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in print Raves + Reviews The Power of Pro Bono: 40 Stories about Design for the Public Good by Architects and Their Clients Edited By John Cary and Public Architecture. Foreword By Majora Carter. Preface By John Peterson. Focused on socially responsible projects for nonprofi t organizations, this book describes 40 cases involving a wide range of building types where the provision of pro-bono design services led to positive results. T e examples are linked by pro bono (the provision of some or all of a fi rm’s services for free), commitment to socially responsible action, and mutually positive outcomes and attention for all involved. Practical advice on contracts, professional responsibilities, and risks when services are provided in the absence of fee is scant. But as an enlightening and encouraging survey of the fi eld, this volume makes a worthwhile contribution. Pocket Neighborhoods: Creating Small-Scale Community in a Large-Scale World By Ross Chapin Architect and author Chapin’s purpose is to make neighborhoods real again, imbued with a sense of community and safety. His vehicle is the pocket neighborhood, which is a clustered group of neighborhood houses gathered around an open space. In the many urban and suburban examples Chapin describes, animating the open space (a court, a street, backyards, shared commons) is critical to creating the cohesiveness, energy, and security that successful neighborhoods off er. T ere is a defi nite affi nity and linkage between Gordon Cullen’s “Townscape,” new urbanism, and Chapin’s approach. His examples, survey of design strategies, and this resonance all contribute to making this an important and helpful volume. REVIEWS BY STANLEY STARK, FAIA Otto Neurath: The Language of the Global Polis By Nader Vossoughian New York: D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers, 2010. 288 pp. $40 Neurath was a sociologist, economist, and information designer. He made critical contributions to 20th-century Modernist thought as the inventor of the Isotype pictorial system of universally comprehensible silhouettes as a method of conveying information. T rough his involvement with the International Congress of Modern Architecture (CIAM) and his contacts with Sigfried Giedion, Le Corbusier, László Moholy-Nagy, and graphic designer Gerd Arntz, the system of Isotypes became the international language of urban planning and design. His infl uence as an engaged intellectual who sought to foster interactive and participatory approaches to social planning and design was enormous. In addition to reminding us of Neurath’s contributions, the author suggests that his example has valuable lessons for us today. Newtown, Connecticut: Taunton Press, 2011. 224 pp. $30 Noted but Not Reviewed Manhattan Projects: The Rise and Fall of Urban Renewal in Cold War New York By Samuel Zipp New York: NAi Publishers/ D.A.P., 2011. 176 pp. $35 T is book off ers a new perspective on the dreary saga of urban renewal and its shaky promises of “benevolent intervention.” Zipp concentrates on four major post-war projects with uneven results – the UN Headquarters, Stuyvesant Town, Lincoln Center, and East Harlem public housing – and emphasizes the challenges and perils of a comprehensive urban vision. Stanley Stark, FAIA, is an executive project director at EYP. He is a frequent contributor to Oculus and previously served as chair of the Oculus Committee. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010. 469 pp. $34.95 34 Oculus Fall 2011 Interior Motives: Activity & Growth http://www.amazon.com/Power-Pro-Bono-John-Cary/dp/1935202189?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1319644173&sr=1-1&_encoding=UTF8&tag=aicefoar-20&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325 http://www.amazon.com/Pocket-Neighborhoods-Small-Scale-Community-Large-Scale/dp/160085107X?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1319644405&sr=1-1&_encoding=UTF8&tag=aicefoar-20&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325 http://www.naylornetwork.com/arc-nxt

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Oculus - Fall 2011

First Words
A Word from the Editor
Center for Architecture
One Block Over
Opener: The New Office Space
Small Spaces, Transforming Results
Redesigned Practice
The Lure of Pop-ups
A Giant, Hardly Sleeping: Pro Bono Sector
In Print
57-Year Watch
Last Words
Index to Advertisers

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