By: Jean-paul Bourdier
Private Publisher (2016)
Body Unbound, continues Jean-paul Bourdier's visual exploration of human existence through the physical, the ethereal, and our cultural ancestry. His images balance across the nexus of multiple crafts – among them painting, poetry, and performance art.
By: Nicholas de Monchaux
Princeton Architectural Press (2016)
In text and image, Local Code presents'a digitally prolific, open-ended approach to urban resilience and social and environmental justice. At once analytic and visionary, it pioneers a new field of enquiry and action at the meeting of big data and the expanding city.
Cartooning the Landscape
By: Chip Sullivan
University of Virginia Press (2016)
One of the singular talents in landscape design, Chip Sullivan has shared his expertise through a seemingly unusual medium that, at second glance, makes perfect sense—the comic strip. Sullivan’s book is a plea, in an era increasingly dominated by digitally rendered images, for a new appreciation of the art of hand drawing. The proof of this craft’s value lies in the hundreds of Sullivan’s panels collected in this passionate, humorous, always illuminating tour of the rich landscape surrounding us.
Shaping Terrain: City Building in Latin America
Edited By: René Davids
University Press of Florida (2016)
“Shaping Terrain: City Building in Latin America” focuses on the ways existing topography has shaped postcolonial urbanism, showing how physical landscape and local ecology influenced human settlement and built form in Latin America since pre-Columbian times. As most urban capitals and city centers in Latin America are situated on dramatically varied terrain, the book explores the interplay between geography and built works in cities across the region, including Bogota, Caracas, Mendoza, Rio de Janeiro, Santiago de Chile, Mexico D.F. and Valparaiso.
Visioning an Equitable Future: Reflections on Women, Democracy, Education, and Economic Development
By: Irene Tinker
Inkwater Press (2016)
Irene Tinker's new book traces her intellectual journey from her 1949 Radcliffe College honors thesis for political theory and comparative government, to two chapters in major reference books published in 2014, which summarize her work in the field of women and development. The topics in most of Tinker's publications concern contemporary issues and debates which began with an interest in democracy. Throughout her career she has focused on contemporary topics and utilized interviews and cultural immersion rather than library research as the foundation for her writing.
Slum Health: From the Cell to the Street
Edited By: Jason Corburn and Lee Riley
University of California Press (2016)
Urban slum dwellers—especially in emerging-economy cities—are often poor, live in squalor, and suffer unnecessarily from disease, disability, premature death, and poor life expectancy. Yet living in a city can and should be healthy. Slum Health highlights why and how slums can be unhealthy, reveals that not all slums are equal in terms of the hazards and health issues faced by residents, and suggests how slum dwellers, scientists, and social movements can come together to make slum life safer, more just, and healthier. Editors Jason Corburn and Lee Riley argue that both new biologic and “street” science—or valuing professional and lay knowledge—are crucial for improving the well-being of the millions of urban poor living in slums.
Ethnography for Designers
By: Galen Cranz
Ethnography for Designers teaches architects and designers how to listen actively to the knowledge people have about their own culture. This approach gives structure to values and qualities. It does this by noting the terms and underlying structure of thought people use to describe aspects of their culture. By responding to underlying cognitive patterns, the architect can both respond to the user and interpret creatively. Thus, ethno-semantic methods can help designers to enhance their professional responsibility to users and, at the same time, to feel fulfilled creatively.
The Urban Struggle for Economic, Environmental and Social Justice: Deepening their roots (Routledge Equity, Justice and the Sustainable City series)
By: Malo André Hutson
This book discusses the current demographic shifts of blacks, Latinos, and other people of colour out of certain strong-market cities and the growing fear of displacement among low-income urban residents. It documents these populations’ efforts to remain in their communities and highlights how this leads to community organizing around economic, environmental, and social justice.
Remaking the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge: A Case of Shadowboxing with Nature
By: Karen Frick
On 17 October 1989 one the largest earthquakes to occur in California since the San Francisco earthquake of April 1906 struck Northern California. Damage was extensive, none more so than the partial collapse of the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge’s eastern span, a vital link used by hundreds of thousands of Californians every day.
Into the Void Pacific: Building the 1939 San Francisco World's Fair
By: Andrew Shanken
University of California Press (2015)
Published on the occasion of the expo's 75th anniversary, Into the Void Pacific is the first architectural history of the 1939 San Francisco World’s Fair. While fairs of the 1930's turned to the future as a foil to the Great Depression, the Golden Gate International Exposition conjured up geographical conceits to explore the nature of the city's place in what organizers called “Pacific Civilization.”
Changing Chinese Cities
By: Renee Chow
University of Hawaii Press (2015)
Until the middle of the twentieth century, Chinese urban life revolved around courtyards. Whether for housing or retail, administration or religion, everyday activities took place in a field of pavilions and walls that shaped collective ways of living. Changing Chinese Cities explores the reciprocal relations between compounds and how they inform a distinct and legible urbanism.