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Remodelista: A Manual for the Considered Home
Remodelista.com is the go-to, undisputed authority for home design enthusiasts, remodelers, architects, and designers. Unlike sites that cater to all tastes, Remodelista has a singular and clearly defined aesthetic: classic pieces trump designs that are trendy and transient, and well-edited spaces take precedence over cluttered environments. High and low mix seamlessly here, and getting the look need not be expensive (think Design Within Reach meets Ikea). Remodelista decodes the secrets to achieving this aesthetic, with in-depth tours and lessons from 12 enviable homes; a recipe-like breakdown of the hardest-working kitchens and baths; dozens of do-it-yourself projects; The Remodelista 100, a guide to the best everyday household objects; and an in-depth look at the ins and outs of the remodeling process. In a world of design confusion, Remodelista takes the guesswork out of the process.
The Plaza: The Secret Life of America's Most Famous Hotel
Journalist Julie Satow's thrilling, unforgettable history of how one illustrious hotel has defined our understanding of money and glamour, from the Gilded Age to the Go-Go Eighties to today's Billionaire Row.From the moment in 1907 when New York millionaire Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt strode through the Plaza Hotel's revolving doors to become its first guest, to the afternoon in 2007 when a mysterious Russian oligarch paid a record price for the hotel's largest penthouse, the eighteen-story white marble edifice at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 59th Street has radiated wealth and luxury.For some, the hotel evokes images of F. Scott Fitzgerald frolicking in the Pulitzer Fountain, or Eloise, the impish young guest who pours water down the mail chute. But the true stories captured in THE PLAZA also include dark, hidden secrets: the cold-blooded murder perpetrated by the construction workers in charge of building the hotel, how Donald J. Trump came to be the only owner to ever bankrupt the Plaza, and the tale of the disgraced Indian tycoon who ran the hotel from a maximum-security prison cell, 7,000 miles away in Delhi.In this definitive history, award-winning journalist Julie Satow not only pulls back the curtain on Truman Capote's Black and White Ball and The Beatles' first stateside visit-she also follows the money trail. THE PLAZA reveals how a handful of rich, dowager widows were the financial lifeline that saved the hotel during the Great Depression, and how, today, foreign money and anonymous shell companies have transformed iconic guest rooms into condominiums that shield ill-gotten gains-hollowing out parts of the hotel as well as the city around it.THE PLAZA is the account of one vaunted New York City address that has become synonymous with wealth and scandal, opportunity and tragedy. With glamour on the surface and strife behind the scenes, it is the story of how one hotel became a mirror reflecting New York's place at the center of the country's cultural narrative for over a century.
Ellen DeGeneres has bought and renovated nearly a dozen homes over the last twenty-five years, and describes her real-estate and decorating adventures as "an education." She has long cared deeply about design: "I think I wanted to be an interior designer when I was thirteen."This deluxe edition of Home is printed on extremely high quality paper, printed on a sheet-fed press, and bound in a real cloth covered case with a tipped in photo of Ellen DeGeneres' living room featuring her Picasso.In Home, DeGeneres will, for the first time, share her passion for home design and style. She believes, "You don't have to have money to have good taste," and she is eager to share what she has learned over the years. DeGeneres offers a personal look at every room in each of her homes. Included are seven of her homes past and present, from the famous "Brody House" up to her current homes, and she offers tips and advice on what each house taught her. An added bonus is a look at the homes of her friends and collaborators-some of the finest designers in the country. They share their advice on home design, furnishings, as well as a glimpse at their awe-inspiring rooms.Full of beautiful photographs, this book is a treasure trove of amazing California architecture, unique home furnishings, breathtaking art, and hundreds of ideas on putting together the home you've always dreamed of.
How to Build a Skyscraper
An architectural expert tours 46 of the world's most significant skyscrapers.This distinctive book is the most comprehensive collection of modern skyscrapers published in the last 20 years. Skyscrapers have been piercing the clouds since the end of the nineteenth century but today's soaring land prices are driving developers to build bigger, better and higher while aiming for as small a footprint as possible.The lavish spreads feature a large photograph with cross-section drawings plus fact boxes listing location, year of completion, height, stories, primary functions, owner/developer, architect, structural engineer, and construction firm.Concise text describes historical context; unusual or innovative construction; engineering and structural systems; foundation, facade, and shape; the site history; and building usage; as well as any special features that make the skyscraper unique. For example, "The Gherkin" at 30 St Mary Axe, London, UK, surprisingly has only one piece of curved glass, despite its rounded shape.The 46 skyscrapers in How to Build a Skyscraper appear not for their height but for their pioneering technology, sustainability, and other characteristics that set them apart. They are distributed over the world's most developed regions of North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.
Built: The Hidden Stories Behind our Structures
The wonders of engineering revealed--by the inspirational female engineer behind the Shard, Western Europe’s tallest building.While our cities are full of incredible engineering feats, most of us live with little idea of what goes into creating the built environment, let alone how a new building goes up, what it is constructed upon, or how it remains standing.In Built, star structural engineer Roma Agrawal explains how construction has evolved from the mud huts of our ancestors to skyscrapers of steel that reach into the sky. She unearths how humans have tunneled through solid mountains; how we've walked across the widest of rivers, and tamed nature's precious water resources. She tells vivid tales of the visionaries who created the groundbreaking materials used to build the Pantheon and the Eiffel Tower; and explains how careful engineering can minimize tragedies like the collapse of the Quebec Bridge. Interweaving science, history, illustrations, and personal stories, Built offers a fascinating window into a subject that makes up the foundation of our everyday lives.
Built: The Hidden Stories Behind our Structures
While our cities are full of incredible engineering feats, most of us live with little idea of what goes into creating the built environment, let alone how a new building goes up, what it is constructed upon, or how it remains standing.In Built, star structural engineer Roma Agrawal explains how construction has evolved from the mud huts of our ancestors to skyscrapers of steel that reach into the sky. She unearths how humans have tunneled through solid mountains; how we've walked across the widest of rivers, and tamed nature's precious water resources. She tells vivid tales of the visionaries who created the groundbreaking materials used to build the Pantheon and the Eiffel Tower; and explains how careful engineering can minimize tragedies like the collapse of the Quebec Bridge. Interweaving science, history, illustrations, and personal stories, Built offers a fascinating window into a subject that makes up the foundation of our everyday lives.
Cubed: The Secret History of the Workplace
"Man is born free, but he is everywhere in cubicles."How did we get from Scrooge’s office to "Office Space"? From bookkeepers in dark countinghouses to freelancers in bright cafes? What would the world be like without the vertical file cabinet? What would the world be like without the office at all? In Cubed, Nikil Saval chronicles the evolution of the office in a fascinating, often funny, and sometimes disturbing anatomy of the white-collar world and how it came to be the way it is. Drawing on the history of architecture and business, as well as a host of pop culture artifacts - from Mad Men to Dilbert (and, yes, The Office) - and ranging in time from the earliest clerical houses to the surprisingly utopian origins of the cubicle to the funhouse campuses of Silicon Valley, Cubed is an all-encompassing investigation into the way we work, why we do it the way we do (and often don’t like it), and how we might do better.
Chicago Architecture and Design (3rd edition)
The birthplace of the skyscraper, Chicago is famous for an architectural tradition that has influenced building around the globe. It is the cradle of modern architecture. It gave rise to the urban office building and to the flowing, open floor plans of today’s homes. Chicago Architecture and Design chronicles the city’s architecture from the 19th through the early 21st century: from the structural simplicity of Chicago School commercial building to the low-slung Prairie School house, from the streamlined Art Deco skyscraper to the minimalist Miesian tower of glass and steel, and all the way through to the strikingly original, diverse designs of the present day’s second modern period. It examines the evolution of modern architecture in the context of broader historical, social, technological, and artistic currents and explores innovations that pushed buildings ever higher. This third edition adds 10 new buildings from the last decade, including Renzo Piano’s Modern Wing of the Art Institute, John Ronan’s Poetry Foundation, and Helmut Jahn’s Mansueto Library at the University of Chicago.
One World Trade Center: Biography of the Building
In this groundbreaking history, bestselling author Judith Dupré chronicles the most astonishing architectural project in memory: One World Trade Center.The new World Trade Center represents one of the most complex collaborations in human history. Nearly every state in the nation, a dozen countries around the world, and more than 25,000 workers helped raise the tower, which consumed ninety million pounds of steel, one million square feet of glass, and enough concrete to pave a sidewalk from New York to Chicago. With more than seventy interviews with the people most intimately involved, and unprecedented access to the building site, suppliers, and archives, Dupré unfurls the definitive story of fourteen years of conflict and controversy - and its triumphant resolution. This fascinating, oversize book delivers new insight into the 1,776-foot-tall engineering marvel, from design and excavation through the final placement of its spire. It offers:• Access to the minds of world-class architects, engineers, ironworkers, and other tradespeople• Panoramas of New York from One World Observatory - 1,268 feet above the earth• Dramatic cutaways that show the building's advanced structural technologies• A time-lapse montage showing the evolution of the sixteen-acre site• Chronologies tracking design, construction, and financial milestones, with rare historic photographsIt also features extensive tour of the entire Trade Center, including in-depth chapters on Two, Three, Four, and Seven World Trade Center; the National September 11 Memorial & Museum; Liberty Park; St. Nicholas National Shrine; and the soaring Transportation Hub. One World Trade Center is the only book authorized by the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, and the one book necessary to understand the new World Trade Center in its totality. This is a must-have celebration of American resilience and ingenuity for all who are invested in the rebuilding of Ground Zero.You may be surprised by what you find inside - and you will undoubtedly be inspired.
Fallen Glory: The Lives and Deaths of History's Greatest Buildings
An inviting, fascinating compendium of twenty-one of history's most famous lost places, from the Tower of Babel to the Twin TowersBuildings are more like us than we realize. They can be born into wealth or poverty, enjoying every privilege or struggling to make ends meet. They have parents - gods, kings and emperors, governments, visionaries and madmen - as well as friends and enemies. They have duties and responsibilities. They can endure crises of faith and purpose. They can succeed or fail. They can live. And, sooner or later, they die.In Fallen Glory, James Crawford uncovers the biographies of some of the world’s most fascinating lost and ruined buildings, from the dawn of civilization to the cyber era. The lives of these iconic structures are packed with drama and intrigue. Soap operas on the grandest scale, they feature war and religion, politics and art, love and betrayal, catastrophe and hope. Frequently their afterlives have been no less dramatic - their memories used and abused down the millennia for purposes both sacred and profane. They provide the stage for a startling array of characters, including Gilgamesh, the Cretan Minotaur, Agamemnon, Nefertiti, Genghis Khan, Henry VIII, Catherine the Great, Adolf Hitler, and even Bruce Springsteen.The twenty-one structures Crawford focuses on include The Tower of Babel, The Temple of Jerusalem, The Library of Alexandria, The Bastille, Kowloon Walled City, the Berlin Wall, and the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. Ranging from the deserts of Iraq, the banks of the Nile and the cloud forests of Peru, to the great cities of Jerusalem, Istanbul, Paris, Rome, London and New York, Fallen Glory is a unique guide to a world of vanished architecture. And, by picking through the fragments of our past, it asks what history’s scattered ruins can tell us about our own future.
Open Concept Houses
One of the hottest lifestyle trends today, open concept living spaces eliminate doorways and walls to create a large combined area for cooking, dining, entertaining, and relaxing. No longer are the kitchen, dining room, and living room compartmentalized. Instead, each space blends into the next to create one large area "separated" and defined by islands, carpets, and furniture. This increasingly popular style provides a sense of expansiveness, connectedness, and flow that traditional architecture and design - defined by spaces broken by walls - lack.This engaging, inspiring, and informative volume brings together a diverse collection of houses from all over the world, including spaces that have been designed from the ground up or have been renovated to reflect this popular trend. Inside Open Concept Houses you’ll find an array of beautiful and creative homes by distinguished international architects and designers who have conceived practical and functional solutions adapted to the specific needs and particular tastes of their clients.Filled with hundreds of full-color photographs as well as sets of floorplans for renovated residences - both the original and remodeled blueprints - this imaginative, idea-filled book is a must-have for architects, designers, decorators, and home owners looking to create or adapt the open concept style in their own dwellings.
The Big Tiny: A Built-It-Myself Memoir
Part how-to, part personal memoir, The Big Tiny is an utterly seductive meditation on the benefits of slowing down, scaling back, and appreciating the truly important things in life. More than ten years ago, a near-death experience abruptly reminded sustainability advocate and pioneer Dee Williams that life is short. So she sold her sprawling home and built an eighty-four-square-foot house - on her own, from the ground up. Today, Williams can list everything she owns on one sheet of paper, her monthly housekeeping bills amount to about eight dollars, and it takes her about ten minutes to clean the entire house. Adopting a new lifestyle left her with the ultimate luxury - more time to spend with friends and family - and gave her the freedom to head out for adventure at a moment's notice, or watch the clouds and sunset while drinking a beer on her (yes, tiny) front porch.
The White House
THE WHITE HOUSE: THE PRESIDENT'S HOME IN PHOTOGRAPHS AND HISTORY covers every aspect of White House Life over the past 200 years. Witness multiple refurbishments to the house, media coverage and popular photography of the White House, and photos of its illustrious inhabitants, visitors, and even pets and illustrations. Accompanying the photographs is an incisive, informative text by renowned critic Vicki Goldberg. A rich visual history and a beautiful gift book, THE WHITE HOUSE is a must for photography and history buffs alike.
Open Concept Apartments
The ultimate resource for modern apartment design and renovation, featuring hundreds of creative ideas from around the world, curated by the author of Open Concept Houses and the 150 Best design series.With the explosion in popularity of urban living, more people are trading houses for high-rises. But these sophisticated urbanites don’t want to sacrifice the expansive feel that a house affords. The answer is open concept apartments. By eliminating doorways and walls, open concept design blends separate areas for cooking, eating, and entertaining into one breezy, bright, large, unconstructed space. Special touches—from furniture to lighting to accessories—can be used to subtly define each area, creating a sense of expansiveness and intimacy.Open Concept Apartments brings together a number of examples from all over the world—from New York to Sydney, Chicago to Rio de Janeiro, Santa Monica to Tel Aviv—that magnificently illustrate this popular design trend. Showcasing the vision and brilliance of distinguished international architects and designers, each of these apartments—including both original constructions and renovations—have been created using practical and functional solutions that suit the needs and tastes of their individual clients.Packed with more than five-hundred pages filled with gorgeous and inspiring before-and-after color photographs, as well as handy floor plans, Open Concept Apartments is an essential resource for architects and interior designers and an inspirational guide for every apartment dweller.
Houses of Civil War America
A revealing historical and photographic tour of the homes of influential Civil War figures, including Robert E. Lee, Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, Clara Barton, Stonewall Jackson, and others. HOUSES OF CIVIL WAR AMERICA takes readers into the daily lives of the most important historical figures in the nation-defining conflict. From modest abolitionist homes to the plantations of the antebellum south. Howard and Straus bring the most intimate moments of the war to life. With insightful narrative and gorgeous photography, HOUSES OF CIVIL WAR AMERICA demonstrates--through these landmark homes--the nation we were and the nation we became.
150 Best New Eco Home Ideas
Mola, Francesc Zamora
Discover the latest in sustainable architecture and environmentally friendly home design in this outstanding volume in the popular 150 Best series, which features nearly 500 pages of full-color photographs and dozens of inventive and decorative profiles.Architects, designers, and homeowners today looking for comfortable, beautiful dwellings with a minimal carbon footprint will find a cornucopia of ideas in this handsome compendium. A fabulous review of the most forward-thinking eco-friendly house designs being created today, 150 Best New Eco Home Ideas showcases the work of internationally renowned architects and designers who have achieved practical, innovative, and stunning solutions around the globe.From solar paneling and wind energy systems to environmentally-friendly heating and cooling solutions and thermal glazing to trombe walls, 150 Best New Eco Home Ideas covers the latest trends and breakthroughs in eco homes. Inspiring and inventive, this lush sourcebook is essential for architects, designers, interior decorators, and all conscientious homeowners interested in creating warm and inviting homes with only a fraction of the environmental impact of those using conventional methods.
Abandoned Sacred Places (Abandoned)
From Roman temples to Buddhist shrines in the Chinese desert, these hallowed halls have been abandoned to nature. More than 200 outstanding images show what happens to sacred places when humanity retreats.What happens when the congregation moves away from its place of worship? Or when shifting borders or persecution mean that people can no longer reach their church, synagogue, or mosque? Through magnificent, sometimes haunting images, Abandoned Sacred Places explores more than 100 lost worlds, including ancient and modern temples, synagogues, churches, mosques, and stone circles. Organized geographically, this unforgettable volume wanders from Stonehenge in England and Carnac in France to crumbling inner-city churches and synagogues in present-day Detroit and Chicago, from Mayan pyramids in Mexico to Hindu temples lost in the Indian jungle.
Grand Central Terminal: 100 Years of a New York Landmark
Robins, Anthony W.
Opened in February 1913, Grand Central Terminal - one of the country's great architectural monuments - helped create Midtown Manhattan. Over the next century, it evolved into an unofficial town square for New York. Today, it sits astride Park Avenue at 42nd Street in all its original splendor, attracting visitors by the thousands. This new book celebrates Grand Central's Centennial by tracing the Terminal's history and design, and showcasing 200 photographs of its wonders - from the well-trodden Main Concourse to its massive power station hidden 10 stories below. The stunning photographs, some archival and some taken by Frank English, official photographer of Metro-North Railroad for more than 25 years, capture every corner of this astonishing complex.
Chicago Architecture and Design
This book chronicles Chicago's architectural tradition from the nineteenth through the early twenty-first century, examining its evolution in the context of broader historical, social, technological, and artistic currents. It explores Chicago architects' quest for a quintessentially American style, and the century of innovation that pushed buildings ever higher, opened them to space and light, and increasingly dissolved the boundaries between indoors and out. It looks at world-renowned structures from the inside out, giving special attention to the interiors that were and remain so important to Chicago's architects.
Public Toilet Design (Second Edition)
Mola, Francesc Zamora
The best, for architects, designers and contractors. Public Toilet Design presents a selection of 130 very diverse public toilet designs -- 50 of them installed over the last two years -- in which toilets enjoy special status as a vehicle for various artistic and cultural expressions, corporate values and the needs of different social groups. The book covers as: History and evolution of the public toilet Places of leisure: e.g., restaurants, bars, clubs, malls, gyms, theaters, museums, stadiums Commuting spaces: e.g., airports, train stations, boats, rest areas Public residences: e.g., hotels, spas, geriatric residences Working Environments: e.g., banks, offices, public administrations Materials and accessories used Ergonomics: adaptations for users, including the elderly, handicapped, diaper-changing stations. Locations from around the world are featured, including restaurants, bars, malls, schools, museums, hotels, gyms, cinemas, boutiques, businesses, stadiums, airports, train stations, street lavatories, and park restrooms. Among the 50 new designs -- and don't miss the transparent "Don't Miss a Sec" sidewalk toilet -- are the following: Central Library Rotterdam, The Netherlands SIDE Hotel, Hamburg, Germany Rain Restaurant, Toronto, Canada Roman Tabernae at the Trajan's Forum, Rome Rizhao Public Bathroom, Rizhao, China Mid-City Gym, New York City Public Toilets at the Port of Dubrovnik, Croatia Yoga Deva, Gilbert, Arizona Kros Urinal, London, UK Restrooms of the New Hotel, Athens, Greece. More than 600 full-color photographs illustrate the designs in detail and each project is accompanied by descriptive text in five languages. Plans and detailed descriptions show the transformation of the public toilet during its planning, development and construction stages. Designers, architects, students and the purely inquisitive will find Public Toilet Design fascinating and informative.
202 Outstanding City House Ideas
Couto, Manel Gutierrez
An architect or homeowner who is tackling a project is confronted with thousands of new styles and materials to consider when designing, renovating or building a house. However, a project in an urban setting has additional considerations. It must take into account limited lot size, height restrictions, parking, proximity to employment and recreation, and in many cases, neighborhood aesthetic. Thanks to the creativity of outstanding architects and designers, as well as exciting innovations in technology and construction, there is an unprecedented number of options.202 Outstanding City House Ideas is packed with ideas for creating that dream city home. It is illustrated with more than 600 photographs and 200 detailed floor plans of a selection of city houses from every continent. Each house is presented over several double-page spreads of descriptive text, color and black and white photographs, house plans and elevations, plus details on location, architect and date of construction. A directory of architect and designer contact information, including websites, rounds out this comprehensive resource.
The Age of Spectacle: Adventures in Architecture and the 21st-Century City
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At the End of the Century
Ferguson, Russell (Edt)
The most comprehensive and up-to-date survey of 20th-century architecture ever published, this volume presents a global perspective on the significant works, architects, ideas, and directions of the past 100 years. With more than 300 illustrations, it covers all of the major architectural landmarks and architects of the century and incorporates the latest research in the field.
Strolling Through Rome: The Definitive Walking Guide to the Eternal City
Rome, the Eternal City - birthplace of western civilisation and soul of the ancient world - has a history that stretches back two thousand five hundred years. It is also one of the most-visited places in the world, but where does one begin to delve into two millennia of history, culture, art and architecture, whilst also navigating the vibrant modern city? Mario Erasmo here guides the traveller through Rome's many layers of history, exploring the streets, museums, piazze, ruins and parks of this 'city of the soul'. Punctuated with anecdote, myth and legend, these unique walks often retrace the very steps taken by ancient Romans, early Christians, medieval pilgrims, Renaissance artists and aristocrats on the Grand Tour. Here is a rich cultural history of Rome that brings its epic past alive, illuminating the extraordinary sights and fascinating secrets of one of Europe's most beguiling cities.
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