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A Spotter's Guide to Amazing Architecture (Paperback): Lonely Planet A Spotter's Guide to Amazing Architecture (Paperback)
Lonely Planet 1
R193 R159 Discovery Miles 1 590 Save R34 (18%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

The next in our Spotter's Guide series reveals 120 of the world's great human constructions and where to find them, from cloud-piercing skyscrapers and ancient sites to classic buildings and contemporary designs. Packed with facts, maps and photos, it's a fun and fascinating introduction to the sublime, the strange and everything in between. When we travel it's often to see a building - the Taj Mahal, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Eiffel Tower. They're things of beauty, symbols of their age and emblems of human endeavour. Sometimes, buildings are the reason we decide to go somewhere; think of an icon such as Bilbao's Guggenheim and Cambodia's Angkor Wat temple complex. Other times, buildings help make a visit more enriching and rewarding, like discovering the old district of Pelourinho in Salvador, Brazil and the majestic Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey. Amazing Architecture: A Spotter's Guide is perfect for anyone interested in learning about many of the world's greatest architectural sites. Each entry includes a brief introduction, who designed it and when it was built, plus a map to help you plan a visit. Famous, weird and wonderful places include: Bran Castle in Transylvania, Romania The Crooked House in Sopot, Poland Shah Mosque in Esfahan, Iran Skara Brae in Orkney, Scotland Towers of San Gimignano, Italy Roman Baths in Bath, UK Ayutthaya temple complex, Thailand The Winter Palace, St Petersburg, Russia Millau Viaduct, southern France Chrysler Building, New York, USA Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies The mud-made Agadez Mosque, Niger About Lonely Planet: Lonely Planet is a leading travel media company and the world's number one travel guidebook brand, providing both inspiring and trustworthy information for every kind of traveller since 1973. Over the past four decades, we've printed over 145 million guidebooks and grown a dedicated, passionate global community of travellers. You'll also find our content online, on mobile, video and in 14 languages, 12 international magazines, armchair and lifestyle books, ebooks, and more.

Medieval Architecture (Paperback): Nicola Coldstream Medieval Architecture (Paperback)
Nicola Coldstream
R465 R349 Discovery Miles 3 490 Save R116 (25%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

A unique study of medieval architecture, which treats the subject thematically. It looks at construction methods, patronage, and function, as well as the symbolic meanings represented in the architecture. It also offers completely new information on architecture in Spain and central Europe.

Fragments of Metropolis East - The Expressionist Heritage in Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia (Hardcover): Niels... Fragments of Metropolis East - The Expressionist Heritage in Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia (Hardcover)
Niels Lehmann, Christoph Rauhut
R662 R508 Discovery Miles 5 080 Save R154 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The Architecture of Expressionism is the upheaval of architecture in the roaring twenties - with regionally different emphases, schools and protagonists. The series' third volume documents all surviving buildings in Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovak ia. The shared heritage of this important European region is presented in a fascinating rediscovery. The enthusiasm for the expressionist metropolis, an architecture of complexity, verticality and theatricality, in the 1920s captured also East - Central Euro pe. Despite regional differences, the surviving fragments bear witness to a determined will of form and a rich, skilful handling of colour, material and light. Joint together, the buildings tell the story of the expressionist vision of a new modern society . In contemporary photographs and plan drawings Fragment of Metropolis - East documents 170 buildings in Bratislava, Brno, Gdansk, Hradec Kralove, Katowice, Krakow, Legnica, Prague, Szczecin, Usti nad Labem, Warsaw, Wroclaw, as well as many other places. A detailed index and clearly arranged maps complete the reference work.

Pompeii - An Archaeological Guide (Paperback): Paul Wilkinson Pompeii - An Archaeological Guide (Paperback)
Paul Wilkinson
R415 R288 Discovery Miles 2 880 Save R127 (31%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The resonant ruins of Pompeii are perhaps the most direct route back to the living, breathing world of the ancient Romans. Two million visitors annually now walk the paved streets which re-emerged, miraculously preserved, from their layers of volcanic ash. Yet for all the fame and unique importance of the site, there is a surprising lack of a handy archaeological guide in English to reveal and explain its public spaces and private residences. This compact and user-friendly handbook, written by an expert in the field, helpfully fills that gap. Illustrated throughout with maps, plans, diagrams and other images, Pompeii: An Archaeological Guide offers a general introduction to the doomed city followed by an authoritative summary and survey of the buildings, artefacts and paintings themselves. The result is an unrivalled picture, derived from an intimate knowledge of Roman archaeology around the Bay of Naples, of the forum, temples, brothels, bath-houses, bakeries, gymnasia, amphitheatre, necropolis and other site buildings - including perennial favourites like the House of the Faun, named after its celebrated dancing satyr.

Atomic Ranch - Mid-century Marvels (Hardcover): Michelle Gringeri - Brown Atomic Ranch - Mid-century Marvels (Hardcover)
Michelle Gringeri - Brown
R810 R635 Discovery Miles 6 350 Save R175 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Atomic Ranch is an in-depth exploration of post-World War II residential architecture in America. Mid-century ranches (1946-1970) range from the decidedly modern gable-roofed Joseph Eichler tracts in the San Francisco Bay area and butterfly wing houses in Palm Springs, Florida, to the unassuming brick or stucco L-shaped ranches and split-levels so common throughout the United States. Authors Michelle Gringeri-Brown and Jim Brown, founders and publishers of the popular quarterly Atomic Ranch magazine, extol the virtues of the tract, split-level, rambler home and its many unique qualities: private front facades, open floor plans, secluded bedroom wings, walls of glass, and an easy-living lifestyle. From updated homes with high-end Italian kitchens, terrazzo floors, and modern furniture to affordable homeowner renovations with eclectic thrift-store furnishings, Atomic Ranch presents twenty-five homes showcasing inspiring examples of stylish living through beautiful color photographs, including before and after shots, design-tip sidebars, and a thorough resource index.

Atomic Ranch reveals:

Hallmarks of the ranch style

Inspiring original ranch homes

Ranch house transformations and makeovers

Preservation of mid-century neighborhoods

Adding personality to a ranch home

Yards and landscaping

Plus, a helpful resource section and index

Michele F. Coppola (Paperback): Michele F. Coppola (Paperback)
R388 Discovery Miles 3 880 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Verb Connection (Paperback): Jaime Salazar, Albert Ferre, Manuel Gausa Verb Connection (Paperback)
Jaime Salazar, Albert Ferre, Manuel Gausa
R336 R286 Discovery Miles 2 860 Save R50 (15%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

The third issue of Verb boogazine is about the changing status of the city in the electronic era. Connection looks at the impact of electronic technology on new forms of urban reality, which are generated by new phenomena that affect all aspects of space and the experience of living in these new urbanisms. Faced with an increased blurring of the distinctions between the physical and the informational dimension of cities, we explore the relation between virtual connections - the effect of digital networks on the spaces and uses of the city - and the persistent role of architecture in creating physical connections between people, programs and uses. Featured works and texts: OMA, Atelier Bow-Wow, AUDC, PLOT. Featuring the Palast der Republik story in Berlin, Chip City by Shinobu Hashimoto and Rients Dijkstra, and Sim City, which contrasts the real city (the product of virtual processes) with virtual cities (created by real people, via computer-based simulations).

Greenwich in 50 Buildings (Paperback): David C. Ramzan Greenwich in 50 Buildings (Paperback)
David C. Ramzan
R346 R274 Discovery Miles 2 740 Save R72 (21%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Greenwich's position on the south bank of the River Thames as the gateway to London means it has long been an important place of maritime trade and industry. The home of royal palaces and naval establishments, as Greenwich grew it brought in huge numbers of people to live and work in the town, and its rich wealth of historical buildings is testament to its importance as a place of shipbuilding, trade, industry, culture and scientific investigation. As well as the most well-known buildings, such as the Old Royal Naval College, Maritime Museum and Royal Observatory, the author reveals the diversity of the buildings of Greenwich. Places where the working population as well as the upper classes lived, worshipped, drank and were entertained are also included, as are iconic industrial structures - many of which have had a change of use since they were built - interesting properties with a story attached, and out-of-the-ordinary modern buildings, of which there are many in the Royal Borough of Greenwich. Greenwich in 50 Buildings explores the history of this fascinating area of South East London through a selection of its most interesting buildings and structures, showing the changes that have taken place over the years. This book will appeal to all those who live in Greenwich or have an interest in the area.

Limerick in 50 Buildings (Paperback): Pat Dargan Limerick in 50 Buildings (Paperback)
Pat Dargan
R346 R274 Discovery Miles 2 740 Save R72 (21%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The city of Limerick, in the west of Ireland, has an interesting history. Established by the Vikings on the estuary of the River Shannon, as it flows into the Atlantic, the city was taken over by the Normans in the 12th century and fought over during the civil wars in the 17th century. The city expanded greatly in the Georgian and Victorian eras and this legacy has given Limerick a significant historical fabric of buildings from many ages. Limerick's Gothic St Mary's Cathedral, the Norman King John's Castle, mediaeval defences, imposing Georgian public buildings, extensive Victorian religious and industrial buildings, its museums including the Hunt Museum and Frank McCourt Museum and its modern architecture all reflect a dynamic local history. Limerick in 50 Buildings explores the history of this fascinating city through a selection of its most interesting buildings and structures, showing the changes that have taken place in Limerick over the years. The book will appeal to all those who live in Limerick or who have an interest in the city.

Theory and Design in the First Machine Age (Paperback): Reyner Banham Theory and Design in the First Machine Age (Paperback)
Reyner Banham
R793 R603 Discovery Miles 6 030 Save R190 (24%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

First published in 1960, Theory and Design in the First Machine Age has become required reading in numerous courses on the history of modern architecture and is widely regarded as one of the definitive books on the modern movement. It has influenced a generation of students and critics interested in the formation of attitudes, themes, and forms which were characteristic of artists and architects working primarily in Europe between 1900 and 1930 under the compulsion of new technological developments in the first machine age.

Understanding Architecture Through Drawing (Paperback, 2nd New edition): Brian Edwards Understanding Architecture Through Drawing (Paperback, 2nd New edition)
Brian Edwards
R880 Discovery Miles 8 800 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This second edition is fully revised and updated and includes new chapters on sustainability, history and archaeology, designing through drawing and drawing in architectural practice. The book introduces design and graphic techniques aimed to help designers increase their understanding of buildings and places through drawing. For many, the camera has replaced the sketchbook, but here the author argues that freehand drawing as a means of analyzing and understanding buildings develops visual sensitivity and awareness of design.

By combining design theory with practical lessons in drawing, Understanding Architecture Through Drawing encourages the use of the sketchbook as a creative and critical tool. The book is highly illustrated and is an essential manual on freehand drawing techniques for students of architecture, landscape architecture, town and country planning and urban design.

Modern Forms - A Subjective Atlas of 20th Century Architecture (Paperback): Nicolas Grospierre Modern Forms - A Subjective Atlas of 20th Century Architecture (Paperback)
Nicolas Grospierre; Contributions by Adam Mazur, Alona Pardo, Elias Redstone
R480 R371 Discovery Miles 3 710 Save R109 (23%) Shipped within 4 - 10 working days

Both a reference work and a personal exploration of modernist architecture, this fascinating collection of Nicolas Grospierre's photography covers structures built between 1920 and 1989 in Europe, North and South America, the Middle East, and Asia. These images range from iconic buildings, such as the Gateway Arch in Saint Louis and the Ukrainian Institute of Scientific Research and Development in Kiev, to little-known structures such as the Balneological Hospital in Druskininkai, Lithuania or Oscar Niemeyer's unfinished International Fair Grounds in Tripoli, Lebanon. Derived from his popular blog, A Subjective Atlas of Modern Architecture, and organized by architectural form, this book reveals how modernist architecture is the embodiment of political and social ideologies, especially in public institutions such as banks, churches, libraries and government buildings. Following the series of full-page images, an index details the location, date, architect, and purpose of each building. While many of the buildings in this archive often go unrecognized, their forms are prominent in the landscape of modern civilization. Grospierre's keen eye and enthusiasm for the mundane as well as the sublime will motivate readers to look at the buildings around them in new and exciting ways.

The Design of Childhood - How the Material World Shapes Independent Kids (Hardcover): Alexandra Lange The Design of Childhood - How the Material World Shapes Independent Kids (Hardcover)
Alexandra Lange 1
R459 R356 Discovery Miles 3 560 Save R103 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

From building blocks to city blocks, an eye-opening exploration of how children's playthings and physical surroundings affect their development. Parents obsess over their children's playdates, kindergarten curriculum, and every bump and bruise, but the toys, classrooms, playgrounds, and neighborhoods little ones engage with are just as important. These objects and spaces encode decades, even centuries of changing ideas about what makes for good child-rearing--and what does not. Do you choose wooden toys, or plastic, or, increasingly, digital? What do youngsters lose when seesaws are deemed too dangerous and slides are designed primarily for safety? How can the built environment help children cultivate self-reliance? In these debates, parents, educators, and kids themselves are often caught in the middle. Now, prominent design critic Alexandra Lange reveals the surprising histories behind the human-made elements of our children's pint-size landscape. Her fascinating investigation shows how the seemingly innocuous universe of stuff affects kids' behavior, values, and health, often in subtle ways. And she reveals how years of decisions by toymakers, architects, and urban planners have helped--and hindered--American youngsters' journeys toward independence. Seen through Lange's eyes, everything from the sandbox to the street becomes vibrant with buried meaning. The Design of Childhood will change the way you view your children's world--and your own.

Art in Red Wing (Paperback, Minne Ed.): Lawrence Schmeckebier Art in Red Wing (Paperback, Minne Ed.)
Lawrence Schmeckebier
R571 Discovery Miles 5 710 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Art in Red Wing was first published in 1946. Minnesota Archive Editions uses digital technology to make long-unavailable books once again accessible, and are published unaltered from the original University of Minnesota Press editions.What happens to the American small community in periods of war and challenge, change and uncertainty? In an age of planning, why not look at the community basis for planning?With these two questions as a basis, the University of Minnesota, in 1943, began one of the most exhaustive studies of an American community undertaken in recent times. Red Wing, Minnesota, on the banks of the Mississippi River in Goodhue County was chosen as the "typical small American city."Professors of education, economics, sociology, art, home economics, journalism, and public health joined with city officials and civic leaders in studying every aspect of the city and its people. Their findings are published in eleven bulletins, each devoted to an individual topic. The entire survey, entitled The Community Basis for Postwar Planning, was coordinated by Roland S. Vaile, professor of economics and marketing at the University of Minnesota, and made possible by a grant from the Graduate School.The present study, Art in Red Wing, considers the public role of art and architecture in the reconstruction of the postwar Red Wing community; examining a variety of artistic expression including housing style, civic architecture, window displays, public sculpture, and pottery.

New Museum, New York (Paperback, With the Archit): Sanaa New Museum, New York (Paperback, With the Archit)
Sanaa; Text written by Lisa Phillips; Contributions by Kazuyo Sejima, Ryue Nishizawa; Photographs by Iwan Baan
R382 R300 Discovery Miles 3 000 Save R82 (21%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

When the New Museum, long a champion of downtown New York culture and unconventional art, announced that it would build itself a new home on the Bowery--a mostly bleak strip of flophouses and restaurant-supply storefronts--the art world wondered what this move would mean for the museum, and, just as important, how the museum would look. Tokyo-based architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa of SANAA (winners of the 2010 Pritzker Prize) received the commission in 2002; their new New Museum, which opened in December 2007, looks like a dramatic tower of seven rectangular boxes, stacked irregularly atop one another with edges protruding to the sides and front, and clad in a seamless anodized-aluminum mesh that dresses the whole of the building in a delicate, filmy, softly shimmering skin. With windows just visible behind this porous scrimlike surface, the building appears as a single, coherent and even heroic form that is nevertheless mutable, dynamic and animated by the changing light of day--an appropriate visual metaphor for the openness of the New Museum and the ever-changing nature of contemporary art. This monograph treats the institution's design and construction in depth, through images, writings and an interview with the architects.

The Architecture of Historic Rockbridge (Hardcover): J. Daniel Pezzoni The Architecture of Historic Rockbridge (Hardcover)
J. Daniel Pezzoni
R953 R728 Discovery Miles 7 280 Save R225 (24%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Japan and the West 2019 - An Architectural Dialogue (Hardcover): Neil Jackson Japan and the West 2019 - An Architectural Dialogue (Hardcover)
Neil Jackson
R1,321 R1,163 Discovery Miles 11 630 Save R158 (12%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This book discusses the architectural influence that Japan and the West have had on each other during the last 150 years. While the recent histories of Western and Japanese architecture have been well recorded, they have rarely been interwoven. Based on extensive research, this book provides a synthetic overview that brings together the main themes of Japanese and Western architecture since 1850 and shows that neither could exist in its present state without the other. It should be no surprise that the Bank of Japan in Tokyo is based upon the national banks in Brussels and London, or that Le Corbusier's cabanon at Cap Martin in the south of France is based upon an eight mat tatami room. In considering these histories, this book demonstrates the mutual inter-dependence of both architectural cultures while, at the same time, acknowledging their differences. In conclusion, the book moves beyond style and structure to the Japanese concept of ma - the pause or the space between, and demonstrates how this Zen Buddhist concept has found a place in Western architecture.

Best Selection of Shanglin (Hardcover): Hu Yanli Best Selection of Shanglin (Hardcover)
Hu Yanli
R1,778 R1,291 Discovery Miles 12 910 Save R487 (27%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

An exciting journey into a marvelous architectural world, with striking full color images throughout The process of architecture creation is just like waiting for the blossom of a beautiful flower, with joy and expectation. Based on global choice by Shanglin, this book is a great collection of the latest design works in architecture. Strictly following the standards and views of architects themselves, the selected architects are very active on the contemporary architectural stage. Their works always capture emerging themes and ideas in architectural design, bringing changes, breakthroughs and evolution to the architectural field. This volume is the special edition of the Architecture Highlights series. This book features projects from around the world including Spain, USA, the Netherlands, Japan, Belgium, Norway and the UK. Among the architects featured are AH Asociados, BURO II, CO Architects, Dietmar Feichtinger, Griffin Enright Architects, Hitoshi Abe, Jensen & Skodvin Architects, Kohn Snier Architects, OJMR Architects, PAGE/PARK Architects, Querkraft Architeckten, Saia Barbarese Topouzanov architects, Stanton Williams Architects, Teeple Architects and Tighe Architecture. Case studies of their work showcase creative and innovative designs in response to contemporary design challenges. Each highlighted work is very inspirational and has great value for reference.

A Short History of the Parish Church of St John the Evangelist, Moulsham, Chelmsford and Its Clergy - Part 1: 1834 - 1937... A Short History of the Parish Church of St John the Evangelist, Moulsham, Chelmsford and Its Clergy - Part 1: 1834 - 1937 (Paperback)
D.R. Broad
R324 Discovery Miles 3 240 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Hudson Modern (Hardcover): D. Sokol Hudson Modern (Hardcover)
D. Sokol
R1,195 R793 Discovery Miles 7 930 Save R402 (34%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
The Architecture of the Screen - Essays in Cinematographic Space (Paperback): Graham Cairns The Architecture of the Screen - Essays in Cinematographic Space (Paperback)
Graham Cairns
R591 R478 Discovery Miles 4 780 Save R113 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

With the birth of film came the birth of a revolutionary visual language. This new, unique vocabulary--the cut, the fade, the dissolve, the pan, and a new idea of movement gave not only artists but also architects a completely new way to think about and describe the visual. "The Architecture of the Screen" examines the interrelations between the visual language of film and the onscreen perception of space and architectural design, revealing how film's visual vocabulary influenced architecture in the twentieth century and continues to influence it today. Graham Cairns draws on film reviews, architectural plans, and theoretical texts to illustrate the unusual and fascinating relationship between the worlds of filmmaking and architecture.

Modernism in China - Architectural Visions and Revolutions (Hardcover): Edward Denison, Guang Yu Ren Modernism in China - Architectural Visions and Revolutions (Hardcover)
Edward Denison, Guang Yu Ren
R1,326 R964 Discovery Miles 9 640 Save R362 (27%) Shipped within 7 - 13 working days

With nearly five millennia of architectural heritage, China boasts the longest continuous architectural lineage in history. A hundred years after the dawn of the 20th century, the urban landscape of the world's most populous country has now been transformed completely. The pivotal link between the ancient traditions of China's imperial past and the high-rise, glass-clad, lust-for-wealth that characterises China's 21st-century architectural aspirations is a period of modernisation that revolutionised its architectural language and urban fabric.

Despite the fact that the reach of Modernism was as effective in early 20th-century China as elsewhere in the world, China remains conspicuously absent from written histories of Modernism - as Modernism does from written histories of China. Modernism in China confronts this by investigating China's unique experience of Modernism, its remarkable variety, striking contradictions and recurrent paradoxes. Modernism in China acquired its own unique language forged from geographical, cultural, historical and political circumstances. This extensive study analyses, for the first time, the role of Modernism in the development of China's architectural and urban landscapes throughout the 20th century and, consequently, offers valuable context to the country's recent resurgence.

Effective Press Relations for the Built Environment - A Practical Guide (Hardcover): Helen Elias Effective Press Relations for the Built Environment - A Practical Guide (Hardcover)
Helen Elias
R2,864 Discovery Miles 28 640 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

"Effective Press Relations for the Built Environment" is a practical guide on how to generate publicity and make the most of press interest in projects and companies across the built environment industry. It directs architects, engineers and other consultants how to develop press plans for firms and for individual projects, and how to be active in developing a reputation by getting work published in the architectural, engineering and construction press.
Quotes populate the book from some of the industry's key journalists who have given clear and helpful opinions about how to go about generating successful press cover. An essential, helpful chapter contributed by Gareth Gardner, past editor of Building Design and now a busy photo journalist focusing upon architecture, interiors and design, sets out the best way to generate images that will capture the interest of editors and art editors.
Chapters range from planning a strategy for a project though to how to write, seekapproval, build a target press list and issue the information to magazines. Separate sections give advice on how to speak to the press and set out the actions to take when working with the press during a crisis. Comprehensive appendices include lists of sector magazine titles, media resources, public relations consultants and architectural photographers.
With its hands-on approach, this book is an invaluable tool that provides practical advice for any firm with news to share or a project that deserves to be published. It will be useful for new starters, or larger firms that want to take a more pro-active role in generating their own publicity, while also helping companies to get the most from their pressrelations consultant.

Understanding Historic Building Conservation (Paperback): Michael Forsyth Understanding Historic Building Conservation (Paperback)
Michael Forsyth
R1,030 R936 Discovery Miles 9 360 Save R94 (9%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This book is the first in a series of volumes that combine conservation philosophy in the built environment with knowledge of traditional materials, and structural and constructional conservation techniques and technology: Understanding Historic Building Conservation Materials & Skills in Historic Building Conservation Structures & Construction in Historic Building Conservation The series aims to introduce each aspect of conservation and to provide concise, basic and up-to-date knowledge for architects, surveyors and engineers as well as for commissioning client bodies, managers and advisors. In each book, Michael Forsyth draws together chapters by leading architects, structural engineers and related professionals to reflect the interdisciplinary nature of conservation work. The books are structured to be of direct practical application, taking the reader through the process of historic building conservation and emphasising throughout the integrative teamwork involved. This present volume Understanding Historic Building Conservation discusses conservation philosophy and the importance of understanding the history of a building before making strategic decisions. It details the role of each conservation team member and sets out the challenges of conservation at planning level in urban, industrial and rural contexts and in the conservation of designed landscapes. The framework of legislation and charters within which these operate is described and the book also provides guidance on writing conservation plans, explains the fundamental issues of costing and contracts for conservation and highlights the importance of maintenance. Eighteen chapters written by the experts present today s key issues in historic building conservation: Timothy Cantell, Martin Cherry, Nigel Dann, Peter Davenport, Geoff Evans, Keith Falconer, Colin Johns, Jeremy Lake, Jonathan Lovie, Duncan McCallum, James Maitland Gard ner, Martin Robertson, Adrian Stenning, David H. Tomback, Giles Waterfield, Philip Whitbourn, John Winter.

AIA Guide to the Architecture of Atlanta (Paperback): Isabelle Gournay AIA Guide to the Architecture of Atlanta (Paperback)
Isabelle Gournay
R673 Discovery Miles 6 730 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

This lively guidebook surveys four hundred buildings within the Atlanta metropolitan area--from the sleek marble and glass of the Coca-Cola Tower to the lancet arches and onion domes of the Fox Theater, from the quiet stateliness of Roswell's antebellum mansions to the art-deco charms of the Varsity grill. Published in conjunction with the Atlanta chapter of the American Institute of Architects, it combines historical, descriptive, and critical commentary with more than 250 photographs and area maps.

As the book makes clear, Atlanta has two faces: the "Traditional City," striving to strike a balance between the preservation of a valuable past and the challenge of modernization, and also the "Invisible Metropolis," a decentralized city shaped more by the isolated ventures of private business than by public intervention. Accordingly, the city's architecture reflects a dichotomy between the northern-emulating boosterism that made Atlanta a boom town and the genteel aesthetic more characteristic of its southern locale. The city's recent development continues the trend; as Atlanta's workplaces become increasingly "high-tech," its residential areas remain resolutely traditional.

In the book's opening section, Dana White places the different stages of Atlanta's growth--from its beginnings as a railroad town to its recent selection as the site of the 1996 Summer Olympics--in their social, cultural, and economic context; Isabelle Gournay then analyzes the major urban and architectural trends from a critical perspective. The main body of the book consists of more than twenty architectural tours organized according to neighborhoods or districts such as Midtown, Druid Hills, West End, Ansley Park, and Buckhead.

The buildings described and pictured capture the full range of architectural styles found in the city. Here are the prominent new buildings that have transformed Atlanta's skyline and neighborhoods: Philip John and John Burgee's revivalist IBM Tower, John Portman's taut Westin Peachtree Plaza, and Richard Meier's gleaming, white-paneled High Museum of Art, among others. Here too are landmarks from another era, such as the elegant residences designed in the early twentieth century by Neel Reid and Philip Shutze, two of the first Atlanta-based architects to achieve national prominence. Included as well are the eclectic skyscrapers near Five Points, the postmodern office clusters along Interstate 285, and the Victorian homes of Inman Park.

Easy-to-follow area maps complement the descriptive entries and photographs; a bibliography, glossary, and indexes to buildings and architects round out the book. Whether first-time visitors or lifelong residents, readers will find in these pages a wealth of fascinating information about Atlanta's built environment.

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