New photo book documents the beautifully outlandish architecture of Soviet bus stops
In western Europe, the bus stop is the most humble of building types, a meanly utilitarian structure that adds little or nothing to the roadside. But in the old Soviet empire, from the shores of the Black Sea to the Kazakh steppe, the norm is “wild going on savage”, as Jonathan Meades writes in a beautiful new photobook featuring 159 bus stops, each illuminating “the Soviet empire’s taste for the utterly fantastical”.
Find more of these beauties photographed by Christopher Herwig for the new book Soviet Bus Stops over at The Guardian.Related stories on Archinect:Community Bus Stops Transform BrazilWorld Class Architects Design Bus Stops in AustriaHigh Tech Bus Stop in Paris by Patrick Jouin View full entry
Winners of the "Young Architects 16: Overlay" giveaway
Last month, Archinectors had a chance to win a copy of "Young Architects 16: Overlay" from the Architectural League of New York. The League's Program Director Anne Rieselbach gave some insight into the book, which delves into the six winning projects of the "Overlay"-themed Architectural League... View full entry
Win a copy of "Young Architects 16: Overlay" from the Architectural League Prize
Since 1981, The Architectural League of New York has showcased the latest emerging design talent in the annual Architectural League Prize. Every year, the Architectural League selects three previous winners for the League Prize committee, who are tasked to develop the competition theme that... View full entry
Revisiting Sharon Zukin's "Loft Living" and NYC gentrification
When Loft Living was first published, artists’ laments about real estate in New York City mirrored the concerns that have plagued residents for much of the last century. Namely, it’s tough to find a suitable and affordable place to live. Since the late ’80s, the tenor of that complaint has shifted from one of anxiety to one of fear...
Guernica magazine interviewed sociologist Sharon Zukin following the 25th-anniversary release of her 1989 landmark book "Loft Living" last year. Revisiting her timely book -- which focuses on NYC's SoHo neighborhood when upscale real estate properties took over industrial lofts and artists'... View full entry
Winners of the MORPHING book giveaway
In Archinect's latest book giveaway, we received over 100 responses for MORPHING: A Guide to Mathematical Transformations for Architects and Designers. Authored by Design Topology Lab founder Joseph Choma, Morphing is a pedagogical guide that can help architects, designers, students, and... View full entry
Win a copy of MORPHING by Design Topology Lab founder Joseph Choma
MORPHING: A Guide to Mathematical Transformations for Architects and Designers is not your high school math coursebook. Authored by Design Topology Lab founder Joseph Choma, Morphing is a pedagogical guide that can help architects, designers, students, and whoever is interested in the topic to... View full entry
Book: The Architect’s Apprentice by Elif Şafak
Sinan’s life was extraordinary, spanning the rule of three sultans, responsible for hundreds of buildings and for shaping the face of Istanbul even to this day, and he was considered on a par with Michelangelo in the West.
— The Independent
In Elif Şafak's (pronounced Shafak)new novel The Architect’s Apprentice the city is the real star, the teeming bustle of the streets, the whorehouses and palaces, the markets and mosques, the dungeons and bridges. And as the narrative progresses, the work of Sinan, Jahan, and Chota the... View full entry
All those new museums? Now, the facts…
In 2010, the Fondazione di Venezia—a well-endowed and entrepreneurial foundation with its historic roots in Italy’s regional banking system—launched an architectural competition for a cluster of buildings in the centre of Mestre, one of the mainland urban areas of Venice. [...]
The three accompanying essays, by Marco De Michelis, Aaron Betsky and M9 architect Matthias Sauerbruch, are less granular. They provide an overview of and perspectives on the museum-building boom [...].
Winners of the "Writing Architecture" book giveaway
Written by Yale University lecturer and practitioner Carter Wiseman, Writing Architecture: A Practical Guide to Clear Communication About the Built Environment is a guidebook recently published by Trinity University Press that discusses the techniques of writing architecture that is accessible and... View full entry
"Blue Urbanism" book takes urbanism out to sea
“We are the ‘blue planet’ and everything we do here in cities is connected to and impacts the oceans. But we don’t in the urban planning community think of connecting our work to oceans and ocean conservation.” [...]
Blue Urbanism ... explores the ways cities and oceans connect, such as through food, trash, the need for energy and commerce.
The Life and Death of an Impossible City
City of Darkness Revisited is a photo book and cultural history of Kowloon Walled City, a largely ungoverned, densely populated enclave within Hong Kong.[...]
It was like nothing else in Hong Kong: a mass of interconnected 12- and 14-story buildings forming a single huge structure, its facade glowing from the light of hundreds of apartments and shops. Clearly there was no administrative oversight. It was too dense, too ad-hoc, too unrestrained. All this was clear before even entering the place.
A recent Kickstarter campaign helped photographers Greg Girard and Ian Lambot fund and complete the new edition of their book, City of Darkness Revisited, about life in Hong Kong's legendary Kowloon Walled City. View full entry
Winners of the "Behind the Green Door - A Critical Look at Sustainable Architecture through 600 Objects" book giveaway
Time to announce the winners of the Rotor + Oslo Architectural Triennale "Behind the Green Door" book giveaway we had last month.Based on the acclaimed exhibition and one-year-long research of Belgian creative collective Rotor for the 2013 Oslo Architectural Triennale, Behind the Green Door... View full entry
Win a copy of the reprinted “ÁLVARO SIZA. VIAGEM SEM PROGRAMA”
The popular ÁLVARO SIZA. VIAGEM SEM PROGRAMA book tells the personal stories of renowned Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza through his own collection of drawings. Upon the success of the first edition, Red Publishing recently reprinted the book -- and guess what, Archinect is now giving away... View full entry
Rotch Scholar Christopher Karlson publishes yearlong research on European performing arts-based architecture
After Christopher Karlson won the coveted Rotch Travelling Scholarship in 2011, he was required to document his research as images, drawings, and text to be submitted as a compilation report to the Rotch Trustees. Now, that report is finally available to the public as a print-on-demand book.The... View full entry
A glimpse of eVolo's latest book, "Digital & Parametric Architecture"
From the creators of the popular Skyscraper Competition, you can now get your hands on a copy of eVolo's latest book, "Digital & Parametric Architecture".This 312-page book dives into the "architecture of the future" — from the development of the latest digital tools to how they are... View full entry