Gothic architecture, nordic design, New Zealand design, and more. Have a browse of our latest selection of new architecture and design books:
Research & design : the architecture of variation / edited by Lars Spuybroek.
“A detailed examination of the hottest areas of architectural design today.Over the past decade, digital tools have radically transformed the design, practice, and construction of architecture. But behind the photorealistic renderings of projects that are never built is an entire body of design research that informs the latest innovations in design and construction. Edited by a pioneer of the digital revolution, this new book takes its cue from the practice of mass-customization, one of the most important design and retail trends of recent years, to consider how variations on the same design idea can be applied to a broad spectrum of architectural, engineering, and construction solutions.The book has three parts: a group of essays by leading thinkers on design; comparative studies on variation; and case studies. Full of ideas, examples, and current research, this exciting new publication is well-priced for students but sophisticated enough for professionals. 500 b&w Illustrations.” (Syndetics summary)
100 ideas that changed architecture.
“This is the first volume of a new series on ideas that have changed different areas of art. Weston (architecture, Cardiff Univ.) has written extensively about 20th-century architecture (e.g., Key Buildings of the Twentieth Century, 2d ed.). Featuring 100 concise essays with illustrations, Weston here covers the basic concepts, movements, and techniques of architecture. Neither theory-heavy nor comprehensive, the volume mentions mostly European buildings. While each essay stands on its own, many refer to others-for example, “Air Conditioning” offers a historical background for the technology, then explains its mixed impact on the design of large edifices. The main illustration is the skyline of Dubai seen from the desert. Verdict Somewhere between specialized dictionary and encyclopedia, this book is too large to be a field guide. Its glossary and quality illustrations make it a useful reference for art and architecture students.-David R. Conn, formerly with Surrey P.L., BC (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.” (Library Journal)
Story of gothic architecture.
“Focusing on the Gothic period, this book gives readers the tools they need to grasp the architectural language and building forms of this style. Part of a new, accessibly written, and generously illustrated series on architecture through the ages, this book features the Gothic period’s most important architects, buildings and cities, interior and exterior photographs, detailed images, and drawings and plans. The book offers a general introduction to the Gothic period and discusses the primary characteristics of the style, along with the commonly used techniques and materials. A hallmark of the medieval period, Gothic architecture originated in twelfth-century France and lasted until the sixteenth century. Its lofty style expressed spiritual ideals, yet it was also an incredibly innovative movement that introduced such iconic forms as the pointed arch, ribbed vault, and flying buttress. Some of the world’s most famous castles, universities and churches, including Westminster Abbey in London, were designed according to Gothic principles.” (quoted from Amazon.co.uk)
New Zealand by design : a history of New Zealand product design / Michael Smythe.“Product design is what we make of ourselves. It shapes and shows who we are. It is the manufactured manifestation of our culture. NEW ZEALAND BY DESIGN richly illustrates the way product design has been formed by the isolation of the country most recently inhabited by ‘tool making animals’. It will inform, entertain, intrigue and surprise readers interested in Kiwi heritage, creativity, culture, economics, politics, technology, industry and the deeply driven needs for human beings to design better lives.” (Back cover)
Katsura.“Beautifully illustrated with newly commissioned photographs as well as archival material, this volume on the Imperial Palace of Katsura provides a complete history of one of the most beloved architectural works of the 17th century that is a continued source of fascination to architects today.” – (adapted from Amazon.co.uk)
Love Earth : 100 eco ideas + 100 eco designs / [edited and produced by Viction Workshop Ltd ; concepts & art direction by Victor Cheung]. Never has green design been more important. Unfortunately, good design has not always followed… Love Earth shows that green design and good design are not mutually exclusive. Collecting some of the best eco-friendly design ever assembled in one place, this book features a variety of design disciplines and media, from graphic and product design to campaigns and installations all while focusing on the innovation of a select group of designers and visionaries. In the process we are reminded of the very nature of the many problems facing us, from lack of environmental protection to depletion of natural resources (energy, food and materials). More than homage to our planet, Love Earth is an alarm call to our sensibilities: Wake Up!
Nordic interior design / Manuela Roth.
“In scarcely any other European region are techonological advances and contemporary interpretations of tradition in such harmony and so self-evident as in the Scandinavian countries, Europe’s northernmost region. Here, alongside Ikea’s mass-produced designs, a uniquely creative architecture and design scene has developed. The frequent utilization of natural and traditional materials allows design trends to emerge that inspire around the world. Furthermore, this close relationship to nature demands the respectful handling of natural resources. This volume reveals that it is not only the functionality of the represented interior spaces that is of foremost importance, but also the skilful handling of light, color and material. Around 50 recent examples from both the private and the public spheres are presented from Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Iceland.” (Syndetics summary)
Story of contemporary architecture.
“Focusing on contemporary architecture, this book gives readers the tools they need to grasp the architectural language and building forms of today’s architecture. Part of a new, accessibly written, and generously illustrated series on architecture through the ages, this book features contemporary architecture’s most important architects and buildings, interior and exterior photographs, detailed images, drawings and plans. From post- and neo-modernist to deconstructivist and contextualist, contemporary architecture embraces a wide range of approaches. It is unified by its accomplishment of technical challenges, innovative use of resources and space, and insistence on forward-looking design. Some of the most renowned contemporary architects exemplifying these principals are Daniel Libeskind, Zaha Hahid, Rem Koolhaas, Norman Foster, and Frank Gehry.” (quoted from Amazon.co.uk)