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Handbook for the Architectural Manager (Paperback): Stephen Emmitt, Mohammed A Alharbi Handbook for the Architectural Manager (Paperback)
Stephen Emmitt, Mohammed A Alharbi
R1,366 R972 Discovery Miles 9 720 Save R394 (29%) Shipped within 7 - 13 working days

The essential resource for becoming more effective in the highly competitive architectural marketplace Handbook for the Architectural Manager offers architects a comprehensive resource that brings together critical information on four interlinked areas: managing the architectural office, projects, stakeholders, and learning. Unlike other books on the topic that only stress management of the business or the management of projects, this book offers a guiding framework that encompasses the architectural manager's role in developing the practice's competitive strategies and overseeing the project portfolio. Written by noted experts in the field, Handbook for the Architectural Manager is grounded in current research in which, for the first time, the components of architectural management have been analyzed systematically, tested, and developed for practical application. Designed to explore typical architectural management issues, the book provides clear and concise direction with practical step-by-step guidance as well as helpful checklists, templates and scenarios, and case studies to illustrate best practice. This essential resource: Offers a groundbreaking handbook that contains a comprehensive management framework for architectural practice Contains new insights and guidance based on solid research on managing the architectural practice Brings together in one book the best management techniques of the office, projects, stakeholders, and learning Includes a well-grounded critical review of the existing literature on the topic Designed for professionals in the field but written in accessible language suitable for students Handbook for the Architectural Manager offers a practical guide for overseeing the development of architectural designs and associated activities and ensuring all work is consistent (i.e. adheres to current standards, legislation, client specifications, and office protocols) and completed on time as well as information on staff development and learning.

European Building Construction Illustrated (Paperback): Francis D. K. Ching, Mark Mulville European Building Construction Illustrated (Paperback)
Francis D. K. Ching, Mark Mulville 2
R833 R767 Discovery Miles 7 670 Save R66 (8%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The first European edition of Francis DK Ching's classic visual guide to the basics of building construction.

For nearly four decades, the US publication Building Construction Illustrated has offered an outstanding introduction to the principles of building construction. This new European edition focuses on the construction methods most commonly used in Europe, referring largely to UK Building Regulations overlaid with British and European, while applying Francis DK Ching's clear graphic signature style. It provides a coherent and essential primer, presenting all of the basic concepts underlying building construction and equipping readers with useful guidelines for approaching any new materials or techniques they may encounter.

European Building Construction Illustrated provides a comprehensive and lucid presentation of everything from foundations and floor systems to finish work. Laying out the material and structural choices available, it provides a full understanding of how these choices affect a building′s form and dimensions. Complete with more than 1000 illustrations, the book moves through each of the key stages of the design process, from site selection to building components, mechanical systems and finishes.Illustrated throughout with clear and accurate drawings that effectively communicate construction processes and materialsProvides an overview of the mainstream construction methods used in EuropeBased around the UK regulatory framework, the book refers to European level regulations where appropriate.References leading environmental assessment methods of BREEAM and LEED, while outlining the Passive House StandardIncludes emerging construction methods driven by the sustainability agenda, such as structural insulated panels and insulating concrete formworkFeatures a chapter dedicated to construction in the Middle East, focusing on the Gulf States

Fradaric Chaubin - Cccp (English, French, German, Hardcover): Frederic Chaubin Fradaric Chaubin - Cccp (English, French, German, Hardcover)
Frederic Chaubin 1
R393 R294 Discovery Miles 2 940 Save R99 (25%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Brutalist Beauties

Architectural remnants of the USSR

Elected the architectural book of the year by the International Artbook and Film Festival in Perpignan, France, Frederic Chaubin's Cosmic Communist Constructions Photographed explores 90 buildings in 14 former Soviet Republics. Each of these structures expresses what Chaubin considers the fourth age of Soviet architecture, an unknown burgeoning that took place from 1970 until 1990.

Contrary to the 1920s and 1950s, no "school" or main trend emerges here. These buildings represent a chaotic impulse brought about by a decaying system. Taking advantage of the collapsing monolithic structure, architects went far beyond modernism, going back to the roots or freely innovating. Some of the daring ones completed projects that the Constructivists would have dreamt of (Druzhba Sanatorium, Yalta), others expressed their imagination in an expressionist way (Palace of Weddings, Tbilisi). A summer camp, inspired by sketches of a prototype lunar base, lays claim to Suprematist influence (Prometheus youth camp, Bogatyr). Then comes the "speaking architecture" widespread in the last years of the USSR: a crematorium adorned with concrete flames (Crematorium, Kiev), a technological institute with a flying saucer crashed on the roof (Institute of Scientific Research, Kiev), a political center watching you like Big Brother (House of Soviets, Kaliningrad).

In their puzzle of styles, their outlandish strategies, these buildings are extraordinary remnants of a collapsing system.In their diversity and local exoticism, they testify both to the vast geography of the USSR and its encroaching end of the Soviet Union, the holes in a widening net. At the same time, they immortalize many of the ideological dreams of the country and its time, from an obsession with the cosmos to the rebirth of identity.

Text in English, French, and German

Context - Architecture and the Genius of Place (Paperback): Eric Parry Context - Architecture and the Genius of Place (Paperback)
Eric Parry
R698 R514 Discovery Miles 5 140 Save R184 (26%) Shipped within 7 - 13 working days

Demonstrates how a building's setting should inform and inspire rather than constrain architectural design Context-Architecture and the Genius of Place is a highly engaging, informative discussion of context in architectural theory and practice. Eric Parry, one of the UK's most highly regarded architects whose work has been widely lauded for its innovative response to its setting addresses the contemporary definition of context and its importance for sustainable everyday living and urban design. Looking beyond the formal agenda to explore the fundamentals that give new social and cultural perspective to this vital point of departure for designers, this book turns the urban statistician's telescopic focus on global trends inside out for a better understanding of the cultural and physical conditions that make archetypes like the Parisian Cafe, the London High Street, the Baltic City Square, and the Mumbai Market part of the architect's lexicon. From pavement to landscape, readers will examine how context must be taken into account at every stage in the design process. This book draws on the author's extensive experience within complex urban settings to show how the existing fabric and social conditions can provide an essential starting point for new design, offering a framework for thinking about design responses and their relationship to cultural origins of place. * Discover the importance of orientation * Develop a sequential understanding of urban space * Hear the dialogue between parts within a whole * Differentiate the uses of formal and informal Whereas existing urban settings, particularly historic city centers, are generally regarded as limiting to architectural creativity, this book presents context as grounds for inspiration rather than constraint. When used correctly, these techniques create the feeling that a new building has always been there, simply because it "fits". Context explains the methods behind brilliant architecture, helping designers create buildings that not only belong, but can provide a catalyst to urban life.

Pevsner's Architectural Glossary - Second Edition (Hardcover, 2 Rev Ed): Nikolaus Pevsner Pevsner's Architectural Glossary - Second Edition (Hardcover, 2 Rev Ed)
Nikolaus Pevsner
R299 Discovery Miles 2 990 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

With even more entries and more vocabulary words, this second edition of Pevsner's Architectural Glossary covers the complete range of technical terms used in the storied guides. Pevsner's famous designations E. E. and Perp. are among the terms clearly explained in this informative glossary drawn from the vocabulary of the Buildings of England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland volumes. Anyone who has wondered how a headstop relates to a hoodmould or what a squich looks like will find their understanding and enjoyment of architecture enhanced by knowledge of its components, styles, and ornament. This clear and practical primer to looking at all the elements of buildings will enliven any architectural exploration.

Spot-the-Difference Architecture - 40 Brain-Bending Photographic Puzzles (Paperback): Spot-the-Difference Architecture - 40 Brain-Bending Photographic Puzzles (Paperback)
R242 R196 Discovery Miles 1 960 Save R46 (19%) In stock

Visit your favourite buildings from around the world and discover something new with 40 spot-the-difference puzzles. Enjoy stunning shots of the world's favourite buildings in this phenomenal spot-the-difference photographic collection. Each of the 40 challenging puzzles will boost your observation skills while the fun, fact-filled captions will take you on your own architectural guided tour. Travel the globe, from Venice to Beijing, from London to New York. Marvel at the magnitude of the Taj Mahal and be wowed by many more architectural treasures.

The Italian Townscape (Hardcover): Ivor De Wolfe The Italian Townscape (Hardcover)
Ivor De Wolfe
R758 R594 Discovery Miles 5 940 Save R164 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Originally published by the Architecture Press in 1963, The Italian Townscape was written by Hubert de Cronin Hastings (1902-1986), under his pseudonym of Ivor de Wolfe, with photographs taken by him and his wife Hazel (alias Ivy de Wolfe). He claimed to have invented the word Townscape, and used his position as proprietor/editor of the Architectural Review to promote it as a technique to inspire the creation of historically layered, visually stimulating, dense cities in the period of reconstruction and new towns.
The theory of Townscape was originally developed by Hastings in collaboration with the architect, planner and illustrator Gordon Cullen, whose book of this name, published in 1961, remains a standard work. In The Italian Townscape, Hastings made his own statement, sharing his worries about the blandness of modern consumer society and celebrating Italian towns and cities as theatrical background for everyday life. Writing at a time when English people were migrating to the suburbs and cars were destroying the conviviality of cities, Hastings anticipated the return in recent decades to an ideal of public space, where "the only true happiness lies at the centre."
Hastings/De Wolfe rekindles our appreciation for individual urban elements: articulating his analysis through disparate themes: from the more obvious: "streets," "advertising" and "pedestrian network," to typically idiosyncratic ones: "Defensive armour," "constipation," "toughies" and "sissies" and "all creeping things." The photographs evoke the Italy of Fellini's films, making it a forgotten classic of travel and photographic publishing whose lessons remain relevant today.
Professor of Architecture and Cultural History at the University of Greenwich, Alan Powers, and Professor Erdem Erten of the University of Izmir in Turkey, contribute a new introduction to this reprint, restoring the identity of Hastings as an author and his role in architecture and planning debates from the 1930s to the 1970s.

Medieval Graffiti - The Lost Voices of England's Churches (Hardcover): Matthew Champion Medieval Graffiti - The Lost Voices of England's Churches (Hardcover)
Matthew Champion 1
R374 R274 Discovery Miles 2 740 Save R100 (27%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

For centuries carved writings and artworks in churches lay largely unnoticed. So archaeologist Matthew Champion started a nationwide survey to gather the best examples. In this book he shines a spotlight on a forgotten world of ships, prayers for good fortune, satirical cartoons, charms, curses, windmills, word puzzles, architectural plans and heraldic designs. Drawing on examples from surviving medieval churches in England, the author gives a voice to the secret graffiti artists: from the lord of the manor and the parish priest to the people who built the church itself. Here are strange medieval beasts, knights battling unseen dragons, ships sailing across lime-washed oceans and demons who stalk the walls. Latin prayers for the dead jostle with medieval curses, builders' accounts and slanderous comments concerning a long-dead archdeacon. Strange and complex geometric designs, created to ward off the `evil eye' and thwart the works of the devil, share church pillars with the heraldic shields of England's medieval nobility.

The Irish Aesthete: Ruins of Ireland (Hardcover): Robert O'Byrne The Irish Aesthete: Ruins of Ireland (Hardcover)
Robert O'Byrne
R417 R312 Discovery Miles 3 120 Save R105 (25%) In stock

Go on a journey with Robert O'Byrne as he brings fascinating Irish ruins to life. Fantastical, often whimsical, and frequently quirky, these atmospheric ruins are beautifully photographed and paired with fascinating text by Robert O'Byrne. Born out of Robert's hugely popular blog, The Irish Aesthete, there are Medieval castles, Georgian mansions, Victorian lodges, and a myriad of other buildings, many never previously published. Robert focuses on a mixture of exteriors and interiors in varying stages of decay, on architectural details, and entire scenarios. Accompanying texts tell of the Regency siblings who squandered their entire fortune on gambling and carousing, of an Anglo-Norman heiress who pitched her husband out the window on their wedding night, and of the landlord who liked to walk around naked and whose wife made him carry a cowbell to warn housemaids of his approach. Arranged by the country's four provinces, the diverse ruins featured offer a unique insight into Ireland and an exploration of her many styles of historic architecture.

Versailles (Hardcover): Colin Jones Versailles (Hardcover)
Colin Jones
R443 R350 Discovery Miles 3 500 Save R93 (21%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
French Country Cottage (Hardcover): Courtney Allison French Country Cottage (Hardcover)
Courtney Allison
R693 R479 Discovery Miles 4 790 Save R214 (31%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
Metamorfosi 05 - Bruno Zevi. 100 (English, Italian, Paperback, Bilingual edition): Alessandra Muntoni Metamorfosi 05 - Bruno Zevi. 100 (English, Italian, Paperback, Bilingual edition)
Alessandra Muntoni
R396 R301 Discovery Miles 3 010 Save R95 (24%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Bruno Zevi played a crucial role in the understanding and propagation of contemporary architecture. On the centenary of his birth in an ideal partnership with the initiatives the "Bruno Zevi Foundation" is promoting both in Italy and abroad "Metamorfosi, Q.d.A." devotes this issue to some aspects of his cultural and educational battle. Its goal is to build a bridge between what the next generations learnt from him, all while following different paths, and what still remains alive and useful of his insights for a different way of practicing architecture inspired by social issues and in the pursuit of an evolving link between architecture, city and landscape.

Digital Tectonics (Paperback): Neal Leach, David Turnbull, Chris Williams Digital Tectonics (Paperback)
Neal Leach, David Turnbull, Chris Williams
R956 R693 Discovery Miles 6 930 Save R263 (28%) Shipped within 7 - 13 working days

The old opposition between a digital culture of sensuous, ephemeral images and a tectonic culture of pragmatic building has given way to a new collaboration between the two domains, a 'digital tectonics'. Computer linked fabrication techniques of many kinds have become an integral part of the design process, while new digital tools are allowing engineers and architects to understand in far more detail the behaviour of load carrying surfaces, and to generate new architectural forms. 

Digital and computer-linked design techniques is one of the hottest topics in architecture and in an ever-expanding world of digital technology this book tackles the practical elements of the field.

Why You Can Build it Like That - Modern Architecture Explained (Paperback): John Zukowsky Why You Can Build it Like That - Modern Architecture Explained (Paperback)
John Zukowsky 1
R248 R196 Discovery Miles 1 960 Save R52 (21%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

In Why You Can Build It Like That, John Zukowsky examines buildings from the past half century or so that pushed the boundaries of what was architecturally acceptable when they were built. 100 striking international examples of modern architecture are categorized into thematic chapters that reflect form as well as society. Zukowsky explores the history of these buildings and their makers, presenting relevant biographical factors and socio-cultural influences that impacted on the distinctive designs. The book includes the works of heroic early modernist architects such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Frank Lloyd Wright, alongside long-established architectural firms such as Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. It also features mavericks of the past and present - Bruce Goff, Shin Takamatsu and Shigeru Ban - and singular architectural wonders that reflect their own times. Readers will find out why all the featured buildings look the way they do, and why they were created when and where they were. Zukowsky's original text unravels the rich and complex stories that exist behind the design of some of the world's more unconventional monuments, revealing exactly why each building is one of a kind.

A Place to Call Home - Timeless Southern Charm (Hardcover): James Farmer A Place to Call Home - Timeless Southern Charm (Hardcover)
James Farmer
R734 R503 Discovery Miles 5 030 Save R231 (31%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
Ghost Towns (Hardcover): Chris McNab Ghost Towns (Hardcover)
Chris McNab
R518 R402 Discovery Miles 4 020 Save R116 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Gold rush towns abandoned when new boomtowns emerge elsewhere or the gold has run out, towns deserted when caught in war zones, settlements evacuated due to natural disasters or chemical spills - seeing a town with devoid of people is an uncanny feeling. Where has everyone gone? And why aren't they coming back? From Pripyat in Ukraine to Bodie in California to English villages requisitioned by the Ministry of Defence during World War II, from Greek leper colonies to deserted Italian mountain villages, Ghost Towns is a brilliant pictorial work examining lost worlds. With reasons ranging from the collapse of local industry to being pushed aside to make way for a new industry, from earthquakes and volcanoes to man-made chemical spills, from war zones to demilitarised zones, the book explores a wide range of desolate urban environments from around the globe. And with these places left to nature, we can see not only how nature reclaims the land, but also gain a glimpse into the past free from humankind's modernising hands. With 150 striking colour photographs exploring 100 worlds, Ghost Towns is a fascinating visual history of the mysteries of lost worlds.

Washington, D.C. Then and Now Compact (Paperback): Alexander D. Mitchell IV Washington, D.C. Then and Now Compact (Paperback)
Alexander D. Mitchell IV
R239 R170 Discovery Miles 1 700 Save R69 (29%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Washington, D.C. Then and Now presents a fascinating portrait of the evolution and history of America's capital city since the dawn of photography in the mid-nineteenth century. It pairs vintage black-and-white photographs-including those of pioneers of American photography such as John Plumbe and Mathew Brady-with splendid color photographs taken from the same vantage points today. The book includes all the tourist must-see places of the capital city. Sites include, the Capitol, White House, Library of Congress, Supreme Court, Treasury Building, Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, Smithsonian Museum, Union Station, Ford's Theatre, Pentagon, Arlington Cemetery, Folger Shakespeare Library, Old Post Office and the offices that Mark Twain described as "the ugliest building in America." It also features some breathtaking vintage panoramas taken from the Washington Monument showing the nascent capital in glorious detail.

The RIBA Stirling Prize (Hardcover): The RIBA Stirling Prize (Hardcover)
R980 R759 Discovery Miles 7 590 Save R221 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The Stirling Prize is one of the world's most prestigious architectural awards. Named after Sir James Stirling (1926-1992), one of Britain's greatest post-war architects, the prize is awarded annually by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) to the architects of the building that has made the most significant contribution in the past year to the evolution of architecture and the built environment. The list of shortlisted and winning buildings since the prize began in 1996 - among them such diverse projects as the Media Centre at Lord's Cricket Ground by Future Systems; Herzog & de Meuron's Laban dance centre in Deptford, southeast London; and the Maxxi National Museum, Rome, by Zaha Hadid Architects - reads like a primer to the very best of contemporary British architecture both at home and elsewhere in the European Union. Insightfully written by Tony Chapman, the former Head of Awards at the RIBA, this book honors all the shortlisted and winning buildings from the first 20 years of the prize. Authoritative, detailed commentaries explain how each winning building was planned and constructed, and reveal the thoughts of the Stirling jury; commentaries are also included for the shortlisted buildings from the most recent decade of the prize, 2006-15. Chapman's introduction reviews the history of the award from its low-key beginnings at a time when Britain was just emerging from a period of economic recession to the present day, when the prize, and indeed architecture in general, has a far greater public profile. Illustrated throughout with photographs, drawings and plans, The RIBA Stirling Prize 20 is a true celebration of British architectural talent.

Isokon and the Bauhaus in Britain (Hardcover): Leyla Daybelge, Magnus Englund Isokon and the Bauhaus in Britain (Hardcover)
Leyla Daybelge, Magnus Englund
R672 R418 Discovery Miles 4 180 Save R254 (38%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The extraordinary story of Isokon, a groundbreaking Modernist building in London, and how its network of residents helped shape Modern Britain.

In the mid-1930s, three giants of the international Modern movement, Bauhaus professors Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer and Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, fled Nazi Germany and sought refuge in Hampstead in the most exciting new apartment block in Britain. The Lawn Road Flats, or Isokon building (as it came to be known), was commissioned by the young visionary couple Jack and Molly Pritchard and designed by aspiring architect Wells Coates. Built in 1934 in response to the question `How do we want to live now?' it was England's first modernist apartment building and was hugely influential in pioneering the concept of minimal living. During the mid-1930s and 1940s its flats, bar and dining club became an extraordinary creative nexus for international artists, writers and thinkers. Jack Pritchard employed Gropius, Breuer and Moholy-Nagy in his newly formed Isokon design company and the furniture, architecture and graphic art the three produced for him and other clients during their brief sojourn in pre-war England helped shape Modern Britain.

This book tells the story of the Isokon, from its beginnings to the present day, and fully examines the work, artistic networks and legacy of the Bauhaus artists during their time in Britain. The tales are not just of design and architecture but war, sex, death, espionage and the infamous dinner parties. Isokon resident Agatha Christie features in the book, as does Charlotte Perriand, working for Le Corbusier's practice, who Jack Pritchard commissioned for a pavilion design in 1930.

The book is beautifully illustrated with archive photography much of which is previously unseen and includes the work of photographer and Soviet spy Edith Tudor-Hart, as well as plans and sketches, menus, postcards and letters from the Pritchard family archive.

In Spring 2018, the Isokon building and Breuer, Gropius and Moholy-Nagy were honoured with a Blue Plaque from English Heritage. 2019 marks the centenary of the foundation of the Bauhaus, so the book is a timely celebration of European design.

Envisioning Better Cities - A Global Tour of Good Ideas (Paperback): Nancy RivenburgH, Patricia Chase Envisioning Better Cities - A Global Tour of Good Ideas (Paperback)
Nancy RivenburgH, Patricia Chase
R472 R371 Discovery Miles 3 710 Save R101 (21%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Envisioning Better Cities: A Global Tour of Good Ideas takes readers on a world tour of useful, feasible, and novel ideas for making cities more livable and sustainable. The book visits cities of all sizes, on all continents, to share what people are doing - now - to tackle the economic, social and environmental challenges their communities face. The book travels to Denmark, Australia, Cuba, China, Canada, Germany, Israel, Brazil, the United States, and more for good ideas that will engage and empower people to take part in the future of their city. Whether describing the benefits of yarn bombs in Madrid, the creation of pollinator pathways in Seattle, or the transformative power of garbage-for-food programs in Curitiba, Brazil this book brings together a compelling collection of examples to shift how we think about improving cities. To do this, the chapters are organised around the essential ingredients for improving our cities: Inviting People, Inspiring People, Connecting People, Communicating with People, Moving People and Supporting People. The hope is that by taking readers on a tour of diverse cities - large and small, wealthy and struggling - that their imaginations will be triggered about what they can do to improve their own cities.

The Big Letter Hunt: London - An architectural A to Z around the city (Paperback): Rute Nieto Ferreira The Big Letter Hunt: London - An architectural A to Z around the city (Paperback)
Rute Nieto Ferreira; Illustrated by Amandine Alessandra
R236 R166 Discovery Miles 1 660 Save R70 (30%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The Big Letter Hunt: London is an alphabet picture book that takes its readers - young and old - on a tour of England's capital to find giant letters hidden amongst the buildings and city streets. The architectural treasure hunt winds its way past London's landmark buildings such as the Victoria & Albert Museum and the British Museum, as well as architectural gems such as the Barbican and the modernist Brunswick Centre. The letters also appear in the skyscrapers of the City of London, on tube stations and in the detailing of windows and facades. Printed in a colourful and bold graphic style and accompanied by quirky facts about the buildings and their design, this book is perfect for all architecture and design fans. There is a map to follow the hunt around the city, and the jacket folds out into a A-Z poster to hang on the wall. Some letters are easy to spot; others need a closer look. The Big Letter Hunt: London is a book for both children and adults who like architecture, typography and London.

Pugin's Gothic Ornament - The Classic Sourcebook of Decorative Motifs with 100 Plates (Paperback): Augustus C. Pugin Pugin's Gothic Ornament - The Classic Sourcebook of Decorative Motifs with 100 Plates (Paperback)
Augustus C. Pugin
R261 R183 Discovery Miles 1 830 Save R78 (30%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This classic sourcebook of decorative motifs contains 100 plates of copyright-free Gothic designs, meticulously reproduced from rare 19th-century engravings. Many are floral and foliate designs rendered from panels, capitals, borders, brackets, friezes, grotesques and other decorative elements from such architectural landmarks as New College Chapel at Oxford, Rouen Cathedral, Winchester Cathedral, Kenilworth Castle, Eltham Palace and the tomb of the Earl of Warwick.

A Work of Beauty - Alexander McCall Smith's Edinburgh (Paperback): Alexander McCall Smith A Work of Beauty - Alexander McCall Smith's Edinburgh (Paperback)
Alexander McCall Smith
R386 R339 Discovery Miles 3 390 Save R47 (12%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

"I love this city, and always shall. I write about it. I dream about it. I walk its streets and see something new each day - traces of faded lettering on the stone, still legible, but just; some facade that I have walked past before and not noticed; an unregarded doorway with the names, in brass, of those who lived there sixty years ago, the bell-pulls sometimes still in place, as if one might summon long-departed residents from their slumbers." Edinburgh is a city of stories - a place that has witnessed everything from great historical upheavals, to the individual lives of a remarkable cast of characters. Every spire, cobblestone, bridge, close and avenue has a tale to tell. In this sumptuous new book, Alexander McCall Smith curates his own, distinctive story of Edinburgh - combining his affectionate, incisive wit with a wealth of stunning imagery drawn from Scotland's national collection of architecture and archaeology. Through a series of photographs, maps, drawings and paintings - many never before published - he takes the reader on a unique tour. Just like the city's architecture, the book can move in an instant from sweeping views to secret, hidden vignettes.This is a story of famous landmarks and lost buildings; the people who made them; the people who lived in them. 'A Work of Beauty' is an intimate portrait of a city by one of Scotland's greatest storytellers.

Concrete New York Map - Guide to Concrete and Brutalist Architecture in New York City (Other cartographic): Allison Meier Concrete New York Map - Guide to Concrete and Brutalist Architecture in New York City (Other cartographic)
Allison Meier; Series edited by Derek Lamberton; Photographs by Jason Woods
R178 R133 Discovery Miles 1 330 Save R45 (25%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
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Albert Ferre
R429 Discovery Miles 4 290 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
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