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Some books and exhibitions to look for in the first half of 2005


Publishers' catalogues can't always be depended on. Books are announced but fail to materialise, maybe appearing months after they were originally due. With that proviso, here's what should interest AJ readers most in the coming spring.

One long-deferred monograph is Robert McCarter's Louis Kahn, but publisher Phaidon is confident it will be out in June. Other Phaidon titles include Peter Blundell Jones' Gunnar Asplund, Kenneth Powell's Richard Rogers 3, Jayne Merkel's Eero Saarinen, and Modern House 3 and New Museums - both by Raul Barrenche.

Phaidon also promises a new selection of work by emerging architects, 10x10 2, and a 'travel edition' of its unwieldy Atlas of Contemporary World Architecture.

Thames & Hudson will probably shift some copies of David Adjaye: Houses.

It is also publishing James Steele's monograph on Jordanian architect Rasem Badran, a volume on landscape architect Peter Walker and Partners, Philip Goad's book on Australia's oldest practice Bates Smart, and ArchiLab's Urban Experiments.

Prestel offers an updated version of David Jenkins' Norman Foster:

Catalogue, Felix Flesche's Water House, Wolfgang Lauber's Tropical Architecture, and Leo Seidel's Berlin: The Colours of the Night; while Abrams has announced a second edition of Chicago Architecture and Design, and a book on modern houses in Malibu, with no-doubt glamorous photos by Julius Shulman.

MIT Press revisits the 1960s with Simon Sadler's Archigram, looks at the future of affordable housing with The Home House Project, and catches up with Bernard Tschumi's latest projects in Event Cities 3. New York-based Princeton Architectural Press publishes Mies van der Rohe's Krefeld Villas by Kent Kleinman and Leslie van Duzer (authors of an excellent book on Loos' Villa Muller), as well as a two-volume guidebook, The Architecture of Modern Italy, a study of prefabrication, Quonset Hut: Metal Living for a Modern Age, and Peter Smithson: Conversations with Students.

Laurence King consolidates its now substantial architectural backlist with Catherine Croft's Concrete Architecture, Matthew Wells' Skyscrapers: Structure and Design, Dominic Bradbury's The New Country House, and Wood Architecture by the AJ's Ruth Slavid. Merrell has an attractive proposition in Alan Powers' The Modern Movement in Britain, with new photos by Morley von Sternberg, and also publishes Palladio in Venice by Alberto Weismuller.

Covering the same territory is Tracy Cooper's Palladio's Venice, forthcoming from Yale University Press, publisher of some of the most scholarly architectural titles. Also in its list are Paula Henderson's The Tudor House and Garden, a 'revised and expanded' edition of Nikolaus Pevsner's classic Pioneers of Modern Design, and more updated Pevsner with London 5: East and city guides to Leeds and Birmingham.


There's a major architecture and design show opening in March at the V&A Museum called 'International Arts and Crafts' - which claims to explore the Arts and Crafts movement from an international perspective as not before.

The Tate has three exhibitions that should attract an architectural audience: a retrospective for 80-year-old sculptor Anthony Caro at Tate Britain, a survey of Joseph Beuys' work at Tate Modern, and a chance to see Richard Wentworth's sculpture and photography in depth at Tate Liverpool.

The Royal Academy is hoping for a money-spinner with 'Turks: A Journey of a Thousand Years', featuring exhibits from the Topkapi Palace Museum, and has a treat for lovers of colour in 'Matisse Textiles', which includes 60 of Matisse's paintings and drawings as well as the fabrics, etc, that inspired him.

After its show on Erich Mendelsohn closes, Manchester's CUBE mounts an exhibition from the Vitra Design Museum, '100 Years - 100 Chairs'. In March, Glasgow's The Lighthouse hosts 'The Scottish Show Comes Home', followed by '6,000 Miles' - 'the changing landscape of Scotland's coastline'.

In Cambridge, Kettle's Yard is the next stop for a fine touring show of works by Constructive artist Mary Martin, while at Modern Art Oxford, there's an exhibition of long-time Arte Povera exponent Jannis Kounellis.

At the RIBA's 66 Portland Place headquarters, the ar+d Awards will remain on show until 6 March; the rest of the RIBA's exhibition programme is yet to be announced, though the chances of something memorable are probably pretty slim.

Looking abroad, there's proof of a revitalised landscape profession in 'Groundswell:

Constructing the Contemporary Landscape' (25 February-16 May) - one of the first temporary exhibitions to be staged in Yoshio Taniguchi's new Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York.

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