Happy Holidays! Here’s what’s new at the AIABaltimore Architects Bookstore:
During his three terms as mayor of Curitiba, Brazil in the 1970s and ‘80s, architect and urbanist Jaime Lerner transformed his city into a global model of the sustainable and livable community. From the pioneering Bus Rapid Transit system to parks designed to catch runoff and reduce flooding and the creation of pedestrian-only zones, Lerner has been the driving force behind a host of innovative urban projects.
In Urban Acupuncture, Lerner celebrates these “pinpricks” of urbanism—projects, people, and initiatives from around the world that ripple through their communities to uplift city life. With meditative and descriptive prose, Lerner brings readers around the world to streets and neighborhoods where urban acupuncture has been practiced best, from the bustling La Boqueria market in Barcelona to the revitalization of the Cheonggyecheon River in Seoul, South Korea.
Planning for Community Resilience: A Handbook for Reducing Vulnerability to Disasters
Jaimie Hicks Masterson, Walter Gillis Peacock, et al
Communities can reduce their vulnerability to disaster by becoming more resilient—to not only bounce back more readily from disasters but to grow stronger, more socially cohesive, and more environmentally responsible. To be truly resilient, disaster preparation and response must consider all populations in the community. By bringing together natural hazards planning and community planning to consider vulnerabilities, more resilient and equitable communities are achievable.
In Planning for Community Resilience the authors describe an inclusive process for creating disaster-resilient communities. Based on their recovery work after Hurricane Ike in Galveston, Texas, they developed a process that relies on the Disaster Impacts Model. This handbook guides any community through the process of determining their level of hazard exposure, physical vulnerability, and social vulnerability with the goal of determining the best planning strategy.
Washington and Baltimore Art Deco: A Design History of Neighboring Cities
Richard Striner and Melissa Blair
While most often associated with such masterworks as New York’s Chrysler Building, Art Deco is evident in the architecture of many U.S. cities, including Washington and Baltimore. By updating the findings of two regional studies from the 1980s with new research, Richard Striner and Melissa Blair explore the most significant Art Deco buildings still standing and mourn those that have been lost.
This comparative study illuminates contrasts between the white-collar New Deal capital and the blue-collar industrial port city, while noting such striking commonalities as the regional patterns of Baltimore’s John Jacob Zinc, who designed Art Deco cinemas in both cities.
A Guide to Baltimore Architecture (Third Edition)
John Dorsey and Jim Dilts
From 18th century mansions to urban high rise buildings, A Guide To Baltimore Architecture chronicles two hundred years of architectural history through an exploration of the city’s most beautiful and significant structures. Grouped by neighborhood in 15 walking and driving tours, more than 200 notable Baltimore buildings are pictured and described with commentary on their history and style.
Now in a thoroughly re-written third edition, A Guide To Baltimore Architecture incorporates new photographs, maps, and tours as well as updated biographies of Baltimore architects. This revised and expanded edition also features a fresh examination of 20th century design in Baltimore by architectural historian Phoebe B. Stanton.
The Architects Bookstore now has holiday cards with prints from Charley Harper, Huichol Yarn Paintings, Norman Rockwell, the Sierra Club and Inuit Art.