Architecture Books

 
  • 20th-Century World A...

    What do get someone that doesn't have a list? Well, if they're interested in architecture, it's a no brainer to get them Phaidon's 20th-Century World Architecture. It's half off the regular retail price and details over 750 works of architecture around the world from 1900 to 1999, making it the perfect coffee table book for perusing. "Divided into six world regions and 29 sub-regions, over 80 countries are represented. The collection is the result of a rigorous selection process and the input of more than 150 specialists from around the world, ensuring that each region has benefited from expert advice." Available from Phaidon, $100.

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  • The Hand of the Arch...

    If you're a fan of architecture and Moleskines, then most likely you'll be interested in this limited edition book. It's filled with drawings from 110 internationally renowned architects, so you'll have a glimpse into the minds of some of the best and brightest. Plus, there's a companion blank journal (A4 Cahier) to fill with your own brilliant future builds. Set includes the 272 page Moleskine Folio filled with architectural sketches and an A4 Cahier with 120 blank pages.

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  • 20 Japanese Architec...

    This is a gem of a book for anyone interested in Japan, architecture, or just a good, solid interview! 20 Japanese Architects is the culmination of Roland Hagenberg's work as an internationally renowned author and filmmaker, who has been lucky enough to delve deep into the lives and souls of twenty of Japan's most influential modern architects. The book is 308 pages featuring conversations with major forces including Tadao Ando (Pritzker Prize winner), Hiroshi Hara, and Kengo Kuma (LEAF Award winner); available in English and Chinese. Continue reading to see and hear an excerpt from the book read by art critic and ...

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  • Modern Japanese Hous...

    The next time I'm at the bookstore, I'm planning on checking this book out...I'm a little more than in love with the small modern homes that seem extreme in their simplicity. Such inspiration for a future home... Modern Japanese House is an overview of recent domestic design trends in Japan and features an array of projects from a variety of architects, both known and new to the international architecture scene. The projects are divided into five chapters - Tiny Houses, Inside/ Outside, Multi Generation Houses, Work/Play, and Vacation Houses - that reflect the issues particular to residential design ...

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  • The Phaidon Atlas of...

    If you're into architecture, you must add this to your list of books to get (if you don't have it already). Be prepared for a vast amount of pictures; it's amazing. Explore the best architecture of the 21st century in this collection of 1037 exemplary buildings sited all over the world...Divided into six world regions, the Phaidon Atlas of 21st Century World Architecture provides an important overview of global and local trends in architecture. This truly unparalleled resource presents easily accessible world data exploring the geographical contexts for 21st century architectural production in a global framework. Each of the six ...

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  • Signed Edition of Ar...

    If you're serious about the history of modern architecture (or know someone who is) you'd be smart to snap up these puppies quickly. The years between 1945 and 1954 were the high point of American modern architecture and the journal Arts & Architecture was on the forefront of the movement. Under the guidance of editor John Entenza, the publication helped establish the careers of Eero Saarinen, Charles and Ray Eames and Richard Neutra, among many others. It famously initiated the Case Study House Program, which has come to epitomize mid-century modern residential architecture in the United States. Taschen has now compiled and reprinted ...

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  • Le Corbusier Le Gran...

    One of the greats of architecture, Le Corbusier, now has an enormous monograph available. At 768 pages with 1000 colour illustrations and 1000 black and white illustrations, it might take a while to get through it, but man, I think it would be worth the time spent. A spectacular visual biography of the life and work of Le Corbusier (1887–1965), one of Modernism's most influential architects, urban planners, and theorists Approximately 2,000 images and documents, many previously unpublished, feature his major built works, urban plans, paintings, publications, and furniture as well as sketches, archival photographs, and personal correspondence Rarely seen photographs and correspondence shed new ...

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  • Surface/Subsurface

    There are only a handful of public spaces that I can think of that inspire awe, probably because most seem to default to a utilitarian outcome rather than lifting the bar to any higher aesthetic. Yet the large scale projects by Weiss/Manfredi show a different side to this particular architecture. Their interdisciplinary approach can be seen most recently in the completed Olympic Sculpture Park (above right), whose Z-shaped path moves visitors through three different land parcels over a busy street. The way the landscape is involved as the structure, and how that structure surrounds and promotes the activity shows ...

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  • Contemporary Design ...

    Full of details that would make the most of a smaller space, this book has many photos that will help jog your creative juices. My favorites: Small House by Kazuyo Sejima & Associates, Healy/Kaplow Loft by Matthew Baird Design, and Anderson House by Jamie Fobert Architects. "Small Environments focuses on the type of architectural details that make up distinctive residential spaces under 1,200 square feet [120 square meters]. It presents recent work by architects from around the globe in color photographs and architectural drawings. Rather than simply another compendium of small projects, the book is structured according to categories of architectural detail. ...

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  • 100 More of the Worl...

    Even though this was published back in '06, there were quite a few homes in this book I had not seen featured before. My favorites: Cell Brick House, Castle Groenhof, and, of course, Denis House. "Popular demand has led IMAGES' team of researchers to scour the world for yet another stunning collection of homes. The 100 fabulous homes carefully selected for this volume represent contemporary residential architecture in all its myriad forms. Vast differences in location, climate, culture, style, materials, interiors, and even furniture result in a collection that showcases, with full-colour photographs, plans and drawings, the best in international residential ...

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  • Contemporary Design ...

    With so many intriguing details, this book leaves you with wanting more. Each section does an excellent job of focusing on particular issues concerning sustainable architecture, and there's a wide variety of building and design ideas to jump start your creativity. I kept wanting to see more of each home- more interior shots, more close ups on building materials, floorplans, etc.- but thorough exhaustive overviews is not what this book is about. Instead it zooms in on particular topics, highlighting how each home showcases the subject at hand. There's quite a few homes that shine- way too many to ...

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  • New Sustainable Home...

    The reviews are a little mixed on this one, but once again, the cover beckons... "What makes a sustainable house a sustainable home? NEW SUSTAINABLE HOMES will address that question by presenting a wide range of projects where the architect and client have made a conscientious effort to incorporate sustainability into the design of the home and construction materials used in its execution. The result is a home that is less toxic to live in, is cheaper to operate, and often gives back to the environment rather than taking away. Also, and this is the most important consideration for many, ...

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  • Mobile: The Art of P...

    This looks entirely interesting. "The allure of mobile, portable architecture is worldwide and centuries old, from the desert tents of the bedouin to the silvery capsules of the Airstream trailer. Mobile explores the ever-growing range of possibilities of portable, demountable, and mobile structures. Jennifer Siegal brings together the work of the most interesting contemporary designers of dynamic, active structures, whose work ranges from the microenvironment of a house that literally attaches to your body to the city-scaled macroenvironment of London's Millennium Dome, from the interior of a Boeing jet to an entire mobile community whose living units plug into a ...

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  • PreFab Now by James ...

    I think this dude has over a bazillion books on modern homes, but I've yet to come across one that I didn't like. This one is a worth a flip through for anyone interested in PreFab, which I guess is almost all of us. "PreFab Now explores the best prefabricated houses on the market today worldwide and addresses the advantages and disadvantages of choosing a prefab home over a custom-built one. This book also covers cost, sustainability, and durability. With a wealth of elaborate plans, drawings, renderings, and beautiful full-color images, PreFab Now is an invaluable resource for architects and ...

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  • The New 100 Houses x...

    This book looks to meet the requirements of any design/architecture book addict. "IMAGES has again selected houses that represent the very best in international residential architecture. The houses featured represent everything from the modern to the classical. This is a book that can be browsed through time and again, with each viewing guaranteed to inspire, delight and surprise. Outstanding colour photography captures interior design, layout and furnishings, while exterior photographs meld the house design with its environment." [posted by katie]

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