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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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Olivia Erlanger, Luis Ortega Govela
The MIT Press, October 2018

Hardcover | 6 x 8-1/2 inches | 224 pages | 52 illustrations | English | ISBN: 978-0262038348 | $21.95

Publisher Description:
Frank Lloyd Wright invented the garage when he moved the automobile out of the stable into a room of its own. Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak (allegedly) started Apple Computer in a garage. Suburban men turned garages into man caves to escape from family life. Nirvana and No Doubt played their first chords as garage bands. What began as an architectural construct became a cultural construct. In this provocative history and deconstruction of an American icon, Olivia Erlanger and Luis Ortega Govela use the garage as a lens through which to view the advent of suburbia, the myth of the perfect family, and the degradation of the American dream.

Sustainable Nation

Sustainable Nation: Urban Design Patterns for the Future
Douglas Farr
Wiley, April 2018

Hardcover | 8-3/4 x 11 inches | 400 pages | # illustrations | English | ISBN: 978-0470537176 | $80.00

Publisher Description:
As a follow up to his widely acclaimed Sustainable Urbanism, this new book from author Douglas Farr embraces the idea that the humanitarian, population, and climate crises are three facets of one interrelated human existential challenge, one with impossibly short deadlines. The vision of Sustainable Nation is to accelerate the pace of progress of human civilization to create an equitable and sustainable world. The core strategy of Sustainable Nation is the perfection of the design and governance of all neighborhoods to make them unique exemplars of community and sustainability. The tools to achieve this vision are more than 70 patterns for rebellious change written by industry leaders of thought and practice. Each pattern represents an aspirational, future-oriented ideal for a key aspect of a neighborhood. At once an urgent call to action and a guidebook for change, Sustainable Nation is an essential resource for urban designers, planners, and architects.
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Why Materials Matter

Why Materials Matter: Responsible Design for a Better World
Seetal Solanki
Prestel, November 2018

Hardcover | 9-3/4 x 12 inches | 240 pages | 250 color illustrations | English | ISBN: 978-3791384719 | $50.00

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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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A Daily Dose of Architecture Books, Est. 2019

Last week I posted about the end of A Daily Dose of Architecture, the blog I started in 2004, five years after I launched my online endeavors with A Weekly Dose of Architecture. In that post I hinted that my blog would morph into something else. Well, here it is: A Daily Dose of Architecture Books. Surprised? If you're a longtime reader of this blog, probably not.

Why A Daily Dose of Architecture Books? Because:
  • I love books;
  • There are very few outlets, online or print, that give much coverage to architecture books;
  • I strongly believe in the value of print books in our digital age;
  • My daily doses featured so many books anyways (reviews, "briefs," "so you want to learn about" posts), it was just a matter of time before this blog focused on them outright;
  • Lately I've been unable to do many full-length book reviews, so this new blog will enable me to feature more books, albeit with shorter commentaries on them;
  • I love books — so much that I wrote it twice!
All the old posts from both A Daily Dose of Architecture (2004-2018) and A Weekly Dose of Architecture (1999-2014) will remain on this blog, though the new dDAB content will be tagged, and therefore easy to find among the 5,000+ posts, based on this weekly structure: