The Urban Design Reader
By: Donlyn Lyndon and Jim Alinder
Princeton Architectural Press. (2004)
A hundred miles north of San Francisco on California Coast Highway 1, the Sonoma County coast meets the Pacific Ocean in a magnificent display of nature. This is the location of The Sea Ranch, an area covering several thousand acres of large, open meadows and forested natural settings interspersed with award-winning architecture. Renowned landscape designer Lawrence Halprin's master plan for The Sea Ranch community accordingly incorporated a set of building guidelines that minimized the visual as well as physical impact upon the landscape. Subsequent buildings by architects such as Joseph Esherick, Charles Moore, William Turnbull, Obie Bowman, Donlyn Lyndon, and others have been recognized worldwide for environmentally sensitive planning and architecture. This beautiful monograph, lavishly illustrated with over 300 newly commissioned photographs and including maps, plans, detailed descriptions of the houses, and essays by Donald Canty and Lawrence Halprin, presents the definitive record of The Sea Ranch community.
Jerusalem: To Know by Living
By: Anthony Dubovsky
El Leon Literary Arts (May 2004)
In the 1990s, American painter Anthony Dubovsky visited Jerusalem and found himself drawn to the historic neighborhood of Mea She’arim, whose people follow traditional ways. Dubovsky began walking the streets of the old neighborhood at dawn, before the heat of the day and while the doves were still cooing, carrying his sketchbooks and pens. Soon he had settled into drawing Mea She’arim without quite knowing why, and its people had settled into accommodating him. They let him know them by living. Dubovsky sketched the haredim of Mea She’arim outside the argument. Rather, as with all fine artists, he viewed what he was drawn to with passionate attention, with readiness to see.
Drawing the Landscape, 2nd Edition
By: Chip Sullivan
John Wiley & Sons (2004)
Drawing the Landscape illustrates how to create a wide range of graphic representations of the built environment using step-by-step tutorials, exercises and hundreds of examples. This new edition addresses changes in media and expression that have deeply affected the landscape architecture discipline.
Designing for the Homeless: Architecture that Works
By: Sam Davis
University of California Press (2004)
Written by an architect who has been designing and building affordable housing for thirty years, this well-illustrated book is both a call to create well-designed places for the homeless and a review of innovative and successful building designs that now serve diverse communities across the United States. Sam Davis argues for safe and functional architectural designs and programs that symbolically reintegrate the homeless into society in buildings that offer beauty, security, and hope to those most in need.
Architecture's New Media: Principles, Theories, and Methods of Computer-Aided Design
By: Yehuda E. Kalay
The MIT Press (2004)
Computer-aided design (CAD) technology has already changed the practice of architecture, and it has the potential to change it even more radically. With Architecture's New Media, Yehuda Kalay offers a comprehensive exposition of the principles, methods, and practices that underlie architectural computing. He discusses the aspects of information technology that are pertinent to architectural design, analyzes the benefits and drawbacks of particular computational methods, and looks at the potential of emerging computational techniques to affect the future of architectural design.
Ecological Planning, Management, and Design
By: Richard L. Meier
Online Manuscript (2003)
Sustainability for human communities has become the principal goal for community planning and management, but all attempts fall far short of the goal. The ecosystem frame customary in these professions is (1) too limited, and (2) the number of participant species considered is too small. Also, new technology has appeared that (3) presents us with novel instruments.
Transnational Perspectives from the Middle East, Latin America, and South Asia
By: Ananya Roy and Nezar AlSayyad, Ed.
Lexington Books (2003)
The turn of the century has been a moment of rapid urbanization. Much of this urban growth is taking place in the cities of the developing world and much of it in informal settlements. This book presents cutting-edge research from various world regions to demonstrate these trends. The contributions reveal that informal housing is no longer the domain of the urban poor; rather it is a significant zone of transactions for the middle-class and even transnational elites. Indeed, the book presents a rich view of “urban informality” as a system of regulations and norms that governs the use of space and makes possible new forms of social and political power.
Make a Difference: America's Guide to Volunteering and Community Service
By: Arthur Blaustein
This revised and expanded guide includes more than 185 national, nonprofit organizations that use volunteers of all ages to make a difference where it counts. Make a Difference also lists 30 organizations that give up-to-date information on critical issues and policies. Whether you want to tutor a child or an adult, promote a cause you care about, or get hands-on experience at an organization's headquarters, Make a Difference will inspire you to get out there and make a difference in your community—and your life.
A Guide to the Gardens of Kyoto
By: Marc Treib and Ron Herman
Kodansha International (2003)
Designed for the layman as well as the professional, this concise yet comprehensive guide provides both practical information and theoretical insights into the design of the Japanese garden. Kyoto, the capital of Japan for over one thousand years, possesses a richness of garden art without equal as a living chronicle of Japanese cultural history and environmental design. Following the introductory essays are individual entries for more than fifty temple and palace gardens. The text is augmented by an excellent selection of photographs, historical prints, maps and color plates.
Writing Spaces: Discourses of Architecture, Urbanism and the Built Environment, 1960-2000
By: C. Greig Crysler
Writing Spaces examines some of the most important discourses in spatial theory of the last four decades, and considers their impact within the built environment disciplines. The book will be a key resource for courses on critical theory in architecture, urban studies and geography, at both the graduate and advanced undergraduate level.
Global City Blues
By: Dan Solomon
Island Press (2003)
Much of the architecture and town planning of the past fifty years has been based on an unsubstantiated optimism about the promise of modernity. In our rush to embrace the future, we invented new ways of building that rejected the past and sent people headlong into a placeless limbo where they are isolated from each other and cut off from such basic experiences of location as weather and the time of day. In Global City Blues, renowned architect Daniel Solomon presents a perceptive overview and insightful assessment of how the power and seductiveness of modernist ideals led us on this wayward path.
Streets and the Shaping of Towns and Cities
By: Michael Southworth and Eran Ben-Joseph
Island Press (2003)
Streets and the Shaping of Towns and Cities traces the history of street design and layout, critiques the situation we are in today, and suggests alternatives that are less rigidly controlled, more flexible, and responsive to local conditions.
Noguchi in Paris: The UNESCO Garden
By: Marc Treib
Stout Publishers (2003)
The garden for the UNESCO House in Paris marks a pivotal point in Noguchi's evolution as an environmental artist. Here he defines his vision of space rather than form as the essence of design. This is the first book to present an in-depth study of this important garden.
The End of Tradtion?
By: Nezar Alsayyad
Rooted in real world observations, this book questions the concept of tradition - whether contemporary globalization will prove its demise or whether there is a process of simultaneous ending and renewing.
Everyday America: Cultural Landscape Studies After J.B. Jackson
By: Chris Wilson and Paul Groth, Eds.
University of California Press (2003)
As old as a roadway that was once a Native trail, as new as the suburban subdivisions spreading across the American countryside, the cultural landscape is endlessly changing. The study of cultural landscapes—a far more recent development—has also undergone great changes, ever broadening, deepening, and refining our understanding of the intricate webs of social and ecological spaces that help to define human groups and their activities. Everyday America surveys the widening conceptions and applications of cultural landscape writing in the United States and, in doing so, offers a clear and compelling view of the state of cultural landscape studies today.