Check out some of the latest new book and film titles on architecture, released in the past few months.
To showcase the past 150 years of AIA architecture, the American Institute of Architects recently released Architecture: Celebrating the Past, Designing the Future ($76.50 for AIA members, $85 for nonmembers). The collection of essays, vignettes, and profiles from 70 influential architects, journalists, and scholars from around the world offers an in-depth analysis of the AIA architect's role in creating vibrant, sustainable communities of the future. It will be available online at the AIA Bookstore.
The third edition of Green Building Products: The GreenSpec Guide to Residential Building Materials (New Society Publishers,$37.95) also is now available, featuring more than 100 new products and a foreword by Sarah Susanka, FAIA, author of The Not So Big House. Designed to assist architects, home builders, and homeowners in sourcing environmentally responsible building materials and products, the book contains more than 1,600 products from the GreenSpec database.
Architectural Design and Ethics: Tools for Survival (Architectural Press, $35.95) by Thomas Fisher, dean of the University of Minnesota's College of Design, will be released April 23, 2008. The book examines some of the major ethical ideas of the past and considers their meaning in terms of how architects have shaped the built environment and how they could be interpreted in the future. It lays out a theory of architecture based on ethics.
Michael and Susan Southworth'sAIA Guide to Boston Architecture (Globe Pequot Press, $29.95) offers a comprehensive guide to more than 600 architectural sites, including historic landmarks and contemporary buildings, in Boston. Each entry is accompanied by descriptions, history, opinion, and black-and-white photography. Additional theme tours have been added to this updated and redesigned guide, along with updated locator maps.
Architect and landscape architect Peter Gisolfi, AIA's, Finding the Place of Architecture in the Landscape (Images Publishing, $65) was released in March. Promoting his distinctive point of view that architecture should always be connected to and in harmony with existing natural and manmade landscapes, the book provides clear insights into Gisolfi's design ideas with more than 400 photos, renderings, site diagrams, and concept drawings.
"Schindler's Houses" ($39.95), available on DVD from Filmgalerie 451, explores the pioneering work of Austrian-American architect Rudolf Schindler. Visiting 40 of the architect's houses, writer/director/photographer Heinz Emigholz offers a portrait of urban Los Angeles through Schindler's work. The film is a meditation on Schindler's ideas about architecture versus environment.
Visit your local bookstore or e-tailer for these new titles.