Saturday, January 28, 2012

Architecture Books in Selections 106

Selections 106, the latest issue of our catalogue of new titles, has just been released.  This issue includes 3 titles on architecture:

The Practice Of Practice 2: Research in the Medium of Design edited by Leon Van Schaik and Michael Spooner. This volume brings together comprehensive excerpts from the catalogues documenting the design practice research of eighteen architects who were invited to participate in the 'invitational' research program at RMIT. The research here presented offers a wealth of evidence about the design practices of architects and practitioner academics. This is the Fifth edition of RMIT University's Postgraduate Masters work and features contributions from some of Australia's leading architecture practices, including Scott Balmforth, Gerard Reinmuth, Sara Cole, Riet Eeckhout, Ephraim Joris, Brian Donovan, Timothy Hill, Nikki Kalms, Michael Patroni, m3Architecture, Robert Simeoni, Leigh Wolley, Adrian Iredale, Finn Pedersen, Robert Morris Nunn, Dale Jones Evans, Roger Wood & Randal Marsh.

The Urban Design of Impermanence: Streets, Places and Spaces in Hong Kong by Peter Cookson Smith. The notion of impermanence underlies the urban design language of Hong Kong to a significant extent. The city's intensely urban environment has long reflected embedded patterns of change and temporality in both physical and cultural dimensions - a forever reconstructed city of dislocation, adaptation and imagination. These characteristics are intrinsically interwoven with street and spatial patterns, producing a sense of immediacy and transience, ingrained within the fabric and memory of the city. This might stem, on the one hand, from a philosophy of change inherent in cultural traditions, but it also reflects more tangible issues accumulated from historical imprints, regimes of displacement, and constant transformation of the urban environment. This collection of sketches, illustrations and essays seeks to reflect the evolving character and personality of Hong Kong - an informality in the way its older streets, urban places and spaces are used, and how this encodes the 'everyday' experience of the city through a profusion of visual incident, expression, and an intensity of fragmented features that exude Hong Kong's high density urban values.

Architectural Guide Tokyo by Ulf Meyer. In this guide to the city's architecture, vista photographs introduce the shape of the built area of Tokyo. Text and photo insets describe some 200 post-1945 buildings. Location details are set out with sketch plains which include subway route maps. Index of buildings.

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