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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.

The Cape Cod Cottage
Author: William Morgan
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $21.33
ArchitectureWeek— The Cape Cod cottage has been a popular American residential styles for almost 400 years, but historians have tended to ignore the modest style, relegating it to a vernacular footnote along with barns and mills. This book describes the important style — born of a combination of necessity and tradition — in its historical context.

Marking the Land 1
Author: Melissa Cicetti
Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $14.95
ArchitectureWeek— This book contains 90 duotone photos of structures throughout the American Southwest. Melissa Cicetti's interest in architecture is reflected in many of the photos, which include abandoned structures -- barns, churches, gas stations, Anasazi ruins.

Place of Learning, Place of Dreams: A History of the Seattle Public Library
Author: John Douglas Marshall
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $25.13
ArchitectureWeek— Seattle Public Library's new Central Library, designed by renowned Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, prompted international notice even before the doors opened to this $159 million showplace. Yet Seattle Public Library's new prominence came after more than a century of tumult with many heroic struggles, from its itinerant existence in a pioneer boom town to its wired wonders in a world technology center. The author recounts the fascinating stories behind the books and buildings of Seattle Public Library. Marshall also profiles many intriguing people who enlivened Seattle Public Library and its contributions to the city.

Frank Lloyd Wright's Larkin Building: Myth and Fact
Author: Jack Quinan
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $25.00
ArchitectureWeek— Illustrated with more than 100 photographs, floor plans, maps, and diagrams, Frank Lloyd Wright's Larkin Building provides a concise but complete record of how the building was conceived, built, evaluated, and finally demolished in what has been called a tragic loss for American architecture.

Expanding the Center: Walker Art Center and Herzog & de Meuron
Author: Edited by Andrew Blauvelt
Publisher: Walker Art Center
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $27.28
ArchitectureWeek— The Walker Art Center recently opened its expanded space, which includes a new theater, a new restaurant, and more galleries, but is best known for being Herzog & de Meuron's first public building in the United States. The book is organized around the decisions and actions of the architects, builders, Walker staff and the audience -- i.e. designing, constructing, unveiling, staging, gathering, patterning, framing, collecting--and highlights the thinking that led to the visible form of the Center. Expanding the Center features a selection of images, including sketches, renderings, and photographs of the construction process and the completed work.

The Seattle Bungalow: People and Houses, 1900-1940
Author: Janet Ore
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $18.96
ArchitectureWeek— In The Seattle Bungalow, Janet Ore modifies the common notion that architectural change flows only from the design elite - the architects, domestic reformers, and planners who advocate for changes in domestic architecture - and argues that ordinary people played a crucial role in creating the bungalow. Through their growing power as consumers, modest-income families influenced the physical form of early twentieth-century houses and suburban landscapes.

Lee Friedlander: Sticks & Stones
Author: Essays by James Enyeart
Publisher: D.A.P./Fraenkel Gallery
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $57.37
ArchitectureWeek— In Sticks & Stones, Lee Friedlander offers his view of America as seen through its architecture. In 192 square-format pictures shot over the past 15 years, Friedlander has framed the familiar through his own unique way of seeing the world. Whether he's representing modest vernacular buildings or monumental skyscrapers, Friedlander liberates them from our preconceived notions and gives us a new way of looking at our surrounding environment.

Motel America: A State-by-State Tour Guide to Nostalgic Stopovers
Author: Andrew Wood and Jenny Wood
Publisher: Collectors Press, Inc.
Year: 2004
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ArchitectureWeek— In this combination that is part travel guide, part motel history, writer Andrew F. Wood and photographer Jenny L. Wood take us on a tour of the architecture of motels in america. Offering up history, highlights, and fun facts about his favorites sleepovers in all 50 states.

Intown Living: A Different American Dream
Author: Ann Breen and Dick Rigby
Publisher: Island Press
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $35.00
ArchitectureWeek— After decades of abandonment, cities across North America are experiencing a renaissance, attracting a new generation seeking greater excitement and diversity than available in suburban subdivisions. If properly nurtured, this movement could help slow current patterns of sprawling development and help revitalize America's cities. The authors present in-depth studies of Atlanta; Dallas; Houston; Memphis; Minneapolis; New Orleans; Portland, Oregon; and Vancouver, British Columbia.

Atomic Home: A Guided Tour of the American Dream
Author: Whitney Matheson
Publisher: Collectors Press, Inc.
Year: 2004
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ArchitectureWeek— Atomic Home: A Guided Tour of the American Dream

American Designers' Houses
Author: Dominic Bradbury
Publisher: Vendome Press
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $31.50
ArchitectureWeek— The 20 designers featured in American Designers' Houses consider their homes part laboratory, part showroom-and entirely personal. By focusing on interior designers' own homes, this book captures their style -- uncompromised by clients' demands.

Bohlin Cywinski Jackson: Liberty Bell Center
Author: Rodolphe el-Koury, Oscar Riera Ojeda, Bernard Cywinski, Laurie Olin, Richard Sommer
Publisher: Oro Editions
Year: 2007
Amazon Price: $50.00
ArchitectureWeek— Documentation of the building designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson as a home for the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia’s Independence National Historical Park, through drawings and photographs of the design and building process and through essays about the building and its cultural context and historical background.

Chicago Apartments: A Century of Lakefront Luxury
Author: Neil Harris
Publisher: Acanthus Press
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $50.62
ArchitectureWeek— A survey of nearly 100 elevator structures whose luxurious amenities, generous or unusual interior spaces, or innovations have made them significant in the history of Chicago apartment life. An introductory essay traces themes in the development of the city's architecture.

Theaters
Author: Craig Morrison
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $50.62
ArchitectureWeek— This richly illustrated sourcebook traces the theater as it developed throughout U.S. history. The comprehensive study covers a range of building types including raucous vaudevillian music halls, nickelodeons, Shakespearean theaters, and grand opera. CD-ROM included

The Architecture Traveler: A Guide to 262 Key Modern American Buildings
Author: Sydney LeBlanc
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $18.96
ArchitectureWeek— An illustrated guidebook to the best of modern architecture for enthusiasts and professionals. It provides the practical information — addresses, phone numbers, visitor hours, maps — needed to experience the buildings firsthand. The concise descriptions offer new insights into the buildings and their designers.

Underground Buildings: More Than Meets the Eye
Author: Loretta Hall
Publisher: Quill Driver Books
Year: 2003
Amazon Price: $22.76
ArchitectureWeek— A survey of over 100 underground buildings in North America, ranging from famous to unnoticed, from energy efficient to leaky, from opulent to humble, and from successful to not.

Wood Design Awards 2003
Author: Don Griffith
Publisher: Tuns Press/ Dalhousie University
Year: 2003
Amazon Price: $11.70
ArchitectureWeek— Thirteen projects by U.S. and Canadian architects that highlight the flexibility and importance of wood in the North American building culture.

Architecture Canada 2002
Author: Stephen Parcell, editor
Publisher: Tuns Press/ Dalhousie University
Year: 2002
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ArchitectureWeek— Presenting twelve Canadian projects awarded the Governor General's Medals in Architecture for 2002, from a house in Nova Scotia to a school in British Columbia, illustrated with full-color photographs.

Architecture Canada 2004
Author: Stephen Parcell, editor
Publisher: Tuns Press
Year: 2004
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ArchitectureWeek— Profiles of the nine Canadian buildings that received a Governor General Medal for design excellence in 2004. Featuring the firms of Busby +Associates, Henriquez Parners, Kuwabara Payne McKenna, Ian MacDonald, Patkau, and Shim-Sutcliffe.

Chicago Architecture and Design: Revised and Expanded
Author: Jay Pridmore and George A. Larson
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $40.50
ArchitectureWeek— This book devoted to Chicago architecture has been redesigned, revised, and expanded to bring the history up to date—with a new chapter on the works of the last 20 years, including Frank Gehry's Millennium Park. Over 300 photographs, principally the work of the Chicago studio Hedrich Blessing, illustrate the book. More than half of the photos are new.

In A Mexican Garden: Courtyards, Pools, and Open-Air Living Rooms
Author: Melba Levick and Gina Hyams
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Year: 2005
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ArchitectureWeek— The featured properties include rustic coastal hideaways, elegant Spanish Colonial mansions, rural haciendas, and Modernist architectural masterpieces. Melba Levick's photographs capture bold Mexican design elements: mosaic floors, frescoes, hand-carved stone fountains, and native plants. Gina Hyams' text explains the historic roots of these uniquely Mexican outdoor spaces. Melba Levick has published more than 40 photography books on travel, architecture, and design.

Substance over Spectacle: Contemporary Canadian Architecture
Author: Andrew Gruft
Publisher: Arsenal Pulp Press
Year: 2005
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ArchitectureWeek— This survey of architectural work in Canada over the past 10 years suggests a national sensibility unlike any other architectural trend in the world. Gruft argues that Canadian architecture is influenced by the country's geographically large, environmentally diverse physique, as well as its political and social heart. The 25 heavily illustrated projects include schools, art galleries, subway systems, power plants, and private houses that all relate to this Canadian architectural experience.

Design on the Edge: The Making of a High-Performance Building
Author: David W. Orr
Publisher: The MIT Press
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $35.00
ArchitectureWeek— Design on the Edge tells the story of the building of the Adam Joseph Lewis Center at Oberlin College in the context of ecological design, institutional learning, and the green campus movement.

A Guide to Tucson Architecture
Author: Anne M. Nequette and R. Brooks Jeffery
Publisher: University of Arizona Press
Year: 2002
Amazon Price: $24.95
ArchitectureWeek— A comprehensive guide to Tucson, Arizona's historical and contemporary architecture, from one-of-a-kind houses and historic downtown buildings to destination resorts in the Catalina Foothills.

Florida's Colonial Architectural Heritage
Author: Elsbeth K. Gordon
Publisher: University Press of Florida
Year: 2002
Amazon Price: $39.95
ArchitectureWeek— A guide to the architecture of old Florida, based on archaeological and historical research, including pre-Columbian, Spanish, and British influences.

Postcards of the Night: Views of American Cities
Author: John A. Jakle
Publisher: Museum of New Mexico Press
Year: 2003
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ArchitectureWeek— An annotated collection of vintage postcards showing American cities at night, with attention to early 20th-centruy nocturnal urban views and the role of postcards in popular culture.

Architecture Tours L.A. Guidebook: Silver Lake
Author: Laura Massino Smith
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing Ltd.
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $9.95
ArchitectureWeek— A printed version of the author's auto tour of L.A.'s architectural heritage, both old and new, with maps, photos, driving directions, and detailed descriptions of each building's history.

Design City Toronto
Author: Sean Stanwick and Jennifer Flores
Publisher: Wiley Academy Press
Year: 2007
Amazon Price: $67.13
ArchitectureWeek— Modern architecture has become a means for cities to raise their cultural profile, and Toronto is no exception. The Canadian city has welcomed both local talent and international star architects who have created a fusion of contemporary architecture, heritage preservation, and sustainable urban design. This book showcases over 30 projects by Will Alsop, Behnisch, Behnisch & Partners, Foster and Partners, Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg and others.

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