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Book by Richard Conner, Author, Architect & Artist

Over the last twenty years I co-founded Piercy Conner Architects (now Piercy&Company), Smoothe, The Microflat Company and Design Week Top 100 creative agency Assembly Studios.

Towards the end of 2015 after much deliberation I decided that it was time to make a significant life change. Having left Piercy Conner in late 2009 it was now time for me to move on from Assembly Studios.

This difficult decision saw me move to Thailand where the architect in me, reinvigorated, found himself refurbishing and living in a cave, and, at long last, designing for the fun of it again. This creative surge didn’t stop there.

Almost as soon as I left the UK I started writing. This journalling grew quickly into a book project focussing on Change, Creativity, Communication and Connection.

My writing continued and evolved into a series of books that explore in detail why making significant life changes amidst the unprecedented technological revolution that is taking place all around us is now so imperative.

It’s very clear to me now more than ever that to ignore or avoid the ‘High Definition Life’ and its inevitable impact on our individual and collective lives is done so at our peril.

The process of understanding and appreciating the conflicted life context and life content inherent to this incoming paradigm shift and opting out of those aspects that no longer serve us is explored in depth throughout my books.

How to handle this personal change at the same time as making it work for us rather than against us is described through simple, unique and never before seen conceptual models that are readily applicable to our day to day lives.

The Work Life Wide Open series, the first of which, ‘Break Your Busy – Set Your Creativity Free – A Disruptively Simple Approach to Better Life and Time Management’ has hit #2 in Creativity, #2 in Time Management and #3 in Business Skills on Amazon is where it all begins.

It is a short quick read that serves as a gentle yet practical introduction to some of the first key fundamental transformational concepts I developed during the last 14 months while holed up in my cave.

Right now, as I prepare for the upcoming launch of the next book in the series ‘Master The Seven Works’ you can download this first book FREE on Amazon for a limited time by clicking on the link below.

Download Link: Break Your Busy – Set Your Creativity Free

Richard Conner aka Ricardo Rochilez
Author, Architect, Artist @ The Creative Core

Author of Work Life Wide Open, Master The Seven Works and Break Your Busy.

Top International Architects – Design Concepts in Architecture

The book “Top International Architects – Design Concepts in Architecture,” (4 volumes, in English) is FINALLY published – 30 Mar 2014

Design Concepts in Architecture

The book features the latest work of more than 80 internationally renowned architects, including Zaha Hadid, Rem Koolhaas, Frank Gehry, Norman Foster, Daniel Linesking, Mario Botta, Jean Nouvel, Renzo Piano, Richard Rogers, Richard Meier, Peter Eisenman, Tadao Ando, Rasem Badran, to mention only few. The book is full of drawings, sketches, diagrams, and hi-res color photos.

More info about the book, with full list of contributing architects, can be found on the following links:

You can order the book directly from the publisher:
Mr. Fady: universp(at), universp(at)

BIG Architects Monograph news – 21 Oct 2013
BIG Architects Monograph
photo from Arquitectura Viva
The publisher Arquitectura Viva has just released a monograph devoted to the Danish studio BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group. The Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, without having turned 40 yet, leads a studio of almost 200 people with offices in Copenhagen, New York and Beijing, and with projects spread throughout Europe, United States, Asia and Middle East.

Superkilen Book – urban landscape in Copenhagen, Denmark – 25 Sep 2013
Design: BIG / Topotek1 / SUPERFLEX
Superkilen Copenhagen
image from BIG

Arvinius + Orfeus Publishing is expanding its acclaimed list of architectural reference books with Superkilen – the first time that a public project is documented in such detail. The book celebrates the dawn of a new type of urban public space. Superkilen is a kilometer long urban space wedging through one of the most ethnically diverse and socially challenged neighborhoods in Denmark.

CLOG new issue – 19 Sep 2013
CLOG Architecture Book
image : CLOG

CLOG’s newest issue takes a look at science fiction in architecture, and architecture in science fiction.

Rod Serling, creator of The Twilight Zone, defined science fiction as “the improbable made possible.” The same might be said for the practice of architecture. After all, architects by trade conceive of spaces, places, and worlds that do not (yet) exist. Furthermore, the ability to make the improbable possible is held in especially high regard today and is oftentimes what defines an architectural practice as “innovative” in the first place. The feedback loop between fiction and reality remains strong today, with kilometer-high towers rising in the Middle East and new building materials emerging on a seemingly daily basis.

This new issue of CLOG includes over 50 contributions that delve into the architecture of science fiction, through speculations on the Tower of Babel as the first science fiction architecture; examinations of science fiction in the work of architects like Harvey Wiley Corbett and Le Corbusier; a look at public architecture of the 1920s and 1930s in Britain as influences on the works of George Orwell and HG Wells; NASA space colonies and post-World War II American futurism; the similarities between Adolf Loos’s Moller House and the set design of Total Recall; a comparison of the Borg Cube and the Death Star; and the evolution of technology in architecture and the changing role of the architect in a world of Google Glass and virtual reality.

In addition, CLOG editors sat down with Joseph Kosinski, director of Tron and Oblivion and alumnus of Columbia’s graduate architecture school, and Ryan Church, concept designer and art director for movies like Star Wars, Star Trek, Avatar and Transformers.

Ephemerality and Architecture – 6 Aug 2013
MOINOPOLIS Issue Number Two
Ephemerality and Architecture Book

The historical concept of architecture as described by Vitruvius in De architectura identifies ‘durability’ as one of the three principles for good buildings. The term itself derives etymologically from the Ancient Greek word architékton. Here, the ambiguous word techné can be described as art, technology or tectonics, the science of structure, which implies ideas of weight, stability and durability.

Inspiration and Process in Architecture Collection – 18 Jul 2013
Publisher: Moleskine
Inspiration and Process in Architecture Collection
image : Moleskine

The inspiration and the process are two factors underlying all design arts and specifically architecture: the Inspiration and Process in Architecture Collection, published by Moleskine and curated by Francesca Serrazanetti and Matteo Schubert, came into the architecture publishing scene in 2012 to explore the hidden stages of the architect’s work and to show the “behind the scenes” of a profession that often reveals only the outcome of a long process.

MVRDV Architectural Monograph
MVRDV Buildings: architectural monograph evaluating built works from perspective of their users
MVRDV Architecture Book
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MVRDV Architecture Book – 17 Jun 2013
20 years of building production have been assembled in the first architectural monograph by MVRDV. The book critically revisits realised works. In cooperation with Ilka and Andreas Ruby, MVRDV has assembled a redefined collection of its built work, featuring user testimonials, journalist articles, unpublished images and accessible drawings. The book is an attempt to evolve the typology of the architectural monograph, to better reflect the idea that buildings prove their right to existence through use. Until July 4th MVRDV Buildings can be pre-ordered against a reduced price at discount code: MVRDV

Alvaro Siza – Complete Works
Author: Philip Jodidio
Alvaro Siza, Complete Works 1952-2013
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Alvaro Siza Architecture Book – 29 May 2013
When Álvaro Siza, one of the great figures of contemporary architecture, won the prestigious Pritzker Prize in 1992, the Jury described his forms as “molded by light, [with] a deceptive simplicity about them; they are honest. They solve design problems directly…. That simplicity, upon closer examination however, is revealed as great complexity. There is a subtle mastery underlying what appears to be natural creations.”

The Cultural Role of Architecture – 2012
Contemporary and Historical Perspectives
Edited by Paul Emmons, Jane Lomholt, John Hendrix
Published February 6th 2012 by Routledge – 228 pages
The Cultural Role of Architecture
photograph from an editor
The Cultural Role of Architecture – external link
Exploring the ambiguities of how we define the word ‘culture’ in our global society, this book identifies its imprint on architectural ideas. It examines the historical role of the cultural in architectural production and expression, looking at meaning and communication, tracing the formations of cultural identities.
Chapters written by international academics in history, theory and philosophy of architecture, examine how different modes of representation throughout history have drawn profound meanings from cultural practices and beliefs. These are as diverse as the designs they inspire and include religious, mythic, poetic, political, and philosophical references.

Battersby Howat Architects Book
Author: Battersby Howat Architects
Battersby Howat Architects Book
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Battersby Howat Architects Book – 14 May 2013
Monograph highlighting the contemporary West Coast designs of Vancouver’s BattersbyHowat Architects with an in-depth review of ten projects.

Architectural Morphogenesis Book
Architectural Morphogenesis book
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Peter Magyar Book – 28 Jan 2013
This architectural book “hosts eleven different architectural design processes, mostly, in the conceptual phase, accomplished at different times for various clients, using the same method.
It is noteworthy that the verbal text is kept at a tolerable minimum as interested persons are asked to read or interpret the drawings as they progress “as a first degree differentiation from spirit to matter.” Intuition and rational thinking are presumed to function throughout whole the process”.

‘Brick City’ Book
Brick City Book
front cover of the UK edition

Brick City is a celebration of the world’s favourite buildings and urban icons, recreated solely using LEGO bricks.

While to many, LEGO bricks are ‘just a toy’, to an ever-growing army of fans they provide a challenging and enjoyable modelling medium.

These fans, calling themselves ‘AFOLs’, or Adult Fans of LEGO, have taken it upon themselves to recreate local landmarks using just the bricks that you may find at a local store.

Brick City St Pancras Brick City Westminster Abbey Brick City London Olympic Park
photos : Michael Wolchover

LEGO models created by adult fans, however, don’t resemble those that many people created as a child. Created by masters of their medium, these fabulously detailed models may contain thousands of pieces – or perhaps just a handful. Either way, the talented artists have an intimate knowledge of every piece and colour available. Skilfully choosing the ideal piece to recreate a well-known landmark, they may create a model indistinguishable from the real thing, or evoke the spirit of a building in just a few small pieces.

In fact, landmarks and cityscapes – from the New York skyline to the Sagrada Familia, London’s St Pancras and the amazing towers of Beijing and Hong Kong – have long been a source of inspiration for LEGO builders.

In this book, LEGO artist Warren Elsmore takes us on a world tour and explores more than 30 global cities and their iconic structures.

ISBN: 184533812X

Skyscrapers Collector’s Edition
eVolo Skyscrapers Collector’s Edition
image from publisher

Skyscrapers Collector’s Edition Book
This book is the compilation of 300 outstanding buildings from around the world selected for their innovative concepts that challenge the way we understand architecture and their relationship with the natural and built environments.

Kleinhans Music Hall Book
Kleinhans Music Hall Book
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This book documents the design and development of the Kleinhans Music Hall in Buffalo. The building, which is arguably the most significant of a series of projects that were designed collaboratively by Eliel and Eero Saarinen, opened in 1940. It is the home of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and has a reputation as an notable space acoustically. The Saarinens and Eames also designed furniture for the building some of which is still in use.

This book is one of a series that includes publications on notable mid-century buildings in Buffalo designed by Gordon Bunshaft and Minoru Yamasaki. buffaloBOOKS also includes publications on the work of Steven Holl, O’Donnell & Tuomey, Thom Mayne, Tod Williams & Billie Tsien and other notable international architects.

ISBN: 978-1-61623-306-8
The book is available from the School of Architecture & Planning, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York.
Details of this book, and other publications in the series, are available on the school website under ‘publications’
Cost of book $15 plus shipping.

Art Deco Architecture Book
‘Modernism London Style – The Complete Art Deco Heritage’
St Olaf House London
photo © Niels Lehmann
Art Deco Buildings : more photos + information – 8 Jan 2013 + 5 Jun 2012
Like no other style, Art Deco represents a built manifestation of the interwar period’s enthusiasm and splendour. Buildings of this era in London in particular reflect the elegance, belief in progress and assertiveness that describe the modern metropolis age. The soon to be published book “Modernism London Style” will feature this architectural heritage with large-scaled photographs, an illustrated index counting more than 230 buildings, detailed maps to place them, and an introduction by Adam Caruso of Caruso St John Architects.

Entre: Architecture from the Performing Arts : book by Carlos Teixeira, Brasil
Entre Book Carlos Teixeira
photo : Carlos Teixeira
Entre Architecture Book – 4 Jan 2013
Carlos Teixeira’s Between [Entre] surges as a clearing in the architectonic thought of our day and opens space for new lines of questioning formulated within an architecture that is committed to both the effective construction of buildings and the development of models and prototypes that stress-test its methodology and creative process.

Matteo Thun. The Index Book
A comprehensive Index presenting for the first time an exceptional selection of Matteo Thun’s influential architecture and innovative product design – from his earliest works to this day.
Matteo Thun. The Index Book
image from Matteo Thun & Partners
Matteo Thun & Partners – 10 Dec 2012
More than 300 color illustrations
24×29 cm, 368 pages
45 € – First edition Jan 2013
ISBN 978-3-7757-3499-8

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A Holistic Approach to Architecture – “The Felicja Blumenthal Music Center and Library‘,
Tel Aviv / AM OVED Publishers Ltd, Tel-Aviv – book by Nili Portugali – 23 Oct 2012
Holistic Approach to Architecture book
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Architecture book by Nili Portugali, Architect A.A.Dip (London)
The first book published by Nili Portugali – ‘The Act of Creation and the Spirit of a Place / A Holistic-Phenomenological Approach to Architecture’ / Axel Menges / – was selected by The RIBA International Book Award among the 23 books of the year 2007.
The new book aims to arouse public discussion regarding central debates, challenging the general public and 21st-century architects, as to how we should intervene within an existing environment, more specifically an environment with a significant historical value which we must respect and preserve, when integrating it with contemporary architecture.
120 pp. with 245 ill, of which 57 in color, 235×302 mm, hard cover, English/Hebrew
ISBN 978-965-13-2253-2

The Globalisation of Architecture‘ – book by Professor Robert Adam – 20 Sep 2012
Robert Adam book
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Part sociological theory, part political and economic history, The Globalisation of Architecture by Professor Robert Adam explains how Western or North Atlantic Modernist architecture came to dominate world cities and commercial architecture in the late 20th and 21st century. It is a scholarly book in which Robert Adam steps aside from his own architectural preferences, and takes a broad and impartial look at the development and consequences of this global phenomenon which impacts on us all.

ON BUILDING Matter and Form, by Josep Lluís Mateo – 24 May 2012
Boulogne-Billancourt Paris
image : Adria Goula
Josep Lluis Mateo Architecture Book
This book describes that initial moment of a series of buildings, beyond their origins and their physical constitution (both issues, idea and matter, however, based on my work). Here, the objects are presented, captured by Adrià Goula, as visual forms, as compositions of planes and surfaces that form volumes and also as a dialectic of the light and shade that define spaces.
Josep Lluís Mateo

Under The Edge : The Architecture of Peter Stutchbury – 29 Apr 2012
Book by Peter Stutchbury
photo : Lindsay Johnston
Book by Peter Stutchbury
The architecture of the Edge, architecture of the Asia Pacific Antipodes, may be a counter-proposition to the mainstream architecture of the developed world. In order to understand one’s self, it is illuminating to attempt to understand the opposite, and it is for this reason that the architecture, particularly of Australia, the biggest land-mass in the Antipodes, now attracts international interest.

ARX Portugal Book
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ARX Portugal Architecture Book : ‘Brick is Red’
The second book related with the 20th years of ARX architecture office is “a book about the creative process”.

Rafael Vinoly Architects Book, USA
Research Program Publication
Rafael Vinoly
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Rafael Vinoly Architects Book

BOLLES+WILSON Moleskine Monograph
BOLLES+WILSON Moleskine monograph
book photo from BOLLES+WILSON
BOLLES+WILSON Architecture Books
A new series of Moleskine monographs – four ‘legendary’ sketchbooks complete with marks, notes and sketches by BOLLES+WILSON, Zaha Hadid, Giancarlo De Carlo and Alberto Kalach were released in December 2012.

The Humanities in Architectural Design : Contemporary and Historical Perspective – 26 Oct
The Humanities in Architectural Design
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Modern Architecture A-Z Book – 18 Aug
Modern Architecture A-Z Book
image from TASCHEN
Modern Architecture A-Z Book

Prefab Book – 18 Aug
Prefab House Architecture Book
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Hadid, Complete Works 1979-2009 – 18 Aug
Book by Philip Jodidio
Zaha Hadid Book
photograph : TASCHEN
Architecture Book : Zaha Hadid

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