Why We Build

Author: Rowan Moore
Editor: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 1447204506
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Buildings are driven by human emotions and desires; hope, power, money, sex, the idea of home. In Why We Build Rowan Moore explores the making of buildings from conception to inhabitation and reveals the paradoxical power of architecture: it looks fixed and solid, but is always changing in response to the lives around it. Moving across the globe and through history, through works of folly, beauty, spectacle, and subtlety, Moore gives a provocative and iconoclastic view of what makes architecture, why it matters, and why we find it fascinating. You will never look at a building in the same way again.

This House We Build

Author: Terry Bookman
Editor: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1566996783
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This one-volume guide to a healthy congregation combines the wisdom of a rabbi with the expertise of an organizational development consultant to demonstrate the power of positive relationships and show how to avoid some of the common traps that can lead to serious conflict. Using the life of the synagogue as its central illustration, this book gives vital lessons for congregations of any faith on how to be a healthy community of believers. Leaders and congregants alike are shown how to incorporate all their gifts for the creation and support of a healthy faith community. Synagogue life is considered through case studies—struggles over what to do with an endowment fund, a social action committee that no one joins, changing a worship service time, clergy transitions—which are examined for what they reveal about the struggles of congregations and their leaders to create healthy institutions. Each chapter integrates organizational theory and faith values in the pursuit of a deeper understanding of synagogue life. For non-Jewish congregations, the book offers rich insights into Hebrew texts and culture and the common elements between synagogue and church life. This House We Build enables both clergy and members to learn more deeply about creating and sustaining communities of faith in the course of inevitable transitions and everyday challenges.

In What Style Should We Build

Author: Heinrich Hübsch
Editor: Getty Publications
ISBN: 9780892361984
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This series offers a range of heretofore unavailable writings in English translation on the subjects of art, architecture, and aesthetics.Hubsch's argument that the technical progress and changed living habits of the nineteenth century rendered neoclassical principles antiquated is presented here along with responses to his essay by architects, historians, and critics over two decades.

Displaced Urbanized Or Why We Build

Author: Suhaib Bhatti
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I embarked on this research with the aim to study the relationship between the city and the flood, understanding the waterfront as some blurred edge where wild and human forces mix. My hope was to propose a design strategy for urban waterfronts, which define a critical border between the order of the city and the chaotic, disruptive force of the flood. Initially, I wanted to outline some toolkit which could be applied to the unique conditions of any urban waterfront of the world. It became clear that I would need to choose a site amongst hundreds of cases, otherwise my brief studies of the globe's urban watersheds would remain relatively shallow. For a number of anomalous reasons, I settled on the Indus Valley and its watershed, together composing one of Earth's most violent landscapes. The more I studied the valley for symptoms, like a doctor looking for the underlying conditions of a place, the more I realized that the kind of design method I initially hoped to uncover would be impossible. To adequately frame the chaotic valley would prove to be enough of a challenge. Any constructed timeline would have its gaps, and any design to solve the plethora of urban or water issues in the Indus would need a plan of execution which would border the fantastical or horrific, for the valley consists of a series of wicked problems which generate further anomalies with any solution. Any prescription is temporary and comes with much uncertainty, especially in the Indus where the average economic value of each citizen is measured under $6000 per year, leaving many citizens with little agency and room for long-term investment. The desire for a design was replaced with a desire for answers, then a desire for the right questions. I began trying to re-conceptualize the valley through its history of catastrophe, constantly reconfiguring fragments until the gaps in the valley's narrative became the main markers of an alternate history defined by anomalous forces that re-structure society. This research unifies fragmented histories of the valley towards a critique of dominant paradigms of space-making, indentifying the need for alternative practises of architecture that can anticipate or cultivate the transformative and anomalous nature of civilization.

Why We Garden

Author: Jim Nollman
Editor: Sentient Publications
ISBN: 1591810256
Size: 14,90 MB
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This book is full of helpful tips from the author's decades of gardening experience, plus the Zen of gardening -- the sense of place and purpose, what tending the land means to us. A wonderful gift for the gardener seeking the simplicity and spirit of the land. Nollman shares his observations on 'plant personalities' and discusses unorthodox types of gardens in a way that is entertaining as well as instructive. His biocentric approach is about a fundamental connection with nature that transforms the act of gardening into an adventure filled with lessons great and small. He advocates for gardens as spaces for a genuine healing relationship between person and place.

Why We Remain Jews

Author: Vladimir Tsesis
Editor: Chicago Review Press
ISBN: 0897337476
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Dr. Tsesis describes the path he traversed from religious ignorance to strong belief in the Jewish religion. Tsesis assigns a special place to the proof of his conclusion that religion and science—especially in light of recent discoveries—are not antagonists, and are, in fact, in complete harmony, supplementing and not excluding each other. In the spirit of ecumenism Tsesis speaks about coexistence of different religions, which share the common objective of assurance of perpetual survival of the human race. The unifying theme of this book, however, is the beauty of the Jewish religion and a possible answer to the question of why we remain Jews.

Explaining The Reasons We Share

Author: Mark Schroeder
Editor: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 0191022926
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Normative ethical theories generally purport to be explanatory—to tell us not just what is good, or what conduct is right, but why. Drawing on both historical and contemporary approaches, Mark Schroeder offers a distinctive picture of how such explanations must work, and of the specific commitments that they incur. According to Schroeder, explanatory moral theories can be perfectly general only if they are reductive, offering accounts of what it is for something to be good, right, or what someone ought to do. So ambitious, highly general normative ethical theorizing is continuous with metaethical inquiry. Moreover, he argues that such explanatory theories face a special challenge in accounting for reasons or obligations that are universally shared, and develops an autonomy-based strategy for meeting this challenge, in the case of requirements of rationality. Explaining the Reasons We Share pulls together over a decade of work by one of the leading figures in contemporary metaethics. One new and ten previously published papers weave together treatments of reasons, reduction, supervenience, instrumental rationality, and legislation, to paint a sharp contrast between two plausible but competing pictures of the nature and limits of moral explanation—one from Cudworth and one indebted to Kant. A substantive new introduction provides a map to reading these essays as a unified argument, and qualifies their conclusions in light of Schroeder's current views. Along with its sister volume, Expressing Our Attitudes, this volume advances the theme that metaethical inquiry is continuous with other areas of philosophy.

Building Trust

Author: Robert C. Solomon
Editor: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199839468
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In business, politics, marriage, indeed in any significant relationship, trust is the essential precondition upon which all real success depends. But what, precisely, is trust? How can it be achieved and sustained? And, most importantly, how can it be regained once it has been broken? In Building Trust, Robert C. Solomon and Fernando Flores offer compelling answers to these questions. They argue that trust is not something that simply exists from the beginning, something we can assume or take for granted; that it is not a static quality or "social glue." Instead, they assert that trust is an emotional skill, an active and dynamic part of our lives that we build and sustain with our promises and commitments, our emotions and integrity. In looking closely at the effects of mistrust, such as insidious office politics that can sabotage a company's efficiency, Solomon and Flores demonstrate how to move from na?ve trust that is easily shattered to an authentic trust that is sophisticated, reflective, and possible to renew. As the global economy makes us more and more reliant on "strangers," and as our political and personal interactions become more complex, Building Trust offers invaluable insight into a vital aspect of human relationships.

The Power Of Purpose

Author: Peter S. Temes
Editor: Harmony
ISBN: 0307381609
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The Power of Purpose begins with a simple but remarkable statement: “The more you focus on helping others, the more you will succeed in reaching your own goals.” Peter S. Temes builds on this fundamental insight to share a simple plan for living with the truest and most enduring kind of happiness. At the heart of The Power of Purpose are the “three levels of thinking.” At the first level, we ask, Who am I? and What do I want? At the second level, we ask, Who do other people think I am? How do I look to them? But the real magic happens when we hit the third level, forgetting about ourselves and asking the questions that lend a powerful sense of purpose to our lives: How do others look to themselves? How can I help others become the people they want to be? To help us along the way, Temes, who teaches humanities at Columbia University, draws on the wisdom of great thinkers including Aristotle, Søren Kierkegaard, and Abraham Lincoln; the life lessons of great achievers ranging from Mother Teresa to Michael Jordan; and home truths he’s gathered from his parents, his grandparents, and his three children. From all these sources and from his own life of great personal accomplishment, Temes identifies the essential knowledge that brings people happiness and success. He cites Aristotle’s notion that happiness is not a psychological state but a moral one, resulting from doing good in the world. Temes also believes in the pivotal importance of trust and team-building in every area of life, from the family to the workplace to the street corner. The Power of Purpose is a map for finding the confidence and power, the opportunities and occasions, and—most important—the techniques and strategies for centering your relationships and work on helping others. It is a book with a point of view: the clearest path to your own success and happiness lies in helping others get to where they want to go. From the Hardcover edition.