Monthly Archives: July 2012

Avery Library and the Olympics

Avery Library has a lot of material on the Olympic Games in the modern era.  From books to magazine articles– sports and architecture fans will find some interesting items. 

Das Olympische Dorf : XI. Olympiade Berlin, 1936. Published: Berlin : Deutscher Kunstverlag, [1936?].

Bauten der Olympischen Spiele 1972 München. Buildings for the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. [Redaktion : Heinz Krehl (verantwortlich), Liselotte Hornung, Utta Sickel] Published: Stuttgart, K. Krämer [1969].

Transformación de un frente marítimo : Barcelona, La Villa Olímpica, 1992 = Transformation of a seafront : Barcelona, The Olympic Village, 1992 / Martorell, Bohigas, Mackay, Puigdomènech. Published: Barcelona : G. Gili, c1988.

Olympic visions : images of the games through history / Mike O'Mahony. Published: London : Reaktion Books, 2012.

MoMA Century of the Child exhibition

The Museum of Modern Art exhibition  Century of the Child, has 5 drawings from the Avery Library Drawings and Archives department.

3 drawings from the Spanish Children's Drawings and 2 drawings by Otto Wagner, probably never exhibited before for a Haus des Kindes of 1917.

Wagner died in 1918 and the project was never built. The Haus des Kindes was not an orphanage- it was intended as a place for children separated from their families by the war where the families could go to try to find the children. The older children were given occupational training should they end up on their own. 

The Wagner drawings were a gift to Avery in 2000 in memory of Annie Neubrunn, Emil Neubrunn, Fritz Oberlander, Adolf Placzek, and Harry and Elizabeth Gutman by Cornelia and Peter Oberlander.

Swimming Pool Library

If the recent heat waves have you thinking of swimming pools, head to Avery for a quick refresher course. Books on the architecture and design of pools include:

The springboard in the pond: an intimate history of the swimming pool,

by Thomas A.P. van Leeuwen (1998)





The new American swimming pool: innovations in design and construction: 40 case studies,

edited by James Grayson Trulove (2001)




Spectacular pools,

by Francisco Asensio Cerver with photography by Pere Planells (1999)





Best designed hotel pools: indooor & outdoor, contemporary minimalistic, rooftop, natural curves,

by Martin Nicholas Kunz (2004)