Monday, October 31, 2016

Hong Kong Architecture 1945-2015: From Colonial to Global

Charlie Q.L. Xue
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This book focuses on the transformation from colonial to global – the formation, mechanism, events, works and people related to urban architecture. The book reveals hardships the city encountered in the 1950s and the glamour enjoyed in the 1980s. It depicts the public and private developments, and especially the public housing which has sheltered millions of residents. The author identifies the architects practising in the formative years and the representatives of a rising generation after the 1980s. Suffering from land shortage and a dense environment, the urban development of Hong Kong has in the past 70 years met the changing demands of fluctuating economic activities and a rising population. Architecture on the island has been shaped by social demands, the economy and technology. The buildings have been forged by the government, clients, planners, architects, many contractors and end-users. The built environment nurtures our life and is visual evidence of the way the city has developed. Hong Kong is a key to East Asia in the Pacific Era. The book is a must-read for a thorough understanding the contemporary history and architecture of this oriental pearl.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

誰把爛泥扶上壁: 你所不知的香港建築故事

馮永基 著
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《誰把爛泥扶上壁: 你所不知的香港建築故事》榮獲「香港金閱獎2016」圖文書組最佳書籍。

本書是香港著名建築師馮永基以自傳形式,對其豐富建築知識、官場經驗及人生閱歷作出的回顧。

由讀書時期做「汽水仔」,講到進入官場後首個處理的「雞毛淤塞渠道」任務,再如何成功地藉着香港濕地公園項目而獲獎無數,作者都一一細說當中的苦與樂。更以輕鬆的筆法,大談他在官場打滾20多年,接觸近百個香港公共建築項目的背後,鮮為人知的設計巧思、創作故事和無名英雄:

──政府總部為何要搬家?
──哪裡是機場禁區中的禁區?
──香港的最佳公共建築,竟然是「搵(找)鬼住」的火葬場及靈灰安置所?

一位建築師、一個藝術家,也為人師表,更曾是承載着沉重社會責任的公僕,也願意隨性地真情剖白,難能可貴。全因作者愛惜這個家園,希望讀者重新認識不一樣的香港。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)


Monday, October 24, 2016

They Say, I Say: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing

Gerald Graff, Cathy Birkenstein
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They Say / I Say demystifies academic writing by identifying its key rhetorical moves, the most important of which is to summarize what others have said ("they say") to set up one's own argument ("I say"). The book also provides templates to help students make these key moves in their own writing. This version includes readings that demonstrate those moves―and provide stimulating conversations for them to enter. The Second Edition includes an anthology of 44 readings that will provoke students to think―and write―about five important issues, including two new ones: Is Higher Education Worth the Price? and Why Does It Matter Who Wins the Big Game?

(Excerpt from amazon.com)


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從字句到結構 : 學術論文寫作指引

蔡柏盈 著
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本書分成三篇:「寫作籌劃篇」、「學術論文寫作結構篇」、「寫作文法篇」,共六章。各章均有正文、練習與討論及寫作練習三個部分,循序使用,可以幫助:一、了解學術文體寫作特性。二、理解並運用學術論文各章節的寫作結構與步驟。三、從字句、段落到篇章架構,加強寫作的連貫與可讀性。

(摘錄自誠品網路書店)

Monday, October 17, 2016

Chronicles: Volume One

Bob Dylan (winner of the 2016 Nobel prize in literature)
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The celebrated first memoir from arguably the most influential singer-songwriter in the United States, Bob Dylan.

"I'd come from a long ways off and had started a long ways down. But now destiny was about to manifest itself. I felt like it was looking right at me and nobody else."

So writes Bob Dylan in Chronicles: Volume One, his remarkable book exploring critical junctures in his life and career. Through Dylan's eyes and open mind, we see Greenwich Village, circa 1961, when he first arrives in Manhattan. Dylan's New York is a magical city of possibilities -- smoky, nightlong parties; literary awakenings; transient loves and unbreakable friendships. Elegiac observations are punctuated by jabs of memories, penetrating and tough. With the book's side trips to New Orleans, Woodstock, Minnesota and points west, Chronicles: Volume One is an intimate and intensely personal recollection of extraordinary times.

 By turns revealing, poetical, passionate and witty, Chronicles: Volume One is a mesmerizing window on Bob Dylan's thoughts and influences. Dylan's voice is distinctively American: generous of spirit, engaged, fanciful and rhythmic. Utilizing his unparalleled gifts of storytelling and the exquisite expressiveness that are the hallmarks of his music, Bob Dylan turns Chronicles: Volume One into a poignant reflection on life, and the people and places that helped shape the man and the art.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)




諾貝爾獎得主的大學時代

李臻 主編
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如果把諾貝爾獎得主的人生比作一條奔馳的跑道,那麼這本書就是一本“尋找起點”的書。書中的人物,在每一章的故事裡所做的,就是找到自己人生的起點。毫無疑問,他們往後的成就證明,他們在大學時代找到的起點是異常正確的。可是,他們尋找的過程呢?是否一帆風順,還是充滿了傳奇,這些都會在這書中找到完整的答案。

(摘錄自書中前言)


書中精選的40位諾貝爾得主包括:
知恥而後勇——格林尼亞
最幸福的時光——薩特
快樂成長——費米
交了一個重要朋友——塞格雷
喜歡給名人寫信——羅蘭
恐懼課堂——愛因斯坦
輸了愛情,贏了世界
——川端康成
打工狂人
——弗里德曼
鋼鐵是這樣煉成的——瑪麗·居里
求學“陰謀”——巴甫洛夫
輟學的諾貝爾獎得主——馬爾克斯
舞台上的鬥士——加繆
不做筆記的學生——哈耶克
覺醒的力量——倫琴
為自己吶喊——奧斯特瓦爾德
100美元闖美國——丁肇中
這不是“師生戀”——鮑林
科學需要實踐
——波施
四處上學——玻恩
永不完美的實驗——玻爾
師生間的智力競賽——崔琦
他想到的,別人沒想到——范特霍夫
大學兄弟會——費曼
耶魯小天才——蓋爾曼
搭上了“人才快車”——海森堡
太陽的溫度也得親自去算——李政道
獲得最高榮譽——盧瑟福
勤奮的天才——艾略特
劍橋是個新世界——羅素
堅持自己的原則——麥克林托克
努力不是件羞恥的事——梅達沃
片刻也不休息——繆勒
一切通過實驗——摩爾根
丑小鴨變成天鵝——納什
他與眾不同——薛定諤
修行靠個人——楊振寧
以後幹點什麼——約里奧·居里
未雨綢繆——湯川秀樹
把握成功的學習方法——福井謙一
身在美國,心在中國——賽珍珠