Architecture of the Off-Modern
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Architecture of the Off-Modern

Svetlana Boym's Architecture of the Off-Modern is an imaginative tour through the history and afterlife of Vladimir Tatlin's legendary but unbuilt Monument to the Third International of 1920. Boym traces the vicissitudes of Tatlin's tower, from its reception in the 1920s to its privileged recall in "the reservoir of unofficial utopian dreams" of the Soviet era. Boym offers an alternative history of modernism, postulating the "archite...

Spatial Planning and Climate Change (Natural and Built Environment Series)
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Spatial Planning and Climate Change (Natural and Built Environment Series)

Spatial planning has a vital role to play in the move to a low carbon energy future and in adapting to climate change. To do this, spatial planning must develop and implement new approaches. Elizabeth Wilson and Jake Piper explore a wide range of issues in this comprehensive book on the relationship between our changing climate and spatial planning, and suggest ways of addressing the challenges by taking a longer-sighted approach to ...

Reconstructing Architecture for the Twenty-first Century: An Inquiry into the Architect's World
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Reconstructing Architecture for the Twenty-first Century: An Inquiry into the Architect's World

This volume is an eloquent and farsighted call for a new approach to thinking about, producing, and inhabiting architecture. Using a richly conceived architectural history as a means for analysing debates that reverberate throughout the arts and human sciences, Anthony Jackson demystifies the myths of the architectural profession and in so doing reveals the way it has arisen out of particular relations of power in a world shifting fr...

Norwegian Wood: The Thoughtful Architecture of Wenche Selmer
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Norwegian Wood: The Thoughtful Architecture of Wenche Selmer

Whether set along the picturesque coast of Norway or in its remote mountains and forests, architect Wenche Selmer's wooden cabins and houses blend effortlessly into their surroundings. Combining local building traditions with modern conveniences, her designs evoke Norway in all its rugged beauty and smart Scandinavian pragmatism. Just looking at these cabins is an invitation to sit down at the lovingly designed dining table for a hea...

Global Environmental Governance and Small States : Architectures and Agency in the Caribbean
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Global Environmental Governance and Small States

This book provides an in-depth analysis of global environmental governance in the Anthropocene in the context of transformative environmental change and of the realities of Caribbean Small Island Developing States (SIDS). It explores the dynamic ways that global to local actors, institutions and norms relate to regional and local environmental policy, histories and contexts, and how this shapes future environmental outcomes for some ...

Artificial Light: A Narrative Inquiry into the Nature of Abstraction, Immediacy, and Other Architectural Fictions
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Artificial Light: A Narrative Inquiry into the Nature of Abstraction, Immediacy, and Other Architectural Fictions

"Beautifully written and illustrated with stunning photographs, Keith Mitnick's debut feature "Artificial Light" successfully weaves together the narratives of architectural criticism and great storytelling. Offering new perspectives on architecture through the lens of autobiographical notes that seem to fathom the fine distinction between authenticity and artificiality, this little book is a fresh take on critical theory, addressing...

Concrete Petrography, Second Edition: A Handbook of Investigative Techniques Ed 2
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Concrete Petrography, Second Edition: A Handbook of Investigative Techniques Ed 2

Written by the leading experts in the field 'Concrete Petrography' is a unique and invaluable part of the literature on the material properties of concrete. The book covers all aspects of the petrographic study of hardened concrete and related materials, from the selection of sample material and its preparation as petrographic specimens to a detailed discussion of the methods of examination and equipment. The core of the book is the ...

Performance Based Building Design 1: From Below Grade Construction to Cavity Walls
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Performance Based Building Design 1

Just like building physics, performance based building design was hardly an issue before the energy crises of the 1970s. With the need to upgrade energy efficiency, the interest in overall building performance grew. The term "performance" encompasses all building-related physical properties and qualities that are predictable during the design stage and controllable during and after construction. The term "predictable" demands calcula...

Bamboo Fences
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Bamboo Fences

Bamboo has emerged as the building material of choice for the twenty-first century. Designers in every fieldfrom architecture to aeronauticsare discovering ever more innovative uses for the miracle plant. Five times stronger than concrete and flexible enough to be woven like silk, bamboo has for millennia been an indispensable necessity of life for cultures around the world. Botanically classified as a grass, it is one of the fastest...