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    Brunelleschi's Dome by Ross King

    Ross King was born in Canada in 1962 and completed a PhD in English Literature at York University in Toronto. He is the author of two novels, Domino , soon to be made into a film, and Ex-Libris . He lives near Oxford.

    The Death and Life Of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs

    Jane Jacobs was born on May 4, 1916, in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Her father was a physician and her mother taught school and worked as a nurse. After high school and a year spent as a reporter on the Scranton Tribune , Jacobs went to New York, where she found a succession of jobs as a stenographer and wrote free-lance articles about the city's many working districts, which fascinated her. In 1952, after a number of writing and editing jobs ranging in subject matter from metallurgy to a geography of the United States for foreign readers, she became an associate editor of Architectural Forum . She was becoming increasingly skeptical of conventional planning beliefs as she noticed that the city rebuilding projects she was assigned to write about seemed neither safe, interesting, alive, nor good economics for cities once the projects were built and in operation. She gave a speech to that effect at Harvard in 1956, and this led to an article in Fortune magazine entitled "Downtown Is for People," which in turn led to The Death and Life of Great American Cities . The book was published in 1961 and produced permanent changes in the debate over urban renewal and the future of cities. In opposition to the kind of large-scale, bulldozing government intervention in city planning associated with Robert Moses and with federal slum-clearing projects, Jacobs proposed a renewal from the ground up, emphasizing mixed use rather than exclusively residential or commercial districts, and drawing on the human vitality of existing neighborhoods: "Vital cities have marvelous innate abilities for understanding, communicating, contriving, and inventing what is required to combat their difficulties.... Lively, diverse, intense cities contain the seeds of their own regeneration, with energy enough to carry over for problems and needs outside themselves." Although Jacobs's lack of experience as either architect or city planner drew criticism, The Death and Life of Great American Cities was quickly recognized as one of the most original and powerfully argued books of its day. It was variously praised as "the most refreshing, provocative, stimulating, and exciting study of this greatest of our problems of living which I have seen" (Harrison Salisbury) and "a magnificent study of what gives life and spirit to the city" (William H. Whyte). Jacobs is married to an architect, who she says taught her enough to become an architectural writer. They have two sons and a daughter. In 1968 they moved to Toronto, where Jacobs has often assumed an activist role in matters relating to development and has been an adviser on the reform of the city's planning and housing policies. She was a leader in the successful campaign to block construction of a major expressway on the grounds that it would do more harm than good, and helped prevent the demolition of an entire neighborhood downtown. She has been a Canadian citizen since 1974. Her writings include The Economy of Cities (1969); The Question of Separatism (1980), a consideration of the issue of sovereignty for Quebec; Cities and the Wealth of Nations (1984), a major study of the importance of cities and their regions in the global economy; and her most recent book, Systems of Survival (1993).

    Building Construction Illustrated by Francis D K Ching

    Includes bibliographical references and index.

    Experiencing Architecture by Steen Eiler Rasmussen

    2nd Edition

    The Architecture Of Happiness by Alain De Botton

    Alain de Botton is the author of three works of fiction and five of nonfiction, including How Proust Can Change Your Life, The Consolations of Philosophy, and The Art of Travel. He lives in London.

    City Of Quartz by Mike Davis

    Mike Davis is the author of several books including Planet of Slums , City of Quartz , Ecology of Fear , Late Victorian Holocausts , and Magical Urbanism . He was recently awarded a MacArthur Fellowship. He lives in Papa’aloa, Hawaii.

    Design Of Cities by Edmund N Bacon

    "The major contemporary work on urban design . . . Splendidly presented, filled with thoughtful and brilliant intuitive insights." — The New Republic In a brilliant synthesis of words and pictures, Edmund N. Bacon relates historical examples to modern principles of urban planning. He vividly demonstrates how the work of great architects and planners of the past can influence subsequent development and be continued by later generations. By illuminating the historical background of urban design, Bacon also shows us the fundamental forces and considerations that determine the form of a great city. Perhaps the most significant of these are simultaneous movement systems—the paths of pedestrian and vehicular traffic, public and private transportation—that serve as the dominant organizing force, and Bacon looks at movement systems in cities such as London, Rome, and New York. He also stresses the importance of designing open space as well as architectural mass and discusses the impact of space, color, and perspective on the city-dweller. That the centers of cities should and can be pleasant places in which to live, work, and relax is illustrated by such examples as Rotterdam and Stockholm.

    Skyscraper by Karl Sabbagh

    Color Drawing by Michael E Doyle

    The King's England by Mee Arthur

    Modern Architecture by Kenneth Frampton

    Make Your Own Handcrafted Doors & Windows by John Birchard

    Early American Inns and Taverns by Elise Lathrop

    Design With Nature by Ian L McHarg

    The Timeless Way Of Building by Christopher Alexander

    Space, Time and Architecture by Sigfried Giedion

    Architecture by Francis D K Ching

    Includes bibliographical references (p. 409) and indexes

    The Arts by Hendrik Willem Van Loon

    An Age Of Barns by Eric Sloane

    Architecture Without Architects by Bernard Rudofsky

    Ghosts Along the Mississippi by Clarence John Laughlin

    The Poetics Of Space by Gaston Bachelard

    Fundamentals Of Building Construction by Edward Iano, Joseph Allen

Architecture Books & Ephemera



    The builders (right)(Chinese Edition) by [ MEI ] LI CHA DE SANG NEI TE ZHU

    Shanghai translation publishing house, 2018-01-01. hardcover. New. Ship out in 2 business day, And Fast shipping, Free Tracking number will be provided after the shipment.HardCover. Pub Date: 2018-01-01 Pages: 307 Language: Chinese Publisher: Shanghai translation publishing house builders to explore a kind of basic human impulse: pure desire to work hard in order to get things done.Although the word evokes a craftsmen with the coming of the industrial society and way of life disappear. nate thought. potter... Satisfaction guaranteed,or money back.



    Berkshire Cottages: A Vanishing Era by Owens, Carole

    Cottage Press, Inc., Stockbridge, 1984. 240 pages, softcover monograph, bound in stiff illustrated paper covers. Sixth edition. Extensively researched and nicely illustrated. Aside from a light vertical crease through the center of the spine, the book is in excellent condition, with tight binding, minimal to no wear to the covers, and clean interior.. Wrappers. Near Fine.



    The First Book of Palaces by Beck, Barbara L

    London, England: Edmund Ward (Publishers) Ltd., 1964 First edition in hardcover with dust jacket. 66 pp. Illustrations, index. Jacket has some tiny tears, minor soiling. Fine/Very Good.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Very Good. Illus. by Page Cary. LR8-4.



    Herzog and Demeuron: Projects and Buildings 1982-1990 by Wilfried Wang

    New York: Rizzoli, 1990. 4to. 90 pp. Very Good. A few small scuffs to spine and front wrap, slight wear to corners.. Paperback. Very Good.



    The book of furniture and decoration : period and modern by Aronson, Joseph, 1898-1976.[Alexander H. Girard, Bassett E. Vollum, Ruth Campbell Bigelow, Ruchard Averill Smith, F S Lincoln, Sarah Hunter Kelly, Hubert Robert, Douglas SOmmerville, M. Therese Bonney, Nancy McClelland, Mattie Edwards Hewitt, Arthur Verna

    New York : Crown Publishers, 1941, 1941. Book. Good. Hardcover. 2nd Edition. xi, 356 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm ; LCCN: 41-10057 ; LC: NK2230; Dewey: 749 ; OCLC: 813523 ; "Revised, February, 1941" ; dull orange cloth with brown lettering ; no dustjacket ; Contents: Part I. The development of decoration. Introductory ; Italy ; Spain ; France ; France: after Louis XIV ; England ; England : the age of walnut ; England : the age of mahogany ; England : the age of satinwood ; The nineteenth century ; Early American ; The Federal Period and after ; The twentieth century ; Contemporary design -- Part II. The elements of decoration. Materials of decoration ; Fabrics ; Wall coverings ; Floor coverings ; Decorative objects ; Color ; Lighting ; Windows and window treatment ; Furniture and how to buy it -- Part III. The principles of decoration. Room planning and arrangement ; Rooms ; Seasonal change. ; numerous black and white plates ; drawings ; each architect, designer and photographer is indicated, and includes work by Alexander H Girard, Bassett & Vollum, Ruth Campbell Bigelow, Richard Averill Smith, F S Lincoln, Sarah Hunter Kelly, Hubert Robert, Douglas Sommerville, M Therese Bonney, Nancy McClelland, Mattie Edwards Hewitt, Arthur S Vernay, H Leo Gould, William Helburn, Katherine Park Studdiford, Paul J Woolf, Ralph Steiner, Joseph Mullen, Felix Augenfeld, Richard Garrison, Gilbert Rohde, William Lescaze, Paul Bry, William Muschenheim, Joseph Allen Stein, Calvert Coggeshall, John Funk, Richard Neutra, Alvar Aalto, Edward Stone, Dan Cooper, Roy Barley, Kurt Schelling, Frank Randt, Ida Webster, Lucille Schlimme, Margery Sill Wickware, Edna Kern, Harrie Lindeberg, Tommi Parzinger, William Lescaze, Morris Sanders, James F Eppenstein, Virginia Conner, Gottscho, Paul MacAlister, Harwell Hamilton Harris, Harold Costair, Verna Cook Solomonsky, Ethel A Reeve, Van Anda, Evans Moore, Robsjohn-Gibbings, Sylvia Holt, Paul Laszlo, Fred R Dapprich, and Drix Duryea ; great industrial and interior photography; also features 1930's and 1940's art deco, 1950's populux and madcap designs ; sunned , name on front endpaper ; foxing, spot on cover ; else G.



    Hans Kollhoff : Architektur / Architecture by Neumeyer, Fritz

    Prestel Verlag Münich & New York, 2002. 112 pages 79 duotone illustrations. Minor rubbing and wear to the dustjacket cover and edge now protected with a Mylar cover. Text is in English and German. Buildings by Hans Kollhoff and Helga Timmermann. Photography by Ivan Bemec. . Cloth. Near Fine/Near Fine.



    L'Architecture De Vitruve by Maufras M

    C L F Panckoucke, Editeur, Paris, 1847. Hardcover (Quarter Leather). Good/No Jacket. COMPLETE IN TWO VOLUMES. IN FRENCH. 584, 580 pages, size 8.75 inches tall by 5.25 inches with Table Des Matieres and Table Analytique. Illustrated with black and white line drawings. Books - in Good Plus original quarter leather and marbled paper bindings with gilt lettering and 5 raised bands - some rubbing and some surface loss to the leather binding and some wear the extreme corners to the extreme corners and extreme edges of the paper bindings, small, 1 inch/3cm closed 'crack' to the top edge of the front board of volume two. Green silk ribbon bookmarks to both volumes. Contents, small patch of marking to the marbled paper front pastedown to volume one, scattered browning, a few unopened pages, light creasing to the top corners of a few pages in volume two and a small ink annotation to page 370 in volume one otherwise clean and tightly bound. Text is in French. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: 1-2 kilos. Category: Architecture; French Language; Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 004685.. This is a SET of books, therefore heavier than a standard volume, and will involve extra shipping charges to some countries.



    Building Plans for a Building on the Corner of Battery St. and Vallejo St., San Francisco by Hjul, James H

    San Francisco: James H. Hjul, Structural Engineer, August 8, 1927. Original pencil drawings on tracing paper. Sheet size 18" x 30". 4 sheets. Job number crossed out. Formerly read #187. James Hansen Hjul (1882 - 1957), a structural engineer, constructed many buildings in San Francisco. He was the founder of the J.H. Construction Company and was listed as a contractor, civil engineer, structural engineer and construction engineer in San Francisco City Directories from 1907 to 1958. Most of his work occurred in the South of Market area on warehouses and industrial buildings.



    The Architectural Digest Volume XIV. No. 1 by Brasfield, John C. (Publisher)

    Los Angeles, California: Brasfield, John C. Book. Soft cover. First Edition.. Near folio softcover (Spine of the cover severely worn ) Dozens of photo spreads depicting mostly interior scenes of private residences in and around Los Angeles, California - usually designed and or decorated by notable architectural stylists of the period. No date but this issue from the mid-1952's. 202pp This issue featuring among many others, the homes of artist, sculpture Mr. & Mrs. Glen E. Swanson (Pasadena, Cal.), Mr. & Mrs. Walter N. Boysen (Orinda), Moncrief River Ranch (Gunnison, col.), Mr. & Mrs. Preston A. Higgins (Palm Springs), Mr. & Mrs. Fred Roberts (Solstice Canyon), Mr. & Mrs. J.A. McNeal - with three of the photos excised), San Marino), Mrs. Alma deBretteville Spreckels, (San Francisco), Mr. & Mrs. Phil Freeman (Los Angeles), Mr. & Mrs. A. J. Stern (Hillsboro, Cal.).Mr. & Mrs. Paul Johnson (Fresno,),Mr. & Mrs. Joseph M. Exley (Portland, Oregon), Mr. & Mrs. Milton Lerner (San Fernando), Mr. & Mrs. R.E. Payne (Hermosa Beach), Mr. & Mrs. Milton Barratt (Beverly Hills), Mr. & Mrs. Nat Sherman (Westwood), Mr. & Mrs. Don Allison (Beverly Hills), Mr. & Mrs. Frankie lane (Beverly Hills), Mr. & Mrs. Edmond E. Herrscher (Beverly Hills), Mr. & Mrs. Gordon Guiberson (La Jolla, Cal.), Mr. & Mrs. Sol Goldenberg (Beverly Hills), Mr. & Mrs. A. M. Gross (Beverly Hils), Display Apartments in Parklabrea Towers, (Los Angeles), Mr. & Mrs. James A. Ryder (Coconut Grove), Alexander H. Kerr Glass Company (Los Angeles), Greenbriar Inn (Garden Grove), El Rancho Vegas (Las Vegas), And many more, including numerous photos of ads depicting showrooms and California business's.Still, Good. For information regarding any particular residence or family name please E-Mail only. Image accompaning this listing has been cropped due to scanner limitations - and wear to spine won't be obvious..



    Retrofitting of commercial, institutional, and industrial buildings for energy conservation by Meckler, Milton (ed)

    Van Nostrand Reinhold. Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust jacket. 1984. First Edition. Hardcover. 0442262264 . Clean unmarked bare hint of edge where to jacket; Thick Small 4to 9" - 11" tall; 414 pages .



    Alec Clifton-Taylor's Buildings of Delight by Clifton-Taylor, Alec

    Victor Gollancz, 1988 pb, light creasing to spine and a little wear at the edges in particular at the foot of the spine, pages clean and bright, a good secure tight binding [Box 46]



    a treasury of Scandinavian Design by Zahle, Erik (Edited By.)

    New York: Golden Press, 1961. Book. Hardcover. First U.S. Edition. Hardcover. Larger 4to. 299pp. Tight. Name front endpaper. ully illustrated throughout. This is the so-called "Deluxe Edition".- the standard authority on Scandinavian -Designed furniture, textiles, glass, ceramics, and metal.Nice D/j with several small edgetears, else Near Fine in V.Good unclipped d/j..



    Medieval Lincoln by Hill Sir Francis

    Cambridge at the University Press, 1965. Book measures xvii, 487pp, illustrated. Bound in original publishers green cloth, with gilt lettering. Binding in good clean firm condition. Dust jacket rubbed, some abrasion wear and fading. Jacket in good condition. Internally, pages in good clean condition. A good solid clean copy. . Hard Cover. Very Good/Good Plus. 8vo.



    The Portfolio and the Diagram: Architecture, Discourse, and Modernity in America by PAI, Hyungmin

    Cambridge, Mass: The MIT Press, 2002. Hardcover. Fine/Fine. xix, 383 p. 24 cm. B&w illustrations. Green cloth hardcover in mylar-covered dustjacket.



    California Lighthouses: Point St. George to the Gulf of Santa Catalina [Lighthouses Series] by Jones, Ray

    The Globe Pequot Press, Guilford, Connecticut, 1997. First Edition. Softcover. Near Fine Condition/No Dust Jacket. Illustrator: Roberts, Bruce. Second printing of the First Edition. Size: 4to. 85 pages. Text body is clean, and free from previous owner annotation, underlining and highlighting. Binding is tight, covers and spine fully intact. Color illustrated wraps, Bibliography, Lighthouses Index, illustrated with color and black-and-white photographs. "This beautifully illustrated guidebook pays tribute to forty-nine of these historic landmarks. From Battery Point to Point Loma, the book details the history, lore, and disasters of these majestic lights." Illustrator: Roberts, Bruce. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: 1 lb 15 oz. Category: Architecture; Books; Photography. ISBN: 0762700815. ISBN/EAN: 9780762700813. Inventory No: 008432. .



    The Engineer [ 1923 ] by The Engineer

    United Kingdom: Office for Publication and Advertisements, 1923. Book measures 16 1/2 x 11 1/2 inches. From July 6th to December 28th, 1923, 708 pages, illustrated throughout. Bound in black cloth. Cloth lightly rubbed, scuffed, some wear on head on spine. Binding in good firm condition. Internally, pages clean throughout. Some of the contents of this volume. The Penistone Works of Cammell Laird and Co Limited. Plan and Section of Tyre Plant Buildings. Mass Production of Omnibus Bodies. The Clydebridge Steelworks at Cambuslang of David Colville and Sons, Limited. London, Midlands, and Scottish Railwa-Building Carriage Bodies at Derby. The Johore Causeway Between Singapore and the Mainland. . Very Good. Folio - over 12" - 15" tall.



    The Art of the Old South: Painting, Sculpture, Architecture & the Products of Craftsmen 1560-1860 by Poesch, Jessie

    The Art of the Old South: Painting, Sculpture, Architecture & the Products of Craftsmen 1560-1860.


    AUD $125.00

    Plants for Landscape Architecture in Thailand by Uamporn / Sasiya / Alisara / Nath Teerravuttichai, Siriphanich, Menakanit & Pichakum

    TALA, No date. Edition Unstated. Hardcover (Printed Boards). As New/No Dust Jacket. Text in Thai and English. Size: Large Book - between A4 and A3. 338 pages. Text is in multiple languages. Text body is clean, and free from previous owner annotation, underlining and highlighting. Binding is tight, covers and spine fully intact. No foxing in this copy. Dust Jacket is in as new condition, apart from normal shop shelf wear - contains no tears or chips or other damage. Dust Jacket un-clipped. All edges clean, neat and free of foxing. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: 1-2 kilos. Category: Architecture; Thailand; Gardening. ISBN: 9747114364. ISBN/EAN: 9789747114362. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 28545. . 9789747114362 This book is extra heavy, and may involve extra shipping charges to some countries.



    The American School and University: A Yearbook devoted to the Design, Construction, Equipment, Utilization, and Maintenance of Educational Buildings and Grounds 1933-1934

    New York: American School Publishing Corporation, 1933. Sixth Annual Edition. Cloth. Very good. 403 p. 26 cm. Hundreds of b&w photos and plans including some illustrations for advertised products. Blue cloth hardcover with gold impressing. Rear hinge cracking internally. Topics: problems of economy and reorganization; design and construction of buildings; operation and maintenance of buildings and grounds; equipment for physical education and play; classroom, library, commercial department, and auditorium; cafeteria and home economics; dormitories; college, university and normal school presidents; laboratory and shop; superintendents of schools in places of 5000 population and over; architects for educational buildings; state aids available to local school boards from state departments; distributors of educational equipment. Classified index of products, index to subjects and places, index to authors.



    A House in Town by Watkin, David; Ratcliff , Anthony; Thompson, Nicholas; Mills , John

    Batsford Ltd, 1984. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/Good. 201 pages (complete).Closed tear on jacket and shelf rubbed, a few inscriptions. However it is a very good copy, excellent binding and internally clean.This book tells the story of 22 Arlington Street,the great town house designed for Henry Pelham by William Kent in the 1740s. MN.



    Elévation géométrale du même Aqueduc by Choiseul-Gouffier, Marie Gabriel August, Comte de:

    Paris, 1782. Copper engraving, 37 x 25 cms, black and white, blank verso. Elevation of an aqueduct at Ephesus. Plate 119 from the first volume of Choiseul-Gouffier’s “Voyage Pittoresque de la Grece”. Print



    Fighting Irish, The; Ireland's Role in World Boxing History by Myler, Patrick (with an introduction by Eamonn Andrews)

    Brandon Book Publishers Ltd; Dingle., 1987. Very good+. 189pp. . First impression. . Soft. 8vo. 9 1/2". . Very good+. Illus. by Illustrated throughout..



    Le Palais Des Papes et Les Monuments D'avignon Au XIV Siecle [ Complete in 2 Volumes ] by Labande L. H

    Marseille & A. Dragon : F. Detaille & Aix-En-Provence, 1925. Limited to 850 copies. Complete in 2 volumes Books measure 13 x 10 inches. Collation, 179pp, 182pp, illustrated throughout, some in colour. Bound in modern cloth, with gilt title lettering. Both bindings in very good clean firm condition. Internally, tanning to a few pages. Pages and illustrations in very good clean condition. A very nice clean well bound set. . Cloth. Very Good. Folio - over 12" - 15" tall.



    Architecture in Detail: Colors by Riera, Oscar Ojeda

    Rockport Publishers, 2004. Hardcover. Fine/Fine. New. Fine in publisher's cloth in like dust jacket. Available in our UK premises for prompt dispatch worldwide.



    L art religieux musulman en Algérie by Bourouiba Rachid

    Alger : S.N.E.D., 1973. Book measures 227pp, plus illustrations. Bound in original publishers illustrated softcover. Covers very lightly rubbed. Binding in very good clean condition. Internally, pages clean throughout. A very nice clean copy. . Soft Cover. Very Good. Quarto.

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