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The pressure to innovate has become pervasive. Both inside and outside the architectural profession we are increasingly pressed by the quest for the new; by an innovation imperative. But what does 'innovation' really mean for architecture? Predominantly framed in terms of technological invention, economics and consumption, the notion of innovation is often problematically applied to the arts. Design and creativity are widely considered as drivers within innovation economies, but how can architects understand and approach the imperative to innovate meaningfully, ethically and on their own terms? Suggesting a process that is fundamentally emergent, collective and environmentally situated, "The Innovation Imperative" explores architectural innovation in terms of the production of vitality. Emphasising attention to ways of doing as key to innovation, this title of "AD" brings together historical perspectives with a range of leading provocative, emerging approaches to architectural practice that together offer fresh insight into the often vague and ubiquitous atmospheres of innovation-speak. Ultimately, this issue asks how an emphasis on vitality might offer a more nuanced understanding of the aesthetic value and ethical know-how intertwined within innovative architectural endeavour.Contributors include: Mario Carpo, Oron Catts and Ionat Zurr, Jondi Keane, Brian Massumi, Leon van Schaik, Michael Weinstock, and Gretchen Wilkins and Liam Young.Featured architects and designers include: Arakawa and Gins, Eva Franch i Gilabert, Greg Lynn, MOS (Michael Meredith and Hilary Sample), Francois Roche, Veronika Valk and Vergelabs.
Berlin's skyline springs to life in this ingeniously crafted book that lets you build your own paper city. Citygami Berlin is a craft project, a diorama, a study in architecture, and, when it's finished, a stand-alone piece of art. Inspired by one of the world's great architectural cities, Clockwork Soldier have created a unique experience that lets readers replicate Berlin's most famous buildings, while also gaining fascinating insight into their individual histories and significance. Here, scale models of the Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag building, The Fernsehturm, and other structures are presented on die-cut, pre-folded, cardstock pages. Clear, easy-to-follow instructions show you how to assemble each building, with no glue or scissors required, and when every building has been constructed, the result is a fabulous displayready cityscape of Berlin. Accompanying the models are a set of 40 interlocking construction cards, featuring details from the city's architecture, allowing readers to get creative and make structures of different shapes and sizes. As fun as it is educational, this craft book promises hours of absorbing activity and a lasting keepsake for years to come.
This book presents unique visual profiles of the most iconic buildings in the world, from twenty-five of the most important and most visited cities. Featuring remarkably detailed line drawings elegantly rendered in black and white, these captivating artworks and the accompanying text help the reader learn each structure s history and understand what makes them so visually and culturally iconic. With the aim of exploring and communicating the deeper qualities of architecture by looking at it from new angles and presenting it in fresh and engaging ways, the illustrations are distinctive and elegant inspired by Studio Esinam s Landmarks and Elevations series of prints. Among the buildings included are such global icons as New York s Chrysler Building, London s St. Paul s Cathedral, and the Sydney Opera House, along with lesser-known yet equally outstanding structures like the Centre Pompidou in Paris or Mies van der Rohe s Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin.
Newcastle in 50 Buildings takes us on a journey through the city's proud architectural heritage, from its earliest existing building - the twelfth-century Norman castle which gives the city its name - through medieval religious institutions and Jacobean buildings on the Quayside to the Georgian-era houses and shops - often referred to as `Tyneside Classical' - built by the famed developer Richard Grainger. The book also shows how Newcastle has continued to redevelop and reinvent itself through its most notable contemporary buildings. Born and bred in Newcastle, writer and photographer Steve Ellwood tells the story of his home city through its greatest buildings with the assistance of a series of contemporary and old photographs, postcard images and drawings. Steve also hopes that this book will encourage readers to visit the city and see these buildings for themselves as well as discovering the city's other architectural delights.
This fully revised volume brings together the historic counties of Cumberland and Westmorland with the old Furness division of Lancashire, in a comprehensive architectural guide to one of England's most varied and rewarding regions. At its heart is the Lake District, where the well-loved vernacular architecture is overlaid by centuries of buildings, Georgian to modern, that respond in diverse ways to the magnificent landscape. The less familiar areas outside the National Park have an equal fascination, with numerous historic towns, spectacular industrial monuments, and distinctive traditions of church-building and fortified great houses. Fine Victorian and Arts-and-Crafts architecture can be found throughout, much of it published here for the first time.
Today Venice is facing major problems, an overload of tourists and a declining population as well as its precipitous tidal and structural dilemmas. It is to be hoped that it does not become a theme park dead city. The results of the UNSW workshops prove that appropriate housing is able to be successfully integrated into the existing Venetian topography, which proves to still be a dynamic alive city with modern buildings while still embracing its overpowering heritage.
Lifting the lid on London, Spectacular Vernacular reveals the stories behind its 100 strangest and most enigmatic buildings. Some are open to the public, if you know who to ask. Others remain strictly off-limits, thus heightening the sense of mystery surrounding them. But many are so familiar that few of us ever stop to consider just how curious they are. In the heart of Kensington, for example, a 300ft tower attracts few glances that even most locals don't know it's there. South of the river the city's widest building at nearly 1,000ft has been favourably compared to the Winter Palace at St Petersburg. And in Chelsea a medieval hall, once home to a king and moved brick by brick from the City to excape demolition, is now being remodelled as London's largest private house. Elsewhere one finds an arts centre built of old shipping containers, a Victiorian explorer lying dead in a tent, literally acres of secret undergound government offices, even a private tunnel used for running cable-cars under the Thames. Think you know London? Well, it's time to reconsider.
In the early seventeenth century, in a backwater Dutch colony, there was a wide, muddy cow path that the settlers called the Brede Wegh. As the street grew longer, houses and taverns began to spring up alongside it. What was once New Amsterdam became New York, and farmlands gradually gave way to department stores, theaters, hotels, and, finally, the perpetual traffic of the twentieth century's Great White Way. From Bowling Green all the way up to Marble Hill, Broadway takes us on a mile-by-mile journey up America's most vibrant and complex thoroughfare, through the history at the heart of Manhattan. Today, Broadway almost feels inevitable, but over the past four hundred years there have been thousands who have tried to draw and erase its path. Following their footsteps, we learn why one side of the street was once considered more fashionable than the other; witness the construction of Trinity Church, the Flatiron Building, and the Ansonia Hotel; the burning of P. T. Barnum's American Museum; and discover that Columbia University was built on the site of an insane asylum. Along the way we meet Alexander Hamilton, Emma Goldman, Edgar Allan Poe, John James Audubon, "Bill the Butcher" Poole, and the assorted real-estate speculators, impresarios, and politicians who helped turn Broadway into New York's commercial and cultural spine. Broadway traces the physical and social transformation of an avenue that has been both the "Path of Progress" and a "street of broken dreams," home to both parades and riots, startling wealth and appalling destitution. Glamorous, complex, and sometimes troubling, the evolution of an oft-flooded dead end to a canyon of steel and glass is the story of American progress.
Wiltshire is one of the best counties in Britain for architectural fancy, for the county's residents have expressed their passion for building in a plethora of styles including Gothic, Rustic, classical, Monumental, Chinese, Indian, Italianate and Japanese. We can see their ingenuity and eccentricity in an equally wide variety of building types, including shell houses, grottoes, pagodas, towers, temples, summer houses, tea houses, gazebos, belvederes, lodges, gatehouses, pavilions, arches, loggias... the list is endless. The stories behind them are many and various - built out of passion, megalomania, showing off one's wealth or to keep up with one's neighbours or, in contrast, delicate artistry and finesse. Many are on well-known estates such as Stourhead and Bowood, but others are rarely seen by the public, tucked away in private grounds to which exclusive access has been gained for this book.
In Seaside Shelters, Will Scott documents and celebrates the wide variety of shelters adorning the British seasides. A testament to the heyday of British summer holidays and the country's notorious fickle weather, the shelters now mostly stand deserted. Scott's talented eye captures the, at times faded, beauty of the buildings. Most of the shelters were built in the late-19th and early-20th century and cover a wealth of architectural styles, from Victorian to Art Deco to Bauhaus. Locations range from iconic seaside resorts to lesser-known gems along the coast, including Blackpool, Great Yarmouth, the Isle of Wight, Clacton-on-Sea, Portsmouth, Aberystwyth, Swanage and Cromer.
The range and variety of British railway stations is truly astonishing; from the tiny wayside halt made of corrugated iron to the magnificent stone-built city centre terminus. No less remarkable in their variety are the buildings devoted to the transport of goods, and indeed for most years of their existence this traffic was by far the most important to the railway companies. Author Patrick Bennett also covers signal boxes and signalling, locomotive depots, bridges and viaducts and much else besides; in fact just about every aspect of the British railway scene. This book, focusing on the north of England and Scotland, covers the areas of the major Scottish companies as well as those of the London & North Western, the Midland, the Lancashire & Yorkshire, and the North Eastern railways. Illustrated throughout with the author's original colour photographs, many of which are now historic, this book is sure to appeal as much to the general reader as to the railway modeller.
This book offers a new and surprising perspective on the evolution of cities across the Roman Empire in late antiquity and the early Middle Ages (third to ninth centuries AD). It suggests that the tenacious persistence of leading cities across most of the Roman world is due, far more than previously thought, to the persistent inclination of kings, emperors, caliphs, bishops, and their leading subordinates to manifest the glory of their offices on an urban stage, before crowds of city dwellers. Long after the dissolution of the Roman Empire in the fifth century, these communal leaders continued to maintain and embellish monumental architectural corridors established in late antiquity, the narrow but grandiose urban itineraries, essentially processional ways, in which their parades and solemn public appearances consistently unfolded. Hendrik W. Dey's approach selectively integrates urban topography with the actors who unceasingly strove to animate it for many centuries.
We picture the buildings of the high priest of modern architecture, Le Corbusier, as exemplars of crisp geometric forms and industrial, machined-age details, but we often forget that he integrated nature and the human element into his compositions. Nowhere is this more evident than the Modulor, Corb's own measuring system based on the proportions of the body and intended to replace the sterile metric system with a "more harmonious set of measurements." Never achieving the universal acceptance he envisioned, the Modulor is a fascinating look at Corb's efforts to reconcile human stature (in this case, his signature man-with-arm-upraised) and mathematics. This facsimile edition of the tape measure Corb made and carried in his pocket in a metal film canister features the red-and-blue Modulor system on one side of a flexible tape, and imperial and metric markings on the other. This handsome object has a fascinating history and is the perfect gift for the desk of any architect, designer, modernism fan, mathematician, woodworker, seamstress, or anyone interested in measuring.
The building sector is one of the world's biggest contributors to CO2-emissions and energy consumption. Finding strategies to improve energy and carbon performance of buildings is the goal of smart living lab, a research cooperation for the built environment between three Swiss universities: EPFL's School of Architecture in Lausanne, the College of Architecture and Technology HEIA-FR in Fribourg, and the University of Fribourg. Both home and workplace of this interdisciplinary centre of excellence for entirely new concepts and technologies in sustainable construction, is the smart living lab building in Fribourg, an emblematic high-tech structure ahead of its time. The initial volume, Thinking: Visions for Architectural Design follows the phases of preliminary research for the smart living lab building and features visions for sustainable buildings in 2050, offering original views of the manifold future challenges and opportunities, as well as of the promising leads to success factors and drivers of change. The second volume Exploring: Research-Driven Building Design features research results of Building 2050, the research group conducting the smart living lab's initial two-year programme. It focused on finding solutions for a building that meets the ambitious 2050 targets for a 2,000 watt-society, and which is representative of both a sustainable structure and an evolving construction process.
German photographer Reinhart Wolf (1930-1988) had a particular eye for architecture. In 1979, he turned his lens to some of the tallest buildings in the world, taking several trips to New York to photograph its most sky-soaring assets. With texts by Edward Albee and Sabina Lietzmann and an interview with Andy Warhol, TASCHEN's reprint of Reinhart Wolf - New York is both a nostalgic homage to the 1970s spirit of the city and a superb example of architectural photography. From Gothic detailing to the sleek surfaces of the International Style, Wolf's portfolio spans the city's dizzy stylistic reach but captures all buildings with the same infectious love and awe. The Chrysler Building tower shimmers in a gray dawn light, the Empire State Building glows against a stormy sky, and the Flatiron Building basks in late afternoon sun. Though the last three decades have seen dramatic transformation to the skyline, not least after the events of 9/11, this book is testimony to New York's enduring wonder. Surveying these grand, tall, proud structures, Wolf captures not just feats of engineering or marvels of ornamentation, but also, in particular, the magnetism of this city soaring towards the sky.
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