New Books in Architecture
Jeffrey Balmer and Michael Swisher, “Diagramming the Big...
In their new book Diagramming the Big Idea (Routledge, 2012),Jeffrey Balmer and Michael Swisher offer some new insights into the eternal problem of how creativity works. As you will hear in our interview, they are beginning design instructors and colleagues at University of North Carolina in Charlotte where they teach architecture students how to communicate [...]
Igor Marjanović, “Marina City: Bertrand Goldberg’s Urban...
Anyone who has visited downtown Chicago will remember seeing the dazzling round towers of Bertrand Goldberg’s Marina City on the north bank of the river. Often photographed, always a curiosity, these iconic buildings have been featured in numerous magazines, postcards, album covers, and films, but until now have received surprisingly little scholarly attention. In their [...]
John Harwood, “The Interface: IBM and the Transformation...
In his new book, The Interface: IBM and the Transformation of Corporate Design, 1945-1976 (University of Minnesota Press, 2011), architectural historian John Harwood writes the first history of IBM’s corporate Design Program and, at the same time, totally rewrites our understanding of the modern corporation and its cultural and material practices. Originally conceived as a [...]
Kimberly Zarecor, “Manufacturing a Socialist Modernity:...
[Cross-posted from New Books in History]When I first went to the Soviet Union (in all my ignorance), I was amazed that everyone in Moscow lived in what I called “housing projects.” The Russians called them “houses” (doma), but they weren’t houses as I understood them at all. They were huge, multi-story, cookie-cutter apartment blocks, one [...]
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