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Ove Arup: Masterbuilder of the Twentieth Century
Author: Peter Jones
Publisher: Yale University Press
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $34.21
ArchitectureWeek— A biography of 20th-century engineer Ove Arup, whose firm contributed to such iconic structures as the Sydney Opera House and Londonís Millennium Bridge. Devoted to a common-sense reform of engineering and architectural practice, Arup (1895-1988) pioneered ways for these professionals to collaborate successfully on large projects. The story includes Arupís personal and social life, his aesthetic and environmental concerns, and his practical contributions during a period of political and technological upheaval.

Sustainable Urban Design: An Environmental Approach
Author: Randall Thomas, editor
Publisher: Spon Press
Year: 2002
Amazon Price: $175.00
ArchitectureWeek— An overview of important issues in sustainable urban design: buildings and their engineering systems, landscaping, transport systems, energy, water and waste systems. Illustrated examples of best practices.


 
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Quattro Libri dell'Architettura
Author: Andrea Palladio
Publisher: Octavo Corporation
Year: 2000
Amazon Price: $45.00
ArchitectureWeek— The influence of this great 16th century architect has been felt by professionals for four centuries later. Now, Octavo, a publisher of rare books in digital formats, has issued a CD-ROM reproduction of a first edition of The Four Books on Architecture. Includes a commentary by architectural historian Robert Tavernor and an English translation.

You Have to Pay for the Public Life: Selected Essays of Charles W. Moore
Author: Kevin Keim, editor
Publisher: MIT Press
Year: 2001
Amazon Price: $48.00
ArchitectureWeek— Architect and teacher Charles Moore wrote clearly and passionately about places. Through these essays, he sought insights into fundamental questions like: What does it mean to make a place? How do we reconcile democracy and private land ownership? What is original? How do we involve inhabitants in making places?

Breaking Ground: Adventures in Life and Architecture
Author: Daniel Libeskind
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Year: 2004
Amazon Price:
ArchitectureWeek— Memoir of the architect of the post-attack World Trade Center site, weaving his personal history with his theories of design.

Architecture as Signs and Systems: For a Mannerist Time
Author: Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown
Publisher: Belknap Press
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $35.00
ArchitectureWeek— The views and architecture of Venturi and Scott Brown have influenced architects for nearly half a century. In this richly illustrated book they present a retrospective of their life work and a statement about its theoretical underpinnings. By looking back on their life work, they discover signs and systems that point toward a humane Mannerist architecture for a complex, multicultural society.

The Luminous Ground: The Nature of Order, Book 4
Author: Christopher Alexander
Publisher: Center for Environmental Structure
Year: 2003
Amazon Price: $60.18
ArchitectureWeek— This four-volume essay is a prescription for the processes that allow us to generate living structure in the world. In Book 4, Alexander shows that the emergence of every act from a larger whole must change our understanding completely, and leads inevitably to the fact that a spiritual, emotional, and personal basis must underlie every act of building.

A Vision of a Living World: The Nature of Order, Book 3
Author: Christopher Alexander
Publisher: Center for Environmental Structure
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $60.18
ArchitectureWeek— This four-volume essay is a prescription for the processes that allow us to generate living structure in the world. In Book 3, Alexander presents hundreds of his own buildings and those of his contemporaries who have used methods consistent with the theory of living process.

The Process of Creating Life: The Nature of Order, Book 2
Author: Christopher Alexander
Publisher: Center for Environmental Structure
Year: 2003
Amazon Price: $60.18
ArchitectureWeek— This four-volume essay is a prescription for the processes that allow us to generate living structure in the world. In Book 2, Alexander explains the kinds of processes that are capable of generating living structure. The unfolding of living structure in natural systems is compared to the unfolding of buildings and town plans in traditional society, and then contrasted with present-day building processes.

The Phenomenon of Life: The Nature of Order, Book 1
Author: Christopher Alexander
Publisher: Center for Environmental Structure
Year: 2003
Amazon Price: $60.18
ArchitectureWeek— This four-volume essay is a prescription for the processes that allow us to generate living structure in the world. Book 1 describes a scientific view of the world in which all space-matter has perceptible degrees of life, and sets this understanding of living structure as an intellectual basis for a new architecture.

 

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