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New Books

Site planning International Practice Gary Hack 2018

The book offers a comprehensive up-to-date guide to site planning advancing sustainable, ethical urban design and development. It is a book that Kevin Lynch would be proud of.

Sustainable development research in the Asia-Pacific region : education, cities, infrastructure and buildings Walter L Filho et al ed 2018

This multidisciplinary book focuses on best practices in sustainability research in the Asia-Pacific Region. Drawing links between research, practice, education for sustainability and the needs of industry, it addresses the sustainable development goals (SDGs). Four key themes are explored: (1) Education for Sustainability. (2) Sustainable Cities. (3) Sustainable Buildings. (4) Sustainable Infrastructure.

Quasi-things : the paradigm of atmospheres Tonino Griffero, Sarah De Sanctis 2017

In this book, Tonino Griffero introduces and analyzes an ontological category he terms “quasi-things". These do not exist fully in the traditional sense as substances or events, yet they powerfully act on us and on our states of mind. He offers an original approach to the study of emotions, regarding them not as inner states of the subject, but as atmospheres, that is as powers poured out into the lived space we inhabit. 

A gendered profession : the question of representation in space making James B Brown et al 2016

The issue of gender inequality in architecture has been part of the profession's discourse for many years, yet the continuing gender imbalance in architectural education and practice remains a difficult subject. This book seeks to change that. It provides the first ever attempt to move the debate about gender in architecture beyond the tradition of gender-segregated diagnostic or critical discourse on the debate towards something more propositional, actionable and transformative.

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The subject guide for Architecture, Landscape- and Interior Architecture is compiled with you the student, lecturer and researcher in mind. Hopefully your task in finding the best scholarly sources will be made easier by these guidelines. I am here to assist with library orientation, literature searches, locating articles, and many more.  Please contact me:

New Books

Atmospheres : aesthetics of emotional spacesT Griffero, Sarah De Sanctis 2016

Originally published in Italian in 2010, this book is the first to address the theory of atmospheres in a thorough and systematic way. It examines the role of atmospheres in daily life, and defines their main characteristics.

The green Studio handbook–Environmental strategies for schematic design

A. Kwok, W. Grondzik 3rd edition 2018

Practical guidelines for application of green strategies in the schematic design of buildings makes this book an essential resource.

Biodiversity planning and design : sustainable practices Jack Ahern et al Landscape Architecture Foundation (U.S.) 2006

How do you measure biodiversity, and why should landscape architects and planners care? What are the essential issues, the clearest terminology, and the most effective methods for biodiversity planning and design? How can they play a role in biodiversity conservation in a manner compatible with other goals? These are critical questions that Jack Ahern, Elizabeth Leduc, and Mary Lee York answer in this timely and useful book.

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Casa Barragan

Casa Barragán - "the difficult whole"  by Aaron Betsky  From Dezeen Weekly

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The sensual and autobiographical qualities of the house Mexican architect Luis Barragán built for himself are rarely found in today's buildings, says Aaron Betsky. If you are going to make real architecture today it better be damn real. In a world of instant images whose truth you can never ascertain, delicate structures just won't do. You need something that will convince and persuade, stand and deliver. While you can make such forms by engaging in all kinds of acrobatics (cantilevers and off-kilter, stacked boxes), or by making super clean and empty boxes for super thin and the empty-brained, you can also achieve a sense of here- and now-ness by heightening the effect of every element, every detail, and every surface to the point that the building stands as refutation of the evanescence of our society.

But how? A recent visit to see Luis Barragán's House and Studio in Mexico City, Casa Barragán, reminded me of the power of pieces over whole, effect over means, and the beauty of what Robert Venturi called "the difficult whole". It also made me realise that I can think of no single architect working today who is capable of such architecture. Does that mean it cannot be done? I certainly hope not.