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Bernd and Hilla Becher

Bernd and Hilla Becher Author Bernd Becher
ISBN-10 9780262025652
Release 2004
Pages 130
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An encyclopedic collection of all known Becher industrial studies, arranged by building type.

Bernd and Hilla Becher

Bernd and Hilla Becher Author Susanne Lange
ISBN-10 STANFORD:36105123205473
Release 2007
Pages 247
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Choice Outstanding Academic Title, 2007. Bernd and Hilla Becher's lifetime project of documenting the industrial landscape of our time secures their position in the canon of postwar photographers. Their work—at once conceptual art, typological study, and topological documentation—has influenced German photographers of a younger generation, including Thomas Struth, Thomas Demand, Candida Hofer, Thomas Ruff, and Andreas Gursky. This compelling, exhaustively documented biography describes the Bechers' life and work and offers a critical assessment of their place in the history of photography. Becher scholar Susanne Lange, granted access to the photographers' archives and quoting extensively from interviews with them, writes the first sustained analysis and biography of the Bechers' extraordinary partnership. She discusses, among other topics, both the functionalist and aesthetic dimensions of the Bechers' subject matter, their typologizing (which she finds reminiscent of nineteenth-century naturalists' classificatory schemes), and the anonymous industrial building style favored by German architects. She argues that industrial building types impose themselves on our consciousness as the cathedral did on that of the Middle Ages, and that the Bechers' photographs—which seem at first glance only to record a vanishing landscape—serve to examine this shaping of our perceptions. Their work provides us with a rare opportunity to see how we see. Bernd and Hilla Becher: Life and Work, with 53 duotone plates and more than 200 additional illustrations, is the first book to delve deeply into the sources and vision behind the evocative and melancholy beauty of the Bechers' work. It will be indispensable both as a reference for students of postwar German photography and as a guide for readers who want to know how to approach the Bechers' monumental project.

Industrial Landscapes

Industrial Landscapes Author Bernd Becher
ISBN-10 0262025078
Release 2002
Pages 180
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The great photographers of industrial landscapes offer a stunning retrospective of their most compelling work, featuring coal mines, iron ore mines, steel mills, power stations with cooling towers, lime kilns, and grain elevators, among other subjects.

Building with Water

Building with Water Author Zoë Ryan
ISBN-10 9783034610940
Release 2010-01-01
Pages 160
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Water has been an important topic in architecture and urban planning for years. The revitalization of the waterfront has been a prevalent trend in cities around the world. On the other hand, architecture also had to respond to the threat of floods. The theme of Building with Water is the use of water in architecture. It presents buildings that explicitly refer to water in their design and form. It establishes a typology of building by the water: residential structures, recreation facilities, industry and infrastructure, buildings for culture and art. The various design parameters are explored in four essays. Subsequently, twenty-two international projects are presented, organized according to their locations by a river, a lake or the sea. The authors’ concern is not to show luxurious buildings in privileged locations but rather presenting projects that seriously grapple with the main criterion of the location—namely, water—in an ecologically sustainable way and respond to it with their design. Wasser ist seit Jahren ein wichtiges Thema in Architektur und Städtebau. «Building with Water» thematisiert die Verarbeitung von Wasser im architektonischen Entwurf; es werden Bauten vorgestellt, die sich in ihrer Gestaltung und Form ausdrücklich auf Wasser beziehen. Eine Typologie des Bauens am Wasser wird erstellt: Wohnbauten, Verkehrs- und Industriebauten, Bauten für Kultur und Freizeit. Ebenso werden einleitend klassische Beispiele des Bauens am/im/auf dem Wasser gezeigt, wie etwa Château de Chenonceaux an der Loire, Falling Water in Pennsylvania von Frank Lloyd Wright oder das Salk Institute in La Jolla, Kalifornien, von Louis I. Kahn. Geordnet nach ihren Standorten am Fluss, See oder Meer, werden dann etwa 20 internationale Projekte vorgestellt. Es geht den Autoren nicht darum, luxuriöse Bauten an privilegierten Plätzen zu zeigen, sondern Projekte darzustellen, deren Entwurf sich ernsthaft und ökologisch verträglich mit dem Hauptkriterium des Standortes – nämlich Wasser – auseinandersetzt und sich gestalterisch darauf bezieht

Water Towers

Water Towers Author Bernd Becher
ISBN-10 026202277X
Release 1988-01-01
Pages 223
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Gathers photographs of watertowers in the U.S., Great Britain, Germany, and France and describes the authors approach to industrial photography

Row Houses

Row Houses Author Günter Pfeifer
ISBN-10 9783764379223
Release 2007-10-05
Pages 112
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To continue developing existing building types in an intelligent way is a crucial task in the field of residential building. A deeper understanding of the underlying types is indispensable for the success of the individual design, as well as for ensuring that tried and tested structures can be utilized, repeated, and varied in a wide variety of situations. For this typology of residential buildings, the authors have developed systematic new presentations of the most innovative types. Each individual volume lays out the possibilities for using and transforming a particular form of residential structure. The first volume deals with the various types of the courtyard house, which utilizes the courtyard as an intimate outdoor living space. A presentation of the courtyard as a building block of the city is followed by coverage of the complete spectrum of types - cluster, network, carpet, terraces, etc. The second volume is devoted to the various types of row house, a particularly widespread form of residential structure. A general discussion of the row as organizing principle - the row as urban building block, linear space, ways of handling corners - is followed by the systematic presentation of the different types. Within each type, variants are distinguished according to how they organize space, their number of floors, etc. The range of possible solutions is presented in uniform ground plans newly drawn to scale.

Bernd and Hilla Becher

Bernd and Hilla Becher Author Bernd Becher
ISBN-10 UCSD:31822028316511
Release 1999-12-01
Pages 159
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For nearly four decades this renowned German husband-and-wife team of photographers has been paying tribute to the industrial landscape. Their work ranks internationally among the most significant achievements in the field of industrial photography. The 64 images in this collection comprise a typical cross-section of the Bechers' work. Captured in stark black and white, the structures here -- American and European grain elevators, gas tanks, blast furnaces, water towers -- are impeccably presented in square, frontal images which highlight their architectural complexities as well as their otherworldly presence upon a vast horizontal landscape. Making no attempts to glamorize their subjects, and offering no visual commentary, the Bechers nevertheless manage to capture the eerily beautiful austerity of these familiar structures. Their unadorned approach which portrays leaden skies and excludes any organic presence, enables viewers to study and appreciate the endless variations of industrial architecture, structures which although an integral part of the world's landscape, are often overlooked.

Blast Furnaces

Blast Furnaces Author Bernd Becher
ISBN-10 0262023113
Release 1990
Pages 223
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Typological, repetitive, at times oddly humorous, Bernd and Hilla Becher's photographs of industrial structures are, in their cumulative effect, profoundly moving. The Becher's serenely cool, disarmingly objective, and notoriously obsessive images of watertowers, gas tanks, grain elevators, blast furnaces, and mine heads have been taken over a period of almost thirty years, under overcast skies, with a view camera that captures each detail and tonality of wood, concrete, brick, and steel. Blast Furnaces represents a continuation of, but also a counterpoint to the Bechers' earlier book Watertowers. There basic functional elements were hidden or clothed in disguises, whereas the 256 duotone prints included here record a purely functional and exposed architecture, built to contain heat, pressure, and accumulations of gases and unhindered by any outside constraints. The blast furnace is the symbol of the steel industry. Like other building types which attract the Bechers, it is also an endangered industrial species. Essentially giant, cone-shaped circular stoves, blast furnaces dominate the cityscapes of Pittsburgh, Youngstown, and Birmingham much as religious structures dominated medieval cities. These photographs, taken between 1961 and 1989, convey the unique characteristics, physical complexity, and eerie presence in the landscape of blast furnaces in Great Britain, Belgium, France, Austria, Germany, and the United States. Bernd and Hilla Becher teach at the Dusseldorf Art Academy. They began their collaborative photographic enterprise in 1957, when they did a study of workers' houses in their native Germany. The Bechers follow in a distinguished line of German photographers that includes August Sander, Albert Renger-Patzsch, and Werner Manz, all of whom contributed in different ways to the definition of "objective" photography. A selection of their photographs is on view throughout 1990 at the Dia Art Foundation galleries in New York, and they will represent Germany in the 1990 Venice Biennale.

Entwurfsatlas Industriebau

Entwurfsatlas Industriebau Author Jürgen Axel Adam
ISBN-10 9783764321772
Release 2004-01
Pages 246
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"Buildings for logistic and productive industrial processes are among the largest and most frequent architectural commissions. The functional and economic requirements of industrial architecture present special challenges for design and project planning. Requirements of complex functional structures and usually fulfilled by typecast and modularized solutions that often 'brand' the enterprise by giving it a specific image. This design manual will lay out clearly and pragmatically the organization of industrial processes and the range of designs and methods of construction. The systematic section presents the technological, constructive and planning elements of industrial architecture in context. In the project section, 68 exemplary design solutions will be described and analyzed. In the forefront are functional processes relevant to design, such as manufacturing, assembly, storage and distribution, and special internal and external requirements. The volume also covers buildings for supply and disposal and exhibition halls"--Back cover.

Grain Elevators

Grain Elevators Author
ISBN-10 UCSC:32106019154118
Release 2006
Pages 246
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These photographs of grain elevators in America, Germany, Belgium, and France are a major addition to the Bechers' ongoing documentation of the vanishing buildings that once defined the industrial landscape of Europe and America.

Cooling Towers

Cooling Towers Author Bernd Becher
ISBN-10 0262025981
Release 2005
Pages 236
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Another volume in the Bechers' lifelong project of documenting the architecture of industrial structures.

Courtyard Houses

Courtyard Houses Author Günter Pfeifer
ISBN-10 9783764378400
Release 2007-10-05
Pages 112
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This volume deals with the various types of the courtyard house, which utilizes the courtyard as an intimate outdoor living space. A presentation of the courtyard as a building block of the city is followed by coverage of the complete spectrum of types—cluster, network, carpet, terraces, etc.

Space of Production

Space of Production Author Jeannette Kuo
ISBN-10 3906027880
Release 2015-08-15
Pages 160
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The late nascence of the industrial building, together with its strong ties to changing technologies and its relative anonymity, liberated the architect from tradition. Factory buildings have been a testing ground for inventions in construction as well as new expressions and the non-mainstream while silos and reservoirs have been muses for architectural theory. Architects such as Peter Behrens, Albert Kahn, Jean Prouve, and Herzog & de Meuron as well as engineers such as Francois Hennebique, Robert Maillart, and Pier Luigi Nervi made their names building for industries. Whether large halls or vertical stacks, whether generic or highly specific, experiments in the industrial realm have produced perhaps the purest relationships between structure, light, and space that we would find in any building type. The new book "Space of Production," based on extensive research done by Atelier Kuo at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne s School of Architecture, revisits spaces of production through seminal projects, text contributions, and studio explorations. The concept and design of the book is very similar to that of "A-Typical Plan." Topical essays investigate specific aspects of the industrial building. Examples from the past 100 years are featured with floor plans and sections as well as photographs. Work by students of Atelier Kuo is presented with photographs, brief descriptive texts and plans. Essays are contributed by Jacques Herzog, Frank Barkow, Alberto Bologna, Germain Brisson, Juan Jose Castellon, Petra Jossen, Jeannette Kuo, and Cedric Libert. "

Open Prison Architecture

Open Prison Architecture Author L. Vessella
ISBN-10 9781784662479
Release 2017-09-25
Pages 256
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As a part of the debate on penitentiary architecture, this book proposes a critical interpretation of the conceptual elements and design approaches involved. This proposal, more than others, may “mend” the relationship between theoretical conception and the actual building practice for a prison. The interpretation is developed from the idea that the architectural project, when it materialises in a built structure, is always the material expression of an abstract idea and of a specific vision of the world which manifests itself through the architectural consistency of the building and of the built spaces. The text presented here focuses on the creation of organisational-functional tools for open-regime minimum security structures and on the identification of architectural solutions in which the residential and domestic features of the structures prevail over the typological and distributive layouts typical of traditional penitentiary buildings. The analysis aims at identifying the main essential principles for an efficient design, such as: the location, size, spatial organisation, typology of housing space, and last but not less important, the rationalisation of the internal flows. The key elements identified are summarised into a series of general design criteria aimed at establishing an efficient relationship between the functional model and the typological structure, as well as between the building and the surrounding urban fabric.

Bernd Hilla Becher

Bernd   Hilla Becher Author Heinz Liesbrock
ISBN-10 3829604742
Release 2010
Pages 11
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The core themes of Bernd and Hilla Becher's extensive work from the early 1960s on were the coal mines and steel mills in the German ruhr region and other iron smelting regions of the world, from Lothringen to Pittsburgh. By way of a contribution to the European Capital of Culture "Ruhr.2010" program, the Josef Albers Museum Quadrat in Bottrop has compiled a comprehensive exhibition with photographs by Bernd and Hilla Becher on this key subject. The exhibition centers on the "industrial landscapes," as the two artists called them. The Bechers did not seek to depict these areas as individual architectural objects, but rather to contextualize them as complete facilities and heavy industry complexes in their urban and rural environment. Now that iron smelting as an industry has almost completely disappeared from the Ruhr region and the European coal mining industry is following hard on its heels, this collection of impressive pictures, which includes photographs from the German Siegerland region, Great Britain, France, and the USA, provides an overview, which we can already deem to be nostalgic, of a past era of industrial history. Our publication accompanies the exhibition with a total of 154 duotone plates of mines and iron works from all over the world. Heinz Liesbrock, art historian and Director of the josef Albers Museum, wrote the introductory essay to this publication. As well as famous Becher icons, the volume also features many previously unpublished photographs.

Vertical Urban Factory

Vertical Urban Factory Author Nina Rappaport
ISBN-10 1940291631
Release 2015-08-01
Pages 460
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Vertical Urban Factory focuses on the spaces of production in cities that both comprise factories that are significant in their design and contribute to a vital urban environment. This book reexamines the historic modernist and contemporary factories through the lens of an urbanist while provoking the future of urban manufacturing. It shows that now factories are cleaner and greener they can be reintegrated in city life creating a new paradigm for sustainable urban industry that is also more self-sufficient. Illustrated with historic and contemporary photographs, manufacturing process diagrams, and infographics by MGMT Design.

Hong Kong Typology

Hong Kong Typology Author Emanuel Christ
ISBN-10 3856762876
Release 2010
Pages 143
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This publication presents the research on Hong Kong building types. It contains four chapters: Thoughts on the potential of a typological transfer by Emanual Christ and Christoph Gatenbein: Hong Kong in Zurich?; A photographic essay: Documenting the Urban Space; An historical insight by Hendrik Tieben: The Origin of Hong Kong Building Types; With a methodical introduction by Nele Dechmann: Hong Kong Typology. Illustrated with photographs and plans it offers the reader a fascinating look at buildings and urban design in Hong Kong. The book is part of the exhibition 'Hong Kong in Zurish. A Typological Transfer.