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Structures of Utility
Author: David Stark Wilson
Publisher: Heyday Books
Year: 2003
Amazon Price: $45.00
ArchitectureWeek— Photographs of architecturally underappreciated structures — packing sheds, grain silos, wooden tank house outbuildings, and mine elevators — elevated to focus and beauty.

Author: Andres Lepik
Publisher: Prestel USA
Year: 2004
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ArchitectureWeek— This well illustrated volume celebrates every facet of the skyscraper as an architectural icon. Opening with Chicago's Reliance Building, built in 1894, and closing with plans for the Freedom Tower, which will be built on the site of the World Trade Center, eye-catching two to four page spreads in this up-to-date and comprehensive volume capture fifty of the world's most important skyscrapers. Each building is breathtakingly photographed, and an accompanying text offers intriguing historical details, notes on construction, and engineering feats.

Dreaming of Italy: Las Vegas and the Virtual Grand Tour
Author: Giovanna Franci
Publisher: University of Nevada Press
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $24.95
ArchitectureWeek— For centuries, foreign visitors have been drawn to Italy, and today Las Vegas, Nevada has reinvented itself as an urban theme park inspired by the great cultural monuments of the Italian past. Here, Las Vegas' Caesars Palace, Bellagio, and The Venetian are compared to their Italian counterparts. Franci examines their architectural format and decorative details and considers how the image of the Italian sites has been transplanted to the Nevada desert.

The Olympic: The Story of Seattle's Landmark Hotel, 1924-2004
Author: Alan J. Stein and the HistoryLink Staff
Publisher: History Ink/HistoryLink
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $15.56
ArchitectureWeek— Since 1924, The Olympic Hotel has been a place in Seattle to stay, dine, consult and entertain. As the new stewards and operators of The Olympic, Fairmont Hotels and Resorts commissioned History Ink/HistoryLink to prepare this book on the occasion of The Olympic Hotel's 80th year of operation. Author Alan J. Stein traces the history of the hotel's site (the original campus of today's University of Washington), the public campaign to build a "community hotel," the numerous events and celebrities it has hosted, and The Olympic's rebirth in the 1980s to the present.

Skyscrapers : Structure and Design
Author: Matthew Wells
Publisher: Yale University Press
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $36.48
ArchitectureWeek— Despite the challenges associated with skyscraper design and safety, there is continued growth in the size and number of tall buildings being built around the world. This book explains the principles behind their construction and the ways they are designed to withstand earthquakes, high winds, and fire. Featured buildings include Commerzbank in Frankfurt, the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, and the New York Times Building in New York.

Grand Hotels of the Jazz Age: The Architecture of Schultze – Weaver
Author: Edited by Marianne Lamonaca
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $37.85
ArchitectureWeek— This book presents portfolios of fifteen of the firm's most spectacular hotels, culminating in the Art Moderne masterpiece of the Waldorf-Astoria. Over two hundred period photographs and hand-colored architectural renderings chart the ascent of the American hotel in all its glory and glamour, before the Great Depression forever changed the lifestyles of America's rich and famous. Essays address the cultural and technological developments that underpin the creation of resort and residential hotels, including the elemental role played by Schultze – Weaver. This book is published in conjunction with an exhibition at the Wolfsonian-Florida International University, Miami, held in celebration of their tenth anniversary.

Skyscraper: Vertical Now
Author: Eric Howeler
Publisher: Universe Books
Year: 2004
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ArchitectureWeek— Illustrated profiles of over 50 recent skyscrapers from around the world and essays arguing that, despite the attacks on September 11, 2001, the future of tall buildings is as secure today as ever.

Bar and Restaurant Interior Structures
Author: Lorraine Farrelly
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2004
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ArchitectureWeek— Over the last 20 years a trend in bar and restaurant design has encouraged architects and designers to experiment with materials, light, and color to provide a dramatic backdrop to eating and drinking. Fun and escapism have become themes for these interior spaces. This illustrated collection of projects brings together current ideas and future possibilities.

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.

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.

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

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.

Brand Lands, Hot Spots & Cool Spaces: Welcome to the Third Place and the Total Marketing Experience
Author: Christian Mikunda
Publisher: Kogan Page
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $30.36
ArchitectureWeek— Illustrated guide to "mood management" and to creating the WOW effect in public and commercial spaces, aimed at marketing professionals, architects, retailers, urban planners, and psychologists. Case studies range from the Guggenheim Museum in Venice to Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas.

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.

Industry, Architecture, and Engineering: American Ingenuity 1750-1950
Author: Louis Bergeron and Maria Teresa Maiullari-Pontois
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
Year: 2000
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ArchitectureWeek— Two centuries of American industrial building, including factories, mills, and bridges.

Fashion + Architecture
Author: Helen Castle, compiler
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2001
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ArchitectureWeek— A look at the relationship between fashion and architecture through interviews with designers of clothing retail establishments.

The Designer's Workspace: Ultimate Office Design
Author: Douglas Caywood
Publisher: Architectural Press
Year: 2003
Amazon Price: $76.45
ArchitectureWeek— A look at how 50 distinguished firms design their own offices, with technical detail and interior photos of lobbies, meeting areas, and studios.

Building Type Basics for Retail and Mixed-Use Facilities
Author: Jerde Partnership
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2003
Amazon Price: $38.90
ArchitectureWeek— A guide to designing stores, shopping centers, and town centers, offering nuts-and-bolts guidelines and inspirational advice. Sections on consensus-based decision making, site selection, renovation, and code compliance.

Building Type Basics for Recreational Facilities
Author: Richard J. Diedrich
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $71.04
ArchitectureWeek— A guide to the basics of programming, designing, and planning many types of recreational facilities, including golf clubhouses; tennis, aquatic, skiing, and equestrian support facilities; and spas and fitness centers. It answers 20 questions that frequently arise in the early phases of a project commission, illustrated with project photographs, diagrams, floor plans, and sections.

Manhattan Skyscrapers
Author: Eric Peter Nash and Carol Willis, with Norman McGrath, photographer
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Year: 2005
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ArchitectureWeek— A photographic essay on New York's urban architecture and stunning skyline, featuring 75 of the city's most noteworthy towers. Spanning a 100-year history and organized chronologically, the book features each skyscraper through photographs, commentary, and history.

The Journal of Decorative and Propaganda Arts 25: The American Hotel
Author: Molly W. Berger, editor
Publisher: The MIT Press
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $25.00
ArchitectureWeek— This latest volume of the Journal of Decorative and Propaganda Arts explores the material, social, and cultural world of the large American hotel. Ten illustrated essays look at the architects, designers, and social forces that created this distinctive and complex urban institution, from Gilded Age New York to 1950s Miami Beach.

Hotel Revolution
Author: Howard Watson
Publisher: Wiley-Academy Press
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $68.95
ArchitectureWeek— New approaches to 21st-century luxury highlight radical designs that leave the old concept of the boutique hotel in their wake. Hotel design has been rethought in recent years, providing a prism for our understanding of culture, style, and desire. Using beautiful photographs, the author shows the work of Karim Rashid, Marcel Wanders, Antonio Citterio, Philippe Starck, and many others.

Fashion Retail
Author: Eleanor Curtis
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Academy
Year: 2006
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ArchitectureWeek— Showcase of around 30 successful interiors, from boutiques to department stores, resulting from collaborations between architects and clothing designers. Cases studies include: Prada, Emporio Armani, Louis Vuitton, and many more.

Pub Scene
Author: Jane Peyton
Publisher: Wiley Academy Press
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $60.00
ArchitectureWeek— The pub scene around the world is characterized by its casual warmth and conviviality, distinguished by an informal, unique, and idiosyncratic interior decor. Turning away from the trend toward homogeneity of today's standardized chains, this book celebrates the often exuberant, sometimes elegant decor of British Victorian Gin Palaces, classic Art Nouveau Belgian cafe bars, Germany's bierkellers, Australia's beachside beer-gardens, and brew-pubs of the United States.

Designing the Seaside: Architecture, Society and Nature
Author: Fred Gray
Publisher: Reaktion Books Ltd
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $60.00
ArchitectureWeek— Drawing on a diverse array of historical material -- photographs, guidebooks, postcards, and posters -- Fred Gray offers a fascinating account of the cultural and social symbolism of the seaside resort and its role in the modern landscape. He examines the design processes that went into creating the diverse buildings and spaces within a seaside resort, giving full attention to ephemeral structures such as pavilions and summer gift shops as well as the trademark hotel buildings, fairgrounds, and open spaces.

Sustainable Commercial Interiors
Author: Penny Bonda and Katie Sosnowchik
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $56.73
ArchitectureWeek— An introduction to and exploration of the vast field of sustainable design as it relates to spaces where the workforce relies on interior environments to make them safe and productive. The authors apply concepts of environmental responsibility and use the LEED Green Building Rating System to sort the design process into five areas of sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy, materials, and indoor environmental quality.

Bernd & Hilla Becher: Life and Work
Author: Susanne Lange
Publisher: The MIT Press
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $45.90
ArchitectureWeek— Influential German photographers Bernd and Hilla Becher had as their lifetime project documenting the postwar industrial landscape. This biography describes their life and work and offers a critical assessment of their place in the history of photography. The author discusses the couple's extraordinary partnership and their aesthetic. She argues that industrial buildings shape our perceptions as cathedrals did in the Middle Ages.

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