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Talking Architecture

93,45 zł Cena
Now available in a revised and updated paperback edition, this revealing volume features interviews with twenty of the world’s most influential living architects in which they discuss their accomplishments, challenges, inspirations, and dreams. What makes an architect tick? What is the state of architecture today? How do architects view each other’s work? No one can answer these questions better than the practitioners themselves. Here such distinguished figures as Cecil Balmond, Norman Foster, Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Philip Johnson, Rem Koolhaas, Daniel Libeskind, I. M. Pei, and others offer a wide-ranging assortment of perspectives on contemporary architecture and the architects’ roles in shaping the state of the art today. Each interview focuses on the unique contributions of its subject, and is accompanied by images of their most important works. With a no-holds-barred approach the author obtains interesting details about their ideas on architecture in general, from where they get their inspiration to what formative experiences led them to become architects in the first place. Updated with new images, this informative, accessible, and endlessly fascinating collection offers a chance to compare, contrast, and get to know the architects that are shaping the world we live in.


99,75 zł Cena
This book shows how the virtual has completely changed the physical world around us. If architecture is the construction of space between people, what happens when that space exists in a virtual world? That question is the starting point for this collection of revolutionary projects by a new generation of designers. The book begins by examining the important issues that have emerged as technology reshapes our idea of place and proceeds to present the four winning projects from the first architecture competition held within the explosively popular Internet community known as Second Life. Chosen for their inventiveness and aesthetic excellence, these structures - a cloud that can be inhabited; a meta-museum; an interactive sound scape; and a “snow palace” of discarded objects - illustrate the mindbending possibilities of digital design. In the book’s final section, media artists share their real-time experiences conceptualizing and creating projects for the virtual world.


198,45 zł Cena
Architecture built for the purpose of living out a fantasy or for pure pleasure is multiplying at a breathtaking pace. This book shows examples of architecture that does not fit into the traditional realm of building and function. It includes: Colosseum, Circus Maximus, Xanadu, Las Vegas, Disneyland, Arcosanti, Celebration, Coney Island, Mall of America, Oktoberfest, Sentosa, Wembley Stadium, the Palm, Tropical Island, and Wolfsburg. Architects, such as Robert Venturi, Le Corbusier, Rem Koolhaas and Oscar Niemeyer have all tried their hand at architainment. This book examines the post-modern desire for escapism and considers the future of this trend. Florian Holzherr's photographs capture each site as pristine architectural structure, while complementary photographs by the author illustrate the less dreamy aspects of the sites in daily use.


198,45 zł Cena
This incisive look at the historical, social and economic forces that have shaped China's modern architecture, showcases the top 100 projects to have sprung up in the last ten years - many of these are the most exciting buildings in the world today. The country's economy has expanded at an incredible rate and China is poised to become the world's largest economy in a few short years. The authorities' bold, innovative approach to public architecture has enticed the world's leading designers and engineers to come and build in China. Layla Dawson's groundbreaking survey of architectural currents in China lays out not only the historical events that have brought the country to this unique position but explores the challenges inherent in opening up the country to outside forces and ideas and exposing it to so much foreign investment. The author examines projects by Chinese and non-Chinese architects, including: Zaha Hadid's Soho City masterplan; Rem Koolhaas's CCTV Headquarters; Norman Foster's Shanghai Tower; and Plans for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. As Dawson demonstrates how conflicting architectural philosophies are visible in China's newly rising skyline, she takes an unblinking look at both the liabilities and opportunities China faces by opening itself up to foreign influence.


229,95 zł Cena
Spanning more than two centuries and offering cogent analyses of how we will build in the future this volume presents more than one hundred case studies of built structures that illustrate the marriage of technology and culture. Including color photographs, drawings and architectural plans, this book profiles some of the world s most interesting public spaces, commercial buildings, stadiums and transport stations to reveal how prevailing social mores helped determine these structures materials, appearance, and function. The innovative concepts these buildings signify and the integration of these ideas into the common lexicon are presented in chapters on the evolution of the greenhouse, artistic buildings, pioneering techniques in materials use, the development of the building façade and the future of sustainable building design. This book uniquely blends a societal perspective with the latest technology, and is an essential reference for anyone interested in the crucial role structural engineering plays in architecture.


89,15 zł Cena
A pictorial list of 50 spans, Graf's album exalts both famous and utterly obscure bridges. By including rope bridges in Nepal, and the newest suspension bridge giants in Japan and Denmark, the author underscores the commonality to any bridge's purpose: vaulting chasms and straits to link people and commerce. Florence's famous Ponte Vecchio, with the shops built onto its spans, expresses the idea literally, while other celebrated bridges do so symbolically, like the now-destroyed Stari Most in Mostar, Bosnia. Whatever a bridge's exact physical purpose, it also exudes a powerful aesthetic presence that Graf handsomely displays: the book's design faces a one-page historical description with a full-page photograph, with an oblong format enhancing the feeling of length. This effect is especially graceful on the An Ji Bridge in China, a beautiful 1,400-year-old structure. Turning from medieval stone bridges to those of the Industrial Revolution, Graf selects the seminal Iron Bridge in Britain, and he represents modernism with the single-mast Alamillo Bridge in Seville. An appealing diversion for browsers. Gilbert Taylor Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.


166,95 zł Cena

DOSTĘPNOŚĆ: NA ZAMÓWIENIE Vinoly has designed a lightweight steel-framed column-free building with a wrap-around roof that also forms the walls. The structure floats on a concrete raft foundation over Roman ruins. The building's walls follow the landscape along a curving stretch of trees. At the entrance, huge windows invite the outdoors in and a massive canopy creates the illusion that the building entrance vaults unsupported overhead. Following a narrative beginning with the client's first wild idea and ending when the architect hands over the keys on opening day, this book features an eye-catching design that matches the drama of the building and includes personal contributions from the Uruguayan-born architect, as well as hundreds of sketches, plans and photographs.


271,95 zł Cena

DOSTĘPNOŚĆ: NA ZAMÓWIENIE Entirely self-educated, Tadao Ando is considered Japan's leading architect and his sublime buildings are located all over the world. This book profiles ninety of Ando's projects across the globe from the mid 1990s to today, including museums, convention centres, factories, shrines, residences, and corporate headquarters. Each building is beautifully photographed and is accompanied by drawings, sketches, plans, materials from the architect's own studio, and in-depth commentary. In addition, Ando has written an enlightening essay on his work. An up-to-date collection of Ando's works from the past fifteen years, this elegant book will please all fans of modern architecture.


157,40 zł Cena
This computer age, environmental concerns, overpopulation, suburban sprawl, economic boom and bust have all conspired to bring about enormous change in our everyday lives, and perhaps nowhere more so than in our homes. This collection of photographs, drawings, plans and essays features dwelling spaces by architects, artists and individuals that respond to our increasing awareness of architecture's ability to shape the way we live. Whether they are floating on top of water or nestled underground, seemingly transparent or apparently invisible, these homes push the envelope of what is considered "normal" in domestic architecture. Yet each was designed in response to a very real and immediate concern, be it economic, spatial, resource-related or aesthetic. Innovative, bold, and sometimes shocking, these homes, like their Modern predecessors, signal a new way of thinking about what our homes can be. The 45 dwellings featured here include designs by American Ingenuity, Atelier van Lieshout, Shigeru Ban, Dawson Brown Architecture, Cal-Earth, Softroom, Jennifer Siegal, Sarah Wigglesworth and others.


144,90 zł Cena
The newest addition to this highly successful series offers a daily example of architectural splendor, from the Egyptian pyramids and Rome s Coliseum to envelopepushing masterpieces by today s leading designers. Those looking for a gift to delight the architecture lover in their lives will find the answer in this book that provides a journey through history and around the globe. Presented in brilliantly coloured double-page spreads, each day features a photograph of an architectural icon, details about where and when the building was constructed, an appropriate quote or aphorism, and room for personal notes and dates. These important structures represent nearly every architectural style and function. The gorgeous images in this book allow readers to appreciate mankind's extraordinary accomplishments while deriving inspiration from them every day of the year


229,95 zł Cena
Philip Jodidio has collected numerous examples of the partnership between architecture and nature from throughout history and the world and presents them in one copiously illustrated volume. From Frank Lloyd Wright's residential house Fallingwater in Bear Run, Philadelphia, to the Miho Museum in Japan built by I.M. Pei, and from the Olympic Stadium built for the 1972 games in Munich to the MoMA roof top garden in New York by Ken Smith, Jodidio demonstrates the many forms that the interplay between built structures and their environment can take. . He examines aspects of the relationship between nature and architecture such as nature as inspiration; the imitation and mimicking of natural patterns; landscape design; ecologically sensitive structures; and artificial realities, among others. Professionals, students, and fans of architecture and design will find this wide-ranging book an entertaining read and a valuable resource.