Expanded Field: Installation Architecture Beyond Art by Ila Berman and Douglas Burnham | Applied Research and Design | 2015 | Amazon
Astute readers of art theory will recognize the title of this book, which refers to Rosalind Krauss’s seminal essay, “Sculpture in the Expanded Field.” In this image-drenched book, Berman and Burnham explore art/architecture installation practices through various disciplines: architecture, interiors, sculpture, and landscape. Culled from their 2012 exhibition, Architecture in the Expanded Field, the book presents 65 projects organized into 12 chapters: constructed landscapes, tectonic structures, spatial distortions, earthworks/land art, etc. The selection of projects is solid and the presentation is aided greatly by drawings that imbue even the most artistic projects with architectural qualities.
Jigsaw City: AECOM’s Redefinition of the Asian New Town by Clare Jacobson, Daniel Elsea | ORO Editions | 2016 | Amazon
This book presents various plans by AECOM for India, China, the Philippines, and other Asian countries through two parts, one by each author. Elsea’s “Learning from Hong Kong” is a study of seven new towns that provide new, modern housing for millions. In some cases the projects include clusters of anonymous high-rises without any noticeable relationship to landscape and ecology, but on the plus side the importance of density and transportation comes across strongly. In the second part, Jacobson presents 18 new town plans by AECOM, either single or groups of new towns set into thematic headlines: vision, client, masterplan, protection, reuse, landscape, energy, regions, etc. Both parts are required reading for urban planners and urban designers who want to understand how projects on this scale are accomplished.
Relentless Pursuit of an Architecture by MKPL Architects | ORO Editions | 2016 | Amazon
This monograph on twenty years of Singapore’s MKPL Architects presents a mix of big and small projects. The firm’s capabilities in dealing with material, form and space come across better in small projects, while many of the larger projects are in progress, meaning they are documented solely through renderings. All tolled, their designs are sensitive – if not overtly striking – responses to tropical climate.