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In Dubai, a luxury apartment block is built in the shape of a giant iPod. In China, President Xi Jinping denounces the trend of constructing ‘bizarre’ new buildings in wacky shapes and colours. In C..
In this hyper-compact, fully illustrated guide to architecture, Susie Hodge outlines the history and theory of architecture from the earliest structures to the cutting-edge concepts of the present day. Along the way she profiles 200 key buildings, historic styles, architectural movements and celebrated architects from all around the world.
Contents include the Greek orders, Roman engineering, Got..
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Buildings are more like us than we realise. They can be born into wealth or poverty, enjoying every privilege or struggling to make ends meet. They have parents -- gods, kings and emperors, governments, visionaries and madmen -- as well as friends and enemies. They have duties and responsibilities. T..
‘A fabulous book, good enough to eat with a spoon! Marvellous.’ John Lloyd, creator of QI
‘Perfect for the armchair adventurer historian, this is a rich visual exploration of some of the most beautiful charts ever created.’ National Geographic
The Golden Atlas is a spectacular visual history of exploration and cartography, a treasure chest of adventures from the chronicles of global discov..
Death is the one certainty in life, yet, with the decline of religion in the West, we have become collectively reluctant to talk about it. Our contemporary rituals seek to sanitise death and distance us from our own inevitable fate. If we want to know how previous generations dealt with death, graveyards (famous and not) tell us the history -- if we are able to read them. If we want to know how ..
How to Read Buildings is a practical primer to looking at architecture and all the elements that are included in buildings, from cornices and friezes to columns and porticos - all facets of buildings are included. Each chapter takes an architectural element and looks at its variety across various historical periods and geographical locations. Examples are shown through dozens of fine engrav..
This handy, easy-to-carry book provides the reader with a strictly visual approach to reading the architecture of churches. Covering all the ecclesiastical building types of Western Christianity, readers are taken on a journey tracing the development of the church building from the simple stone halls of the Anglo-Saxon period right through to the eclectic designs of the nineteenth century. Anoth..
Small enough to fit in a pocket yet serious enough to provide real answers, this charmingly illustrated book is the ultimate field guide to domestic architecture. This sixth entry in the hugely popular How to Read series is a one-stop guide to understanding house styles. The book explains the aesthetics of house forms ranging from elaborately decorated Arts & Crafts architecture to..
How to Read Modern Buildings is an indispensable pocket-sized guide to understanding the architecture of the modern era.
It takes the reader on a guided tour of modern architecture through its most iconic and significant buildings, showing how to read the hallmarks of each architectural style and how to recognize them in the buildings all around.
From Art Deco and Arts and..
How to Read Towns & Cities is a pocket-sized primer to understanding the forces that have shaped the world's cities. It takes a practical, highly visual approach – showing us how to read the stories embedded in the fabric of the neighbourhoods, towns, and cities in which we live today.
The fortunes of towns and cities rise and fall along with the fate of the civilisations to wh..
The director of the Design Museum defines the greatest artefact of all time: the city. We live in a world that is now predominantly urban. So how do we define the city as it evolves in the twenty-first century? Drawing examples from across the globe, Deyan Sudjic decodes the underlying forces that shape our cities, such as resources and land, to the ideas that shape conscious elements of design,..
Cartea arata ca expresia individuala e cheia. Experimente privind distributia, culoarea, textura, materialele si finisarile sfarsesc in structuri urbane care reflecta cel mai individual din stilurile arhitecturale..
Dupa estetic rigida pop din anii '60, stilu funk din '70, eleganta high-tech din anii '90, designerii contemporani resping definirea stilistica precisa. Aici avem 23 de proiecte din intreaga lume care exemplifica grandoarea si eclectismul maximalismului modern...
'60 fantastical structures described and illustrated in this colourful and highly entertaining book.' The Sunday Times
'If you can’t think of a present for the armchair architect in your life – well, problem solved' The Daily Telegraph
'These ghostly architectural echoes entrance the reader.' The Field
‘This is a lavishly illustrated book of wonder for the dreamer in your life’ The Metr..
Discover the world of plastic. That inexpensive, flexible, resilient, and soft-ignored material enters the limelight in this book of plastic furniture, lighting, architecture, and everyday objects.
This book showcases the work of dozens of international designers who take plastic seriously. No longer just used for objects of practicality, each of the varied projects included puts a new spin o..
There are few more historic and evocative places in the world. Caesar was cremated there. Charles V and Mussolini rode by it in triumph. There Napoleon celebrated his festival of liberty.
In this radical reappraisal David Watkin teaches us to see the Forum with new eyes and helps us to rediscover its rich history. This is as stimulating to the armchair traveller as it is useful as a guide to ..
O incursiune extraordinar de instructiva in lumea toaletelor, de la cabinele mici de lemn din salbaticia Canadei pana la cuburile ca niste opere de arta din Japonia, de la colibele de stuf din Caraibe pana la grupurile sanitare alimentate de energia solara din Noua Zeelanda. E o carte foarte potrivita pentru studiu in cea mai mica incapere din casa voastra.....
Understanding the modern city and the powerful forces within it is the life's work of Harvard urban economist Edward Glaeser, who at forty is hailed as one of the world's most exciting urban thinkers. Travelling from city to city, speaking to planners and politicians across the world, he uncovers questions large and small whose answers are both counterintuitive and deeply significant. Should New..