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Here are a couple photos of Red Cross Volunteer House (2017) in Copenhagen, Denmark, by COBO. (Photographs by Ken Lee.)

Danish Red Cross Volunteer House, Copenhagen, Denmark
Danish Red Cross Volunteer House, Copenhagen, Denmark

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Book Briefs #37

"Book Briefs" are an ongoing series of posts with short first-hand descriptions of some of the numerous books that make their way into my library. These briefs are not full-blown reviews (though some might go on to get that treatment), but they are a way to share more books worthy of attention than find their way into reviews on this blog. This installment features six books grouped into three pairs with similar subjects and/or contributors.

Two California-centric collections:

LA Forum Reader: From the Archives of the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design edited by Rob Berry, Victor Jones, Michael Sweeney, Mimi Zeiger and Chava Danielson, Joe Day, Thurman Grant, Duane McLemore | Actar | 2018 | Amazon
Made Up: Design's Fictions edited by Tim Durfee, Mimi Zeiger | ArtCenter Graduate Press | 2017 | Amazon

Idyllic Gehry

On Saturday, Thomas Kahn-kade (@robyniko) posted a string of his "Thomas Kinkade + Modernism mashups" to Twitter. Here is one of Frank Gehry's residence in Santa Monica, California.

Others icons of modern residential architecture include Philip Johnson's Glass House, Louis I. Kahn's Fisher House, Le Corbusier's Villa Savoye, and Mies van der Rohe's Farnsworth House. Check 'em out.

Book Review: Pictures of the Floating Microcosm

Pictures of the Floating Microcosm: New Representations of Japanese Architecture by Olivier Meystre
Park Books, 2017
Hardcover, 240 pages

It's hard to deny the appeal of drawings by Japanese architects. I've succumbed, for instance, to the intricate perspective sections and plans of Atelier Bow-Wow and "Architectural Ethnography," the Japanese exhibition at this year's Venice Architecture Biennale, which was co-curated by one-half of Atelier Bow-Wow and focused on drawings by architects and non-architects alike. The two-dimensional output of Japanese architects in the last two decades is evident through their high level of detail, lack of hierarchy in lines, abundance of white space, and sometimes cartoonish qualities. But why is it like this and what are these drawings trying to express? These and other questions are addressed by Olivier Meystre in his analytical, accessible, and lavishly illustrated study on drawings and models produced by well-known Japanese architects over the last few decades.