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Classics and favorites recommended by the editors of ArchitectureWeek.  Suggestions and review copies are welcome.

A Designer's Library of Architecture on CD-ROM
The Great Buildings Collection— Multimedia CD-ROM of World Architecture, by Kevin Matthews and the Design Integration Laboratory.   Artifice, July 1999, $149.95. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.
The definitive Architecture encyclopedia on CD-ROM, for both Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000 and Macintosh.  More than 750 great buildings and hundreds of architects from around the world and across history, with thousands of photos, thousands of drawings, dozens of digital video clips, and hundreds of live 3D walkthrough building models. Available now for online ordering at Amazon.com and at the CADOutpost.com, which can usually ship overnight from stock.
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On Architecture and Design in General

Howard Davis. The Culture of Building. Oxford University Press, October 1999. ISBN 0-1951-1294-6. — This insightful new book (by an ArchitectureWeek editor) provides a rich, humane, and cogent perspective on the cultural ecology of building and design. Available at Amazon.com

Hugh Pearman. Contemporary World Architecture. London: Phaidon Press Inc., September, 1998. ISBN 0-7148-3743-1.

An elegant and impressive survey of recent architecture around the world, with good design and beautiful photos. Available at Amazon.com

John Julius Norwich, ed. The World Atlas of Architecture. New York: Portland House, 1988. ISBN 0-517-66875-0. Reprint edition: Da Capo Press, April 1991. ISBN 0-3068-0436-0.

An accessible, inspiring and informative overview of world architecture, with lots of full-color cutaway drawings, and clear explanations. Available at Amazon.com

Roger H. Clark and Michael Pause. Precedents in Architecture. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1985.

Diagrammatic graphic analysis of dozens of great buildings. Available at Amazon.com
   Architectural Design and Digital Media
Communication and Design With the Internet: A Guide for Architects, Planners, and Building Professionals. Jonathan Cohen. W W Norton & Co, Hardcover - 304 pages, May 2000. ISBN: 0393730433.
The Internet is changing the way all players in the construction industry communicate. But building professionals who limit their Web use to surfing are missing a lot of opportunities. Cohen's book begins with the basics then dives into Web applications for mark eting, research, collaboration, construction administration, and participatory planning. Available at Amazon.com

Rendering Real & Imagined Buildings : The Art of Computer Modeling. B. J. Novitski. Rockport Pub., Book and CD-ROM edition, January 1999. ISBN 1-5649-6511-2.

A treat for the eye and more - An inspiring pictorial survey of the state of the art, covering a wide range of applications, goals, and approaches. And in the seemingly modest text between the impressive pictures, there are dozens of really instructive stories, too. Available Now at Amazon.com

Digital Architecture : Turn Vision into Virtual Reality with 3D Graphics Hardware, Software, Tips, and Techniques from 50 Top Designers. Mohammed Saleh Uddin. McGraw Hill, April 1999. ISBN 0070658145.

Highly reviewed by readers at Amazon.com. Available Now at Amazon.com

Abstracting Craft : The Practiced Digital Hand. Malcolm McCullough. MIT Press, Reprint edition, September 1998. ISBN 0-2626-3189-X.

A thoughful, searching, and important essay on the place of traditional aesthetic and craft values in the new world of digital media. Available at Amazon.com

Digital Design Media. William J. Mitchell, Malcolm McCullough. John Wiley & Sons, Paperback 2nd edition, December 1997. ISBN 0-4712-8666-4.

Far and away the best available overview of processes, technologies, and key concepts in digital design media. Sophisticated but approachable, elegantly illustrated so concepts make sense. Available at Amazon.com

Sight, Sound, Motion : Applied Media Aesthetics. Herbert Zettl. Wadsworth Publishing Company, Hardcover - 3rd edition, 1999. ISBN 0-534-52677-2.

It's not primarily about either architecture or digital media. But this book for film makers treats the functional and emotional aesthetics of how to see, move, and present with more detail and depth than I've ever seen in a university school of architecture. Available at Amazon.com
   Architectural History
Sir Banister Fletcher. A History of Architecture. London: The Butterworth Group, 1987. ISBN 0-408-01587-X. LC 86-31761. NA200.F63 1987.
The classic text of architectural history. Expanded 1996 edition available at Amazon.com

William S. Saunders. Modern Architecture—Photographs by Ezra Stoller. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Publishers, 1990. ISBN 0-8109-3816-2.

Master photographs of the modern classics. Beautiful, out of print, but you can place a search request for this book at Amazon.com

Marcus Whiffen and Frederick Koeper. American Architecture, 1860-1976. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1984.

An excellent survey of American architecture, both thoughtful and enjoyable. Reprint Edition available at Amazon.com

Sally Woodbridge, ed. Bay Area Houses. Salt Lake City: Gibbs-Smith Publisher, 1988. ISBN 0-87905-306-2. NA 7235.C22S353.

A wonderful classic book, sadly out of print, but you can request a search at Amazon.com
   Design and Construction
Edward R. Ford. The Details of Modern Architecture (Volume 1). Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 1990. ISBN 0-262-06121-X. LC 89-31772. NA2840.F67 1989.
Highly recommended for serious observers, and available at Amazon.com

Edward R. Ford. The Details of Modern Architecture : 1928-1988 (Volume 2). Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, August 1996. ISBN 0-2620-6185-6.

Volume Two with more recent buildings! Available at Amazon.com
   Planning, Futures, and the Urban Condition
Ranches, Rowhouses, and Railroad Flats. American Homes: How They Shape Our Landscapes and Neighborhoods. Christine Hunter. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1999. ISBN 0-393-73025-5.
A thoughtful and in-depth survey of housing types in American history, describing how society shaped them and how they shaped society. Available at Amazon.com

E-topia : Urban Life, Jim—But Not as We Know It. William Mitchell. The MIT Press, Hardcover - 184 pages,1999. ISBN 0-262-13355-5.

This book is an important call for architects to work proactively to strengthen the positive influence of technology on urban environments. As Mitchell writes, "Our job is to design the future we want." Available at Amazon.com
   Selected Books on Individual Architects
Alvar Aalto

Karl Fleig (Editor). Alvar Aalto : The Complete Works/Das Gesamtwerk/L'Oeuvre. Artemis-Aidc, August 1992. ISBN 3-7608-8058-4.

The definite complete works of Aalto. Available at Amazon.com

Goran Schildt. Alvar Aalto: The Complete Catalogue of Architecture, Design & Art. New York: John Wiley & Sons, November 1996. ISBN 1-8549-0385-3.

A comprehensive guide to the complete works of Aalto by his definitive biographer. Available at Amazon.com

Tadao Ando

Francesco Dal Co (Editor). Tadao Ando : Complete Works. Phaidon, April 1998. ISBN 0-7148-3717-2.

Available at Amazon.com

Gunter Behnisch

Dominique Gauzin-Muller, Flora Fischer (Translator), Gunter Behnisch (Photographer). Behnisch & Partners : 50 Years of Architecture. Academy Editions, January 1998. ISBN 0-4719-7746-2.

Available at Amazon.com

Frank Gehry

Kurt W. Forster, Hadley Soutter Arnold, Francesco Dal Co. Frank O. Gehry : The Complete Works. Monacelli Press, September 1998. ISBN 1-8852-5463-6.

A beautiful book with multiple Five Star reviews from Amazon.com readers.
Available at Amazon.com

Louis Kahn

Heinz Ronner, Sharad Jhaveri. Louis I. Kahn. Birkhauser Verlag, August 1996. ISBN 3-7643-1347-1.

The definitive complete works of Louis Kahn, in one large Kahn-style volume. Available at Amazon.com

Pierre Koenig  -  California Modernist

James Steele, David Jenkins. Pierre Koenig. London: Phaidon Press Limited, 1998. ISBN 0-7148-3753-9.

Elegant, inspiring, and comprehensive on Koenig. Beautiful photographs! Available at Amazon.com

Le Corbusier

Le Corbusier. Le Corbusier: Complete Works. Germany: Birkhauser Verlag, August 1996. ISBN 3-7643-5515-8. Boxed set of 8 Volumes, 1708 pages.

The definitive complete works of Le Corbusier. Available at Amazon.com

Bernard Maybeck

Sally B. Woodbridge, Richard Barnes (Photographer). Bernard Maybeck : Visionary Architect. Abbeville Press, Inc., August 1996. ISBN 0-7892-0132-1.

beautful photographs of beautifully designed and crafted buildings. Available at Amazon.com

Oscar Niemeyer

David Underwood. Oscar Niemeyer and the Architecture of Brazil. Rizzoli Publications, December 1994. ISBN 0-8478-1687-7.

Available at Amazon.com

Renzo Piano

Peter Buchanan. Renzo Piano Building Workshop : Complete Works Volume Two. Phaidon, May 1995. ISBN 0-7148-2859-9.

Another beautiful book documenting more of Piano's beautiful buildings. Available at Amazon.com

Renzo Piano. Renzo Piano and Building Workshop : Buildings and Projects, 1971-1989. ISBN 0847811522

A beautiful book documenting beautiful modern buildings. Out of print, but you can place a search order at Amazon.com

H. H. Richardson

Jeffery Karl Ochsner. H. H. Richardson : Complete Architectural Works. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 1982.

1984 Edition available at Amazon.com

Mies Van Der Rohe

Werner Blaser. Mies Van Der Rohe. Birkhauser, May 1997. ISBN 3-7643-5619-7.

Available at Amazon.com

Franz Schulze. Mies Van Der Rohe : A Critical Biography. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, September 1995. ISBN 0-2267-4060-9.

Available at Amazon.com

Louis Sullivan

David Van Zanten, with photographs by Cervin Robinson. Sullivan's City. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2000. ISBN 0-393-73038-7. LC 99-0865573. NA737.S9 V36 2000. 729'092'dc21.

A beautiful book with a fresh and in-depth view of Sullivan's work and the role of ornament, covering both his commercial and residential projects. Available at Amazon.com

Frank Lloyd Wright

William Allin Storrer. The Frank Lloyd Wright Companion. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1993. ISBN 0-226-77624-7. LC 93-30127. NA737.W7A4 1993.

Probably the definitive catalog of all of Wright's built projects. Available at Amazon.com

For more books on specific architects, see the Architects Pages.

   Books by Architects

Le Corbusier. Towards a New Architecture. London: Dover Publications, February 1986. ISBN 0-4862-5023-7.

Corbu's own historic architectural manifesto from the very beginning of the Modern era in architecture, reprinted by Dover. Available at Amazon.com
   Books on Specific Buildings
Robert McCarter. Fallingwater : Frank Lloyd Wright (Architecture in Detail). London: Phaidon/Chronicle Books, October 1994. ISBN 0-7148-2995-1.
Available at Amazon.com

James MacAulay. Hill House : Charles Rennie MacKintosh (Architecture in Detail). London: Phaidon/Chronicle Books, July 1994. ISBN 0-7148-2780-0.

Available at Amazon.com

For more books on specific buildings, see the Buildings Pages.

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   Architecture Book Gift Ideas

Skyscrapers, by Judith Dupre. Black Dog and Leventhal, June, 1996. ISBN 1-8848-2245-2.
A fun and informative gift book in skyscraper format, 18" tall and 7.5" wide, with perfect pictures and key information on tallest buildings over the decades, up to the 1998 Petronas Towers. Available at Amazon.com

Experiencing Architecture, Steen Eiler Rasmussen. MIT Press, Paperback 2 edition, March 1984. ISBN 0262680025.

Absolutely THE BEST lovely approachable book on what Architecture is, and why we love it. My number one must-read for aspiring architects and students, and a real pleasure for anyone interested in the beauty and meaning of the built world. Chock full of ideas and impressions, with not so many pictures, so this valuable, modest paperback is only $7.95. Available at Amazon.com

50 Favorite Rooms by Frank Lloyd Wright, Diane Maddex. October 1998. ISBN 0-7651-0839-9.

A wonderful book, which brings a long list of Wright masterpieces down to the intimate scale of the individual space. Not only do Wright's humanist and decorative geniuses beam through warmly, but at this scale, it is a lot easier to make the connect from timeless architectural master work all the way down to personally useful decorating ideas. Available at Amazon.com

Rendering Real & Imagined Buildings : The Art of Computer Modeling, B. J. Novitski. Rockport Pub., Book and CD-ROM edition, January 1999. ISBN 1-5649-6511-2.

A treat for the eye and more - An inspiring pictorial survey of the state of the art, covering a wide range of state-of-the-art digital applications, design goals, and rendering approaches. And those chunks of text, in among the impressive pictures, hold dozens of instructive stories. Available Now at Amazon.com

Architecture: Form, Space, and Order, Francis D. K. Ching. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1979. ISBN 0-442-21535-5. LC 79-18045. NA2760.C46.

A deceptively simple hand-drawn graphic introduction to both architectural ideas, and Ching's great architectural drawing style, all at once! Updated 1996 edition available at Amazon.com

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