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Book: 20th Century World Architecture: The Phaidon Atlas

Postby JWmHarmon » Mon Nov 19, 2012 7:28 pm

20th Century World Architecture: The Phaidon Atlas
by Lindsey M. Roberts (2012)

Looks like this would be a good book to have on the coffee table.

Do you have any other recommendations for architecture books published during 2012?
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Re: Book: 20th Century World Architecture: The Phaidon Atlas

Postby phansford » Tue Nov 20, 2012 11:30 am

Funny you asked.... I hope to write a few comments in the Residential forum on Le Corbusier Redrawn: The Houses. Just got it a few days ago. Great book for students and professionals alike. This just got released in the last week or so.

http://www.amazon.com/Corbusier-Redrawn ... +corbusier
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Re: Book: 20th Century World Architecture: The Phaidon Atlas

Postby phansford » Wed Dec 26, 2012 11:59 am

I received a copy of The California Houses of Gordon Drake for Christmas. Very cool little monograph/biography. Excellent photos (many by Julius Shulman) Lots of drawings from Drake. Those cool free-hand sharpie type drawings.
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Re: Book: 20th Century World Architecture: The Phaidon Atlas

Postby phansford » Thu Dec 27, 2012 4:02 pm

Follow-up comments on The California Houses of Gordon Drake.

Simple is easy - Simplicity is hard. Drake's first house is small one bedroom house he built for himself. A simple rectangle with complex spatial qualities. The house is clearly an influence on Pierre Koenig's first house he designed for himself. Drake utilizes a lot of glass and provides built-ins throughout the house. Rather than steel like other Modernists, Drake used wood for the entire design. Wood is used as an interior wall treatment. Plywood panels are used for the exterior skin.

Its startling that Drake's early houses are one and two bedroom domiciles. However, the Architect's use of exterior living spaces expands the homes. These designs are very much about the temperate climate of California. Drake's early work was widely published and clearly had an influence outside of California.
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Re: Book: 20th Century World Architecture: The Phaidon Atlas

Postby WalkerARCHITECTS » Wed May 08, 2013 5:17 pm

Thanks for the book report.
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