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a holiday guide to architecture books of 2012
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dec 08, 2012
a holiday guide to architecture books of 2012


‘in detail: building simply two’
editor: christian schittich
publisher: institut fur international architektur-dokumentation gmbh & co. kg
year: 2012
size: 176 pages, 230 x 297 mm
ISBN 978-3-920034-67-6
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here is a list of books which are sure to satisfy the construction craving of the architecture lovers on your gift list this holiday season!

with new technologies and innovations continuously being developed for structural fabrication, revisiting the fundamentals of architecture,
through material application and traditional building practices in a contemporary way has become key, in order to keep our built environment practical,
yet unique. beyond the facade of the buildings which surround us, ‘in detail: building simply two’ addresses the recurring theme of sustainability,
outlining international projects which focus on the local. it highlights the use of natural resources in construction, encouraging a move towards
more green applications and cost efficient forms of production, expressing the impact that humble architecture has.

 

 

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‘accommodation for orphans’ by TYIN tegnestue architects, noh bo, thailand, pages 84-85
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‘schools in mozambique’ by ziegert | roswag | seiler architekten ingenieure, pages 62-63
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slumtube pallet house‘ by andreas claus schnetzer & gregor pils, johannesburg, south africa, page 67
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cover: ‘in detail – building simply two’
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‘construction and design manual: architectural drawings’
editor: natascha meuser
publisher: dom publishers
year: 2012
size: 272 pages, size 225 × 280 mm
ISBN 978-3-86922-188-5
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in contrast, with the rise of digital aids such as CAD for rendering and visually realizing projects, the practice of pen and pencil drawing
has taken a bit of a backseat. ‘construction and design manual: architectural drawings’ takes a comprehensive look at the architectural sketches of 14 architects,
who still to this day develop their ideas free hand. it outlines the importance of this age old art in relation to today’s digital methods,
drawing on the work of zaha hadid, wolf d. prix and sergei tchoban as references to illustrate the scope of this expressive form.

 


drawings by zaha hadid, pages 124-125
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drawings by wolf d. prix, pages 148-149
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drawings by sergei tchoban, pages 186-187
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drawing by arno bonanni, pages 112-113
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cover: construction and design manual: architectural drawings
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gestalten ‘going public’
editors: r. klanten, s. ehmann, s. borges, l. feireiss
publisher: gestalten
year: 2012
size: 272 pages, 240mm x 300mm
ISBN: 978-3-89955-440-3
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the reclamation of space and encouraging the revival of the built public domain in recent years has brought about a sense of a collaboration,
which happened to be the focus of the 2012 venice architecture biennale ‘common ground’ curated by david chipperfield.
‘going public’ addresses our urban communal spaces and surveys the possibilities of how interaction between
humans as well as their surrounding environment can be increased through structural intervention.

 

 


‘moses bridge’ by RO&AD architecten, halsteren, the netherlands, pages 114-116
image courtesy of gestalten

 

 

 


pages 248-249
image courtesy of gestalten

 

 


pages 116-117
image courtesy of gestalten

 

 


cover: ‘going public: public architecture, urbanism and interventions’
image courtesy of gestalten


 

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20th-century world architecture
editors:
publisher: phaidon
year:2012
size: 824 pages, 450cm x 300cm
ISBN: 9780714857060
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’20th-century world architecture’ is an atlas of some of the finest pieces of architecture built over the last century.
divided into six world regions, the selection of projects represented touch on structures stemming from a diverse range of
cultural and geographical influences. from small to large-scale, the more than 750 works offers an enchanting overview of
contemporary architecture.

 

architecture books
buildings in asia
image courtesy of phaidon

 

 

 

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buildings in europe
image courtesy of phaidon

 

 

 

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buildings in oceania
image courtesy of phaidon

 

 

 

architecture books
cover: ’20th-century world architecture’
image courtesy of phaidon

 

 

 


‘oscar neimeyer in 3D’
the metropolitan cathedral in brasilia
image © vicente de paulo

 

 

and finally, in remembrance of oscar niemeyer (1907-2012), we recommend visionaire 62 rio and online art market paddle8‘s publication
of the revered brazilian architect’s extensive portfolio, which brings some of his best work to life in 3D. see designboom’s full report here

 

 


two images superimposed to construct the 3D depiction of ‘the metropolitan cathedral’ in brasilia
images © vicente de paulo

 

 


itamaraty palace’ in brasilia
image © vicente de paulo

 

 


two images superimposed to construct the 3D depiction of ‘itamaraty palace’ in brasilia
images © vicente de paulo

 

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