DAYLIGHTING DESIGN IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST
Christopher Meek and Kevin G. Van Den Wymelenberg
Forward by Joel Loveland
192pp, 232 color illustrations, notes, index
University of Washington Press
In addition to conserving energy, the use of daylight in architecture can be a powerful aesthetic tool. The effective employment of natural lighting is an important component of sustainable design, and some of the best work in this area comes from the Northwest. This practice-based book focuses on fourteen projects ranging from schools to community centers to office buildings to a garbage/recycling center. It discusses the particular challenges of each project and the solutions found by the design teams as they sought to take advantage of daylight to create pleasant, workable, energy-efficient spaces. In each case, consideration has been given to location, elevation, orientation, microclimate throughout the seasons, and the effect on light of surrounding structures, land forms, and trees, as well as to the lighting requirements of occupants.
While some sustainable design strategies are general and not specific to place, place-specific opportunities and challenges are especially important in daylighting design. This book spotlights innovative design in a region heavily influenced by climate and landscape, makes use of environmentally friendly technologies, and looks at projects that aim to achieve social as well as aesthetic goals. It will be of great value to architects, engineers, lighting designers, and green building consultants, as well as to students in these fields.
Christopher M. Meek is research assistant professor of architecture at the University of Washington. Kevin G. Van Den Wymelenberg is assistant professor of architecture at the University of Idaho.
GlOBAL ENDS: TOWARDS THE BEGINNING
Ken Tadashi Oshima
Global Ends: towards the beginning explores the uncertain and de-centred nature of architecture and the global/local dynamic involved in both its perception and production in a post-9/11, post-Great East Japan Earthquake world. Taking views from several accomplished architects spread across all corners of the globe (Tom Kundig, Junya Ishigami, Kerry Hill, Sean Godsell, Smiljan Radic, Paulo David and RCR Aranda Pigem Vilalta Arquitectes), it focuses on the paradigm shift we are witnessing today, with collective creativity springing from far-flung regions and local solutions that are perhaps adaptable to global issues.
INTERNATIONAL ARCHITECTURE IN INTERWAR JAPAN: CONSTRUCTING KOKUSAI KENCHIKU
Ken Tadashi Oshima
320 pp., 220 illus., 20 in color
University of Washington Press
After World War I, architects around the world aspired to transcend national boundaries devastated by conflicts, resulting in a flurry of artistic creativity. In Japan, a generation of young architects strove to create "international architecture," or kokusai kenchiku, a product of increasing international travel and communication, growth of the mass media, and technological innovation.
Ken Tadashi Oshima traces the many interconnections between architects from Japan, Europe, and America and their designs during the interwar years by examining the careers and buildings of three leading modernists in Japan: Yamada Mamoru (1894- 1966), Horiguchi Sutemi (1895-1984), and Antonin Raymond (1888-1976). Each espoused a new architecture encompassing modern forms and new materials, and all attempted to synthesize the novel with the old in distinctive ways. Combining wood and concrete, paper screens and sliding/swinging glass doors, tatami rooms and Western-style chairs, they achieved an innovative merging of international modernism and traditional Japanese practices. Their buildings accommodated the demands of modern living while remaining appropriate to Japan's climate, culture, and economy.
Until now, little scholarship on Japanese modernist architecture has been available in English, and scholars have tended to isolate the Japanese work from architecture in the European-American sphere of influence. Oshima reverses this trend, exploring the influences that flowed in multiple directions between architects in Japan and their counterparts in Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, and elsewhere.
Sadly, few of the buildings of Japan's interwar period withstood the destruction of World War II and the wrecking balls of subsequent decades of development. Yet Oshima uses a wealth of photographs that vividly capture the character of the burgeoning architectural media of the interwar years to generously illustrate the works and visions of these pioneering modernists.
A global history of architecture, 2nd Edition
Mark M. Jarzombek (Author), Vikramaditya Prakash (Author), Francis D. K. Ching (Consultant Editor)
Hardcover, 864 pages with 1000 B & W photos, 50 color photos, 1500 B & W illustrations
Wiley Publications, 2nd Edition
Revised and updated—the compelling history of the world's great architectural achievements
Organized along a global timeline, A Global History of Architecture, Second Edition has been updated and revised throughout to reflect current scholarship. Spanning from 3,500 b.c.e. to the present, this unique guide is written by an all-star team of architectural experts in their fields who emphasize the connections, contrasts, and influences of architectural movements throughout history. The architectural history of the world comes to life through a unified framework for interpreting and understanding architecture, supplemented by rich drawings from the renowned Frank Ching, as well as brilliant photographs. This new Second Edition:
Delivers more coverage of non-Western areas, particularly Africa, South Asia, South East Asia, and Pre-Columbian America
Is completely re-designed with full-color illustrations throughout Incorporates additional drawings by Professor Ching, including new maps with more information and color .
Meets the requirements set by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) for "non-Western" architecture in history education.Offers new connections to a companion Web site, including Google EarthTM coordinates for ease of finding sites. Architecture and art enthusiasts will find A Global History of Architecture, Second Edition perpetually at their fingertips.
Urbanizing the Mojave Desert: Las Vegas
Nicole Huber and Ralph Stern
English / German
192 Pages with 150 color Images
Jovis Verlag Berlin / USA: Distributed Art Press
In "Learning from Las Vegas" Robert Venturi and Denise Scott-Brown focused on the glamour of the Las Vegas Strip, analyzing the city for its postmodernist qualities while ignoring the Mojave desert immediately beyond. Exploring the city at the same time as Venturi and Scott-Brown, the renowned architectural historian and critic Reyner Banham sidestepped the postmodernist lure of the Strip and focused his attention on what he saw as the strikingly modernist spaces of the Mojave desert.
Urbanizing the Mojave Desert: Las Vegas presents neither a modernist nor a postmodernist view of the city and its environment. The text and images do not project ideals of urban development, nor do they solve social and environmental problems. Rather, they present a hybrid landscape shaped and reshaped by practices of everyday urbanization for a city now characterized as the "first" city of the 21stcentury. They offer a "third site", exposing the complex but often interstitial spaces of everyday production and consumption tied to physical and virtual place making as well as contemporary local and global investment. This perspective reframes the seamless surfaces of draped neon lights, curtain walls, and landscape features layered onto the Mojaveʼs stark topography, uncovering distinct strata that respatialize the social, cultural, and environmental implications of urbanizing a fierce yet fragile desert.
LIONEL H. PRIES, ARCHITECT, ARTIST, EDUCATOR: FROM ARTS AND CRAFTS TO MODERN ARCHITECTURE
Jeffrey Karl Ochsner
403 pages, 325 illustrations (175 in color)
University of Washington Press
Lionel H. Pries (1897-1968) was one of the most influential architects and teachers in the Pacific Northwest from the late 1920s to the late 1960s. As an inspirational professor at the University of Washington he helped shape the careers of Minoru Yamasaki, A. Q. Jones, Victor Steinbrueck, Paul Kirk, Roland Terry, Fred Bassetti, Wendell Lovett, Gene Zema, and many other prominent twentieth-century architects. As a practicing architect, he was a pioneer in the adaptation of Modernism to the setting of the Pacific Northwest an an early leader in the creation of Northwest regional modernism.
Lionel H. Pries, Architect, Artist, Educator celebrates Pries's professional life and legacy, tracing his evolution as a designer, architect, teacher, and artist. The book shows how Pries absorbed and synthesized disparate influences and movements in design - the California Arts and Crafts, the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Mexican and Japanese motifs, the International Style, and other strands of the Modern Movement. This comprehensive, well illustrated book expands knowledge of Northwest history, culture and architecture, and of the history of American architectural education, as well as broadening understandings of twentieth-century American Modernism.
Toward a New Regionalism: Environmental Architecture in the Pacific Northwest
David E. Miller
208 pages, 200 illustrations (150 in color)
University of Washington Press
Green design is the major architectural movement of our time. Throughout the world architects are producing sustainable buildings in an attempt to preserve the environment and our globe's natural resources. However, current strategies for forming sustainable solutions are typically too general and fail to take advantage of critical geographical, environmental, and cultural factors particular to a specific place. By focusing on the Pacific Northwest, this book provides essential lessons to architects and students on how sustainable architecture can and should be shaped by the unique conditions of a region. Pacific Northwest regionalism has consistently supported an architecture aimed at environmental needs and priorities.
This book illuminates the history of a 'green trail' in the work of key architects of the Northwest. It discusses environmental strategies that work in the region, organized according to nature's most basic elements - earth, air, water, and fire - and their underlying principles and forces. This book focuses on technologies, materials, and methods, with a final section that examines thirteen exceptional Northwest buildings in detail and in light of their contributions to sustainable architecture. Critical case studies by Northwest architects illustrate some of the best environmental design work in North America. Architects in the book include: from Seattle, Mithun Architects and Planners, Jones and Jones Architecture and Landscape Architecture, and the Miller-Hull Partnership; from British Columbia, Peter Busby, Patkau Architects, and Terrence Williams; and from, Portland, Allied Works. These projects include innovative design in water and site stewardship, intelligent technologies, passive energy strategies, ecologically sound building materials, and environmentally sensitive energy management systems.
Statics and Strengths of Materials: Foundations for Structural Design
Barry S. Onouye (Author), Kevin Kane (Author)
Prentice Hall; 4 edition
A primary aim of this book has been to develop and present basic structural concepts in an easily understood manner using "building" examples and illustrations to supplement the text. Much of this material has been field tested, revised, and modified over a course of 25 years of teaching.
Introducing structural theory, without relying on a predominantly mathematical treatment, has been challenging to say the least—and a non-calculus engineering alternative to the topic seemed essential if the target audience (students of architecture, building construction, and some engineering technology programs) were to remain interested. Early on it was decided that a heavily illustrated, visual approach was essential in connecting and linking structural theory to real buildings and components. Using examples and problems that are commonly found in buildings and structures around us seemed to be a logical way of introducing mathematically based material in a nonthreatening way.