Architecture Books

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  1. The Language of Houses - How Buildings Speak to Us

    The Language of Houses: How Buildings Speak to Us

    In The Language of Houses, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alison Lurie examines how buildings and their interior design are an expression of the people and the society that have created them. She explains why a house is as shameless as a tabloid, revealing all about the family living within it, and what the public buildings that surround our lives say about what goes on inside them and the human beings they are meant to serve.

  2. The Function of Style

    The Function of Style

    The Function of Style presents the architectural landscape as an intricate web in which individual buildings are the product of ideas which have been appropriated from other buildings designed for the different activities of everyday life, ideas which are varied to produce singular buildings that are related to one another but also different. Moussavi argues that, by embracing everyday life as a raw material, architects can change the conventions of how buildings are assembled, to ground style, and the aesthetic experience of buildings, in the micro-politics of the everyday.

  3. Living in Style - City

    Living in Style: City

    Living in Style City shows the most stunning urban homes from around the world. Whether it's a São Paulo apartment, a London townhouse, a Palazzo in Rome, or a luxurious house in Beirut, this richly illustrated coffee table book features endless inspiration. Discover the private side of the world's most enchanting cities and immerse yourself in beautiful interiors that reflect their local culture.

  4. BIG little house - Small Houses Designed by Architects

    BIG little house: Small Houses Designed by Architects

    In BIG Little House house, award-winning architect Donna Kacmar introduces twenty real-life examples of small houses. Each project is less than 1,000 square feet in size and, brought together, the designs reveal an attitude towards materiality, light, enclosure and accommodation which is unique to minimal dwellings. While part of a trend to address growing concerns about reducing consumption and the lack of affordable housing, the book demonstrates that small dwellings are not always simply the result of budget constraints, but constitute a deliberate design strategy in their own right.

  5. Drawing from Practice - Architects and the Meaning of Freehand

    Drawing from Practice: Architects and the Meaning of Freehand

    Drawing from Practice by J. Michael Welton explores and illuminates the ways that 26 diverse and reputable architects use freehand drawing to shape the built environment. In this generously illustrated book, Welton traces the tactile sketch, from initial parti to finished product, through words, images, and photographs that reveal the creative process in action.

  6. The New Nomads - Temporary Spaces and a Life on the Move

    The New Nomads: Temporary Spaces and a Life on the Move

    More and more creatives are thriving on a nomadic yet high-tech life. The New Nomads explores this growing phenomenon as well as how it is starting to make an impact on the work of architects, city planners, product designers, and employers worldwide.

  7. The Founding Myths of Architecture

    The Founding Myths of Architecture

    The Founding Myths of Architecture brings together and discusses the work of some of the most influential and intriguing figures in the history of architecture. By returning to the authentic roots from which modern architectural thought has sprung, it explores the significance of the discipline in relation to the evolution of mankind.

  8. New China Architecture

    New China Architecture

    Featuring hundreds of photographs and extensive commentary, this modern architecture and design book showcases the dynamic structures of today's China.

  9. How to Read Scottish Buildings

    How to Read Scottish Buildings

    How to Read Scottish Buildings is a unique, informative and refreshing companion to Scottish architecture that dispenses with jargon to enable us to appreciate Scottish buildings with regard to their ages, styles, influences, and functions, as well as the messages that their builders, owners and occupants intended them to convey.

  10. American Homes - The Landmark Illustrated Encyclopedia of Domestic Architecture

    American Homes: The Landmark Illustrated Encyclopedia of Domestic Architecture

    From the Dutch colonial, to the New England Salt Box, to the 1950s prefab, this unrivaled reference and useful guide to 103 building styles pays homage to our country's housing heritage. Award-winning architect Lester Walker examines hundreds of styles of homes - more than any other survey of American domestic architecture - and helps us understand the history of each style, why it developed as it did, and the practical and historical reasons behind its shape, size, material, ornament, and plan.

  11. Seeking New York - The Stories Behind the Historic Architecture of Manhattan

    Seeking New York: The Stories Behind the Historic Architecture of Manhattan

    Beautifully illustrated with line drawings and photographs, engagingly presented, and richly detailed, this charming guide traces the architectural and social history of Manhattan one building at a time. The island of Manhattan has been through remarkable architectural and social change throughout its history. Organized roughly by neighborhoods, this book explores the seemingly never-ending depths of architectural, personal, and social history of Manhattan, building by building.

  12. Outside Living

    Outside Living

    Outside Living is the ultimate resource for innovative terrace, roof garden, patio, and balcony design ideas for outdoor spaces of all shapes and sizes. Featured inside this lavishly illustrated sourcebook are 600 full-color photographs and diagrams of uniquely beautiful projects from around the world, by well-known and up-and-coming garden and landscape designers.

  13. Castles of Ireland

    Castles of Ireland

    From the earliest stone castles such as Dublin Castle to the fortified manor houses such as Red Hugh O'Donnell's Donegal Castle, each has a fascinating and individual story to tell. Castles of Ireland brings the reader on a tour of more than sixty castles, from the biggest and most well-known to dramatic and atmospheric ruins which had a role to play in shaping Ireland's history.

  14. Outside In - The Architecture of Smith and Williams

    Outside In: The Architecture of Smith and Williams

    From 1946 to 1973, Whitney Rowland Smith and his partner, Wayne Williams, designed more than 800 projects, from residential, commercial, and public buildings to housing tracts, multi-use complexes, and parks and master plans for cities. Working in the wake of the first generation of avant-garde architects in Southern California and riding the postwar building boom, their firm, Smith and Williams, developed a pragmatic modernism that, through remarkable planning and design, integrated landscapes with buildings and decisively shaped the modern vocabulary of architecture in Los Angeles. Through a breathtaking array of images, Outside In unveils the core of Smith and Williams's architectural practice.

  15. Hawaiian Modern - The Architecture of Vladimir Ossipoff

    Hawaiian Modern: The Architecture of Vladimir Ossipoff

    Vladimir Ossipoff, known as the "master of Hawaiian architecture," was at the forefront of the postwar phenomenon known as tropical modernism. This stunning book surveys Ossipoff's buildings, which demonstrate a striking interplay of indoor and outdoor space, as well as a vibrant and glamorous architectural style that has proven delightfully particular to its place and durable over time.

  16. Stirling and Wilford American Buildings

    Stirling and Wilford American Buildings

    Considered one of the most important international architectural practices of the twentieth century, Stirling + Wilford made an exceptional contribution to contemporary architecture. With early work in the UK and then Europe, from the late 1970s the practice designed buildings at four American universities: Harvard, Rice, Cornell and UC Irvine, as well as a number of unbuilt projects. Despite the significance of these projects, until now the contribution of the practice's work in the US to the development of late twentieth-century architecture has never been fully appraised. Stirling + Wilford: American Buildings reassesses the importance of this body of work, establishing the legacy of the later American work of one of the twentieth century's most significant architectural practices.

  17. Architecture and Movement - The Dynamic Experience of Buildings and Landscapes

    Architecture and Movement: The Dynamic Experience of Buildings and Landscapes

    The experience of movement, of moving through buildings, cities, landscapes and in everyday life, is the only involvement most individuals have with the built environment on a daily basis. User experience is so often neglected in architectural study and practice. Architecture and Movement tackles this complex subject for the first time, providing the wide range of perspectives needed to tackle this multi-disciplinary topic.

  18. Robert Moses - The Master Builder of New York City

    Robert Moses: The Master Builder of New York City

    From the subway to the skyscraper, from Manhattan's financial district to the Long Island suburbs, every inch of New York tells the story of one man's mind: Robert Moses, the architect who designed it all. Pierre Christin and Olivier Balez's new graphic biography tells the rest of Robert's story.

  19. Building Better Universities - Strategies, Spaces, Technologies

    Building Better Universities: Strategies, Spaces, Technologies

    Building Better Universities provides a wide-ranging summary and critical review of the increasing number of groundbreaking initiatives undertaken by universities and colleges around the world. The book aims to bridge the gap between educational ideas about what the university is, or should be 'for', and its day-to-day practices and organization. It roams across strategic, operational, and institutional issues; space planning and building design; and technological change, in order to bring together issues that are often dealt with separately.

  20. Cabins


    Cabins explores minimal, low-impact, and isolated cabins by combining insightful text, rich photography and bright, contemporary illustrations. This book showcases some of the most inventive and forward-looking practice of contemporary architecture, with Renzo Piano, Terunobu Fujimori, Tom Kundig and many fresh young professionals all embracing such distilled sanctuary spaces.

  21. Architecture and the Welfare State

    Architecture and the Welfare State

    Architecture and the Welfare State is the first book to explore the architecture of the welfare state in Western Europe from an international perspective. With chapters covering Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Sweden and the UK, the book explores the complex role played by architecture in the formation and development of the welfare state in both theory and practice.

  22. Modern Man - The Life of Le Corbusier, Architect of Tomorrow

    Modern Man: The Life of Le Corbusier, Architect of Tomorrow

    Modern Man is a riveting biography of Le Corbusier-a man who invented new ways of building and thinking. In Flint's telling, Corbusier isn't just the grandfather of modern architecture but a man who sought to remake the world according to his vision, dispelling the Victorian style and replacing it with something never seen before. His legacy remains controversial today, as the world grapples with how to house its skyrocketing urban population and the cult of the "starchitect" continues to grow.

  23. Architectural Styles - A Visual Guide

    Architectural Styles: A Visual Guide

    Architectural Styles: A Visual Guide makes extensive use of photographs to identify and explain the characteristic features of nearly 300 buildings. The result is a clear and easy-to-navigate guide to identifying the key styles of western architecture from the classical age to the present day.

  24. New Directions in Tropical Asian Architecture

    New Directions in Tropical Asian Architecture

    The sustainable architecture of Southeast Asia, inspired by environment and a thriving and distinct culture, is a hidden pearl in the world of architectural design. In New Directions in Tropical Asian Architecture, author Philip Goad explores a region and a modern architecture that is complex and thriving.

  25. Reflexive Design - Design and Research in Architecture

    Reflexive Design: Design and Research in Architecture

    Reflexive Design presents an integrative approach, both in theory and in practice, to the emergence and interpretation of research-based design strategies in architecture. The contributions in this book portray the wide spectrum of creative and cultural aspects of such design processes.

  26. Controversial Architecture

    Controversial Architecture

    This book explores controversial, yet highly successful projects from some of the world's most renowned architects. This superbly illustrated volume explores controversial works by a number of internationally renowned architects - including Pritzker Prize winners Toyo Ito, Zaha Hadid, Rem Koolhaas, Renzo Piano, and Frank Gehry.

  27. Wilkinson Eyre Architects - Works

    Wilkinson Eyre Architects: Works

    Wilkinson Eyre Architects, established 1983 and twice winner of the prestigious Stirling Prize for architecture, is one of the UKs leading architectural practices, with a large portfolio of both domestic and international projects to its name, as well as an industry-leading reputation for innovative and daring design. Divided into four thematic sections Landscape, Sky, Water and City Wilkinson Eyre Architects: Works is a richly illustrated survey of approximately 30 of the firms most significant projects, from the dramatic large-scale glasshouses at the Gardens by the Bay, Singapore, and the spectacular Crown Hotel at Barangaroo South, Sydney, to the proposed redevelopment of Battersea Power Station, London.

  28. Hotels - Architecture and Design

    Hotels: Architecture & Design

    Hotels: Architecture & Design features a carefully selected compilation of some of the most outstanding projects in today's hotel design, where the constant renewal of guidelines and regulations lays new foundations for the emerging dialogue between the traveler, the hotel and the setting. Included are floor plans, elevations and technical specifications for each of the projects, all accompanied by explanations from the architects themselves.

  29. Architectural Drawing

    Architectural Drawing

    Architectural Drawing focuses on the exciting possibilities for representing the built environment using all the techniques both traditional and digital that are now available. Packed with practical information the book illustrates all the key types and media of drawing from sketches to working details and includes some of the best examples by practicing architects.

  30. New Portable Architecture - Designing Mobile and Temporary Structures

    New Portable Architecture: Designing Mobile & Temporary Structures

    New Portable Architecture: Designing Mobile & Temporary Structures deals with the challenges that architects and designers face in creating spaces that can be rapidly constructed, taken down and even relocated. In revealing the cutting-edge techniques that are allowing static architectural forms to go mobile, the diverse examples provided in this book will capture readers' attention and imagination. An in-depth compilation of one of newest areas in architecture that provides a unique fusion of creative design, adaptability and sustainability.