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Victor Lundy

Victor Lundy: Artist Architect
Donna Kacmar (Editor)
Princeton Architectural Press, October 2018



Hardcover | 8-1/2 x 10-1/2 inches | 240 pages | 200 illustrations | Languages | ISBN: 978-1616896614 | $55.00

Publisher Description:
If you're looking for something new under the midcentury sun, Victor Lundy (born 1923) is a real find, an important yet underappreciated figure in the history of American architecture. Trained in both the Beaux Arts and Bauhaus traditions, he built an impressive practice ranging from small-scale residential and commercial buildings to expressive religious buildings and two preeminent institutional works: the US Tax Court Building in Washington, DC (now on the National Register of Historic Places), and the US Embassy in Sri Lanka.

This first book on Lundy's life and career documents his early work in the Sarasota School of Architecture, his churches, and his government buildings. In addition to essays on his use of light and material, many of the architect's original drawings, paintings, and sketches---including those from his travels throughout Europe, the Middle East, India, and Mexico, now held at the Library of Congress---are reproduced here for the first time.
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Boston Startup Spaceus Brings Pop-Up Energy to Vacant Storefronts

Harvard Square storefront. Photo by Carlen Deskin.. Image © Spaceus Harvard Square storefront. Photo by Carlen Deskin.. Image © Spaceus

As retail moves evermore online, vacant storefronts have become ubiquitous sights in American cities and towns. Often located in formerly prime downtown real estate, the darkened windows have a knock-on effect, sapping urban vibrancy and sometimes falling into disrepair. Discourse surrounding the predicament of dead malls and traditional retail space is ongoing, but a one-size fits-all solution clearly isn't the answer here.

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Harvard GSD Relaunches Free Online Architecture Course

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The Harvard Graduate School of Design has relaunched its free online course entitled “The Architectural Imagination.” Directed by the school’s Eliot Noyes Professor of Architectural Theory, K. Michael Hays, the course seeks to teach students “how to understand architecture as both cultural expression and technical achievement.”

The free 10-week program runs until July 2019 and is carried out through the online edX platform, a Harvard/MIT system that specializes in high-quality massive open online courses. During the course, students will engage with the social and historical contexts behind major works of architecture, basic principles to produce drawings and models, and the pertinent content for academic study or a professional career as an architect.

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New Geographies 09

New Geographies 09: Posthuman
Mariano Gomez-Luque, Ghazal Jafari (Editors)
Harvard GSD & Actar, January 2018



Paperback | 8 x 10 inches | 208 pages | English | ISBN: 978-145150722 | $29.95

Publisher Description:
“Posthuman” signals a historical condition in which the coordinates of human existence on the planet are altered by profound technological, ecological, biopolitical, and spatial transformations. Engendering new ways of being in the world, this condition challenges long-established definitions of the ‘human’, and by extension, of the human environment. Interpreting design as a geographical agent deeply involved in the territorial engravings of contemporary urbanization, New Geographies 09 investigates the urban landscapes shaping the posthuman geographies of the early 21st century, fostering a wide-ranging debate about both the potentialities and challenges for design to engage with the complex spatialities, more-than-human ecologies, and diverse forms and habits of life of a post-anthropocentric world.
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Steven Holl: Seven Houses

Steven Holl: Seven Houses
Steven Holl with Philip Jodidio
Rizzoli, November 2018



Hardcover | 9-3/4 x 9-3/4 inches | 192 pages | English | ISBN: 978-0847861590 | $75.00

Publisher Description:
This book takes a close look at seven houses designed by Steven Holl, considered one of America's most influential architects. It offers the reader unprecedented access to the thought processes and work of this groundbreaking, cutting-edge architect through his own words and watercolors―and more than 100 photographs.

This volume features seven of his residential houses and looks at his approach to modernist suburban residences, including two new homes finished in 2017. Viewed as a collection, these houses serve to demonstrate the wide range of Holl's prodigious genius through lavish and striking photographs as well as Holl's own descriptions. Considered one of America's most important architects, Holl is recognized for his ability to blend space and light with great contextual sensitivity and to utilize the unique qualities of each project to create a concept-driven design. Time magazine declared Holl "America's Best Architect" for his "buildings that satisfy the spirit as well as the eye."
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Oslo Architecture Triennale Releases 'Being Tectonic' Publication

© Thomas Johannessen © Thomas Johannessen

As part of the programming ahead of the 2019 Oslo Architecture Triennale, the “Degrowth” curatorial team have released a book in association with Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO.) The book, titled “Being Tectonic” was developed with students as part of a course focusing on domestic architecture.

While the word ‘tectonic’ - a word referring to texture and tangibility - looms large in architecture, the 2019 curatorial team argues that a ‘20th-century preoccupation with efficiency’ has left the tectonic relationships at the heart of architecture behind. Phrases like ‘seamless’ and ‘smooth’ instead dominate the conversation, implying expertise and a high-tech nature in opposition to the rough and inherently textured nature of ‘tectonic.’

“In human tectonics, this same inclination for simplification has infected our social worlds, diminishing our capacity to engage with complexity in our society and be present in our relationships with each other,” explain the curators. "As Umair Haque put it in his article for the Harvard business review of the same name, ‘Our economy is obsessed with efficiency and terrible at everything else.’”

6 Architectural Responses to Climate Change in 2018

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As part of a global, interdisciplinary effort to tackle climate change, architects are devoting resources towards optimizing the energy efficiency of buildings old and new. This effort is more than justified, given that buildings account for almost 40% of UK and US emissions. As awareness of the issue of climate change becomes more apparent each year, so too do the architectural responses. 2018 was no exception.

In a year that saw wildfires rage across California, hurricanes in Florida, and mudslides in Japan, the architectural community has put forward a wealth of proposals, both large and small scale, which seek to mitigate against the role the built environment plays in inducing climate change. 

Ranging from a biological curtain in Dublin to a radical masterplan for Boston, we have rounded up six developments in the architectural fight against climate change that we published throughout 2018.

Harvard HouseZero / Snøhetta

© Michael Grimm © Michael Grimm
  • Client: Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities
  • Lead Architect, Landscape Architect And Interior Designer: Snøhetta
  • Energy/Climate Engineer: Skanska Teknikk (Norway)
  • Structural Engineering: Silman Associates
  • Mep/Fp Engineering, Lighting: BR+A
  • Civil Engineering: Bristol Engineering
  • Bas/Controls/Natural Ventilation System: WindowMaster
  • Acoustics: Brekke & Strand Akustikk
  • Code & Accessibility: Jensen Hughes
  • Geotechnical Engineering: Haley & Aldrich
  • Vertical Transportation: Syska Hennesy
  • Specficiations: Kalin Associates
  • Bas/Controls/Security Systems: Siemens Building Technologies
  • Photovoltaic System: Solect Energy