The Architecture of PatternsDid I forget to mention that W.W. Norton’s Architecture, Architectural History, Landscape Architecture and Practice titles are on sale this summer?

Purchase directly from W. W. Norton at a 20% discount with this special promotion code before July 31, 2010: SUMMER10 

We can all use a little 20% off love these days, so thanks W.W.

Take a peek at Norton’s description of the sale books:
  
J. Christopher Jaffe, an acclaimed acoustician known for his innovative design concepts, describes the common misconceptions about what makes a successful classical concert space, explains that sound reflections rather than geometry are the key to developing an outstanding hall, and shows how a series of simple principles related to how humans perceive musical quality can provide the ideal environment for classical music performances. This book should be required reading not only for acousticians but also for concert administrators, concert division directors, and operations managers, as well as theater consultants, architectural firms, and construction companies.
   
Packed with dazzling photographs, this book makes a compelling case for recycling as a stimulus for design. Among the memorable examples: the surprising Poop House in Melbourne, Australia; gorgeous Peach-Stone floors in Cape Town, South Africa; the modern elegance of the Racine Art Museum in Wisconsin; and the airy Big Dig House in Lexington, Massachusetts. Works by the Rural Studio, REFUNC, and Dan Rockhill (among many other sustainable pioneers) are also examined.
   
Architectural historian Eric M. Wolf delves into the archives of some of the country’s premier institutions not only to explore the design decisions made at their founding, but also to understand how those institutions have continued to evolve along with their collections, up to the present day. Wolf examines the gradual development of six major museums: the Frick Collection, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York; the Menil Collection in Houston, the Georgia O’Keefe Museum in Santa Fe, and the Art Institute of Chicago.
 Inclusive Housing
This title tackles the underlying theory and design of homes for disabled people, senior citizens, minorities, and low-income individuals. These marginalized populations need design attention, and more often than not are relegated to living in inadequate and dangerous housing. Also, as the average age of our population increases, this issue of age-appropriate housing will dramatically come to the forefront of national consciousness. Inclusive Housing addresses all of these issues in very timely essays and with physical plans for architects, designers, and city planners.
   
Tucked inside venerable museums, perched on rooftops, concealed behind sleek midtown facades, and waiting beyond unassuming gates you may have passed a hundred times, remarkable gardens welcome visitors in almost every corner of New York City. More than 50 color photos showcase the gardens, with each garden entry offering complete visitor information, clearly-labeled maps of each borough or region, and lively anecdotes sprinkled throughout.
Key Buildings of the 20th Century, 2nd Edition
An analysis of influential work by seminal architects, including Le Corbusier, Frank Lloyd Wright, Mies van der Rohe, Norman Foster, Frank Gehry, and Rem Koolhaas. A concise text supplemented by full-color images explains the significant architectural features of each building and the influences it shows or had generated. As an added bonus for readers, a free CD-ROM containing digital files of all the drawings is included inside the book.
   
Drawing on the work of a diverse group of young international architects and forged from the intellectual and cultural milieus of fashion, ecology, cybernetics, evolutionary biology, chemistry, and consumer behavior, this polemical book examines the potential of a new generation of information-rich and formally complex patterns in contemporary architecture.
   
In print for over thirty years, this is the advertising industry bible and ultimate insider’s guide to getting in and getting noticed. Praised as the “essential,” “award-winning advertising career classic,” this is the book that all aspiring creatives turn to for brutally honest—and often droll—career advice, now fully updated to reflect what most impresses today’s top firms.
   
Sixteen selections, dating from the 1850s to the 1890s, reveal Frederick Law Olmsted’s youthful interests as well as his mature thinking on cities, small residential sites, the history and theory of urban parks, and landscape architecture in general. His writings directly addressed important issues of his day, but they remain as cogent as ever in today’s environmental crisis.
   
Architect Robert Gatje, formerly partner of Marcel Breuer and of Richard Meier, offers new insights, stunning computer-generated plans at a uniform scale, and color photographs to convey the spatial experience of forty European and American squares, supplemented by a brief history of each square and measurements to assess their success. No other source for this comparative data exists.
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