"Blending fiction with fact, this book takes drawings, models and prints as starting points for stories about the human side of architecture, as told both by its makers and the people it was made for"--
A renowned architect and artist on how public architecture in our cities has lost contact with the lives of the common people. Behind the seemingly ordinary life of a practising architect lies a whole host of non-professional impulses that give shape to buildings. Stories of Storeys: Art, Architecture and the City is about these impulses and conditions—social, literate, personal and political—which are expressed, but often ignored in architecture. Bhatia looks at the ordinary, physical, visible and tactile involvement of our urban environment and the way it affects, communicates with, or influences us. An all-inclusive sociology of architecture, the book draws on the social life of some of architecture’s role players, people whose peculiar demands on design have come to characterize the building environment of our times, and times that are characterized by this progressive isolation of architecture from the society of common people.
Dreams and Schemes: Stories of People and Architecture is a non-fiction book about an architect as he learns his profession through his encounters with the many different people involved in the design and construction of buildings. It is filled interesting experiences as it describes through the use of more than 70 true stories, the broad spectrum of people with whom an architect may interact during the course of his/her practice. These include clients, partners, builders, consultants, union officials, lawyers, building department employees, government workers, foreign building officials, students, and the owners and users of the buildings. Each encounter is a learning experience, relating to some major or minor event in architecture, and almost always exposing some related human emotion or condition. The stories vary widely in content and serve as windows into the lives of people as they deal with each other, their architects or the many others involved in thecomplex process of turning dreams into reality. It is these many experiences that fill the book with interest and insights into the people involved in creating their built environment. Why write an architectural book about people? Because people are at the essential core of architecture. Without people there would not be architecture. Unlike a painter or sculptor who can practice their art alone their studio, the architect needs people to whom to respond. Yet very little has been written about this most important element of architectural practice. This book takes the reader on a journey through a life in architecture, sharing with them the emotional highs and lows that an architect may experience in his/her day-to-day working with people of varied backgrounds and desires in this creative art. The author is convinced that this human factor involved in the creation of architecture is central to its success and is quite often more interesting than the building that results. Each chapter in the book is filled with personal anecdotes gathered from the author´s more than 50 years in architecture as a practitioner, government official, teacher and consultant. The story topics will appeal to a wide range of interest. For readers interested in the world around them, the book will be revealing of how the built enironment is created and how it affects and is influenced by people. For architects and those entering the profession, the chapters will provide understandings of the thought processes of those with whom they interact. For clients, builders and building-users, they will find a further understanding of the design and construction process. And everyone should find fascination in seeing how others live their lives.
A lighthearted, illustrated guide takes readers through each step of the structuring process from identifying characters, to building conflict, to incorporating plotlines, in a resource that provides thousands of possible story combinations and a range of dramatic templates. Original.
Maryam Haghshenaslari (University of Manitoba student)
Fairy Tale Architecture is a ground-breaking book, the first study to bring architects in conversation with fairy tales in breathtaking designs. Little Red Riding Hood, Baba Yaga, Rapunzel, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Snow Queen: these and more than fifteen other stories designed by Bernheimer Architecture, Snøhetta, Rural Studio, LEVENBETTS, and LTL Architects and many other international vanguards have created stunning works for this groundbreaking collection of architectural fairy tales. Story by story, Andrew Bernheimer and Kate Bernheimer--a brother and sister team as in an old fairy tale--have built the ultimate home for lovers of fiction and design. Snow girls and spinning houses. Paper capes and engineered hair braids. Resin bee hives and infinite libraries. Here are futuristic structures made from traditional stories, inspired by everything from Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen and The Little Match Girl to the Brothers Grimm's Rapunzel and The Juniper Tree to fairy tales by Jorge Luis Borges and Joy Williams and from China, Japan, Russia, Nigeria, and Mexico. A desire for story and shelter counts as among our most ancient instincts, and this dual desire continues to inspire our most imaginative architects and authors today. Fairy Tale Architecture invites the reader into a space of wonder, into a new form that will endure ever after.
Colonial times witnessed several new constructions- giving shape to new spaces and interactions. This included both public and private spaces. This work focuses on specific public spaces from the colonial times across the regions of Kolkata (West Bengal, India) and Colombo (Western Province, Sri Lanka). Various similarities lie between these two cities pertaining to the British colonial times of the respective countries as the socio-cultural fabric slowly witnessed many changes within. Numerous public constructions across both cities stand till date, as sentinels to weave a communication of several stories of yore. The work aims to help in spreading awareness and an understanding about the need for a balance between history and modernity- a continuity from the past that helps to find answers to many questions in the present.
Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.
Stories of Absurd Realities and Natural Philosophies
Author: Robert Sumrell
AUDC's first book captures three moments in modern culture that offer glimpses into our increasingly perverse relationship to architecture, cities, and objects. The first, Ether, explores Los Angeles telecom hotel "One Wilshire," a 39 story building of utter banality and complete mystery. The second, the Stimulus Progression, looks at the strange story of the Muzak Corporation and the invention of a culture of horizontality. The third, Swarm Intelligence, visits Quartzsite, Arizona, a desert town of some 3,000 people that annually swells to over a million residents as a horde of modern nomads descends upon it in their Recreational Vehicles. AUDC ÝRobert Sumrell and Kazys Varnelis¨ explores the strange reality around us in a lively mix of philosophy, photography, architectural drawings and models, and new media.
An insiderýs view of public architecture ý ancient monuments and contemporary landmarks In this sequel to Punjabi Baroque and Other Memories of Architecture, Gautam Bhatia is on a reflective journey, as a tourist and architect, viewing Indiaýs architectural legacy. There has been a discernible purpose and design in all architecture down the ages, be it the quiet peace offered by ancient temples, the beauty and comfort reflected in Mughal architecture, or the expression of an imperial presence in British architecture. But public architecture today subsides into crumbling, peeling ruins even before work is completed on the buildings. As Gautam Bhatia notes in this account that is dosed liberally with his hallmark wit and sarcasm, neither utility nor aesthetics but caprice and prejudice form the guiding principles for those in power effecting architecture today.
Writing Architecture in Modern Italy tells the history of an intellectual group connected to the small but influential Italian Einaudi publishing house between the 1930s and the 1950s. It concentrates on a diverse group of individuals, including Bruno Zevi, an architectural historian and politician; Giulio Carlo Argan, an art historian; Italo Calvino, a fiction writer; Giulio Einaudi, a publisher; and Elio Vittorini and Cesare Pavese, both writers and translators. Linking architectural history and historiography within a broader history of ideas, this book proposes four different methods of writing history, defining historiographical genres, modes, and tones of writing that can be applied to history writing to analyze political and social moments in time. It identifies four writing genres: myths, chronicles, history, and fiction, which became accepted as forms of multiple postmodern historical stories after 1957. An important contribution to the architectural debate, Writing Architecture in Modern Italy will appeal to those interested in the history of architecture, history of ideas, and architectural education.
Salary surveys worldwide regularly place software architect in the top 10 best jobs, yet no real guide exists to help developers become architects. Until now. This book provides the first comprehensive overview of software architecture’s many aspects. Aspiring and existing architects alike will examine architectural characteristics, architectural patterns, component determination, diagramming and presenting architecture, evolutionary architecture, and many other topics. Mark Richards and Neal Ford—hands-on practitioners who have taught software architecture classes professionally for years—focus on architecture principles that apply across all technology stacks. You’ll explore software architecture in a modern light, taking into account all the innovations of the past decade. This book examines: Architecture patterns: The technical basis for many architectural decisions Components: Identification, coupling, cohesion, partitioning, and granularity Soft skills: Effective team management, meetings, negotiation, presentations, and more Modernity: Engineering practices and operational approaches that have changed radically in the past few years Architecture as an engineering discipline: Repeatable results, metrics, and concrete valuations that add rigor to software architecture
Narrative Architecture explores the postmodern concept of narrative architecture from four perspectives: thinking, imagining, educating, and designing, to give you an original view on our postmodern era and architectural culture. Authors Sylvain De Bleeckere and Sebastiaan Gerards outline the ideas of thinkers, such as Edmund Husserl, Paul Ricoeur, Emmanuel Levinas, and Peter Sloterdijk, and explore important work of famous architects, such as Daniel Libeskind and Frank Gehry, as well as rather underestimated architects like Günter Behnisch and Sep Ruf. With more than 100 black and white images this book will help you to adopt the design method in your own work.
40 Stories about Design for the Public Good by Architects and Their Clients
Author: John Cary
Draws on discussions with both architects and clients to survey 40 pro bono projects from various U.S. regions, providing coverage of structures in categories ranging from arts and education to health and housing that represent the donated time and resources of award-winning designers and community contributors.