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New books and classics, too, on architecture, building, architects, design, construction, design media, and more...

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Architecture: The Critics' Choice
Author: Dan Cruickshank, ed.
Publisher: Watson-Guptill Publications
Year: 2000
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ArchitectureWeek— One hundred fifty masterpieces of Western architecture selected and defined by some of the world's most respected critics and historians.

The Story of Western Architecture
Author: Bill Risebero
Publisher: MIT Press
Year: 2001
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ArchitectureWeek— The development of architecture in the western world, with an eye to social and economic conditions that influenced design and construction.

Architecture : From Prehistory to Postmodernity
Author: Marvin Trachtenberg and Isabelle Hyman
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Year: 2002
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ArchitectureWeek— A review of the entire sweep of architectural history and its greatest buildings, from the prehistoric era to the present. Now in its second edition, it includes a new chapter on the most significant and controversial works of 1980 to 2000.

A Global History of Architecture
Author: Francis D. K. Ching, Mark M. Jarzombek, and Vikramaditya Prakash
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $45.44
ArchitectureWeek— From ancient Chinese civilization to the postmodern world, this history presents an innovative approach to the study of architecture, emphasizing the connections, contrasts, and influences of architectural movements throughout history. Illustrated by photographs and the rich drawings characteristic of the renowned Frank Ching.

Buildings that Changed the World
Author: Bernhard Graf and Klaus Reichold
Publisher: Prestel USA
Year: 2004
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ArchitectureWeek— Now available in a flexi-cover edition, Buildings that Changed the World takes the reader on an journey around the globe and through history, introducing many architectural icons and offering an overview of four thousand years of architecture. By linking buildings to the people who constructed and lived in them, and by presenting stories and myths connected with them, this book offers an accessible approach to architectural history.

The Architecture Reader: Essential Writings from Vitruvius to the Present
Author: Krista Sykes, editor
Publisher: George Braziller
Year: 2007
Amazon Price: $13.57
ArchitectureWeek— This book brings together texts written by architects of international esteem. Encompassing 2000 years of building history and organized chronologically, these writings discuss the role of the architect and the relationships between architecture, nature, art and science. They are intended for a general audience and for beginning students of architecture and include interviews, manifestoes, and lectures.

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Capes: Design Ideas for Renovating, Remodeling and Building New
Author: Jane Gitlin
Publisher: Taunton Press
Year: 2003
Amazon Price: $19.77
ArchitectureWeek— How to modify and embellish the Cape Cod house, a longtime symbol of middle-class comfort and modesty. Part of the Updating Classic America series.

Patterns from the Golden Age of Rustic Design: Park and Recreation Structures from the 1930s
Author: Albert H. Good
Publisher: Roberts Rinehart Publishers
Year: 2003
Amazon Price: $22.76
ArchitectureWeek— Initially developed as a teaching tool for designers in the 1930s, this book is for anyone who wants to duplicate the classic rustic structures commonly found in state and national parks. Photographs and working drawings.

Built by Hand: Vernacular Buildings around the World
Author: Bill Steen, Athena Steen, and Eiko Komatsu
Publisher: Gibbs Smith, Publisher
Year: 2003
Amazon Price: $31.50
ArchitectureWeek— Built by Hand takes readers on a journey to the most distant corners of the earth in an effort to find vernacular (common or traditional) structures built of earth, stone, wood and vegetation. Stunning photographs feature ancient and abandoned buildings, as well as those still in use around the world. Like Bernard Rudofsky's groundbreaking Architecture without Architects, Built by Hand magnificently displays in brilliant color photography, architecture produced by everyday people surviving by the skill of their own hands and in harmony with their environment. A revolutionary study of vernacular architecture, this is an essential book for anyone interested in architecture, history, or cultures around the globe. It is not only a catalog of handmade buildings, but a window to communities full of practical knowledge and everyday craftsmanship that have survived for thousands of years.

New Vernacular Architecture
Author: Vicky Richardson
Publisher: Watson-Guptill Publications
Year: 2001
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ArchitectureWeek— Using 37 examples from contemporary architecture, the author considers the synthesis of modernity and tradition.


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