1. The Landscape of Contemporary Infrastructure

Kelly Shannon

The design of infrastructural networks-that is, roads, railways and any system that enables flow within a structure such as a city-is among urban design’s foremost tasks. Around the globe, the awareness of enhanced infrastructure fluidity as a catalyst for economic development is rising. The Landscape of Contemporary Infrastructure investigates how infrastructure design determines the organization and flow of the inhabited landscape-as an agency of enhanced mobility, as a design feature contributing to the character of a city and as a sound theoretical approach to a positive experience of collective space. These issues are explored in four chapters that catalogue these approaches, each chapter buttressed with key projects from the world’s most important designers in this field, including Arata Isozaki, Paul Andreu, Xaveer De Geyter, Jean Nouvel and Ricardo Bofill. The authors demonstrate how the creative potential of architecture, landscape architecture and urban design is essential to the effective flow of infrastructural networks.

    The Landscape of Contemporary Infrastructure

    Kelly Shannon

    The design of infrastructural networks-that is, roads, railways and any system that enables flow within a structure such as a city-is among urban design’s foremost tasks. Around the globe, the awareness of enhanced infrastructure fluidity as a catalyst for economic development is rising. The Landscape of Contemporary Infrastructure investigates how infrastructure design determines the organization and flow of the inhabited landscape-as an agency of enhanced mobility, as a design feature contributing to the character of a city and as a sound theoretical approach to a positive experience of collective space. These issues are explored in four chapters that catalogue these approaches, each chapter buttressed with key projects from the world’s most important designers in this field, including Arata Isozaki, Paul Andreu, Xaveer De Geyter, Jean Nouvel and Ricardo Bofill. The authors demonstrate how the creative potential of architecture, landscape architecture and urban design is essential to the effective flow of infrastructural networks.

  2. Infrastructure: A Field Guide to the Industrial Landscape

Brian Hayes

"Beautifully illustrated, continually informative, it richly deserves to become this season’s unlikely bestseller." Alain de Botton, The Independent "Original, highly readable… An extraordinary book."

    Infrastructure: A Field Guide to the Industrial Landscape

    Brian Hayes

    "Beautifully illustrated, continually informative, it richly deserves to become this season’s unlikely bestseller." Alain de Botton, The Independent "Original, highly readable… An extraordinary book."

  3. DE LO MECANICO A LO TERMODINAMICO

JAVIER GARCIA-GERMAN TRUJEDA

Este libro recopila catorce ensayos que abordan las diferentes posturas que en los últimos años han surgido en torno a la energía y el proyecto con el fin de poder avanzar en una definición termodinámica de la arquitectura, el paisaje y el urbanismo. Los ensayos recorren una multiplicidad de ámbitos que abarcan desde la región y el paisaje, pasando por la ciudad, la infraestructura y la arquitectura, hasta llegar al ambiente. El compendio se estructura en cinco epígrafes: energía, entropía, ciclos, pactos y, finalmente, energía y proyecto. Los cuatro primeros ofrecen un corte transversal a la cultura arquitectónica desde conceptos propios de la termodinámica, la ecología y la política, y el último muestra herramientas para implementar los conceptos discutidos en los otros apartados.

    DE LO MECANICO A LO TERMODINAMICO

    JAVIER GARCIA-GERMAN TRUJEDA

    Este libro recopila catorce ensayos que abordan las diferentes posturas que en los últimos años han surgido en torno a la energía y el proyecto con el fin de poder avanzar en una definición termodinámica de la arquitectura, el paisaje y el urbanismo. Los ensayos recorren una multiplicidad de ámbitos que abarcan desde la región y el paisaje, pasando por la ciudad, la infraestructura y la arquitectura, hasta llegar al ambiente. El compendio se estructura en cinco epígrafes: energía, entropía, ciclos, pactos y, finalmente, energía y proyecto. Los cuatro primeros ofrecen un corte transversal a la cultura arquitectónica desde conceptos propios de la termodinámica, la ecología y la política, y el último muestra herramientas para implementar los conceptos discutidos en los otros apartados.

  4. LA DIGITALIZACION TOMA EL MANDO (Spanish Edition)

LLUIS ORTEGA

    LA DIGITALIZACION TOMA EL MANDO (Spanish Edition)

    LLUIS ORTEGA

  5. NATURALEZA Y ARTIFICIO (Spanish Edition)

IÑAKI ABALOS

La tesis de que el ideal pintoresco está plenamente vigente hoy en día, y de que la estética de los primeros autores pintorescos ha revivido tras el episodio posmoderno (como consecuencia del advenimiento de nuevos instrumentos de diseño y nuevos valores culturales), de modo que los textos de aquellos autores del siglo XVIII a menudo describen mejor los intereses de muchas creaciones contemporáneas que toda la tratadística moderna, ha sido defendida por distintos autores desde que Robert Smithson la hiciera suya alrededor de 1970. Esta tesis no intenta afirmar que estamos como estábamos, sino que trata de decir que una parte importante de la estética contemporánea está interesada esencialmente por problemas similares a los que se planteaban los autores pintorescos -afirmación a la que puede darse la vuelta, sosteniendo que la elasticidad del ideario estético pintoresco ha permitido nuevas formulaciones adaptadas a los problemas y a los valores actuales- y que este fenómeno ha ido creciendo desde 1973 -año de la crisis energética que tantos autores, y esta misma colección de Compendios de Arquitectura Contemporánea, han adoptado como el del advenimiento de una condición “contemporánea”-, marcando el auge de una nueva sensibilidad medioambiental y el abandono de las actitudes, los lenguajes tópicos y las metas de la modernidad. Uno de los “asuntos” clave para entender esta transformación es el interés creciente, con múltiples manifestaciones y ramificaciones, por cuestionar la relación dialéctica entre naturaleza y artificio heredada de la modernidad, por plantear una mayor afinidad o identificación entre ambos conceptos, un interés que traspasa el ámbito político y científico para alcanzar de lleno las prácticas artísticas y la arquitectura.

    NATURALEZA Y ARTIFICIO (Spanish Edition)

    IÑAKI ABALOS

    La tesis de que el ideal pintoresco está plenamente vigente hoy en día, y de que la estética de los primeros autores pintorescos ha revivido tras el episodio posmoderno (como consecuencia del advenimiento de nuevos instrumentos de diseño y nuevos valores culturales), de modo que los textos de aquellos autores del siglo XVIII a menudo describen mejor los intereses de muchas creaciones contemporáneas que toda la tratadística moderna, ha sido defendida por distintos autores desde que Robert Smithson la hiciera suya alrededor de 1970. Esta tesis no intenta afirmar que estamos como estábamos, sino que trata de decir que una parte importante de la estética contemporánea está interesada esencialmente por problemas similares a los que se planteaban los autores pintorescos -afirmación a la que puede darse la vuelta, sosteniendo que la elasticidad del ideario estético pintoresco ha permitido nuevas formulaciones adaptadas a los problemas y a los valores actuales- y que este fenómeno ha ido creciendo desde 1973 -año de la crisis energética que tantos autores, y esta misma colección de Compendios de Arquitectura Contemporánea, han adoptado como el del advenimiento de una condición “contemporánea”-, marcando el auge de una nueva sensibilidad medioambiental y el abandono de las actitudes, los lenguajes tópicos y las metas de la modernidad. Uno de los “asuntos” clave para entender esta transformación es el interés creciente, con múltiples manifestaciones y ramificaciones, por cuestionar la relación dialéctica entre naturaleza y artificio heredada de la modernidad, por plantear una mayor afinidad o identificación entre ambos conceptos, un interés que traspasa el ámbito político y científico para alcanzar de lleno las prácticas artísticas y la arquitectura.

  6. The Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate

Robert D. Kaplan

In this provocative, startling book, Robert D. Kaplan, the bestselling author of Monsoon and Balkan Ghosts, offers a revelatory new prism through which to view global upheavals and to understand what lies ahead for continents and countries around the world.
 
In *The Revenge of Geography, *Kaplan builds on the insights, discoveries, and theories of great geographers and geopolitical thinkers of the near and distant past to look back at critical pivots in history and then to look forward at the evolving global scene. Kaplan traces the history of the world’s hot spots by examining their climates, topographies, and proximities to other embattled lands. The Russian steppe’s pitiless climate and limited vegetation bred hard and cruel men bent on destruction, for example, while Nazi geopoliticians distorted geopolitics entirely, calculating that space on the globe used by the British Empire and the Soviet Union could be swallowed by a greater German homeland.
 
Kaplan then applies the lessons learned to the present crises in Europe, Russia, China, the Indian subcontinent, Turkey, Iran, and the Arab Middle East. The result is a holistic interpretation of the next cycle of conflict throughout Eurasia. Remarkably, the future can be understood in the context of temperature, land allotment, and other physical certainties: China, able to feed only 23 percent of its people from land that is only 7 percent arable, has sought energy, minerals, and metals from such brutal regimes as Burma, Iran, and Zimbabwe, putting it in moral conflict with the United States. Afghanistan’s porous borders will keep it the principal invasion route into India, and a vital rear base for Pakistan, India’s main enemy. Iran will exploit the advantage of being the only country that straddles both energy-producing areas of the Persian Gulf and the Caspian Sea. Finally, Kaplan posits that the United States might rue engaging in far-flung conflicts with Iraq and Afghanistan rather than tending to its direct neighbor Mexico, which is on the verge of becoming a semifailed state due to drug cartel carnage.
 
A brilliant rebuttal to thinkers who suggest that globalism will trump geography, this indispensable work shows how timeless truths and natural facts can help prevent this century’s looming cataclysms.

Praise for The Revenge of Geography
“[An] ambitious and challenging new book … [The Revenge of Geography]* displays a formidable grasp of contemporary world politics and serves as a powerful reminder that it has been the planet’s geophysical configurations, as much as the flow of competing religions and ideologies, that have shaped human conflicts, past and present.”—Malise Ruthven, *The New York Review of Books
“Robert D. Kaplan, the world-traveling reporter and intellectual whose fourteen books constitute a bedrock of penetrating exposition and analysis on the post-Cold War world … strips away much of the cant that suffuses public discourse these days on global developments and gets to a fundamental reality: that geography remains today, as it has been throughout history, one of the most powerful drivers of world events.”—The National Interest
“Kaplan plunges into a planetary review that is often thrilling in its sheer scale … encyclopedic.”—The New Yorker
 
“[The Revenge of Geography] serves the facts straight up… . Kaplan’s realism and willingness to face hard facts make The Revenge of Geography a valuable antidote to the feel-good manifestoes that often masquerade as strategic thought.”—The Daily Beast

    The Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate

    Robert D. Kaplan

    In this provocative, startling book, Robert D. Kaplan, the bestselling author of Monsoon and Balkan Ghosts, offers a revelatory new prism through which to view global upheavals and to understand what lies ahead for continents and countries around the world.
     
    In *The Revenge of Geography, *Kaplan builds on the insights, discoveries, and theories of great geographers and geopolitical thinkers of the near and distant past to look back at critical pivots in history and then to look forward at the evolving global scene. Kaplan traces the history of the world’s hot spots by examining their climates, topographies, and proximities to other embattled lands. The Russian steppe’s pitiless climate and limited vegetation bred hard and cruel men bent on destruction, for example, while Nazi geopoliticians distorted geopolitics entirely, calculating that space on the globe used by the British Empire and the Soviet Union could be swallowed by a greater German homeland.
     
    Kaplan then applies the lessons learned to the present crises in Europe, Russia, China, the Indian subcontinent, Turkey, Iran, and the Arab Middle East. The result is a holistic interpretation of the next cycle of conflict throughout Eurasia. Remarkably, the future can be understood in the context of temperature, land allotment, and other physical certainties: China, able to feed only 23 percent of its people from land that is only 7 percent arable, has sought energy, minerals, and metals from such brutal regimes as Burma, Iran, and Zimbabwe, putting it in moral conflict with the United States. Afghanistan’s porous borders will keep it the principal invasion route into India, and a vital rear base for Pakistan, India’s main enemy. Iran will exploit the advantage of being the only country that straddles both energy-producing areas of the Persian Gulf and the Caspian Sea. Finally, Kaplan posits that the United States might rue engaging in far-flung conflicts with Iraq and Afghanistan rather than tending to its direct neighbor Mexico, which is on the verge of becoming a semifailed state due to drug cartel carnage.
     
    A brilliant rebuttal to thinkers who suggest that globalism will trump geography, this indispensable work shows how timeless truths and natural facts can help prevent this century’s looming cataclysms.

    Praise for The Revenge of Geography

    “[An] ambitious and challenging new book … [The Revenge of Geography]* displays a formidable grasp of contemporary world politics and serves as a powerful reminder that it has been the planet’s geophysical configurations, as much as the flow of competing religions and ideologies, that have shaped human conflicts, past and present.”—Malise Ruthven, *The New York Review of Books

    “Robert D. Kaplan, the world-traveling reporter and intellectual whose fourteen books constitute a bedrock of penetrating exposition and analysis on the post-Cold War world … strips away much of the cant that suffuses public discourse these days on global developments and gets to a fundamental reality: that geography remains today, as it has been throughout history, one of the most powerful drivers of world events.”—The National Interest

    “Kaplan plunges into a planetary review that is often thrilling in its sheer scale … encyclopedic.”—The New Yorker
     
    “[The Revenge of Geography] serves the facts straight up… . Kaplan’s realism and willingness to face hard facts make The Revenge of Geography a valuable antidote to the feel-good manifestoes that often masquerade as strategic thought.”—The Daily Beast

  7. On the Map: Why the World Looks the Way it Does

Simon Garfield

This book reveals the fascinating relationship between man and map.

    On the Map: Why the World Looks the Way it Does

    Simon Garfield

    This book reveals the fascinating relationship between man and map.

  8. History of the World in 12 Maps

Jerry Brotton

    History of the World in 12 Maps

    Jerry Brotton

  9. Global Geomorphology

Michael A. Summerfield

The plate tectonics revolution in the earth sciences has provided a valuable new framework for understanding long-term landform development.

This innovative text provides a comprehensive introduction to the subject of global geomorphology, with the emphasis placed on large-scale processes and phenomena. Integrating global tectonics into the study of landforms and incorporating planetary geomorphology as a major component the author discusses the impact of climatic change and the role of catastrophic events on landform genesis and includes a comprehensive study of surface geomorphic processes.

    Global Geomorphology

    Michael A. Summerfield

    The plate tectonics revolution in the earth sciences has provided a valuable new framework for understanding long-term landform development.

    This innovative text provides a comprehensive introduction to the subject of global geomorphology, with the emphasis placed on large-scale processes and phenomena. Integrating global tectonics into the study of landforms and incorporating planetary geomorphology as a major component the author discusses the impact of climatic change and the role of catastrophic events on landform genesis and includes a comprehensive study of surface geomorphic processes.

  10. Introducing Geomorphology: A Guide to Landforms and Processes

Adrian Harvey

Geomorphology is the study of the earth’s landforms and the processes that made the landscape look the way it does today. What we see when we look at a scenic view is the result of the interplay of the forces that shape the earth’s surface. These operate on many different timescales and involve geological as well as climatic forces. This book introduces the varying geomorphological forces and differing timescales from the global, which shapes continents and mountain ranges; through the regional, producing hills and river basins; to the local, forming beaches, glaciers, and slopes; and to those micro scale forces which weather rock faces and produce sediment. Finally, it considers the effect that humans have had on the world’s topography. Introducing Geomorphology provides a structured and easily accessible introduction for those with a curiosity about the landscape and for those contemplating a course of formal study in physical geography, geology, or environmental studies. Technical terms are kept to a minimum and a glossary is provided.

    Introducing Geomorphology: A Guide to Landforms and Processes

    Adrian Harvey

    Geomorphology is the study of the earth’s landforms and the processes that made the landscape look the way it does today. What we see when we look at a scenic view is the result of the interplay of the forces that shape the earth’s surface. These operate on many different timescales and involve geological as well as climatic forces. This book introduces the varying geomorphological forces and differing timescales from the global, which shapes continents and mountain ranges; through the regional, producing hills and river basins; to the local, forming beaches, glaciers, and slopes; and to those micro scale forces which weather rock faces and produce sediment. Finally, it considers the effect that humans have had on the world’s topography. Introducing Geomorphology provides a structured and easily accessible introduction for those with a curiosity about the landscape and for those contemplating a course of formal study in physical geography, geology, or environmental studies. Technical terms are kept to a minimum and a glossary is provided.

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