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New books and classics, too, on architecture, building, architects, design, construction, design media, and more...

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Mapping in the Age of Digital Media: The Yale Symposium
Author: Mike Silver and Diana Balmori, editors
Publisher: Wiley Academy Editions
Year: 2003
Amazon Price: $63.19
ArchitectureWeek— Insights of designers, theorists, engineers, and artists about digital mapping techniques: how they represent space, shape our perceptions of reality, and affect our culture, aesthetics, and politics.

The Landscape Urbanism Reader
Author: Charles Waldheim
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $23.07
ArchitectureWeek— With populations decentralizing and cities sprawling ever outward, 21st-century urban planners are challenged by the need to organize not just people but space itself. Hence a new architectural discourse has emerged: landscape urbanism. These essays by top practitioners capture the origins, the contemporary milieu, and the aspirations of this relatively new field of landscape urbanism.

Author: Volker Welter
Publisher: MIT Press
Year: 2002
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ArchitectureWeek— Analysis of the work of 19th century Scottish town planner and biologist Patrick Geddes. His theories of the city are still relevant to contemporary European debates about architecture and urbanism.

People and Places: Connections between the Inner and Outer Landscape
Author: John R. Myer and Margaret H. Myer
Publisher: Peter E Randall Publisher
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $40.00
ArchitectureWeek— A unique perspective born of coauthors' backgrounds as architect and child psychiatrist provides a groundbreaking treatise on the effects of place on people. Written for those engaged in making places urban planners, housewives, architects, politicians, builders, and students, the book explores our early and lifelong needs and then relates these needs to places.

Perspecta 38: Architecture After All
Author: Marcus Carter, Christopher Marcinkoski, Forth Bagley, Ceren Bingol, editors
Publisher: The MIT Press
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $20.00
ArchitectureWeek— The profession of architecture is increasingly characterized by divergent political, social, technological, and economic ideas and agendas. Much of current practice focuses on the process of architecture rather than its meaning. This issue of the Yale Architectural Journal explores the practice of architecture after the breakdown of consensus or dominant ideology. A variety of essays take on globalization, urbanism, pedagogy, irony, as well as form, theory, and ideology, to address broader questions about the social, economic, and political fallout from these modes of practice.

Architecture Tomorrow
Author: Francis Rambert
Publisher: Terrail
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $55.00
ArchitectureWeek— What is the city of tomorrow? What kinds of buildings and public spaces will it have? This survey suggests spaces for leisure, living, business, health, and education are becoming more hybrid. Architecture seems to be bowing from other disciplines, especially contemporary art, and broadening its scope via technology. Buildings are coming in new shapes and materials. This heavily illustrated book assesses trends, professional attitudes, and image, and how these affect what's to come.

Cities and Complexity : Understanding Cities with Cellular Automata, Agent-Based Models, and Fractal
Author: Michael Batty
Publisher: The MIT Press
Year: 2006
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ArchitectureWeek— In Cities and Complexity, Michael Batty offers a comprehensive view of urban dynamics in the context of complexity theory, presenting models that demonstrate how complexity theory can embrace a myriad of processes and elements that combine into organic wholes. He argues that bottom-up processes - in which the outcomes are always uncertain - can combine with new forms of geometry associated with fractal patterns and chaotic dynamics to provide theories that are applicable to highly complex systems such as cities. Deploying extensive visual, mathematical, and textual material, Cities and Complexity will be read both by urban researchers and by complexity theorists with an interest in new kinds of computational models.

Writing Spaces: Discourses of Architecture, Urbanism and the Built Environment
Author: C. Greig Crysler
Publisher: Routledge
Year: 2003
Amazon Price: $62.95
ArchitectureWeek— Writing Spaces examines important discourses in spatial theory from the last four decades and considers their influence within the built environment disciplines. A key resource for graduate and advanced undergraduate courses on critical theory in architecture, urban studies, and geography.

Placing Words: Symbols, Space, and the City
Author: William J. Mitchell
Publisher: The MIT Press
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $14.21
ArchitectureWeek— A exploration of the ways in which urban spaces and places provide settings for communication how they conduct complex flows of information through the 21st century city. To urban objects and labels have been added a layer of meaning through the flow of digital information. In a series of essays Mitchell examines this emerging system of spaces, flows, and practices. The endless flow of information, he shows, is not only more pervasive and efficient than ever, it is also generating new cultural complexities.

Passages: Explorations of the Contemporary City
Author: Graham Livesey
Publisher: University of Calgary Press
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $22.95
ArchitectureWeek— This collection of essays examines the urban domain from multiple perspectives. The author uses geographic and literary concepts such as space, narrative, and metaphor to interpret the complexity of the postmodern city.

Making Cities Work
Author: George Hazel and Roger Parry
Publisher: Wiley-Academy Press
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $80.00
ArchitectureWeek— A showcase of theories, initiatives, and ideas in action that can enhance the quality of urban life, featuring projects from all over the world. The book is centered on three key themes of arriving in the city, enjoying the city, and getting around.

Osiris, Volume 18: Science and the City
Author: Dierig, Sven, Jens Lachmund, and Andrew Mendelsohn, editors
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Year: 2003
Amazon Price: $33.00
ArchitectureWeek— Seeking to unite the history of science and urban history, this book emphasizes the active role cities play in shaping both scientific practice and scientific knowledge. Furthermore, the authors argue that cities themselves have to be viewed as mediated by science. Four interconnections of science and the city are discussed: the relationship between scientific expertise and urban politics; science's role in the cultural representation of the city; the embedment of scientific activity in the city's social and material infrastructure; and the interaction between science and everyday urban life.

Architecture and the Urban Environment: A Vision for the New Age
Author: Derek Thomas
Publisher: Architectural Press
Year: 2002
Amazon Price: $58.95
ArchitectureWeek— A critical appraisal of the place and direction of architecture and urban design at the start of the 21st century, analyzing recent contemporary work worldwide for its responsiveness to important social and environmental issues.

The Harvard Design School Project on the City
Author: Chuihua Judy Chung (Editor), Jeffrey Inaba, Rem Koolhaas, Sze Tsung Leong
Publisher: Taschen
Year: 2002
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ArchitectureWeek— The product of a seminar aimed at identifying and analyzing problems leading to and resulting from accelerated urbanization, as well as developing new philosophies to help our increasingly metropolitan planet cope with such rapid change.

The Built Environment: A Collaborative Inquiry Into Design and Planning
Author: Wendy R. McClure and Tom J. Bartuska, editors
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2007
Amazon Price: $58.86
ArchitectureWeek— Written by prominent academics, this collaborative work examines the ways we build things, from products and interiors, to regions and global systems. It looks at how we affect and are affected by our environment and how the various components of what we make are interrelated. The authors' objective is to provide strategies for improving the overall quality of designed environments.


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