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Van Sambeek & Van Veen Architecten - Freedom of organization
Author: Hans Ibelings, Erna van Sambeek
Publisher: NAI Publishers
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $60.00
ArchitectureWeek— The main thrust of this book is the philosophy and methodology of Van Sambeek & Van Veen Architecten. The offices projects are presented according to seven themes, which all relate to organizational forms that are important to the work of Erna van Sambeek and René van Veen: neutrality, exclusivity, family, seriality, position, interiority and time. For each design, the architects ask how the essence of the task can be reduced to a combination of two or more of these themes. Each project therefore appears at least twice in the book, but with text and image tailored specifically to the theme of a particular chapter.

Heren 5 Architects: At Home
Author: Interview by Hans van der Beek
Publisher: Valiz
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $35.00
ArchitectureWeek— The Dutch architecture firm, Heren 5, has taken great pains to tailor their residential projects - whether luxury apartments or elder-care centers - to the inhabitants' ideas about how feel "at home." In this book, seven portraits of building occupants, in both interviews and in the photographs of Kees Hummel, illustrate the firm's philosophy. In addition to providing detailed project documentation, the book gives the results of a survey of 620 occupants of Heren 5 buildings. This degree of attention to client constituent concerns about community and privacy, among other issues, is what sets the firm apart from others.

Schweger Assoziierte Architekten Bauten Und Projekte 1999-2005: Schweger Associate Architecture Buil
Author: Peter Schweger and Falk Jaeger
Publisher: Jovis
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $75.00
ArchitectureWeek— The architect Peter P. Schweger has called his work "a critical continuation of Modernism", by which he adapts those principles with sensitivity to specific environments and historical context. This approach has earned him and his firm a slew of commissions and international prizes, from a restaurant in Hanover's Baroque Herrenhauser Gardens, its shape alluding to the garden's hedges but with a contrasting frosted-glass facade, to a redesign of the German Bundesrat plenary chamber in Berlin, the transparent ceiling signifying democratic openness (while solar panels save energy). Plans, large photographs, and documentation from the Schweger office's past six years of work on government buildings, museums, office towers, and reconfigured historic buildings show the range of one of Germany's top firms.

Renzo Piano: Building Workshop
Author: Edited by Michael Juul Holm
Publisher: Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
Year: 2004
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ArchitectureWeek— Over 20 years ago, architect Renzo Piano established his firm and dubbed it the Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW)--a name that recalls the art studios of the Renaissance, where the master artist worked closely and actively with his apprentices. Students have always been an active component of the Building Workshop, functioning in a team with experienced architects and other experts, contributing to an international array of projects from two studio bases: one in Paris and one in Genoa, Italy. This small, intimate publication presents essays on both the Building Workshop and Piano himself, together with photographs of the two studios and of completed RPBW structures.

Zaha Hadid: BMW Central Building
Author: Todd Gannon
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $29.95
ArchitectureWeek— Zaha Hadid's designs have defied conventional ideas of architectural space and construction. The BMW Central Building in Leipzig, Germany, for example, is an audacious and abstracted geometry of forms and lines, challenging notions of building as static and proposing architecture as art.

O'Donnell + Tuomey: Selected Works
Author: Sheila O'Donnell and John Tuomey
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $27.26
ArchitectureWeek— Dublin, Ireland-based architects O'Donnell + Tuomey have brought a wealth of exciting buildings to the Emerald Isle for the past 17 years. Their striking modernist works show their appreciation for Ireland's rich cultural, historic, and civic identity without falling into stereotypes of pitched roofs, gables, slate, and brick. This monograph on the firm presents 15 of their institutional and residential projects through color photography, plans, and drawings.

New Architects 2: A Guide to Britain's Best Young Architectural Practices
Author: Architectural Foundation, editor
Publisher: Merrell Publishers Ltd.
Year: 2001
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ArchitectureWeek— An illustrated survey and directory of nearly 100 of Britain's best emerging practices.

Fresh Facts: The Best Buildings by Young Dutch Architects
Author: Ton Verstegen and Janny Rodermond
Publisher: NAi Publishers
Year: 2003
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ArchitectureWeek— A presentation of the work of five Dutch firms, shortlisted for a new architecture award from the Netherlands Architecture Institute: VMX Architecten, NL Architecten, Korteknie Stuhlmacher Architecten, MVRDV, and René van Zuuk Architecten.

Supernatural: The Work of Ross Lovegrove
Author: Ross Lovegrove and Paola Antonelli
Publisher: Phaidon Press Inc.
Year: 2004
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ArchitectureWeek— This book is the first monograph on the designer Ross Lovegrove. Written by the designer himself, with a forward by Paola Antonelli, it presents a complete overview of Lovegroves career, featuring realized and unrealized projects. Lovegrove`s work includes a wide range of products from furniture to high-tech products, from water bottles to airplane seats and explores the possibility of realizing sculptural and organic shapes through modern technology and material. In addition to the text, Supernatural contains over 300 color photographs and sketches.

Fresher Facts: The Best Buildings by Young Architects in the Netherlands
Author: Aaron Betsky, Ole Bouman, and Lucas Verweij
Publisher: NAI Publishers
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $29.95
ArchitectureWeek— The BasketBar by NL Architects, the Posbank by SeARCH, the FastFerry by DaF-architecten and Schots 1+2 op the Cibogasite (Groningen) by S333 Architecture + Urbanism are four unique projects demonstrating talent and brilliance. Fresher Facts takes a detailed look at these nominees for the AM NAI Prize, including a discussion of their concepts and contexts. This book is a snapshot of the new generation of Dutch architects.

The Top Young European Architects
Author: May Cambert
Publisher: Atrium Publishers Group
Year: 2005
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ArchitectureWeek— This first volume in the Top Architects series illustrates through photos and drawings the new trends and young talent from all over Europe. Featured architects include Jacob Mac Farlane, Mick Tonkin, Xavier de Geyter, Julian Monfort, Huttunen Lipasti, and Tuñón y Mansilla.

British Built: UK Architecture's Rising Generation
Author: Lucy Bullivant
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Year: 2005
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ArchitectureWeek— Profiling Britain's most dynamic and intriguing practices, British Built features projects by S333, Caruso St John, Alison Brooks, Foreign Office Architects (FOA), muf, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, Gollifer Langston, de Rijke Marsh Morgan (dRMM), Kathryn Findlay, FAT, Adjaye Associates, Sergison Bates, Klein Dytham Architects (KDa), and Deborah Saunt David Hills Architects. British Built is the sequel to SuperDutch and includes studio profiles and essays outlining the unique characteristics of the British architect working today and presenting an even younger generation of architects, includ-ing atopia, softroom, dECOi, and Tonkin Liu, among many others.

Another Modern: The Post-War Architecture and Urbanism of Candilis-Josic-Woods
Author: Tom Avermaete and Joan Ockman
Publisher: NAi Publishers
Year: 2006
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ArchitectureWeek— Another Modern focuses on the theory and practice of the architects Georges Candilis, Alexis Josic and Shadrach Woods, the French contributors to the influential architectural think tank, Team 10. Drawing for the first time on the archives of both Candilis and Woods, it re-situates the work of the Candilis-Josic-Woods partnership (1952-1970) within the international framework of CIAM as well as within the French context of decolonization and modernization during Les trente glorieuses, the "30 glorious years" between 1945 and 1975.

Archigram: Architecture without Architecture
Author: Simon Sadler
Publisher: The MIT Press
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $28.88
ArchitectureWeek— A critical, historical account of Britain's Archigram group which, in the 1960s, turned away from conventional architecture to propose cities that move and houses worn like clothes. In drawings inspired by pop art and psychedelia, architecture floated away, tethered by wires, gantries, tubes, and trucks. Sadler argues that Archigram's sense of fun takes its place beside the other cultural agitants of the 1960s, proposing attitudes and techniques that became standard for architects rethinking social space and building technology.

Compact Design Portfolio: Arne Jacobsen
Author: Christopher Mount
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Year: 2004
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ArchitectureWeek— The newest addition to the successful Compact Design Portfolio series focuses on a designer whose work is as visionary as it is recognizable; Arne Jacobsen, a midcentury modern master whose Ant Chair now outnumbers the population of his native Denmark. As with the other titles in the series, this book is written by a renowned design critic and provides a substantial gallery of the designer's works in a handy package.

Loris Cecchini: Monologue Patterns
Author: Loris Cecchini
Publisher: Photology
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $55.00
ArchitectureWeek— This exhibition catalogue consists of recent work by Loris Cecchini. The title refers to the design of sculptural-architectural spaces characterized in different ways through the use of subjects and materials that develop in space. The subjects are the interiors of cars, deformed environments and photographs of small, transparent architectural forms.

Tord Boontje
Author: Martina Margetts
Publisher: Rizzoli
Year: 2007
Amazon Price: $50.62
ArchitectureWeek— Tord Boontje is a product and furniture designer who draws from a rich graphic tradition to create objects of exceptional beauty and delicacy. With designs for Swarovski, Artecnica, and Moroso, his lamps, chairs, fabric designs, paper products, and art installations have been featured in exhibitions at the Milan Furniture Fair, the Victoria and Albert Musem and Art Basel Miami. This book is illustrated with over 300 sketches, concept renderings, and photographs and is itself an art object featuring custom printing effects: stencils, perforated and die-cut pages, and textured and woven details that capture the intricacy of Boontje's approach to pattern-making.

Zaha Hadid Complete Works
Author: Patrik Schumacher, Gordana Fontana-Giusti
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Year: 2004
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Josep Lluís Mateo: Works, Projects, Writings
Author: José Luis Pardo
Publisher: Ediciones Poligrafa
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $100.00
ArchitectureWeek— This book is a reflection on the work of Josep Lluís Mateo’s abundant architectural practice. One of Spain’s most renowned architects, Mateo's work has had enormous influence on the international architecture scene. His projects in Paris, The Hague, and Amsterdam, as well as newer designs in Haarlem, Basel, and Castelo Banco, are all analyzed in depth in this volume. Josep Lluís Mateo: Works, Projects, Writings includes a photographic essay on the International Convention Centre in Barcelona -- one of Mateo’s most authoritative projects of recent years.

Santiago Calatrava : Milwaukee Art Museum, Quadracci Pavilion
Author: Cheryl Kent
Publisher: Rizzoli
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $26.60
ArchitectureWeek— This monograph about the Quadracci Pavilion at the Milwaukee Art Museum, designed by Spanish-born architect and engineer Santiago Calatrava explores a celebrated architectural masterpiece in beautifully photographed detail.

David Adjaye - Houses and Projects
Author: Edited by Peter Allison
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Inc.
Year: 2005
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ArchitectureWeek— This book is Adjaye’s first monograph, and it documents thirteen of his most important projects, presented through descriptions, detailed plans, and photographs. There is also a series of "portfolios," visual essays that highlight the nature of Adjaye’s work, and a reference section. Peter Allison contributes to Domus, The Architectural Review, and other international architecture publications.

Gaetano Pesce: Il Rumore del Tempo
Author: Silvana Annicchiarico, editor
Publisher: Charta/Triennale di Milano
Year: 2005
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ArchitectureWeek— As if mimicking Gaetano Pesce’s emancipation of objects through design and thought, this monograph features a cover made of pig bristle, coconut fiber, and silicone (cut to mimic Pesce’s profile--nose and all); perforated pages that the reader can tear to create a unique object; and a wide selection of the designs that have arisen from Pesce’s outside-the-box thinking of the past five decades.

Get Off of My Cloud: Wolf D. Prix & Coop Himmelb(l)au: Texts 1968-2005
Author: Wolf D. Prix, with Martina Kandeler-Fritsch and Thomas Kramer, editors
Publisher: Hatje Cantz Publishers
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $34.73
ArchitectureWeek— A collection of the writings of Wolf Prix, cofounder with Helmut Swiczinsky of the noted Viennese firm Coop Himmelb(l)au. A depiction of architecture through language, expressing the theoretical and artistic underpinnings of the firm's work. Writings include interviews, lectures, and aphorisms.

Norman Foster: Works 2
Author: Norman Foster, David Jenkins
Publisher: Prestel Publishing
Year: 2006
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ArchitectureWeek— This latest addition to a comprehensive survey of Norman Foster, the Pritzker Prize-winning architect focuses on works from the 1980s to the early 1990s. Bringing together contributions from noted commentators alongside essays and observations from Norman Foster and his colleagues this overview reveals the key characteristics of Foster's distinctive design philosophy, showing how a commitment to social and environmental concerns and the exploration of new technologies have been at the heart of his practice from the outset.

UN Studio: Design Models
Author: Ben Van Berkel and Caroline Bos
Publisher: Rizzoli
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $54.75
ArchitectureWeek— Dutch designers Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos are said to have reinvented a number of standard building types, such as power stations, museums, bridges, transportation hubs, and live-work residences — including one based on a Möbius strip. This monograph portrays their understanding of digital design and their formal and material explorations for projects in Germany, Italy, Switzerland, and Korea, as well as in The Netherlands.

Mario Botta
Author: Philip Jodidio
Publisher: Taschen
Year: 1999
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ArchitectureWeek— Selected works of the modern Swiss master who feels that architecture must be in contrast to its natural setting, and in fundamental harmony with an urban environment.

Helmut Dietrich Much Untertrifaller: Architecture, Urbanism, Design
Author: Walter Zschokke
Publisher: Springer Verlag
Year: 2001
Amazon Price: $38.60
ArchitectureWeek— A survey of the work of Dietrich and Untertrifaller from alpine landscapes to the towns and villages of their native Austria.

Approximations: The Architecture of Peter Markli
Author: Mohsen Mostafavi, editor
Publisher: MIT Press
Year: 2002
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ArchitectureWeek— A survey of the work of contemporary Swiss architect Peter Markli from 1982 to the present, showing his influences in Greek antiquity, the Renaissance, African art, and Matisse's paintings.

Richard England
Author: Edwin Heathcote
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2003
Amazon Price: $31.37
ArchitectureWeek— The architecture of Richard England and its place in Mediterranean Modernism, particularly in Malta's capital city, Valletta.

Gae Aulenti
Author: Margherita Petranzan
Publisher: Universe Books
Year: 2003
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ArchitectureWeek— Survey of the work of renowned Italian architect, Gae Aulenti, whose output includes museums, theaters, furniture, and urban planning projects.

Jean-Pierre Heim: Architect
Author: Jean-Pierre Heim
Publisher: Visual Reference Publications
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $30.04
ArchitectureWeek— A portfolio of the work of architect Jean-Pierre Heim, who works in Paris, New York, and Athens, creating elegant office interiors, retail stores, restaurants, houses, hotels, and showrooms. The work shows influences of his world travels.

Jose Luis Sert
Author: Josep Rovira
Publisher: Phaidon Press Inc.
Year: 2003
Amazon Price: $75.00
ArchitectureWeek— Through careful archival research, the author Josep Rovira has assembled the entire legacy of José Luis Sert’s projects and has reconstructed the profile of one of the greatest Spanish architects of the twentieth century. The book conveys an overview of the avant-garde art and architecture movements of the time, with illustrations of important CIAM meetings, art, sculpture and architecture by artists who influenced Sert.

Marjetica Potrc - Urgent Architecture
Author: Edited by Michael Rush. Essays by Carlos Basualdo, Eyal Weizman, Liyat Esakov, Michael Rush and Marj
Publisher: Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art
Year: 2004
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ArchitectureWeek— Slovenian artist Marjetica Potrc discovers beauty in the unplanned urban landscapes of shantytowns, trailer parks, and barrios. In her installations in various art institutions, she sends instructions to the musum staff on how to build her installations--often inspired by a type of shelter found halfway across the world--out of local materials. Here she instructs/constructs a massive installation of housing units based on observations made of temporary shelters and gated communities in Caracas, the West Bank, and West Palm Beach. Urgent Architecture Includes a DVD of an interview with the artist.

Complex: The Architecture of KSP Engel and Zimmermann
Author: Edited by Ingeborg Flagge, essays by Architekten, texts by Peter Davey, Ingeborg Flagge
Publisher: Hatje Cantz Publishers
Year: 2004
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ArchitectureWeek— In the course of the past several years, KSP Engel and Zimmermann has become one of the most successful architecture firms in Germany. The firm now has offices in Berlin, Braunschweig, Frankfurt, Cologne, and Munich. Its projects include office buildings, hospitals, schools, libraries, sports facilities and residential architecture. KSP Engel and Zimmermann's rich architectural language covers a broad spectrum-from sensitive intervention in existing structures to striking high-rise buildings. This book examines forty projects representing the work of the internationally renowned architects' firm of KSP Engel and Zimmermann.

Zaha Hadid - Architektur
Author: Edited by Peter Noever, foreword by Peter Noever, texts by Andreas Ruby, Patrik Schumacher
Publisher: Hatje Cantz Publishers
Year: 2003
Amazon Price: $40.50
ArchitectureWeek— This book offers a comprehensive overview of the work of 2004 Pritzker Prize winning Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid. From her earliest works realized in 1979 to her most recent projects - it idelves into the possibilities of architecture on the borderline between the possible and the impossible. This publication contains numerous color illustrations of designs, models, and-as yet mostly unpublished-Major Paintings by Hadid, as well as photographs of buildings already built and still under construction, granting insights into all stages of project development from the abstract concept to its technical implementation. The texts by architecture critic Andreas Ruby and Patrik Schuhmacher, project partner at Zaha Hadid Architects, London, are integral parts of the book and shed light onto the architect´s oeuvre.

NOX: Machining Architecture
Author: Lars Spuybroek
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Year: 2004
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ArchitectureWeek— Part manual, part manifesto, part monograph, this book presents a comprehensive look at the methods and techniques of Lars Spuybroek and his studio's architecture. The book presents a complete documentation of NOX's oeuvre, including built and unbuilt work, essays by leading design and cultural critics, and explanatory texts by the architect that link the projects together. Specially commissioned illustrations make accesible for the first time Spuybroek's complex strategies and techniques.

Mario Botta - Light and Gravity. Architecture 1993-2003
Author: Gabriele Cappellato (Editor)
Publisher: Prestel
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $47.45
ArchitectureWeek— The recent works of the Swiss architect are presented in this monograph on his world-renowned work and previously unpublished plans. Hundreds of photographs, sketches, and plans illustrate the architect's desire to create structures that adhere to and complement their locations, and show how his choice of materials emphasizes craftsmanship and geometric order. 200 color illustrations.

Bruno Taut: Alpine Architektur - A Utopia
Author: Matthias Schirren
Publisher: Prestel
Year: 2005
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ArchitectureWeek— Available again after nearly a century, this visionary work by one of Europe's most important modern architects of the early twentieth century maps out the utopia of a global reconstruction. German architect Bruno Taut (1880-1938) was responsible for a number of groundbreaking buildings. He is equally well-known for his prodigious output of theoretical work, including his masterpiece, Alpine Architecture, in which he envisions the rebuilding of the world starting from the Alps. With full page illustrations and an informative essay on Taut's alpine architecture, this book presents a classic work of architecture to a new generation.

Zaha Hadid: Complete Works
Author: Zaha Hadid
Publisher: Rizzoli
Year: 2009
Amazon Price: $31.50
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