As the chilly fall weather sets in, sitting down with a good book on design becomes a seasonal pleasure. We've gathered just a few of the latest releases here:
Taking an unconventional approach to the architectural monograph, Wendy Evans Joseph POP UP Architecture (Melcher Media, $75) presents the work of Wendy Evans Joseph Architecture in a playful, three-dimensional format. Ten of the firm's projects, including public, hospitality, residential, and retail, are featured as pop-up models, revealing nooks and crannies and subtle details that wouldn't be apparent in a simple photograph. Dutch pop-up expert Kees Moerbeek collaborated with Joseph to translate her architectural work into miniature pop-up structures.
Modern Sustainable Residential Design: A Guide for Design Professionals (John Wiley & Sons, $80) by William J. Carpenter, FAIA, Ph.D., founder of interdisciplinary design firm Lightroom, offers lessons in conceptualizing and implementing sustainable strategies in modern residential design. Covering energy conservation and generation, environmental impact, affordability, and sustainable material selection, the book includes contributions from experts such as Robert J. Soens Jr. of Pinnacle Custom Homes; the Southface Energy Institute's Sydney Roberts; James Burton, AIA, and Michelle Timberlake, ASID, of Carter + Burton; Lynn Saussy, ASLA, of L.F. Saussy Landscape Architects; and many others. Also featured are detailed analyses, accompanied by full-color photos, of several groundbreaking sustainable residences, including the work of Pugh+Scarpa, Ray Kappe, Ehrlich Architects, and Auburn's Rural Studio.
Produced by The Cultural Landscape Foundation, Shaping the American Landscape: New Profiles from the Pioneers of American Landscape Design, vol. 2 (University of Virginia Press, $65.50) covers 250 years of American landscape architects and allied practitioners. Exploring the lives and the work of 149 professionals who shaped the land and defined the meaning of the American landscape, the book features some historically significant works of landscape design that have already disappeared and draws attention to several examples that are currently in danger. It includes profiles of seminal designers who are either in their twilight years or are still practicing their art, offering a unique view of modern design in action.
The Atlas of American Architecture (Rizzoli New York, $85), by city planning consultant and architectural historian Tom Martinson, tells the nation's story through its buildings—from the prehistoric structures of the mound builders to the work of modern architects such as Zaha Hadid and Robert A.M. Stern. A comparative history of American architecture, social and cultural spaces, and engineering achievements, this book explores the country's built environment for the general reader and design practitioner alike. The foreword was written by Richard Meier, FAIA, FRIBA.
Following an introduction by architecture writer Michael Webb, Jim Olson Houses launches into an exploration of the work of Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects founding partner Jim Olson, beginning with the first house he ever designed and built—a waterfront cabin for his family. The volume then moves on to feature 15 other residences he has designed over the past decade, illuminating his holistic approach, his fascination with the relationship between art and architecture, and his masterful balancing of light, space, and mood in interiors. This book is scheduled for release in November.
Visit your favorite e-tailer to purchase any of these titles.