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10 Buildings That Changed America

by Dan Protess Geoffrey Baer

10 Buildings that Changed America tells the stories of ten influential works of architecture, the people who imagined them, and the way these landmarks ushered in innovative cultural shifts throughout our society. The book takes readers on a journey across the country and inside these groundbreaking works of art and engineering. The buildings featured are remarkable not only for aesthetic and structural reasons, but also because their creators instilled in them a sense of purpose and personality that became reflected in an overarching sense the American identity.Edited by the staff of WTTW, the Chicago PBS affiliate that is the most-watched public television station in the country, 10 Buildings will be released alongside the national broadcast of an hour-long special by the same name. This television event will be promoted over digital media, on-ground events, and educational initiatives in schools, and the book will be a significant component to all of these elements.10 Buildings retells the shocking, funny, and even sad stories of how these buildings came to be. It offers a peek inside the imaginations of ten daring architects who set out to change the way we live, work, and play. From American architectural stalwarts like Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright, to modern revolutionaries like Frank Gehry and Robert Venturi, this book examines the most prominent buildings designed by the most noteworthy architects of our time.Also profiled are Americans less noted for their architectural acumen, but no less significant for their contributions to the field. Thomas Jefferson, a self-taught architect, is profiled for designing the iconic Virginia State Capitol. Taking its inspiration from ancient Rome, America's first major public building forged a philosophical link between America and the world's earliest democracies. Similarly, Henry Ford employed Albert Kahn to design a state-of-the-art, innovative factory for Ford's groundbreaking assembly line. Reinforced concrete supported massive, open rooms without any interior dividing walls, which yields the uninterrupted space that was essential for Ford's sprawling continuous production setups. What's more, Kahn considered the needs of workers by including astonishingly modern large windows and louvers for fresh air.The design of each of these ten buildings was completely monumental and prodigious in its time because of the architect's stylistic or functional innovations. Each was also highly influential, inspiring a generation or more of architects, who in turn made a lasting impact on the American landscape. We see the legacy of architects like Mies van der Rohe or H.H. Richardson all around us: in the homes where we live, the offices where we work, our public buildings, and our houses of worship. All have been shaped in one way or another by a handful of imaginative, audacious, and sometimes even arrogant individuals throughout history whose bold ideas have been copied far and wide. 10 Buildings is the ideal collection to detail the flashes of inspiration from these architects who dared to strike out on their own and design radical new types of buildings that permanently altered our environmental and cultural landscape.

10-Fold Origami

by Peter Engel

Make world-class origami art in just 10 steps with this beautiful and friendly origami book.Want to add a little Zen to your life? All you need is something to fold and the desire to express yourself! Renowned American origami artist and theorist Peter Engel features a completely original take on a very classic subject in this paper craft book, which features beautiful full-colored illustrations and easy-to-follow diagrams for 26 wide-ranging origami models.A wide variety of finished origami designs, from fun to romantic to functional, awaits you.Origami projects include: 96 page, full-color origami book 26 original origami projects Easy-to-follow directions Helpful diagrams and photographs Paper folding basics and tipsA difficulty rating is assigned to each paper crafts project, so you choose how advanced your next piece will be. For a rewarding craft that calms the spirit and sharpens the mind, look no further than 10-fold Origami.Origami projects include:Pinwheel Sunny Side Up Picture Frame Wedding Ring Goose and Golden Egg

100 Ways to Take Better Portrait Photographs

by Daniel Lezano Bjørn Thomassen

100 Ways to Take Better Portrait Photographs is a practical and informative guide to every aspect of portrait photography from informal pictures of family and friends to professional studio techniques. It contains: Straightforward, practical tips and advice Over 100 inspirational portrait photographs Invaluable digital manipulation techniques Whether you're earning a living as a professional portraitist or snapping informal social shots just for fun, this latest reference volume offers clearly presented advice on the many aspects of digital and film portraiture: Composition and posing Outdoor and studio portraits Fashion, glamour and beauty shots Group portraits - family, social, corporate and business

101 Things I Learned In Architecture School

by Matthew Frederick

2008 Silver Award Winner, Architecture Category, Independent Publisher Book Awards. and Winning entry, General Trade Illustrated Category, in the 2008 New England Book Show sponsored by Bookbuilders of Boston. This is a book that students of architecture will want to keep in the studio and in their backpacks. It is also a book they may want to keep out of view of their professors, for it expresses in clear and simple language things that tend to be murky and abstruse in the classroom. These 101 concise lessons in design, drawing, the creative process, and presentation--from the basics of "How to Draw a Line" to the complexities of color theory--provide a much-needed primer in architectural literacy, making concrete what too often is left nebulous or open-ended in the architecture curriculum. Each lesson utilizes a two-page format, with a brief explanation and an illustration that can range from diagrammatic to whimsical. The lesson on "How to Draw a Line" is illustrated by examples of good and bad lines; a lesson on the dangers of awkward floor level changes shows the television actor Dick Van Dyke in the midst of a pratfall; a discussion of the proportional differences between traditional and modern buildings features a drawing of a building split neatly in half between the two. Written by an architect and instructor who remembers well the fog of his own student days, 101 Things I Learned in Architecture Schoolprovides valuable guideposts for navigating the design studio and other classes in the architecture curriculum. Architecture graduates--from young designers to experienced practitioners--will turn to the book as well, for inspiration and a guide back to basics when solving a complex design problem.

101 Things to Learn in Art School

by Kit White

Artist and teacher White delivers and develops art school lessons, striking an instructive balance between technical advice and sage concepts. These 101 maxims, meditations, and demonstrations offer both a toolkit of ideas for the art student and a set of guiding principles for the artist.

101 Things You Didn't Know about Da Vinci: The Secrets of the World's Most Eccentric and Innovative Genius Revealed!

by Cynthia Phillips Shana Priwer

Thanks To The international bestseller The Da Vinci Code, people are more fascinated with Leonardo Da Vinci than ever. This multitalented man--arguably the greatest genius of all time--was not only a magnificent artist, scientist, and inventor, but also a politically minded radical who defied convention and participated in secret societies. This engaging, entertaining book reveals all the secrets about this wildly gifted man, from his prescient inventions and his lost art to his animal rights activism and his sexual preferences--not to mention his enemies and allies in the dark, turbulent world of his time. Readers learn everything they didn't know about the quintessential Renaissance Man the easy way, thanks to the fun, breezy style of 101 Things You Didn't Know about Da Vinci.

150 Best Mini Interior Ideas

by Francesc Zamora

Featuring interiors that exemplify the beauty and simplicity of small-space design, 150 Best Mini Interior Ideas is the latest volume in the bestselling 150 Best series.Composed of stunning photographs, floor plans, and insightful text, this book will help you discover how architects and designers from around the world work within a confined square footage to create innovative living spaces. 150 Best Mini Interior Ideas profiles a diverse range of homes, from rural and urban constructions to town houses and renovations. It reveals how to utilize walls, floors, and furniture to make a small room appear large, and it shares other methods and decorating tricks to inspire homeowners and designers.Secret storage systems, convertible furniture, and mindfulness of materials combine to create unique and flexible homes. This extensive collection celebrates functional, striking design meant to maximize the most minimal of spaces.

2009 Artist's & Graphic Designer's Market

by Writer'S Digest Books

Since 1975, Artist's & Graphic Designer's Market has been the most complete resource for fine artists, illustrators, designers and cartoonists who want to show and sell their work. This essential guide gives creatives completely updated contact and submission information for more than 1,500 art markets such as greeting card companies, magazine and book publishers, galleries, art fairs, ad agencies and more. Informative interviews with successful artists and art buyers offer advice on how to make contacts and succeed in the competitive art industry. Readers will also discover valuable resources for obtaining grants, marketing and promoting their work, and networking with fellow artists.

2009 Artist's & Graphic Designer's Market®

by Writer'S Digest Books

Since 1975, Artist's & Graphic Designer's Market has been the most complete resource for fine artists, illustrators, designers and cartoonists who want to show and sell their work. This essential guide gives you completely updated contact and submission information for more than 1,500 art markets such as greeting card companies, magazine and book publishers, galleries, art fairs, ad agencies and more. Informative interviews with successful artists and art buyers offer advice on how to make contacts and succeed in the competitive art industry. You'll also discover valuable resources for obtaining grants, marketing and promoting their work, and networking with fellow artists.

2009 Photographer's Market

by Writer'S Digest Books

With 1,500 market listings, 2009 Photographer's Market is the essential resource for freelance photographers looking to market their work. No other book contains as many market listings for magazines, book publishers and stock agencies all over the world. Easy to use with clearly marked sections and four indexes, this accessible guide also helps photographers narrow down the markets that interest them. Plus, articles about successful photographers and how they built their businesses shows readers how to succeed in an ever-evolving industry. Up-to-date information on technology and market trends arms readers with the facts they need to establish themselves as working photographers.

2009 Photographer's Market®

by Writer'S Digest Books

With 1,500 market listings, 2009 Photographer's Market is the essential resource for freelance photographers looking to market their work. No other book contains as many market listings for magazines, book publishers and stock agencies all over the world. Easy to use with clearly marked sections and four indexes, this accessible guide will help you narrow down the markets that interest you. Plus, articles about successful photographers and how they built their businesses show you how to succeed in an ever-evolving industry. Up-to-date information on technology and market trends arms you with the facts you need to establish yourself as a working photographer.

20th Century Architecture

by Ulrich Conrads

A thorough international discussion of various pieces of 20th century architecture.

25 Tropical Houses in the Philippines

by Elizabeth Reyes A. Chester Ong

25 Tropical Houses of the Philippines features top Filipino architects and designers with ideas that are stylish, contemporary, and show twenty-first century savvy. These distinctive homes showcase the best residential work by Filipino architects--outstanding works by 20 designers stepping beyond traditional conventions toward Asian fusion trends and international modernist architecture. The book offers a tour of stunning structures ranging from gracious pavilion-houses in elite subdivisions of Manila to elegant vacation homes of Batangas and Mindoro.

3 Beautiful Bags

by Lisa Lam

Three sensational bag-making projects from Lisa Lam, bestselling author of The Bag Making Bible. Includes all the sewing techniques and insructions you need to know to make the projects, from making adjustable straps to adding zips and magnetic snaps. Download full-size templates direct from our website so you can print them out and get started straight away!

50 More Crocheted Afghan Borders

by Jean Leinhauser

Like the frosting on the cupcake, or the tiara on the bride, a beautiful border is the finishing touch for a lovingly created afghan, whether knitted or crocheted. Borders can be elegant or whimsical, can match or contrast with the afghan, and can lift even the simplest afghan from ''ordinary'' into the ''very special'' category. If you usually depend upon fringe as an accent, you'll have fun experimenting with these 50 crochet borders by Jean Leinhauser. The borders can be worked with any weight of yarn that works well with the body of the afghan. For some designs, the number of colors used in a border also can be varied. General instructions are included for how to use the borders, work with stitch pattern multiples, and estimate yarn amounts.

60 Crocheted Snowflakes (Dover Needlework Series)

by Barbara Christopher

This unusually comprehensive collection features patterns based on actual snowflake photographs. At the beginning of the book, the author gives easy-to-follow instructions for each stitch used in this book. The threads she suggests work up beautifully, though other brands will also make wonderful snowflakes. Some patterns are easy; some are intricate, but all rely on just a few basic stitches.

601 Great Scrapbook Ideas: From the editors of Memory Makers Books

by Memory Makers Books

Inside 601 Great Scrapbook Ideas, you'll find hundreds of layouts to get your creative juices flowing. And because the layouts were created by over 200 scrapbook artists, there truly is something for every taste. Plus, you'll find scrapbooking tips and ideas for you to use on your own pages. Hundreds of never-before-seen layouts Pages on all your favorite subjects, including relationships, everyday life, special events, holidays, kids, pets and more Great scrapbooking tips for your own layouts With 601 Great Scrapbook Ideas, great scrapbook inspiration is only a page away!

601 Woodshop Tips & Tricks

by Graham Mcculloch

Woodworkers are often faced with challenges while building. The best woodworkers are quick to come up with one, if not a dozen solutions to these complications. No, they're not all original solutions. But the cleverest among us learn from others, and that's what this book is all about. Take advantage of years worth of collected cleverness by learning from the tips and tricks collected here: starting with basic tips on how to set up your shop, and following with wisdom on finishing, joinery, shop math, tools and more. 601 Woodshop Tips & Tricks also offers helpful hints on keeping your shop tidy and efficient, and we've even tossed in some tricks to use around the house.

740 Park: The Story of the World's Richest Apartment Building

by Michael Gross

For seventy-five years, it's been Manhattan's richest apartment building, and one of the most lusted-after addresses in the world. One apartment had 37 rooms, 14 bathrooms, 43 closets, 11 working fireplaces, a private elevator, and his-and-hers saunas; another at one time had a live-in service staff of 16. To this day, it is steeped in the purest luxury, the kind most of us could only imagine, until now. <P><P> The last great building to go up along New York's Gold Coast, construction on 740 Park finished in 1930. Since then, 740 has been home to an ever-evolving cadre of our wealthiest and most powerful families, some of America's (and the world's) oldest money--the kind attached to names like Vanderbilt, Rockefeller, Bouvier, Chrysler, Niarchos, Houghton, and Harkness--and some whose names evoke the excesses of today's monied elite: Kravis, Koch, Bronfman, Perelman, Steinberg, and Schwarzman. All along, the building has housed titans of industry, political power brokers, international royalty, fabulous scam-artists, and even the lowest scoundrels.<P> The book begins with the tumultuous story of the building's construction. Conceived in the bubbling financial, artistic, and social cauldron of 1920's Manhattan, 740 Park rose to its dizzying heights as the stock market plunged in 1929--the building was in dire financial straits before the first apartments were sold. The builders include the architectural genius Rosario Candela, the scheming businessman James T. Lee (Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis's grandfather), and a raft of financiers, many of whom were little more than white-collar crooks and grand-scale hustlers. <P> Once finished, 740 became a magnet for the richest, oldest families in the country: the Brewsters, descendents of the leader of the Plymouth Colony; the socially-registered Bordens, Hoppins, Scovilles, Thornes, and Schermerhorns; and top executives of the Chase Bank, American Express, and U.S. Rubber. Outside the walls of 740 Park, these were the people shaping America culturally and economically. Within those walls, they were indulging in all of the Seven Deadly Sins. <P> As the social climate evolved throughout the last century, so did 740 Park: after World War II, the building's rulers eased their more restrictive policies and began allowing Jews (though not to this day African Americans) to reside within their hallowed walls. Nowadays, it is full to bursting with new money, people whose fortunes, though freshly-made, are large enough to buy their way in. <P> At its core this book is a social history of the American rich, and how the locus of power and influence has shifted haltingly from old bloodlines to new money. But it's also much more than that: filled with meaty, startling, often tragic stories of the people who lived behind 740's walls, the book gives us an unprecedented access to worlds of wealth, privilege, and extraordinary folly that are usually hidden behind a scrim of money and influence. This is, truly, how the other half--or at least the other one hundredth of one percent--lives.

The Accessible Museum Model Programs of Accessibility for Disabled and Older People

by American Association of Museums

A very interesting guide to museums of all kinds, which cater to accessibility for disabled and older people.

Acrylic Innovation: Styles and Techniques Featuring 64 Visionary Artists

by Nancy Reyner

Acrylic is often used as a substitute for oil paint or watercolor, but the real gold mine is in allowing the medium freedom to do what it does best. This book shows how today's artists are doing exactly that. It's loaded with original artwork and valuable insight from 64 artists, incredibly diverse in styles and subjects, each using acrylic in unique ways to create expressive and personal art. · 64 artists offer their individual ideas, approaches and inspirations for working with acrylic paints · 29 styles, ranging from photorealism to minimal color field and everything in between, are explored through artist profiles, artwork and boundary-breaking "challenges" that provide dynamic starting points for your own art · 29 step-by-step demonstrations illustrate acrylic-driven techniques you can take straight to your work, including collage and assemblage, reverse painting, printmaking, accidental stenciling, working with metallic mixtures and more A follow-up to the best-selling Acrylic Revolution, Acrylic Innovation takes you outside your comfort zone. Dip in whenever you feel the urge to experiment, have fun and see fresh and exciting results.

Acrylics

by R. Bradford Johnson

Tips and techniques of how to paint or draw using acrylics.

Act of God

by Margaret Kennedy

Sculptor Conrad Swann mysteriously disappears, and his self-appointed patron Martha Rawson takes it upon herself to promote his latest work. Although nearly everyone finds the piece hideous, Martha persuades the town council of East Head to purchase it. The townspeople struggle to accept it as a piece of modern art. Controversy over the sculpture reveals deep cracks in the marriage of Dickie and Christina Pattison. This novel presents a gallery of well-drawn characters and portrays life in a postwar English village with gentle bemusement.

Action!

by Bill Brown

Have you ever wanted to make your own movies? In this easy-to-read and lavishly illustrated volume, you will learn why movies move; how film and video cameras work; how to light and expose your shots to get the best results; how to create eye-pleasing compositions; and how to record crystal clear sounds. It's a do-it-yourself guidebook for film and video makers of all ages and experience levels.

Action Jackson

by Jan Greenberg Sandra Jordan

One late spring morning the American artist Jackson Pollock began work on the canvas that would ultimately come to be known as Number 1, 1950 ("Lavender Mist"). Award-winning authors Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan use this moment as the departure point for a unique picture book about a great painter and the way in which he worked. Their lyrical text, drawn from Pollock's own comments and those made by members of his immediate circle, is perfectly complemented by vibrant watercolors by Robert Andrew Parker that honor his spirit of the artist without imitating his paintings. A photographic reproduction of the finished painting, a short biography, a bibliography, and a detailed list of notes and sources that are fascinating reading in their own right make this an authoritative as well as beautiful book for readers of all ages.

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