Stahl House, Case Study #22, California, Alex Hartley, 1960 © Alex Hartley and Victoria Miro Gallery

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Suzhou Creek, Shanghai, Sze Tsung Leong, 2004 © Sze Tsung Leong and Yossi Milo Gallery

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China Central Television HQ, Beijing, Iwan Baan, 2008 © Iwan Baan and Perry Rubenstein Gallery

‘Shooting Space: Architecture in Contemporary Photography’, edited by Elias Redstone and published by Phaidon, is a collection of the best contemporary photography of architecture and the built environment. The book presents the work of leading contemporary architects, ranging from Rem Koolhaas to Zaha Hadid, by international photographers as diverse as Helene Binet, Thomas Struth and Richard Wentworth. It covers a diverse range of subjects and themes across the built environment, and highlights the vital role photography plays in how architecture is communicated. Elias Redstone is the Editor-in-Chief of the London Architecture Diary and was previously a curator at the London Festival of Architecture and The Architecture Foundation. For more information visit the Phaidon website.

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Elrod House by John Lautner © Richard Powers

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Frank House by Andrew Geller © Richard Powers

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Kaufmann Desert House by Richard Neutra © Richard Powers

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La Ricarda House by Antonio Bonet © Richard Powers

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Palevsky House by Craig Ellwood © Richard Powers

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Sculptured House by Charles Deaton © Richard Powers

‘Mid-Century Modern Complete’, edited by Dominic Bradbury and published by Thames & Hudson, is the ultimate survey of mid-century modern design. It highlights nearly 100 major and influential creators of the mid-century period, including architects, designers and makers. Specially commissioned photographs by Richard Powers capture spectacular homes in Brazil, America, Scandinavia and Germany, from Lina Bo Bardi’s Glass House in Sao Paulo (1951) to Richard Neutra’s Kaufmann House in Palm Springs (1947). The book includes an extensive essay entitled ‘Collecting the Mid-Century House’ by Matt Gibberd, Managing Director at The Modern House, which details the landmark auctions and sales of some of the era’s most iconic houses.

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Architecture The Whole Story

Buildings designed by renowned architect Oscar Niemeyer in Brasilia Brasília (1956-70), Oscar Niemeyer, Brasília, Brazil © Gregg Newton/Corbis

The Egg - Albany, New York State The Egg (1978), Harrison & Abramovitz, Albany, New York, USA © Alan Schein Photography/Corbis

‘Architecture: The Whole Story’, published by Thames & Hudson on September 8th, covers the different periods and styles of architecture chronologically, from prehistoric times to the present day. The chapter on Modern Architecture includes studies of Modernism, International Style, Brutalism and High-Tech Modernism. The General Editor is Denna Jones. The foreword is by Richard Rogers, renowned for his modernist and functionalist architecture, and Philip Gumuchdjian, who came to fame following his Think Tank house in Ireland.

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We have been reading about Jane Wood‘s role in transforming Littlehampton, in West Sussex, through cutting-edge modern architecture and design. Around ten years ago Wood bought a former kiosk and hired the then-little-known Thomas Heathwerwick to transform it, resulting in the East Beach Cafe, Heatherwick’s first UK building. Wood also commissioned Asif Khan, the designer of the Winter Olympics MegaFon installation, to execute Littlehampton’s West Beach Cafe.

More recently, she commissioned award-winning architect John Pardey to develop a collection of modern coastal houses in Littlehampton, Riverside Wharf. The timber-clad, four-bedroom houses rise out of a block of brick and flint warehouses, and feature saw-toothed aluminium roofs and glass façades. Two are currently for sale with The Modern House.

Following the recent rise in property rises in Littlehampton, The Sunday Times reports that Wood has been approached by other councils, keen to inject the same level of innovation and ideas into their seaside towns.

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This new book by Corinna Dean, of Archive for Rural Contemporary Architecture, focuses on overlooked rural architectural sites across Britain, including bunkers, pillboxes, observation posts and coastal defences. The book has a foreword by Margaret Howell and is available exclusively through the Margaret Howell shop.

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Acme House in Maui by Ettore Sottsass

This new, comprehensive, monograph published by Phaidon covers the work of the iconic Italian architect and designer Ettore Sottsass.

Sottsass is best known for founding the Memphis Group in Milan in 1981, an Italian design and architecture group that designed colourful and flamboyant Postmodern objects, furniture and fabrics. Over his lifetime he pursued disciplines ranging from graphic design and photography to architecture. In this book, each chapter is dedicated to a period in his career, including illustrations, photography and sketches from the Sottsass archive. For more information, visit Phaidon.

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Precautions are being explored to save Mies Van Der Rohe’s iconic Farnsworth House from the risk of flood damage.

The single-storey steel and glass house is next to the Fox River, near Chicago, where it has already been flooded three times in the last two decades.

According to The Architects’ Journal the owner, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is considering a range of options. These include a system of hydraulic jacks being installed underneath the house, which would involve it being temporarily relocated.

The trust is due to present a range of options to preservationists later this month. For more information visit The Architects’ Journal. For modern properties for sale and to let in the UK, visit The Modern House.





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