sábado, 31 de enero de 2015

#books #townplanning | The planning game : lessons from great cities

The planning game : lessons from great cities / Alexander Garvin.
W.W. Norton and Company, New York [etc.] : 2013
223 p. : il., fot., planos
ISBN 9780393733440

Sbc Aprendizaje A-711. 4 PLA

“The Planning Game: Lessons from Great Cities” provides a focused, thorough, and sophisticated overview of how planning works, generously illustrated with 200 colorful photographs, diagrams, and maps created expressly for the book. It presents the public realm approach to planning—an approach that emphasizes the importance of public investments in what we own: streets, squares, parks, infrastructure, and public buildings. They are the fundamental elements in any community and are the way to determine our future. The book covers planning at every level, explaining the activities that go into successfully transforming a community as exemplified by four cities and their colorful motive forces: Paris (Baron Georges-Eugene Haussmann), New York (Robert Moses), Chicago (Daniel Burnham), and Philadelphia (Edmund Bacon). The Planning Game is an invaluable resource for planners, students, community leaders, and everybody involved with making better places to live.

viernes, 30 de enero de 2015

#books #architecture | Nio Architecten

Nio Architecten / [Maurice Nio, Joan Almekinders ; designed by Joon-hee Lee, Doo-sik Shin]
Equal Books, Seoul, Korea : 2012
418 p. : principalmente il.
Colección: Design Peak ; 2-1
ISBN 9788996633600

NIO Architecten
Arquitectura -- Siglo XXI -- Holanda.
Sbc Aprendizaje A-72NIO NIO

Rotterdam-based NIO architecten, led by Maurice Nio and Joan Almekinders, was founded in 2000. Their work entails an array of diverse projects, such as sports and leisure, retail, infrastructure, culture and private housing, and is situated primarily in the Netherlands. The office strives to be innovative and to create an inspiring environment. Besides an interview with Maurice Nio, this monograph includes numerous projects and concepts, presented in extensive detail through drawings, photographs and renderings. Among the more than 30 projects detailed, highlights include sound barrier houses, a blue retail park, an amorphous orange bus stop and eye-catching bridges.

jueves, 29 de enero de 2015

#books #architecture | CEBRA : from drawing to building : selected works 2001-2012

CEBRA : from drawing to building : selected works 2001-2012 / [curator-editor, Silvio Carta, Bruce Q. Lan]
AADCU, Beijing : 2012
311 p. : principalmente il.
Textos en inglés y chino
ISBN 9787214088079
CEBRA (Firma)
Arquitectura -- Siglo XXI -- Dinamarca.
Arquitectura -- Dibujos y planos.
Sbc Aprendizaje A-72CEBRA CEB

This extensive monograph on the up-and-coming Danish office founded in 2001 and recently attracting a great deal of international attention focuses on the crucial element of drawing and the complex role it plays in the firms ideology and work. Critical to the design process, drawing enables CEBRA to mutate and adapt according to the changing circumstances within each unique project. Numerous concepts and realised projects are detailed, including Isbjerget Housing, Søgaard Skole, Villa UpDown and Cinemaxx Aarhus. With critical texts by Silvio Carta, Samantha Heringuez, Michiel Riedijk, Federica Pau, Martin Søberg, Pablo Núñez and Jeppe Utzon.

Cebra work offers a quite clear example of the new trend the drawing is nowadays taking for the work of the architect; drawing as a tool of simplification which makes possible projects.The drawing is probably the main tool of work for architects. It is always has been. However, architecture has witnessed during its history different uses of this tool to produce projects. The use of drawing stretched from a means of representation and communication of ideas and concepts to being a device for knowing the world and the himself. However, in the last decades we can observe the drawing be used in a different manner which can maybe foresee a new direction. The realization of architecture has become increasingly complex and complicated. The actors involved in the modification of cities and territories are always more in number and increasingly more difficult to agree amongst each others. The factors to be taken into account are also more numerous and complex. A project of architecture is nowadays an extremely complex process for all the actors involved; most than ever. It is thus not a surprise if a successful approach to architectural projects is represented by simplification of the process. A project is successful when the image and the meaning it conveys are immediately understandable to the several people involved (including final users). The drawing is “in this sense” an incredibly powerful tool for designers to simplify the project and be able to control it. The drawing is gradually passed from a tool for controlling the forms of architecture to a tool for controlling the program of the project.

miércoles, 28 de enero de 2015

#books #architecture | Richard Meier architect 2009-2013

Richard Meier architect 2009-2013 / introduction by Kenneth Frampton ; book design by Massimo Vignelli
Rizzoli, New York : 2013
467 p. : principalmente il.
ISBN 9780847842308
Meier, Richard, 1934.
Arquitectura -- Siglo XXI.
Sbc Aprendizaje A-72MEIER RIC

The sixth volume in Rizzoli's best-selling series of monographs on the work of Richard Meier, one of America's most important and acclaimed architects. “Richard Meier Architect: Volume 6” comprehensively documents the architect's work since 2009. This extensively illustrated presentation, designed by renowned graphic artist Massimo Vignelli, vividly conveys the purity and power of Meier's unique and celebrated vision. Thirty residential, commercial, and civic projects are featured, including new residential complexes in Italy, Japan, Israel, and Turkey; private homes in the United States, Switzerland, Italy, and Luxembourg; a public plaza in Germany; a U.S. courthouse and a clubhouse in China; and other projects in Mexico, Canada, Brazil, India, South Korea, and France. The development and significance of Meier's work is discussed in an essay by the distinguished architectural historian Kenneth Frampton. The architect himself contributes a preface that provides a fascinating glimpse into his thought processes and working methods. A biographical chronology and selected bibliography complete this lavish monograph on a modern American master.

martes, 27 de enero de 2015

#books #architecture | Residential Masterpieces 15 | Morphosis : Crawford Residence : Montecito, California, U.S.A 1987-91 ; Blades Residence : Santa Barbara, California, U.S.A. 1991-97

Morphosis : Crawford Residence : Montecito, California, U.S.A 1987-91 ; Blades Residence : Santa Barbara, California, U.S.A. 1991-97 / text by Yoshio Futagawa ; photographed by Yukio Futagawa
A. D. A. Edita, Tokio : 2013
91 p. : il.
Colección: Residential Masterpieces ; 15
Texto en inglés y japonés
ISBN 9784871406406
Arquitectura doméstica -- Estados Unidos.
Casas individuales -- Estados Unidos.
Sbc Aprendizaje A-72(082) *RES/15

Based in southern California, Morphosis is headed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Thom Mayne. Photographer Yukio Futagawa visited two exceptional private homes designed by the firm and located in California. Completed in 1991 and 1997, respectively, the Crawford and Blades residences successfully combine domestic spatial quality and everyday life with the pure formal philosophy of Morphosis. The two homes reflect the pinnacle of the freedom of lifestyle and unique architecture of the West Coast, clearly seen in this series of stunning, large-format photographs. “Groundscape House”, an essay by Yoshio Futagawa, sheds light on their conception and meaning.

lunes, 26 de enero de 2015

#books #architecture | Adolf Loos

Adolf Loos / by Alessandra Coppa
24 ore cultura, Milano : 2013
119 p. : il.
ISBN 9788866481485

Loos, Adolf, 1870-1933.
Arquitectura -- Siglo XX -- Austria.
Sbc Aprendizaje A-72LOOS ADO

Isolated from the architectural climate of his day and at odds with the principles of the Vienna Secession, Austrian-born Adolf Loos, with his 'Neo-Rationalist' constructions and the reform of architectural language, which opposed the ornament in favour of pure utility, laid the very foundations for the Modern Movement. And yet for Loos the architect's trade was none other than a revival of the skills of both the craftsman and the mason, supported by a profound sensitivity for chromatic and spatial aspects, in the belief that the rooms in a house 'stimulated states of mind in the person who inhabited them'. This was Loos' theory of Raumstimmungen, which he developed in his writings. It is hardly surprising that his most famous project - which remained an unrealised icon - re-proposes the image of an immense black granite Doric column, presented in 1922 for the competition for the 'Chicago Tribune' newspaper headquarters. By transforming a column into a habitable building, Loos' project broke away from the form of the skyscraper of modern American history, and suggested the idea of architecture inspired by Antiquity. A new Antiquity that would make way for an unstoppable tendency, from the curved line to geometry, from form to function, and all based on the awareness that the true modern style must represent the end of all styles, and the rebellion against ornament, i.e. 'houses wearing a wig and bloomers'.