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Bali: Sustainable VisionsBali: Sustainable Visions by Ginanneschi, Isabella (Photos); D. M. Kirk (Text)

Justly famous for its artistic expressions, Balinese culture is also uniquely adapted to the natural conditions of this small volcanic island. Today, even as Bali's ecosystem is challenged by a continued influx of foreign tourists, a handful of inspired creators are rediscovering the island's long tradition of environmental sustainability. This gorgeous and eye-opening volume introduces us to their most innovative projects on Bali and other islands, including luxurious private homes built from traditional and reclaimed materials; the Suarga Resort, which boasts the world's largest bamboo-shingled roof; and the Green School, an international primary and secondary school where students learn to be stewards of the earth. Illustrated throughout with stunning new color photographs and animated by a deep ecological consciousness, Bali: Sustainable Visions is an essential book for everyone who cares about the future of architecture, design, and the natural environment.

Iversen: Architect Of Ipoh And Modern MalayaIversen: Architect Of Ipoh And Modern Malaya by Iversen Rollitt, Ruth

This is a biography of the Danish architect B.M. Iversen (1906-1976). It is illustrated with hundreds of original photographs, building plans and original paintings by the architect.Perhaps more than any other architect of his generation, B.M. Iversen introduced modern architecture to Malaya. Written by the architect's daughter, Ruth Iversen Rollitt, this warm, richly illustrated biography sheds new light on the life and work of Iversen, whose career spanned almost four decades in Malaya.

Rumah - An Ode To The Malay HouseRumah - An Ode To The Malay House by Tenas Effendy

Rumah is a collection of old Riau-Malay rhymed sayings originally gathered and published by Tenas Effendy. Referred to in Malay literature as 'Ungkapan', these eloquent stanzas depict the Malay house as a metaphor for the passage of life, the responsibilities of parenthood, the social observances of communal living, and the obligations of existing harmoniously with nature. Together, they form a complex work that vividly illustrates the values of customary law, etiquette, cultural protocols and religious tenets as cherished within a Malay home. The sayings themselves beautifully capture and radiate the warmth of a graceful Malay kampung house cast within the idyllic setting of a lush tropical oasis.

Penang House And The Straits Architect 1887-1941, ThePenang House And The Straits Architect 1887-1941, The by Lim, Jon Sun Hock

The mercantile communities of the Straits of Malacca were patrons of a distinctive architecture which flourished in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The development of Straits architecture is succinctly expressed in the evolution of the Penang house. More than just a home, the house in this mercantile community was a statement of wealth, influence and cultural affiliations. This lavishly illustrated book is an important landmark study of a glorious chapter in Malaysia's architectural history.

Modern Thai House: Innovative Design In Tropical AsiaModern Thai House: Innovative Design In Tropical Asia by Powell, Robert; Albert Lim (Photo.)

With rich photography and insightful commentary, this Thai architecture and interior design book showcases some of the finest modern masterpieces in Southeast Asia. The houses in this book are readily accessible from Bangkok, Phuket, and Chiangmai. They reflect a wide variety of concerns and solutions, such as: sustainability; responses to climate; strategies for cooling with minimal electricity; openness versus security in a large metropolis such as Bangkok; cultural sensitivity and responsiveness, as evidenced in a "three-generation house," built for a society in which the extended family is still prevalent; and cultural memory, as in the use of elements such as pilings, verandahs, and steeply pitched roofs with large overhangs that echo traditional Thai designs.

Sri Lanka Style: Tropical Design & ArchitectureSri Lanka Style: Tropical Design & Architecture by Channa Daswatte; Dominic Sansoni (Photo.)

Reflecting its location and status as a hub of Indian Ocean trade from time immemorial, the tropical island of Sri Lanka has always been open to the movements and patters of world culture. Indigenous architects and cultural traditions, colonial incursions and the vagaries of living in a tropical environment have combined to produce a distinctive Sri Lankan architectural style: thick lime-washed walls, tall windows and doors, terracotta or granite tile floors, open pavilions and verandas, courtyard gardens, elaborately carved furniture and vibrant hand-looms.

Dp Design: Designing SpacesDp Design: Designing Spaces by

Designing Spaces showcases the finest work from DP Design. This comprehensive book is packed with inspiration, ideas and details on designing spaces and infusing soul and character into vast spaces. This unique and engaging book illustrated how designing for an interior space can be a direct, strategic response to a building's intrinsic architectural form, functionality and user experience. Over 20 unconventional examples illustrate how, rather than treating interiors as isolated design projects, they are seen as extensions of the building architecture.

Faith In Architecture: 50 Houses Of Worship In SingaporeFaith In Architecture: 50 Houses Of Worship In Singapore by Gul Inanc (Ed.)

Often we are not fully aware of the artistic, diverse and divine features of more than a thousand houses of worship, which surround us in this small, culturally diverse city-state. This semi-photobook is a humble attempt to give 50 of these sacred sands/stones the voice required to share their stories with us and for us to move a little closer to understanding and appreciating the art and culture of major faiths being practised both locally and globally. Complementing the reflections and photography in the book are astute sketches by renowned Singapore artist, Dr Ho Chee Lick.

Singapore House, 1819-1942, TheSingapore House, 1819-1942, The by Lee Kip Lin

The Singapore House is a comprehensive study of the various domestic architectural styles that thrived in Singapore from 1819 until the outbreak of the Pacific War - from English, Georgian, Victorian, Eclectic, Edwardian, Baroque, Arts and Crafts and Modern International to the home-grown Coarsened Classical. Beautifully illustrated, The Singapore House marks a major attempt to document a rich and beautiful architectural legacy. The over 400 illustrations include rare historical materials, remarkable photographs and fascinating architectural drawings.

Architectural Heritage Of Sri Lanka, TheArchitectural Heritage Of Sri Lanka, The by C. Anjalendran; D. Sansoni & D. Robison

Architect C. Anjalendran has been recording Sri Lanka's architectural heritage for almost 30 years. The result is a collection of exquisite measured drawings, all made with ink and pencil on tracing paper - documenting many interesting and often neglected buildings in Sri Lanka. This book features these, along with photographs and insightful text, to highlight a broad cross-section of buildings of many different types and from many periods - from the ancient classical era of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa, from medieval times, from the colonial period and from the years after Sri Lanka regained its Independence in 1948.

Changing Chinese Cities: The Potentials Of Field UrbanismChanging Chinese Cities: The Potentials Of Field Urbanism by Chow, Renee Y.

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. Using a lens of urban fields, Renee Y. Chow describes life in neighborhoods of Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai and its canal environs. Detailed observations from courtyard to city are unlayered to reveal the relations that build extended environments.

SIA Architectural Design Awards 2014SIA Architectural Design Awards 2014 by

The SIA Architectural Design Awards is the most prestigious award conferred by Singapore Institute of Architects to promote and encourage distinction in architectural design.

Magical PrambananMagical Prambanan by Degroot, Veronique (Ed.)

Prambanan is the most celebrated Hindu temple in Indonesia. Magical Prambanan is the first book to reveal the many archaeological and cultural aspects of Prambanan and its surrounding temples. It narrates the history and the intricate discovery of this extraordinary site, the religious meaning and cultural symbols generated by its architectural presence. This book is also complimented by a thorough update of Prambanan's contemporary transformation into a cultural destination of modern Indonesia which includes how it has become a bottomless source of creative inspirations for Indonesian artists.

Kraton Ratu Boko: A Javanese Site Of Enigmatic BeautyKraton Ratu Boko: A Javanese Site Of Enigmatic Beauty by

The legend of Ratu Boko, "the king who vanished", is one of the oldest and best-known of ancient Javanese legends. The story aroused the curiosity of European visitors in the 18th and 19th centuries. They explored the hill and discovered the ruins of ancient buildings, statues, and inscriptions. When systematic archaeological research first began, the explorers were astounded to find structures which were different from those they had ever seen. After decades of excavation and restoration, these ruins have now been restored, so that visitors today can see what the ancient site looked like. One of the main attractions of the site is the challenge it presents to the visitor: to attempt to disentangle fact from fiction, and to imagine the dramatic events which must have taken place here. The site also offers one of the most beautiful vistas in Java: the sunset over the plains where the ancient kings of Mataram ruled over 1,000 years ago, over which Mt Merapi looms in the background. This book is the first to cover all aspects of the Kraton Ratu Boko complex, from its discovery to its transformation into one of the most popular cultural destinations in Indonesia.

Buildings That Revolutionized Architecture, TheBuildings That Revolutionized Architecture, The by Heine, Florian; Isabel Kuhl

Why do some buildings stand the test of time? What makes a building unique, or groundbreaking? How do function, environment, and technology impact an architect's vision? These questions and more are succinctly addressed in this wide-ranging tour of 100 of the world's most important man-made structures. This compilation spans the ancient to the modern eras and represents nearly every continent. Gorgeous photographs of each building are featured in double-page spreads, which include concise texts offering fascinating histories and contextual information, as well as biographies of the architects. An invaluable introduction to the world of architecture, this book guides readers through every milestone of architectural triumph - be it an ancient city, modern sports arena, cathedral, or office building.

Our Modern Past: A Visual Survey Of Singapore Architecture 1920S-1970S by Ho Weng Hin; Dinesh Naidu; Tan Kar Lin

It is not obvious to many that Singapore boasts an exemplary modernist architectural legacy. Built during the mid-twentieth century, these structures were the result of progressive, even utopic, impulses to shape a new society - a vision of the future, built to last. But that future turned out to be startlingly short-lived. Relentless development is rapidly depleting the built heritage of the nation-building period in particular, which is relatively less well studied or protected. The Singapore Heritage Society's decade-long project, Our Modern Past, constitutes a sustained effort to document the city-state's modern heritage, promote appreciation of this architecture, and present a case for its selective conservation. The first of two volumes, Our Modern Past: A Visual Survey of Singapore Architecture 1920s-1970s provides a photographic guide organised into three parts: interwar period (1919-1942), post-war years (1945-1965), and post-independence (1966-1980). Each part begins with a survey of that period's architectural elements, illustrating how locally typical modern expressions of form, type, materiality, and detail have been shaped by their contexts. feature buildings then complete each part, providing a closer look at definitive works that capture the times. The book contains a total of 649 photographs, 34 elements, and 44 feature buildings, including several that have since been demolished.

Yin Yu Tang: The Architecture And Daily Life Of A Chinese HouseYin Yu Tang: The Architecture And Daily Life Of A Chinese House by Berliner, Nancy

In the late Qing dynasty, around the year 1800, a prosperous Chinese merchant named Huang built a house for his family in a remote village southwest of Shanghai. He named the house Yin Yu Tang which means Hall of Abundant Shelter - implying his desire for the building to shelter many of his descendants. For seven generations, members of the Huang family ate, slept, laughed, cried, married and gave birth in the house. With hundreds of photographs, scores of primary documents, and thousands of fascinating details, this book offers a vivid portrait of everyday life in traditional China.

Chinese Houses Of Southeast Asia: The Eclectic Architecture Of Sojourners And SettlersChinese Houses Of Southeast Asia: The Eclectic Architecture Of Sojourners And Settlers by Knapp, Ronald G.

This is an authoritative book on the subject of hybrid architecture built by successful Chinese immigrants and their descendents in Southeast Asia. It includes hundreds of photographs and information on the historical contexts of the buildings.

Paradise By Design: Tropical Residences And Resorts By Bensley Design StudiosParadise By Design: Tropical Residences And Resorts By Bensley Design Studios by Bensley, Bill

In a design world increasingly concerned with minimalism, designer Bill Bensley stands out for his playful, flamboyant style and his passionate belief in ornamentation. Paradise by Design presents 24 of the maximalist maestro's most show-stopping projects, highlighting his signature architectural style as well as his landscape design, interior design, horticulture, and fine arts and crafts.

New China ArchitectureNew China Architecture by Xing Ruan; Patrick Bingham-Hall (Photo)

Featuring hundreds of photographs and extensive commentary, this modern architecture and design book showcases the dynamic structures of today's China. It documents the spectacular transformation modern China has undergone in recent decades as the heady push to prosperity has inspired architects from China and around the globe to produce striking new designs. Award-winning professor of architecture Xing Ruan covers the entire range of China's most captivating new building projects - from Shanghai skyscrapers to public buildings in Beijing and Guangzhou, and from cutting-edge private homes and gleaming new airports to theaters and universities throughout China.