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Reviving a living space to flow like lightendlessly, uninterrupted. From Think/Make, p. 33
The sublime beauty of ancient collisions. From Sites of Impact, p. 13
A detail reflecting the natural and the man-made. From Peter Rose: Houses, p. 15
A moment for reflection before an open house. From Dean/Wolf Architects, p. 29
The promise of interactivityan architecture that adapts to our ever-evolving human needs. From Interactive Architecture, p. 31
I showed our recent catalog to a friend whose son is a producer at the popular National Public Radio (and Showtime) program This American Life. You know, he told me, Youre doing the same thing with your books they do at This American Life: telling stories. I took his observation as a compliment, since I, like millions of others, am a fan of the show and his sons work there, even though his comment confused me slightly. Our books are primarily visual, and few are directly concerned with story telling. As I reflected on it, however, I began to see the parallels; indeed, what is design but story telling, trying to create some order, reason, and (is it OK to say?) even beauty out of the chaos of everyday life? Only one title in this new catalog is, in fact, a work of fiction, Donogoo-Tonka or the Miracles of Science, which tells the tale of explorers who build the lost town they cannot find rather than admit defeat, only to discover gold on the site they choose. But there are as many different ways to tell stories as there are people who tell them: landscape architect Andrea Cochran, for example, writes poems in the landscape, using plants, light, water, and the shape of the ground as her vocabulary. Similarly, architects Peter Rose and Dean/Wolf create narratives out of the traditional architectural lexicon of materials, light, and space.
Almost all the remaining books in the catalog are guidebooks of a sort to creating your own stories, your own designs or products or graphic designs. I was recently asked by a magazine to account for the popularity of so many of our recent DIY and craft titles (youll see some of these recent bestsellers and others). I conjectured that many of us feel alienated from the stuff of our lives, the food we eat, the places we live, the goods we buy and use, so much of it made elsewhere and by people we dont know or in ways wed rather not know about. Writing and producing your own stories, particularly in a day when so much seems beyond our understanding, allows us to regain some control and to make sense out of the mayhem that spins around us every day in so many spheres. I hope you enjoy the stories told by these fascinating new books and, more, that they inspire or help you to craft your own stories, whether in words, type (check out The Handy Book of Artistic Printing,), wood (Edward R. Ford in Five Houses, Ten Details has some thoughts on detailing your designs), plants, and on the computer (see Digital Fabrications).
Whether youre here to read or to find inspiration for creation, Im confident youll find just the book youre looking for in the pages that follow.
Kevin C. Lippert, PublisherNew York, August, 2008
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11 Andrea Cochran13 Sites of Impact15 Peter Rose: Houses16 The Wayfinding Handbook17 Graphic Design Theory19 The Handy Book of Artistic Printing21 Typeface23 Theres Nothing Funny About Design25 Bamboo Fences26 Fresh Dialogue 927 Biopolitics and the Emergence of Modern Architecture27 Donogoo-Tonka or the Miracles of Science29 Dean/Wolf Architects31 Interactive Architecture33 Think/Make34 Five Houses, Ten Details35 Le Corbusier and the Maisons Jaoul36 Material Discipline37 Digital Fabrications37 Young Architects 1038 The Liberal Monument39 University of Toronto40 Paul Rudolph
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Andrea CochranLandscapesMary Myers
Studies in repetition and order, orchestrations of movement in the landscape, and elements placed in geometric conversation, is how author Mary Myers describes the twenty-five-year career of San Franciscobased landscape architect Andrea Cochran. Poetic language suits these functional and often lyrical works of art. They are sensuous, captivating oases that absorb the eye in a totality of spatial composition. Andrea Cochran: Landscapes presents eleven residential, commercial, and institutional landscape projects in detail, including Walden Studios in Alexander Valley, California; the sculpture garden for the Portland Art Museum in Portland, Oregon; and the award-winning Childrens Garden in San Francisco. Andrea Cochran seeks to put her clients individual narratives in conversation with the land. Her work is distinguished by its careful consideration of site, climate, and existing architecture. A stacked plane of planters, each housing a different variety of succulent, mimics the compression found in hills banked against each other in the distance. Drawing on an encyclopedic knowledge of plant species, Cochran uses vegetation to blur edges, and porous and permeable materials to create grade changes that enlighten and disappear. Materials such as COR-TEN steel allow her to draw boundaries on the land with ultrathin edges while also reflecting the earthy tones of the soil beneath. Cochrans landscapes are clean, but not cold. In her hands, polished black concrete becomes both a quiet reflection of the sky and an instrument to amplify the sound of falling rain; locally quarried stone walls reflect the border walls between valley farms; twisted forms of olive respond to the spreading California oaks dotting distant hills. A combination of harmony, wonder, and surprise awaits wherever her sharp geometry and vibrant plant life meet. Featuring stunning photography, drawings, plans, and an essay by San Francisco Museum of Modern Art curator Henry Urbach, Andrea Cochran: Landscapes celebrates the first twenty-five years of a highly intuitive and reflective creative process.
Dr. Mary Myers is chair of the department of Landscape Architecture-Horticulture at Temple University. She is a registered landscape architect and the author of numerous articles in magazines and journals, including Landscape Journal, Landscape Review, and Landscape Architecture.
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Sites of ImpactMeteorite Craters Around the World
The Earth is pockmarked with the evidence of ancient collisions: huge craters blasted into its surface by thousands of pounds of meteorite fragments traveling at approximately 50,000 miles per hour. Ranging in age from those formed in this century to billion-year-old speci-mens, the Earths meteorite craters are eroding at a rapid pace. The best-preserved impact sites are often difficult to accessburied under ice, obscured by foliage, or baking in desert climes. These desolate landscapes are connected to another place outside of our world, and for photographer Stan Gaz they are sites of pilgrimagesteps in a journey begun as a curious young boy accompanying his father on geological expeditions, and culminating in a six-year journey traveling the globe in search of these sites, much of that time spent leaning his twenty-pound, handheld Hasselblad medium format camera out of an open-sided helicopter. The eighty-five astounding black-and-white photographs collected in Sites of Impact transcend the purely documentary and intersect the sublime. They are large-scale, aerial landscapes infused with a childs sense of wonder and an adults preoccupation with the fragility of life. Like the sites themselvesnatural monuments to explosive destruction and concomitant creationthe images speak to the vulnerability of the Earth and the significance of our place in the universe. In addition to photographs of the craters and their surround-ing landscapes, Gaz includes photographs of actual meteorites and of his own carefully crafted sculptures that recreate their often dynamic form and mimic their specific mineral content. Anecdotal passages about the artists experiences photographing each crater are inter-spersed with scientific data regarding the craters location, age, structure, and condition. An essay by Earth scientist Christian Koeberl summarizes what we knowand do not knowabout meteorite impact events, while an essay by photo historian Robert Silberman places Gazs pictures within the traditions of landscape photography and the aesthetics of the sublime.
Stan Gaz is an artist who works in the media of photography, sculpture, film, and performance. He lives in Brooklyn and is repr