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George_Apley

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It will be nice to have a thread depository for good books about architecture, urbanism, Boston history, etc.

I just dug into this one from 2015 and it’s a good dive into metro-Boston suburban development, evolution and its impacts on the region. Based on my reading so far, I recommend.

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A little dated if you want to know about the most modern techniques... but the core insights are still relevant because, well most buildings are old. (Falling down is more fun.)
 
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Informal by Cecil Balmond, an engineer that had a bit more of a creative edge and worked with Koolhaas, Libeskind, and the likes to find structural solutions to their designs and/or visions.

From the website:
informal articulates Balmond’s manifesto for a new approach to design. Charting the evolution of form, his explorations into structure, pattern and geometry challenge conventional ideas, uncovering the possibilities for a more intuitive and dynamic approach. Toppling a tradition of Cartesian stability, informal reveals a process that allows for mystery, mysticism, doubt and fluidity, shifting the ground in engineering and architecture.

Through lyrical personal sketches, theory and prose, informal reveals Balmond’s intimate moments of creation with his co-collaborators Rem Koolhaas, Daniel Libeskind, amongst others.
 

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