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The new American house 3 : innovations in residential design and construction
Trulove, James Grayson.
Publication Information:
New York : Whitney Library of Design, [2001]

Physical Description:
263 pages : color illustrations ; 30 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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NA7208 .N453 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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Continuing a trend that became evident during the last five years of the 20th century, architects working at the beginning of the new millennium are taking a fresh look at modernism, particularly at the work of Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe. This is an exploration of innovations in residential design and construction in America. Each of the 30 case studies, selected for excellence of design as well as innovation in the use of materials and construction methods, features colour photographs, detailed plans and drawings, and descriptions of the concept and design process written by the architects themselves.

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Library Journal Review

ea.vol: Watson-Guptill. illus. index. pap. $55.ARCHITECTURE These two new books on cutting-edge design offer sumptuous photographic layouts and generous helpings of plans and drawings but speak to very different audiences. Trulove and Kim showcase 30 projects by the hottest names in contemporary design. Like The New American Cottage, another Trulove-Kim collaboration, this glossy tome offers an irresistible peek into private showplaces designed by virtuoso architects for wealthy, trend-setting clients. Readers of Interior Design and Architectural Record will recognize Olson Sundberg, Wendell Burnette, and other top firms. In this third installment of The New American House, the editors emphasize the architects' heightened interest in environmental sustainability. In contrast, Pople devotes only one chapter to the detached house as upscale design statement. Mobile, prefab, multiple-dwelling, and urban infill housing are among his chief concerns. Forty-one projects from 16 countries illustrate a spirit of authentic innovation in response to current ecological, societal, and technological conditions. The architects' names appear far more often in progressive art and architecture journals than in fashionable design magazines. A senior lecturer at London's South Bank School of Architecture, Pople limits his readership by employing the rarefied language of post-structuralist critique, in which houses become texts "for reading the myths and realities which drive different cultural environments." For large public and academic libraries that hate to deny patrons another gorgeous but soon-to-be-dated picture book, The New American House 3 is not a bad choice; Experimental Houses is highly recommended for academic and architecture collections.DDavid Soltsz, Cuyahoga Cty. P.L., Parma, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.