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Read by millions since its launch in 2004, BLDGBLOG is the leading voice in speculation about architecture, landscape, and the built environment. Now The BLDGBLOG Book distills author Geoff Manaugh's unique vision, offering an enthusiastic, idea-filled guide to the future of architecture, with stunning images and exclusive new content. From underground exploration to the novels of J.G. Ballard, from artificial glaciers in the mountains of Pakistan to weather control in Olympic Beijing, The BLDGBLOG Book is "part conceptual travelogue, part manifesto, part sci-fi novel," according to Joseph Grima, executive director of New York's Storefront for Art and Architecture.
"BLDGBLOG is something new and substantially different from anything else I have seen," says Errol Morris, Director of Fast, Cheap and Out of Control and the Academy Award-winning documentary Fog of War. "Secretly, I had always hoped it would become a book. Geoff Manaugh has provided the reader with an excursion into a new world—part digital fantasy, part reality at the intersection of art, architecture, landscape design, and pure ideas. Like the blog, the book is personal, idiosyncratic, and, best of all, incredibly interesting."
Book News Annotation:
California-based Manaugh publishes widely on art and architecture, and lectures at museums and design schools around the world. In 2004 he launched the website BLDGBLOG (bldgblog.blogspot.com) which explores the future of architecture, landscape, and the built environment. He continues that journey in book format, discussing a wide range of topics that fascinate him, particularly in the context of architecture. An opening chapter on architectural conjecture/urban speculation is followed by sections on underground structures; weather and climate change; the acoustic side of space, both human and naturally occurring; and the "futures"--both temporal and social value--of landscapes. Also included is a list of online, film, and print resources for further reading and viewing. Illustrated with b&w and color photographs, diagrams, and drawings, this adventurous text would be accessible to curious, motivated general readers. No subject index. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Nearly five million readers have visited the BLDGBLOG Web site since its inception in 2004 for stories about the past, news about the present, and speculation about the future of how humans shape their environment. The site provides intriguing details from the fringes of contemporary architectural practice in an accessible, thought-provoking, and highly entertaining manner. Here, author Geoff Manaugh presents his insights in book form, combining history, urban exploration, science fiction, design, climate change, and city planning with the view that everything is relevant to architecture. With five captivating and colorfully illustrated chapters, The BLDGBLOG Book is sure to delight and inspire the builder, the thinker, and the visionary in all of us.
About the Author
Geoff Manaugh is a senior editor at Dwell magazine and the founder and author of the popular Web site BLDGBLOG.
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