Coffee-table books about arcades

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  1. rdawson808

    rdawson808 Senior member

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    Does anyone know of any? I'd love to have a large coffee-table style book about arcades and the architecture and history of arcades. Any thoughts? I realize this is awfully obscure, but Amazon.com's keyword search is really rather useless in this regard.

    cheers,
    bob
     


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    Shopping arcades? Video arcades?
     


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    AlanC Minister of Trad

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    I always liked Ms. Pac-Man.
     


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    I always liked Ms. Pac-Man.

    [​IMG]
     


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    Phaidon and Taaschen are two publishers that have great selections on art /architecture. Check online.
     


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    rdawson808 Senior member

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    Bunch a smart-asses, the lot of you. [​IMG] I almost made some crack about it myself.

    Thanks Designprof, I've give those a go.

    bob
     


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    j (stands for Jerk) Admin

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    Being an uncultured idiot, I was serious. [​IMG] What kind of arcade are you talking about? Example?
     


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    How about Walter Benjamin's The Arcades Project? It's sublimely obscure.
     


  9. rdawson808

    rdawson808 Senior member

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    Being an uncultured idiot, I was serious. [​IMG] What kind of arcade are you talking about? Example?

    Oh, sorry, you know, the covered shopping areas like the Burlington Arcade in London. They became popular in the late 19th century, I believe.

    The Arcades Project is one that I looked at and I am sure to get it. I was just wondering if there might be a nice photog book full of pretty pictures and history.

    bob
     


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    The Arcades Project is sort of like Aby Warburg; seemingly random, and obscure to the point of James Joyce on opium. I believe it's incomplete since Benjamin commited suicide before a final compilation.
     


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    Just remembered, you might also look at university presses, like Princeton Univ Press, MIT Press etc. They will have stuff that is hard to find and won't make it to the major distributors.
     


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