Books (10)

Dung Ngo, editor   This book shows the early work of Seattle based architect Tom Kundig. His projects are inventive, industrial, mechanical and dynamic. Attention to detail and materials are reminiscent of Alvar Aalto¬† and Carlo Scarpa.   The book includes photos, computer drawings and hand sketches and also contains brief essays by Steven Holl…

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Edited by Barbara Linz This is another great little international book published in three languages in the same book. Projects feature from all around the world.   As the title suggests this book focuses on one material – wood. The variety of projects demonstrate how a common material can be adopted and used in many…

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Mini Houses

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Edited by Mariana R. Eguaras Etchetto The introduction to this little book about little houses is provided in eight different languages – this is truly an international book. Projects are showcased from all over the world, including a few in Australia.   Nearly all of the houses are much less than 100 sq/m. One thing…

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Quotes, Quips, and Words of Wisdom Compiled and edited by Laura S. Dushkes This is a great little book – beautifully presented and thought provoking. The book is more than just a collection of one-liners – it covers a vast range of thoughts about architecture. The collection of quotes come from a variety of well-renowned…

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By Alain de Botton   Architecture is a BIG subject. In this book the author asks big questions, such as: what makes a house beautiful? The book makes for a beguiling read as it discusses emotions that architecture inspires in the people who inhabit them. This is a subject that is not often talked about…

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Troppo: Architecture for the Top End By Philip Goad This book traces the evolution of Troppo Architects – from 4 architecture students driving around Australia in a VW Kombi in 1977 to becoming one of the most significant practices in Australia. Troppo have helped to define Australian architecture through their pragmatic response to climate and…

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XS Green

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Big Ideas Small Buildings By Phyllis Richardson   This little gem of a book is a follow up to the hit ‘XS’ and celebrates, as the name suggests, extremely small, green buildings. The book covers a wide range of projects around the world, loosely grouped into categories including ‘Material Concerns’, ‘Touching the Earth Lightly’ and…

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A Comprehensive Guide for Australian Owner Builders By George Wilkie & Stuart Arden   Just as the title suggests, this book is a comprehensive guide for anyone building a house in Australia. It provides a brief history on domestic architecture in Australia and of the building materials and construction methods that continue to be used.…

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By Matthew Frederick   This book should be on the reading list of every architecture school. I only discovered it after I had finished my studies – I wish had known about it sooner. Clearly written and simply illustrated this wonderful little book covers topics ranging from ‘1. How to draw a line’ to ‘101.…

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By Simon Griffiths   A shack could be described as the Australian version of a bach in New Zealand, a summer house in Scandinavia or a cabin in North America. But of course it’s not. A shack is distinctly Australian. A shack not only relates to the unique landscape it sits within but also reflects…

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