The Saxon Period to the Present Day
In his broad outline of Britain’s architecture Hubert Pragnell includes domestic buildings as well as grand, religious and commercial examples, many of which are now in the care of the National Trust. Extensively illustrated with photographs and diagrams, the book offers an accessible introduction to the country’s built heritage, highlighting the importance of Inigo Jones and Christopher Wren as well as explaining how styles evolved and materials have varied across the regions.
Lest We Forget
The Most Outstanding War Memorials of the First World War
The First World War was witness to the most significant single memorialization process ever seen in the UK, due in part to the British government's decision that the bodies of the fallen would not be repatriated after hostilities ceased. Organized by region, this illustrated guide to Grade One and Grade Two memorials in England offers information about the designer, history and unveiling of each, along with the text of its inscription.
Tall Buildings of China
Half the world’s 50 tallest skyscrapers are in China, a testament to the country’s new-found prosperity and global ambition. This is a comprehensive guide to the contemporary design, engineering and technology that was used to create them, by a world expert on tall buildings. It features extensive colour photographs, architectural diagrams and cross-sections of giant towers in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and the emerging super-cities in the provinces.
Oxfordshire's Best Churches
This guide explores the origins, history and building materials of Oxfordshire’s parish churches. The authoritative introduction examines the ways in which the buildings have developed over the last thousand years, and the gazetteer features 116 of the finest medieval and post-medieval examples in the county. Illustrated with over 300 colour photographs and floor plans, the survey provides descriptions of significant architectural features, sculpture and stained glass, and identifies often-overlooked details unique to each site.
The Image of Venice
Fialetti's View and Sir Henry Wotton
A large painting of Venice hangs in Eton College, gifted to them in 1636 by Henry Wotton, the former British Ambassador to the city. The eight-metre canvas offers a birds-eye view of the buildings and canals and includes tiny vignettes depicting everyday Venetian life. This volume examines the painting in detail in the context of the historic depictions of Venice and also discusses the life of Wotton himself.
Wrought Iron Design
The exuberant ironwork adorning many of Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí's projects was a significant influence on the development of blacksmithing and is the starting point for this exploration of the art of contemporary wrought iron. Explaining the craft's history and techniques, the book provides over 600 photographs and drawings demonstrating an array of creative designs from small-scale domestic items to grand projects, serving as a showcase and inspiration for designers, architects, working practitioners and anyone interested in the art. Slightly off-mint
Demolished, Destroyed, Imagined, Reborn
Jonathan Glancey, formerly the Architecture and Design Editor at the Guardian, surveys buildings that have gone – whether by act of God, war or planning committee – and some that never were. Richly illustrated with photographs and reproductions, the book ranges from ancient structures 'lost in myth', such as the Tower of Babel and Darius's palace at Persepolis, to Norman Foster's Millennium Tower ('left on the drawing board'), and includes such famous lost buildings as Fonthill Abbey, Coventry Cathedral and the World Trade Center.
Colossal: Engineering the Suez Canal, Statue of Liberty,
Eiffel Tower and Panama Canal
Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby traces a history that leads from Napoleon's encounter with the gigantic monuments of ancient Egypt to the building of the wonders of the industrial world: the Suez Canal, the Statue of Liberty, the Eiffel Tower and the Panama Canal. Grigsby shows how all four modern colossi owe their existence to French engineers and the fantasies of wealth, progress and colonial expansion they and the French financiers and politicians took as a call to destiny. With over 200 illustrations.
Homes on the Move
This fascinating and original book explores everything from tents to the eternally popular caravans and campers, with beautiful colour images and detailed information. It is a must have for all those who succumb to the appeal of mobile accommodation, but also for those who design and construct homes on wheels, as an essential source of reference.