Developing Expertise

Architecture and Real Estate in Metropolitan America

Author: Sara Stevens

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300209932

Category: Architecture

Page: 288

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Real estate developers are integral to understanding the split narratives of twentieth-century American urban history. Rather than divide the decline of downtowns and the rise of suburbs into separate tales, Sara Stevens uses the figure of the real estate developer to explore how cities found new urban and architectural forms through both suburbanization and urban renewal. Through nuanced discussions of Chicago, Kansas City, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Denver, Washington, D.C., and New York, Stevens explains how real estate developers, though often maligned, have shaped public policy through professional organizations, promoted investment security through design, and brought suburban models to downtowns. In this timely book, she considers how developers partnered with prominent architects, including Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and I. M. Pei, to sell their modern urban visions to the public. By viewing real estate developers as a critical link between capital and construction in prewar suburban development and postwar urban renewal, Stevens offers an original and enlightening look at the complex connections among suburbs and downtowns, policy, finance, and architectural history.
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The Tourist City

Author: Dennis R. Judd,Susan S. Fainstein

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300078466

Category: Architecture

Page: 340

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An investigation of tourism and its transforming impact on cities, by urban experts from a variety of disciplines. They examine such tourist meccas as Las Vegas, Orlando and Boston, and take up themes such as the marketing of cities and how tourists perceive places.
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Landscapes of London

The City, the Country and the Suburbs, 1660-1840

Author: Elizabeth McKellar

Publisher: Paul Mellon Ctr for Studies

ISBN: 9780300109139

Category: Architecture

Page: 260

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The idea of a "Greater London" emerged in the 18th century with the expansion of the city's suburbs. In Landscapes of London, Elizabeth McKellar traces this growth back to the 17th century, when domestic retreats were established in outlying areas. This transitional zone was occupied and shaped by the urban middle class as much as by the elite who built villas there. McKellar provides the first major interdisciplinary cultural history of this area, analyzing it in relation to key architectural and planning debates and to concepts of national, social, and gender identities. She draws on a wide range of source materials, including prints, paintings, maps, poetry, songs, newspapers, guidebooks, and other popular literature, as well as buildings and landscapes. The author suggests that these suburban landscapes—the first in the world—were a new environment, but one in which the vernacular, the rustic, and the historic played a substantial part. This fascinating investigation shows London as the forerunner of the complex, multifaceted modern cities of today.
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Landscape in Sight

Looking at America

Author: John Brinckerhoff Jackson,Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300080742

Category: Gardening

Page: 440

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During a long and distinguished career, John Brinckerhoff Jackson (1909-1996) brought about a new understanding and appreciation of the American landscape. Hailed in 1995 by New York Times architectural critic Herbert Muschamp as 'America’s greatest living writer on the forces that have shaped the land this nation occupies,' Jackson founded Landscape Magazine in 1951, taught at Harvard University and the University of California at Berkeley, and wrote nearly 200 essays and reviews. This appealing anthology of his most important writings on the American landscape, illustrated with his own sketches and photographs, brings together Jackson’s most famous essays, significant but less well known writings, and articles that were originally published unsigned or under various pseudonyms. Jackson also completed a new essay for this volume, 'Places for Fun and Games,' a few months before his death. Focusing not on nature but on landscape - land shaped by human presence - Jackson insists in his writings that the workaday world gives form to the essential American landscape. In the everyday places of the countryside and city, he discerns texts capable of revealing important truths about society and culture, present and past. For this collection Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz provides an introduction that discusses the larger body of Jackson’s writing and locates each of the selected essays within his oeuvre. She also includes a complete bibliography of Jackson’s writings.
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A History

Author: Vittoria Di Palma

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300197799

Category: Architecture

Page: 280

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In an eloquent history of landscape and land use, Vittoria Di Palma takes on the “anti-picturesque”—how landscapes that elicit fear and disgust have shaped our conceptions of beauty and the sublime.
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Urban Form and Meaning in South Asia

The Shaping of Cities from Prehistoric to Precolonial Times

Author: Howard Spodek,Doris M. Srinivasan

Publisher: Studies in the History of Art

ISBN: 9780300075113

Category: Architecture

Page: 272

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Designing the Modern City

Urbanism Since 1850

Author: Eric Mumford

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300207727

Category: Cities and towns

Page: 360

View: 5061

A comprehensive new survey tracing the global history of urbanism and urban design from the industrial revolution to the present. Written with an international perspective that encourages cross-cultural comparisons, leading architectural and urban historian Eric Mumford presents a comprehensive survey of urbanism and urban design since the industrial revolution. Beginning in the second half of the 19th century, technical, social, and economic developments set cities and the world's population on a course of massive expansion. Mumford recounts how key figures in design responded to these changing circumstances with both practicable proposals and theoretical frameworks, ultimately creating what are now mainstream ideas about how urban environments should be designed, as well as creating the field called "urbanism." He then traces the complex outcomes of approaches that emerged in European, American, and Asian cities. This erudite and insightful book addresses the modernization of the traditional city, including mass transit and sanitary sewer systems, building legislation, and model tenement and regional planning approaches. It also examines the urban design concepts of groups such as CIAM (International Congresses of Modern Architecture) and Team 10, and their adherents and critics, including those of the Congress for the New Urbanism, as well as efforts toward ecological urbanism. Highlighting built as well as unbuilt projects, Mumford offers a sweeping guide to the history of designers' efforts to shape cities.
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The London Square

Gardens in the Midst of Town

Author: Todd Longstaffe-Gowan

Publisher: Paul Mellon Ctr for Studies

ISBN: 9780300152012

Category: Architecture

Page: 334

View: 5993

"Published for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art."
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The Country House Library

Author: Mark Purcell

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780300227406

Category: Architecture

Page: 352

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Beginning with new evidence that cites the presence of books in Roman villas and concluding with present day vicissitudes of collecting, this generously illustrated book presents a complete survey of British and Irish country house libraries. Replete with engaging anecdotes about owners and librarians, the book features fascinating information on acquisition bordering on obsession, the process of designing library architecture, and the care (and neglect) of collections. The author also disputes the notion that these libraries were merely for show, arguing that many of them were profoundly scholarly, assembled with meticulous care, and frequently used for intellectual pursuits. For those who love books and the libraries in which they are collected and stored, The Country House Library is an essential volume to own.
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North and West

Author: Alan Brooks,Jennifer Sherwood

Publisher: Pevsner Architectural Guides

ISBN: 9780300209303

Category: Architecture

Page: 800

View: 4213

This volume is a fully expanded and revised architectural guide to the greater part of Oxfordshire, based on Jennifer Sherwood s 1970s account, full of new information and with specially commissioned photography.The vernacular architecture of the villages and farms is well represented here, as well as notable town architecture and the medieval parish churches for which the area is well known. Oxfordshire is also a county of great houses, from the romantic medieval ruins of Minster Lovell to the late flowering of Lutyens s 1930s Middleton Park; the grandest, however, is Blenheim Palace, the Baroque masterpiece designed by John Vanbrugh (1664 1726). "
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Lanarkshire and Renfrewshire

Author: Rob Close,Frank Arneil Walker,John Gifford

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780300215588


Page: 800

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Lanarkshire and Renfrewshire are among the least-known counties in Scotland, but no other area can lay claim to their astounding diversity of character. Though situated close to Glasgow's bustle, Lanarkshire's deeply rural villages contain troves of cottages and churches; the county is also dotted with the former steel and iron towns of the Lanarkshire coal fields, which supported a profitable mining industry from the mid-18th until the early 20th century. To Lanarkshire's west, Renfrewshire boasts the medieval center of Paisley, and the great port of Greenock along the River Clyde. Featuring new photography and the clear and careful exposition that are hallmarks of this acclaimed series, this book will be the fifteenth and final volume in the Buildings of Scotland.
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CDM 2015: a Practical Guide for Architects and Designers

Author: Paul Bussey

Publisher: Riba Publishing

ISBN: 9781859466131

Category: Architecture

Page: 128

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This is the designer's essential guide to implementing the new CDM 2015 regulations. It provides both a straightforward overview of the key changes and new duty holders, including the Principal Designer, as well as full colour diagrams and annotated plans which demonstrate how to apply the principles in the real world. As the regulations come into force it aims to reassure those fearing a change in their obligations by outlining easy to use practical tools which will integrate the philosophy of the new regulations - of proportionate response, creative solutions and collaborative working - into day-to-day practice. It's designed as a concise and handy quick reference guide, easy to carry around on site or use at your desk, translating what can be dry and often impenetrable legislation into a set of simple, intuitive, design friendly and safe messages. Written by an architect with considerable industry experience in CDM, with intimate knowledge of the new regulations and years of practice in technical design enabling designers to integrate CDM without compromising their vision. It provides authoritative CDM support that tailored for the design professions, especially in the often misunderstood but essential area of aesthetics. This is a must-have for all designers and architects who will need to utilise the new regulations in their projects from April 2015 onwards as well as the contractors, clients and consultants who will need to understand and collaborate with them.
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Why Preservation Matters

Author: Max Page

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300218583

Category: Architecture

Page: 224

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Commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act, a critique of the preservation movement--and a bold vision for its future Every day, millions of people enter old buildings, pass monuments, and gaze at landscapes unaware that these acts are possible only thanks to the preservation movement. As we approach the October 2016 anniversary of the United States National Historic Preservation Act, historian Max Page offers a thoughtful assessment of the movement's past and charts a path toward a more progressive future. Page argues that if preservation is to play a central role in building more-just communities, it must transform itself to stand against gentrification, work more closely with the environmental sustainability movement, and challenge societies to confront their pasts. Touching on the history of the preservation movement in the United States and ranging the world, Page searches for inspiration on how to rejuvenate historic preservation for the next fifty years. This illuminating work will be widely read by urban planners, historians, and anyone with a stake in the past.
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Reyner Banham and the Paradoxes of High Tech

Author: Todd Gannon

Publisher: Getty Publications

ISBN: 1606065300

Category: Architecture

Page: 256

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Reyner Banham and the Paradoxes of High Tech reassesses one of the most influential voices in twentieth-century architectural history through a detailed examination of Banham’s writing on High Tech architecture and its immediate antecedents. Taking as a guide Banham’s habit of structuring his writings around dialectical tensions, Todd Gannon sheds new light on Banham’s early engagement with the New Brutalism of Alison and Peter Smithson, his measured enthusiasm for the “clip-on” approach developed by Cedric Price and the Archigram group, his advocacy of “well-tempered environments” fostered by integrated mechanical and electrical systems, and his late-career assessments of High Tech practitioners such as Norman Foster, Richard Rogers, and Renzo Piano. Gannon devotes significant attention to Banham’s late work, including fresh archival materials related to Making Architecture: The Paradoxes of High Tech, the manuscript he left unfinished at his death in 1988. For the first time, readers will have access to Banham’s previously unpublished draft introduction to that book.
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Landscapes of Modern Architecture

Wright, Mies, Neutra, Aalto, Barragn

Author: Marc Treib

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780300208412

Category: Architecture

Page: 272

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An authoritative study of the interrelationship between modern architecture, landscape, and site strategy as viewed through the work of five prominent architects Modern architects are often condemned for a seeming disregard of site considerations such as climate, topography, and existing vegetation. Noted landscape and architectural historian Marc Treib counters this prevailing view in an authoritative and unprecedented survey of 20th-century buildings and their landscapes. Exploring a range of architectural, philosophical, and theoretical approaches, Treib investigates the site strategies of five prominent modern-period architects: Frank Lloyd Wright (1867 1959), Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886 1969), Richard Neutra (1892 1970), Alvar Aalto (1898 1976), and Luis Barragan (1902 1988). The character of the sites on which these architects worked dramatically affected their architecture and gardens, a fact illustrated by Wright s organic regard of the desert; Mies s evolving divorce of building from terrain; Neutra s transformation of the realities of the site; Aalto s use of the forest metaphor and interior landscapes; and Barragan s architectonic conversion of the land. Fully illustrated with rarely published archival drawings and plans, accompanied by the author s own exceptional photographs, this book presents the spectrum of architectural responses to the constraints of site, climate, client, program, building material, region, and nation. Taken as a group, the work of these five architects sheds important light on the consideration and influence of the site and landscape on the practice of architecture during the 20th century."
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London in the time of the Stuarts

Author: Sir Walter Besant

Publisher: N.A


Category: London (England)

Page: 384

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Essays on England, Ireland, and Empire

Author: John Stuart Mill

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 1442638656

Category: Philosophy

Page: 744

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John Stuart Mill's political essays are a blend of the practical and the theoretical. In this volume are gathered together those in which the practical emphasis is more marked; those in which theory is predominant are found in Essays on Politics and Society, Vols XVIII and XIX of the Collected Works. The Essays on England, Ireland, and the Empire are mainly from Mill's early career as a propagandist for the Philosophic Radicals (a term he himself coined). They provide a contemporary running account of British political issues at home and abroad, with a vigorous and sometimes acerbic commentary. Historians as well as political scientists will find interesting details of the view from the radical side, and all students of Mill will welcome the further elucidation of his development. Of special interest are his precocious if tendentious attack on Hume's History of England, and his reactions to Canadian and Irish issues, the latter being the subject of a previously unpublished manuscript. The textual apparatus includes a collation of the manuscript materials and identification of Mill's quotations and references.
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Art and Artists of the Norwich School

Author: Josephine Walpole

Publisher: Antique Collectors Club Limited


Category: Art

Page: 176

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The Norwich artists managed to preserve their British individualism yet, somehow, there grew up between them a bond which has not only held the School together but enhanced its prestige and increased its stature as the years have gone by.
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Reassessing Rudolph

Author: Timothy M. Rohan,Pat Kirkham

Publisher: Yale School of Architecture

ISBN: 9780300225860


Page: 240

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American architect Paul Rudolph (1918-1997) was internationally known in the 1950s and early 1960s for his powerful, large-scale concrete buildings. Hugely influential during his lifetime, Rudolph was one of the most significant American architects of his generation. To a remarkable extent, his reputation rose and fell with the fortunes of postwar modernism in America. This insightful book reconsiders Rudolph's architecture and the discipline's assessment of his projects. It includes nearly a dozen essays by well-known scholars in the fields of architectural and urban history, all of which shed new light on Rudolph's theories and practices. Contributions explore the architect's innovative use of materials, including plywood, Plexiglas, and exposed concrete; the places he lived and worked, from the Anglo-American axis to the Bengal delta; his affiliation with CIAM (Congr�s Internationaux d'Architecture Moderne); and currents within his philosophy of architecture.
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