Giedion and America


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Giedion and America: Repositioning the History of Modern Architecture
Reto Geiser
gta Verlag, October 2018

Hardcover | 7 x 9-3/4 inches | 400 pages | 200 illustrations | English | ISBN: 978-3856763770 | $85.00

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Paradoxically, Swiss art historian and architecture critic Sigfried Giedion (1888–1968) would only consolidate his reputation as one of the most influential architectural historians of the twentieth century far from his homeland, in America. In his study of Giedion’s life and work Reto Geiser foregrounds the formative character of Giedion’s extended stays in the United States and their role as an inspiring laboratory to propel his scholarship. By challenging the presentation of a continuous line of developments, and revealing the ruptures and contradictions within Giedion’s work, Geiser questions a heroic account of modern architecture, turning instead to the less ideological and frequently overlooked facets of Giedion’s oeuvre. The book argues that, although Giedion’s position in

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Mid-Century Modern Architecture Travel Guide


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Mid-Century Modern Architecture Travel Guide: East Coast USA
Sam Lubell, photographs by Darren Bradley
Phaidon, October 2018

Flexicover | 5 x 7-1/4 inches | 376 pages | 255 illustrations | English | ISBN: 978-0714876627 | $35.00

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Featuring architecture by some of the biggest Mid-Century names, including Mies van der Rohe, Marcel Breuer, Eero Saarinen, and Philip Johnson, each of the more than 250 buildings is located on a regional map. The book includes all the additional information needed to find and visit each building. Its cool and functional design makes this book a coveted Modernist-style object in itself.

Including icons from The Met Breuer to the fabulous beach houses of Fire Island, private homes in Connecticut, Manhattan skyscrapers, and the Tropical Modern residences of Sarasota, Florida, it is a must-have guide to one of the most fertile and lesser-known regions for the development of Mid-Century Modern architecture. From

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Making Marks


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Making Marks: Architects’ Sketchbook – The Creative Process
Will Jones
Thames & Hudson, March 2019

Hardcover | 12 x 9 inches | 320 pages | 900+ illustrations | English | ISBN: 978-0500021316 | $50.00

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Making Marks follows up on the highly successful Architects’ Sketchbooks, which presented, for the first time, the rich breadth of sketches being created by contemporary architects following the digital revolution. Taking a post-digital perspective, the sixty renowned architects whose work is collected here show how drawing and new forms of manual presentation have been refined since the reawakening of this basic technique. Notepads, stacks of paper, pencils and fine-point pens are as present in the architect’s studio as phalanxes of screens. Revealing why and how hand-drawing still matters, this global survey presents the freehand drawings, vibrant watercolours and abstract impressions of rising talents and well-known names, including Jun Igarashi and Brian MacKay-Lyons. Will

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Santiago Calatrava


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Santiago Calatrava: Drawing, Building, Reflecting
Cristina Carrillo de Albornoz, Santiago Calatrava
Thames & Hudson, November 2018

Hardcover | 7-1/2 x 10-1/4 inches | 224 pages | 300 illustrations | English | ISBN: 978-0500343418 | $45.00

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Santiago Calatrava is an intimate insight into one of the world’s most celebrated architects. Calatrava first made a name for himself in the late 1980s, with delicately designed structures in Zürich that seem to grow out of the earth. He went on to create a series of highly innovative, iconic bridges across Europe and, in recent years, has drawn attention for such large-scale projects as the City of Arts and Sciences in his birth town of Valencia, Spain, and the World Transportation Hub at Ground Zero in New York.

Written in the first person and accompanied by a wealth of sketches never seen outside Calatrava’s studio, this book reveals the breadth of

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The International Style


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The International Style
Henry-Russell Hitchcock, Philip Johnson
W. W. Norton, June 1995

Hardcover/Paperback | 6-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches | 269 pages | English | ISBN: 978-0393315189 (PB) | $22.95 (PB)

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Initially produced as the catalog to accompany a controversial and groundbreaking 1932 Museum of Modern Art show of the then new architecture emerging in Europe and America, The International Style quickly became the definitive statement of the principles underlying the work of such giants as Mies van der Rohe, Le Corbusier, Walter Gropius, and other pioneers. It might be said that Henry-Russell Hitchcock and Philip Johnson discovered as well as defined “the International Style,” and over the decades their book has served as both a flashpoint for criticism and a frame for growth in the architectural profession. It has never been out of print in over sixty years.

This new edition has been completely redesigned and reset,

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Spring 2019 Walking Tours


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It’s less than a week until spring, which means my walking tours are starting up again. I have a few scheduled with the 92Y, listed below. Additionally I’ve created a static Walking Tours page where I will maintain a list of upcoming walking tours. That page can be found from the top menu on this blog. Click link for tickets or visit that page for more information on the below tours.

Saturday, March 30, 2019 – 11am-2:30pm
Architectural Tour of Brooklyn via the G Train

Saturday, April 13, 2019 – 11am-1:30pm
Architectural Tour of Pedestrian Lower Manhattan

Saturday, May 4, 2019 – 11am-1:30pm
Architectural Tour of the High Line and Its Environs

International Architecture


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International Architecture: Bauhausbücher 1
Walter Gropius (Editor)
Lars Müller Publishers, March 2019

Hardcover | 7 x 9 inches | 108 pages | 100 illustrations | English | ISBN: 978-3037785843 | $45.00

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When the Bauhaus moved to Dessau in 1924, it was finally possible to publish the first of the Bauhausbücher that Walter Gropius (1883–1969) and Làszlò Moholy-Nagy (1895–1946) had first conceived of in Weimar. The series was intended to give insight into the teachings of the Bauhaus and the possibilities it offered for incorporating modern design into everyday aspects of an ever-more-modern world. First in the series was Gropius’ International Architecture, an overview of the modern architecture of the mid-1920s and an early attempt to articulate what would come to be known as International Style architecture. In a brief preface, Gropius summarized the guiding principles he identified uniting the avant-garde around the world. But the real

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The Venice Variations


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The Venice Variations: Tracing the Architectural Imagination
Sophia Psarra
UCL Press, April 2018

Hardcover/Paperback | 6 x 9 inches | 322 pages | 140 illustrations | English | ISBN: 978‑1787352407 (PB) | £22.99 (PB)

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From the myth of Arcadia through to the twenty-first century, ideas about sustainability – how we imagine better urban environments – remain persistently relevant, and raise recurring questions. How do cities evolve as complex spaces nurturing both urban creativity and the fortuitous art of discovery, and by which mechanisms do they foster imagination and innovation? While past utopias were conceived in terms of an ideal geometry, contemporary exemplary models of urban design seek technological solutions of optimal organization. The Venice Variations explores Venice as a prototypical city that may hold unique answers to the ancient narrative of utopia. Venice was not the result of a preconceived ideal but the pragmatic outcome of social

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Reminder: Book Talk Thursday at Rizzoli


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My new book, NYC Walks: Guide to New Architecture, is out today!

Published by Prestel, NYC Walks collects ten architectural walking tours I’ve been giving for the last half-dozen years. To celebrate the release of NYC Walks I’ll be in conversation with Michael Sorkin at Rizzoli Bookstore (1133 Broadway at West 26th Street) on Thursday, March 14 at 6pm. I’ll be signing books after the talk. The event is free, but be sure to RSVP via this link.

Details on the March 14 event:

Join author, architect, and tour guide John Hill for a discussion with esteemed architecture critic and urbanist Michael Sorkin about his new book NYC Walks: Guide to New Architecture (Prestel, 2019).

It can be hard to keep up with New York City’s surge of cutting-edge architecture since the turn of the millennium. NYC Walks is a portable, easy-to-use guide to the city’s newest

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NYC Walks – Out Today!


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NYC Walks: Guide to New Architecture
John Hill, with photographs by Pavel Bendov
Prestel, March 2019

Paperback | 5-1/4 x 9-1/4 inches | 224 pages | # illustrations | Languages | ISBN: 978-3791384900 | $19.95

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It can be hard to keep up with New York City’s surge of cutting-edge architecture since the turn of the millennium. This portable, easy-to-use guide directs readers to the city’s newest architectural gems, all completed in the 21st century with some still under construction. Divided into ten 1- to 3-mile walks that extend from Columbia University through lower Manhattan and across to Brooklyn and Queens, this guidebook highlights over 150 buildings, popular destinations like the High Line and Lincoln Center, and trendy locations such as Boerum Hill and the Bowery. Led by author John Hill, these tours are highly informative, engaging, and filled with fascinating insights and details. Maps and numerous

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Edge of Order


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Edge of Order
Daniel Libeskind with Tim McKeough
Clarkson Potter, November 2018

Hardcover | 10-1/4 x 12-1/4 inches | 320 pages | English | ISBN: 978-0451497352 | $80.00

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As one of the foremost architects of our time, Daniel Libeskind has spent his career challenging both the constraints of corporate architecture and the conventions of academia. With a decades-long history of provocative designs, he is now known globally for such landmarks as the Jewish Museum Berlin and the World Trade Center Master Plan, among more than forty projects completed and another forty-five in progress. His latest project, brilliantly reflective of his guiding philosophies, is EDGE OF ORDER.

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Daniel Libeskind’s career is defined by two projects: the Jewish Museum Berlin (1989-2001) and the World Trade Center Masterplan (2003). In both cases the Polish-born architect won competitions for projects that would take more than a decade

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Architecture for the Poor


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Architecture for the Poor: An Experiment in Rural Egypt
Hassan Fathy
University of Chicago Press, 1973/2000

Hardcover (1973), Paperback (2000) | 5-1/2 x 9 inches | 366 pages | 132 illustrations | English | ISBN: 978-0226239163 | $38.00

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Architecture for the Poor describes Hassan Fathy’s plan for building the village of New Gourna, near Luxor, Egypt, without the use of more modern and expensive materials such as steel and concrete. Using mud bricks, the native technique that Fathy learned in Nubia, and such traditional Egyptian architectural designs as enclosed courtyards and vaulted roofing, Fathy worked with the villagers to tailor his designs to their needs. He taught them how to work with the bricks, supervised the erection of the buildings, and encouraged the revival of such ancient crafts as claustra (lattice designs in the mudwork) to adorn the buildings.

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If the juries for

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Hassan Fathy


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Hassan Fathy: Earth & Utopia
Salma Samar Damluji, Viola Bertini
Laurence King, October 2018

Hardcover | 10-1/2 x 13-1/4 inches | 368 pages | 450 illustrations | English | ISBN: 978-1786272614 | $85.00

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Hassan Fathy is Egypt’s best-known 20th-century architect. He embraced traditional, vernacular forms, techniques and materials and throughout his career promoted their use as part of a campaign to improve the conditions of Egypt’s rural poor.

Earth & Utopia chronicles this lifelong commitment through personal interviews conducted by the author, photographs and drawings from the Hassan Fathy archives, and Fathy’s own writings on the subject, many of which are published for the first time.

This book will be essential reading for students, academics and general readers interested in Fathy, and the development of Arab and vernacular architecture, earth construction, architecture for the poor and sustainability.

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Hassan Fathy (1900-1989) is a household

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Modern Spaces


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Modern Spaces: A Subjective Atlas of 20th-Century Interiors
Nicolas Grospierre
Prestel, October 2018

Hardcover | 9-1/2 x 11 inches | 224 pages | 176 color illustrations | English | ISBN: 978-3791384689 | $49.95

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In Modern Forms, Nicolas Grospierre traveled the globe to sample the best modernist buildings from the 20th century. Now, he takes his camera indoors to show how modernist ideas are manifested within the walls of buildings both famous and obscure. Rather than a chronological or geographical tour, these photographs are organized in a visual flow, that allows readers to appreciate similar characteristics in interiors that would normally never be grouped together. Shot in the same distinctive and striking manner as his previous book, these images reveal the forms that define modernism. Built with forward-looking, Utopian ideals, decades later, they exist in a startling range of conditions, from dazzling to downtrodden. Through the visual

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Kengo Kuma: Complete Works


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Kengo Kuma: Complete Works
Kengo Kuma, Kenneth Frampton
Thames & Hudson, October 2018 (Second Edition)

Hardcover | 9-3/4 x 12 inches | 352 pages | 420 illustrations | English | ISBN: 978-0500343425 | $75.00

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Since establishing his practice in 1990, Kengo Kuma has brought contemporary vigor to Japan’s already rich modern architectural heritage and developed projects far beyond his native country. Influenced by a period at Columbia University in New York and by the lessons of his mentor, Hiroshi Hara, Kuma has forged his own pared-back language: responsive to local nature and traditional construction, entirely contemporary in its execution, yet rooted in a Japanese sensibility.

The experience of his buildings is hypnotic and highly sensory. Much of this powerful effect is achieved by Kuma’s deft, sometimes dramatic, use of materials. Projects in the past five years alone include two museums in France, landscape projects in Italy, hotels and

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Tadao Ando: The Colours of Light


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Tadao Ando: The Colours of Light
Richard Pare
Phaidon, January 2000 (Mini Edition)

Hardcover | 5-1/2 x 6-1/2 inches | 284 pages | 350 illustrations | English | ISBN: 978-0714839998

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An exquisite work of art in its own right, this book is the result of ten years’ collaboration between the English photographer Richard Pare and the internationally renowned Japanese architect Tadao Ando. This new edition features all the same extraordinary photographs, completely remastered from the original negatives, bringing this beautiful volume back to life. Pare’s remarkable images shed new light on this important body of work, while Ando’s original line drawings and sketches provide unparalleled insight into his creative process.

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In 1996, when the first, large edition of Richard Pare’s The Colours of Light was published by Phaidon, Japanese architect Tadao Ando was known for some small commissions: houses, churches, and museums, mainly. It

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Shaping the Postwar Landscape


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Shaping the Postwar Landscape: New Profiles from the Pioneers of American Landscape Design Project
Charles A. Birnbaum, Scott Craver (Editors)
University of Virginia Press, November 2018

Hardcover | 7 x 9 inches | 248 pages | English| ISBN: 9780813941738 | $65.00

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Shaping the Postwar Landscape is the latest contribution to the Cultural Landscape Foundation’s well-known reference project, Pioneers of American Landscape Design, the first volume of which appeared nearly a quarter of a century ago. The present collection features profiles of seventy-two important figures, including landscape architects, architects, planners, artists, horticulturists, and educators.

The volume focuses principally on individuals whose careers reached their height during the period between the end of World War II and the American Bicentennial. In that postwar era, landscape architects played an important part in the revitalization of American cities, introducing new typologies for public spaces in the civic realm. Among these were parks

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Spaces of Disappearance


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Spaces of Disappearance: The Architecture of Extraordinary Rendition
Jordan H. Carver
UR Books, September 2018

Paperback | 6 x 9 inches | 264 pages | b/w illustrations | Languages | ISBN: 978-1947198012 | $25.00

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By investigating the sovereign claims of American power and the architectural spaces of secret prisons, Spaces of Disappearance reconstructs the network of black site prisons developed in the early years of the so-called War on Terror. Jordan H. Carver compiles an original archive of architectural representations, redacted documents, and media reports to build a knowingly incomplete spatial history of post-9/11 extraordinary rendition. Framed by an introductory essay by architectural historian and theorist Felicity D. Scott that positions Carver’s work within a longer history of military strategy and state violence against “uncertain” warfare, this book skillfully presents the territorial and political logics of the top-secret CIA Detention and Interrogation Program. Spaces of Disappearance

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Le Corbusier: The Built Work


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Le Corbusier: The Built Work
Richard Pare; text by Jean-Louis Cohen
The Monacelli Press, November 2018

Hardcover | 11-1/2 x 10-1/4 inches | 480 pages | English | ISBN: 978-1580934718 | $125.00

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Le Corbusier is widely acknowledged as the most influential architect of the twentieth century. As extensively researched and documented as his works are, however, they have never been exhaustively surveyed in photographs until now. Photographer Richard Pare has crossed the globe for years to document the extant works of Le Corbusier–from his first villas in Switzerland to his mid-career works in his role as the first global architect in locations as far-flung as Argentina and Russia, and his late works, including his sole North American project, at Harvard University, and an extensive civic plan for Chandigarh, India.

Le Corbusier: The Built Work provides numerous views of each project to bring a fuller understanding of

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March 14 Book Talk at Rizzoli Bookstore


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NYC Walks: Guide to New Architecture, my fifth book, is being released two weeks from today, on March 12. Published by Prestel, NYC Walks collects ten architectural walking tours I’ve been giving since my first book, Guide to Contemporary New York City Architecture (W. W. Norton), came out at the end of 2011. To celebrate the release of NYC Walks I’ll be in conversation with Michael Sorkin at Rizzoli Bookstore (1133 Broadway at West 26th Street) on Thursday, March 14 at 6pm. I’ll be signing books after the talk. The event is free, but be sure to RSVP via this link.

Details on the March 14 event:

Join author, architect, and tour guide John Hill for a discussion with esteemed architecture critic and urbanist Michael Sorkin about his new book NYC Walks: Guide to New Architecture (Prestel, 2019).

It can be hard to keep up with New York

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