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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.

A Friendly Alien: Ein Kunsthaus für Graz
Author: Peter Cook and Colin Fournier
Publisher: Hatje Cantz Publishers
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $34.20
ArchitectureWeek— Pioneering architecture in Graz: the radical architecture project known as the Friendly Alien - the new building for the Kunsthaus Graz - was developed by the British star architects Peter Cook and Colin Fournier. The documentation at hand presents the development of the Friendly Alien from a Utopian concept to a highly complex functional body. The extensive photographic material includes first-rate computer simulations and sheds light on the urban environment and its history, shows the unique architectural features of the building, and investigates with an "x-ray view" the complex network of static and technical utilities in the "skin", the nerve center of the Friendly Alien.

Barbican: Penthouse Over the City
Author: David Heathcote
Publisher: Wiley-Academy Press
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $65.06
ArchitectureWeek— A profile of the Barbican Estate in London, an ambitious, controversial, futuristic project of the last century that included the highest apartments in Europe, an underground railway, and a grand-scale arts center.

Living Library: Wiel Arets: University Library Utrecht
Author: Marijke Beek, editor
Publisher: Prestel
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $30.89
ArchitectureWeek— This look at the new library at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, designed by the architect Wiel Arets, takes readers on a floor-by-floor tour as Arets' design embodies the fundamental changes now taking place in library architecture in the information age. Woven throughout are interviews and essays that focus on Arets' inspired design, and other perspectives on library design from renowned architects. Other highlights of the book include an essay, ‘In the Library’, which was commissioned specifically for this book and a series of photographs of international libraries by acclaimed photographer Candida Höfer.

Michael Graves: Images of A Grand Tour
Author: Brian M. Ambroziak
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $29.95
ArchitectureWeek— A compilation of pencil sketches, ink washes, and photographs created in 1960 by young Michael Graves when he received the prestigious Prix de Rome and traveled through Italy, Greece, Turkey, Spain, England, Germany, and France, studying and recording masterworks, both ancient and modern. The artwork shows his deep connection to classical buildings and sheds light on his early devotion to modernism.

Zaha Hadid: BMW Central Building
Author: Todd Gannon
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $29.95
ArchitectureWeek— Zaha Hadid's designs have defied conventional ideas of architectural space and construction. The BMW Central Building in Leipzig, Germany, for example, is an audacious and abstracted geometry of forms and lines, challenging notions of building as static and proposing architecture as art.

Architecture and Truth in Fin-de-Siècle Vienna
Author: Leslie Topp
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $113.00
ArchitectureWeek— This book examines one of the key notions of modernist architecture as it was formulated in Vienna at the turn of the twentieth century. Providing a close analysis of four major buildings - Olbrich's Secession Building, Hoffmann’s Purkersdorf Sanatorium, Wagner's Postal Savings Bank, and Loos's Michaelerplatz building - Leslie Topp investigates how "truth" could be interpreted in a variety of ways, including truth to purpose, symbolist or ideal truth, and ethical notions of authenticity. Drawing on newly uncovered archival materials, Topp offers a new interpretation of familiar buildings that are shown to encompass utopianism, hyperrationality, and subjectivism. She also explores the connections between Viennese modern architecture and contemporary painting, psychiatry, fashion, labor issues, and anti-Semitic politics.

Streets and the Shaping of Towns and Cities
Author: Michael Southworth and Eran Ben-Joseph
Publisher: Island Press
Year: 2003
Amazon Price: $29.50
ArchitectureWeek— A survey of ideas about street design and layout from the early industrial era in London suburbs through present-day planning in the United States. This critique suggests planning ideas that are less rigidly controlled and responsive to local conditions.

Great Museums of Europe
Author: Antonio Paolucci
Publisher: Skira
Year: 2003
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ArchitectureWeek— A pictorial guide to the art and architecture of eight great museums, including the Vatican Museums in Italy, The Hermitage in Russia, and the Louvre in Paris.

Architectural Guide Christian Sacred Buildings
Author: Wolfgang Jean Stock
Publisher: Pestel Publishing
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $29.51
ArchitectureWeek— A comprehensive architectural guide to modern churches and other Christian buildings throughout Europe, this book looks at the finest examples built within the latter half of the twentieth century. Organized geographically, it features nearly 140 buildings from twenty countries, each with its own double page spread. Numerous photographs and plans offer an in-depth perspective of each building, while convenient and accessible maps help readers create their own itinerary. In addition, the volume also takes into account developments in the Central European region from the Czech Republic to Croatia, home of outstanding Christian architecture.

Innovation in Sustainable Housing: Tango
Author: Michael Webb
Publisher: Edizioni Press
Year: 2005
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ArchitectureWeek— Moore Ruble Yudell partnered with the Swedish firm FFNS Arkitekter AB to design a housing project, dubbed Tango, as their contribution to the 2001 housing exposition in Malmo, Sweden. In his essay, Michael Webb traces the development of the award-winning project, the genesis of its design, and its emergence as a prototype for sustainable living of the future.

London Caffs
Author: Edwin Heathcote
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $29.95
ArchitectureWeek— This documents a fast-disappearing London archetype, the workers' caff, or greasy-spoon diner, built from the 1940s to the 60s, coinciding with Britain's first wave of interest in modern design. The small book illustrates over 30 establishments with original contemporary fittings, which are still functioning today and constitute a pivotal space in London public life.

Italy Now? Country Positions in Architecture
Author: Alberto Alessi, editor
Publisher: Cornell AAP Publications
Year: 2007
Amazon Price: $22.76
ArchitectureWeek— What does it mean to practice architecture today? Does Italian architecture exist? What characterizes it? What values and objectives do you refer to when designing your architecture, and why? These are the questions recently put to 20 leading architecture firms working in Italy today. Their answers are presented with photography of their design work.

Art Spaces: The Architecture of The Four Tates
Author: Helen Searing
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $35.00
ArchitectureWeek— Markedly different in location and appearance, the four Tate Galleries -- Tate Britain, Tate Liverpool, Tate St. Ives, and Tate Modern -- nevertheless share certain features: their waterside settings, their distance from fashionable city centers, and their role in the regeneration of their neighborhoods. The author traces the architectural history of each site, focusing on the buildings themselves as well as their artistic, political, and cultural contexts.

Architecture for the Shroud: Relic and Ritual in Turin
Author: John Beldon Scott
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $91.00
ArchitectureWeek— In this illustrated volume, John Beldon Scott traces the history of the famed linen cloth, focusing especially on the black-marble and gilt-bronze structure Guarino Guarini designed to house and exhibit it. Exploring the mystique of this enigmatic relic and investigating its architectural and urban history for the first time, Architecture for the Shroud will appeal to anyone curious about the textile, its display, and the architectural settings designed to enhance its veneration and boost the political agenda of the ruling family.

Architecture in the Netherlands: Yearbook 2001-2002
Author: Anne Hoogewoning, Roemer Van Toorn, Piet Vollaard, and Arthur Wortman, editors
Publisher: NAI Publishers
Year: 2002
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ArchitectureWeek— The important annual "Architecture in the Netherlands" once again documents a selection of the country's most notable recent architecture, including new trends, in-depth analysis, and extensive illustrative documentation.

New London Architecture
Author: Kenneth Powell
Publisher: Merrell Publishers
Year: 2002
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ArchitectureWeek— A review of the architectural renaissance in London over the past 10 years. From high-profile millennium-celebration structures to understated multi-family makeovers, this book explores and explains the best of London design.

Architecture in the Netherlands
Author: Anne Hoogewoning, Roemer van Toorn, Piet Vollaard and Arthur Wortmann
Publisher: Nai Publishers
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $60.00
ArchitectureWeek— The highly successful Architecture in the Netherlands once again presents a selection of the past year's most remarkable architecture in the Netherlands. The book highlights 30 projects which were realized in 2003, illustrated with photos and plans. The yearbook includes four essays by the editors.

DAM Jahrbuch 2004 - Architektur in Deutschland / Architecture in Germany
Author: Edited by Annina Götz and Ingeborg Flagge
Publisher: Prestel
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $45.00
ArchitectureWeek— The newest volume of this important annual survey of German architecture focuses on spiritual spaces, most notably Christian churches built in the past year. It also provides new critical perspectives by some of the most exciting young architects working today. Nearly three hundred photographs and drawings illustrate the newest edition of a significant reference work that is as attractive as it is informative.

The New Premises of the European Central Bank: International Architectural Competition
Author: Peter C. Schmal and Ingeborg Flagge, editors
Publisher: Birkhauser
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $49.95
ArchitectureWeek— The new building of the European Central Bank is attracting considerable international attention and is expected to become a new landmark for Frankfurt, Germany. This book presents all the diverse projects entered in an international competition, including submissions from Arup, Behnisch, Coop Himmelb(l)au, van Egeraat, Gehry, gmp, OMA, Perrault, SOM, UN Studio, and Viñoly.

Gute Gestaltung 2005 / Good Design 2005
Author: Edited by: Deutscher Designer Club
Publisher: Birkhäuser
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $46.95
ArchitectureWeek— In this Yearbook for 2005 the German Designers Club presents excellent, award-winning design from a number of disciplines including architecture, product and exhibition design, corporate design, digital design, and advertising. This two volume set documents the outstanding entries of the annual design competition and includes a report on the activities of the German Designers Club.

On-Site: New Architecture in Spain
Author: Terence Riley
Publisher: The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $29.77
ArchitectureWeek— This publication and the exhibition it accompanies feature 36 current architectural projects throughout Spain, a country that in recent years has become known as a center for design innovation and excellence well beyond Bilbao. The projects are seen in relation to 16 other major architectural accomplishments recently completed in Spain. They reflect diversity in the geography of their sites; in scale, from private houses to a new international airport; and in the architects who have conceived them, from relative newcomers to established practitioners, both Spanish and from other countries in Europe, Asia, and the United States.

The New Europe
Author: Valentina Croci, editor
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Academy
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $60.00
ArchitectureWeek— In May 2004, Europe was redefined when 10 more countries — many formerly Communist-ruled — joined the European Union. Not only is the expansion having an unequivocal bearing on "old" Europe, it is also helping to change the countries of "new" Europe. Contemporary architecture in these 10 countries struggles differently with hybridization, new global trends, and the permanence of national heritage. In this collection, local contributors describe the transformation of their cities and national heritage and identify a new generation of local architects.

Looking Up in Edinburgh
Author: Jane Peyton
Publisher: Wiley-Academy Press
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $29.95
ArchitectureWeek— A witty travel guide that shows how much more can be seen by taking an extra moment to go beyond the usual guidebook itinerary.

art-Sites Paris
Author: Sidra Stich
Publisher: art-Sites Press
Year: 2002
Amazon Price: $15.56
ArchitectureWeek— This art- and architecture-centered travel guide advises on what to see in Paris and how to get to museum renovations, visionary architecture, avant-garde interiors, design stores, city parks, and urban renewal projects.

Houses of Saint-Tropez
Author: Marie Bariller
Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $34.20
ArchitectureWeek— Rustic farms and vineyards, oceanfront cottages belonging to local fishermen, majestic chateaux: All are a testament to Saint-Tropez's diverse architectural heritage. Each house has its own distinct charm. The casual elegance of Saint-Tropez is captured in this intimate view of 25 interiors.

Unique Building: Lord's Media Centre
Author: Future Systems
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2001
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ArchitectureWeek— The story, in words, drawings, and photos, of the design and construction of the Lord's Media Centre for the Marylebone Cricket Club.

Rome New Architecture
Author: Sebastiano Brandolini
Publisher: Skira
Year: 2008
Amazon Price: $34.20
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