Manuel Gausa’s Housing: New Alternatives, New Systems (Birkhäuser 1998) looks at recent residential schemes and emerging approaches to housing design.
The volume consists of two separate parts. The first part discusses the theoretical underpinnings of contemporary residential architecture; the second part presents actual projects from the perspectives of urban ideas, open systems, basic or complex units, hybrid entities, and incisions. The presented are by leading international architects such as Ben van Berkel, Wiel Arets, Kas Oosterhuis, MGRDV, Jean Nouvel, Eduardo Souto de Moura, to name a few.
The text is in English, and it has been richly illustrated with architectural drawings, photographs, renderings, diagrams and other illustrative material.
This book is linked to the Single-Family Housing: The Private Domain by the same authors as well as the Quanders publication issues 210 and 211 (see e.g. our copy of Housing: New Alternatives – Habitatge: Noves Alternatives) that also published and discussed some of these projects.
The copy in stock is in good condition. There is slight age-related yellowing on the upper parts of the pages, but otherwise, they are clean and the binding is fine. The covers show some shelf wear and the spine is a bit yellowed, presumably due to exposure to sun light.