Book recommendation; Japanese Creativity — Contemplations on Japanese Architecture

From the publisher:

Japanese Creativity—Contemplations on Japanese Architecture
Yuichiro Edagawa
Foreword by Kengo Kuma

What lies at the root of Japanese creativity and its architectural artifacts? In his new book, the Japanese architect Yuichiro Edagawa explores this question in detail. By analyzing a wide variety of unique exemplary buildings from the sixth century to the present, he determines twelve distinctive characteristics of Japanese architectural creativity and composition, including: intimacy with nature, importance of materials, bipolarity and diversity, asymmetry, devotion to small space, and organic form. The key understanding, which pervades all these characteristics, is that “parts precede the whole.” The Japanese process of creation begins with designing parts and details and ends with combining them to one edifice.

With Japanese Creativity—Contemplations on Japanese Architecture Edagawa provides a personal and comprehensive understanding of Japanese creativity and the architectural process. The book gives us an inspiring insight into Japanese culture and identity, which in its essence is deeply traditional and modern at the same time. With a preface by Kengo Kuma.


14.8 x 21 cm
192 pages, approx. 199 col.
ISBN 978-3-86859-508-6

Book recommendation; Will It Stand Up?: A Professional Engineer’s View of the Creation of the London 2012 Olympic Stadium

Will It Stand Up?: A Professional Engineer’s View of the Creation of the London 2012 Olympic Stadium
Will it Stand Up? Uses the London 2012 Olympic Stadium to demonstrate the seven principles for running successful projects. As well as sharing what went on behind the scenes of this iconic stadium, it provides you with a clear blueprint for improving your own project outcomes. Whether you’re an architect, engineer, developer or contractor, you’ll find this book both entertaining and educational.

Paperback: 168 pages
Publisher: Rethink Press (22 Oct. 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1781332800
ISBN-13: 978-1781332801
Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 1 x 20.3 cm

Book recommendation; Rio 2016: The Olympic Games Through the Photographer’s Lens

From the publisher:

Rio 2016: The Olympic Games Through the Photographer’s Lens
Paperback: 88 pages
Publisher: D Giles Ltd (1 May 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1911282115
ISBN-13: 978-1911282112

This, the third volume in a new series celebrating the Olympic Games, offers up a selection of photographs from the Games in Rio in 2016. Photographers John Huet, David Burnett, Jason Evans and Mine Kasapoglu were granted access to the training zones and accompanied the athletes as they prepared for their events before the arrival of the crowds.

David Burnett, an American photographer, has covered numerous conflicts for Time magazine, as well as every Olympic Games since 1984. American photographer John Huet began photographing competitive athletes 25 years ago. In 2004 he was selected an official Olympic Games photographer. Jason Evans’s work has been recognised by American Photography, the International Photography Awards, Photo District News, and American Photographic Artists. Mine Kasapoglu is a travelling freelance photographer who has been covering the Olympic Games and the Youth Olympic Games since 2010.

Books; Upcoming book releases (Spring + Summer 2017)

Olympic Stadia: Their History, Their Design, Their Future
Author: Geraint John, Dave Parker
Hardcover: 208 pages
Publisher: Routledge (1 April 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1138698849
ISBN-13: 978-1138698840

Olympic Urbanism: Rome to Rio
Author: Judith Grant Long
Publisher: Routledge (8 April 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1138667161
ISBN-13: 978-1138667167

Rio 2016: The Olympic Games Through the Photographer’s Lens
Editor: The International Olympic Committee
Paperback: 88 pages
Publisher: D Giles Ltd (1 May 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1911282115
ISBN-13: 978-1911282112
Product Dimensions: 18 x 0.7 x 18 cm

London 2012 and the Post-Olympics City: A Hollow Legacy?
Editor: Phil Cohen, Paul Watt
Hardcover: 445 pages
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 1st ed. 2017 edition (30 May 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1137489464
ISBN-13: 978-1137489463
Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 21.1 cm

No Boston Olympics: How and Why Smart Cities are Passing on the Torch
Author: Chris Dempsey, Andrew Zimbalist
Hardcover: 232 pages
Publisher: University of New Hampshire Press (28 Jun. 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 151260058X
ISBN-13: 978-1512600582
Product Dimensions: 15 x 2.2 x 21 cm

The 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games: Assessing the 30-Year Legacy (Sport in the Global Society – Historical Perspectives)
Editor: Matthew Llewellyn, John Gleaves, Wayne Wilson
Paperback: 202 pages
Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (23 Aug. 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1138085375
ISBN-13: 978-1138085374

London 2012; Book recommendation: Renewing the Past: Unearthing the History of the Olympic Park Site

© Trust for Wessex Archaeology Ltd


From the publisher:

Renewing the Past: Unearthing the History of the Olympic Park Site
Investigations have revealed the buried history of the 2012 Olympic Park site. Archaeologists have unearthed prehistoric settlements, a medieval millstream and a Victorian riverboat, and they traced the area’s industrial heritage. As the landscape changed over time, so did the lives of the people who lived and worked here. Now it has changed again, renewing and building on the past to create a legacy for the future.

Paperback: 44 pages
Publisher: Trust for Wessex Archaeology Ltd
Date: 1 June 2012
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1874350604
ISBN-13: 978-1874350606
Dimensions: 14,5 x 0,5 x 20,3 cm

Tokyo 2020; Book recommendation: A Japanese Constellation (MoMA Exhibition Catalogue)

© The Museum of Modern Art, New York
© The Museum of Modern Art, New York


From the publisher:

A Japanese Constellation (Exhibition Catalogue)
Edited by Pedro Gadanho and Phoebe Springstubb. Essays by Terunobu Fujimori, Taro Igarashi, and Julian Worrall.

Published in conjunction with an exhibition at MoMA, A Japanese Constellation focuses on the work of a small group of architects and designers influenced by and gravitating around the architect Toyo Ito and the architectural firm SANAA. Beginning with an overview of Ito’s career and his influence as a mentor to a new generation of Japanese architects, the catalogue presents a richly illustrated portfolio of recent works by three generations of internationally acclaimed designers, including Sou Fujimoto, Akihisa Hirata, and Junya Ishigami.

A Japanese Constellation reveals a network of influence and cross-pollination that is particularly relevant at the start of the twenty-first century. Essays by curators, historians, and critics reflect on the transmission of an architectural sensibility and suggest an alternative model to what has been described as an individuality-based “star-system” in architecture. The publication reveals how themes travel across generations of architects, creating a strong identity for a regional practice with global impact.

SIZE 12.5h x 9w x 1d”
FEATURED Recent Exhibition Catalogues
ISBN 9781633450097

Rio 2016; Book recommendation: Morar Olimpiadas – Giles Price

© Giles Price
© Giles Price

From the author:


Morar Olimpiadas


In Morar Olimpíadas Giles Price scans the field of rapid urban transformation in Rio de Janeiro as the city prepares to host the 2016 Summer Olympics. With vivid precision, he captures the colossal processes demanded of an Olympic host city—the scratching, scraping, and sculpting of the metropolitan terrain in the name of the five-ring spectacle.

From an altitude of 1,500 feet, Price offers us geographical landscapes laced with geopolitical import. He deftly accentuates the inequalities that all too often Olympic development either exacerbates or breathes into being. These processes typically transpire behind tall walls, blockades, and barriers. As such, they are difficult, if not impossible, to appreciate, let alone access, from the ground level. We owe Price gratitude for gifting us with fresh perspective, for affording us a glimpse of the privatised enclaves of the future, for stoking a vital discussion about privilege, priorities, and power. “Once spatial injustice is inscribed into the built environment,” notes critical geographer Edward Soja, “it is difficult to erase.” In Morar Olimpíadas, Price helps stave off that near-indelible inscription.

A visual poetics of dirt-and-dust materiality flickers through this collection. The photographs insist we remember that the Olympics have a whole lot to do with real estate. The book raises a key question: for whom does Olympic development boom?

Introduction by Jules Boykoff


ISBN: 978-0-9573621-1-6



Book recommendation; Mega Events and the Urban Economy: What can Olympic Cities learn from each other?


Mega Events and the Urban Economy: What can Olympic Cities learn from each other?

Cities have sought to host sports mega events to catalyse urban development and renewal. In several cities urban transformation was accelerated and social tensions intensified. This paper argues that addressing these tensions creatively requires host cities to focus on public interventions aimed at reducing social inequality. Host cities may learn much from each other about the types of interventions that promote the creation of integrated rather than fragmented communities.

Book recommendation; Urban transformation from hosting the Olympic Games


Urban transformation from hosting the Olympic Games

The infrastructural requirements of staging an Olympic Games are substantial. The event demands investment in world class sporting venues as well as in urban transport, telecommunications, accommodation and environmental improvements. The Olympic Games are much more than a sporting event: they have evolved into a tool of urban renewal and a catalyst of urban transformation. The aim of this paper is to review the role of the Olympic Games in changing and modernising the built environment of its host cities and to assess its role as a tool of urban regeneration.