Visions of Seaside: Foundation/Evolution/Imagination. Built and Unbuilt Architecture (Hardcover)

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By Dhiru A. Thadani, Vincent Scully (Foreword by), Paul Goldberger (Introduction by)
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Time magazine noted that Seaside "could be the most astonishing design achievement of its era…." Visions of Seaside is the most comprehensive book on the history and development of the nation’s first and most influential New Urbanist town. The book chronicles the thirty-year history of the evolution and development of Seaside, Florida, its global influence on town planning, and the resurgence of place-making in the built environment. Through a rich repository of historical materials and writings, the book chronicles numerous architectural and planning schemes, and outlines a blueprint for moving forward over the next twenty-five to fifty years. Among the many contributors are Deborah Berke, Andrés Duany, Steven Holl, Léon Krier, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Aldo Rossi, and Robert A. M. Stern.

About the Author


Dhiru A. Thadani is an architect and urbanist who has worked on projects in Asia, Europe, and North and Central America and now serves as urban design consultant to several U.S. and international cities. He is the author of several books. Vincent Scully is Yale University’s Sterling Professor Emeritus of the History of Art and Architecture, author of numerous books, and recipient of the National Medal of Arts, the nation’s highest honor for artists and art patrons. Paul Goldberger is a Pulitzer Prize–winning architecture critic and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. He is the author of more than ten books and coauthor of many others.

Praise For…


“…Beautifully written and illustrated…It’s not a small volume at 600 pages, but Visions is seriously impressive as its subject. Lovers of architecture and town planning will be fascinated…Highly recommended.” ~Switchboard from the Natural Resources Defense Council

"Visions of Seaside explores designs of the town that were never constructed and the lessons it offers as an urbanist design. The book offers stunning, unique photographs and insights into the Seaside community from its humble beginnings to its modern development today." ~30A- Florida's Scenic Highway

“Thadani unveils with artistry the complete history of Seaside, from the plans when the roads wiggled, to the efficient street and lot plans, to the evolution and transformation of spaces as places, to futuristic views of an even more sustainable and  venerable town...Visions of Seaside is five books in one…When I purchased Thadani’s magnum opus, I began to marvel at the impressive composition of diagrams, sketches, plans and photographs, each of them a tribute to Thadani’s respect for all who have contributed to the success of Seaside.” ~Better! Cities & Towns

"...one of the most breathtaking books to come out this fall...You will not be disappointed with the images and scholarly text." ~Restless Urbanist

“The book provides an extensive history of the town as well as discussions about its ideals. Each house—and other buildings, including many that were merely planned, not built—is profiled in this Bible-size collection and the volume is packed with suggestions for alternative town layouts.” ~Designers and Books

“In the massive book Thadani documents much more than firsthand observations of his stay; he thoroughly recounts the history and evolution of the pioneering community, highlights many of the place’s distinctive buildings and presents a wealth of unbuilt proposals to learn from.” ~houzz.com
Product Details
ISBN: 9780847841530
ISBN-10: 0847841537
Publisher: Rizzoli
Publication Date: September 3rd, 2013
Pages: 608
Language: English

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If you love reading, but for some reason you read less and less, know that everything is fine. It happens.
Our lives today have so many things that distract us - how can we not put books away when all these movies, TV shows, YouTube videos, social networks and endless surfing in online stores are around ...
Yes, it's really hard to resist, but you certainly can!

In this article, we want to share with you some tips to read more often and more successfully.
These are some notes and some practices that we have collected for our SUNDOG BOOKS readers club.
And maybe it will bring more books into your life!

Why do we want/need to read more?

To start reading more, you have to understand why you need it.
And you will be surprised, but your goals can be quite varied:

- for work
If you read a lot on duty, then you definitely need to speed up the process. The logic here is simple: read faster → work faster → more time for books for yourself.

- for education
you need this for your educational career or sometimes you just want to read to learn. And, with all the new alternative ways to gain knowledge (podcasts, online courses and videos), the book still does an excellent job of this task too.

- for self-development
all exercises for increasing speed, one way or another, improve cognition and memory.

- for fun
because good books always = fun!

Book lovers have an additional special goal for reading more often. If you love literature, you will understand what we mean: you want to catch everything - to follow modern literature, and not forget about the classics, look into non-fiction and children's publications. And there’s so much you want to reread! The goals are ambitious, but attainable if you read a lot.

 

And so - How to read more:
We will tell you about the methods that we use ourselves. Perhaps some will suit you as well.

 

15 minutes a day

You've probably already heard this rule: if you want to start a healthy habit, devote 15 minutes a day to it. Once upon a time, we all read irregularly, in jumps and starts. Sometimes we cannot open a book we have begun weeks ago. Therefore, you should decide to create a rule: devote at least 15 minutes a day to reading. Try reading before bed, or maybe during lunchtime, or even when you are having your morning coffee.

You will see progress immediately. You will notice that almost always your 15 minutes will grow into half an hour or more. But the most remarkable thing is that in three weeks your hands themselves will be looking for a book.

 

50 First Pages
This method advises - If the book hasn't hooked you from the first 50 pages, put it aside! Life is too short to read uninteresting books.

It is necessary to change the approach to books. At first it will be hard for you to stop and put the book down. Even if we put the book away, it will seem to reproach us from the shelf, mocking us as quitters. But in the end we should come to one simple thought: if it doesn’t hook your attention, you should not force yourself to read it.

***Fifty pages is not a bad test. Not the most objective, but definitely effective. It helps to determine whether it interests you or not, and whether to spend time on things that do not excite.

 

Reader's Diary

This should be used to improve the quality of reading - to make it more conscious. For starters, it can be a simple notebook with headings:

  • Author
  • Year of publication
  • Main characters
  • Scene
  • Plot
  • Theme
  • Quotes

And, yes, a reader's diary is not a thing about quantity, but about quality. But, it can also motivate. When you open your diary and start looking at quotes (especially quotes), you immediately really want to read.

 

Maybe a Book Bet?
Several people can participate. Members of the betting group can come from friends, family, and also your colleagues. And of course you can set your own rules for participation, but we'll give you a simple example:

Everyone in the group should read and review a book over the course of a month with weekly updates. Anyone who does not finish a review buys the book for all other participants for the next month.

 

Speed Reading

Another effective way to increase the amount you read is speed reading. The logic here is simple - the faster you read, the more books you can enjoy.

*There are many online courses on speed reading, and you can also study on your own using instructional books. But, it is worth noting that this is a serious learning process that will require some effort on your part.

 

Outcome

Reading every day is quite attainable, the main thing is to try to make it a habit.
Sometimes, instead of heading for Facebook, try opening a book and soon you won’t even remember why you needed to wander around social media.
And also - don't forget about audiobooks. They are a cool way to take the load off your eyes sometimes and just immerse yourself in the story. Some books are really strong in voice acting.

 
 
 

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