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Robert Livesey - Author

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Books by Robert Livesey

Architecture Stuff, More Stuff

Architecture Stuff, More Stuff

Author: Robert Livesey Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/10/2020

Architecture Stuff is about a way of looking at architecture. It examines 7 seminal projects and shows how they might have been conceived with or without the design architect's awareness. More a working method than a theory, the book deals with questions pertinent to designers as well as to critics of buildings. More Stuff then illustrates how the same sensibility and working method can be used in the design of buildings as a tool for creating architecture. The 7 buildings featured are chosen for their breadth of styles and approaches to architecture, demonstrating that this approach to architecture can be applied to any building. Presented in reverse chronological order, the first project, Grace Farms, is a building by SANAA. Noted for its meandering river form and minimalist detailing, it is seen to be - among other things - a juxtaposition of orthogonal and sinuous forms. The second project is Villa Dall Ava by Rem Koolhaas/OMA. Located in the suburbs, the house is a transition from city to country. The third project is the Neue Staatsgalerie by James Stirling. The analysis shows how the 'bad boy' of architecture subverts conventional architectural tropes. Robert Venturi's Mother's House is shown to be a compressed stately manor and an architect's conceit. The Kimbell Art Museum by Louis Kahn can be understood as simple repetitive forms with elaborated elements that organize a diverse collection of spaces. Pierre Chareau's Maison de Verre is much more than types of transparency and mechanisation. One of its major themes is the use of 'L' shaped spaces. Finally, St George's Bloomsbury by Nicholas Hawksmoor is a parish church swallowed by a classical temple. The critique exposes how the architect used that idea to juxtapose the clerical and the civic to develop all of the details in the building. These are not singular idea buildings and, as a way of seeing architecture, there are overlapping themes in this collection. The history of architecture of specific periods is a common theme, as is architecture's stasis with spaces expanding or contracting. A dry sense of humour is always appreciated. What separates these buildings from any other building is the density of ideas presented. More Stuff accounts for the same working methods as a way to make architecture. Here the author illustrates eleven projects across the span of his career. Though often done in collaboration with others, in all cases the author generated the design ideas. One of the key aspects of architecture stuff is that it is unpretentious and accessible and these projects are meant to illustrate that quality. Architecture can be serious and playful at the same time.

Nouvelle-France,La

Nouvelle-France,La

Author: Robert Livesey, A.G. Smith Format: eBook Release Date: 10/08/2014

Hommes et femmes heroiques qui colonisent le Nouveau-Monde. On decouvre leur facon de travailler, de s'habiller, de manger et de survivre dans une terre d'adoption. On y retrouve Jacques Cartier, Francoise Latour, etc. Autres titres de la collection la dcouverte du Canada :Les dfenseursLes Premires nationsLes VikingsLa traite des fourruresLes rebellesLes loyalistesLa Grande GuerreLe chemin de ferL'hritage noirLa Gendarmerie royale du Canada

Les Vikings

Les Vikings

Author: Robert Livesey Format: eBook Release Date: 05/12/2011

Femmes et hommes audacieux qui, les premiers, ont decouvert le Canada. La societe des Vikings est exceptionnelle avec sa religion, ses heros, son alphabet, ses habits fantastiques, sans parler de ses prouesses de mer.

La traite des fourrures

La traite des fourrures

Author: Robert Livesey Format: eBook Release Date: 01/11/2011

Le monde fascinant des Amerindiens et des marchands de fourrure a l'epoque ou la quete des peaux de castor entraine l'exploration du Nord-Ouest canadien. Il faut faire la connaissance de Pierre Radisson, La Verendrye, Grant Cuthbert, etc.

Les Premieres nations

Les Premieres nations

Author: Robert Livesey Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/2009

Ce livre de la collection A la decouverte du Canada redonne vie a une epoque memorable, celle d'un Canada habite par les autochtones avant l'arrivee des Europeens. Qui sont ces peuples? Ou habitaient-ils? Quels etaient leurs legendes, leurs mythes, leurs heros et leur divinite? Les Premieres nations permet aux jeunes lecteurs d'apprendre de facon interactive et amusante.

Les defenseurs

Les defenseurs

Author: Robert Livesey Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/2009

Le 18 juin 1812, les Americains declarent la guerre a la Grande-Bretagne et attaquent la cible la plus proche, le Canada.Bien qu'on ne compte qu'un volontaire canadien pour dix Americains lors de la guerre de 1812, ces derniers parviennent a defendre leurs foyers et leurs villages contre des armees americaines entrainees. Pourquoi appelle-t-on defenseurs les hommes et les femmes qui ont sauve le Canada? Ou ont eu lieu les batailles? Quelles armes a-t-on utilisees? Faisant partie de la serie A la decouverte du Canada, Les defenseurs est un excellent outil pour connaitre et enseigner les evenements qui ont contribue a batir le Canada d'aujourd'hui.