Books
Architecture
Interior Design
Urban Planning
Landscape
Engineering
Construction
The Arts
Graphic Design
Cooking
Photography
Fiction / Novels
Private Bin
About Us
Shipping and Returns
Privacy Policy
Contact Us
Join our Mailing List
Book Vouchers
 
SEARCH 
 
search on Title, Author's Surname, ISBN 
Be Seated

ISBN: 9781939621726
AUTHOR: Laurie Olin   
PUBLISHED BY: Applied Research & Design   October 2017
COVER: Hardcover
PAGES: 200
LANGUAGE: English
PRICE: $79.95

Laurie Olin's interest in public outdoor seating in parks and civic spaces revolves around two poles: the first is a concern for aspects of the ordinary in our settings and actions, the apparatus and effects of the quotidian in our individual lives and experience; the other is the utility of public seating in the conduct and potential of our role as citizens and the establishment of place and community. A not inconsiderable aspect of both is the engendering of pleasure. In a democracy we are expected to fulfill two potentials - those of private citizen and contributing member of a community. When sitting on a bench or chair in a park or plaza we inevitably participate in the life of a particular space, city, and society while simultaneously pursuing our own life with its demands and aspirations. Chairs and benches in their many varieties and situations are the setting (pun intended) for profoundly simple, albeit important, and largely unnoticed aspects of our lives. Humans are gregarious and habitually love to be together, often sitting about for hours at a time. Commonly this is for dining, whether singly or in groups, large or small. We sit in public places, in private ones, indoors and out, often doing nothing except watching the world. Over the course of centuries many devices have been developed for such purposes. Not a comprehensive history or survey, this is an appreciation derived from frequent, often iterative personal observation and constant professional engagement with the topic of seating, sometimes in gardens, but more particularly in public and civic environments. The book consists of a series of essays that begin with the author's personal discovery of public seating. An 'ah hah' moment as a young architect visiting Paris and his early experience as a designer is followed by a brief history of the evolution of public space and seating in the West. This is followed by an account of some of his experiments as a landscape architect, and the theory, craft, and role of seating in a number of prominent civic places his firm and others have designed in the past four decades. Along the way there are reflections on the author's interest in chairs, seating, public space, and aspects of the profession of landscape architecture. Accompanying the essays there are sketches, and watercolors made by Olin over time while travelling or working that weren't originally intended as book illustrations. Some are quick, hasty notes of something observed; others are more careful studies with, on occasion, measurements. Some were made leisurely while enjoying a felicitous moment or place, while others record the author puzzling through a particular design problem. Each in some way exemplifies aspects of the essays helping to articulate or sharpen the author's insights and point of view - those of a designer, not a historian or critic. They offer an alternative presentation of the topics raised, and a dialogue between writing and image - whether one of contrast, or at times, contrast.
3105 Results   Showing 0 - 20 Page    1    2    3    4    5   
               
Shipping Container Homes: A Guide on How to Build and Move Into Shipping Container Homes with Examples of Plans and Designs

ISBN 9781979322904
BY
Louis Meier   

PRICE $19.95   
 
Isambard Kingdom Brunel: The Life of an Engineering Genius

ISBN 9781445671369
BY
Colin Maggs   

PRICE $39.95   
 
Sustainable Architecture

ISBN 9788416504206
BY
Various   

PRICE $109.95   
 
The Archisutra: The Handbook's Hidden Chapter

ISBN 9781530172450
BY
Migual Bolivar   

PRICE $29.95   
 
             
Poetry of Place: The New Architecture and Interiors of McAlpine

ISBN 9780847860340
BY
Bobby McAlpine   Susan Sully   

PRICE $109.95   
 
Modern Scandinavian Design

ISBN 9781786270528
BY
Charlotte Fiell   

PRICE $159.95   
 
Open Concept Houses

ISBN 9780062694140
BY
Francesc Zamora   

PRICE $79.95   
 
Nomadic Homes: Architecture on the Move

ISBN 9783836562331
BY
Philip Jodidio   

PRICE $139.95   
             
It's Not Easy Being Green

ISBN 9781939621863
BY
Ken Yeang   Tuck Leong   

PRICE $69.95   
 
French House Chic

ISBN 9780500500965
BY
Jane Webster   

PRICE $79.95   
 
Interiors Now!

ISBN 9783836567558
BY
Various   

PRICE $49.95   
 
Landscape Observer: London

ISBN 9783868593969
BY
Vladimir Guculak   

PRICE $79.95   
             
Still Detached and Subdivided?: Suburban Ways of Living in 21st-Century North America

ISBN 9783868594577
BY
Various   

PRICE $79.95   
 
Cohousing Inclusive: Self-Organized, Community-Led Housing for All

ISBN 9783868594621
BY
Michael LaFond   

PRICE $99.95   
 
Hariri&Hariri Architecture: Leading Architects

ISBN 9781864707359
BY
Various   

PRICE $129.95   
 
Sir Edwin Lutyens: The Arts & Crafts Houses

ISBN 9781864707113
BY
David Cole   

PRICE $159.95   
             
Infinite Suburbia

ISBN 9781616895501
BY
Alan Berger   Joel Kotkin   

PRICE $159.95   
 
The Sunny Side of Life: Winter Gardens, Sunrooms, Greenhouses

ISBN 9783037682265
BY
Chris van Uffelen   

PRICE $79.95   
 
The Other Office 3: Creative Workspace Design

ISBN 9789492311207
BY
Lauren Grieco   Marlous Van Rossum-Willems   

PRICE $159.95   
 
Appetizing Design: The World's Most Beautiful Restaurants

ISBN 9781909399990
BY
Abaci Erdal   Melanie Balasopulos   

PRICE $79.95   
             
Page    1    2    3    4    5