Desert Architecture (2008) presents exciting and pioneering projects from the field of desert architecture, demonstrating that contemporary architecture can meet the unique challenges presented by torrid zones. 250 colored illustrations. Size: 32 x 24 cm , 176 pages
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From the contents: Spaceport America in New Mexico, USA (Foster + Partners). Ras Al-Khaimah-Gateway Project, United Arab Emirates (Snøhetta). Hotel en Atacama, Chile (Germán del Sol). Desert Broom Public Library in Arizona, USA (richärd + bauer:). Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Center in British Columbia, Canada (Hotson Boniface Haden architecs + urbanists).
Graphically illustrated with architects’ plans and numerous photographs, this volume shows that innovative architectural ideas can be successfully realized even in regions with extreme living conditions. Architects have always drawn inspiration from the magical ambience and unique conditions of the desert. Current predictions of climate change have made the issue of building in particularly hot climatic zones more relevant than ever.