Writer and Wallpaper* contributor Corinna Dean has turned her eye to the hinterlands of the British rural experience for her new book, Slacklands. Subtitled a 'Guide to Rural Contemporary Architecture' and with a foreword by Margaret Howell, the book presents a catalogue of rural architecture with a twist. This isn't the story of bucolic barns or picturesque farmhouses, but rather the rotting tail-end of militarisation and industrialisation, the great expanses of post Cold War wasteland that has somehow emerged as a new form of picturesque and place of pilgrimage.
From the book: Torness Power Station in Dunbar, East Lothian
The Warden Point military battery installation
The Walpole Bay tidal pool, Viking Bay in Margate, Kent
By Murray Moss
Curator and gallerist Murray Moss lets his pictorial imagination run wild in his new monograph from August Editions. Tertium Quid, limited to just 1250 numbered copies, creates new stories out of the juxtaposition of old images, culled from press archives and wire services from the past few decades of American history. The result is a triumph of the strange, uncanny and ephemeral with striking diptychs set up throughout the book, complete with their scrawled, mysterious reverses.
From the book: curator and gallerist Murray Moss pairs prints collected from the archives of various publications that are linked visually
New light is shed on the original prints that are presented for the first time in a different context
By removing the images from their intended context, Moss creates an intriguing visual dialogue between images
Building as Ornament
By Michiel van Raaij
It hasn't escaped our notice that architecture is getting more elaborate; the most structurally baroque examples of late period modernism are now vying with Post-Modernism's most ostentatious statements. Building as Ornament is a visual survey of the iconic structure, featuring interviews with Ben van Berkel, Winy Maas, Charles Jencks and many other proponents of ‘signature’ buildings. Author and architect Michiel van Raaij traces the style’s evolution from simplistic statement into bold, innovative design.
From the book: Poem as part of Palm Jebel Ali, Dubai, designed by Waterstudio.NL, from 2002 onwards. Photography: Waterstudio.NL
Shipping and transport college in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, by Neutelings Riedijk Architects, 2001-2006. Photography: Jeroen Musch
The Iceberg, Aarhus, by Search, JDS, Cebra and Louis Paillard, 2008-2013. Photography: Mikkel Frost
Art & Ecology Now
By Andrew Brown
This survey of contemporary responses to climate change, our relationship with nature and the growth of environmentalism takes up where the 1970s-era Land Art movement left off. Comprising the work of nearly 100 contemporary artists, Art & Ecology Now runs from small-scale commentary to massive in situ pieces that change our relationship with place, such as David Maisel’s large-scale images of industry-scarred lakes.
‘Sustenance’, by Lauren Berkowitz, 2010. Courtesy of the artist. Photography: Ian Hobbs
A Pelican Introduction
Pelicans were the ultimate self-improvement books; from 1937 to 1984 nearly 3,000 titles were publishing to introduce high concepts to mass audiences. Now the familiar hue and classically simple covers are back as the company bids to bring back the idea of big ideas in compact, affordable packages. The first set of titles delves into modern Russia, economic theory, ancient Greece and human evolution, amongst other things. At just £7.99 each (£4.99 for the Kindle - which rather negates the 'collect the set mentality' of the design), they're designed to evoke the ethos of the original series and bring back the spirit of enquiry.
A spread from 'Economics: The User's Guide', by Ha-Joon Chang, part of the recently relaunched Pelican series
London’s New Routemaster
By Tony Lewin with a foreword by Thomas Heatherwick
One for the transport buffs, but also an interesting tale of the efforts cities need to go to in order to get what they want. Thomas Heatherwick's Routemaster is now a firm fixture on the capital's streetscape, but the bus' journey from drawing board to depot needed not just design skills but political savviness and the desire to follow the route to its conclusion. Beginning with a short history of London’s buses, the book traces Heatherwick’s competition-winning design (including a look at its rivals) through the tendering and refinement process. Eventually some 600 new Routemasters will ply the city’s streets, and are expected to stay in service for some two decades.
From the book: A working CAD visualisation of London's new Thomas Heatherwick-designed Routemaster
Destined for service on route 24, which is run by Metroline, the first three full-production buses left the Ballymena plant for the docks and London in March 2013
Manhattan Classic: New York's Finest Prewar Apartments
By Geoffrey Lynch
Delve into the world of terrifying condo boards, uniformed doormen and sumptuously panelled country houses in the sky with Manhattan Classic, a journey through old money and classic style. The glassy, angular modern penthouse has largely usurped the traditional image of the rooftop apartment, but Geoffrey Lynch - an architect with a penchant for the period - has tracked down the best examples of New York's very particular breed of stately homes, with sumptuous photography and plans for the armchair snooper to peruse.
From the book: The Herber Lucas-designed 1 Lexington Avenue comprises 28 homes all featuring a front hall with a stair, a living room facing the park and a dining room to the rear. Photography: Michael Weinstein for Mwstudio
1020 Fifth Avenue, designed by Warren & Wetmore - the same architecture firm behind Grand Central Station - is a sumptous townhouse occupying an enviable plot opposite the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Photography: Evan Joseph
The Dakota on 1 West 72nd Street, by Henry J Hardenbergh, is known for its eclectic mix of fortress-thick walls, steeply pitched roofs, and clusters of very triangular dormers. Photography: Evan Joseph
The San Remo on 145-146 Central Park West is one of New York's architectural trophies, conceived by Emery Roth during the Roaring Twenties' building boom. Photography: Evan Joseph
Behind the Green Door: A Critical Look at Sustainable Architecture Through 600 Objects
Published by the Oslo Architecture Triennale, Behind the Green Door is focused on the emergence of sustainable design. The catalogue of a 600 object-strong exhibition held during last year’s Triennale, curated by Belgian collective Rotor, it presents a cornucopia of ideas, thoughts, experiments and products that build up a positive set of strategies to improve the world.
From the book: Concept model and rendering by MOS of a suburban development in New Jersey, USA
Helios House Petrol Station, by Office dA and Johnston Marklee, Los Angeles, USA, 2007. Its sustainability features include green roofs, solar panels, energy-efficient lighting, and the reuse of the kiosk from the previous petrol station. Photography: Eric Staudenmaier
BIQ building, by Splitterwerk & Arup, in Hamburg, Germany, 2013. Mock-up of one of the 129 photobioreactors integrated into the façades of a four-storey residential building. Render: COLT