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Reflections of Prague: Journeys through the 20th Century
Author: Ivan Margolius
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $19.67
ArchitectureWeek— The story of how a Czech Jewish family become embroiled in the most tragic and tumultuous episodes of the 20th century, told by family survivor, architect Ivan Margolius.

Japan-ness in Architecture
Author: Arata Isozaki
Publisher: The MIT Press
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $24.28
ArchitectureWeek— Japanese architect Arata Isozaki sees buildings not as objects but as events that encompass the social and historical context — texts to be interpreted and reread continually. He identifies what is essentially Japanese in architecture from the 7th to the 20th century and analyzes the struggles of modern Japanese architects to create something uniquely Japanese out of modernity. He wrote these essays — combining historical survey, critical analysis, theoretical reflection, and autobiographical account — over a period of twenty years.

American Architecture (World of Art)
Author: David P. Handlin
Publisher: Thames and Hudson
Year: 2004
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ArchitectureWeek— This book tells the story American Architecture, in chronological approach, from the seventeenth- century colonial beginnings to the twenty-first century. He presents a wide range and comprehensive coverage, from the innovations of Jefferson and Bullfinch's civic buildings, to Wright, Sullivan and McKim, Mead & White, to work by todays architects including Sternm Meierm Gehry and Mockbee.In this revised and expanded edition, David P. Handlin, a practicing architect, also includes a lively account of recent developments in American Architecture. The book includes 264 photographs, drawings and plans.

Art Deco Textiles: The French Designers
Author: Alain-Ren้ Hardy
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Year: 2003
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ArchitectureWeek— This book is an in depth examination of French art deco fabrics and textiles of 1920s and 1930s. Whether following the elitist decorative trends of Ruhlman and Sue, or the more egalitarian, functionalist movement lead by Le Corbusier, the styles of interior decoration and fashion went through enormous changes that were both influenced by and reflected in the textiles of the day. Hundreds of full-color photographs show the results of a time when craftsmanship and industry worked together.

Architecture in Colonial America
Author: Marian C. Donnelly
Publisher: University of Oregon Press
Year: 2003
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ArchitectureWeek— An introduction to early American architecture, from 1492 to 1776, featuring town planning and construction methods as well as building design.

Cottages and Castles of Maumee
Author: Marilyn Van Voorhis Wendler
Publisher: Arcadia
Year: 2002
Amazon Price: $15.59
ArchitectureWeek— A photographic guide to the historic architecture of Maumee, Ohio, with examples and descriptions of the various styles, from Greek Revival temple forms to Second Empire mansions and the simple cottages that proliferated after the Civil War.

Author: Pierre Chuvin
Publisher: Flammarion
Year: 2003
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ArchitectureWeek— A beautifully photographed review of the artistic heritage of architecture and decoration in the Central Asian cities of Samarkand, Boukhara, and Khiva, through mosques, fortresses, and houses.

Scottish Architecture (World of Art Series)
Author: Miles Glendinning and Aonghus MacKechnie
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $16.95
ArchitectureWeek— This illustrated survey offers a complete history of Scottish Architecture, from the circular houses of Skara Brae to the new Parliament in Edinburgh. Concise and fun to read, this book is a celebration of Scotland's rich, distinctive architectural heritage, with a wide range of stylistic movements and influential designers from the 17th century onward.

Art & Architecture of Cambodia (World of Art Series)
Author: Helen Ibbitson Jessup
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $12.71
ArchitectureWeek— This original paperback is an essential, authoritative, and up-to-date introduction to the art of Cambodia. It offers a glimpse into a world that continues to challenge travelers. Helen Ibbitson Jessup examines the variety of styles and influences of this rich culture. Many photographs are published here for the first time, including both famous sites - Angkor Wat and Preah Vihear - and those that have, until now, been inaccessible for both geographical and political reasons.

Federal Style Patterns 1780-1820
Author: MaryBeth Mudrick and Lawrence Smith
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $68.00
ArchitectureWeek— A detailed guide to patterns found in architecture of New England's Federal Style, 1780–1820. This source book illustrates, through 300 detailed line drawings, the form, character, scale, and proportion of ornament and detail of cornices, door and window casings, chair rails, baseboards, mantels, and fences. An accompanying CD-ROM contains the drawings in a downloadable format.


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