• The Arts
      June 2019

      China's New Architecture

      Return to the context

      by Christian Schittich

    • Individual architects & architectural firms


      The Work of William P. Ginther, Ecclesiastical Architect

      by Anthony J. Valleriano (author)

      Akron-based architect William P. Ginther (1858–1933) designed sixty-three Roman Catholic churches, primarily in Ohio and Pennsylvania. Dedication is the first book to document his architectural designs. By combining historical images with twenty-first-century photographs, author Anthony J. Valleriano presents the most comprehensive overview of Ginther’s architectural career available today.The son of German immigrants, Ginther demonstrated considerable drawing skills at an early age. In grade school, he was known for illustrating pictures of the school building and grounds. As his skills advanced, Ginther was encouraged to study architecture as a profession at Buchtel College (now the University of Akron). Frank Wheary, a leading Akron architect of the time, spotted Ginther’s drawing talents and promptly put him to work. Under Wheary’s guidance, Ginther learned the craft of architectural drafting and engineering and helped design and supervise the construction of his first building, McKinley Church, in Canton, Ohio.Ginther became one of the most influential ecclesiastical architects in Ohio during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The designer of churches in Cleveland, Akron, Columbus, Pittsburgh, Erie, and many other communities, he defined the sense of sacred space for countless worshipers and enriched the aesthetic and religious lives of the region’s residents.Those interested in religious architecture or in Ohio historical architecture will find Dedication a valuable addition to their libraries.

    • Individual architects & architectural firms

      The Wright Experience

      A Master Architect's Vision

      by Sara Hunt

      This sumptuous volume is unique: its format and presentation take the reader right inside the buildings that reveal Frank Lloyd Wright's genius. Wright revolutionised building design, pushing boundaries until walls dissolved into windows, roofs appeared to float, and confining rooms gave way to open-plan living. Always innovative and radical, as technically brilliant as he was creative, Wright's vision of a truly organic architecture was far ahead of its time.

    • Biography: general

      Sir John Soane Architect

      by Dorothy Stroud

      Sir John Soane (1753-1837) has come to be regarded as one of the great architects of late 18th and early 19th century Europe, and contemporary architects and designers are becoming increasingly influenced by the subtleties of the unique 'Soane style'. Dorothy Stroud's classic book, which is appearing in paperback for the first time, in an updated second edition, is the culmination of a lifetime's research. It brings together all the threads in her previous writings on Soane, combining a concise biography of the architect with a comprehensive and fully illustrated survey of his works.;After studying in Italy, Soane built up a considerable private practice and a reputation that secured his appointment in 1788 as architect to the Bank of England, where over a period of forty-five years he designed a vast complex of courts and offices. With his appointment to the Office of Works in 1815, he became responsible for public buildings in Whitehall and Westminster, which entailed the designing of a Royal entrance and gallery in the House of Lords, new Law Courts, Privy Council Offices and a State Paper Office. As professor of architecture at the Royal Academy from 1806, he was to play a leading role in the improvement of architectural education in Britain; and he was active in the founding of what is now the Royal Institute of British Architects. Although much of his work was thoughtlessly destroyed towards the end of the 19th century, a substantial number of buildings and parts of buildings survive, especially outside London, as a testimony to his genius

    • Individual architects & architectural firms

      A Cleveland Legacy

      The Architecture of Walker and Weeks

      by Eric Johannesen (author)

      Published in cooperation with Western Reserve Historical Society“Walker and Weeks was the most influential architectural firm in Ohio during the first half of the twentieth century. It transformed the image of Cleveland from that of an overgrown Victorian village into one of a progressive city that became a model of the classical aesthetic ideal. Outside Cleveland, too, the firm established an important reputation, especially in the design of banking facilities and public structures. We should be grateful that Eric Johannesen put together this important documentation and assessment of the firm's work. It is the only book on Walker and Weeks of which I am aware.”—Foster Armstrong, Director, Urban Design Center of Northeast OhioWalker and Weeks was the foremost architectural firm in Cleveland for nearly forty years, from 1911 to 1949. Its clients were the wealthy and influential of Cleveland and the Midwest; its landmark accomplishments included the Cleveland Public Library, Cleveland Municipal Stadium, Severance Hall, the Cleveland Post Office, and the Indiana World War Memorial.Harry E. Weeks and Frank R. Walker complemented each other well: Weeks was an unassuming, but talented manager; Walker, a brilliant, outgoing architect. Together they established an architectural factory of the type pioneered by Daniel Burnham in Chicago in the 1890s. Although Cleveland in 1911 was the sixth largest city in the U.S. and teeming with architects, Walker and Weeks was one of the few local firms large enough to manage every phase of a commission. They combined the Renaissance ideal of collaboration between artists and artisans with the modern principle of scientific business management. Their innovative use of marketing was another key to their extraordinary success.Best known for the classical public buildings built in Cleveland in the 1920s and 1930s, they also designed many residences and lesser-known buildings around Cleveland and throughout the Midwest, including warehouses, office buildings, auditoriums, shops, fire stations, chemical laboratories, housing units, and machine shops, and collaborated on bridge, road, and viaduct work. As the photographs and drawings in A Cleveland Legacy demonstrate, they created designs that delight the viewer as much today as they did seventy ago.The late Eric Johannesen completed the original manuscript for A Cleveland Legacy while serving as preservationist at Cleveland's Western Reserve Historical Society, the repository for the Walker and Weeks archives. He was the author of Cleveland Architecture 1876-1976; Ohio College Architecture Before 1870; Selected Landmark Architecture of Alliance; Look Again: Landmark Architecture in Downtown Toledo and Old West End; and From Town to Tower.

    • Architecture
      May 2017

      Shigeru Ban

      From the Japanese Architect Series

      by Nikkei Architecture

      This book is a complete guide on Japan's renowned architect, Shigeru Ban who is the recipient of the 2014 Pritzker Architecture Prize. It introduces not only his works around the world (including the most recent Seine Musicale in Paris), but also his life from the boyhood days and how he came to be what he is now. Enjoy the beautiful photographs of Ban's sophisticated works and read about his dedication to helping with disaster relief around the world.

    • Architecture
      September 2016

      Where Architecture Is Designed

      by Nikkei Architecture, Hideaki Emura, Yuiko Sugawara

      If you are a fan of great architectural works, you are probably familiar with names such as Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, Foster + Partners, OMA NY Office, Hopkins Architects, MVRDV and Gensler, all of which are world's top-class architecture firms. How about a peep into their studios to find out where and how great works are designed and brought to life? In this book, two architecture journalists visit these world-class firms to report on what is happening at the frontline through intensive interviews and abundant photos.

    • The Arts
      May 2018


      Louis Kahn and the Architectonization of Nature

      by Florian Sauter

      In 1962, Louis I. Kahn described the design of the Salk Institute as having been developed “out of a respect and understanding of the nature of nature,” before adding: “I am becoming increasingly conscious of the architecture of water, the architecture of air, the architecture of light.” Attempting to poetically unveil the world through the conscious architectonization of nature, the deliberations presented in this book interpret the American architect’s buildings as the result of a Stoic pursuit to comprehend the lawfulness of the natural world, scrutinize his endeavor to set spatial compositions into analogy with organisms’ principles of growth and form, illustrate his growing awareness to shape space in reciprocity with environmental forces, and acknowledge his eventual willingness to make the surrounding landscape and cosmos an integrated part of the architectural project. Furthermore, Kahn’s highly ambiguous epistemology with regard to man’s position within and beyond nature is being discussed – ultimately promoting an ecologically sound down to earth approach, which takes into account the impulse of the primitive and elemental. Aspiring for an eternal expression, the manifestation of the world of the human spirit was for Kahn – one of the most legendary and original architects of the 20th century – only possible within the larger order of the universe, whereas the same transcendent, creative joy pervaded both.

    • The Arts
      September 2008


      Architecture by schmidt hammer lassen

      by schmidt hammer lassen

      Among the most notable achievements of Scandinavian architecture are a responsible approach to the environment and a keen appreciation for social concerns. The Danish architects Schmidt Hammer Lassen (founded in 1986, with offices in Copenhagen, Aarhus, Oslo, and London) reflect these standards in their remarkable buildings. They attach great importance to the practicality of the structures they design and to their integration into the real context of their surroundings and their users. This monograph presents a selection of their twenty best structures and projects of recent years (from Denmark, Greenland, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, England, the Czech Republic, and Saudi Arabia). All the designs are depicted and analyzed according to the following themes: economic, ecological, and social sustainability; the value the building adds to its surroundings; the building’s identity-forming power; and permeability between the public and private spheres.

    • The Arts
      January 2008

      Crucial Words

      Conditions for Contemporary Architecture

      by Gert Wingårdh, Rasmus Wærn

      The conditions in which present-day architecture is produced are partly local and singular and partly global and universal. Understanding contemporary architecture means understanding all of these aspects. What are the pivotal themes? Gert Wingårdh and Rasmus Wærn, Sweden’s most active architect and its best-known architecture critic, asked themselves this question and made a selection of approximately fifty terms and concepts, including Branding, Collaborators, Corporate, Desire, Future, Everyday, Ornament, and Wheelchair. The result is a very special dictionary with humorous illustrations and original articles by interesting protagonists such as Denise Scott Brown, Kenneth Frampton, Massimiliano Fuksas, Hans Ibelings, Peter Blundell Jones, Vittorio Magnago Lampugnani, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Juhani Pallasmaa, Joseph Rykwert, Jaime Salazar, Axel Sowa, and Wilfried Wang. A special highlight is the text by Nobel laureate Ohran Pamuk. Die Voraussetzungen, unter welchen heutige Architektur entsteht, sind teils lokal und einmalig bedingt, teils sind sie von globaler und allgemeingültiger Natur. Zeitgenössische Architektur verstehen heisst, all diese Aspekte verstehen. Welches sind dabei die entscheidenden Themen? Gert Wingårdh und Rasmus Wærn, Schwedens aktivster Architekt beziehungsweise bekanntester Architekturkritiker, haben sich diese Frage gestellt und eine kritische Auswahl von rund 50 Begriffen getroffen, etwa Branding, Collaborators, Corporate, Desire, Future, Everyday, Ornament, Wheelchair. Dadurch ist ein ganz spezielles, witzig illustriertes Begriffs-Wörterbuch entstanden, mit Originalbeiträgen von so interessanten Protagonisten wie etwa Denise Scott Brown, Massimiliano Fuksas, Hans Ibelings, Peter Blundell Jones, Vittorio Magnago Lampugnani, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Juhani Pallasmaa, Joseph Rykwert, Jaime Salazar, Axel Sowa, Wilfried Wang; ein besonderes Highlight ist der Text von Nobelpreisträger Orhan Pamuk.

    • The Arts
      January 2008

      Gert Wingårdh

      Thirty Years of Architecture

      by Mikael Nanfeldt

      Gert Wingårdh (*1951) is Sweden’s leading architect. His clever and imaginative spatial creations are remarkable in economic as well as ecological and sociological terms. The focus of his designs is always on the needs of the future users. This monograph analyzes the principal aspects of his work in seminal essays by renowned architecture critics and uses text and images to document all the important buildings of his thirty-year career. Editor Mikael Nanfeldt is curator of the Röhss Museum of Design and Applied Arts in Göteborg, the opening venue for a large exhibition of Wingårdh’s work that then moves on to the Swedish Museum of Architecture in Stockholm before going on to tour internationally. Wingårdh’s most remarkable projects include prizewinning laboratory buildings in Sweden and the United States, the Swedish embassies in Berlin and Washington, numerous villas, and the Müritzeum, a recently opened visitor center in Waren, Germany. Gert Wingårdh (*1951) ist Schwedens führender Architekt. Seine klugen, erfindungsreichen räumlichen Gestaltungen sind ebenso in ökonomischer wie ökologischer und soziologischer Hinsicht bemerkenswert: immer stehen bei seinem Entwerfen die Bedürfnisse der künftigen Nutzer im Mittelpunkt. Diese Monografie analysiert in grundlegenden Essays renommierter Architekturkritiker die Hauptaspekte seines Wirkens und dokumentiert in Text und Bild alle wichtigen Bauten seiner 30jährigen Tätigkeit. Herausgeber Mikael Nanfeldt ist Kurator des Röhss Museum of Design and Applied Arts in Göteborg, Ausgangsort einer grossen Wingårdh-Ausstellung, die nach dem Swedish Museum of Architecture in Stockholm international gezeigt wird. Zu Wingårdhs bemerkenswertesten Projekten gehören unter anderen preisgekrönte Laborbauten in Schweden und den USA, die schwedischen Botschaften in Berlin und Washington, zahlreiche Villen sowie das jüngst eröffnete Besucherzentrum Waren in Deutschland.

    • The Arts
      April 2010

      Building with Water

      Concepts Typology Design

      by Zoë Ryan, Chris Zevendingen, Dieter Grau, Zeljka Carol Kekez

      Water has been an important topic in architecture and urban planning for years. The revitalization of the waterfront has been a prevalent trend in cities around the world. On the other hand, architecture also had to respond to the threat of floods.The theme of Building with Water is the use of water in architecture. It presents buildings that explicitly refer to water in their design and form. It establishes a typology of building by the water: residential structures, recreation facilities, industry and infrastructure, buildings for culture and art. The various design parameters are explored in four essays. Subsequently, twenty-two international projects are presented, organized according to their locations by a river, a lake or the sea. The authors’ concern is not to show luxurious buildings in privileged locations but rather presenting projects that seriously grapple with the main criterion of the location—namely, water—in an ecologically sustainable way and respond to it with their design. Wasser ist seit Jahren ein wichtiges Thema in Architektur und Städtebau. «Building with Water» thematisiert die Verarbeitung von Wasser im architektonischen Entwurf; es werden Bauten vorgestellt, die sich in ihrer Gestaltung und Form ausdrücklich auf Wasser beziehen. Eine Typologie des Bauens am Wasser wird erstellt: Wohnbauten, Verkehrs- und Industriebauten, Bauten für Kultur und Freizeit. Ebenso werden einleitend klassische Beispiele des Bauens am/im/auf dem Wasser gezeigt, wie etwa Château de Chenonceaux an der Loire, Falling Water in Pennsylvania von Frank Lloyd Wright oder das Salk Institute in La Jolla,Kalifornien, von Louis I. Kahn. Geordnet nach ihren Standorten am Fluss, See oder Meer, werden dann etwa 20 internationale Projekte vorgestellt. Es geht den Autoren nicht darum, luxuriöse Bauten an privilegierten Plätzen zu zeigen, sondern Projekte darzustellen, deren Entwurf sich ernsthaft und ökologisch verträglich mit dem Hauptkriterium des Standortes – nämlich Wasser – auseinandersetzt und sich gestalterisch darauf bezieht

    • The Arts
      July 2010

      Ideas Exchange

      The Collaborative Studio of Hawkins\Brown

      by Tim Abrahams

      Das Londoner Architekturbüro Hawkins\Brown, 1988 von Roger Hawkins und Russell Brown gegründet, gehört zu den upcoming Büros der internationalen Architekturszene. Das Spektrum der Arbeiten reicht vom Wohnhaus und Interior Design über Bürobauten und verschiedene öffentliche Bauten wie Theater und Universitätsgebäude bis hin zum Urban Design wie Platzgestaltungen und U-Bahn-Stationen. Es gehört zum Selbstverständnis von Hawkins\Brown, im integrativen Prozess mit allen Akteuren zu einem optimalen Ergebnis zu kommen. Das Buch dokumentiert ca. 25 Bauten aus den letzten fünf Jahren. Zu den vorgestellten Projekten gehören die Tottenham Court Road Underground Station – mit 100.000 Fahrgästen am Tag eine der geschäftigsten U-Bahnstation Londons (Fertigstellung 2011), die Stratford Regional Station in London – eine Zugangsplattform für eine der Hauptaustragungsstätten der Olympischen Spiele (Fertigstellung 2010), Park Hill – das Masterplanning für ein Stadtviertel in Sheffield, UK, (Fertigstellung 2011) und der Dubai Arts Pavilion in den Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten.

    • The Arts
      October 2010

      Architecture in Context

      Helin Workshop

      by Peter Davey

      Der finnische Architekt Pekka Helin gründete bereits 1979 in Helsinki sein erstes Büro. In seiner Entwurfshaltung knüpft das Büro in einer spezifisch skandinavischen Ausdrucksform sowohl an den Funktionalismus, als auch an die organische Architektur eines Aalvar Alto, Viljo Revell, Heikki Sirèn oder auch eines Arne Erve an. Das Material Holz spielt in dieser sehr klaren Architektur eine vordergründige Rolle. Das Büro kreiert Bauten im Bereich Wohnen – häufig direkt am Wasser gelegen, wo die Einbindung in die Natur in den Sichtachsen eine große Rolle spielt – , aber auch Bürobauten, wie etwa den Nokia Hauptsitz oder auch das Finnish Modular Office, der höchste Bürobau aus Holz innerhalb Europas. Auch öffentliche Bauten, wie etwa die finnische Botschaft in Moskau oder der Konzertsaal und die Bibliothek in Espoo, gehören zu den Realisierungen des Büros, wie auch gar städtebauliche, so etwa der Masterplan für die Umgestaltung des ehemaligen Areals des Flughafens von Oslo.

    • The Arts
      May 2011


      Working philosophy and design practice 2000–2010. RKW Architektur+Städtebau

      by Klaus-Dieter Weiss

      Today, the name RKW Architektur + Städtebau evokes two hundred architects whose work never fails to convince. The reason does not lie in the narrowly defined architectural language of individual leaders of the firm. More than in any other firm, the various teams are given generous latitude for independent initiative. Thus, this documentation of the last ten years, with cross - references to the development of this unique partnership since 1950, doesn’t just present sixty - five structures and projects from an internationally sought - after firm. On the contrary, in its search for the secret of the firm’s success, it looks behind the scenes in numerous interviews and essays. The works considered range from the research facilities for AUDI, the new sciences campus of RWTH Aachen University, and the corporate headquarters of Vodafone, Debitel, and Arag to urban revitalization projects, residential buildings, schools, sports halls, railroad stations, city halls, banks, urban office buildings and shopping centers, and the stadium for the 2012 European Soccer Championship in Gdansk.

    • The Arts
      October 2012

      Brunet Saunier Architecture

      Monospace and Simplexity

      by Pascale Blin, Agence Brunet Saunier Architecture

      Founded in 1981 in Paris, Brunet Saunier Architecture is a French leader in the design of hospitals and large-scale public buildings. This publication is much more than a monograph. It is also a professional reference work, as hospital buildings make up a large portion of the showcased projects. Over the last ten years the architectural office has been developing a successful concept known as “Monospace”. The book discusses and analyzes this concept in detail, presenting trueto- scale floor plans, cross-sections, architectural views, and other information. The Monospace concept – which is based on a process of creative reduction down to essentials, i.e. “simplexity” – is adaptive rather than normative or prescriptive, and based on probabilities rather than determinism. It respects energy, even when it sometimes uses it. It takes the individual’s experience into account, and starts from the position of the subject. It also permits changing perspectives. This design concept should attract attention far beyond the borders of France.

    • The Arts
      October 2010

      Material Design

      Informing Architecture by Materiality

      by Thomas Schröpfer, James Carpenter, Sheila Kennedy, Liat Margolis, Toshiko Mori, Nader Tehrani, Peter Yeadon

      The approach of "Informing Architecture by Materiality" opens the way to an innovative use of materials in the design professions. Taking material qualities and properties such as texture, elasticity, transparency and fluidity as a point of departure, the concept described and employed here transcends the conventional definitions of building materials. Instead, the focus is on a multitude of material operations, like folding and bending, carving and cutting, weaving and knitting, mirroring and screening. The featured design strategies and methods address established and "new" materials alike. They are applied both to the scale of the detail and the entire building. The examples comprise prototype structures as well as large building projects. Eightchapters deal with surfaces and layers, joints and juctions, weaving and texturing, nanoscale transformations, responsiveness, the integration of ephemeral factors like wind and light as well as material collections providing professional resources. Written by reknowned experts in this field, the book features many examples from international contemporary architecture. The introductory part provides the conceptual background, while a final chapter describes consequences for pressing issues of today, like sustainability or life cycle assessment.

    • The Arts
      January 2006

      Galletti & Matter

      Collection of Places : Buildings and Projects

      by Bruno Marchand

    • The Arts
      November 2009

      Sustainable Architecture in Vorarlberg

      Energy Concepts and Construction Systems

      by Ulrich Dangel

      The successful combination of a regional building style of sophisticated simplicity with sustainable construction methods has made the architecture of Vorarlberg (Austria) a model for the rest of the world. This book presents particularly successful projects from recent years involving various building types and portrays their development from design idea to built detail. The documented structures by Cukrowicz Nachbaur, Christian Lenz, Oskar Leo Kaufmann + Albert Rüf, Hermann Kaufmann, Dietrich Untertrifaller, Baumschlager Eberle, Marte.Marte, and Martin Rauch place the focus on their energy strategy and formally ambitious construction methods. All of the plans and detail drawings were specially prepared for the book, which makes it easy to compare the projects.

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