Friday, November 23, 2012

Architecture Titles from Selections 110

Selections 110, the latest issue of our monthly catalogue of new titles, has just been released. This is a selection of titles on architecture from it:

The Splendid Chinese Garden: Origins, Aesthetics, and Architecture by Hu Jie. This wide-ranging study of the history, styles and significance of Chinese gardens is by the international authority who designed Beijing's Olympic Park. The traditions and beliefs which underpin the layout and contents of China's classic gardens are explored, living examples of ancient and modern gardens in Northern and Southern China are described and discussed with some 300 photographs and layout plans. With an illustrated glossary, list of overseas Chinese gardens, bibliography, dynastic chronology and index.

Talking Architecture: Interviews with Architects by Hanno Rauterberg, Hanno. Here such distinguished figures as Cecil Balmond, Norman Foster, Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Philip Johnson, Rem Koolhaas, Daniel Libeskind, I. M. Pei, and others offer a wide-ranging assortment of perspectives on contemporary architecture and the architects' roles in shaping the state of the art today. Each interview focuses on the unique contributions of its subject, and is accompanied by images of their most important works. With a no-holds-barred approach the author obtains interesting details about their ideas on architecture in general, from where they get their inspiration to what formative experiences led them to become architects in the first place.

The New Asian City: Three-Dimensional Fictions of Space and Urban Form by Jini Kim Watson. Under Jini Kim Watson's scrutiny, the Asian Tiger metropolises of Seoul, Taipei, and Singapore reveal a surprising residue of the colonial environment. Drawing on a wide array of literary, filmic, and political works, and juxtaposing close readings of the built environment, Watson demonstrates how processes of migration and construction in the hypergrowth urbanscapes of the Pacific Rim crystallize the psychic and political dramas of their colonized past and globalized present. Tracing the way newly constructed spaces-including expressways, high-rises, factory zones, and department stores-become figured within cultural texts, The New Asian City explores how urban transformations were rationalized, perceived, and fictionalized. Watson shows how literature, film, and poetry have described and challenged contemporary Asian metropolises, especially around the formation of gendered and laboring subjects in these new spaces. She suggests that by embracing the postwar growth-at-any-cost imperative, they have buttressed the nationalist enterprise along neocolonial lines. The New Asian City provides an innovative approach to how we might better understand the gleaming metropolises of the Pacific Rim. In doing so, it demonstrates how reading cultural production in conjunction with built environments can enrich our knowledge of the lived consequences of rapid economic and urban development.

Casa Boholana: Vintage Houses of Bohol by Erik Akpedonu and Czarina Saloma. This is a historico-architectural illustrated study of vintage houses of several traditions and in different state of repair on the island of Bohol, Central Philippines. Some 500 homes form the basis of the study. Part 1 looks at the methodology and data of the architectural survey and factors governing the nature and distribution of Boholano houses since the early 19th century. Part 2 features 300 of the 508 houses identified, with inset colour photographs, construction details, and relevant social profiles. With glossary, bibliography and index.

Zen Gardens: The Complete Works of Shunmyo Masuno, Japan's Leading Garden Designer by Mira Locher. Shunmyo Masuno, Japan's leading garden designer, is at once Japan's most highly acclaimed landscape architect and an 18th-generation Zen Buddhist priest, presiding over daily ceremonies at the Kenkoji Temple in Yokohama. This beautiful book, illustrated with more than 400 drawings and color photographs, is the first complete retrospective of Masuno's work to be published in English. It presents 37 major gardens around the world in a wide variety of types and settings.

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