Friday, November 27, 2009

Holiday Gift Books: 2009.5

As in the last four years, I'm presenting a list of gift books just in time for the holidays. This time around I'm presenting one each by 50 publishers, posted in five digestible installments of ten each, in alphabetical order. Below is the fifth installment. Once posted, the rest can be found here.

Zaha Hadid: Complete Works
by Philip Jodidio
"This XL tome demonstrates the progression of Hadid’s career—including not only her extraordinary buildings but also furniture and interior designs—with in-depth texts, spectacular photos, and her own drawings."

Thames & Hudson:
Unbuilt Masterworks of the 21st Century
by Will Jones
"100 of the best projects to have been proposed since the turn of the millennium. Includes projects by by the world’s greatest architects, from UN Studio, Foreign Office Architects, Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Zaha Hadid to such up-and-coming stars as J. Mayer H. Architects and Asymptote."

University of Pittsburgh Press:
Pittsburgh: A New Portrait
by Franklin Toker
"Remade as a thriving twenty-first-century city and an international center for science, medicine, biotechnology, and financial services, Pittsburgh is now routinely acclaimed as one of the most promising and livable of America's cities. Franklin Toker shows us why."

Bicycle Diaries
by David Byrne
"An account of what he sees and whom he meets as he pedals through metropoles from Berlin to Buenos Aires, Istanbul to San Francisco, Manila to New York, Bicycle Diaries also records Byrne’s thoughts on world music, urban planning, fashion, architecture, cultural dislocation, and much more, all conveyed with a highly personal mixture of humor, curiosity, and humility."

Sigurd Lewerentz: St. Petri
edited by Wilfried Wang
"For the village of Klippan, the Swedish architect Sigurd Lewerentz was invited to design a church in 1962 at the age of 77. It was to become his most important commission, one that absorbed his typological concerns of earlier church designs as well as formal interests that he held since the early 1930s."

Architectures of the Near Future
edited by Nic Clear
"Architectures of the Near Future offers a series of alternative voices, developing some of the neglected areas of contemporary urban life and original visions of what might be to come. Rather than providing simplistic and seductive images of an intangible shiny future, it rocks the cosy world of architecture with polemical blasts."

William Stout Publishers:
URBANbuild: local_global
by Ila Berman and Mona El Khaff
"This publication documents a two year program at Tulane University School of Architecture ... initiated to actively support the rehabilitation of the city of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina."

W.W. Norton:
Corporate Architecture: Building a Brand
by Alejandro Bahamón, Ana Cañizares and Antonio Corcuera
"A brand is much more than the product or service that it represents—it is a whole imaginary world custom-made for the target consumer, and it often has little to do with what is being sold. Competition has given rise to a new class of buildings, designed by top architects and characterized by bold design approaches, surveyed in this sweeping study." Read my review of the book here.

Yale University Press:
Unpacking My Library: Architects and Their Books
by Jo Steffens
"An intimate look at the personal libraries of twelve of the world’s leading architects, alongside conversations about the significance of books to their careers and lives."

Zero Books:
Militant Modernism
by Owen Hatherley
"In readings of modern design, film, pop and especially architecture, [the book] attempts to reclaim a revolutionary modernism against its absorption into the heritage industry and the aesthetics of the luxury flat."