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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.

Living Modern: Bringing Modernism Home
Author: Andrew Weaving and Lisa Freedman
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Year: 2001
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ArchitectureWeek— Architectural modernism was revolutionary when it first appeared in the 1920s, and its innovation showed the world just what twentieth-century design could bring. Living Modern is a grand showcase of classic homes by such design luminaries as Mies van der Rohe, Charles and Ray Eames, Alvar Aalto, Richard Neutra, and many more. With over 200 detailed photographs of both entirely new work and remodeled originals, as well as numerous historical images, the true trademarks of modernism and of each designer are revealed. Ranging from materials and color to lighting and floor plans, Living Modern is an excellent primer to modern home style from its inception to the timeless features applied to the interiors of today.

Minimalism
Author: James Meyer
Publisher: Phaidon Press
Year: 2005
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ArchitectureWeek— Minimalism is one of the key movements in post-war art. Having emerged in America in the 1960s, it has had an enormous influence on artists, designers, architects, musicians and others, from its inception to the present day. The selection of images illustrate the variety in the work. Including seminal texts, previously unpublished material and documents from little-known or out-of-print catalogues, this is the most comprehensive sourcebook available on minimalism.

The Arts & Crafts Cabin
Author: Robbin Obomsawin with photography by Roger Wade
Publisher: Gibbs Smith Publishers
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $26.37
ArchitectureWeek— The Arts & Crafts Cabin uses color photography, floor plans, and compelling historical text to showcase how the principles and philosophy of William Morris, Gustav Stickley, and Charles and Henry Greene combine with modern artistry to create some of the most exciting residential and recreational architecture being created today. Robbin Obomsawin is the author of Small Log Homes, Best Log Home Plans, The Not So Log Cabin, and Log Cabin Classics. Roger Wade is an architectural/interior photographer specializing in log and timber frame homes.

Richard Neutra and the Search for Modern Architecture
Author: Thomas S. Hines
Publisher: Rizzoli
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $54.75
ArchitectureWeek— The story of Richard Neutra's life is, in many ways, the story of modern architecture. He experienced the buoyant struggles of the movement's early years and the heady excesses of its mid-century ascendancy. In this study, Thomas Hines explores the efforts of Neutra and his modernist contemporaries to find the forms that would best express the meaning of the 20th century.

French Influences
Author: Betty Lou Phillips
Publisher: Gibbs-Smith Publisher
Year: 2001
Amazon Price: $26.37
ArchitectureWeek— A picture book of the French style's influence on American interior design, including chandeliers, tapestries, feather-filled armchairs, carved armoires, and other furniture.

Supermodernism
Author: Hans Ibelings
Publisher: NAI Publishers
Year: 2002
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ArchitectureWeek— Modern architecture of the postwar international style, as seen through projects by OMA, Jean Nouvel, Dominique Perrault, Herzog & de Meuron, and Toyo Ito.

Art Deco Textiles: The French Designers
Author: Alain-René 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.

The Abrams Guide to American House Styles
Author: William Morgan
Publisher: Abrams
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $30.40
ArchitectureWeek— Identification of house styles is made easy with this compact, accessible guide. Each style is described by author William Morgan, a Pulitzer Prize–nominated architectural historian, in a short historical summary, alongside a list of its distinguishing features. Multiple examples of each house style are provided—the book includes 350 houses from more than 40 states—so the reader can see the region-specific variations. This concise, informative, portable volume is an invaluable resource for house hunters, homeowners, and realtors; architects, builders, and students.

Gardens of the Arts and Crafts Movement: Reality and Imagination
Author: Judith B. Tankard
Publisher: Abrams
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $32.34
ArchitectureWeek— This book features the gardens of Edwin Lutyens, C.F.A. Voysey, Gertrude Jekyll, Ellen Shipman, Charles and Henry Greene, and other Arts and Crafts designers, who created some of the loveliest manmade landscapes we have today. Author Judith B. Tankard, a noted garden historian, brings a fresh perspective and a wealth of original research to her subject. Illustrated with period watercolors, drawings and new photographs and garden plans made especially for this publication

Styles, Schools and Movements: The Essential Encyclopaedic Guide to Modern Art
Author: Amy Dempsey
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $23.32
ArchitectureWeek— Art in the modern era has come to be defined by its styles, schools and movements. The three hundred discussed here provide an introduction and guide to the major developments in Western painting, sculpture, architecture and design during one of the most dynamic and exciting periods in art history. The comprehensive index features over 1,000 artists, architects, designers, impresarios, critics, collectors and champions of modern art, linking the styles, schools and movements with the people who made them happen.

Palm Springs Weekend: The Architecture and Design of a Mid-Century Oasis
Author: Alan Hess and Andrew Danish
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Year: 2001
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ArchitectureWeek— An exploration of the desert town that became a modernist mecca in the 1940s, 50s, and 60s.

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.

Building with Nature: Inspiration for the Arts and Crafts Home
Author: Leslie Freudenheim
Publisher: Gibbs Smith, Publisher
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $29.70
ArchitectureWeek— This new edition focuses on the 19th-century beginnings of the San Francisco Bay Area shingle style and Arts & Crafts collaboration in the trend toward building simple rustic homes in harmony with nature. The book explores how a small, influential group, including Joseph Worcester, Bernard Maybeck, and Charles Keeler, transformed a devotion to John Ruskin and California's natural beauty into a unique architectural movement.

The Pan Am Building and the Shattering of the Modernist Dream
Author: Meredith L. Clausen
Publisher: MIT Press
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $50.00
ArchitectureWeek— How a building and the reaction to it signaled the end of an era; the transformation of architectural practice in the context of New York City culture and politics. In The Pan Am Building and the Shattering of the Modernist Dream, Meredith Clausen tells the story as both history and cautionary tale -- a case study of how not to plan and execute a large-scale urban project that seems especially relevant in light of the World Trade Center and the ongoing discussions over what should be built in its place.

Learning From Palladio
Author: Branko Mitrovic
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $40.10
ArchitectureWeek— This book summarizes what is known today about the design procedures and methodology of the influential Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio. This book sets Pallado in his contemporary context, discusses the theory of the orders, proportions, space composition, façade design, and presents this material in a way accessible to practicing architects and students, so that the ideas can be applied in their architectural work. Branko Mitrovic received his PhD. from the University of Pennsylvania. He teaches at the School of Architecture, UNITEC Institute of Technology, New Zealand.

Modernism in Serbia: The Elusive Margins of Belgrade Architecture, 1919-1941
Author: Ljiljana Blagojevic
Publisher: MIT Press
Year: 2003
Amazon Price: $36.95
ArchitectureWeek— Comprehensive account of an almost forgotten body of work that once defined regional modernism at its best, viewing the buildings designed in Belgrade in the 1920s and 1930s as part of a larger cultural phenomenon.

The Problem of the House: French Domestic Life And the Rise of Modern Architecture
Author: Alex T. Anderson
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $60.00
ArchitectureWeek— "The problem of the house is a problem of the epoch," stated Swiss architect Le Corbusier; architecture, he felt, should focus on everyday life and produce housing that is "made for living in." This book explores the work of a group of like-minded designers in France, the architects-décorateurs, who committed themselves to designing and equipping the modern house. The author traces the development of their ideas in France from the Salons d'Automne displays of 1900 through the post-World War I period, when the early modern architects, influenced by cubism and art nouveau, established architecture as a human-centered art.

Bauhaus, Modernism, and the Illustrated Book
Author: Alan Bartram
Publisher: Yale University Press
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $31.58
ArchitectureWeek— The author, a book designer and author, focuses on how the Bauhaus and modernism changed and influenced typography and book design. The Bauhaus art and design school set out to create an academic, theoretical, and practical synthesis of all forms of visual expression. Such a marriage of art, architecture, industry and design had never been previously attempted. Bartrum clearly illustrates, in black and white only, the modernist revolution that took place in the 14 short years of the Bauhaus school and how it continues to influence the arts today.

NorCalMod: Icons of Northern California Modernism
Author: Pierluigi Serraino
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $23.10
ArchitectureWeek— Modernist architecture flowered in Northern California as well as in the San Fernando Valley, where it is better known. This copiously illustrated history showcases examples in the San Francisco Bay Area that flourished despite the predominance of the "Bay Region Style."

The Colonial Revival House
Author: Richard Guy Wilson
Publisher: Abrams
Year: 2004
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ArchitectureWeek— Richard Guy Wilson, the foremost expert on the subject, leads the reader on a tour of 40 of the finest examples of the Colonial Revival, illustrating its evolution, from its earliest sources, as well as its regional variations. Including exquisite, antique-filled houses by many of America's greatest domestic architects, from McKim, Mead & White to Robert A.M. Stern.

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.

Colonials: Design Ideas for Renovating, Remodeling, and Building New
Author: Matthew Schoenherr
Publisher: Taunton Press
Year: 2003
Amazon Price: $19.77
ArchitectureWeek— Colonial-style architecture is a favorite among American homeowners. Here are some ideas for updating old houses to modern standards or building new houses to reflect a rich heritage.

Art Deco: 1910 - 1930
Author: Charlotte Benton, Tim Benton, and Ghislane Wood
Publisher: V & A Enterprises
Year: 2003
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ArchitectureWeek— The Victoria and Albert Museum published Art Deco: 1910 - 1930 in conjunction with the exhibition of the same name. This catalogue is one of the most thorough books to date on Art Deco. The authors trace the influence of the movement throughout the world with well researched text and detailed photographs. Top experts in the field provide chapters devoted to specific aspects of Deco. Tim Benton wrote two chapters of special interest, one on Italian Architecture and Design, and the other on Art Deco Architecture. Deco's influence reached from Europe to India, the United States, China and beyond. It's influence was and still is everywhere. If you are going to own one book on Art Deco, this is it.

American Art Deco: An Illustrated Survey
Author: R. L. Leonard and C. A. Glassgold
Publisher: Dover
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $19.95
ArchitectureWeek— Inspired, in part, by the industrial age and Native American art, and championed by progressive architects, American Art Deco was one of the most popular decorative styles of the 20th century. An introduction by architectural critic Lewis Mumford is followed by comments from such notables as Frank Lloyd Wright on design principles; theatrical and industrial designer Norman Bel Geddes on outfitting business interiors; and Edward Steichen on commercial photography.This book will appeal to architects, graphic artists, photographers, and anyone who appreciates Art Deco style. Over 200 black-and-white illustrations.

Jewish Identity in Contemporary Architecture
Author: Edited by Angeli Sachs and Edward van Voolen
Publisher: Prestel Publishing Ltd.
Year: 2004
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ArchitectureWeek— Accompanying a touring exhibition, this important work demonstrates the fundamental differences among fifteen museums, synagogues, community centers and schools throughout the world. It covers sites in America, where the architecture of Jewish institutions looks back on a legacy of uninterrupted development; in Israel, where the great wave of immigration adopted modernist as well as Mediterranean traditions; and in Europe, where rebuilding and reconciliation attempt to balance a history of pain.

Form and Design in Classic Architecture
Author: Arthur Stratton
Publisher: Dover Publications
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $24.95
ArchitectureWeek— Informative text and 100 illustrations of magnificent buildings make this book appealing not only to architects and architectural historians, but also to anyone with even a casual interest in architecture and design. It explains in simple, direct terms the ways in which the relationship of exterior and interior elements creates a sense of unity and completeness. Dozens of edifices by Inigo Jones, the Adam Brothers, Sir Christopher Wren, and other renowned architects appear here, in images accompanied by detailed analyses. The author discusses buildings in a variety of shapes, with separate treatments of vestibules, corridors, domed and vaulted ceilings, pavilions, and other features. Foreword by A. E. Richardson.

Art Deco and Modernist Carpets
Author: Susan Day
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Year: 2002
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ArchitectureWeek— The design revolutions of the early 20th century were woven into the very fabric of the carpets and rugs of that era. Art Deco and Modernist Carpets, the first in-depth history, charts the evolution of carpet design out of the floral effusions of the Victorian salons and into the angular elegance of Art Deco and bold abstraction of Modernism popularized by the machine age. Such artists and designers as Picasso, Poiret, Gray, Delaunay, Matisse, Klee, and many more advanced the designs going on underfoot, making these rugs extremely collectible artworks in their own right. This book is generously sized and beautifully illustrated with over 250 full-color photographs. Susan Day is chief librarian at the Institut Français d’Architecture and contributing editor to Hali magazine.

Textiles of the Arts & Crafts Movement
Author: Linda Parry
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $18.21
ArchitectureWeek— This is a comprehensive survey of English textiles from the era when Britain led the design world. Linda Parry examines the whole range of Arts and Crafts textiles – not only printed but woven fabrics, tapestries and carpets, embroideries and lace – and provides invaluable information on designers, manufacturers and shops. Also included are rare photographs of some of the designers and of original interiors, where the fabrics appear in use.

Modernism Rediscovered
Author: Pierluigi Serraino
Publisher: Taschen Books
Year: 2000
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ArchitectureWeek— A review of lesser known works of American residential modernism, as seen through the camera of photographer Julius Shulman.

The Art Deco House: Avant-Garde Houses of the 1920s and 1930s
Author: Adrian Tinniswood
Publisher: Watson-Guptill Publications
Year: 2002
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ArchitectureWeek— An essential reference of art deco design, including detailed overviews of the design, decoration, furnishings, and gardens of the art deco house, covering such themes as urbanism, streamline moderne, and modernist ideas for estates and apartment blocks.

Victorian Houses and their Details
Author: Helen C. Long
Publisher: Architectural Press
Year: 2002
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ArchitectureWeek— This illustrated reference source for Victorian architecture presents architectural detailing and design in the context of the era.

What Style Is It? A Guide to American Architecture
Author: John C. Poppeliers and S. Allen Chambers
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2003
Amazon Price: $13.57
ArchitectureWeek— A survey of architectural styles throughout the history of the United States, from early colonial through international style, richly illustrated with photographs and drawings of the finest examples of each style.

Architecture: Sculpture
Author: Werner Sewing
Publisher: Prestel Publishing Ltd.
Year: 2004
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ArchitectureWeek— This volume presents a number of the world's most dramatic examples of sculptural architecture -structures that transcend rational, utilitarian functionality to capture far more intangible visions, dreams, principles, and emotions. As a result, the distinct outlines of Wright's Guggenheim Museum, the Sydney Opera House, Pei's National Gallery, and Piano and Roger's Centre Pompidou are recognizable as both sculpture and architecture. In addition - other architects (Le Corbusier, Niemeyer, Gehry) are examined by critic Werner Sewing. An introductory to the historical basis of the sculptural path from Ledoux to Le Corbusier, eighteenth century England's Expressionist and organic Russian Constructivists with deconstructivism.

Monuments and Memory, Made and Unmade
Author: Edited by Robert S. Nelson and Margaret Olin
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Year: 2003
Amazon Price: $28.00
ArchitectureWeek— Robert S. Nelson and Margaret Olin assembled essays from leading scholars about how monuments have functioned throughout the world and how globalization has challenged Western notions of the "monument." Examining how monuments preserve memory, the essays demonstrate how phenomena as diverse as ancient drum towers in China and ritual whale-killings in the Pacific Northwest serve to represent and negotiate time. Connecting that history to the present, they explore not only how monuments have inspired travel and pilgrimage for millennia but also how new electronic media are changing the very nature of such pilgrimages. And with an epilogue on the World Trade Center, Monuments and Memory, Made and Unmade is pertinent not only for art historians but for anyone interested in the turbulent history of monuments - a history that is still very much with us today.

The Bauhaus Ideal: Then and Now: An Illustrated Guide to Modernist Design and Its Legacy
Author: William Smock
Publisher: Academy Chicago Publishers
Year: 2004
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ArchitectureWeek— A history of modernist design, enhanced by the author's pencil sketches of architecture, furniture, glassware, tableware, and the whole range of domestic arts. Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe, Buckminster Fuller, Charles and Ray Eames and others were part of a movement to make sense of design in the modern world, to combine usefulness, beauty, and economy into a reasonable whole.

California Mediterranean
Author: Marc Appleton
Publisher: Rizzoli
Year: 2007
Amazon Price: $33.75
ArchitectureWeek— In the early 20th-century, architects designing houses for the balmy climate of Southern California were influenced by the style of the villas of Italy, Morocco, and other countries fronting the Mediterranean Sea. The resulting style — noted for its simplicity and often asymmetrical, undecorated facades — merged the European romantic with American ingenuity. This book includes examples by Julia Morgan, Bertram Goodhue, Addison Mizner, George Washington Smith, and Wallace Neff.

 

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