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Great Public Squares

By Robert Gatje

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Hardcover, 224 pages
Dimensions: 11.2″ wide x 11.3″ tall

From the storied piazzas of Rome, Venice, and Florence to the elegant places of Paris via less familiar gathering places in Germany, the Czech Republic, Spain, and Portugal, to the former marketplaces and graceful Georgian-style squares of the United Kingdom, to the most interesting and impressive squares of the New World—Santa Fe, Portland, Boston, and New York—architect Robert Gatje offers new insights, stunning computer-generated plans, and color photographs to convey the spatial experience, supplemented by a brief history of each square and measurements to assess their success in meeting human needs for inspiring outdoor space. There is no other source for this comparative data in one place.


Portland, The View From Here

By Robert Reynolds

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Hardcover, 112 pages
Dimensions: 9″ wide x 11.75″ tall

This contemporary book reflects a vibrant, energetic and growing Portland. Emphasis on the arts, architecture, and a lifestyle of participation – rather than simply that of the spectator. Samples of Portland images include interior/exterior structures, art museum, performing arts, visual arts, houses of education, neighborhoods, parks, libraries, transportation, physical activities, fountains/sculpture, annual city events, and city nightlife.



By David Rockwell

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Hardcover, 255 pages
Dimensions: 8.5″ wide x 10″ tall

In Spectacle, the architect David Rockwell, in collaboration with designer Bruce Mau, explores the allure of larger-than-life events that take place around the globe. From the running of the bulls in Pamplonato the Holi Festival in India to deafening – and dangerous – NASCAR races, Spectacle considers what it is about these “shared, live experiences” that transforms not only the way we see the world, but also how we connect with each other. Illustrated with over 200 color photographs, the dynamic visual essay highlights the power of real-time, real-space events in today’s highly mediated world. The book features a collection of photographs and interviews with award-winning authors, producers, directors, and performers. These contributors have documented, participated in, or produced large events and bring a fascinating behind-the-scenes and in front-of-the footlights perspective on “spectacles” today.


New City Spaces

Jan Gehl & Lars Gemzoe

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The upsurge in interest in public spaces and public life over the past 25 years has generated an impressive array of city plans, public space strategies and designs.This book presents an overview of this development and provides a detailed description of architecturally interesting and inspiring public space strategies and projects from all over the world.

Nine cities with notable public space strategies were selected for special review; Barcelona, Lyon, Strasbourg, Freiburg and Copenhagen in Europe, Portland in North America, Curitiba and Cordoba in South America and Melbourne in Australia.

In addition, 39 public space projects are presented and discussed. Drawings, plans and photographs illustrate city strategies and public space projects in detail in this splendid book from the Danish Architectural Press.