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Japanese Garden Design by Keane, Marc P.; Haruzo Ohashi (Photo.)

The creation of a Japanese garden combines a profound respect for nature with an adherence to certain basic principles of aesthetics and structure. In Japanese Garden Design, noted garden designer Marc Peter Keane explains the development and the application of traditional concepts and elements underlying all Japanese gardens. Keane describes the multiple influences of Shinto, Confucian and Buddhist ideas linking poetry, art and philosophy with the remarkable experience of garden creation and enjoyment in Japanese culture. Creative inspiration is found in ancient Japanese precepts about nature; in the gardens of the Heian aristocracy; in the world-renowned Zen meditative rock gardens; in the intimate tea gardens and courtyard gardens of Kyoto; in the public stroll garden of Edo, and many other forms of garden expression. Detailed explanations of the fundamental design concepts help the reader to fully appreciate the meaning and intention of these various garden forms and all the principles still used today in designing a Japanese garden.

Modern Forms: A Subjective Atlas 20Th-Century ArchitectureModern Forms: A Subjective Atlas 20Th-Century Architecture by Grospierre, Nicolas

Form precedes function in this stunning visual archive of nearly 200 images of modern architecture by award-winning photographer Nicolas Grospierre. At once a reference work and a personal exploration of modernist architecture, this fascinating collection of Nicolas Grospierre's photography covers structures built between 1920 and 1989 in Europe, North and South America, the Middle East, North Africa, and Asia. Derived from his popular blog, A Subjective Atlas of Modern Architecture, and organized by architectural form, this book reveals how modernist architecture is the embodiment of political and social ideologies, especially in public institutions such as banks, churches, libraries, and government buildings. Following the series of full-page images, an index details the location, date, architect and purpose of each building.

Singapore House And Residential Life, 1819-1939, TheSingapore House And Residential Life, 1819-1939, The by Edwards, Norman

The Singapore House is not just a building; it is a cultural phenomenon. Culture means ordinary everyday values?attitudes, beliefs, ideas and heritage. These apply to the cultural landscape of which the house forms a part and is particularly applicable to a fast-growing metropolis like Singapore that has changed immeasurably in recent years. This newly presented edition of The Singapore House & Residential Life 1819-1939 addresses the houses unique nature in the context of its colonial past. Architecture, the house plan, landscape, societal norms, recreation and more are presented in a book where the past resonates on every page.

Hidden Gems - Retracing Tradition And Modernity In The Monastic Architecture Of MandalayHidden Gems - Retracing Tradition And Modernity In The Monastic Architecture Of Mandalay by Widodo, Johannes Et Al (Eds.)

This book is about two timber monasteries situated in Myanmar's former capital city during the monarchy period and the seat of the country last kingdom, Mandalay. The two buildings have very strong historical and architectural significance, one represent the traditional residential building typology, while the other one represent a shared-typology of European elements mixed with local materials and traditional craftsmanship. It is a result from an international joint studio program of National University of Singapore, University of Malaya, and Mandalay Technological University, sponsored by Tan Chin Tuan Foundation.

Cities Of Love: Roadmap For Sustaining Future CitiesCities Of Love: Roadmap For Sustaining Future Cities by Lee Siang Tai & Valerie Ang

Cities of Love aims to urge, persuade and provoke fellow residents of our earth to collectively shape the cities we live in. To achieve this, her residents must again uncover the reasons to love and therefore sustain her cities. To this end, Cities of Love tries to identify the ingredients that could possibly be the reasons for such active love.

Landscapes Lost And Found: Appreciating Hong Kong's Heritage And Cultural LandscapesLandscapes Lost And Found: Appreciating Hong Kong's Heritage And Cultural Landscapes by Nicolson, Ken

Hong Kong's approach to heritage conservation has focused mainly on saving an old building here and there with little or no regard to its surroundings. Recent public debates challenging proposals to demolish the former Central Government Offices have highlighted this problem and, for the first time, acknowledged that the heritage value of the buildings is enhanced by their contribution to the broader 'cultural landscape' of Government Hill. Not all of Hong Kong's heritage cultural landscapes have been so fortunate. This book illustrates the concept of cultural landscape using wonderful local examples and champions this new approach to interpreting and conserving Hong Kong's heritage sites more effectively.

Messy Urbanism: Understanding The Messy Urbanism: Understanding The "Other" Cities Of Asia by Chalana, Manish; Jeffrey Hou (Eds.)

Seemingly messy and chaotic, the landscapes and urban life of cities in Asia possess an order and hierarchy that often challenges understanding and appreciation. With contributions by a cross-disciplinary group of authors, this volume examines a range of cases in Asia to explore the social and institutional politics of urban informality and the contexts in which this "messiness" emerges or is constructed. The book brings a distinct perspective to the broader patterns of informal urban orders and processes as well as their interplay with formalized systems and mechanisms. It also raises questions about the production of cities, cityscapes, and citizenship.

Singapore Good Class Bungalow 1819-2015Singapore Good Class Bungalow 1819-2015 by Powell, Robert

This book traces the development of stand-alone residential architecture in Singapore from its early days as a colony to the present. Expertly researched by noted academic and author Robert Powell, it is also a partial history of the architectural profession in Singapore, mentioning many of its eminent practitioners and their works. A detailed introduction is followed by a study of the evolution of the bungalow - from early plantation residences, through the late Victorian and Edwardian styles, Arts and Crafts and Art Deco inspired bungalows to post-Independence residences. The latter includes a history of how the Good Class Bungalow emerged through a planning and preservation initiative into a triumph for the architectural profession in Singapore. This book showcases over 100 bungalows, mostly extant, and contains references to all the major phases of construction in the city-state.

Filip Dujardin: FictionsFilip Dujardin: Fictions by Filip Dujardin

The art and architectural photographer Filip Dujardin has been working on a series since 2007 whose humor and entertainment value is accompanied by references to art history: Fictions presents wonderful objects in conceptional subjectivity and is full of jocularity and persiflage. With the aid of a digital collage technique consisting of photographs of existing buildings in and around Ghent, the city of his birth, the artist creates buildings that have been ingeniously imbedded in the landscape and whose construction would be impossible fabrications in the true sense of the word.

River Transformed, A: Singapore River And Marina BayRiver Transformed, A: Singapore River And Marina Bay by Auger, Timothy

The story of the Singapore River, the other rivers flowing into the Kallang Basin, and Marina Bay. It covers their commercial role over the centuries; victory over pollution, including mass dispersal of people and businesses clustered around the waterways into new towns around the island; the role of planners and the planning system in reclamation, and the creation of Marina Bay and the New Downtown; the role of Marina Bay as a water reservoir and the that of the rivers in Singapore's water supply; the transformation of the rivers and Marina Bay into a lifestyle setting, Singapore's "new Padang".

China's Lost Imperial Garden: The World's Most Exquisite Garden RediscoveredChina's Lost Imperial Garden: The World's Most Exquisite Garden Rediscovered by Guo Daiheng

Built in 1707, the Old Summer Palace (Yuan Ming Yuan) is a masterpiece integrating the classic garden-building arts of China. It is reputed as the "Garden of all Gardens," due to its rich and incomparable landscaping. The Old Summer Palace was also the second political center in addition to the Forbidden City in the Qing Dynasty. Having gone through a span of over 150 years, the Old Summer Palace reflects the history of the rise and fall of the Qing Dynasty.

New Thai StyleNew Thai Style by Freeman, Michael (Photo); Kim Inglis (Text)

Thai Style is renowned throughout the world for its grace, form and colours, reflecting wider national culture. Whether pavilion-style architecture, elegant interior designs, innovative use of textiles and materials, Thai Style manages to combine cultural traditions with skilled craftsmanship and modern interpretations. A number of carefully selected homes, resorts, hotels and residences are featured in New Thai Style - a cornucopia of all that is new and exciting in confident, thrusting Thailand's design scene.

Frank GehryFrank Gehry by Lemonier, Aurelien; Frederic Migayrou (Eds.)

Featuring fifty of Frank Gehry's most important projects, this lavish monograph presents the full range of the architect's work from the past six decades. Arranged chronologically, it follows the arc of Gehry's career, from his early residential projects through the public and cultural facilities his studio is currently focused on, including his early years working within the L.A. Art Scene, to his Pritzker-winning recognition, to his pioneering research into the application of computer-aided-design in all aspects of the building design process from the first sketches to the final elements of construction.

Dp Architects On Marina Bay: Evolution Of A Civic DowntownDp Architects On Marina Bay: Evolution Of A Civic Downtown by Anderson, Collin; Ian Choo

This book chronicles the history of DP Architects and its involvement in the creation of Singapore's Marina Bay over a period spanning 50 years. It discusses the relationship between land reclamation and the conception of architecture and public space in Singapore through projects that represent a diverse range of building types, including hotels, malls, and offices, as well as cultural and performance spaces. Each project has a vital public component that contributes to the connectivity of Marina Bay and its success as the nation's civic core.

Anatomy Of The Architectural Book, TheAnatomy Of The Architectural Book, The by Tavares, Andre

Architectural bookmaking has been exposed to disciplinary debates, just as building construction has been exposed to the charms of book culture. Dissecting a wealth of books through fi ve conceptual tools, André Tavares analyzes the material qualities of books in order to assess their crossovers with architectural knowledge. The detailed history of Sigfried Giedion's Befreites Wohnen and the two incarnations of the Crystal Palace in Hyde Park and Sydenham provide a background that confronts us with the confi guration of the book as a unique visual device.

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.