Guide To The Architecture Of London
By Edward Jones, Christopher Woodward
'The definitive guide to London's architecture' INDEPENDENT London has an unrivalled richness of architecture, from its squares and houses to its palaces and churches. This is the only guide to cover all of London's building history, from its Roman foundation to the massive expansion of the 19th century which made London the largest city on earth.
By Deyan Sudjic
A biography of Lord Foster, one of the world's foremost architects, written with his full co-operation.Norman Foster is a phenomenon - as an architect, but also as an individual. He is responsible for a dozen or more of the most recognisable buildings of the last thirty years. Under his driven leadership, what is now called Foster and Partners has grown to an international firm with almost 1,000 employees, building astonishing constructions all over the world. Deyan Sudjic explores the nature of the impact that he has had on architecture, and on the contemporary city. It traces his remarkable journey from the backstreets of Manchester, the determination with which he has built a global architectural practice, and his huge creative impact on what we see around us.Amongst many other buildings, Norman Foster is responsible for the design of Beijing's new airport, one of the world's largest, for the Rossiya tower in Moscow, in contention to be the tallest skyscraper in Europe until the credit crunch killed it, for one of the towers at Ground Zero in Manhattan, and for a crop of new towers in London. He designed the Reichstag, the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banks headquarters in London and China, the new Wembley stadium and the British Museum's new court.Deyan Sudjic's insightful and elegantly written biography charts the remarkable life of one of the world's most influential architectural figures.
By Steven Brindle
A celebration of the life and engineering achievements of Isambard Kingdom Brunel by two of the world's foremost authorities.In his lifetime, Isambard Kingdom Brunel towered over his profession. Today, he remains the most famous engineer in history, the epitome of the volcanic creative forces which brought about the Industrial Revolution - and brought modern society into being. Brunel's extraordinary talents were drawn out by some remarkable opportunities - above all his appointment as engineer to the new Great Western Railway at the age of 26 - but it was his nature to take nothing for granted, and to look at every project, whether it was the longest railway yet planned, or the largest ship ever imagined, from first principles. A hard taskmaster to those who served him, he ultimately sacrificed his own life to his work in his tragically early death at the age of 53. His legacy, though, is all around us, in the railways and bridges that he personally designed, and in his wider influence. This fascinating new book draws on Brunel's own diaries, letters and sketchbooks to understand his life, times, and work.
Traditional Buildings of Britain
By R.W. Brunskill
The third edition contains a completely new and exciting chapter on the Vernacular Revival, which carries the story forward from the nineteenth to the late twentieth century, and is illustrated with Dr Brunskill's fine drawings, a feature of the books since the original publication. In addition, the Bibliography has been brought up to date, the Preface has been revised and a number of photographs have been replaced.
Timber Building in Britain
By R.W. Brunskill
Timber Building in Britain is divided into four sections, the first of which deals with cruck construction, box-frame and post-and-truss assembling and the problems of roof construction and concludes with flooring, partitions and the decorative work applied to timber. Part Two comprises a remarkable illustrated glossary covering terms used in all types of timber construction work, with the descriptions backed up with excellent drawings and photographs. Part Three, the chronological survey of timber buildings from Saxon times to the nineteenth century, contains notes on the forty-seven photographs of building types represented. Finally, Part Four deals with regional variations in timber building and is supplemented by six distribution maps. Notes and References and a substantial Bibliography complete the book.
Traditional Buildings of Cumbria
By R.W. Brunskill
Many people living in and visiting the Lake District are charmed by the traditional buildings that accentuate the landscape. This book introduces the traditional houses, barns, watermills and chapels of the Lake District and the surrounding hills and valleys that make up the county of Cumbria. With the aid of hundreds of photographs, drawings and diagrams, the author explains how the building types have developed over the centuries and how the indigenous building materials of stone, clay, brick and slate have been used to create works of vernacular architecture which seem to grow out of the surrounding landscape.
By Kathryn Elliott
Thrift stores, flea markets, basements, and attics offer plenty of inexpensive ¿ or even free materials that, with a little imagination and transformation, can become exquisite decorative items.But do you feel at a loss when you look at that battered table, those surplus chairs or those seemingly past-their-prime decorative objects? Dozens of beautiful and unique projects provide the answer to you quandary with a wealth of inspiration and how-to guidance.So, instead of regretfully passing by that bargain, you¿ll eagerly apply painted finishes and other craft techniques to bring out the hidden beauty in almost any kind of furniture and accent pieces. Discarded wooden cupboard doors give a boring hallway new life as a Secrete Garden., and pair of beaten-up lamps become living room accessories. Recycle an old trunk by making it into a table. Re-upholster outdated chairs with the magic of a glue gun and some fabric.
By Lauren Powell
Enjoy your treasured collections, favourite items and must-have finds. Create crackle and distressed finishes to ¿age¿ furniture. Use an old chair as a display stand for a special object. Artfully arrange a collection of interesting bottles. Wrap a small gift in a lovely vintage handkerchief. Recycle broken pieces of treasured china into a china-shard mosaic table. Embellish a basket to make an eye-catching centrepiece, or update a lamp with a fabric cover. An empty portrait frame can become a unique corkboard, and an old fireplace screen gets a new life with a stencilled design..
Decorating With Seashells
By Anita Louise Crane
Using a poetic, personal text, one of the most creative crafters working today (with some special friends) offers some great ideas for seashell projects. Paint shell-covered sweetheart boxes a translucent pearl, make shell wind chimes, give an angel shell wings and more¿
Two-Hour Window Treatments
By Linda Durbano, Marno Kissel, Mechelle Christian
With the help of three skilled designers, create miraculous designs to transform your windows.The enjoyable chatty trio dispense professional advice on what makes a window treatment successful; salvaging old treatments; turning windows into inside décor; incorporating special hardware (like horshoes and stars); using natural light ¿ and what to do with a room with no view. And, of course, there¿s everything you want to know on fantastic fabrics, no-sew styles, tassels, ties and more!
Feng Shui Chic
By Sharon Stagney
Whatever your decorating style, feng shui principles will help you design a home you want to live in.Provides information on the workings of feng shui, giving explanations of the elements, auras, chi, and how to use them to your advantage.Room by room guides show how, by simply changing the shapes, colours, textures, and position of your furnishings, feng shui can create a peaceful place to live in.
Houses And Cottages Of Britain
By R.W. Brunskill
Houses and Cottages is based on Professor Brunskill¿s considerable research work and on archaeological and documentary discoveries. It looks inside the buildings and shows how and why they were originally planned and how they have evolved, often from very simple structures. In the process, a great amount of fascinating information is revealed about the lifestyles of the people for whom the houses were built, both in terms of their work and of their social lives. In addition there are detailed chapters on materials and methods of construction and on rooms and their uses, all of which provide further insights into why structures as we see them now evolved in the way they did from the original plans.