“Marco Anelli: Building Magazzino” by Rizzoli Publishers

The photographic book Marco Anelli: Building Magazzino, published by Skira Rizzoli, comprises 129 color photographs and a preface by Nancy Olnick and Giorgio Spanu, along with essays by Manuel Blanco, Alberto Campo Baeza (winner of the BigMat Award 2015), Marvin Heiferman, Miguel Quismondo and Vittorio Calabrese.

 

Marco Anelli: Building Magazzino © Marco Anelli

Marco Anelli: Building Magazzino © Marco Anelli

 

Celebrated Italian photographer Marco Anelli captures the construction of Magazzino Italian Art, a new Hudson Valley institution dedicated to postwar and contemporary Italian art. The transformation and expansion of a 1960s factory building in Cold Spring, NY to house an extraordinary art collection has been documented by Marco Anelli, Magazzino Italian Art’s first artist in residence. From initial excavations to the installation of artworks in the galleries, Anelli traces Spanish architect Miguel Quismondo’s plan to create a space that bridges the artistic legacy of the Hudson Valley with the demands of ambitious contemporary artworks. Several essays and examples of founders Nancy Olnick and Giorgio Spanu’s stunning Italian art collection enliven Anelli’s series of landscape photographs and portraits. (more…)

“The Guggenheim: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Iconoclastic Masterpiece” edited by Yale University Press

The latest book by Francesco Dal Co, renowned historian and former member of the BigMat Award Jury, tells the captivating tale of the plans and personalities behind one of New York City’s most radical buildings: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim Museum.

 

 

Guggenheim Museum. Section drawing, 1944 © Yale Books

Guggenheim Museum. Section drawing, 1944 © Yale Books

 

Yale Books has recently released a book on one of the most iconic buildings in the city of New York: the Solomon Guggenheim Museum, designed by American Modern classic architect Frank Lloyd Wright, author of the early Modern Prairie Houses and Organic style Villas. Renowned historian, art critic and architect Francesco Dal Co is the author of this comprehensive research book, which displays one of the most intrincate historical, social and constructive details of the building yet.

Francesco Dal Co is professor at IUAV and director of the architecture magazine Casabella. In 2013 he formed part of the BigMat ’13 International Architecture Award Jury.  (more…)

Inside the archives of Ábalos & Herreros in Park Books latest AP 164

Park Books presents the influential work of the Spanish architects re-interpreted by their contemporaries, collaborators and students, with contents taken from the office’s archives in the Canadian Centre for Architecture.

 

Ábalos & Herreros, Photomontage showing the inclusion of the architectural character of the double tower. #84 – Parque Dunar, Doñana (1993 – 94). Collage of electrostatic prints with marker and graphite. Ábalos & Herreros fonds, Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal. Gift of Iñaki Ábalos and Juan Herreros © Iñaki Ábalos and Juan Herreros.

Ábalos & Herreros, Photomontage showing the inclusion of the architectural character of the double tower. #84 – Parque Dunar, Doñana (1993 – 94). Collage of electrostatic prints with marker and graphite. Ábalos & Herreros fonds, Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal. Gift of Iñaki Ábalos and Juan Herreros © Iñaki Ábalos and Juan Herreros.

 

Park Books presents their latest monograph publication on the Spanish architecture office Ábalos & Herreros, made in collaboration with Kersten Geers and David Van Severen, Juan José Castellón González, Florian Idenburg and Jing Liu, and photographed by Stefano Graziani.

While many have written about the work of Ábalos & Herreros, previous books have been based mainly on their built projects and ongoing research. AP 164: Ábalos & Herreros is the first book to draw on the firm’s archive, which was acquired by the Canadian centre for Architecture in Montreal in 2012, offering a new take on this important architectural practice. (more…)

“Treacherous Transparencies” book by Jacques Herzog & Pierre de Meuron

Treacherous Transparencies analyzes transparency as expressed in architecture and art in an attempt to understand the intentions and objectives that underlie its use by pertinent architects and artists.

 

Mies van der Rohe, Farnsworth House © Pierre de Meuron

Mies van der Rohe, Farnsworth House © Pierre de Meuron

 

The publication looks at a few important works by selected artists and architects who work with transparency as an artistic strategy, which they implement primarily by using glass and mirrors but other media as well. The architects and artists listed together in this context form an unlikely alliance: Bruno Taut, Ivan Leonidov, Marcel Duchamp, Mies van der Rohe, Dan Graham, and Gerhard Richter. But they do have something in common: their work marks salient way stations in the story of modernism up to the present day. (more…)

“The Difficult Whole” A Reference Book on Robert Venturi, John Rauch and Denise Scott Brown

This edition, published by Park Books, features analysis of twenty-eight projects by Venturi, Rauch and Scott Brown, re-evaluating Venturi’s idea of the “difficult whole” in the context of his work: a significant contribution to a contemporary architectural discourse.

 

"The Difficult Whole" © Park Books

“The Difficult Whole” © Park Books

 

In 1966, architect Robert Venturi published Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture, a manifesto that became one of the twentieth century’s most important statements about architecture. Drawing on both vernacular and high-style sources, Venturi introduced new lessons from the buildings of architects who were well known, like Michelangelo and Alvar Aalto, and those whose work had then been forgotten, like Frank Furness and Edwin Lutyens. Arguing against the diagrammatic forms that dominated the field at that time, Venturi made a case instead for “the difficult whole.” (more…)

“Vertical Urban Factory”, a history of industrial architecture presented by Actar Publishers

Nina Rappaport presents her new book, discovering the transformation of industrial architecture from Nineteenth-Century vertical factories into Twenty first-Century Industrial Districts and their relationship with the cities.

 

Valdemingomez recycling plant, Ábalos+Herreros © Ábalos+Herreros

Valdemingomez recycling plant, Ábalos+Herreros © Ábalos+Herreros

 

The architecture editors and publishers Actar have recently published “Vertical Urban Factory” , focused on the history and evolution of the Industry throughout the architecture in the last centuries.  The book follows the development of the first factories into present-time industrial districts, analyzing its impact on urban design and the transformation of the industrial architecture itself. (more…)

“Superstudio Works 1966-1978” by Habitat publishers

This volume is the ‘culmination’ of Superstudio’s work. It brings together for the first time and in their entirety the works, texts and projects of the most famous group of “radical architects” according to Germano Celant’s canonical definition. For the first time and in their entirety the works, texts and projects of the most famous group of «radical architects»

Mobili della serie Misura, disegno a china e collage, 1969 © Toraldo di Francia

Mobili della serie Misura, disegno a china e collage, 1969 © Toraldo di Francia

 

After fifty years of alternating cycles of historiographical repression and subsequent revivals in national and international circuits, this book takes stock of this exceptional experience of collective architecture in the twentieth century. Today the drawings, models, famous photomontages, lamps, tables and other design objects created by Superstudio are on show in many museums world wide, amongst which, MoMA (New York), The Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), Frac (Orléans), the Pecci Centre for Contemporary Art (Prato), and the Maxxi (Rome). (more…)

“Drawing Ambience. Alvin Boyarsky and the AA” by Igor Marjanovic and Jan Howard

This richly illustrated volume showcases the impressive collection of drawings assembled by Alvin Boyarsky during his pivotal tenure as chairman of the Architectural Association (AA) in London from 1971 until his death in 1990.

 

Zaha Hadid, The World (89 Degrees), 1984. Print with hand-applied acrylic and wash, 27 1/2 x 22 5/8". Collection of the Alvin Boyarsky Archive. © Zaha Hadid Architects

Zaha Hadid, The World (89 Degrees), 1984. Print with hand-applied acrylic and wash, 27 1/2 x 22 5/8″. Collection of the Alvin Boyarsky Archive. © Zaha Hadid Architects

 

As chairman of the Architectural Association, Boyarsky orchestrated an ambitious exhibition and publication program that situated drawing as not only a representational tool but as a form of architecture in its own right. This book brings together an iconic set of drawings by some of the most prominent architects and artists of our time—including Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Daniel Libeskind, Mary Miss, OMA–Rem Koolhaas, Eduardo Paolozzi, Bernard Tschumi, Shin Takamatsu, and others.

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“Palladio Virtuel” by Peter Eisenman, Yale University Press

It represents the culmination of ten years of study of Palladio’s villas by Eisenman, adding an important contribution to the sixteenth-century master’s already robust legacy. The book proposes a reading of the buildings that undermines the traditional view of Palladio’s architecture as founded on ideal forms.

 

Villa Rotonda Model overlaid with axonometric © Peter Eisenman and Matt Roman

Villa Rotonda Model overlaid with axonometric © Peter Eisenman and Matt Roman

 

Many historians of architecture have viewed the villas of Andrea Palladio (1508–1580) as physical manifestations of the classical architectural principles described in his treatise The Four Books of Architecture (I Quattro Libri dell’Architettura). Written toward the end of his life, The Four Books illustrate Palladio’s built work, redrawn the way he wanted it to be. In this groundbreaking new study, American architect and educator Peter Eisenman analyzes twenty of Palladio’s villas, offering a radical interpretation of the Renaissance master’s work. (more…)

“Buckminster Fuller Inc: Architecture in the Age of Radio” by Lars Müller Publishers

The monograph, written by Mark Wigley, offers a deep exploration of the American architect’s work and thought to shed new light on the questions raised by our increasingly electronic world.

 

"Buckminster Fuller Inc. Architecture in the Age of Radio" by Mark Wigley. Published by Lars Muller.

“Buckminster Fuller Inc. Architecture in the Age of Radio” by Mark Wigley. Published by Lars Muller 

 

Lars Müller Publishers have just released a monographic book on Buckminster Fuller, the american architect, inventor and all-twentieth century pioneer, written and edited by Mark Wigley. The book focuses on Fuller’s approach to architecture in the time of radio and the discovery of the new technologies that would change the world forever.

Bucky Inc. offers a deep exploration of Richard Buckminster Fuller’s work and thought to shed new light on the questions raised by our increasingly electronic world. It shows that Fuller’s entire career was a multidimensional reflection on the architecture of radio. He always insisted that the real site of architecture is the electromagnetic spectrum. His buildings were delicate mobile instruments for accessing the invisible universe of overlapping signals. Every detail was understood as a way of tuning into hidden waves. Architecture was built in, with, for and as radio. (more…)