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Notre-Dame: A Short History of the Meaning of Cathedrals
by Ken Follett

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English

Pages

80

Publication Date

October 29, 2019

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<b>鈥淭he wonderful cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris, one of the greatest achievements of European civilization, was on fire. The sight dazed and disturbed us profoundly. I was on the edge of tears. Something priceless was dying in front of our eyes. The feeling was bewildering, as if the earth was shaking.鈥?鈥擪en Follett</b><br /><br /> In this short, spellbinding book, international bestselling author Ken Follett describes the emotions that gripped him when he learned about the fire that threatened to destroy one of the greatest cathedrals in the world鈥攖he Notre-Dame de Paris. Follett then tells the story of the cathedral, from its construction to the role it has played across time and history, and he reveals the influence that the Notre-Dame had upon cathedrals around the world and on the writing of one of Follett's most famous and beloved novels,聽<i>The Pillars of the Earth</i>.<br /><br /> Ken Follett will donate his proceeds from this book to the charity La Fondation du Patrimoine.
The Design of Everyday Things: Revised and Expanded Edition
by Donald A. Norman

Language

English

Pages

370

Publication Date

November 05, 2013

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<b>The ultimate guide to human-centered design </b><br />Even the smartest among us can feel inept as we fail to figure out which light switch or oven burner to turn on, or whether to push, pull, or slide a door. <br />The fault, argues this ingenious -- even liberating -- book, lies not in ourselves, but in product design that ignores the needs of users and the principles of cognitive psychology. The problems range from ambiguous and hidden controls to arbitrary relationships between controls and functions, coupled with a lack of feedback or other assistance and unreasonable demands on memorization.<i><br /></i><i>The Design of Everyday Things</i> shows that good, usable design is possible. The rules are simple: make things visible, exploit natural relationships that couple function and control, and make intelligent use of constraints. The goal: guide the user effortlessly to the right action on the right control at the right time.<br /><br /><i>The Design of Everyday Things</i> is a powerful primer on how -- and why -- some products satisfy customers while others only frustrate them.<br />
Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism
by Fumio Sasaki

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English

Pages

260

Publication Date

April 11, 2017

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<p><strong>The best-selling phenomenon from Japan that shows us a minimalist life is a happy life.</strong></p><br /><p>Fumio Sasaki is not an enlightened minimalism expert or organizing guru like Marie Kondo鈥攈e鈥檚 just a regular guy who was stressed out and constantly comparing himself to others, until one day he decided to change his life by saying goodbye to everything he didn鈥檛 absolutely need. The effects were remarkable: Sasaki gained true freedom, new focus, and a real sense of gratitude for everything around him. In <em>Goodbye, Things</em> Sasaki modestly shares his personal minimalist experience, offering specific tips on the minimizing process and revealing how the new minimalist movement can not only transform your space but truly enrich your life. The benefits of a minimalist life can be realized by anyone, and Sasaki鈥檚 humble vision of true happiness will open your eyes to minimalism鈥檚 potential.</p>
Disney's Land: Walt Disney and the Invention of the Amusement Par...
by Richard Snow

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English

Pages

432

Publication Date

December 03, 2019

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<b>A propulsive history chronicling the conception and creation of Disneyland, the masterpiece California theme park, as told like never before by popular historian Richard Snow.</b><br /><br />One day in the early 1950s, Walt Disney stood looking over 240 acres of farmland in Anaheim, California, and imagined building a park where people 鈥渃ould live among Mickey Mouse and Snow White in a world still powered by steam and fire for a day or a week or (if the visitor is slightly mad) forever.鈥?Despite his wealth and fame, exactly no one wanted Disney to build such a park. Not his brother Roy, who ran the company鈥檚 finances; not the bankers; and not his wife, Lillian. Amusement parks at that time, such as Coney Island, were a generally despised business, sagging and sordid remnants of bygone days. Disney was told that he would only be heading toward financial ruin.<br /> <br />But Walt persevered, initially financing the park against his own life insurance policy and later with sponsorship from ABC and the sale of thousands and thousands of Davy Crockett coonskin caps. Disney assembled a talented team of engineers, architects, artists, animators, landscapers, and even a retired admiral to transform his ideas into a soaring yet soothing wonderland of a park. The catch was that they had only a year and a day in which to build it.<br /> <br />On July 17, 1955, Disneyland opened its gates鈥nd the first day was a disaster. Disney was nearly suicidal with grief that he had failed on a grand scale. But the curious masses kept coming, and the rest is entertainment history. Eight hundred million visitors have flocked to the park since then. In <i>Disney鈥檚 Land</i>, Richard Snow brilliantly presents the entire spectacular story, a wild ride from vision to realization, and an epic of innovation and error that reflects the uniqueness of the man determined to build 鈥渢he happiest place on earth鈥?with a watchmaker鈥檚 precision, an artist鈥檚 conviction, and the desperate, high-hearted recklessness of a riverboat gambler.
Lead Designer's Handbook: The Lead Designer and Design Management
by Dale Sinclair

Language

English

Pages

144

Publication Date

August 23, 2019

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<p>Despite co-ordination being the principal focus of the Lead Designer鈥檚 role, there is very little written about how to undertake these duties. What tools can the Lead Designer use to address the many complexities of developing a design as part of an iterative process? How can the Lead Designer redefine what they do using a digital world to provide profoundly different and new services? This book analyses at all of these questions, setting out how the Lead Designer can perform effectively and efficiently in the digital world, addressing clients鈥?new whole life project requirements and new ways of constructing and assembling buildings.</p><br /><p>Managing increasing numbers of specialists in the construction process requires experience to ensure that their contributions are properly managed and produced at the right time. This book considers this challenge. It will also consider how the Lead Designer can effectively lead and manage health and safety aspects and risks (the principal designer role in UK regulations).</p><br /><p>聽</p>
Homebody: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave
by Joanna Gaines

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English

Pages

352

Publication Date

November 06, 2018

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<p></p><p></p><p>In <em>Homebody: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave</em>, Joanna Gaines walks you through how to create a home that reflects the personalities and stories of the people who live there. Using examples from her own farmhouse as well as a range of other homes, this comprehensive guide will help you assess your priorities and instincts, as well as your likes and dislikes, with practical steps for navigating and embracing your authentic design style. Room by room, <em>Homebody </em>gives you an in-depth look at how these styles are implemented as well as how to blend the looks you're drawn to in order to create spaces that feel distinctly yours. A design template at the聽end of the book offers a step-by-step guide to planning and sketching out your own design plans. The insight shared in <em>Homebody </em>will instill in you the confidence to thoughtfully create spaces you never want to leave.</p>
Plagued by Fire: The Dreams and Furies of Frank Lloyd Wright
by Paul Hendrickson

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English

Pages

624

Publication Date

October 01, 2019

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<b>From the award-winning and nationally best-selling author of <i>Hemingway's Boat</i> and <i>Sons of Mississippi</i>--an illuminating, pathbreaking biography that will change the way we understand the life, mind, and work of the premier American architect.</b><br /><br />Frank Lloyd Wright has long been known as a rank egotist who held in contempt almost everything aside from his own genius. Harder to detect, but no less real, is a Wright who fully understood, and suffered from, the choices he made. This is the Wright whom Paul Hendrickson reveals in this masterful biography: the Wright who was haunted by his father, about whom he told the greatest lie of his life. And this, we see, is the Wright of many other neglected aspects of his story: his close, and perhaps romantic, relationship with friend and early mentor Cecil Corwin; the eerie, unmistakable role of fires in his life; the connection between the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921 and the murder of his mistress, her two children, and four others at his beloved Wisconsin home by a black servant gone mad. In showing us Wright's facades along with their cracks, Hendrickson helps us form a fresh, deep, and more human understanding of the man. With prodigious research, unique vision, and his ability to make sense of a life in ways at once unexpected, poetic, and undeniably brilliant, he has given us the defining book on Wright.
Whiskey in a Teacup: What Growing Up in the South Taught Me About...
by Reese Witherspoon

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English

Pages

299

Publication Date

September 18, 2018

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<b>Academy Award鈥搘inning actress, producer, and entrepreneur Reese Witherspoon invites you into her world, where she infuses the southern style, parties, and traditions she loves with contemporary flair and charm.</b><br /><br />Reese Witherspoon鈥檚 grandmother Dorothea always said that a combination of beauty and strength made southern women 鈥渨hiskey in a teacup.鈥?We may be delicate and ornamental on the outside, she said, but inside we鈥檙e strong and fiery.<br /> <br />Reese鈥檚 southern heritage informs her whole life, and she loves sharing the joys of southern living with practically everyone she meets. She takes the South wherever she goes with bluegrass, big holiday parties, and plenty of Dorothea鈥檚 fried chicken. It鈥檚 reflected in how she entertains, decorates her home, and makes holidays special for her kids鈥攏ot to mention how she talks, dances, and does her hair (in these pages, you will learn Reese鈥檚 fail-proof, only slightly insane hot-roller technique). Reese loves sharing Dorothea鈥檚 most delicious recipes as well as her favorite southern traditions, from midnight barn parties to backyard bridal showers, magical Christmas mornings to rollicking honky-tonks.<br /> <br />It鈥檚 easy to bring a little bit of Reese鈥檚 world into your home, no matter where you live. After all, there鈥檚 a southern side to every place in the world, right?
Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight ...
by Eric Klinenberg

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English

Pages

283

Publication Date

September 11, 2018

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<b>鈥淎 comprehensive, entertaining, and compelling argument for how rebuilding social infrastructure can help heal divisions in our society and move us forward.鈥濃€擩on Stewart</b><br /><br /><b>NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR 鈥?鈥淓ngaging.鈥濃€擬ayor Pete Buttigieg,聽<i>The New York Times Book Review聽</i>(Editors鈥?Choice)</b><br /><br />We are living in a time of deep divisions. Americans are sorting themselves along racial, religious, and cultural lines, leading to a level of polarization that the country hasn鈥檛 seen since the Civil War. Pundits and politicians are calling for us to come together and find common purpose. But how, exactly, can this be done?<br /><br />In聽<i>Palaces for the People</i>, Eric Klinenberg suggests a way forward. He believes that the future of democratic societies rests not simply on shared values but on shared spaces: the libraries, childcare centers, churches, and parks where crucial connections are formed. Interweaving his own research with examples from around the globe, Klinenberg shows how 鈥渟ocial infrastructure鈥?is helping to solve some of our most pressing societal challenges. Richly reported and ultimately uplifting,聽<i>Palaces for the People</i>聽offers a blueprint for bridging our seemingly unbridgeable divides.<br /><br /><b>LONGLISTED FOR THE ANDREW CARNEGIE MEDAL FOR EXCELLENCE IN NONFICTION</b><br /><br />鈥淛ust brilliant!鈥濃€?lt;b>Roman Mars,聽<i>99% Invisible</i></b><br /><br />鈥淭he aim of this sweeping work is to popularize the notion of 鈥榮ocial infrastructure'鈥攖he 鈥榩hysical places and organizations that shape the way people interact'. . . . Here, drawing on research in urban planning, behavioral economics, and environmental psychology, as well as on his own fieldwork from around the world, [Eric Klinenberg] posits that a community鈥檚 resilience correlates strongly with the robustness of its social infrastructure. The numerous case studies add up to a plea for more investment in the spaces and institutions (parks, libraries, childcare centers) that foster mutual support in civic life.鈥?lt;b>鈥?lt;i>The New Yorker</i></b><br /><br />鈥?lt;i>Palaces for the People鈥?lt;/i>the title is taken from the Scottish-American industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie鈥檚 description of the hundreds of libraries he funded鈥攊s essentially a calm, lucid exposition of a centuries-old idea, which is really a furious call to action.鈥?lt;b>鈥?lt;/b><i><b>New Statesman<br /><br /></b></i>鈥淐lear-eyed . . . fascinating.鈥?lt;b><i>鈥擯sychology Today</i></b>
Trade, Commerce, and the State in the Roman World (Oxford Studies...
by OUP Oxford

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English

Pages

678

Publication Date

November 03, 2017

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This volume presents eighteen papers by leading Roman historians and archaeologists discussing trade in the Roman Empire during the period c.100 BC to AD 350. It focuses especially on the role of the Roman state in shaping the institutional framework for trade within and outside the empire, in taxing that trade, and in intervening in the markets to ensure the supply of particular commodities, especially for the city of Rome and for the army.<br /><br />As part of a novel interdisciplinary approach to the subject, the chapters address its myriad facets on the basis of broadly different sources of evidence: historical, papyrological, and archaeological. They are grouped into three sections, covering institutional factors (taxation, legal structures, market regulation, financial institutions); evidence for long-distance trade within the empire in wood, stone, glass, and pottery; and trade beyond the frontiers, with the east (as far as China),<br />India, Arabia, the Red Sea, and the Sahara. Rome's external trade with realms to the east emerges as being of particular significance, but it is in the eastern part of the empire itself where the state appears to have adapted the mechanisms of taxation in collaboration with the elite holders of wealth<br />to support its need for revenue. On the other hand, the price of that collaboration, which was in effect a fiscal partnership, ultimately led in the longer term in slightly different forms in the east and the west to a fundamental change in the political character of the empire.

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