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Resource Salvation: The Architecture of Reuse

A valuable source of information, insight, and fresh ideas about a crucial aspect of the growing sustainable design movement Mounting resource shortages worldwide coupled with skyrocketing extraction costs for new materials have made the prospect of materials reuse and recycling an issue of paramount importance. A fundamental goal of the sustainable design movement is to derive utmost use from construction materials and components, i...

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Bare Architecture: A Schizoanalysis

A brilliant book. In Bare Architecture Chris L. Smith describes architecture as a vehicle for departing from a spatial and temporal present; allowed to stray, to be set adrift, the body arrives at new formations by letting go of the here and now. In escaping, architecture and body become dislocated senses of form and force. Written with intellectual rigour and grace, Bare Architecture is an astonishing piece of research.

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Essential Book of Shaker

In the late 1700s the Shakers established the first and only truly Utopian communities in America. Dedicated to God and each other, they worked together to create societies separate from the concerns and conflicts of the everyday world. Eighteen Shaker communities were established, from Maine to Kentucky. They built their own homes, churches, and furnishings, considering first what was useful and doing away with any unnecessary detai...

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The Situationist City (MIT Press)

The Situationist City makes an important contribution to the burgeoning literature on the Situationists International. Emphasizing the situationists' initial phase of activity -- unity urbanism -- Simon Sadler locates the movement within European postwar culture, mapping the relation to mainstream architecture and urbanism as well as to more experimental architectural practices. Here, traced for the first time, are links between the ...

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Spectacular Mexico: Design, Propaganda, and the 1968 Olympics

In the wake of its early twentieth-century civil wars, Mexico strove to present itself to the world as unified and prosperous. The preparation in Mexico City for the 1968 Summer Olympics was arguably the most ambitious of a sequence of design projects that aimed to signal Mexico's arrival in the developed world. In Spectacular Mexico, Luis M. Castaneda demonstrates how these projects were used to create a spectacle of social harmony ...

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Landscape Architecture: An Introduction

Aimed at prospective and new students, this book gives a comprehensive introduction to the nature and practise of landscape architecture, the professional skills required and the latest developments. After discussing the history of the profession, the book explains the design process through principles such as hierarchy, human scale, unity, harmony, asymmetry, color, form, and texture. It looks at how design is represented through bo...

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The Tabernacle of Exodus As a Work of Art: An Aesthetic of Monotheism

The Tabernacle of Exodus has never been explored as a work of art. That exploration reveals that it is a work of seminal influence upon the art and architecture Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The aesthetic and geometric relationships are consistent with ancient religious architecture and artifacts. This work establishes ancient Isreal's Tabernacle as described in Exodus as an artwork of seminal importance to the understanding of w...

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Seismic Performance of Soil-Foundation-Structure Systems

Seismic Performance of Soil-Foundation-Structure Systems presents invited papers presented at the international workshop (University of Auckland, New Zealand, 21-22 November 2016). This international workshop brought together outstanding work in earthquake engineering that embraces a holisticconsideration of soilfoundation-structure systems. For example, the diversity of papers in this volume is represented by contributions from the ...

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Planting in a Post-Wild World: Designing Plant Communities for Resilient Landscapes

“As practical as it is poetic. . . . an optimistic call to action.” —Chicago Tribune Over time, with industrialization and urban sprawl, we have driven nature out of our neighborhoods and cities. But we can invite it back by designing landscapes that look and function more like they do in the wild: robust, diverse, and visually harmonious. Planting in a Post-Wild World by Thomas Rainer and Claudia West is an inspiring call to action ...