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  • TRANS EUROPE EXPRESS : Tours of a Lost Continent
    TRANS EUROPE EXPRESS : Tours of a Lost Continent
    HATHERLEY OWEN
    ISBN: 9780141988320
    Title: TRANS EUROPE EXPRESS : Tours of a Lost Continent
    Author: HATHERLEY OWEN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: JUNE 2018 NEW RELEASE

    A searching, timely account of the condition of contemporary Europe, told through the landscapes of its cities.

    Over the past twenty years European cities have become the envy of the world: a Kraftwerk Utopia of historic centres, supermodernist concert halls, imaginative public spaces and futuristic egalitarian housing estates which, interconnected by high-speed trains traversing open borders, have a combination of order and pleasure which is exceptionally unusual elsewhere.

    In Trans-Europe Express, Owen Hatherley sets out to explore the European city across the entire continent, from Dniepropetrovsk to Madrid, Edirne to Reykjavik, and to see what exactly makes it so different to the Anglo-Saxon norm - the unplanned, car-centred, developer-oriented spaces common to the US, Ireland, UK and Australia. He also discovers another EU, where rail systems can't function, nationalism is on the rise, retail parks and tourists engulf cities and the deregulated public sphere rivals anything in Brexit Britain. And that's just the part of the continent allowed in the club, which resembles nothing so much as a rebranding of something much older: Christendom. Attempting to define the European city, Hatherley finds a continent divided both within the EU and outside it: the difference between Chisinau and Stockholm is so vast that it makes little sense to call them both European capitals.

    Trans-Europe Express is a striking picture of a continent that has managed to create urban environments more pleasant, comfortable and attractive than any created anywhere else in human history, and which is now in profound crisis.


    Imprint: ALLEN LANE
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • TRANSPARENT ARCHITECTURE
    TRANSPARENT ARCHITECTURE
    GILBERT GORDON
    ISBN: 9781939621450
    Title: TRANSPARENT ARCHITECTURE
    Author: GILBERT GORDON
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: FEBRUARY 2017 NEW RELEASE

    First used in the 15th century, the word transparent has origins in the Medieval Latin - transparere, meaning to show through. Its original Latin derivation is trans + parere, meaning to show oneself.

    The projects in this book point to an architecture that seemingly suggests a multiplicity of qualities. Paradoxically, it is also an architecture that reveals itself and its own singular nature clearly.

    The structures themselves display their own material and organisational logic, yet they are also able to function as containers for thought, moods, and memories. The inhabitant then moves through and interacts, in a live and changing world. Activities happen all at once, in a seamless whole, in a simultaneity of experience. This is an architecture of natural processes in the revealed landscape, entropic and vital, where the normal boundaries and usual edges do not hold.

    The experimental drawings, texts, and built projects in 'Transparent Architecture' are visual and spatial explorations. They aim toward architecture that provokes thought, refines one's abilities to see, and embraces the ongoing confluence and mutability of things.

    Imprint: PERIBO
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • TWENTY HOUSES BY TWENTY ARCHITECTS
    TWENTY HOUSES BY TWENTY ARCHITECTS
    DAGUERRE MERCEDES
    ISBN: 9781780750088
    Title: TWENTY HOUSES BY TWENTY ARCHITECTS
    Author: DAGUERRE MERCEDES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Critic and historian Mercedes Daguerre presents 20 innovative houses by 20 leading contemporary architects and explores how domestic architecture has responded to the changing nature of family life. Featured architects include established stars such as Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, Tadao Ando of Japan and Glenn Murcutt of Australia as well as a number of emerging practices. Case study houses are drawn from all over the world and span a diverse range of geographical settings from inner city Manhattan to the sand dunes of Victoria in Australia.

    Imprint: PHAIDON
    RRP: $39.95

    Price: $39.95
  • TWENTY ONE AUSTRALIAN ARCHITECTS - BREAKING NEW GROUND
    TWENTY ONE AUSTRALIAN ARCHITECTS - BREAKING NEW GROUND
    MCCARTNEY KAREN
    ISBN: 9781742459820
    Title: TWENTY ONE AUSTRALIAN ARCHITECTS - BREAKING NEW GROUND
    Author: MCCARTNEY KAREN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Australian Architects are designing some of the most innovative residential homes in the world. To celebrate this incredible Australian talent Belle has teamed up with acclaimed architectural and design editor Karen McCartney - author of the popular Iconic Australian Houses series and Superhouse to present Twenty-one Australian Architects, Breaking New Ground. The stylish cloth bound tome takes a comprehensive look at 21 Australian architectural practices that are leading the way today. The fabulously photographed volume is an exciting design journey which introduces readers to the cutting-edge architects currently working in Australia and discusses their design philosophy and inspiration alongside examples of their work. Projects from the likes of John Wardle, William Smart, Kennedy Nolan, Matt Gibson, Hannah Tribe, Rob Mills , Clare Cousins, and many more are sure to inspire.

    Imprint: RANDOM HOUSE
    RRP: $59.99

    Price: $59.99
  • UNDER THE EDGE : THE ARCHITECTURE OF PETER STUTCHBURY
    UNDER THE EDGE : THE ARCHITECTURE OF PETER STUTCHBURY
    MCEOIN EWAN
    ISBN: 9780500500699
    Title: UNDER THE EDGE : THE ARCHITECTURE OF PETER STUTCHBURY
    Author: MCEOIN EWAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Peter Stutchbury's award-winning architecture continues to stimulate a new and increasing awareness of the potential for designing with the Australian landscape and its environment. This book deals with of all his works and his working studio.

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $95.00

    Price: $95.00
  • URBAN ENVIRONMENTAL LANDSCAPE
    URBAN ENVIRONMENTAL LANDSCAPE
    GRAU DIETER [ED]
    ISBN: 9781864706307
    Title: URBAN ENVIRONMENTAL LANDSCAPE
    Author: GRAU DIETER [ED]
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Urban environmental landscaping is a very important component of the city, it can not only add to the aesthetic feeling of the city, but also have the effect on keeping the connection and relationship between humans and nature. This book selects a vast range of excellent urban landscape design projects from all over the world, and presents these masterpieces in four categories: public park design, public plaza design, waterfront public open space design and urban street design.

    Imprint: IMAGES PUBLISHERS
    RRP: $69.99

    Price: $69.99
  • URGENT ARCHITECTURE : 40 SUSTAINABLE HOUSING SOLUTIONS FOR A CHANGING WORLD
    URGENT ARCHITECTURE : 40 SUSTAINABLE HOUSING SOLUTIONS FOR A CHANGING WORLD
    MEINHOLD BRIDGETTE
    ISBN: 9780393733587
    Title: URGENT ARCHITECTURE : 40 SUSTAINABLE HOUSING SOLUTIONS FOR A CHANGING WORLD
    Author: MEINHOLD BRIDGETTE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    How can we adequately provide housing when disaster strikes, whether that disaster is weather related, like hurricanes, floods and droughts, happens in a matter of minutes from an earthquake or tsunami, through a slow process like rising sea levels, or is the result of civil disorder or poverty? There is an urgent need for safe, sustainable housing designs that are cheap to build, environmentally friendly and hardy enough to withstand severe environmental conditions. Not only is there climate change to contend with, but there are millions of people, right now, who do not have safe or adequate housing. In Urgent

    Architecture Bridgette Meinhold showcases 40 successful emergency and long-term housing projects from repurposed shipping containers to sandbag homes. She surveys successful structures as well as highlighting promising projects that are still being developed. Every one is quickly deployable, affordable and sustainable. This book is an essential resource for those who are interested in green building, sustainable design, eco-friendly materials, affordable housing, material reuse and humanitarian relief.

    Imprint: NORTON
    RRP: $70.99

    Price: $70.99
  • WAREHOUSE HOME : Industrial Inspiration for Twenty-First-Century Living
    WAREHOUSE HOME : Industrial Inspiration for Twenty-First-Century Living
    BUSH SOPHIE
    ISBN: 9780500519462
    Title: WAREHOUSE HOME : Industrial Inspiration for Twenty-First-Century Living
    Author: BUSH SOPHIE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A global look at contemporary, ingenious, and yet comfortable transformations of former industrial spaces into stylish modern residences

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $50.00

    Price: $50.00
  • WARM HOUSE COOL HOUSE
    WARM HOUSE COOL HOUSE
    HOLLO NICK
    ISBN: 9781742232966
    Title: WARM HOUSE COOL HOUSE
    Author: HOLLO NICK
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Warm House Cool House simplifies the science behind low-energy housing design... and suggests inspiring and achievable ways to apply energy-efficient methods to new and existing homes. - Jamie Durie

    We all want to minimise our environmental impact, but we dont always know how. In this new edition of the bestselling Warm House Cool House, respected Australian architect Nick Hollo provides valuable advice, illustrated by more than 100 inspiring contemporary examples of low-energy housing design, to help keep our homes cool in summer and warm in winter with little or no cooling and heating by appliances. The book shows how we can live comfortably without airconditioning in Far North Queensland, be cosy and bushfire-proof in the Australian Alps, and cope with temperature fluctuations in cities like Melbourne and Adelaide. From project and kit homes to new architect-designed houses, renovations and extensions, these low-energy principles can easily be incorporated into every home. Whether you are planning to renovate, build or buy, this book offers clever ideas on how to make any house, anywhere, an environmentally sustainable, comfortable and attractive place to live in, all year round, while keeping electricity, gas and water bills comfortably low.

    Imprint: CHOICE BOOKS
    RRP: $44.99

    Price: $44.99
  • WATERSIDE MODERN
    WATERSIDE MODERN
    POWERS RICHARD
    ISBN: 9780500518007
    Title: WATERSIDE MODERN
    Author: POWERS RICHARD
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From the Mediterranean to the Pacific Ocean and the tropical idylls of Southeast Asia, this book takes an international trip to the world’s most stunning waterside homes. Photographs of each house reveal its architecture, interior design and surroundings, while plans provide an additional layer of information.

    Dominic Bradbury tells the story of how the dwelling was sited to make the most of its location, how construction innovations were introduced, and how such solutions provide a comfortable space from which families can enjoy the great outdoors. Loosely grouped into three sections, all of these houses – created by leading international architects and designers – offer dazzling inspiration, wherever you are.

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $45.00
  • WHAT IS ARCHITECTURE? AND 100 OTHER QUESTIONS
    WHAT IS ARCHITECTURE? AND 100 OTHER QUESTIONS
    WAERN RASMUS
    ISBN: 9781780676029
    Title: WHAT IS ARCHITECTURE? AND 100 OTHER QUESTIONS
    Author: WAERN RASMUS
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Explores the world of architecture through a series of 101 questions and answers that cover a wide range of issues on its practice and theory. Aimed at both general readers as well as those in the field, this book is suitable for anyone interested in architecture.

    Imprint: LAURENCE KING
    RRP: $21.99

    Price: $21.99
  • WHATS SO GREAT ABOUT THE EIFFEL TOWER? : 70 Questions That Will Change the Way You Think About Architecture
    WHATS SO GREAT ABOUT THE EIFFEL TOWER? : 70 Questions That Will Change the Way You Think About Architecture
    GLANCEY JONATHAN
    ISBN: 9781780679198
    Title: WHATS SO GREAT ABOUT THE EIFFEL TOWER? : 70 Questions That Will Change the Way You Think About Architecture
    Author: GLANCEY JONATHAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Why do we find the idea of a multi-coloured Parthenon so shocking today? Why was the Eiffel Tower such a target for hatred when it was first built? Is the Sagrada Familia a work of genius or kitsch? This book examines the critical legacy of both well known and either forgotten or underappreciated highpoints in the history of world architecture.

    Imprint: LAURENCE KING
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • WHERE ARCHITECTS STAY
    WHERE ARCHITECTS STAY
    KRAMER SIBYLLE
    ISBN: 9783037682081
    Title: WHERE ARCHITECTS STAY
    Author: KRAMER SIBYLLE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    From the archaic forest hut in the mountain, the luxuriously decorated loft in a major metropolis, or the romantic idyllic house by the lake, this title features part-time dream houses that allow visitors to forget the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Each vacation domicile can fulfill even the most discerning demands of a traveling architect.

    Imprint: BRAUN
    RRP: $55.00

    Price: $55.00
  • WHY YOU CAN BUILD IT LIKE THAT : MODERN ARCHITECTURE EXPLAINED
    WHY YOU CAN BUILD IT LIKE THAT : MODERN ARCHITECTURE EXPLAINED
    ZUKOWSKY JOHN
    ISBN: 9780500291788
    Title: WHY YOU CAN BUILD IT LIKE THAT : MODERN ARCHITECTURE EXPLAINED
    Author: ZUKOWSKY JOHN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Examines buildings from the past half century or so that pushed the boundaries of what was architecturally acceptable when they were built. This book explores the history of these buildings and their makers, presenting relevant biographical factors and socio-cultural influences that impacted on the distinctive designs.

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $22.00

    Price: $22.00
  • XS - SMALL HOUSES BIG TIME
    XS - SMALL HOUSES BIG TIME
    BAKER LISA
    ISBN: 9783037682029
    Title: XS - SMALL HOUSES BIG TIME
    Author: BAKER LISA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The Pleasure of Reduction Rising rents, the desire for a simpler life, the aim for sustainability, or the wish to posses a relocatable home: These are just a few reasons why the market for tiny houses has become increasingly popular in recent years. The “Tiny House Movement“ lifestyle trend, which began in the Unites States, has spread throughout the entire world driven by the construction and financial crisis. Even though there are many regional variations, all residences of this type share a major feature – on an area of up to 60 sqm (500 sqf) they provide all necessities of life. Nowadays, they are no longer designed by individual solo fighters but also by renowned architects who take on the simple yet challenging task and develop the enthralling room concepts and spatial solutions that are presented in this volume.

    Imprint: BRAUN
    RRP: $70.00

    Price: $70.00
  • YOUR HOME YOUR STYLE : Decorating Rooms to Feel Like You
    YOUR HOME YOUR STYLE : Decorating Rooms to Feel Like You
    GARLOUGH DONNA
    ISBN: 9780847861798
    Title: YOUR HOME YOUR STYLE : Decorating Rooms to Feel Like You
    Author: GARLOUGH DONNA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: JUNE 2018 NEW RELEASE

    A decorating book for the do-it-yourselfer, Your Home, Your Style is not just a guide to decorating, but a guide to harnessing your style strengths, identifying and overcoming your weaknesses, and filling your home with the furniture, décor, and details you love in a way that works for you.

    Divided into three sections (Know Thy Design Self, Let Your Story Unfold, and Shop & Learn), the book will empower readers to look inward to find their design style and build confidence (learn how to assess your design personality to avoid common pitfalls), question common decorating principles (you can't decorate a rental), get tangible (learn how to make a digital mood board); and shop fearlessly and efficiently. Enriched with visually driven sidebars (how to style a bookshelf 4 different ways; how to create a gallery wall), and illustrated with polished spaces styled by the author as well as other home decorators, this is a guide rich in how-to advice that will find a place on every home decorator's shelf.

    Imprint: RIZZOLI
    RRP: $80.00

    Price: $80.00
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