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An authoritative, comprehensive monograph on an underpublished architectural genius. This is the most comprehensive book published in English on the complete work of Paulo Mendes da Rocha, winner of the 2006 Pritzker Prize, which brought him to the attention of a worldwide audience. He is known for the innovative use of concrete and steel in provocative architectural designs that are both critically acclaimed and broadly popular. His striking and poetic use of simple materials is seen in both residential and commercial projects, from Casa Millan to his masterpiece Museo Brasileño de Escultura (1988). The book identifies accomplishments throughout his career, from his beginnings as part of the architectural avant-garde in São Paulo to current works that have helped define and transform urban landscapes. The latter part of the book includes an analysis of the designs, a complete summary of works, and an extensive bibliography.

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This is the first overview of the career of Alison and Peter Smithson, the most controversial yet most widely-influential of post-war architectural practices. From their first youthful project, the school at Hunstanton, to their final works, they epitomised the idea of the avant-garde architect, and were strongly engaged with artists and critics and with groups and tendencies in Britain and beyond. Structured thematically and chronologically, the book gives a coherent and compact narrative of the Smithsons' work and ideas. As well as all of the major buildings - including the Economist complex, the Garden building at St Hilda's College, and the Robin Hood Gardens estate - the book also discusses unbuilt projects, including substantial work for the British embassy at Brasilia and the Kuwait mat-building. It culminates with the less well-known factory additions, museum and house for Axel Bruchhauser, a furniture manufacturer in Germany. Central to their work, Mark Crinson argues, was a concern with belonging, with how we identify ourselves with places in a context of change.

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ANTHROPOLOGICAL ESSAYS ON VERNACULAR BUILDING MATERIALS IN PORTUGAL

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This book is considerad a classic in Middle East vernacular architecture. This work, published in 1981 by the MIT Press, shows up in a new revised and extended edition. The content remains a necessary reference,dueto its extraordinary documentary value, that includes the content of the first edition and completes it with material collected in 2006, giving now a global vision of the unified Yemen territory.

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Roberto Burle Marx (1909–1994) remains one of the most important landscape architects in the history of the field. His distinctive and widely acclaimed work has been featured and referenced in numerous sources, yet few of Burle Marx’s own words have been published. This collection of a dozen of Burle Marx’s lectures, most of which have never before been available in English, fills that void. Delivered on international speaking tours, they address topics such as Concepts in Landscape Composition, Gardens and Ecology and The Problem of Garden Lighting. Their publication sheds light on Burle Marx’s distinctive ethic and aesthetic of landscape, as “the real art of living.” The lectures paint a picture of Burle Marx not just as a gardener, artist and botanist, but as a landscape architect whose ambition was to bring radical change to cities and society. The lectures are framed by photographs, by Leonardo Finotti, of a selection of Burle Marx’s realized projects.

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More than anything else about architecture, Tobias Engelschall is fascinated by transformation. Between the regularity and randomness of architectural development, the new always emerges from what already exists. Every Zustand—every state of affairs, condition, configuration, every image in this book—attests only to the outcome of transformation. In their juxtaposition, Tobias Engelschall’s “Sehschule” presents what cannot be seen. With its thematic focus and careful selection, this topography includes mostly buildings that likely would never have appeared again in an architectural book after their initial publication. The book shows an exuberant multiplicity of formal languages, where one or another of them may effectively attain a new, unexpected quality. The publication was generously funded by Stiftung Hermann Reemtsma, Hamburg.

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In the 1950s, Frei Otto’s tent structures left their mark on the horticultural shows of the new Bonn Republic; together with Behnisch & Partner he created the roof landscape for the Munich Olympic Games in 1972. The innovative potential in his work is based on the interdisciplinarity of a mode of thinking that took in architecture, technology, art, science, and society.

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The Art of Inequality belongs to a long-term research project on architecture, housing, and socioeconomic inequality begun in 2008 by the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture. This “provisional report” extends the project’s research into the real-world impact of cultural imaginaries, offering glimpses into the operating systems that run beneath housing discourse and shape its vocabulary by directing attention to the subtle ways in which architecture—through housing—lays the groundwork for present dilemmas involving inequality, not simply by casting them in concrete, but by concretely laying out their terms. Considering economic inequality inseparable from social disparities of other kinds, particularly in the provision of housing, the book argues that housing is more than just a building type or a market sector, but a primary architectural act—where architecture is understood as that which makes real estate real. Further, the relation that results under the rule of real estate development is—by its very structure—unequal. The book includes essays by Reinhold Martin, Jacob Moore, and Susanne Schindler, as well as written contributions by Manuel Shvartzberg Carrió, Erik Carver, Cezar Nicolescu, Pollyanna Rhee, and Sonya Ursell, and photographs by Ilaria Ortensi and Emily Kloppenburg.

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This publication presents an extended interview with the French architect Claude Parent (1923 – 2016) by curator Mai Abu ElDahab and visual artist Benjamin Seror that took place between 2013 and 2015. Committed to experimentation throughout his life, Parent questioned his field and his own practice in his unique polemical and provocative manner motivated by his desire to see ideas circulate and conventions challenged. The book is based on transcription of conversations allowing Parent’s unique storytelling voice and style to come through.

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The Italo-Brazilian architect Lina Bo Bardi (1914–1992) forged a unique path with her bold designs. Spanning architecture, stage sets, fashion, and furniture, her work drew inspiration from the International Style, which she translated into her own visual language. Fundamental to her work was her thoughtful en­gagement with her adopted country of Brazil, its cul­ture, society, and politics, and she productively and provocatively voiced her sometimes radical views through designs, exhibitions, and writings. On the oc­casion of Lina Bo Bardi’s one hundredth birthday, this richly illustrated volume presents an overview of her oeuvre and highlights iconic buildings, such as her own home, the so-called Casa de Vidro, the Museo de Arte de São Paulo, and the cultural center SESC Pompéia.

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