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The Power of Ideas: Five People Who Changed the Urban Landscape
Author: Terry Lassar and Douglas R. Porter
Publisher: Urban Land Institute
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $34.95
ArchitectureWeek— Profiles of five eminent urban visionaries whose work and thinking has influenced America's cityscapes: Daniel Patrick Moynihan, former U.S. senator; Vincent J. Scully, architectural historian; Joseph P. Riley, mayor of Charleston; Gerald Hines, founder of Hines; and Richard Baron, chairman of McCormack Baron Salazar.

The Harvard Five in New Canaan: Mid-Century Modern Houses by Marcel Breuer, Landis Gores, John Johan
Author: William D. Earls
Publisher: W. W. Norton
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $23.07
ArchitectureWeek— Since the 1950s, "the Harvard Five" has been the catchphrase for the architects who built houses for themselves and for clients in New Canaan, Connecticut. An introductory essay by Jean Ely recounts the history of how New Canaan came to be the locus of the modern movement's experimentation in materials, construction methods, space, and form.

RoTo Architecture: Still Points
Author: Michael Rotondi and Clark P. Stevens
Publisher: Rizzoli
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $45.79
ArchitectureWeek— A review of the avant-garde work of the firm RoTo Architecture and its principals, Michael Rotondi and Clark Stevens, in community planning in rural areas, city parks, and on campuses. Their work includes a memorial for the L.A. Fire Department, an experimental theater complex in La Jolla, California, a large Buddhist stupa in Santa Cruz, California, and a city planning project in Louisville, Kentucky, where a 70-acre industrial site was transformed into an extension of the city's center.

Structural Inequality: Black Architects in the United States
Author: Victoria Kaplan
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $30.95
ArchitectureWeek— The stories of 20 black architects from around the United States explore the sociological context of architectural practice, "the white gentlemen's profession." The author explains the role of systemic racism and argues that it is incumbent on the profession to act now to create a multicultural field of practitioners who mirror the changing client base.

Ortlos: Architecture of the Networks
Author: Thom Mayne and David Carson
Publisher: Hatje Cantz Publishers
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $51.28
ArchitectureWeek— Designed and written by Ortlos "partners," Architecture of the NetWORKS documents ORTLOS's projects from 2000 to 2003. Each of the 12 projects shown and explained here by ORTLOS incorporates various approaches to the fields of architecture, urban planning, media theory, product design, installation art, and interface design. This new way of addressing contemporary architecture also includes a research project about network collaborations, and Carson's interpretation of ORTLOS's architectural work through the specific language of graphic design.

Extra Spatial
Author: IDEO, Colin Burns, and Fred Dust
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Year: 2004
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ArchitectureWeek— This beautifully designed book from IDEO investigates the relationships between Technology, People and Three-Dimensional Space. Extra Spatial focuses on IDEO's Design of interactive environments within the context of Healthcare, Transport, Retail, Workplace, and Exhibition. This is the company's first survey of recent cutting-edge environments -- from the high-tech shopping experience of the New York Prada store (in collaboration with Rem Koolhaas) to the Stanford Center for Innovations in Learning. Extra Spatial focuses on 28 major projects for clients as diverse as Amtrak, the BBC, the comic strip Dilbert, Hewlett-Packard, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The book features an abundance of pictures and text that walk the reader through the proposed project's challenges and presents the team's design solutions. With a special thermographic cover that changes color when touched, the package for Extra Spatial demonstrates the progressive thinking behind all of IDEO's undertakings.

Inside Design Now: National Design Triennial
Author: Ellen Lupton, Donald Albrecht, Susan Yelavich, Mitchell Owens, editors
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Year: 2003
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ArchitectureWeek— The role of the designer in today’s culture explored through a sample of the work of 80 trendsetting designers in architecture, interiors, landscape, and other media. Architects represented include Peter Eisenman, Jennifer Siegal, Mark Sofield, Stanley Saitowitz, and others.

New Southern Classicism: The Residential Architecture of Barry Fox
Author: Philip Kopper
Publisher: Golden Coast Publishing Company
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $52.10
ArchitectureWeek— Survey of the residential work of architect Barry Fox, whose contemporary design evokes the classical Southern past.

Summerour: Architecture of Permanence, Scale and Proportion
Author: William R., Jr. Mitchell
Publisher: Golden Coast Publishing Company
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $36.50
ArchitectureWeek— Survey of the residential work of Summerour Associates Architects, whose contemporary design evokes the classical Southern past.

Materializing the Immaterial: The Architecture of Wallace Cunningham
Author: Joseph Giovannini
Publisher: Yale University Press
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $44.00
ArchitectureWeek— An illustrated overview of the work of Wallace Cunningham, an innovative Southern California architect — and Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice — whose buildings reveal light and are said to embody motion and spirituality. Cunningham’s small mountain cabins, urban townhouses, waterfront residences, and museums all respond poetically and functionally to their landscapes or cityscapes. Eighteen case studies illustrate how he opens his structures to sky, landscape, and views, and how he uses light to define and animate space.

Maya Lin: Systematic Landscapes
Author: Richard Andrews and John Beardsley
Publisher: Yale University Press
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $26.40
ArchitectureWeek— Generously illustrated, Systematic Landscapes traces Maya Lin's fascination with geologic phenomena and topography, integrating natural contours and materials into evocative landscape sculptures. The book introduces three major new installation works created for the "Systematic Landscapes" exhibition, along with a series of related drawings and reliefs demonstrating the expanding scope of Lin’s creative process.

Andrew Zago: Zago Architecture and Office dA
Author: Edited by Dora Epstein Jones, Julianna Morais and Martha Read - Foreword by Eric Owen Moss
Publisher: Actar/SCI-ARC
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $30.00
ArchitectureWeek— One of the restorative pleasures of academic administrative responsibility, of positions like the one held by Eric Owen Moss as director of the Southern California Institute for Architecture (SCI-Arc), is the chance to bring in visiting experts whose work or conversation you enjoy, whether for a lecture or a term. Monica Ponce de Leon and Nader Tehrani, who work together as Office dA, and Andrew Zago of Zago Architecture, the three experimental architects whose site-specific, student-built installations at SCI-Arc are documented in this book, have all been visiting professors there recently. Through in-depth interviews on their careers and these pieces, Moss makes it clear that he appreciates both their work and their company. This first publication in the Institute's "Make It New" series also includes lectures and photographs.

Compact Design Portfolio: Karim Rashid
Author: Marisa Bartolucci
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Year: 2004
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ArchitectureWeek— The newest addition to the successful Compact Design Portfolio series focuses on a designer whose work is as visionary as it is recognizable; Karim Rashid, whose popular designs - found everywhere from Target to Nambe - have made him a household name. As with the other titles in the series, this book is written by a renowned design critic and provides a substantial gallery of the designer's works in a handy package. Authoritative, attractive, and affordable.

It Is Beautiful...then Gone
Author: Martin Venezky
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Year: 2005
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ArchitectureWeek— This book presents Martin Venezky's commercial design work as well as new graphic work created for the book; details of the wall collage that define his office and his aesthetic. Venezky's philosophy that life and design are a continuation of each other permeates this elegant book.

Architecture of Ratcliff
Author: Woodruff Minor
Publisher: Heyday Books
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $39.95
ArchitectureWeek— History of the San Francisco Bay Area architecture firm Ratcliff, through three generations of a family practice. From arts-and-crafts buildings of the early 20th century to modern-day computer technology centers.

Frank Gehry: The Houses
Author: Mildred Friedman
Publisher: Rizzoli
Year: 2009
Amazon Price: $57.37
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Steven Holl: Architecture Spoken
Author: Steven Holl
Publisher: Rizzoli
Year: 2007
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ArchitectureWeek— A survey of 24 projects by Steven Holl, with insights into the architect's inspiration and design processes. Works include the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Addition in Kansas City, Missouri; Simmons Hall, on the MIT campus, Cambridge, Massachusetts; and the College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.

Hugh Newell Jacobsen Architect
Author: Hugh Newell Jacobsen and Paul Goldberger
Publisher: Rizzoli
Year: 2007
Amazon Price: $37.80
ArchitectureWeek— Hugh Newell Jacobsen has designed buildings throughout the United States and abroad and is best known for his elegant, classically proportioned private houses. Drawing inspiration from vernacular architecture, his designs often recall the barns, detached kitchens, and smokehouses of early American architecture. This book presents the architect's latest work, including houses, university projects, and a winery.

Written into the Void: Selected Writings, 1990-2004
Author: Peter Eisenman
Publisher: Yale University Press
Year: 2007
Amazon Price: $29.96
ArchitectureWeek— A selection of recent writings by American architect Peter Eisenman. He undertakes theoretical analyses, close readings of his own works, and assessments of the designs and writings of other architects and critics. These essays provide insight into the architect’s own understandings and methods.

Modern to Classic: Residential Estates by Landry Design Group
Author: Oscar Riera Ojeda, editor
Publisher: Oro Editions
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $54.75
ArchitectureWeek— A survey of large houses in Southern California by architect Richard Landry. They range in style from classical to modern and in size from 5,000 to 30,000 square feet (460 to 2800 square meters). They have been designed to resemble contemporary compounds, French chateaux, Italian villas, English manors, and neoclassical estate.

VJAA: Vincent James Associates Architects
Author: Vincent James and Jennifer Yoos
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $26.40
ArchitectureWeek— A survey of the work of Vincent James Associates Architects, a Minnesota-based firm that crafts simple modern forms from rich materials to encourage social interaction and environmental responsibility. A former furniture maker, principal Vincent James, working with partner Jennifer Yoos, brings the woodworker's appreciation of materials, details, joinery, and structure to the firm's work.

Symphony: Frank Gehry's Walt Disney Concert Hall
Author: Frank Gehry
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Year: 2003
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ArchitectureWeek— Calling it a "living room for the city," celebrated architect Frank Gehry designed the Walt Disney Concert Hall, now home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. This book contains 97 stunning photographs from architectural photographer Grant Mudford. Mudford captures the interiors and exteriors a building that is strikingly different from every angle. The building also utilizes some of the most revolutionary advances in architectural acoustics. The book includes an introduction by Gehry himself, as well as an essays by Esa-Pekka Salonen, Richard Koshalek, Michael Webb and Deborah Borda. Symphony successfully traces the history of the Concert Hall from its inception through completion.

Building Stata: The Design and Construction of Frank O. Gehry's Stata Center at MIT
Author: Nancy Joyce
Publisher: MIT Press
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $70.00
ArchitectureWeek— This lavishly illustrated book chronicles the planning and construction process of the Frank Gehry-designed Ray and Maria Stata Center at MIT. From the historical background and architectural context through the interaction of the clients' needs and the architect's vision to the choice of building materials and construction methods.

Lebbeus Woods: System Wien
Author: Peter Noever, editor
Publisher: Hatje Cantz Publishers
Year: 2006
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ArchitectureWeek— The transdisciplinary treatment documented here is a series of architectural interventions, on the urban structure of Vienna's first district. The accompanying essays provide a broader context for the project, and analyze the work and ideas of one of the most important architects of our time. Bound with exposed boards and an open spine, the book's stitches, glue and fragmented images draw a parallel between Woods's work and the architecture of the book.

Building Stata: The Design and Construction of Frank O. Gehry's Stata Center at MIT
Author: Nancy Joyce
Publisher: MIT Press
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $34.00
ArchitectureWeek— This book chronicles the planning and construction process of the Frank Gehry-designed Ray and Maria Stata Center at MIT. Joyce details how the clients' needs and the architect's vision work in tandem - from the choice of building materials to the construction methods. Richard Sobol's photographs reveal the work in progress, with close attention to architectural form and detail. With over 300 color photographs, architectural drawings, designs, and graphs - Building Stata successfully documents the making of the Stata Center from conception to reality. With opening commentary by Frank O. Gehry - Building Stata presents a close-up look at the evolution of this major building by a master architect.

Stonework : The Stone Buildings of Malcolm Holzman
Author: Malcolm Holzman
Publisher: The Images Publishing Group Pty. Ltd.
Year: 2001
Amazon Price: $47.49
ArchitectureWeek— The American architect, partner of Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates, discusses the role of an ancient material in modern construction.

Architecture as Signs and Systems: For a Mannerist Time
Author: Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown
Publisher: Belknap Press
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $35.00
ArchitectureWeek— The views and architecture of Venturi and Scott Brown have influenced architects for nearly half a century. In this richly illustrated book they present a retrospective of their life work and a statement about its theoretical underpinnings. By looking back on their life work, they discover signs and systems that point toward a humane Mannerist architecture for a complex, multicultural society.

Designing & Building: Rockhill and Associates
Author: Brian Carter, editor
Publisher: Tuns Press
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $20.40
ArchitectureWeek— A review of the design/build work of Rockhill and Associates, from historic restoration to environmentally conscious design. Innovative approaches to design include rotating steel stairs and galvanized hoppers and chutes for rainwater management.

The Architecture of Duany Plater-Zyberk and Company
Author: Joanna Lombard and Beth Dunlop
Publisher: Rizzoli
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $35.43
ArchitectureWeek— The urban design and architecture firm of Andrés Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk is credited with popularizing neotraditional small towns and villages as alternatives to monotonous suburbs. This book illustrates representative buildings that make up some of these communities.

Site: Identity In Density
Author: Tom Wolfe, Michael J. Crosbie, Michael McDonough, James Wines, and Steve Womersley, editor
Publisher: Images Publishing Group
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $48.23
ArchitectureWeek— James Wines and SITE, the architecture and environmental arts design firm he founded, began in the 1970s to explore socially and environmentally responsive approaches to the design of buildings, interiors, public spaces, and manufactured products. This new volume in the Images Master Architect Series offers insight into SITE's creative approach and teamwork and it documents some of the firm's most outstanding projects.

Better Places, Better Lives: A Biography of James Rouse
Author: Joshua Olsen
Publisher: The Urban Land Institute
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $29.88
ArchitectureWeek— Explores the life of urban planner James Rouse, who influenced American developments through his vision of, and experiments with, planned communities, the "festival marketplace," and affordable housing.

Mary Miss
Author: Mary Miss, Daniel M. Abramson, Eleanor Heartney, Joseph Giovannini, and Sandro Marpillero
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Year: 2004
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ArchitectureWeek— Environmental artist Mary Miss has worked in architecture, landscape architecture, and installation art, from New York, to the American Midwest, to Finland. Essays and photographs.

Tschumi
Author: Giovani Damiani, editor
Publisher: Universe Books
Year: 2003
Amazon Price: $29.95
ArchitectureWeek— A survey of the built and imagined projects of architect Bernard Tschumi who, for 15 years, was dean of Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation.

John Galen Howard and the University of California: The Design of a Great Public University Campus
Author: Sally B. Woodbridge
Publisher: University of California Press
Year: 2002
Amazon Price: $37.34
ArchitectureWeek— John Galen Howard was the University of California's first supervising architect from 1901 to 1924. The author describes the major campus buildings he designed and his career as the founder and head of UC's School of Architecture.

Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects: Architecture, Art, and Craft
Author: Oscar Riera Ojeda, editor; introduction by Paul Goldberg
Publisher: Monacelli Press
Year: 2003
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ArchitectureWeek— This Seattle firm is motivated by the way space, texture, light, and materials actually feel. The survey of their work shows how their skill at manipulating these elements gives their work both strength and sensual presence.

Eric Owen Moss: Buildings and Projects 3
Author: Eric Owen Moss and Richard Meier
Publisher: Rizzoli
Year: 2002
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ArchitectureWeek— Covers the architect’s recent built work, including projects in Los Angeles, Culver City, Vienna, Dusseldorf, Havana, London, and Monaco.

I. M. Pei: A Profile in American Architecture (Revised Edition)
Author: Carter Wiseman
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Year: 2001
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ArchitectureWeek— First published in 1990, this retrospective study of I. M. Pei includes his new work from the past decade.

Elliott and Associates: Listening to the Land
Author: David Dillon, Rand Elliott
Publisher: L'Arca Edizioni
Year: 2002
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ArchitectureWeek— The no-nonsense yet elegant architecture of Oklahoma architect Rand Elliott.

In Detail: House Design: McInturff Architects
Author: Mark McInturff
Publisher: Images Publishing
Year: 2001
Amazon Price: $27.24
ArchitectureWeek— The residential projects of Maryland architect Mark McInturff, with an introduction by Michael J. Crosbie.

Brenda Levin
Author: Renee Otmar, editor
Publisher: Images Publishing
Year: 2001
Amazon Price: $59.95
ArchitectureWeek— The selected and current works of the Los Angeles, California firm, Levin & Associates Architects, with drawings and photographs. Volume V of the Master Architect Series.

Proceed and Be Bold: Rural Studio After Samuel Mockbee
Author: Andrea Oppenheimer Dean
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $21.90
ArchitectureWeek— "Everyone, rich or poor, deserves a shelter for the soul," said the late Samuel Mockbee. Based on this premise, he launched the Rural Studio in 1992 to create homes and community buildings for the poor while offering hands-on training for architecture students. Since Mockbee's death in 2001, the Rural Studio has continued to thrive, a tribute to its founder's vision. This new book explains the changes the studio has undergone during the last four years.

Manual: The Architecture of KieranTimberlake
Author: Alberto Perez-Gomez
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Year: 2002
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ArchitectureWeek— Learn the details of how the Philadelphia firm KieranTimberlake builds their buildings. The architects' "trade secrets" and design strategies.

Swatt Architects: Livable Modern (House Design S.)
Author: Michael Webb
Publisher: The Images Publishing Group
Amazon Price: $37.62
ArchitectureWeek— Swatt Architects is an award-winning San Francisco Bay Area firm known for fusing a modernist sensibility with the particular challenges of California landscapes to create unique spaces for living. The firm has been recognised internationally for creating distinctive, livable modern architecture that emphasises the creative use of structure, elegant detailing that expresses the nature of materials, and spatial continuity and transparency that expands interior space and blurs the distinction between indoors and outdoors. This new publication documents the firm’s most significant residential design work and examines in detail its individual approach to house design.

Good Architecture: Wayne L. Good Architect - House Design Series II
Author: Michael Webb
Publisher: The Images Publishing Group
Amazon Price: $49.50
ArchitectureWeek— Established in 1986, Good Architecture is primarily engaged in the design of the private American house. Directed by Wayne L. Good, FAIA, the firm’s work is guided by a profound belief in the dynamic and enduring qualities of traditional and classically inspired domestic architecture as a basis for contemporary design. Often asked to build on sites with historic significance, the firm’s architecture is characterized by a strong connection to place and a distinct dialogue with history. Although there is a common qualitative thread that runs through the firm’s work, it is the obvious lack of a pronounced “signature style” in the outward appearance of each project which reflects most clearly the individuality of each client and the broad diversity characteristic of American culture.

Saucier + Perrotte Architectes
Author: Brian Carter
Publisher: Tuns Press
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $20.48
ArchitectureWeek— A survey of the work, 1995-2002, of Montreal architects Gilles Saucier and Andre Perrotte.

Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates: Allegheny River Park
Author: Jane Amidon, editor
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Year: 2005
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ArchitectureWeek— As part of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania's efforts to restore its downtown district and riverfront, noted landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh, along with artists Ann Hamilton and Michael Mercil, developed an ambitious plan to reform the wasted land along the river into an urban refuge. This book celebrates the collaboration between landscape architect and artists in producing a thoughtful, useful, and beautiful park that has successfully renewed the city's core.

Peter Walker and Partners Landscape Architecture: Defining the Craft
Author: Essay by Jane Brown Gillette
Publisher: D.A.P./ORO Editions
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $40.50
ArchitectureWeek— Best known as the firm chosen to work on the World Trade Center Memorial, the landscape architecture projects of Peter Walker and Partners vary both in scale and program: urban design and planning, corporate headquarters and university campuses, parks, plazas, museums, and gardens. This extensive monograph opens with a short essay about the organization and history of the office, the importance of apprenticeship in landscape architectural education, and the particular way that PWP artfully practices the craft of landscape architecture. It features nearly 300 images (with 3 gatefolds) of the firm’s work since 1997, including 16 built landscape projects in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Seven projects in progress include the American Embassy in Beijing, several university campuses, and the World Trade Center Memorial.

Mack Scogin Merrill Elam: Knowlton Hall
Author: Todd Gannon, editor
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Year: 2005
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ArchitectureWeek— This monograph about the Ohio State University's Knowlton School of Architecture, designed by Mack Scogin Merrill Elam, provides a comprehensive look at this new building using sketches, models, renderings, working drawings, and photographs, with commentaries from the architects and critics who explore both technical and contextual elements.

Architecture at Work: DMJM Design Los Angeles
Author: Danette Riddle, Sarah Palmer, and Michael Webb
Publisher: Edizioni Press
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $34.20
ArchitectureWeek— A sampling of the work, over the past decade, of DMJM, one of the world's largest architecture and engineering firms. The book features corporate headquarter buildings around the world, with essays on collaboration, aesthetics, and technical execution.

Plain Modern: The Architecture of Brian Mackay-Lyons
Author: Malcolm Quantrill
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $26.40
ArchitectureWeek— A review of the contemporary design work of Nova-Scotian architect Brian MacKay-Lyons. In the austere beauty of his Canadian landscape, MacKay-Lyons works within vernacular building traditions. His houses, commercial buildings, and public projects combine regional forms with local materials, technologies, and building practices.

Peter Eisenman - Barefoot on white-hot walls
Author: MAK, Vienna
Publisher: Hatje Cantz Verlag
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $49.95
ArchitectureWeek— This volume gathers critical texts by Peter Eisenman and other authors, including Mark Wigley, Greg Lynn, and Emmanuel Petit, ample project illustrations from Eisenman's entire career, such as the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in Berlin and the City of Culture of Galicia in Santiago de Compostela, as well as documentation of the exhibit installation itself. Both the catalogue and the exhibition are collections of autonomous fragments of different moments in Eisenman's varied practice as an architect,

Gehry Draws
Author: Mark Rappolt and Robert Violette, editors
Publisher: The MIT Press
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $45.99
ArchitectureWeek— Frank Gehry has described drawing as his way of "thinking aloud." This book "speaks" of 32 major projects, both built and unbuilt, with more than 500 drawings, providing a view of the master architect's creative practice, showing how Gehry thinks through the curving movements of his hand on paper. The book includes project synopses, commentary, and supporting illustrations.

An Architecture of the Ozarks: The Works of Marlon Blackwell
Author: Marlon Blackwell
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $29.20
ArchitectureWeek— Arkansas architect Marlon Blackwell is a described as a "radical ruralist," offering a new architectural language that celebrates the vernacular and transgresses the boundaries of the conventional. This book describes his widely acclaimed houses and institutional buildings in the Ozark Mountains, which he describes as "an environment of real natural beauty and, simultaneously, one of real constructed ugliness." His works seek to change that second characterization.

Julie Snow Architects
Author: Julie Snow and Janet Abrams
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $26.40
ArchitectureWeek— Minneapolis-based architect Julie Snow has, over the past decade, developed an inventive practice; her work has the structural opacity and formal integrity that characterized Mies van der Rohe's architecture, but with a sense of humanity and a sensitivity to the environment that seems borrowed from her Midwestern progenitor, Frank Lloyd Wright. This illustrated account of her work documents 14 projects: residential, institutional, corporate, and public.

Polshek Partnership Architects: 1988-2004
Author: James Stewart Polshek and partners
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Year: 2005
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ArchitectureWeek— A monograph on the New York firm which, in its 40 years, has demonstrated a respect for the environment, the innovative use of materials and technology, and a progressive aesthetic vision in such works as the Rose Center for Earth and Space at the American Museum of Natural History and the Clinton Presidential Library.

Lebbeus Woods: Experimental Architecture
Author: Lebbeus Woods, Karsten Harries and Tracy Myers
Publisher: Carnegie Museum of Art
Year: 2004
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ArchitectureWeek— This exhibition catalog contains an exhibition project list and essays by Lebbeus Woods. Woods narrates a sequence of projects, dating from 1990 to the present, through which he has investigated a consistent, if evolving, set of ideas and challenges. Harries places Woods's work within a long tradition of resistance to architectural convention. Myers analyzes and synthesizes the many complex ideas in Woods' oeuvre for the first time. 56-page book includes 17 color and 19 black-and-white images.

Sections Thru a Practice: Cesar Pelli & Associates
Author: Raul A. Barreneche, Joseph Giovannini, and Hiroyuki Suzuki
Publisher: Hatje Cantz Publishers
Year: 2003
Amazon Price: $40.00
ArchitectureWeek— Analysis of the diverse and significant work of Cesar Pelli & Associates, designers of the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, the tallest building in the world at the date of its completion. The book draws on the firm's entire body of work, including its innovative and collaborative approach to the design process.

Rafael Viñoly
Author: Rafael Viñoly
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Year: 2003
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ArchitectureWeek— New York Times architecture critic Herbert Muschamp calls Rafael Viñoly "the most elegant architect now practicing in the United States." This collection of his work from all over the world is documented in more than 500 color images and drawings.

 

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