers.

188 p, ills colour & bw, 18 x 23 cm, pb, Swedish/English

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A+U 551 16:08 Berlin Contexts Of Architecture And Cityscape

Publisher Shinkenchiku-sha
Idea code 16417
EUR 28.55

This special instalment brings its critical focus to the world capital of Berlin. Guest editor Yasuhiro Teramatsu writes how our fascination with the city “stems from the way it continually changes to reflect the current age, even while preserving the memory of past glories and tragedies and the complexities of its positive and negative legacies.” In contemporary Berlin, symbolic architecture and urban spaces that had been lost to the war and its aftermath are being restored and revitalised as crucial pieces of the urban fabric. From a spectrum of 85 selected projects, the magazine examines how change has impacted the city with regard to both its heritage and modernity.

208 p, ills colour & bw, 22 x 29 cm, pb, Japanese/English

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A+U 550 16:07 Vo Trong Nghia Architects

Publisher Shinkenchiku-sha
Idea code 16369
EUR 29.80

Upon completing his architecture studies in Japan, Vo Trong Nghia returned to Vietnam and established his office in 2006. He is known for developing sustainable design by integrating inexpensive, local materials and traditional skills with modern aesthetics and methodologies, and many projects are characterised by bamboo structures. Nghia’s green works utilise landscaping and green facades and roofs, with the goal of rehabilitating greenery in local urban conditions, reconnecting humans with nature. Includes the architect’s statement, “What Can Architects Do in an Age When Nature is Being Destroyed by Human Acquisitiveness?”, plus eighteen exemplary works.

168 p, ills colour & bw, 22 x 29 cm, pb, Japanese/English

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C3 383 Wood Poetic And Practical Possibilities

Isbn 20925190
Publisher C3
Idea code 16376
EUR 21.55

As a construction material, wood is currently undergoing a global revival, taking centre stage in this instalment, which presents recent works displaying contemporary and innovative applications of this timeless and environmentally conscious medium. These ten civic and community-focused buildings all use regional, native timbers as their signature material, displaying refinements in engineered timber, such as glulam (CLT), as well as integration with the surrounding landscape. Projects include the New Maggie’s Cancer Centre in Manchester by Foster + Partners, Knarvik Community Church by Reiulf Ramstad Arkiteker, and Markus Schietsch’s Elephant House at Zoo Zürich.

200 p, ills colour & bw, 23 x 30 cm, pb, Korean/English

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