New Bodleian - Making the Weston Library
In 2009 the New Bodleian library received funding for a complete refurbishment, to improve the research, teaching and conservation facilities as well as public access, but the façade of the Grade-II listed building could not be altered. With contributions from senior library staff and architects, this illustrated volume records the complexity of the project, explaining the architectural, academic, curatorial and heritage issues that had to be considered.
Paris-Orly’s history starts in 1910, when the empty land was used as an amateur flying field, before being requisitioned for the war effort. This fully illustrated celebration recounts its early military role, the birth of the trade and commercial hub it became, the development of the infrastructure, and the growth of the city of Orly around the aviation business.
London's West End Cinemas
From Hale’s Tours of the World at 165 Oxford Street and its rival, Tivoli Tourist Station on The Strand in around 1906, to the opening of the Apollo West End in Lower Regent Street in 2004, this detailed and well-illustrated English Heritage survey covers all the cinemas that have operated in London since those early ‘virtual reality’ travel shows.
The English Railway Station
Rail enthusiast Steven Parissien explores England’s rail network, from the genesis of early rail companies and the building of the great ‘cathedrals’ such as St Pancras, through to the creation of British Rail and the stations lost in recent decades. With modern and contemporary photographs of many stations, it traces their architectural development and place in social history.
British Industrial Architecture
Victorian and Edwardian
During the second wave of the Industrial Revolution, between 1837 and 1910, mills, factories and engineering works became a common feature of Britain’s townscapes. Focusing on that period, this volume looks at the development of industrial architecture from the purely functional factories of the 1830s to buildings such as Everard’s Printing Works in Bristol, with its Art Nouveau façade. The book is arranged by types of manufactures and illustrated with 150 prints and photographs of buildings now demolished and of the survivors.
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.
Soane's Favourite Subject
The Story of Dulwich Picture Gallery
The world’s first purpose-built public art gallery, Dulwich Picture Gallery opened in 1811 to house a collection of old masters assembled for the deposed king of Poland. Since then, John Soane’s revolutionary building, which incorporates the mausoleum of its founders, has proved vastly influential. This book tells the story of its creation, includes a chronological catalogue of historic images of the gallery, including the original architectural drawings, and charts the modifications it has undergone over the succeeding two centuries.
The Most Beautiful Universities in the World
From the ancient Italian and Spanish universities of Bologna and Salamanca, to the ultramodern Rolex Learning Centre, part of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology opened in 2010, the architecture of universities has reflected a striving for cultural and intellectual excellence. In this selection of 23 universities from 15 countries, Guillaume de Laubier presents photographic studies of their facades, libraries, ceremonial halls and teaching buildings, while writer Jean Serroy outlines the history of each institution and its architecture.
An Illustrated Handbook
Much of Britain's architectural heritage was fashioned not by architects but by jobbing builders, using methods passed down through the generations. Extensively illustrated with photographs, maps, plans and elevations, this lucid guide explains the historical development and regional variations of vernacular architecture. It explores the various building types – from manor houses to cottages, farms to industrial premises – construction methods and materials, and decorative details, while the appendices explain how to research the subject, make detailed records and carry out surveys. Slightly Off-mint.
Stories of LA's Most Memorable Buildings
The 12 buildings of this study, identifiable the world over, demonstrate the personality and power of Los Angeles as a major metropolis. Their stories are the story of a city in progress, an urban biography that tells a century's worth of history. The architect of the Bradbury Building accepted the commission after consulting a ouija board and was inspired by a futuristic novel written in the late 1800's; in 1984 the building became a set for the futuristic-noir film 'Blade Runner'. The Jetson-style LAX Theme building provides an indelible image of one of the world's busiest airports; however, few know the poignant story of its designer, Paul Williams, one of Los Angeles's most important African-American architects.
Building for Nuclear Confrontation 1946–1989
During the Cold War a complex infrastructure of defence installations was built across Britain in response to the threat from nuclear weapons. After 1989 many of these formerly secret sites were considered obsolete and abandoned. This volume reports the findings of a project to identify those most in need of preservation, with photographs (both archive and modern) of the buildings, Ordnance Survey images, cutaway diagrams, architectural plans and ephemera, while the detailed text explains their purpose and construction and the historical background.
Ditherington Mill and the Industrial Revolution
Ditherington Mill in Shrewsbury is one of the great monuments to the British Industrial Revolution. Built in 1796-1800, the Spinning Mill is recognized as the world's first iron-framed fireproof building. This study, illustrated with photographs, plans and reproductions, tells the story of the Mill through its life as a linen factory, then as a maltings, and shows how it was linked to the developments in engineering, the textile industry and business practices that were driving the nation's economy forward.