May 16, 2016

Through the Looking Glass

Clifford Ross, essay by Paul Goldberger

Through the Looking Glass follows a four-year collaborative project between multimedia artist Ross and fine arts manufacturer Franz Meyer (Munich). The project resulted in a twenty-eight-square-foot stained glass wall with hydraulic doors created specially for the U.S. Federal Courthouse in Austin, Texas. Click here to purchase.

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May 13, 2016

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Architecture as Resource

Muck Petzet and Florian Heilmeyer, eds.

An alternative guide for architects, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle posits reinterpreting waste materials as precious resources. Via German-based project examples, the publication suggests valuing existing architecture for development. Topics include the overall energy lifecycle of buildings, as well as the cultural and social importance of preexisting architecture. Rather than building anew, the editors view regeneration and conversion … Read More

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May 9, 2016

Taking Sustainable Cities Seriously: Economic Development, the Environment, and Quality of Life in American Cities

Kent E. Portney

In this information-packed second edition, Portney compares sustainability initiatives across small, medium, and large American cities, examines the various issues involved with management and implementation, and discusses new directions for cities to take in pursuit of sustainability. Click here to purchase.

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May 6, 2016

Light Show

Cliff Lauson, ed.

Published concurrently with an exhibition of the same name, Light Show surveys historical and contemporary artworks using illumination as material. Beginning with explanations of how we see and manipulate light, by curator and editor Lauson, art historian Anne Wagner, and science writer Philip Ball, the catalog hits its stride with a series of radiantly illustrated … Read More

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May 2, 2016

Green Architecture Now! Vol. 2

Philip Jodidio

From Seoul to Berlin, from Los Angeles to Hanoi, sustainability is the hot ticket in architecture. Exploring the why, how and where, this publication tours the globe for locations where stylish structures designed with the planet in mind are both trendy and necessary. A worthwhile survey of a topic in everyone’s best interest: building a … Read More

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April 27, 2016

The Tao of Urban Rejuvenation: Building a Livable Creative Urban Village

Weiming Lu

In The Tao of Urban Rejuvenation, storied urban planner Weiming Lu showcases his revitalization and redevelopment work in St. Paul, Minnesota. He also contemplates the most important elements in any urban rejuvenation program for any city looking to transform its neighborhoods. Click here to purchase.

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April 15, 2016

James Turrell: A Retrospective

Michael Govan and Christine Y. Kim

Published in conjunction with a retrospective exhibition of Turrell’s work, this monograph contains essays, an artist interview, and specially commissioned photographs. Readers are enlightened with the inspirations spanning the artist’s career—including his experience with aviation, science, and psychology—and can explore an in-depth feature on Roden Crater, a site-specific intervention on an extinct volcano near Flagstaff, … Read More

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April 8, 2016

The Freak-Garde: Extraordinary Bodies and Revolutionary Art in America

Robin Blyn

English-professor Blyn traces the history of the freak show in America, while highlighting seminal artists and writers who have appropriated freak show art—from Mark Twain to Nathanael West and Diane Arbus—to create powerful, memorable work. This book offers a more nuanced understanding of the art of human curiosity. Click here to purchase.

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April 1, 2016

Design Like You Give a Damn [2]: Building Change from the Ground Up

Architecture for Humanity, ed.

Compiled by nonprofit design services firm Architecture for Humanity, Design Like You Give a Damn [2] highlights more than 100 innovative architectural design projects in the U.S. and abroad that address a specific region’s needs. This handbook also features case studies and interviews. Click here to purchase.

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March 25, 2016

Hotel Yeoville

Terry Kurgan

When artist Terry Kurgan landed a commission in Yeoville, a suburb on the eastern edge of Johannesburg, South Africa, she was struck by the discrepancy between the popular image of Yeoville’s immigrants and the way she knew them to be. Popular media depicted them as abject, poor, and resourceless; Kurgan found them intelligent, creative, and … Read More

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March 18, 2016

New York’s Underground Art Museum: MTA Arts & Design

Authors: Sandra Bloodworth and William Ayres

The great hive of New York City depends on its subway system to meet the transportation needs of its ever-expanding population. People from all walks of life—from stockbrokers to students, homeless to Helen Mirren—rely upon this underground “social equalizer,” which significantly affects the social health of the city. The public art commissioned for subway stations … Read More

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March 11, 2016

Laura Anderson Barbata: Transcommunality—Interventions and Collaborations in Stilt Dancing Communities

Melissa Porter

Mexican artist Laura Anderson Barbata’s practice, though often rather tall, is firmly rooted at the intersection of art and community, a site she regards as one of great power. Barbata began stilt walking as part of a varied artistic practice. After studying sculpture and printmaking, and creating works that blend graphite drawings, papermaking, and site-specific … Read More

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