Written by a cross-disciplinary core of authors from Europe, Asia and America, this anthology comprises articles and images that consider the use of nature for diverse design approaches. Nature has rendered poetic potential to stimulate, as a metaphor, the design process.
Twenty-five recent residential projects from around the United States take the concept of "green living" to the next architectural level. Going beyond the simple use of sustainable materials, these houses are
designed to frame a very particular vision of nature for their owners that brings them as close as possible to nature while remaining indoors.
New Glass Architecture showcases the changing ways that aesthetics and methods for using glass have been developing since the 1990s. The book begins with an introduction that traces the history of key moments in glass architecture - from the stained glass windows of Chartres Cathedral to the Crystal Palace of 1851, and early constructions by John Soane, Bruno Taut, Le Corbusier, and Mies van der Rohe. Author Brent Richards explains the importance of glass artists in the second half of the twentieth century and describes developments in glass technology over the last twenty years.
New Museums survey Raul A. Barreneche
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The lead article in the October 2004 issue of Architectural Record, devoted to contemporary museums, noted that "museums continue to proliferate across the international landscape, leading to the conclusion that, post-Bilbao, every municipality seems to want a smash." Certainly, following the opening of Frank Gehry's Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, museums gained a newfound cache among architects and clients.
The tent is one of the oldest man-made structures. Prized for its lightness, mobility, small footprint, and structural elegance, it has been used for centuries by nomadic cultures. With increasing ecological concerns and the new formal possibilities offered by innovative materials and technologies, tent and tensile structures offer exciting and significant solutions to age-old problems.
Jam-packed with hundreds of specially commissioned photographs accompanied by a lively, authoritative text, New Urban Giants tells the story of the design and building of thirty-one remarkable structures around the world, including corporate headquarters, residential towers, and state-of-the-art hotels.
Imagine a house constructed in less than forty-eight hours, without using lumber or nails, that is more resistant to fire, earthquakes, and hurricanes than any traditionally built structure. This may sound like the latest development in prefab housing or green architecture, but the design dates back to 1941 when architect Wallace Neff (1895 1982) developed Airform construction as a solution to the global housing crisis.