The Art and Architecture of Twelver Shi'ism
Iraq, Iran and the Indian Sub-Continent
Although Twelver Shi‘ism is dominant in southern Iraq and Iran, it rarely appears in discussions of Islam’s artistic heritage. This book introduces the faith’s great shrines, its impact on craft industries and the annual processions when metal standards are paraded.
The Dovecotes of Historical Somerset
Many of Somerset’s dovecotes became redundant in the 19th century and were converted or allowed to decay. This comprehensive illustrated survey describes the current state and history of the county’s 49 surviving stone, brick and cob dovecotes and pigeon-lofts, some dating from medieval times. The authors also dispel longstanding misconceptions as they explain how such structures were designed and used. Slightly off-mint.
Southwell and Nottinghamshire
Medieval Art, Architecture, and Industry
The special focus of this volume is Southwell Minster, but the 15 essays also include discussions of the Cistercian Abbey at Rufford, Worksop Priory Church, the 12th-century castle at Newark and the development of bell-casting in Nottinghamshire. With a 48-page section of black and white photographs.
In Provence and Auvers
Between 20 February 1888, when he arrived in Arles, and his death in Auvers on 27 July 1890, Vincent Van Gogh was intensely creative, completing works such as Starry Night. Comprising a detailed commentary by the art historian Bogomila Welsh-Ovcharov plus almost 300 colour reproductions, black-and-white illustrations, preparatory sketches and photographs of the people and places he painted, this volume offers a comprehensive overview of the artist's experiences and output during his final years. Off-mint.
Birdhouses of the World
Chosen for their remarkable display of creativity, the forty birdhouses in this illustrated collection include traditional, wooden designs placed in unusual formations, sleek models made from modern materials, and ornate, fantastical designs featuring heavily carved wood and stained glass windows. While not necessarily functional, each one is a talking point and design feature.
22 Posters of Inspirational Architecture
London’s post-war Brutalist and Modernist buildings represent a utopian vision for better living and the geometric purity of their design is emphasized in this collection of striking colour artworks. Among the buildings included are Lasdun’s Sulkin House and Seifert’s NLA Tower.
Award-winning artist Peter Jarvis demonstrates the techniques that are used to make detailed architectural images of the built environment, including perspective drawing, 3D modelling and colouring. Through step-by-step illustrations the book explores the technical processes involved in creating aerial and street views, from initial sketches through to the finished drawings, with a focus on the use of watercolour for the final touches.
From beyond the ‘Dangerous Site Keep Out’ signs, Matthew Emmett’s photographs show us abandoned buildings and factories, rusting blast furnaces and defunct power stations – very different structures, but sharing the quiet and stillness of abandonment. Accompanying Emmett’s photographic essays are the stories of the 24 sites, among them a ruined castle in north Wales, a cooling tower in Belgium, the disused Box and Spring quarries near Corsham, Wiltshire, and the vast National Gas Turbine Establishment at Fleet.
Five Hundred Buildings of Paris
This portfolio of black-and-white photographs showcases the finest architecture in Paris and provides a brief history of each building. Every chapter is devoted to one of the city’s arrondissements, from the 1st, site of the Louvre and the Arc de Triomphe, to the 20th, citadel of Modernism at La Défense, and includes a locator map and a short description of the area.
The Hungarian photographer Lucien Hervé (1910–2007) was an athlete in Hungary and a fashion designer in Paris before turning to photography in 1938. In 1949 he was commissioned to do an article on Le Corbusier’s Unite d’Habitation in Marseille and began the long collaboration with the Modern Movement pioneer which made Hervé the photographer of choice for many architects. In this volume, over 150 photographs – of architectural and other subjects – accompany a biographical and critical essay by Olivier Beer.
Christopher Wren did not take up architecture until he was 30, yet by the time he was 70 he could rival any living European architect. This compact, accessible introduction charts his progress from his tentative beginnings with Oxford’s Sheldonian Theatre to his great masterpieces, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Royal Naval College at Greenwich, via unbuilt projects that illustrate his flexibility and pragmatism.
Strike a Pose
Eccentric Architecture and Spectacular Spaces
Strike a Pose! documents a new extroverted architectural language. The iconographically charged scenes and futuristic spaces featured are playful and experimental and range from private residences to schools and operas, museums and interior design. Manifested in spectacular structures, eccentric forms and vivid colours, this expressive approach goes way beyond conventional stylistic and geographic boundaries.
The Imperial Cities of Morocco
Situated at the crossroads of Moorish Spain and the Arab East, Morocco once ruled an empire extending over the whole of Andalusia and North Africa. This magnificently illustrated book makes a detailed architectural examination of the four great imperial cities: Fez, Marrakesh, Meknes and Rabat. From elaborate town plans to intricately crafted details, here are mosques, madrasas, palaces and gardens, rich in artistic tradition and lavish in ornate decoration, that stand as a memorial to a unique and fascinating civilization.