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The Estate House Re-Designed

‘The Estate House Re-Designed’ to be published by Springer in the Spring.

Sully, Anthony, SullyDesigns, Ely, UK

The Estate House Redesigned Details a vision for how new housing developments can be both more environmentally sustainable and responsive to human needs Demonstrates how new ‘green’ technologies and prefabrication techniques can revolutionize house building Provides technical guidance, which is already being put into practice in the design of a prototype house by a builder/manufacturer The book demonstrates how new houses can be designed to be more sustainable and ergonomic.

Specifically, it describes a prototype building that could be constructed in the near future. Responding to some of the poor standards of mass estate housing in the UK and its out-of-date space standards, it contributes towards improving the current status quo by describing a house design, including drawings, that can compete with today’s mass housing.

The author examines the traditional geometrical reliance on the square in the design of houses and the planning of housing estates and promotes instead the adoption of polygonal forms. This is explained using geometric analysis, diagrams and references to existing housing.

These concepts have been developed with reference to technical literature from various companies with one company interested in taking it further. Providing a novel and up-to-date design concept, this book is of value to practitioners and researchers looking to improve the standard of mass housing in the UK. It is also of interest to anyone wishing to build their own house and to manufacturers wanting to move into modern housing technology.

Order online at Springer Nature Customer Service Center GmbH Customer Service Tiergartenstrasse 15-17 69121 Heidelberg Germany : +49 (0)6221 345-4301T

Due 2018-09-13 1st ed. 2019, XXXIX, 276 p. 266 illus.
Printed book Hardcover
ISBN 978-3-319-90396-5
£ 99,99 | CHF 121,00 | 109,99 € | 120,99 € (A) | 117,69 € (D)
In production

Radical ESSEX book Publication Details

Publication Date: 30 June 2018

Published in 2018 by Focal Point Gallery in a first edition of 1,000 copies

ISBN 978-1-907185-21-2

Edited by Hayley Dixon and Joe Hill Editorial assistance by Hannah Rose Whittle Copy edited by Eileen Daly Designed by Fraser Muggeridge studio Image research by Kyle Buckle-Hodgson Copyright permissions by Tom Houghton

Essays by Tim Burrows, Gillian Darley, Charles Holland, Rachel Lichtenstein, Jules Lubbock, Jess Twyman and Ken Worpole

Photography by Catherine Hyland

Typeset in Radical ESSEX font, designed by Fraser Muggeridge studio 240 pages Printed with three fluro spot colours and black on 115gsm uncoated paper, cover 300gsm uncoated paper 36 full page colour images

Distributed in the UK and Europe by Cornerhouse Publications HOME 2 Tony Wilson Place Manchester M15 4FN United Kingdom

British Library Cataloguing-in-Publication Data A full catalogue record of this book is available from the British Library

About the writers:

Tim Burrows

Tim Burrows writes about culture and place for publications including the Guardian, Vice and the Quietus. A recurring subject in his work is Essex. His short story ‘Broadgate’, set between the county’s marshland and the City of London, is included in the anthology An Unreliable Guide to London (2016), published by Influx Press, which also published his long-form essay on the Essex Thames Estuary, Going Back Home (2014). He is currently working on a non-fiction book about the county.

Gillian Darley

Gillian Darley is a widely published writer and broadcaster. Her first book, Villages of Vision (1975) was revised, with an extended gazetteer, in 2007. Other publications include John Soane (1999), Octavia Hill (2010), John Evelyn (2006) and Ian Nairn, Words in Place (2013, with David McKie). She is president of the Twentieth Century Society. Darley’s absorption and interest in Essex is both personal and professional and her next book, due to be published in 2018 by Old Street Publishing, is titled Excellent Essex.

Charles Holland

Charles Holland is an architect, teacher and writer. He is the principal of Charles Holland Architects (CHA), a design and research practice whose current work includes residential, civic and public art projects. Charles is a Professor of Architecture at the University of Brighton where his research focuses on housing and new settlements, particularly in suburban and ‘ruburban’ settings. He writes and lectures about architecture and the work of his practice regularly and contributes a monthly column to the RIBA Journal on the subject of utopias.

Rachel Lichtenstein

Rachel Lichtenstein is a writer, curator and artist. She lives in Essex. Her publications include: Estuary: Out From London to the Sea (2016), Diamond Street (2012), On Brick Lane (2007), Rodinsky’s Room (1999, with Iain Sinclair), Keeping Pace: Older Women of the East End (2003), Add. 17469: A Little Dust Whispered (2004) and Rodinsky’s Whitechapel (1999). She has curated Shorelines: Literary Festival of the Sea for arts organisation Metal since 2011. Her artwork has been widely exhibited both in the UK and internationally, at venues including the Whitechapel Gallery, the British Library, Barbican Art Gallery, Wood Street Galleries, Pittsburgh, PA and The Jerusalem Theatre, Jerusalem.

Jules Lubbock

Jules Lubbock is Emeritus Professor of Art History at the University of Essex. He has divided his time between studying the early Renaissance in Italy and commenting upon contemporary architecture and planning. In the early 1980s he was the architecture and design critic of the New Statesman and he also wrote speeches for the Prince of Wales. Since about 1990 he has been trying, with mixed success, to persuade his colleagues at the University of Essex of the merits of the 1960s campus and to conserve it.

Jess Twyman is Director at Art Exchange, University of Essex. She is curator of numerous exhibitions, including Fallen (2017), Movement of the People (2016) and Something Fierce (2014, co-curated with Jules Lubbock). Her research interests include contemporary art from the margins, early Soviet art and Latin American art.

Radical ESSEX book

18 + 12 Jun 2018
20/20 Visions Book

New RIBA book looks to the future of urban planning by looking back- Introducing 20/20 Visions

At a time when most of the world’s population live in cities and a new urgency is being felt in the midst of a housing crisis, 20/20 Visions: Collaborative Planning and Placemaking debates participatory democracy and how best to create sustainable places that support healthy, enterprising communities.

This is the latest book from national architecture authority RIBA Publishing and the first from JTP partner, architect Charles Campion, in which the future of placemaking and the important role of communities are discussed.

2020 Visions Book
photo © Arie Overes

Campion critically examines twenty case studies from the last two decades, all of which use the ‘charrette’ process as a unique solution to community placemaking. This ‘tried and tested’ process involves local people working with multidisciplinary professionals to collaboratively create their own thriving, sustainable communities.

The concept originated in 1960s America, through ideas advocated by the Regional/ Urban Design Assistance Team (R/UDAT). This organisation developed the participatory charrette practices that have flourished today, in the United States, the UK and around the world.

20/20 Visions demonstrates the objectives of Campion and JTP, and offers an informed, timely commentary on the development of towns and cities, and the government’s role in making healthy environments for the local community. Busy practitioners and those who value people-centric design will see it as a comprehensive guide and indispensable companion.

Campion brings to light: “Cities, towns and villages were historically the product of many local hands as places evolved to suit needs of the community they served. However, the past few decades have seen planning theory and practice move away from creating locally distinctive and responsive places, in favour of an agenda often imposed from outside the community.

“Planning has become dominated by professionals and politicians… communities feel alienated, believing they have no real power to influence outcomes.

“The collective intuition and intelligence of communities bring social, economic and environmental value to designing cities and neighbourhoods. Just as the act of voting is a right, it is inherently democratic to bring people genuinely to the heart of planning and placemaking.”

The book positions the creativity of communities as a huge but largely untapped resource.

Looking to the future, the proposition of 20/20 Visions for the government is that discussion about architecture and design should be steered toward the idea of collaborative planning, for the good of the communities that will make them their homes in decades to come.

In the book, Campion affirms: “It is time to change the way things are done and to bring communities genuinely to the heart of planning and placemaking.”

The book is available to order on the RIBA Bookshops website for £32.00. Order your copy here:
20/20 Visions Architecture Book

RIBA News & Events 2018

24 Feb 2018
Laka Perspectives Book
Laka Perspectives Book
visualization : Alek Pluta
Laka Perspectives Book
Laka Perspectives is a pocket-sized source of inspiration that outlines different views on the role of architecture, the connections between spatial interventions and their social outcomes, and the pathways that connect needs and solutions in a variety of technological and social disciplines.

Feb 23, 2018
New Publication: Northern Exposure, Works of Carol A. Wilson Architect
This is a new monograph published by Princeton Architectural Press.
Northern Exposure, Works of Carol A. Wilson Architect
book cover photograph courtesy of Carol A. Wilson Architect
Northern Exposure, Works of Carol A. Wilson Architect
An intimate portrait of eight exquisitely designed and built houses in New England by this celebrated Maine architect.

New Publication: Metamorphism – Transforming Materials in Architecture

By Ákos Moravánszky

The complex biological process involving the exchange of chemical substances within an organism can also be applied to architecture: what is known as ‘Stoffwechsel’ (‘material metamorphosis’) was the brainchild of the architect and art critic Gottfried Semper.

Metamorphism: Transforming Materials in Architecture book
image courtesy of Birkhäuser

New Architecture Book by Ákos Moravánszky

Architectural Guide Wroclaw, Poland

The Architectural Guide Wroclaw won second prize in the XXVI National Tour Review of Tourist Book for the best 2017 guide.

Architectural Guide Wroclaw

The guide is now available for sale in the best bookstores around the world. In the guide, there are texts of invited authors, among others Ivan Blasi, coordinator of Mies van der Rohe Foundation, Lukasz Kos, architects, Aaron Betsky, architecture critic and curator.

Wrocław is one of the oldest cities in Poland, with an eventful history and thus many changes to its cityscape. This city on the Oder River has always been reinvented, and today has many architectural monuments: it is in some ways a showcase of architectural development, a blend of Gothic, Baroque, Modern, Soviet, Postmodern and Contemporary architecture.

In the Architectural Guide Wrocław Marcin Szczelina present 150 selected buildings from the Middle Ages to the present. The volume is chronologically divided into four chapters, that follow the city’s long history,: from the early Middle Ages to 1850, from the Industrialisation to the end of World War II, the Soviet period after 1945, and finally from 1989 to the present.

Marcin Szczelina
Architectural Guide Wrocław

1 Feb 2018
Computing the Environment Publication

30 Jan 2018
SU+RE: Sustainable + Resilient Design Systems AD

30 Jan 2018
Interior Design Illustrated
Authors: Francis D. K. Ching and Corky Binggeli
Interior Design Illustrated 4th Edition
image courtesy of Wiley
Interior Design Illustrated is the definitive guide to designing for interior spaces. Richly illustrated in author Francis D.K. Ching’s signature style, this book introduces complex design concepts in a visually stunning format; from defining the space and using the elements of design, to planning building systems and incorporating sustainable materials this volume embodies the idea that beauty and function are not separate entities, but two parts of a whole.
New Architecture Books by Francis D. K. Ching and Corky Binggeli

29 Jan 2018
The Handbook of Urban Morphology
Author: Karl Kropf
The Handbook of Urban Morphology
image courtesy of Wiley
The Handbook of Urban Morphology
Conceived as a practical manual of morphological analysis.

Jan 10, 2018
Megastructure by Reyner Banham
Architectural Publication by Volume

One of the late-20th-century’s most influential architecture books.

Megastructure Book by Reyner Banham
image courtesy of Volume

British-born author, critic, and cultural commentator Reyner Banham is regarded by some as the finest architecture and design critic of all time.

Megastructure Book by Reyner Banham

Jan 6, 2018
The Largest Art: A Measured Manifesto for a Plural Urbanism Book

A manifesto for designing cities – Architectural Publication by MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, USA

MIT professor’s new book calls for a more pluralistic, democratic vision of the city.

Architecture Book by MIT Press

18 Sep 2017
The Modern Timber House Book, London, UK

The launch of Peter Wilson’s new book THE MODERN TIMBER HOUSE.

Join an inspiring evening of networking and discussions regarding the scope for wood applications in housing design and construction.

28 September 2017, 6-8.30pm at The Building Centre, 26 Store Street, London, WC1E 7BT

A glimpse into what the future of timber housing might look like, this is an evening to explore the range of modern timber technologies available today and their various uses in the delivery of tall buildings, social and affordable homes, urban and rural housing, and refurbishments and extensions.

The Modern Timber House book

The evening will begin with Ruth Slavid’s review of Peter Wilson’s book The Modern Timber House, followed by a panel discussion on paradigms, technologies and the future of wooden housing. Mange will entertain palates with their famously delicious food and drink.

Speakers include:
• Ruth Slavid, Freelance journalist and communicator in architecture, landscape and construction
• Peter Wilson, managing director at Timber Design Initiatives Ltd
• Alex de Rijke, founding Director of dRMM
• Liam Dewar, founder of Eurban
• Gavin White, director at Ramboll UK

Attendance is free but booking is essential. Please register here:

The Modern Timber House Book launch

Copies of the book will be available on the evening.

16 Jun 2017
Book launch ‘Progress & Prosperity’, Amsterdam, Netherlands

The Chinese City as Global Urban Model
NAi010 Publishers
Launch: 29 June, 8pm, Pakhuis de Zwijger, Amsterdam

The Chinese metropolis has developed into the world’s most successful urban scheme. Combining bottom-up energy with top-down force, it pushes cities and their inhabitants towards progress, fast-forward.

Progress & Prosperity architecture book

China’s megacities are efficient, with well-functioning infrastructures, top-notch public transport, proper housing, steady economic growth, a low crime rate, an attractive climate for foreign investors, and a glitzy skyline to boot.
Can this metropolis be the blueprint for cities worldwide?

On 29 June, we will present this new book, with four of its contributors in Pakhuis de Zwijger, Amsterdam: David Gianotten (partner, OMA), Cruz Garcia (partner, WAI Thinktank), David Mulder van der Vegt (partner, XML) and Steven Y.N. Chen (Architect, SHL, Shanghai).

Contributors: Academics, architects, activists…

With contributions by architects, academics, artists and activists, this powerful and timely book questions, investigates and reveals the current condition of the (Chinese) megacity and its shift from prosperity to progress. Provocative yet intelligent essays, and reflective interviews reveal a new understanding of the 21st century urban condition: globalized and gentrified, using spatial zoning, financialization, culture, and the virtual to safeguard its position on the global stage.
Its strong ties with the hinterland, meanwhile, ensure both relaxation and cheap labour. Starting in Shanghai, the book describes a transformation towards a post-colonial urban condition in which Chinese urbanism will impact cities globally. A massive photo essay by artist Eric Tabuchi underpins the argument of the book.

Massive photo essay by Eric Tabuchi

Architect Daan Roggeveen is the co-founder of MORE Architecture. With Michiel Hulshof, he wrote the acclaimed book How the City Moved to Mr Sun.
With contributions by:
Esther da Costa Meyer (Princeton), Ying Zhou (University of Hong Kong), Steven Y.N. Chen (Harvard/SHL), Adrian Blackwell (University of Waterloo), David Gianotten (OMA), Justin D. Stern (Harvard), Jonathan Woetzel (McKinsey), Max Cohen de Lara & David Mulder van der Vegt (XML), Jeffrey Johnson (UK/CoD), Liu Yuyang (ALYA), Ou Ning (Columbia), Cruz Garcia & Nathalie Frankowski (WAI Thinktank), Frances Arnold and Eric Tabuchi
Pre-order PROGRESS & PROSPERITY: The Chinese City as Global Urban Model
Daan Roggeveen (ed)
NAI010 Publishers, ISBN 978-94-6208-350-9
Reserve a ticket for the book launch in Pakhuis de Zwijger – admission free

a new understanding of the 21st century urban condition

About MORE
MORE Architecture is a research-based office for architecture, founded in Shanghai by Daan Roggeveen and Robert Chen. As an international studio, MORE is particularly interested in the cultural impact of urbanisation, and how changing (urban) environments can create new ways of living and forms of collectivity.
MORE is currently involved in a renovation of a canal house in Amsterdam (under construction), a high rise residential complex in Jiaxing, a boutique hotel in the mountains of Anji (start construction 2017), and an urban plan in Accra, Ghana (with FABRIC, OKRA, MLA+ and MIXST). Recently finished projects include contemporary art gallery BANK in Shanghai; the interior for automotive firm MINTH; and a mixed use building with hotel, office and art gallery in Jiaxing (with AIM).
Through the Go West Project, MORE is continuously involved in urban research in Africa.

a transformation towards a post-colonial urban condition

The publication of the book was made possible thanks to the support of the Van Eesteren-Fluck & Van Lohuizen Foundation. The Creative Industries Fund NL supports the launch of the book in Amsterdam, New York and Shanghai

27 Apr 2017
Morphogenesis: The Indian Perspective | The Global Context

Morphogenesis, India, one of the most innovative architecture and design studios and a world-leader in net zero energy and sustainable design.

Morphogenesis Architects Book image

The Indian Perspective |The Global Context
The Master Architect Series

Morphogenesis Architects Book

Celebrating 20 years of being at the forefront of Indian Architecture, Morphogenesis becomes the first Indian practice to feature in the Images’ Master Architect Series. Launched globally at the Frankfurt Book Fair in October 2016, the firm’s first monograph, published by Images Publishing (Australia)- Morphogenesis: The Indian Perspective | The Global Context, was released in India early March 2017.

Cultural identity – DAG Mumbai:
DAG Mumbai

About the book
This outstanding monograph delves into an exciting selection of esteemed works by morphogenesis, one of India’s most creative architecture and design firms and a world-leader in net zero energy and sustainable design.

Delhi Art Gallery Delhi
Delhi Art Gallery Delhi

Another successful addition to images’ master architect series, this richly illustrated
Book combines stunning imagery with comprehensive studies outlining the firm’s strong philosophical discourse across a vast range of typologies: residential; institutional; commercial; hospitality; offices; interiors; public; and master planning. Morphogenesis reinterprets India’s architectural roots and consistently employs passive design solutions for a unique contextual language.

Passive design – Delhi Nullah Exhibition ‘The Fractal Metropolitan Layer’:
Delhi Nullah Exhibition The Fractal Metropolitan Layer

The morphogenesis journey is a reflection of a contemporary Indian perspective within the global context, incorporating an inspired, forward thinking vision while respectfully referencing the spirit of traditional Indian sub continental architecture in innovative forms. This is a must-have book for those looking to understand work at the vanguard of sustainable architecture.

Delhi Nullah:
Delhi Nullah

About the Authors
With being India’s first WAF award winners and Laureates of the Singapore Institute of Architects Getz Award, along with 5 IIA Awards to their credit, Sonali and Manit Rastogi have over two decades, grown morphogenesis into one of India’s most respected architectural firms. Manit lectures extensively in Asia and has published several research papers with respect to zero energy buildings. Sonali is passionately interested in the materiality and craft in architecture, and is deeply invested in the detail of building.

“Around the world, architects are challenged to infuse new forms with the legacy of the past and the spirit of place. In an age of globalisation this has become a critical issue, especially in emerging nations that have embraced generic modernism in their race to catch up…. Morphogenesis abstracts the vernacular with no resort to mimicry, and it achieves sustainability by an intelligent use of traditional materials and techniques…” – Michael Webb, Architectural Critic and Founder, Archigram Group

The Lalit Hospitality Institute:
The Lalit Hospitality Institute

The architecture firm’s projects include a vast range of typologies such as residential, institutional, commercial, hospitality, offices, public space, and master planning that have been segmented into three categories: Passive Design, Resource Optimisation and Contextual Identity—with sustainability as the common theme.

Passive Design: defined as the ability to endure in local conditions and thrive in its lifecycle, the projects that are planned at the firm are maintainable in their individual ecosystems. Understanding that ‘energy resources’ at most times are considered limited or depleting, the firm’s guiding principle is ‘no is more’. Constant emphasis is put on developing the practice on an approach of ‘no energy and no water’ and ideally, no waste.

Morphogenesis Architects Book image

Resource optimization is an extremely engaging section; it is not just about valuing resources, but also discusses affordability and spatial optimization. It also features some of their most recognizable work, such as the IILM campus in Delhi—which was also part of the 2016 State of Architecture: Practices and Processes in India exhibition that took place at the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Mumbai. The British School, which inspired the dust jacket, is also from this section.

Contextual Identity relates to place and physical environment. It mainly refers to the meaning and importance of the physical environment to its inhabitants and users.

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 Books
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
image from publisher

Alvaro Siza Architecture Book – 29 May 2013
Álvaro Siza is one of the great figures of contemporary architecture – winner of the prestigious Pritzker Prize, in 1992.

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
image from author
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
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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
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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
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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
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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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