Portillo's Hidden History of Britain
Beginning with Shepton Mallet prison, which had been in use for 400 years when it closed in 2013, Michael Portillo investigates the stories hidden within the walls of twelve buildings that illuminate aspects of Britain’s modern history. Through structures including Brighton’s sewer system, Imber village in Wiltshire, a nuclear bunker in Cambridge and the New Victoria cinema in Bradford, he explores four themes: crime and emergency, life and death, defence, and ‘People’s Pleasure Domes’.
Sailing and Soaring
The Great Liners and the Great Skyscrapers
Beginning with New York’s Singer Building, which at 612 feet on completion in 1908 was the world’s tallest building, and Cunard’s Lusitania and Mauretania, both Blue Riband winners for their astonishing speed, this book compares nine of the most iconic Manhattan skyscrapers with many of the great transatlantic liners, including Queen Mary and Allure of the Seas, exploring the history of their construction, interior design, various uses and regrettable, though inevitable, demise.
The Architectural Guide
Glasgow has a wealth of stunning architecture of all styles and periods: church spires, baronial battlements, cool neoclassical facades, elegant Art Deco, tower blocks and tenements. Organized into ten tours – some walkable, others achievable by bicycle, public transport or car – and illustrated in colour throughout, this practical guide covers almost 500 of the city’s most notable structures. The lively, well-researched text explains who built them, when – and why they are significant.
Jewish Heritage in Britain and Ireland
An Architectural Guide
Britain’s tiny Jewish community is its longest-established religious minority and, since its re-admission to the country in the 17th century, has created a rich architectural legacy of synagogues and charitable institutions. Illustrated in colour, this book remains the only comprehensive guide to such sites, from the ancient Jew’s House in Lincoln to London’s historic Bevis Marks Synagogue. It includes easy-to-follow heritage trails around former Jewish quarters, with full postcodes for satnav users.
Early Structural Steel in London Buildings
A Discreet Revolution
Jonathan Clarke’s illustrated study of the ‘early Steel Age’, examines the use of mass-produced steel in the structural anatomy of London’s buildings from the 1880s to 1910. Clarke first surveys the technological and economic forces that brought structural steel into being, then goes on to look at how its potential for bigger, brighter and safer buildings was exploited in London theatres, clubs and hotels, banks and offices, shops, pools and tube stations, and in industrial buildings.
Marc'Antonio Barbaro and Venetian Architecture
Marc’Antonio Barbaro (1518–1595) was one of Venice’s most prominent statesmen, a dedicated servant of the Republic and a gifted and experienced amateur in architecture, entrusted with overseeing the construction of the fortified town of Palmanova. Through a study of Barbaro’s career, this richly illustrated volume examines the architectural debates and controversies among the nobility of 15th-century Venice and the ‘complex dialectic between theory and practice, between utopias and reality, and between design and technology’.
Uvedale Price (1747–1829)
Decoding the Picturesque
Although he has remained an elusive figure, Uvedale Price (1747–1829), the author of Essay on the Picturesque (1794), was, according to Nikolaus Pevsner, ‘the most brilliant of the theorists of the English picturesque’. This first, full-scale biography of Price demonstrates how his theories, which excited Georgian society, were based both on his experience of managing his estate at Foxley in Herefordshire, and on his interests in art and ancient and modern literature.
Literature and Architecture in Early Modern England
Anne M Myers examines the relationship between architecture and literature as interdependent forms of storytelling in 16th- and 17th-century England, looking in depth at works including histories, dramas, poetry, diaries and writings on architecture by William Camden, Henry Wotton, John Stow and Ben Jonson, George Herbert, Anne Clifford, and John Evelyn.
The Great Builders
From Filippo Brunelleschi (1377–1446) and the breathtaking dome of Florence Cathedral, to the inventive structures of Norman Foster (b.1935) and the poetics of movement in bridges by Santiago Calatrava (b.1951), Kenneth Powell describes the careers of 40 great builders whose engineering skills have been crucial to their success. Written by a distinguished team of architectural historians, the book celebrates the work – and illustrates many individual structures – by figures such as Vauban, Wren, Frank Lloyd Wright, Mies van der Rohe and Frank Gehry.
Wonders of the World
5 Models to Build & Display
With introductions to the buildings, instructions for making the models of them and the press-out pieces, this book features five structures from different architectural eras and elements. The Colosseum epitomizes the great monuments of ancient Rome; the Eiffel Tower represents the Industrial Revolution; architectural vision is celebrated by Sydney Opera House, engineering prowess by the CNN Tower; and the One World Trade Center, standing on the site of the Twin Towers, is an eloquent symbol of American defiance.
Architecture in Uniform
Designing and Building for the Second World War
Contrary to what is suggested by most historical accounts, the Second World War was a key moment in the modernization of architectural theory and practice. Spanning Europe, the USSR and America, this well-illustrated study offers a new perspective on the architectural history of the war, documenting the period between the bombings of Guernica in 1937 and Hiroshima in 1945; the architectural contributions to the war efforts, including defensive structures and planning; and the wartime activities of individual architects. No jacket.
Arts and Crafts Architect
Described by Cook as 'the missing link of the Arts and Crafts Movement', Edward Prior (1852–1932) was an 'artist-builder' who worked in traditional and new materials and vernacular styles, often in a radical way, and who rejected the use of contractors and middlemen, engaging directly with craftsmen. This richly illustrated study is based primarily on research into Prior's surviving and demolished buildings and unbuilt projects to explore his design intentions, philosophy and architectural legacy.
Architecture: The Groundbreaking Moments
Using over 100 examples ranging from the pyramids of Giza to Deconstructivist works such as Libeskind's Jewish Museum in Berlin, Isabel Kuhl's richly illustrated volume traces the groundbreaking developments in architecture which led to the construction of the world's most famous and most influential architectural landmarks. In 20 chronologically ordered chapters, the book examines technical achievements, materials and individual projects, including lesser-known buildings as well as the classical masterpieces which have taken architecture in new directions.
Buildings of the Labour Movement
Britain's labour movement has left a rich architectural heritage of trade union headquarters, institutes and co-operatives. Extensively illustrated with modern and period photographs, this book traces their development from the Chartists through the Arts and Crafts movement to 20th-century Modernism; it outlines recent preservation campaigns, and details surviving buildings that can be visited; and beyond the bricks and mortar, it is a history of the men and women who struggled to improve the lives of working people.
The Present State of Ecclesiastical Architecture in England
The architect AWN Pugin (1812-1852) was England's leading exponent of the Gothic revival. In this pioneering work, first published in 1843, he espouses Gothic of the early 14th century as the pinnacle of architectural excellence. New introduction by Michael Fisher.
Parish Church Treasures
The Nation's Greatest Art Collection
John Goodall traces a history of the British parish church and its cultural riches through 178 works of art and architecture, from runic inscriptions in the graveyard of St Cuthbert's, Bewcastle, to the war memorial, finished in 1934, in the former priory church in Wymondham. Goodall and Country Life photographer Paul Barker describe and picture an astonishing range of carvings and sculpture, paintings, decorated roofs, stained glass and spires, as well as oddities such as the golden dragon atop St Mary-le-Bow in London.
Key Buildings from Prehistory to the Present
Plans, Sections and Elevations
Andrew Ballantyne's selection of around 150 structures is designed to emphasize the many different functions of architecture. After an initial selection of 'culture-defining monuments' that includes the Parthenon, Hagia Sophia and the Eiffel Tower, the buildings are arranged by role, from dwelling places to bridges, government offices to opera houses, each one illustrated in plan, section and elevation and photographically, along with a lucid explanation of its architectural significance. The book's drawings are also featured on a CD-Rom in EPS and DWG format.
Interiors, Design and Style from the 1960s
The 1960s ushered in an explosion of colour and style in the home. Lavishly illustrated with photographs from the archives of House & Garden magazine, this follow-up to the same author's Fifties House celebrates the design trends of the period, from mid-century Modernism to paisley prints and Indian bric-a-brac, and charts the influence of such designers as David Bailey, Terence Conran, Mary Quant and Biba's Barbara Hulanicki, who provides a foreword.
Palazzi of Rome
Splendor and Pride
After discussing in general the Roman nobility's desire to build ever more sumptuous houses, the urban setting of the palazzi and their lavish interior decoration, the authors describe the history and architecture of 30 of Rome's finest examples. Massimo Listri's outstanding colour photographs of the buildings include details of their interiors and artworks, and there are reproductions of masterpieces such as Raphael's La Fornarina in Palazzo Barberini and Caravaggio's Rest on the Flight into Egypt in Palazzo Doria Pamphilj.
50 Stories About 50 Things
Spanning five millennia of artefacts, from chopsticks (c.3000 BCE) to Facebook, Grace Lees-Maffei presents 50 stories in five sections, each one arranged chronologically and including a great diversity of design. The first section covers objects in urban space ranging from the Eiffel Tower to Dubai's Palm Islands, but also includes mobility scooters and Concorde. The other themes are ideas and imagination on page and screen; objects in the workplace; domestic designs; and things we wear or carry with us.
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.
Venice from the Water
Architecture and Myth in an Early Modern City
Renaissance travellers would arrive in Venice weary and sore from a long carriage ride over bumpy roads to find themselves transported with silken smoothness by gondola to an ethereal island metropolis. Illustrated with almost 200 colour photographs, engravings, maps, and paintings by artists from Carpaccio to Monet, this elegant volume explores the city's unique relationship with its lagoon, its use of water as architectural space reflecting the facades of its grand buildings, and its carefully nurtured mystique.
The Villa Civilization in the Mainland Dominion
Until its conquest by Napoleon in 1797, Venice was not only a great maritime trading power, but controlled a substantial swath of the Italian mainland: the Veneto. After a general historical introduction, this magnificent volume takes the reader on a chronological tour of 28 of the lavish villas built by the city's patricians in Verona, Padua and other mainland cities. Lavishly illustrated with colour photographs, it offers an unparalleled overview of the evolution of art and architecture over five centuries.
An Exuberant Catalogue of Dreams
The Americans Who Revived the Country House in Britain
What could seem more British than a country house like Cliveden, Leeds Castle or Blenheim Palace? Yet their survival – and present appearance – is largely due to American money and American taste. Magnificently illustrated with period and modern colour photographs, this handsome book offers a fascinating account of how magnates such as Andrew Carnegie at Skibo and Paul Getty at Wormsley created idylls of baronial splendour, and how the 'country house look' was codified by an American, Nancy Lancaster.
The Architecture of Sharpe, Paley and Austin
Founded in the 1830s by the multi-talented Edmund Sharpe, the Lancaster firm of Sharpe, Paley and Austin went on to become the greatest provincial architectural practice in Victorian and Edwardian England. This book charts the firm's history for the first time, explaining how it secured commissions through a web of personal and family connections; and, with a wealth of photographs, it illustrates the urban and rural churches, country houses, schools and infirmaries built by the company.
The Photography of Bedford Lemere & Co
A selection from the English Heritage archive of some 25,000 photographs taken by professional architectural photographers Bedford Lemere between the 1870s and the late 1920s, this volume focuses on the period after 1890 and offers a view of Britain at the height of its wealth and power. Accompanied by Cooper's introduction, the photographs are arranged by themes, including public buildings, commerce and industry, transport and technology, leisure and entertainment and life at home during the Great War.