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Shigeru Ban: Challenging Accepted Notions of Architecture

Shigeru Ban: Challenging Accepted Notions of Architecture – From emergency relief shelters to a cardboard cathedral and exhibition spaces in shipping containers, Pritzker Prize–winning architect Shigeru Ban has made his name with his restlessly inventive response to material and situation, as much as with his humanitarian work at the sites of natural and man-made disasters. See also: Free eBook: Must-Have Limited Edition Furniture In the spirit of a three-dimensional poetry, Ban uses materials as an incorporated part of his design, selected not for their cutting-edge credentials but rather for their expressive ability, their capacity to convey the building’s overall concept. In particular, Ban has made regular use of paper tubing in projects as varied as the Japanese Pavilion at Expo 2000 in Hanover and emergency shelters for Rwanda’s Byumba Refugee Camp.   This essential introduction, compiled with Ban’s own collaboration, presents his most important projects to date to survey the full reach and importance of, in the words of the Pritzker Prize jury, a “committed teacher who is not only a role model for younger generations, but also an inspiration.” See also: Free eBook – Best Home Decor Ideas to Inspire You Each book in TASCHEN’s Basic Architectu re series features: an…

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Book Review: Santiago Calatrava’s Futuristic Fusion

Book Review: Santiago Calatrava’s Futuristic Fusion – Spanish visionary Santiago Calatrava is renowned around the world as an architect, structural engineer, sculptor, and artist. Famed for bridges as much as buildings, he has made his name with neofuturistic structures that combine deft engineering solutions with dramatic visual impact. From the Athens 2004 Olympic sports complex and the Museum of Tomorrow to the Peace Bridge in Calgary, Alamillo Bridge in Seville, and the Mujer Bridge in Buenos Aires, Calatrava’s creations show particular interest in the meeting point of movement and balance. With influences ranging from NASA space design to da Vinci’s nature studies, the structures dazzle with a sense of lightness, agility, and aerodynamism, but always with a graceful poise amid their particular surroundings. This compact introduction explores Calatrava’s unique aesthetic with key projects from his career, from early breakthroughs to his most recent work. Through buildings of culture, science, faith, and across his many famous bridges, we explore his integration of organic forms and human movements, and a uniquely fluid futurism, soaring towards tomorrow. See also: Book Review: GUCCI New Book – Blind For Love Philip Jodidio (born 1954) studied art history and economics at Harvard, and edited Connaissance des…

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Book Review 100 Contemporary Houses (1)
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Book Review: 100 Contemporary Houses

Book Review: 100 Contemporary Houses – Domestic bliss: Innovative, intimate architecture from China to Chile, written by Philip Jodidio. Designing private residences has its own very special challenges and nuances for the architect. The scale may be more modest than public projects, the technical fittings less complex than an industrial site, but the preferences, requirements and vision of particular personalities becomes priority. The delicate task is to translate all the emotive associations and practical requirements of “home” into a workable, constructed reality. See also: Book review: Carrier and Company – Positively Chic This publication rounds up 100 of the world’s most interesting and pioneering homes from the past decade, featuring a host of talents both new and established, including John Pawson, Richard Meier, Shigeru Ban, Tadao Ando, Zaha Hadid, Herzog and de Meuron, Daniel Libeskind, Alvaro Siza, UNStudio, and Peter Zumthor. Accommodating daily routines of eating, sleeping, and shelter, as well as offering the space for personal experience and relationships, this is architecture at its most elementary and its most intimate. About the series: Bibliotheca Universalis— Compact cultural companions celebrating the eclectic Taschen universe. Since Taschen started the work as cultural archaeologists in 1980, the editor become synonymous with accessible, open-minded publishing. Bibliotheca Universalis brings together…

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Book review Richard Meier Artist's Edition (2)
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Book review: Richard Meier Artist’s Edition

Limited edition of 100 copies worldwide, clothbound in a clamshell box, each numbered and signed by Richard Meier. The artwork is a silkscreen print (20 x 30 cm / 8 x 12 inches) on mould made paper. The trademark of celebrated architect Richard Meier (born 1934) is his use of white structures. He began his career building numerous private homes, and then moved on to administrative buildings, museums and residential complexes notable for their complex groundplans and axial twists – features that have had a decisive influence on contemporary architecture. The Getty Center in Los Angeles, scheduled for completion in 1996, gave Meier the opportunity to tackle the most ambitious project of the decade. This limited edition monograph traces the development of Richard Meier, one of the foremost architects of our times, and affords a generous overview of his projects to date, including: Smith House, Darien (CT), 1965-1967 Bronx Development Center, New York (NY), 1970-1977 Douglas House, Harbor Springs (MI), 1971-1973 The Atheneum, New Harmony (IN), 1975-1979 Hartford Seminary, Hartford (CT), 1978-1981 Museum for Decorative Ars, Frankfurt/ Main, 1979-1985 Giovanitti House, Pittsburgh (PA), 1979-1983 High Museum of Art, Atlanta (GA), 1980-1983 Des Moines Art Center Adddition, Des Moines (IA), 1982-1984…

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Book review Zaha Hadid Complete Works (1)
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Book review: Zaha Hadid Complete Works

Book review: Zaha Hadid Complete Works – Limited to 200 numbered copies, delivered in a clamshell box and each signed by the architect, this Art Edition features a special cover custom-made by Zaha Hadid, a cast and high gloss polished black acrylic plate inspired by the design of the new MAXXI in Rome. Zaha Hadid is a wildly controversial architect, who for many years built almost nothing, despite her designs winning prizes and critical acclaim. Some even said her work was unbuildable. Yet over the past decade she has completed numerous structures including the Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art in Cincinnati (which the New York Times called “the most important new building in America since the Cold War’’), thePhaeno Science Center in Wolfsburg, Germany, and the Central Building of the newBMW Assembly Plant in Leipzig. Today, Hadid is firmly established among the élite of world architecture, her audacious and futuristic designs having catapulted her to international fame. Born in Baghdad and educated in London, where her practice is based, Hadid has designed radical architecture for over 30 years and is now the subject of this massive TASCHEN monograph. Covering her complete works to date, from Dubai to Guangzhou, this tome demonstrates…

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Book Review 100 contemporary concrete buildings
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Book Review: 100 contemporary concrete buildings

Best Design Books brings something unexpected and sober in this book review: concrete. Concrete? That characterless stuff of parking lots or Communist tower blocks, right? Well, yes. And no. Concrete is actually a name applied to a remarkably wide range of building substances, and, when properly handled, is one of the noble materials of contemporary architecture. A kind of “liquid stone” at the outset, it is malleable, durable, and capable of prodigious feats of engineering. See also: BOOK REVIEW: PIRELLI THE CALENDAR – 50 YEARS AND MORE This two-volume book highlights the best work done in concrete of recent years. It includes such stars as Zaha Hadid, Herzog & de Meuron, and Steven Holl, but also surprising new architects like the Russians SPEECH, and rising stars of the international scene like Rudy Ricciotti from France, as well as artists such as James Turrell, who turned the famous concrete spiral of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim in New York into the setting of one of his most remarkable pieces.   The author Philip Jodidio (born 1954) studied art history and economics at Harvard, and editedConnaissance des Arts for over 20 years. His books include TASCHEN’s Architecture Now! series, and monographs on Tadao Ando,…

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The essential Taschen Architecture Book by Philip Jodidio

Philip Jodidio studied art history and economics at Harvard. His books include TASCHEN’s Architecture Now! series, and monographs on Tadao Ando, Norman Foster, Richard Meier, Jean Nouvel, and Zaha Hadid. He is internationally renowned as one of the most popular writers on the subject of architecture. Beyond the fundamental notion of shelter, what defines a house? The broad-ranging selection of extraordinary dwellings in the Architecture Now (published by TASCHEN) Houses series shows the concept to be infinitely malleable: one house seems to hover above the ground, another is embedded in it; some have stark minimal lines, others have tropical gardens; some are palatial, others monastic—all of them displaying remarkable structural and aesthetic mastery. From postmodern castles to hi-tech cabins, the Architecture Now! Houses series is a connoisseur’s choice of the world’s most remarkable new houses. “This beautifully visual title brings together a broad-ranging selection of extraordinary dwellings from across the globe. From houses that seem to ‘float’ above the ground, to tropical gardens and palatial properties, all of them display remarkable structural and aesthetic mastery at its best.” Magazine, United Kingdom By Helena Morais. * Best Design Books will continue to update you about Architecture, Interior Design, Photography, Best Sellers and much more. Don’t forget to subscribe this blog and to follow us…

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100 Contemporary Green Buildings by Taschen

100 Contemporary Green Buildings by Taschen – When it comes to environmental awareness, the world has changed a bit. Or better, it has changed radically. Almost every industry claims to be green, and architecture is not an exception. In fact, architecture may be one of the precursors in eco-friendly production. This 2-volume, 696 pages publication by Taschen is the living proof. Each of the 100 featured buildings are stunningly beautiful and built with sustainability in mind – as contemporary buildings should be. See also: Interior Design Books: The Story of Eames Furniture Come to think of it, can a contemporary building be anything but green? If it isn’t sustainable, it is old-fashioned, by definition. Fingers crossed we’re entering an era in which the term ‘green’ will be obsolete. The most exciting new buildings in the world are now almost all environmentally aware, sustainable, and conceived to consume far less energy than ever before. That architecture is one of the major sources of greenhouse gases in the world makes this new trend all the more significant. This book brings the best examples of green projects from the Architecture Now! series together with numerous new, never-seen-before projects. Well-known architects like Frank Gehry and…

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