20 Books that cover years of architecture brilliantly

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Buy here : Bookwork – Medium to Object to Concept to Art

by Garrett Stewart
“Bookwork as a stimulating genre focuses upon a book’s material identity and cultural resonance. Garrett Stewart refers to all book forms as mere functionless sculptures in a gallery space. The book surveys and illustrates a stunning variety of appropriated and fabricated books alike, ranging from hacksawed discards to the giant lead folios of Anselm Kiefer.”

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Buy here : Radical Cities: Across Latin America in Search of a New Architecture

by Justin McGuirk
“Ever since the mid twentieth century, when the modernist utopian model collapsed in Latin America, the continent has been a testing ground for stirring new conceptions of the city. In Radical Cities, Justin McGuirk explores Latin America in search of activist urbanism and architecture. “

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Buy here : Matter: Material Processes in Architectural Production

 edited by Gail Peter Borden and Michael Meredith
 “The book revolves around an expanded architectural design practice and education – one that test spatial and material ideas through material interaction at multiple scales and new time frames to re-imagine architecture from an entirely new perspective.” 

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Buy hereBanister Fletcher’s A History of Architecture

“Sir Bannister Fletcher’s A History of Architecture provides a concise and factual account of world architecture from earliest times. The book includes an overview of the architectural achievements dating right back to the 20th century.”

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Buy here : A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction (Center for Environmental Structure Series)

 by Christopher Alexander, Sara Ishikawa and Murray Silverstein
“A detailed compilation of pieces which when linked together through examination of the natural world give incredible insight to the delight of the people who use buildings.”

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Buy here : The Architecture of Happiness

 by Alain de Botton
“The Architecture of Happiness takes you on a tour through the philosophy and psychology of Architecture that yields the power to change the way we perceive buildings and the surrounding environment.”

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Buy here : The Shingle Style & the Stick Style – Arc the & Des from Richard Etc Rev (Yale Publications in the History of Art)

Style by Vincent. J. Scully Jr.
“As a definitive study of the complex inspirations and cultural influences infused in the 19th century architecture and how it gets redefined in the 21st century.”


8.Highway and the city

Buy here : The Highway and the City

by Lewis Mumford
“A treasured collection of passionate and eloquent essays that summarize the problems faced by cities such as New York, Philadelphia and Paris with respect to the architecture, the city and highway planning.”

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Buy here : The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York (Urban studies & biography)

by Robert A. Caro
“This Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of urban planner Robert Moses encapsulates how America was built and un-built.”

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Buy here : Hav (New York Review Books Classics)

by Jan Morris
“British Welsh author Jan Morris brings you an enticing travel guide of a city unheard of.”

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Buy here : Up in the Old Hotel

by Joseph Mitchell
“Up in the Old Hotel is a detailed composition of the masterly and inspiring dispatches from the edges of the city of New York. Joseph Mitchell outlines a mysterious chronicler of the margins of New York.”

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Buy here : The Details of Modern Architecture V 1

by Edward R. Ford
“The Details of Modern Architecture is a descriptive study of the relationships of the ideals of design and the realities of construction in modern architecture beginning in the late 1920’s and extending to the present day scenario. The book narrates about a distinctive paradigm of good construction.”

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Buy here : A Guide to Archigram 196 – 74

by Dennis Crompton
“A Guide to Archigram includes an overview on the history of the Archigram Group, which revolutionized architectural thinking in the 1960’s. The book traces the development of the group’s ideas until the architect’s split to form individual design groups in the 1970’s. Archigram filled a void that many of us felt in attempting to engage architecture at a more human, visceral level.”

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Buy here : The Eyes of the Skin: Architecture and the Senses

by Juhani Pallasmaa
“Written by a Finnish writer/philosopher with great examples that span art, design, and buildings, The Eyes of the Skin is a classic of architectural theory. It compellingly provides a totally fresh insight into architectural culture (along with landscape) and its ability to awaken our other senses – smell, touch, and hearing.”

15.Invisible cities

Buy here : Invisible Cities (Vintage Classics)

by Italo Calvino
“Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities consists of a sequence of imaginary dialogues between the Venetian traveler Marco Polo and the aged Mongol ruler Kublai Khan. The book is a typical work of fantasy, science fiction or one could rightly say ‘magical realism’.”

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Buy here : Design with Nature (Wiley Series in Sustainable Design)

by Ian L. McHarg
“The book is a personal testament to the power of nature. McHarg makes comprehensible recommendations for reversing the destructive process of development.”

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Buy here : Architecture Now (Taschen 25)

series by Philip Jodidio
“TASCHEN’s Architecture Now! explores the latest innovations in public and private constructions with efficient means of instruction across the design profession.”

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Buy here : 101 Things I Learned in Architecture School

by Matthew Frederick
“101 Things I Learned in Architecture School by Matthew Frederick is a bible for every architecture student providing them with a jargon-free zone of clarity and utility. The book isn’t a substitute for a master’s degree but is an invaluable supplement.”

19. The library of world history

Buy here : The Library: A World History

by James W. P. Campbell; photographs by Will Pryce
“Each age and culture has reinvented the library, and this combination of authoritative text and stunning photography illuminates the story in a single volume.”

20. Why architecture matters

Buy here : Why Architecture Matters (Why X Matters Series)

by Paul Goldberger
“Raises awareness of proportion, scale, space, texture, materials, shapes, light, and memory; in doing so, readers appreciate and experience the built world anew.”

– Rhea Fernandes ,Volume Zero
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