April 2017 Non-Fiction Releases

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    Jeweled Splendors of the Art Deco Era The Prince and Princess Sadruddin Aga Khan Collection Catherine Aga Khan, Pierre Rainero, Evelyne Posseme, Stephen Harrison
    9780500519479 Hardcover ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES / Jewelry On Sale Date: April 11, 2017
    $99.00 CAD 9.31 x 12.2 x 1.07 in | 256 pages Carton Quantity: 7 Canadian Rights: Y Thames and Hudson
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      A visual celebration of jeweled masterworks from Paris in the Art Deco era

      One Christmas Eve, Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan gave his wife, Princess Catherine, an exquisite jeweled box made by Cartier in the 1920s, thus starting the most magnificent collection of objects created in the Art Deco era by jewelers, at a time when the jeweler’s art was at the height of beauty and creativity.

      In the 1920s, rapid changes in society and technology were rejected in art through striking contrasts of line, color, and material. The innovative luxuries in this book—breathtaking bejeweled vanity and cigarette cases, timepieces, jewelry, and a photograph frame—take their inspiration from varied sources, including the natural world, exotic locations, and industrial design. Chinese dragons, Persian birds, and Japanese plum blossoms appear on boxes created with an explosion of colored gemstones and enamel juxtaposed with boxes in black, white, and gold stripped of excessive ornamentation. The exuberance of the boldest pieces contrasts with the starkly elegant machine-inspired designs, but both are equally considered and iconic of this era of excitement, change, and creativity.

      Smoky nightclubs, with flappers drinking cocktails, and exotically decorated apartments, resplendent for chic dinner parties, provided a new landscape for the designs of the great jewelry houses of Europe and America, with Paris as the undisputed center. In Jeweled Splendors of the Art Deco Era, published to coincide with an exhibition at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Museum, New York., expert authors explore the development of this new artistic world by considering the exotic influences of the important jewelers—including Van Cleef & Arpels, Bulgari, Boucheron, Lacloche Freres, and, above all, Cartier—as well as the process of design and making, and the impact of changing femininity. Well over 100 pieces are accompanied by detailed descriptions and were specially photographed for this publication by the renowned photographer Doug Rosa. This collection from the most important period in the history of jewelry and the decorative arts is unsurpassed in quality and is beautifully shown here with a wealth of context and detail.

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      Princess Catherine Aga Khan, together with her late husband Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan, amassed one of the finest private collections of art in the world.

      Pierre Rainero is image, style, and heritage director of Cartier.

      Evelyn Possémé chief curator at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in the Art Nouveau, Art Deco, and antique and modern jewelry department.

      Stephen Harrison is curator of decorative arts at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

      Sarah D. Coffin is curator and head of product design and decorative arts at Cooper Hewitt, New York.

      Sarah Davis is a specialist in jewelry history and editor for the American Society of Jewelry Historians.
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      An elegant offering filled with jeweled works beyond compare… This entire book is a feast for the eyes with images of intricate inlay, bright colors, and inventive design. Photographer Doug Rosa does a magnificent job of presenting some gorgeous vanity cases, cigarette cases, and miscellaneous objects from the 1920s and 1930s…art deco period.—Library Journal

      Virtually impossible to put down. A ‘feast for the eyes’…for any art collector or connoisseur of the jeweler’s art. The works pictured are breathtaking in their craftsmanship, their ingenuity, and their astonishing use of color. Each image is clear and crisp, as if you could touch the object. This is a book to return to again and again, a book to treasure. It is a deeply satisfying opportunity to examine, close up, a noteworthy collection.—Gems & Gemology
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    Chandigarh Revealed Le Corbusier's City Today Shaun Fynn, Maristella Casciato
    9781616895815 Hardcover ARCHITECTURE / Individual Architects & Firms On Sale Date: April 04, 2017 Print Run: 2000
    $88.00 CAD 9.38 x 12.25 x 1 in | 240 pages Carton Quantity: 8 Canadian Rights: Y Princeton Architectural Press
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      In 1950, Indian prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru invited legendary French-Swiss architect Le Corbusier to embark on one of the greatest experiments in urban planning history: to build a new capital—Chandigarh, a city whose monumental modernism promised to free India from the fetters of colonial tradition.

      Six decades after its founding and on the eve of its becoming a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2016, photographer and Chandigarh resident Shaun Fynn was granted unprecedented access to turn his lens on Le Corbusier's city and capture what is rarely seen: the living metropolis behind the master plan. Fynn's captivating images of the city and its inhabitants reveal how the poetry of the architect's compositions has been shaped by the tumult of everyday life.

      Alongside descriptions of the city's architectural highlights,Chandigarh Revealed features a foreword by Le Corbusier authority Maristella Casciato, an essay by architectural historian Vikramaditya Prakash, an interview with M. N. Sharma—one of two surviving members of Le Corbusier's team—and custom-designed maps to orient readers.
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      UK–born Shaun Fynn is a designer and photographer who resides in New York and Chandigarh. A graduate of Central Saint Martins in London, he is the founder of StudioFYNN, a design and communication agency.

      Fynn's award-winning work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art and the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at Parsons School of Design in New York, the Chicago Athenaeum, and Weserburg in Bremen, Germany. It has also appeared in Fast Company, the Atlantic, the Los Angeles Times, the Guardian, Graphis, International Design Yearbook, and Repertorio del Design Italiano, 1950–2000.

      Fynn is a visiting lecturer at the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad, the Indian Institute of Technology in Mumbai, ArtCenter College of Design in Los Angeles, and Parsons School of Design. He is also a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
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      "Chandigarh tells a story in which the architectural visions of a great master meet the political visions of a postcolonial society," writes Shaun Fynn in the introduction to his book on the Indian city designed by Le Corbusier. How have those visions worked out, more than six decades on? It really takes photographs-with which the book is amply illustrated-to say. Le Corbusier's raw concrete surfaces have retained their brutal beauty, but some of the city's parks, notes Fynn, have suffered: "Today Chandigarh is a city proud to display its private wealth through prosperity and automobile assets, while the upkeep and preservation of the civic space remains an ongoing issue." - Landscape Architecture
      Combining detailed plans and contextualising information with a wealth of viscerally engaging yet strangely haunting photography, Fynn opens a door into what it's like to live in present-day Chandigarh - a UNESCO World Heritage Site that retains a sense of mystery. Fynn captures moments of pride as well as flashes of decay. The text also includes invaluable insight in an interview with one of Le Corbusier's original team.
      "In his new book, Chandigarh Revealed, photographer, designer, and writer Shaun Fynn examines the reality of the planned city, creating a photographic profile that shows how "the patina of time" has shaped the city in unforeseen ways..[T]ime, climate, and neglect (many structures are abandoned or incomplete) have taken their toll, as Fynn's photos show. Chandigarh Revealed expertly captures the impact on the complex, as well as the chaotic adaptations and adjustments made by contemporary Indian residents." - Curbed
      "In Chandigarh Revealed, UK born designer and photographer Shaun Fynn has captured the spirit of Chandigarh-giving us an honest portrayal of the contemporary city through his camera's lens, complete with essays on the city's political and urban planning history, and providing us with a rare glimpse into how the city has fared in its first half century.. Chandigarh Revealed is a frank and honest portrayal of this city. It is a wonder to behold, pointing out that while Chandigarh is not perfect, it is as close to the ideal as could be given its volatile mixture of religion, politics, and geography. all orchestrated by an architect whose vision of how order could be achieved helped to shape the modern world and all that would follow."
      -Spacing (Canada)

      "Fynn provides a superb look at North India's Chandigarh, Le Corbusier's singular planned city, 60 years after its completion..The book reveals a futuristic vision that has been absorbed by contemporary Indian society without being subsumed, showcasing both Corbusier's tremendous work and modern accretions and deviations....This is a visually astute and intimately observed study." - Publisher's Weekly
      "First planned and designed to accommodate some 500,000 people, today, more than a million people live in Chandigarh, as the city has expanded, and slums have taken over areas where the plan was never fully realized. Some 50 years later, Le Corbusier and Nehru's city appears both glorious and derelict, visionary and an anachronism in Chandigarh Revealed, a fascinating new book by photographer and designer Shaun Fynn." - The Dirt (American Society of Landcape Architects)
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    The New Chic French Style From Today's Leading Interior Designers Marie Kalt, Editors of Architectural Digest France
    9780847858231 Hardcover ARCHITECTURE / Interior Design On Sale Date: April 25, 2017
    $85.00 CAD 9.37 x 12.03 x 1.09 in | 240 pages Carton Quantity: 8 Canadian Rights: Y Rizzoli
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      The next generation of Parisian interior designers curated by the editors of French Architectural Digest.
       
      From Vincent Darré and Joseph Dirand to India Mahdavi, a new wave of design talent has emerged in Paris. Combining nonchalant elegance with the French capital’s perennial chic flair, their interiors reflect a refreshingly innovative take on home decor while inspiring myriad designers across the globe. Renowned for publishing the very best of interior design, the editors of French Architectural Digest have thoughtfully curated a collection of interiors by twelve of the new guard’s top names.
       
      The New Chic showcases diverse residential interiors projects spanning the past five years. Inviting, charming, and irresistibly cool, this beautifully illustrated book celebrates the voices of modern Parisian interiors and is a must for every library of design.
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      Marie Kalt is the editor in chief of French Architectural Digest.
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      "Curated by the editors of French Architectural Digest, the next wave of emerging talent in Paris is at the epicenter of The New Chic: French Style From Today’s Leading Interior Designers ($65, Rizzoli)."
      Modern Luxury Interiors, Atlanta

      "Even if modern-looking interiors aren't your thing, I think you'll appreciate the caliber of these designers' work, which, if nothing else, should serve as a lesson in the importance of quality and elegance."
      PeakofChic.com

      "The book anoints 12 designers who “all uphold a kind of classicism … without ever losing sight of that elusive attribute called ‘chic.’”"
      The New York Times

      "Every room in this book is sublime, especially those created for the annual design showcase AD Intériers where the participating designers are given carte blanche to create living spaces unfiltered by commissioning clients…"
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    9781858946511 Hardcover ARCHITECTURE / Buildings Publication Date: March 28, 2017
    $71.50 CAD 8.38 x 10 in | 224 pages Carton Quantity: 12 Canadian Rights: Y Merrell Publishers
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      London’s suburbs are home to many thousands of people who travel into the centre every day to work, but they also house many thousands who rarely find a reason to do so. They contain all the essential infrastructure for the city, too, including airports, offices, shopping centre, factories and warehouses. Outer London is therefore both metropolitan and suburban at the same time ? it is Metroburbia. In this book Paul Knox examines the architectural history and development of London’s suburbs, and celebrates their surprising variety and organized structure, refuting the common claim that they are monotonous or amorphous.

      The first chapter, The Foundations of Metroburbia, explains the foundation and development of Metroburbia and looks at how topography and geology influenced the siting of the villages that would become part of Greater London. The River Thames, of course, is one of London’s most important and well-known structural elements, and in this chapter Knox examines how its meanders and bends have produced distinct patterns of settlement and development. He also describes in detail the seven distinctive sectors of London, which are (running clockwise from the west) the Thames Valley, Northwest London, North London, the Lea Valley, Northeast London, the Thames Estuary and South London. Finally, he looks at how early settlements, country estates and royal palaces shaped Metroburbia, and how the increase in roads and industry consolidated the development of what would become suburbia.

      Chapter 2, Pattern-book London, looks at Victorian and Edwardian suburbs ? the first developments to be given that name. The building booms and their effect on employment in the city, and the difference in style and purpose between the various suburbs, are discussed, and Knox also examines the effects of immigration and industrialization on the city’s housing requirements. He also describes the genesis of the parks, cemeteries and garden villages that now provide such valuable green space for Londoners, and the creation of the impressive industrial, civic and institutional buildings that are still striking parts of the city’s infrastructure.

      Chapter 3, Inter-war Suburbia: Metro-Land and the Universal Plan, describes the acceleration of building projects between the wars and the beginning of the transition from Edwardian society to the modern welfare state. The term ?Metro-Land’, introduced by the Metropolitan Railway Company in the early twentieth century, gives the chapter its title, and describes the expansion of residential London along the route of the Underground lines into Buckinghamshire. The effect of widespread car ownership is discussed, and the various housing styles ? Stockbroker Tudor, Suburban Moderne, the mansion block, and so on ? are described. The fourth chapter, Secular Reformation and Modernism, covers the thirty years from the end of the Second World War, during which time the welfare state brought about radical changes to life in London and the architecture of the city.

      Chapter 5, Counter-Reformation, describes the changes wrought on the country by the new neo-liberal agenda, as the welfare state was overtaken by a market-driven economy that fostered free-for-all development. By this time Metroburbia had spread outwards to incorporate Chelmsford, Southend-on-Sea, Maidstone, Guildford, Reading and Luton. This was an era of radical new infrastructure projects ? from the rise of the suburban shopping centre to the construction of the new Thames Barrier ? and huge increases in house prices. The regeneration of the Isle of Dogs into the Docklands commercial area is one of the most high-profile developments of the era, but infill house-building and small-scale environmental developments were also produced, and social housing regenerated. Finally, the last chapter, Megapolitan Futures, explores the various theories about the capital’s future and conjectures about the shape of the city in the twenty-first century.
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      Paul L. Knox is a University Distinguished Professor and former Dean of Architecture and Urban Studies at Virginia Tech. His recent books include The Atlas of Cities (Princeton UP, 2014); Palimpsests: Biographies of 50 City Districts (Birkhäuser, 2012); Cities and Design (Routledge, 2010); London: Architecture, Building and Social Change (Merrell, 2015)
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    The Vanishing Stepwells of India Victoria Lautman, Divay Gupta
    9781858946580 Hardcover ARCHITECTURE / Buildings Publication Date: March 29, 2017
    $77.99 CAD 9.75 x 11.5 in | 224 pages Carton Quantity: 9 Canadian Rights: Y Merrell Publishers
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      Some of the most stunning architectural structures in India are to be found below ground: these are its stepwells, ancient water stores. Stepwells are unique to India and from around the 3rd century CE were built throughout the country, particularly in the arid western regions. Excavated several stories underground in order to reach the water table, these cavernous spaces not only provided water all year long but also fulfilled other functions; they offered pilgrims and other travelers a respite from the heat, and became places in which villagers could socialize. Stepwell construction evolved so that, by the 11th century, the wells were amazingly complex feats of architecture and engineering.
      The journalist Victoria Lautman first encountered stepwells three decades ago and now, a seasoned traveller to India, she has devoted several years to documenting these fascinating but largely unknown edifices before they disappear. Of the thousands of stepwells that proliferated across India, most were abandoned as a result of modernization and the depletion of water tables. Often commissioned by royal or wealthy patrons, the wells vary greatly in scale, layout, materials and shape. Those in what is now Gujarat state also served as subterranean Hindu temples that featured columned pavilions and elaborate stone carvings of deities. Islamic wells were generally less flamboyant, but incorporated arched side niches. Today, few stepwells are in use. The majority have been left to silt up, fill with rubbish and crumble into disrepair. Gradually, however, the Indian government and heritage organizations have come to recognize the need to preserve these architectural wonders. In 2014 India’s best-known stepwell, the Rani ki Vav in Patan, northern Gujarat, became a UNESCO World Heritage site.
      In her introduction, Lautman discusses why and where the stepwells were built. She reflects on the reasons they became derelict and considers how the appreciation of stepwells is changing with the work of organizations and individuals who aim to protect and restore them. The main part of the book is arranged in a broadly chronological order, with up to six pages devoted to each of c. 80 stepwells, every one unique in design and engineering. The name, location (including GPS coordinates) and approximate date of each well accompany color photographs and a concise commentary by Lautman on the history and architecture of the well and her experience of visiting it. While many of the stepwells are rather decrepit, their magnificent engineering and great beauty cannot fail to impress.
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      Victoria Lautman: Victoria Lautman is a print and broadcast journalist specializing in architecture, art and design. She was formerly Contributing Editor of Chicago magazine and Chicago Editor of Metropolitan Home and Art + Auction magazines. She has also contributed to such periodicals as Architectural Digest, Archi
      Divay Gupta: Divay Gupta is Principal Director, Architectural Heritage Division, Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH). INTACH is a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation and preservation of India’s cultural heritage.
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    Series: Happening
    Happening 2 Design for Events Ana Martins, Jeanne Tan, Marlous van Rossum
    9789492311030 Hardcover ARCHITECTURE / Interior Design On Sale Date: April 14, 2017
    $133.50 CAD 9.13 x 11.75 x 1.75 in | 304 pages Carton Quantity: 5 Canadian Rights: Y Frame Publishers
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      InHappening 2, over one hundred eye-catching events are showcased that capture the imagination whilst translating the essence of a brand into an unforgettable experience. This book focuses on the design of the whole event, informing readers exactly how the brief was translated in order to create a show that fascinates a global audience.

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      Carmel McNamara is an editor/writer at Frame Publishers in Amsterdam. She is a contributor to numerous design related books, as well as international magazines.
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    The Work of MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects Economy as Ethic Robert McCarter, Juhani Pallasmaa, Kenneth Frampton
    9780500343319 Hardcover ARCHITECTURE / Individual Architects & Firms On Sale Date: April 18, 2017
    $92.00 CAD 9.8 x 11.9 x 1.49 in | 372 pages Carton Quantity: 5 Canadian Rights: Y Thames and Hudson
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      An inspiring monograph that captures the practical yet beautiful architecture of one of the leading architectural firms in the world

      The work of MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects embodies two interrelated primary principles: economy and place. Economy as an ethical imperative leads to creating the “maximal" experience with minimal form, material, and cost. Reinforcing this imperative is the architects’ engagement of their place of practice, coastal Nova Scotia, and its climate, landform, and material culture.

      The practice has evolved plan types that allow the architects to engage the land and climate of their native Nova Scotia, and is also focused on the importance of the interior spatial experience. The work of MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple is predicated on the belief that what really matters in architecture is not fashion and form but the material culture of building and the making of places. The result, evident in the nearly one hundred projects featured in the book, is both practical and poetic.

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      Robert McCarter is an architect and a professor at the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts, Washington University, in St. Louis. His has written many books.

      Juhani Pallasmaa is a Finnish architect and former professor of architecture and dean at the Helsinki University of Technology. He was director of the Museum of Finnish Architecture 1978-83, and head of the Institute of Industrial Arts, Helsinki.

      Kenneth Frampton is a historian and theorist, and a professor at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University, New York. His many books include Modern Architecture: A Critical History, Le Corbusier, and Kengo Kuma: Complete Works.
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      The rigorously crafted modernist architecture is illustrated by photos…often shown against the spectacular coastal landscape.—Architectural Record
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    Slow Burn City London in the Twenty-First Century Rowan Moore
    9781447270201 Paperback ARCHITECTURE / Urban & Land Use Planning On Sale Date: April 07, 2017
    $24.99 CAD 7.56 x 7.77 x 1.4 in | 560 pages Carton Quantity: 32 Canadian Rights: Y Picador
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      A provocative, brilliant and humane new book from 'one of our most intelligent architecture critics' (Daily Telegraph). London has become the global city above all others. Money from all over the world flows through it; its land and homes are tradable commodities; it is a nexus for the world's migrant populations, rich and poor. Versions of what is happening in London are happening elsewhere, but London has become the best place to understand the way the world's cities are changing. Some of the transformations London has undergone were creative, others were destructive; this is not new. London has always been a city of trade, exploitation and opportunity. But London has an equal history of public interventions, including the Clean Air Act, the invention of the green belt and council housing, and the innovation of the sewers and embankments that removed the threat of cholera. In each case the response was creative and unprecedented; they were also huge in scale and often controversial. The city must change, of course, but Moore explains why it should do so with a 'slow burn', through the interplay of private investment, public good and legislative action. Fiercely intelligent, thought-provoking, lucidly written and often outrageously and uncomfortably funny, Slow Burn City is packed with fascinating stories about the physical fabric of London in the twenty-first century. But by seeing this fabric as the theatre of social and cultural struggles, Moore connects the political and architectural decisions of London's enfeebled and reactive government with the built environment that affects its inhabitants' everyday lives. In this urgent and necessary book, Moore makes a passionate case for London to invent new ways to respond to the pressures of the present, from which other cities could learn.
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      Rowan Moore is the architecture critic for the Observer and previously for the Evening Standard. He is also a trained architect, and between 2002 and 2008 was the Director of the Architecture Foundation. He is the author of one previous book, Why We Build, which Sir Paul Smith described as 'fantastic'.
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    Sticks & Stones / Steel & Glass One Architect's Journey Anthony Poon
    9781609531362 Paperback ARCHITECTURE / Individual Architects & Firms On Sale Date: April 21, 2017
    $26.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.68 in | 240 pages Carton Quantity: 28 Canadian Rights: Y Unbridled Books
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      In this personal and revealing book, Anthony Poon takes us on a creative journey that begins with his re-envisioning of a seaside public space as a very young architect. Poon has designed hundreds of buildings across the United States and internationally, from eco-friendly homes to public schools, from intimate retail venues and restaurants to sports arenas, from university housing to retreats and places of worship.

      Sticks & Stones / Steel & Glass takes us inside a purposive yet open mind always hoping to ?design it all,” to weave together light and material, culture and commerce, music and design, a good meal and the joy of gathering to share it.

      In these pages we engage the creative processes of a thoughtful and intense architect whose works?public and private?all strive to enhance his clients’ stories and identities. Poon’s goal in each commission is to reward those who will enjoy and inhabit the structures he designs. In every building designed by Anthony Poon art is shelter and architecture is a social good.
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      Anthony Poon is an award-winning architect with top industry credentials spanning three decades. His Los Angeles-based Poon Design Inc. is a multi-disciplinary design studio serving national and international clients that has completed over 150 residential, commercial, religious, educational, and cultural projects. Having received over 50 national honors, the work of Poon Design has been featured in hundreds of print and online stories.

      Mr. Poon is also an interior designer, graphic designer, painter, and musician. He received his Bachelor of Arts from University of California Berkeley, Magna Cum Laude, for architecture and music. He earned his Masters of Architecture from Harvard University.
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    The Structure of Design An Engineer's Extraordinary Life in Architecture Leslie Earl Robertson
    9781580934299 Hardcover ARCHITECTURE / Individual Architects & Firms On Sale Date: May 02, 2017
    $79.00 CAD 8.3 x 10.3 x 1.3 in | 336 pages Carton Quantity: 8 Canadian Rights: Y The Monacelli Press
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      In The Structure of Design, Leslie Earl Robertson recounts a storied career in engineering which has generated among the most innovative and formally daring buildings of the modern era, as well as his extensive collaborations with several titans of the practice: Minoru Yamasaki, Philip Johnson, Max Abramovitz, Romaldo Giurgola, I. M. Pei, Pei Partnership, KPF, Kiyonori Kikutake, and Gunnar Birkerts. Robertson’s large-scale projects with some of the leading sculptors of the day, including Richard Serra and Beverly Pepper, display the range of this engineer’s craft.
      As a restless student from modest origins, Robertson’s first encounters with engineering were almost accidental, yet he would go on to be lead engineer of the landmark IBM buildings in Pittsburgh and Seattle while still in his early thirties. Immediately thereafter he embarked on what would become his most renowned project, the World Trade Center, to be followed by scores of major buildings around the world.
      The Structure of Design is a personal and accessible chronicle of the partnerships and problem-solving that have forged classics of modern architecture, and a privileged look at how the key discipline of engineering influences design, as told by a genius and poet of structure.
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      Leslie E. Robertson is the founder of Leslie E. Robertson Associates. In 1952, he graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a Bachelor of Science, and soon began his career as a structural engineer. He has lectured all over the world and has earned numerous awards and honors, including the U.K.’s Institution of Structural Engineers Gold Medal; America’s Most Creative Engineer Award; and the AIA Institute Honor Award. The recipient of four honorary doctorate degrees in engineering and science, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in recognition of his expertise and contributions to the field of structural engineering. Robertson’s design for the World Trade Center was awarded the Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement by the American Society of Civil Engineers. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Structural Engineers in the U.K. and Ireland, a First Class Architect and Engineer in Japan, and an Inaugural Member of the Academy of Distinguished Alumni at the University of California at Berkeley. He has served on numerous committees and organizations devoted to civil rights, world peace, and the environment.

      Author Residence: New York City

      Author Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
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        Marketing: Reviews and interviews in online architecture media (ArchDaily, Archidose, Design Observer, Co.Design)

        Extensive academic marketing: Outreach to National Academy of Engineering, International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures, Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, targeted mailings to programs in engineering; author lectures; featured title at CAA (additional conferences possible)

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        Publicity: National and international print attention: Interviews in major design and technology publications (Dwell, Surface, Wired, Smithsonian) and design sections of major newspapers (The Guardian, Wall Street Journal, New York Times)



        Author Website: www.lera.com
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      “The Structure of Design wonderfully documents how important Les Robertson has been to good architectural design—and what a beautiful life he has led as well.”
      —David Childs/SOM

      “This is an informative memoir by one of the world's leading structural engineers, explaining how some of his essential works were realized from a technical as well as architectural perspective. You needn't be an engineer to understand his accessible and humane accounts of what gets built, why, and how."
      —Carol Herselle Krinsky, Professor of Art History, New York University

      "The breadth and beauty of Leslie Robertson's work will continue to fascinate and inspire for ages."
      —Ken Burns, filmmaker

      “Whether for our tallest buildings or the intricacies of balance in sculpture, Leslie Robertson has come up with some of the most spectacular solutions to engineering problems in our age. His imaginative strength is in understanding the essence of engineering, of how structure is life-enhancing, and making the impossible possible.”
      —Beverly Pepper, sculptor

      “My partners and I have worked with Les Robertson for most of our careers. His structural concepts are fundamental to two of my most dramatic buildings, the Shanghai World Financial Center and the International Commerce Centre in Hong Kong. Les was the first person we would turn to when we were searching for a concept to structure our major tall buildings.”
      —William Pedersen, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

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