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New Titles in Architecture, Landscape & Design 8 June 2017
RCR Arquitectes - Complete Works

Isbn 9788461795307
Publisher Avisa
Idea code 17240
EUR 52.60

Shunning the spotlight by choice, from their outlying studio of Olot, the laureates of this year’s Pritzker Prize have worked together for thirty years developing an architecture that is radical in its language yet anchored to its context and committed to nature. On the occasion of the concession of this prestigious award, Arquitectura Viva presents ‘RCR arquitectes. Complete Works 1988-2017’. The book includes 40 of the studio’s most important works, including suggestive and personal ones like Pedra Tosca Park, Horizonte House, and the Bell-lloc Winery, all in Catalonia, and also completions outside Spain, like the Soulages Museum and La Cuisine Centre in France, or the Hofheide Crematorium and Walse Krook Media Library in Belgium.

240 p, ills colour & bw, 24 x 30 cm, hb, Spanish/English

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El Croquis: RCR Arquitectes 1998 - 2012

Isbn 9788488386977
Publisher El Croquis
Idea code 17395
EUR 108.75

This special issue combines previous features on RCR Arquitectes. Active since 1998 and winners the 2017 Pritzker Architecture Prize, the Catalan studio’s principles, Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem, and Ramón Vilalta, have together developed a radical type of architecture that is both stylistically and physically grounded in its local context, as well as committed to nature. Its influences, however, are global, and although the firm has won many awards prior to the Pritzker, they were relatively unknown compared to other finalists. Key themes include connections between indoor and outdoor spaces, the passing of time, structure and materiality, and the dematerialisation of spaces.

608 p, ills colour & bw, 25 x 34 cm, hb, Spanish/English

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Pezo Von Ellrichshausen: Exterior

Isbn 9788792700186
Publisher Arkitektur B
Idea code 17278
EUR 46.25

The Chilean art and architecture studio of Mauricio Pezo and Sofia von Ellrichshausen presents a counterpart to their self-contained axonometric structures. The paintings appear as both abstract and figurative compositions, with precise articulation through a few basic elements, and portray the reversible quality of architectonic spaces. The relative scale, rawness, and depth of these simple rooms can be read as carefully selected fragments taken from a pervasive and perhaps idealised architecture, and evoke implicit memories of familiar, everyday places. Includes an interview with the duo by critic Ellis Woodman on the relation between their architecture and painting.

184 p, ills colour & bw, 16 x 24 cm, hb, English

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The Amsterdam School

Isbn 9789461400567
Publisher Architectura & Natura
Idea code 17277
EUR 40.60

In the early 20th century, architects and designers received many commissions from housing federations striving for a better future for the working classes. Today, these visionary social housing blocks remain highlights of Dutch architecture. This explosion of creativity, combined with use of new materials and forms, followed in the period after the completion of ‘t Scheepvaarthuis (The Shipping House) in 1916, which itself is seen as the start of the Amsterdam School movement. Through plentiful photographs, this book offers numerous details of the housing projects, sculptures, and bridges characteristic of architects like Michel de Klerk, Piet Kramer, and Hildo Krop.

176 p, ills colour, 23 x 30 cm, hb, Dutch/German/Portuguese/English

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50 Urban Blocks

Isbn 9788461794362
Publisher A+t Architecture Publishers
Idea code 17305
EUR 32.20

This set of cards contains 50 examples of how to design an urban block. Each card proposes a possible urban form along with measurements and density data, including floor plans, sun exposure, coverage, and both the built and occupied floor area per storey. Units are provided in feet and metres, and axonometric diagrams offer a clear visual supplement to the data, illustrating the various spatial arrangements. With so many types of urban blocks gathered in a single, easy-to-use format, the set offers inspiration for architects, designers, and urbanists everywhere.

55 , ills colour, 8 x 13 cm, sheet, Spanish/English

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Windowscape 3

Isbn 9784845916115
Publisher Film Art
Idea code 17236
EUR 34.30

This volume presents hundreds of manifestations of one aspect of Japanese architecture: the window. Covering all manner of examples, typologies, and functions, the richly illustrated anthology gives a technical analysis of each, with photographic views from both exterior and interior, as well as diagrams detailing how interior space and functions correlate with the openings in the various buildings’ facades. Whether for light, ventilation, accessibility, permeability, (in)visibility, or a combination of these things, the humble window is revealed in its crucial role in determining how a specific architectural object is designed, constructed, perceived, and utilised.

288 p, ills colour & bw, 21 X 15 cm, pb, Japanese

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Adventures In Conceptualism

Isbn 9789187543401
Publisher Arvinius + Orfeus Publishing
Idea code 17275
EUR 38.45

From the editor of 'The New Wave in Danish Architecture' comes a new book that explores the work of architectural offices working in a strongly conceptual manner, including BIG, MVRDV, and FREE. The book highlights signature projects through interviews and essays, examining the motivations behind Scandinavia’s most radical contemporary architecture. It tells the story of how globalization has affected local building traditions, focusing on a group of architects who are sensitive to the character of the regional. The architects featured, work beyond the straitjacket of the stylish to explore the possibilities of each local site and building program.

240 p, ills colour & bw, 22 x 24 cm, pb, English

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Martien Mulder - The City Beautiful

Isbn 9780692772119
Publisher Martien Mulder
Idea code 17234
EUR 44.80

After India won its independence in 1947, Le Corbusier was asked to design the city of Chandigarh. What he created, realising his modernist vision, became known as "The City Beautiful". While wandering through this brutalist utopia, Martien Mulder found a story in the raw concrete and the artful details that make up the city. Her photographs are soulful impressions of Chandigarh's modernist form, and a delicately abstract interpretation of the architect's masterpiece. This book is her ode to Le Corbusier's core belief that "architecture is the skillful, correct, and magnificent play of volumes assembled in light."

80 p, ills colour, 16 x 23 cm, hb, English

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The State Of The Delta | Engineering, Urban Development And Nation Building In The Netherlands

Isbn 9789460043345
Publisher Uitgeverij Vantilt
Idea code 17263
EUR 25.65

All over the planet, urban growth is taking place in delta and coastal areas. In the Netherlands, there is an inextricable link between hydraulic engineering, urban design, and nation building. To what extent can the Dutch experience serve as a model for other urbanised delta areas? Han Meyer, professor of urbanism at TU Delft, examines how this relationship has emerged and succeeded, and considers both current conditions and the ways things may develop in the future. Climate change and a growing concentration of people and capital in the west of the country necessitate a drastic overhaul of its flood protection system, in combination with new approaches to urban planning.

240 p, ills colour & bw, 16 x 24 cm, hb, English

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Making Urban Nature

Isbn 9789462083172
Publisher Nai010 Publishers
Idea code 17249
EUR 35.95

The city is a rich habitat of great biodiversity. Many animal and plant species are now more common in the city than in rural areas. However, urban nature is fragile and planners and policymakers still consider the city to be the exclusive habitat of people. The authors of this book see as an integral part of the urban organism and as such as important to the quality of life. This publication addresses the theory of ecology and biodiversity, city-bound species, urban habitats, and the maintenance of urban nature.

320 p, ills colour & bw, 17 x 24 cm, pb, Dutch/English

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C3 389 : The Habitable Wall, Cities Of The Dead, Down To Earth

Isbn 20925190
Publisher C3 Publishing
Idea code 17224
EUR 28.00

The projects featured in this issue are presented under three themes: “The Habitable Wall”, “Cities of the Dead”, and “Down to Earth”. The first considers two new linear projects in Italy – Herzong & de Meuron’s Feltrinelli Porta Volta in Milan and City of Sun by Labics in Rome – both of which interject a modern palisade along the edge of well-defined urban district. The second theme looks at the fascinating challenge of building for the dead through four new projects in Taiwan, Korea, Japan, and the Netherlands. The final section takes rammed earth as its subject, highlighting five architects who show that this ancient material can still be used to produce exciting modern architecture.

208 p, ills colour * bw, 23 x 30 cm, pb, Korean/English

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C3 Special Grafts The Old And The New In Architecture

Isbn 20925190
Publisher C3 Publishing
Idea code 17279
EUR 31.25

This special issue’s theme is on grafting strategies in architecture, which can be seen as threefold: reinvention asks the question of what old architecture can offer new; preservation implies that the value of history is for its own sake; and restoration suggests that the purpose of history is to interact with the present. Included are sixteen recent buildings where the designers have skilfully inserted new architecture into old, in the process addressing architecture’s relationship with time and our relationship with history. With projects by John Pawson, Archstudio, Foster + Partners, Smartvoll, SUMA, Architecten de Vylder Vinck Taillieu, CASCA, Flores & Prats Architects, more.

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

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The Essence Of Japanese Architecture Ii

Isbn 9784887063631
Publisher Toto
Idea code 17270
EUR 237.60

This second volume introduces exemplary architectural works spanning the history of Japanese architecture, from medieval Japan to the modern era. Filled with detailed illustrations and photographs, it presents a comprehensive selection of traditional structures and typologies developed in the Muromachi to the Meiji periods, including the shoin (study or library room), chashitsu (tea ceremony structure), jokaku (citadel or castle), teien (garden), minka (vernacular private house), and more. Architect Yutaka Saito offers an essential collection of knowledge that moves beyond the materiality of the first volume to encapsulate the cultural essence of Japanese architecture.

400 p, ills colour & bw, 27 x 35 cm, hb, Japanese/English

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Hilde Bouchez: A Wild Thing

Isbn 9789490800604
Publisher Art Paper Editions
Idea code 17265
EUR 20.55

This book attempts to identify and describe the often elusive qualities we experience in everyday objects. What gives a specific glass, for instance, more “aura” or “mystical allure” than another? Some things seem to have a bright quality that speaks to the imagination, perhaps the result of the methodology and intent of the creator. Hilde Bouchez outlines this type of conveyance, emphasising a way to both design and experience things that centres on an essential oneness between humans, objects, and the cosmos. Essays explore the history of design, along with the latest tendencies within the field, ecological aspects of materials, and the quest for sustainability.

304 p, ills colour & bw, 12 x 18 cm, pb, English

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Hilde Bouchez: Het Wilde Ding

Isbn 9789490800598
Publisher Art Paper Editions
Idea code
EUR 20.55

This book attempts to identify and describe the often elusive qualities we experience in everyday objects. What gives a specific glass, for instance, more “aura” or “mystical allure” than another? Some things seem to have a bright quality that speaks to the imagination, perhaps the result of the methodology and intent of the creator. Hilde Bouchez outlines this type of conveyance, emphasising a way to both design and experience things that centres on an essential oneness between humans, objects, and the cosmos. Essays explore the history of design, along with the latest tendencies within the field, ecological aspects of materials, and the quest for sustainability.

304 p, ills colour & bw, 12 x 18 cm, pb, Dutch


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