Tuesday, October 13, 2009

New Built Environment Books

The college of architecture has changed its name to the college of Built Environments.
I am trying to get used to the new name.

Today we we received a large book - 'Meir'. Its about Richard Meier and Partners - Complete works 1963 to 2008. The call number is NA737 M44 A4. It will be in the oversize section. There are some beautiful pictures.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Basic Architecture Textbook..

Patrick Nuttgens -

The Story of Architecture
NA200 N87 1997

This is the book currently used by the Introduction to Architecture Courses.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Books about the Seattle Central Library

Sometimes I have been asked for books about the Seattle's central public library - designed by Rem Koolhaas. Here are two titles:

1. Title Seattle Public Library, OMA/LMN / [editors, Michael Kubo and Ramon Prat ; photographs, Ramon Prat].
Pub Info Barcelona : Actar, [2005]Text is primarily articles from the Seattle Times and the Seattle Post Intelligencer newspapers.

Author Swimmer, Lara
Title Process : Seattle Central Library / Lara Swimmer
Pub Info Seattle, Wash. : Documentary Media, c2004
Contains over 90 photographs by Lara Swimmer spanning the 32 months of construction of the the Rem Koolhaas-designed Seattle Central Library

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Means Books

Yesterday someone asked me where the 'Means Books' were. I learned that RS Means publications have been engaged in construction cost publishing and consulting throughout North America since 1942. There are many books on estimating -

'Assemblies Cost Data' is an example of one of the 'Means' reference books.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Modernism Rediscovered

I always get curious about the contents when a book arrives that is an odd size. Today we received a large three volume set with the title 'Modernism Rediscovered'.
On the Taschen website I found this description:
" Thanks to Julius Shulman's abandoned files, an unknown side of American mid-century architecture is now coming to light.

The buildings burned in our memories, which to us represent the spirit of fifties and sixties architectural design, were those whose pictures were widely published in magazines and books; but what about those that got lost in the process, hardly or never appearing in publication?

The exchange of visual information is crucial to the development, evolution, and promotion of architectural movements. If a building is not widely seen, its photograph rarely or never published, it simply does not enter into architectural discourse. Many buildings photographed by Julius Shulman suffered this fate, their images falling into oblivion. With this book, TASCHEN brings them to light, paying homage to California Modernism in all its forms.

The abandoned files of Julius Shulman show us another side of Modernism that has stayed quiet for so many years. Bringing together nearly 300 forgotten masterpieces, 'Modernism Rediscovered' pays tribute to these lesser known yet outstanding contributions to the modern architectural movement. It's like sneaking into a private history, into homes that have rarely been seen and hardly appreciated as of yet."

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Entourage Books

Yesterday someone asked me where the 'entourage books' were. I had never heard the word 'entourage' in the context of architecture books. When I did a keyword search in our catalog I discovered that this refered to books on architectural rendering.

Dictionary.com gives this definition:

3. Architecture. the landscaping and other nearby environmental features shown on a rendering of a building.

Monday, April 6, 2009

The Alaska Yukon Pacific Exhibition

This year is the 100th anniversary of the Alaska Yukon Pacific Exhibition, which opened in June 1909. The Architecture Library has some periodicals from the time period with articles about the exhibition.

I especially enjoyed 'The Western Architect' from 1909.