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Now revised, this book takes a unique look ‘inside’ 29 of Cape Town’s most notable buildings. If you have ever wondered what lies behind an interesting facade, or wished you could peek behind a closed door, Hidden Cape Town is the book for you. The author and photographer have collaborated to reveal the artworks and architectural secrets that lie behind the doors of some wellknown, and lesser known, landmark buildings in and around the ‘Mother City’. These buildings are part of our collective heritage, reflecting the myriad cultural influences that have shaped our country. These ‘hidden’ interiors include the Sendinggestig Museum, South African National Library, City Hall, Palm Tree Mosque, Welgelegen, the Royal Observatory, Bertram House, the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of St George, Groote Schuur, the Old Synagogue and the officer’s mess of the Cape Town Rifles (‘The Dukes’).
The award-winning architectural and design practice Mathews and Associates Architects was established in October 2000. To commemorate two decades of design, Pieter Mathews and his team have selected a diverse range of building types from more than 300 projects completed over the past twenty years.
Says Pieter Mathews, principal architect at Mathews and Associates Architects: “This publication gives me and my team an opportunity to look back, but it also allows us to look to the future with a clear vision and a spirit of innovation. It is our vision to expose the general public to architecture and to facilitate an understanding of, and appreciation for, design by enabling them to experience buildings first-hand. The selected projects from the past two decades anchor this publication, but a glimpse of the near future has also been included. 2020 will be remembered in history as the year in which the world came to a stop, changing our ways and our professions forever, but no matter how the world changes, architects will always have a role to play in society in one way or another. After all these years, my credo that a brick in a poetically designed building costs exactly the same as a brick in a mundane building, stands firm.”
In 2018 Pieter Mathews was honoured by the Afrikaans Academy for the Arts and Sciences (die Suid-Afrikaanse Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns) with the Medal of Honour Visual Art (Architecture).
The Franco-Swiss photographer Helene Binet (b. 1959) is renowned for making images that express an intimate experience of architecture. Using a combination of analogue and digital techniques, her photographs are both a representation and a discovery of her subjects, all of them buildings that break the mould, pushing daringly at the boundaries of their time. In this selection of some ninety of her photographs - ranging from the baroque London churches of Nicholas Hawksmoor and the Jantar Mantar Observatory in Jaipur through to buildings of contemporary architects Le Corbusier, Peter Zumthor, John Hejduk, Daniel Libeskind and Zaha Hadid - her work is revealed in all its subtlety and quiet sensitivity.
Writing the City into Being is Bremner’s long-awaited collection of essays, spanning more than a decade of work on Johannesburg. It is both an unflinching analysis of the characteristics of an extraordinary city and a work of imagination – a bringing of the evasive city into being through writing. Johannesburg has become a touchstone in critical thinking on the development of the twenty-first-century city, attracting scholars from around the world who seek to understand how cities are changing in the face of urban migration in all its myriad forms and the inflow of foreign capital and interest. Bremner is at the forefront of this scholarship. Her intimate knowledge of the city makes this a deeply personal but authoritative collection of essays.
Lost Futures looks in detail at the wide range of buildings constructed in Britain between 1945 and 1979. Although their bold architectural aspirations reflected the forward-looking social ethos of the postwar era, many have since been either demolished or altered beyond recognition.Photographs taken at the time of their completion are accompanied by expertly researched captions that examine the buildings' design, creation, the ideals they embodied and the reasons for their eventual destruction. Lost Futures covers many building types, from housing to factories, commercial spaces and power stations, and presents the work of both iconic and lesser-known architects. The author charts the complex reasons that led to the loss of these projects' ambitious futures, and assesses whether some might one day be recaptured.
For long, spatial design has been seen as an action that could be performed by people and for people only. And today, even though some of the most meaningful projects of our times seem to challenge this concept, qualitative researches still struggle to emerge. This is why this book collects, reconstructs, and discusses archetypal models of posthuman architecture, from the cabin of Henry David Thoreau to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. To show how architectural, landscape, and industrial designers, be they professional practitioner or not, redefined their tools in order to meet the functional and symbolic needs of new and different kinds of subjects. All this in ten monographic architectural tales, thought to trace the evolution of an extended idea of coexistence between humans and other species and technologies.
The richness and diversity of Dutch contributions to the built environment of South Africa remain little-known in the study of twentieth-century architectural history. Between 1902 and 1961 more than seventy Dutch-born émigré architects were active from the Cape to the Highveld, both in major towns and remote areas, and they designed hundreds of buildings and neighborhoods.
A sequel to the acclaimed Eclectic ZA Wilhelmiens: A Shared Dutch Built Heritage in South Africa, Common Ground reveals the great variety of styles and building types from this period, ranging from buildings for communities, religious practice, banking, industry, and civil infrastructure to the evolution of the Pretoria dwelling and low-cost housing.
These contributions are also contentious as they relate to the time of the entrenchment of apartheid. Yet these architects' extant work is an undeniable part of South Africa today and often still in daily service.
In the history of the United States, the Gilded Age, a term first coined by Mark Twain, is associated with an era of unparalleled growth, prosperity and cultural change - mansions in Newport; F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby; and the creation of the modern metropolis that we now recognise as New York City. Spanning from the 1880s to the 1930s, this period is also fittingly referred to as the American Renaissance. ...And just like in the Italian Renaissance, an elite group ruled New York. These were the titans of American finance and industry whose unprecedented, and unchecked, power and wealth was supreme in the land - Astor, Carnegie, Morgan, Rockefeller, and Vanderbilt. To this wealthy elite, it was not enough that the city merely be the nation's financial capital. Their collective dream was to create a new city, a new metropolis that would also become the nation's cultural capital. Simply put, their dream was to create a new "Paris on the Hudson" - and to do that they needed architecture rich in grandeur, full of historical reference, and dripping in embellishment, to flaunt their wealth and power to the world. Enter the Beaux-Arts style.
An evocative chronicle of the power of solitude in the natural world I'm often asked, but have no idea why I chose Iceland, why I first started going, why I still go. In truth I believe Iceland chose me.-from the introduction Contemporary artist Roni Horn first visited Iceland in 1975 at the age of nineteen, and since then, the island's treeless expanse has had an enduring hold on Horn's creative work. Through a series of remarkable and poetic reflections, vignettes, episodes, and illustrated essays, Island Zombie distills the artist's lifelong experience of Iceland's natural environment. Together, these pieces offer an unforgettable exploration of the indefinable and inescapable force of remote, elemental places, and provide a sustained look at how an island and its atmosphere can take possession of the innermost self. Island Zombie is a meditation on being present. It vividly conveys Horn's experiences, from the deeply profound to the joyful and absurd. Through powerful evocations of the changing weather and other natural phenomena-the violence of the wind, the often aggressive birds, the imposing influence of glaciers, and the ubiquitous presence of water in all its variety-we come to understand the author's abiding need for Iceland, a place uniquely essential to Horn's creative and spiritual life. The dramatic surroundings provoke examinations of self-sufficiency and isolation, and these ruminations summon a range of cultural companions, including El Greco, Emily Dickinson, Judy Garland, Wallace Stevens, Edgar Allan Poe, William Morris, and Rachel Carson. While brilliantly portraying nature's sublime energy, Horn also confronts issues of consumption, destruction, and loss, as the industrial and man-made encroach on Icelandic wilderness. Filled with musings on a secluded region that perpetually encourages a sense of discovery, Island Zombie illuminates a wild and beautiful Iceland that remains essential and new.
The first comprehensive account of how and why architects learned to communicate through color Architectural drawings of the Italian Renaissance were largely devoid of color, but from the seventeenth century through the nineteenth, polychromy in architectural representation grew and flourished. Basile Baudez argues that colors appeared on paper when architects adapted the pictorial tools of imitation, cartographers' natural signs, military engineers' conventions, and, finally, painters' affective goals in an attempt to communicate with a broad public. Inessential Colors traces the use of color in European architectural drawings and prints, revealing how this phenomenon reflected the professional anxieties of an emerging professional practice that was simultaneously art and science. Traversing national borders, the book addresses color as a key player in the long history of rivalry and exchange between European traditions in architectural representation and practice. Featuring a wealth of previously unpublished drawings, Inessential Colors challenges the long-standing misreading of architectural drawings as illustrations rather than representations, pointing instead to their inherent qualities as independent objects whose beauty paved the way for the visual system architects use today.
A brief history of the Great Wall of China, begun about 2,200 years ago to keep out Mongol invaders.
This issue of AD posits that this re-examination and redeployment of postmodernist approaches is the architectural attempt to reflect, grapple with and make sense of the current political and economic situation. The term 'ad hoc' is used to describe a resistance to stylistic conformity and predictability that embraces individuality, and which conceives architecture in a broader cultural space. As a mode of practice marked by stylistic divergence, the links, shared interest and continuities that exist among a range of architects are often overlooked. It will explore and provide a critical analysis of the design tactics and the strategies that inform them, and will investigate some key questions: What is it that has led architects to adopt tactics that have long been vilified within architectural culture? What connections exist between our present moment and the postmodern one, architecturally and in terms of the broader political shifts, in particular our present moment's return of the grand narrative - whether of populist nationalism, identity or climate change? What do these tactics represent, how do they reflect this situation, and what do they offer in articulating a position for architects and the public role of their profession? This issue brings together a range of architects and critical voices to reflect on these questions and offer some answers. Essays by historians and critics situate practice in relation to postmodernism and its legacies. Following these will be essays by architects situating their work in relation to the ideas posited by the thematic introduction, and the broader contexts in which it operates and proceeds. The issue will be completed by interviews with early career architects, reflecting on their work thus far, its influences, pressures and future directions.
In the architecture world, sustainability has evolved from an optional feature into an urgent necessity. Now in paperback, this publication presents 25 building projects from around the world that range from a nursery to an office skyscraper, from a medical centre to an artist's residence, public buildings and private homes. Sustainability no longer refers just to the economy, resources, recyclable materials, renewable energy and eco-friendliness; its definition now extends to informed design at every turn, leveraging the characteristics of the location, local history and local traditions, fostering short supply chains and assessing the long-term impact that new constructions will have. In doing so, this book illustrates environmentally-friendly construction projects and the current social and economic impact of this industry, considering not only the health of our planet but also the impact of architecture on people and the way we live. Featuring large-scale high-quality photographs and images of construction details plus drawings, sections, sketches and exploded isometrics, this volume includes a meticulous selection of contemporary buildings by innovative international architecture firms. Included projects: Brazil: STUDIO MK27, Private House Casa Na Mata - In Harmony With Nature (Guaruja, Brazil). Chile: CAZU ZEGERS ARQUITECTURA, Tierra Patagonia Hotel (Torres Del Paine, Chile). China: AMATEUR ARCHITECTURE, Guesthouse Wa Shan (Hangzhou, China); TAO (Trace Architecture Office), Rockview Teahouse (Weihai, China) and Split Courtyard House (Beijing, China). France: LIPSKY + ROLLET ARCHITECTES, Student Residence Maison De L'inde (Paris, France). Germany: MBA/S, Villa H36 - Private House (Stuttgart, Germany). India: VIR.MUELLER ARCHITECTS, Ahmedabad University's Institute Of Engineering And Technology (Ahmedabad, India). Italy: ENZO EUSEBI+PARTNERS. Opificio Salpi (Preci, Italy); MCA - MARIO CUCINELLA ARCHITECTS, Municipal Nursery School (Reggio Emilia, Italy). Mexico: TALLER DE ARQUITECTURA X, Office Skyscraper Torre 41 - A Blend Of Nature and Structure (Mexico City, Mexico). Netherlands /USA MECANOO ARCHITECTEN | SASAKI ASSOCIATES, Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building - Facility Complex (Boston, USA); Portugal: MENOS E MAIS ARQUITECTOS ASSOCIADOS | JOAO MENDES RIBEIRO ARQUITECTO, Arquipelago Center for The Contemporary Arts (Sao Miguel, Portugal). USA: MASS DESIGN GROUP, Cholera Treatment Centre (Port-Au-Prince, Haiti) and Ludwig Pavilion Tuberculosis Hospital (Port-Au-Prince, Haiti); MICHAEL MALTZAN ARCHITECTURE, Star Apartments - Social Housing Complex (Los Angeles, USA); OLSON KUNDIG ARCHITECTS, Pieso Poagen House - Rooted in the Wilderness (Spokane, USA); TOSHIKO MORI ARCHITECT, Thread - Artist Residency and Cultural Center (Sinthian, Senegal); WEISS- MANFREDI, Visitor Reception Building (East Hanover, USA) and Kent State Center for Architecture & Environmental Design (Kent, USA); WHY, Pomona College (Claremont, USA).
This book documents the impact of the Chinese culture on the development of city types in China in the past four decades, leading to surprising urban realities that often escape normative urban theories. The book uses the concept of drift, which, together with mutation, adaptation, and migration, contributes to the rudimentary patterns of biological change; drift of phenotypes takes place when chance events randomly terminate some features and allow other features to flourish in ways that are unrelated to other patterns. The Chinese culture has exerted a set of forces that may be seen to have functioned as "unexpected events" in the normative processes of urban change. Through 13 case studies, more than 60 original maps and drawings, and extensive photographic documentation, the book reveals how three "drift triggers" - ten thousand things, figuration, and group action - have altered typological development in Chinese cities in the past four decades.
This guide is aimed at providing a useful instrument for understanding the architectural history of London as well as a means for analysing the new construction trends that are characteristic of the city. The itineraries include about eighty architectural works, both historical and contemporary, which are fully illustrated with images, drawings and descriptions, and are marked on the front of the map with a reference number corresponding to the section in the book and the icon on the back of the map. The guide also provides information about museums, libraries, institutions, movie theatres, restaurants and gathering places. Among others, the project selection includes works by Allies and Morrison, Arup Associates, Ateliers Jean Nouvel, Avery Associates, Foster + Partners, Grimshaw Architects, Herzog & De Meuron, James Stirling, Jestico + Whiles, John Mc Aslan + Partners, Stanton Williams, OMA, Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Richard Rogers Partnership, Stanton Williams Architects, Studio Daniel Libeskind, Wilkinson Eyre Architects, Zaha Hadid Architects.
Up and Running with AutoCAD 2022: 2D and 3D Drawing, Design and Modeling presents a combination of step-by-step instruction, examples and insightful explanations. The book emphasizes core concepts and practical application of AutoCAD in engineering, architecture and design. Equally useful in instructor-led classroom training, self-study or as a professional reference, the book is written by a long-time AutoCAD professor and instructor with the user in mind.
This collection of ten case studies addresses the unique challenges surrounding the improvement of energy consumption and thermal comfort in modern buildings built between 1931 and 1969 and offers valuable lessons for other structures facing similar issues. These buildings, international in scope and diverse in type, style, and size, range from the Shulman House, a small residence in Los Angeles, to the TD Bank Tower, a skyscraper complex in Toronto, and from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, a cultural venue in Lisbon, to the Van Nelle Factory in Rotterdam, now an office building. Showing ingenuity and sensitivity, the case studies consider improvements to such systems as heating, cooling, lighting, ventilation, and controls. They provide examples that demonstrate best practices in conservation and show ways to reduce carbon footprints, minimize impacts to historic materials and features, and introduce renewable energy sources, in compliance with energy codes and green-building rating systems. The Conserving Modern Heritage series, launched in 2019, is written by architects, engineers, conservators, scholars, and allied professionals. The books in this series provide well-vetted cased studies that address the challenges of conserving twentieth century heritage. "
The Architectural League Prize for Young Architects + Designers is an annual competition, series of lectures, exhibition, and publication organized by The Architectural League of New York. For more than thirty years, the League Prize has recognized outstanding and provocative work by up-and-coming North American architects and designers. The 2018 competition theme, Objective, suggested that the topic "implies an action" and that "how we act, what our actions achieve, and how we argue for a design speak to our values as a discipline and as a society." The winners' work exemplifies the diverse ways young architects and designers are pursuing multiple "objectives," from projects that insightfully address social, economic, and political agendas to material and structural experimentation that inspires innovative design at every scale. Young Architects 20: Objective presents the work of the six winners of the 2018 Architectural League Prize for Young Architects + Designers competition.
FULLY ILLUSTRATED, UPDATED GUIDE TO THE STRATEGIC DESIGN OF GREEN BUILDINGS In the tradition of Building Construction Illustrated, Francis D.K. Ching and Ian M. Shapiro offer a fully illustrated guide to the theory and practice of sustainable design. This guide provides architects, designers, and builders in the green design professional community a framework and detailed strategies for designing substantively green buildings. With a focus on sustainable sites, approaching and reaching net-zero energy, low and zero-water usage, minimum-impact materials and superior indoor environmental quality, this guide explains why we need to build green, as well as green building theory and advancements in the industry. This Second Edition includes: All-new case studies featuring geographically diverse buildings with proven zero energy performance Expanded coverage of zero energy building design, as well as zero water and zero waste buildings Practical guidance for the schematic design of high-performance buildings, heating and hot water system selection, building envelope details, and integrating renewable energy Advanced strategies, such as the concept of shape efficiency, and the optimal location for stairwells in buildings Additional strategies for affordability in green design and construction Updated references to the latest codes and standards This Second Edition of Green Building Illustrated is an excellent resource for professionals, students and those interested in the design and construction of sustainable buildings.
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This issue of AD explores the working discipline of architecture as it impacts the material culture within which it is always embedded. An architecture of impact uses advanced digital techniques in such a way that its material assembly supersedes its use of the digital. Until now, this type of architecture has been formally and materially bound by restrictive conventional methodologies, which the digital project has moved from the scale of installations to three-dimensional building-sized fabrications. Unless architects turn to a new culture of making, architecture shaped by even innovative digital technology will become irrelevant. Architectural projects that are more subversive in how they are created and that lose their digital signature have greater potential to be at the forefront of the discipline's new materialisations. This issue illustrates these ideas and their architectural impact. Contributors: Kutan Ayata, Ben van Berkel, Hernan Diaz Alonso, David Goldblatt, Thomas Heatherwick, Ferda Kolatan, Ascan Mergenthaler, Antoine Picon, Casey Rehm, Patrik Schumacher, and Philip F Yuan. Featured architects: Archi-Union, Contemporary Architecture Practice, HDA-X, Heatherwick Studio, Herzog & de Meuron, Ishida Rehm Studio, Pininfarina, SHoP Architects, SU-11, UNStudio, and Young & Ayata, and Zaha Hadid Architects.
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