The second title in Artifice books on architecture's "Contemporary Architecture" series, "Contemporary Architecture: North America", is an insightful and provocative exploration of the most significant architecture and architectural movements developing in the United States and Canada today. This comprehensive book comprises richly illustrated profiles showcasing more than 50 of the continent's leading and emerging practices. Themes such as the emergence of high-rise housing, as characterised by the work of architectsAlliance; grass root architectural movements in Detroit; the bespoke practices of Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects and Deborah Berke Partners; and the "iconic" tendencies of Frank Gehry and Morphosis are all discussed. Other practices included are Hariri Pontarini Architects, Rafael Vinoly Architects, Shim-Sutcliffe Architects, SO-IL, Eisenman Architects, Moriyama & Teshima Architects, Diller, Scofidio + Renfro, Asymptote and REX. "Contemporary Architecture: North America" examines the styles, perceptions and culture of North America's built environment and the impact of theoreticians such as Robert Venturi and Denise Scott-Brown, articulating varied arguments and opinions on the subject that guide the reader in further discussion. With commissioned essays addressing and contextualising the buildings featured, and re-published significant texts by commentators in the field, the Contemporary Architecture series invites international comparisons, shattering stereotypes and clear-cut distinctions typically used to define each geographic area.
Duncan McCorquodale was born in Birmingham, England in 1962. He grew up in England and then Canada, where he pursued his own studies in etching, sculpture and filmmaking. From 1985 to 1989 Duncan McCorquodale undertook undergraduate studies in Architecture and Art History at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. From 1989 to 1993 Duncan pursued post-graduate studies in the History and Theory of Architecture at the Architectural Association (AA), London. While at the AA, in 1992, Duncan published his first magazine, ARCH-TEXT. On graduating from the AA in 1993 Duncan began teaching the History and Theory of Architecture to second and third year students at the Bartlett School of Architecture, London. He also established Black Dog Publishing Limited (BDP) in the same year, Duncan McCorquodale relinquished his teaching post at The Bartlett in 2000 to focus full-time on publishing, developing BDP s now extensive list of titles to include architecture, art, design, music, photography and printmaking.
In 2011 Duncan McCorquodale co-founded Artifice books on architecture, also based in London. First and foremost dedicated to the promotion, distribution and sales of architecture titles Artifice books on architecture is also a new imprint under which smaller, more bespoke publications are produced, enabling the continuation of the publication of major monographs and theoretical books on contemporary architecture as well as the type of responsive, creative titles with which BDP first made its name as an independent publishing house nearly 20 years ago. He has edited over 100 books including "Desiring Practices", "Colin St John Wilson", "Architects Year Book Symposium", "Eric Parry Architects 1+2" and "The Third Typology and Other Essays".