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Country and Suburban Houses of the Twenties: With Photographs and Floor Plans
Author: Bernard Wells Close
Publisher: Dover Publications
Year: 2004
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ArchitectureWeek— This reprint of a rare book contains scores of illustrations and floor plans for eighty American homes, among them a spacious Pennsylvania fieldstone colonial; a modest, three-bedroom suburban bungalow; and an artist's two-story studio/residence in California. A great primary reference for architects and students of architectural history; of special value to anyone interested in restoring old homes. 104 black-and-white illustrations.

White Walls, Designer Dresses
Author: Mark Wigley
Publisher: MIT Press
Year: 2001
Amazon Price: $28.58
ArchitectureWeek— This new examination of 20th century architectural history challenges basic concepts of design and architectural theory, considering elements of fashion, modern relationships between clothing trends and architectural concepts, and changing influences on design logic.

The Phaidon Atlas of Contemporary World Architecture
Publisher: Phaidon
Year: 2004
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ArchitectureWeek— The Phaidon Atlas of Contemporary Architecture presents a comprehensive survey of international architecture at the turn of the twenty-first century. Eminent architectural critics, curators, journalists and practitioners from all parts of the globe were asked to nominate what they considered to be the most outstanding works of contemporary architecture in their regions and beyond. The resulting c.1,050 buildings both confirm the far-reaching influence of well-known and respected international practitioners such as Jean Nouvel, Tadao Ando, Renzo Piano, Sir Norman Foster, Rem Koolhaas and Herzog & De Meuron, as well as introducing a host of lesser-known architects whose work provides an illuminating point of comparison with their famous counterparts. The Phaidon Atlas of Contemporary World Architecture will be essential reading for all those interested in gaining a true understanding of where the best contemporary architecture is located in the world.

The Mythic City: Photographs of New York by Samuel H. Gottscho, 1925–1940
Author: Donald Albrecht
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Year: 2005
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ArchitectureWeek— Historian Donald Albrecht presents 175 of Gottscho's images of the city, from the Battery to Harlem. An introductory essay tells the story of the legendary photographer, describing his working methods and philosophy, while placing his work in the broader context of photographic history.

The Architecture of Aftermath
Author: Terry Smith
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $30.00
ArchitectureWeek— With close readings of key buildings — including Jorn Utzon's Sydney Opera House, Minoru Yamasaki's World Trade Center, Frank Gehry's Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, and Richard Meier's Getty Center — Terry Smith traces the growth of the spectacular architecture of modernity and then charts its aftermath in the conditions of contemporaneity. Indeed, Smith focuses on the very culture of aftermath itself, exploring how global politics, clashing cultures, and symbolic warfare have changed the way we experience destination architecture.

Twentieth-Century Architecture
Author: Dennis P. Doordan
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Year: 2001
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ArchitectureWeek— A detailed account of the many architectural trends of the last 100 years, including several that have been previously marginalized or ignored.

The Lost World of Pompeii
Author: Colin Amery and Brian Curran, Jr.
Publisher: Getty Trust Publication
Year: 2003
Amazon Price: $50.00
ArchitectureWeek— Since Mount Vesuvius erupted in A.D. 79, the story of the lost city of Pompeii has continued to intrigue. Recently, new parts of the site have been opened and recorded for the first time.

The Glass State: The Technology of the Spectacle, Paris 1981-1998
Author: Annette Fierro
Publisher: MIT Press
Year: 2002
Amazon Price: $36.48
ArchitectureWeek— The many meanings of transparency in architecture analyzed through the transparent monumental buildings that were built as part of François Mitterrand's program of Grands Projets: the metaphor of accessibility as a means of breaking open cultural institutions previously closed to the public.

Making the Metropolis: Creators of Victoria's London
Author: Stephen Halliday
Publisher: Breedon Books Publishing Company Ltd.
Year: 2003
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ArchitectureWeek— The story of the development of London, throughout the 19th century, turning a loose collection of communities into the world's first metropolis, with underground railways, houses for aristocrats, the Crystal Palace, and the city's famous museums.

Milton Architecture
Author: Anthony M. Sammarco and Paul Buchanan
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
Year: 2001
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ArchitectureWeek— A photographic survey of historic architecture of Milton, Massachusetts, from its founding in 1640. The houses cover a range of styles from post-Medieval to Victorian.


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