New Vernacular Architecture considers the synthesis of modernity and tradition in contemporary architecture. Focusing on 37 international examples of buildings of different types completed in the last decade, it examines architecture that reinterprets rather than revives traditional forms, materials and construction techniques. The projects covered range from better known works by renowned architects such as Michael Graves, Renzo Piano and David Chipperfield, to less familiar buildings in Hungary, Nepal, Latvia and elsewhere.
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Vicky Richardson is deputy editor of the RIBA Journal. Co-author of In Defence of the Dome (1998) and former editor of Public Service and Local Government. She is a regular contributor to a number of publications, including Bauwelt, World Architecture and LM Magazine. In 1999 she was shortlisted for the Architectural Writer of the Year award by International Building Press.From Library Journal:
This book proves that good, old-fashioned modern architecture is alive and well, living in our new millennium and featuring splintered sections, complex elevations, slanted walls, angular roofs, imaginative lighting, indigenous materials, etc. Modern architecture has survived the onslaught of postmodernism in several forms. Cubism is the paramount style here, aided and abetted by Sustainability, 1950s Retro, High Tech, and even a new pragmatism. Primarily a picture book, this volume catalogs and documents the distribution of the modern Cubist industrial architecture throughout the globe in terms of six themes: tradition, technology, landscape, regionalism, civics, and identity. Richardson is a prize-winning writer, the deputy editor of the Journal of the Royal Institute of British Architects, and the coauthor of In Defense of Domes. Very focused in its purview, this book is aimed at the professional design community. Recommended for architecture libraries only. Peter Kaufman, Boston Architectural Ctr.
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