Post-Ductility: Metals in Architecture and Engineering

Editor: Michael Bell and Craig Buckley

Metals–as surface, structure, or generators of space–play a role in nearly every strain of modernization in architecture. They define complete geographies of work, production, and political life. Non-architectural metals delivered in automobiles and hard goods in the United States and worldwide have been sourced as the engines of the sprawling late twentieth-century city. In Post-Ductility, an interdisciplinary group of architects, historians, theorists, and engineers collectively explore (and test) the past, present, and future possibilities of this quintessential building material. Post-Ductility is the third in the series Columbia Books on Materials and Architecture.

GSAPP + Princeton Architectural Press
Designed by Jan Haux
272 pages, hardcover
ISBN: 978-1-61689-046-9

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Solid States: Concrete in Transition

Editors: Michael Bell and Craig Buckley

At the center of modernist architectural polemic for much of the twentieth century, concrete’s role in the built environment has continued to expand while seeming to slip from view. Recent technological developments and growing demand for the Earth’s limited resources have further highlighted its central role in the transformation of architecture and urbanism worldwide.

GSAPP in collaboration with Princeton Architectural Press
272 pages, hardcover + DVD 29 cm x 23 cm
ISBN 978-1-56898-895-5

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Engineered Transparency: The Technical, Visual, and Spatial Effects of Glass

Editors: Michael Bell and Jeannie Kim

Glass is one of the most ubiquitous and extensively researched building materials. Despite the critical role it has played in modern architecture in the last century we have yet to fully comprehend the cultural and technological effects of this complex and sophisticated building material. Engineered Transparency presents a portfolio of projects featuring cutting-edge glass designs by today’s most innovative architects including SANAA's acclaimed Glass Pavilion at the Toledo Museum of Art and Steven Holl's Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City.

GSAPP and Princeton Architectural Press
272 pages, hardcover
28.5 cm h x 22 cm w

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