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History of architecture books

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Four Walls and a Roof The Complex Nature of a Simple Profession by Reinier de Graaf Four Walls and a Roof The Complex Nature of a Simple Profession

Architects, we like to believe, shape the world as they please. Reinier de Graaf draws on his own tragicomic experiences to present a candid account of what it is really like to work as an architect. To achieve anything, he...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/09/2017

Modern Architecture and its Representation in Colonial Eritrea An In-visible Colony, 1890-1941 by Sean Anderson Modern Architecture and its Representation in Colonial Eritrea An In-visible Colony, 1890-1941

Modern Architecture and its Representation in Colonial Eritrea offers a critical assessment of architecture and urbanism constructed in Eritrea during the Italian colonial period spanning from 1890-1941. Drawing together imperial projects, modernist aesthetics, and fascist motives, the book examines how...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/09/2017

Designing the British Post-War Home Kenneth Wood, 1948-1968 by Fiona (Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, Kingston University, London, UK) Fisher Designing the British Post-War Home Kenneth Wood, 1948-1968
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In Designing the British Post-War Home Fiona Fisher explores the development of modern domestic architecture in Britain through a detailed study of the work of the successful Surrey-based architectural practice of Kenneth Wood. Wood's firm is representative of a geographically...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/09/2017

Bradford in 50 Buildings by George Sheeran Bradford in 50 Buildings

Explores the rich and fascinating history of the city through an examination of some of its greatest architectural treasures.
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/09/2017

The New Tenement by Florian (Glasgow School of Art, UK) Urban The New Tenement
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This book examines new tenements - dense, medium-rise, multi-storey residences that have been the backbone of European inner-city regeneration since the 1970s and came with a new positive view on urban living. Focusing principally on Berlin, Copenhagen, Glasgow, Rotterdam, and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/09/2017

The New Tenement by Florian (Glasgow School of Art, UK) Urban The New Tenement
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This book examines new tenements - dense, medium-rise, multi-storey residences that have been the backbone of European inner-city regeneration since the 1970s and came with a new positive view on urban living. Focusing principally on Berlin, Copenhagen, Glasgow, Rotterdam, and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/09/2017

Sefton in 50 Buildings by Hugh Hollinghurst Sefton in 50 Buildings

Explores the rich and fascinating history of Sefton through an examination of some of its greatest architectural treasures.
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/09/2017

Darlington in 50 Buildings by Chris Lloyd Darlington in 50 Buildings

Explores the rich and fascinating history of Darlington through an examination of some of its greatest architectural treasures.
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/09/2017

Edinburgh in 50 Buildings by Jack Gillon Edinburgh in 50 Buildings

Explores the rich and fascinating history of the city through an examination of some of its greatest architectural treasures.
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/09/2017

Woking in 50 Buildings by Marion Field Woking in 50 Buildings

Explores the rich and fascinating history of Woking through an examination of some of its greatest architectural treasures.
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/09/2017

Robert Venturi's Rome by Frederick Fisher, Stephen Harby Robert Venturi's Rome
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A re-interpretation of Robert Venturi's Rome, by two subsequent Rome Prize fellows, producing a text which is vital for young architects as they focus on the relationship between architecture, art and landscape.
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/09/2017

Iron, Ornament and Architecture in Victorian Britain Myth and Modernity, Excess and Enchantment by Paul Dobraszczyk Iron, Ornament and Architecture in Victorian Britain Myth and Modernity, Excess and Enchantment

Vilified by leading architectural modernists and Victorian critics alike, mass-produced architectural ornament in iron has received little sustained study since the 1960s; yet it proliferated in Britain in the half century after the building of the Crystal Palace in 1851...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/09/2017

Riverine Architecture and Rivers by Gerald Adler Riverine Architecture and Rivers

Focusing on human settlements whose origins depend upon rivers, this book asks, what may be identified as common cultural traits to such settlements? It explores the relationship between architecture and rivers at a number of scales, from the geographical/topographical, through...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/09/2017

Riverine Architecture and Rivers by Gerald Adler Riverine Architecture and Rivers

Focusing on human settlements whose origins depend upon rivers, this book asks, what may be identified as common cultural traits to such settlements? It explores the relationship between architecture and rivers at a number of scales, from the geographical/topographical, through...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/09/2017

Hagia Sophia Sound, Space, and Spirit in Byzantium by Bissera V. Pentcheva Hagia Sophia Sound, Space, and Spirit in Byzantium


Format: Hardback - Released: 01/09/2017

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British Embassies Their Diplomatic and Architectural History by James Stourton, Luke White British Embassies Their Diplomatic and Architectural History
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A unique and glamorous book about British Imperial and post-Imperial architecture. Also a lively and evocative read for anyone interested in the international projection of British power and culture, particularly in connection with the Empire.
Format: Hardback - Released: 27/09/2017

God's House at Ewelme Life, Devotion and Architecture in a Fifteenth-Century Almshouse by John Goodall God's House at Ewelme Life, Devotion and Architecture in a Fifteenth-Century Almshouse

This title was first published in 2001. God's House, at Ewelme, is an extraordinary survival from England's late medieval past: a well documented and superbly preserved chantry foundation established in 1437 by William and Alice de la Pole, then Earl...
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/09/2017

The Napoleonic Survey of Egypt The Monuments and Customs of Egypt, Selected Engravings and Texts by Terence M. Russell The Napoleonic Survey of Egypt The Monuments and Customs of Egypt, Selected Engravings and Texts

Napoleon Bonaparte celebrated his conquest of Egypt in 1798 by commissioning a survey of the country's treasures published as the Description de L'Egypte. An army of engravers collaborated with artist-illustrators over a thirty-year period to produce 900 folio engravings of...
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/09/2017

The Art of Building International Ideas, Dutch Debate 1840-1900 by The Art of Building International Ideas, Dutch Debate 1840-1900

This title was first published in 2002: In the second half of the 18th century, philosophy provided the fundamental characteristics of architechture. The architects of the 19th century then introduced the empirical comparative study of buildings. This phenomenon has usually...
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/09/2017

Cook's Camden The Making of Modern Housing by Mark Swenarton Cook's Camden The Making of Modern Housing

In the 1960s and 1970s, a team of leading architects established a new type of collective housing in the London Borough of Camden. In place of tower blocks, they created a high-density, low-rise urbanism, based on a return to streets...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/10/2017

Between Two Worlds An Architectural History of Emmanuel College, Cambridge by Jeremy Musson Between Two Worlds An Architectural History of Emmanuel College, Cambridge

An illustrated guide to the buildings and gardens that shape the identity, spirit and reputation of Emmanuel College, Cambridge.
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/10/2017

Revisiting Postmodernism by Terry Farrell, Adam Nathaniel Furman Revisiting Postmodernism
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Revisiting Postmodernism offers an engaging, wide-ranging and highly illustrated account of postmodernism in architecture from its roots in the 1940s to its ongoing relevance today. This book invites readers to see Postmodernism in a new light: not just a style...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/10/2017

Bridges Spanning the World by Marcus Binney Bridges Spanning the World

Exploring the history of bridges from ancient times to present day
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/10/2017

Architecture in Norway An Architectural History from Stone Age to the 21st Century by Siri Skjold Lexau, Nils Georg Brekke, Per Jonas Nordhagen Architecture in Norway An Architectural History from Stone Age to the 21st Century
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The book shows how architecture in Norway has been shaped by resource availability, changing social conditions and architectural style impulses through the centuries. The book is thoroughly illustrated with photos, ground plan drawings and isometric drawings. This outline of Norwegian...
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/10/2017

Stamford in 50 Buildings Celebrating 50 years of a Conservation Town by Christopher Davies Stamford in 50 Buildings Celebrating 50 years of a Conservation Town

Explores the rich and fascinating history of Stamford through an examination of some of its greatest architectural treasures.
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/10/2017

Architects and Intellectual Culture in Post-Restoration England by Matthew Walker Architects and Intellectual Culture in Post-Restoration England

Looking to the works of prominent architects and intellectuals such as John Evelyn, Robert Hooke, Sir Christopher Wren, and Roger North, this volume explores the origins of the study of architecture as an intellectual persuit in late seventeenth-century England.
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/10/2017

Shadow-Makers A Cultural History of Shadows in Architecture by Stephen (Cardiff University, UK) Kite Shadow-Makers A Cultural History of Shadows in Architecture
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The making of shadows is an act as old as architecture itself. From the gloom of the medieval hearth through to the masterworks of modernism, shadows have been an essential yet neglected presence in architectural history. Shadow-Makers tells for the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/10/2017

Shadow-Makers A Cultural History of Shadows in Architecture by Stephen (Cardiff University, UK) Kite Shadow-Makers A Cultural History of Shadows in Architecture
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The making of shadows is an act as old as architecture itself. From the gloom of the medieval hearth through to the masterworks of modernism, shadows have been an essential yet neglected presence in architectural history. Shadow-Makers tells for the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/10/2017

Multi-Unit Housing in Urban Cities From 1800 to Present Day by Katy (University of Toronto Ontario Canada) Chey Multi-Unit Housing in Urban Cities From 1800 to Present Day

Multi-Unit Housing in Urban Cities compares multi-dwelling unit housing typologies developed in ten major cities on three continents during the last two hundred years, to ground you so you can improve your own designs. Author Katy Chey identifies fourteen housing...
Format: Hardback - Released: 20/10/2017

Multi-Unit Housing in Urban Cities From 1800 to Present Day by Katy (University of Toronto Ontario Canada) Chey Multi-Unit Housing in Urban Cities From 1800 to Present Day

Multi-Unit Housing in Urban Cities compares multi-dwelling unit housing typologies developed in ten major cities on three continents during the last two hundred years, to ground you so you can improve your own designs. Author Katy Chey identifies fourteen housing...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/10/2017

Other books in this genre

The Break with the Past Avant-Garde Architecture in Germany, 1910 - 1925 by Deborah Ascher Barnstone The Break with the Past Avant-Garde Architecture in Germany, 1910 - 1925

Between 1918 and 1933 the German interwar avant-garde was a primary force driving European cultural innovation and modernism. These innovations continue to influence artistic practice, theory, and arts education today, thus making a comprehensive study of the relationship between individual...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/08/2017

The Second Digital Turn Design Beyond Intelligence by Mario (Professor, The Bartlett School of Architecture) Carpo The Second Digital Turn Design Beyond Intelligence
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Almost a generation ago, the early software for computer aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) spawned a style of smooth and curving lines and surfaces that gave visible form to the first digital age, and left an indelible mark on contemporary...
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/08/2017

Domus 1970s by Charlotte & Peter Fiell Domus 1970s

The rise of individuality and ecological awareness domus' coverage of design and architecture in the 1970s Founded in 1928 as a living diary by the great Milanese architect and designer Gio Ponti, domus has been hailed as the world's most...
Format: Hardback - Released: 20/08/2017

A New History of Modern Architecture by Colin Davies A New History of Modern Architecture

In this engaging and thought-provoking book, Colin Davies subjects the canonical architecture of the twentieth century to a thorough reassessment. Rather than repeating the standard wisdom, Davies questions the values and judgements that are so often the mainstay of architectural...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/08/2017

Explorations in the Middle-Class City by G. Caramellino, F. de Pieri, C. Renzoni Explorations in the Middle-Class City
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Twentieth-century Turin was not only an important working-class city but also a great middle-class city: one in which, despite increasing inequalities, social di erences seemed bound to weaken over time, due to a gradual expansion of income, consumption and welfare.
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/08/2017

Metamorphism Material Change in Architecture by Akos Moravanszky Metamorphism Material Change in Architecture

Materiality is a recurring and key issue in architecture. This book explains how materials are constructed , how they become substances of our culture. Metabolic Processes follows up on the relationship between natural materials and technology, science, and sensuality. Gottfried...
Format: Hardback - Released: 00/08/2017

Architecture in Context: Boxset by Christopher (Independent art historian) Tadgell Architecture in Context: Boxset

Architecture in Context is a series of seven books describing and illustrating all the seminal traditions of architecture from the earliest settlements in the Euphrates and Jordan valleys to the stylistically and technologically sophisticated buildings of the second half of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/07/2017

Look Up Edinburgh Pocket World Class Architectural Heritage That's Hidden in Plain Sight by Adrian Searle Look Up Edinburgh Pocket World Class Architectural Heritage That's Hidden in Plain Sight

A stunning pcoket book, packed with colour photographs, of Edinburgh's world-class architectural detail and sculptures, hidden in plain sight at the tops of the city's iconic buildings.
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/07/2017

The Historic Barns of Southeastern Pennsylvania Architecture & Preservation, Built 17501900 by Gregory D. Huber The Historic Barns of Southeastern Pennsylvania Architecture & Preservation, Built 17501900

For anyone who has ever admired a barn on an old country lane, this is the story of that barn and many others in Southeastern Pennsylvania, or, specifically, the hearth, the area east of the Susquehanna River and South of...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/07/2017

Radical Marble Architectural Innovation from Antiquity to the Present by J. Nicholas Napoli, William Tronzo Radical Marble Architectural Innovation from Antiquity to the Present
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Marble is one of the great veins through the architectural tradition and fundamental building block of the Mediterranean world, from the Parthenon of mid-fifth century Athens, which was constructed of pentelic marble, to Justinian's Hagia Sophia in Constantinople and the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/07/2017

Gross Bauen Grossbaustellen als kulturgeschichtliches Phanomen by Klaus Rheidt Gross Bauen Grossbaustellen als kulturgeschichtliches Phanomen

Large construction sites are not only an expression and driver of technical progress but also, as symbolic places, conveyors of political and cultural messages. In the wake of the crises affecting large current projects, such as Berlin Airport and the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/07/2017

The Battle for Home Memoir of a Syrian Architect by Marwa al-Sabouni The Battle for Home Memoir of a Syrian Architect

Drawing on the author's personal experience of living and working as an architect in Syria, this timely and fascinating account offers an eyewitness perspective on the country's bitter conflict through the lens of architecture, showing how the built environment and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/07/2017

The Guggenheim Frank Lloyd Wright's Iconoclastic Masterpiece by Francesco Dal Co The Guggenheim Frank Lloyd Wright's Iconoclastic Masterpiece

The captivating tale of the plans and personalities behind one of New York City's most radical and recognizable buildings
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/07/2017

The Buildings Around Us by Thom Gorst The Buildings Around Us

Buildings surround and affect us all. In this clear and concise introduction to buildings Thom Gorst demystifies the culture of architecture and shows how an interest in our environment - whatever our cultural position - can be of great value...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/07/2017

Science and the City: Hamburg's Path into an Academic Built Environment Education by Walter Pelka Science and the City: Hamburg's Path into an Academic Built Environment Education

Hamburg's early starting point for a higher education of the built environment professionals was the initiation of a building and engineering drawing class (Bauzeichenklasse). Brought to life back in May 1767, for the following 250 years the organization and academic...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2017

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