7 Architecture Books of 2016

2016 has been an eventful year for world architecture. The year not only saw development of many world-famous buildings, but a range of interesting architecture books. Here’s a look at the top seven architecture books of 2016.

1. African Modernism – The Architecture of Independence. Ghana, Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire,

Kenya, Zambia
Publisher: Park Books
Edited by: Manuel Herz
Authors: Manuel Herz, Ingrid Schröder, Hans Focketyn, Julia Jamrozik
Design: Marie Lusa
Photography/illustration: Iwan Baan, Alexia Webster

This book has covered the era of Architecture when almost every African country has gained freedom from their individual colonial power between 1950s and 1960s.

The newly built countries were able to articulate their national identity through one powerful weapon i.e. Architecture. Many central banks, stadiums, convention centres, and universities were built in bold and audacious designs. These designs also enunciate the hardships and perplexity the nations have suffered.

2. Dieter Kienast -Stadt und Landschaft lesbar machen (Dieter Kienast – Readable City and

Publisher: gta Verlag
Authors: Anette Freytag
Design: Büro 146. Valentin Hindermann, Madeleine Stahel, Maike Hamacher with Tiziana Artemisio and Barbara Hoffman
Photography/illustrations: Georg Aerni, Christian Vogt

In this book, author Anette Freytag has mentioned the beautiful combination of theory, design and presentation of Dieter Kienast’s piece of work.

3. Habitat Marocain Documents – Dynamics Between Formal and Informal Housing

Publisher: Park Books
Edited by: Sascha Roesler
Author: Jean Hentsch, Udo Kultermann, Sascha Roesler, André Studer, Theres Studer
Design: Adrian Ehrat
Category: Construction history monograph
This book is based upon the unfolding building treatise on a small series built at the end of the French colonial era (1954-56) in Casablanca, Morocco by two Swiss architects Jean Hentsch and Andre Studer.

4. Housing Cairo: The Informal Response.

Publisher: Ruby Press
Author: Marc Angélil, Charlotte Malterre-Barthes u.a.
Design: Charlotte Malterre-Barthes, Something Fantastic (Julian Schubert, Elena Schütz, Leonard Streich)
Photography: Students on the Master of Advanced Studies in Urban Design course at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich

Housing Cairo describes the informal urbanization of the metropolis with 20 million individuals. The construction of the architecture has been very well represented via photos and drawings in the book.

5. Das leichte Haus. Utopie und Realität der Membranarchitektur (The Light House. The

Utopia and Reality of Membrane Architecture)
Publisher: Spector Books
Author: Walter Scheiffele
Published by: Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau
Design: Ludovic Balland Typography Cabinet, Basel, Siri Bachmann
The book depicts the history of light weight construction and the speculations behind it. It also covers the interviews of some world famous contemporary architects like Glass Chain, Bruno Taut, Paul Scheerbart, Hermann Finsterlin, and Hugo Junkers, Frei Otto and Werner Sobek.

6. Manual of Section

Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Author: Paul Lewis, Marc Tsurumaki, and David J. Lewis
Edited by: Sara Stemen, Jennifer Lippert
Design: Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis

In “Manual of section” seven categories of a section are described. It informs about structures ranging from simple one-story buildings to complex structures featuring stacked forms, fantastical shapes, internal holes, inclines, sheared planes, nested forms, or combinations thereof.

7. Nadogradnje – Urban Self-Regulation in Post-Yugoslav Cities

Publisher: M BOOKS
Authors: Martin Düchs, Monika Grubbauer, Hanna Hilbrandt, Vladimir Kulić, Sven Quadflieg, Dubravka Sekulić
Edited by: Sven Quadflieg, Gregor Theune
Design: Sven Quadflieg
Photography: Gregor Theune

This book is based upon the informal architecture in the form of urban self regulation in post Yogoslav cities. The pictorial representation of the work shown in the book is really incredible.

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