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Zen Architecture

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Zen Architecture : The Building Process as Practice
By authors: Paul Discoe, Alexandra Quinn   By photographer: Roslyn Banish
Product Code: 00091
ISBN: 978-1-4236-0009-1
Publisher: Gibbs Smith
Binding Information: Hardback
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Price:  $40.00


Paul Discoe was in on the ground floor of Zen architecture in the United States. In the 1960s he became a student of Zen Buddhism, studying and building at the Tassajara complex in northern California. His own wood-based Zen-Buddhism architectural structures and renovations in the United States and Europe are the focus of this book. With passionate prose, Discoe identifies the elements of Buddhism that are represented in his buildings and describes the trials and triumphs of blending current building methods and codes of the United States with ancient Japanese joinery techniques. Zen-Inspired Architecture has delightful photography of his structures, and the illustrations show just how a Zen structure has its beginnings.

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Frank Lloyd Wright in New York

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Frank Lloyd Wright in New York : The Plaza Years 1954-1959
By authors: Jane King Hession, Debra Pickrel   Foreword by: Mike Wallace
Product Code: 17648
ISBN: 978-1-4236-1764-8
Publisher: Gibbs Smith
Binding Information: Paperback / softback
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Price:  $19.99


Frank Lloyd Wright in New York: The Plaza Years, 1954-1959, examines the momentous five-year period when one of the world's greatest architects and one of the world's greatest cities dynamically coexisted. Authors Jane Hession and Debra Pickrel bring each of these unequalled characters to life, exploring the fascinating contradiction between Wright's often-voiced disdain of New York and his pride and pleasure in living in one of the city's great landmarks: the Plaza Hotel.

From his suite, or "Taliesin the Third," as it became known, Wright supervised construction of the Guggenheim, sparred with the New York press, and received many famous visitors such as Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller.

The book also includes a foreword by Mike Wallace of CBS News/60 Minutes fame, whose seminal interviews of Wright in the 1950s were two of his career favorites.

 Originally released in 2007, the book received the 2008 Independent Publisher Awards Gold Medal for Architecture. Now a specially revised 10th anniversary printing features a new postscript relaying the losses, gains, and alterations to Wright’s work in New York City since the book’s original publication, as well as enhanced photos and updated bios.

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Atomic Ranch

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Atomic Ranch : Design Ideas for Stylish Ranch Homes
By author: Michelle Gringeri-Brown   Photographs by: Jim Brown
Product Code: 00022
ISBN: 978-1-4236-0002-2
Publisher: Gibbs Smith
Binding Information: Hardback
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Price:  $40.00


Atomic Ranch is an in-depth exploration of post-World War II residential architecture in America. Mid-century ranches (1946-1970) range from the decidedly modern gable-roofed Joseph Eichler tracts in the San Francisco Bay area and butterfly wing houses in Palm Springs, Florida, to the unassuming brick or stucco L-shaped ranches and split-levels so common throughout the United States.

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Purcell & Elmslie

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Purcell & Elmslie : Prairie Progressive Architects
By author: David Gebhard   Edited by: Patricia Gebhard
Product Code: 00053
ISBN: 978-1-4236-0005-3
Publisher: Gibbs Smith
Binding Information: Hardback
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Price:  $29.95


Purcell and Elmslie: Prairie Progressives explores the work of two important members of the organic architecture movement, and celebrates their tremendously important contributions to American architecture and the Prairie School. Wishing to return to simplicity and honesty, Purcell and Elmslie created homes and buildings that were consistent with a democratic society-simple forms, the natural use of textural materials and decoration, and buildings that accommodated the nature of a site. As did Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright, Purcell and Elmslie held the conviction that a building does not end with its simple structure, but reaches its final and logical culmination in the clothing-color, situation and natural environment, together with its decoration of glass, terra-cotta, and other textural materials.
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Architecture is Elementary

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Architecture is Elementary : Visual Thinking Through Architectural Concepts
By author: Nathan B Winters
Product Code: 58292
ISBN: 978-1-58685-829-2
Publisher: Gibbs Smith
Binding Information: Paperback / softback
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Price:  $24.99


Awarded for its unique ink illustrations, this newly revised edition of Architecture is Elementary is a self-instruction book that concisely and coherently discusses the principles of architectural design. Stimulating lessons challenge the lay person and trigger creative responses. New features include a fresh design and layout, 50 new illustrations of recent and planned buildings, and new lessons that update the book for the world of 21st-century architecture.

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