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Architectural Geometry
Author: Helmut Pottmann
Publisher: Bentley Institute Press
Year: 2007
Amazon Price: $175.00
ArchitectureWeek— Written for students, architects, construction engineers, and industrial designers, Architectural Geometry provides readers with a path to constructive geometry education in the digital era that goes beyond the specific application toward architecture.

In the Bubble: Designing in a Complex World
Author: John Thackara
Publisher: The MIT Press
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $21.28
ArchitectureWeek— How to design a world in which we rely less on stuff, and more on people. At the heart of In the Bubble is a belief, informed by a wealth of real-world examples, that ethics and responsibility can inform design decisions without impeding social and technical innovation.

Artists' Impressions in Architectural Design
Author: Bob Giddings and Margaret Horne
Publisher: Spon Press
Year: 2002
Amazon Price: $85.00
ArchitectureWeek— An analysis of ways in which architects have presented their design ideas for clients and the public, both historically and recently, from the earliest perspective techniques to the latest in computer rendering.

Architecture and Science
Author: Guiseppa Di Cristina
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2001
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ArchitectureWeek— This publication, first in a series of anthologies, groups articles selected from Architectural Design on the scientific notions used in architecture and demonstrates the variety of ways such advances can benefit the field.

Built upon Love: Architectural Longing after Ethics and Aesthetics
Author: Alberto Perez-Gomez
Publisher: The MIT Press
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $25.60
ArchitectureWeek— A vision of architecture that transcends concerns of form and function and finds the connections between the architect's wish to design a beautiful world and architecture's imperative to provide a better place for society.

Spectacle
Author: David Rockwell and Bruce Mau
Publisher: Phaidon Press
Year: 2006
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ArchitectureWeek— This book celebrates "larger-than-life"" events and explores the way they transform the way we see the world and how we connect with each other. Included is an interview with architects Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown and an essay by architectural critic Herbert Muschamp. "An empty stadium, an open field, or a busy urban thoroughfare, each — when transformed by spectacle — undergoes an alchemic process," says architect Rockwell, who strives to make such environments where people connect.

The Edifice Complex: How the Rich and Powerful — and Their Architects — Shape the World
Author: Deyan Sudjic
Publisher: Penguin
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $27.00
ArchitectureWeek— The author argues that architecture, far from being auteur art, must be understood as a naked expression of power. From the grandiose projects of Stalin and Hitler to the "theme park" excess of today’s presidential libraries, Sudjic goes behind the scenes of history’s great manipulators of building propaganda and exposes Rem Koolhaas, Frank Gehry, and other architects in a disturbing new light.

If...Then: Architectural Speculation
Author: Architectural League of New York
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Year: 2005
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ArchitectureWeek— Volume 6 of the Young Architects series features work by talented architects selected by The Architectural League of New York. This year, entrants were asked to explore the act of imagination that precedes every work, projecting future events in a space that does not yet exist. Featured are Fernando Romero, Tobias Lundquist, Anthony Piermarini, Hansy L. Better Barraza, Keith Mitnick, Mireille Roddier, Stewart Hicks, Tom Wiscombe, and Gail Peter Borden.

Fear & Space
Author: Bert de Muynck, Marc Pimlott, Jacob Voorthuis, Benjamin Barber, Joshua Karant, and Moritz Küng
Publisher: NAI Publishers
Year: 2005
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ArchitectureWeek— Fear and Space is the result of intensive research into the presence of fear in our Western society and the role that architecture might play herein. It is an indispensable instrument for students, researchers, architects and policy-makers who are concerned with security issues.

Artificial Love : A Story of Machines and Architecture
Author: Paul Shepheard
Publisher: MIT Press
Year: 2003
Amazon Price: $45.00
ArchitectureWeek— Shepheard weaves together three stories into one: the assertion that machines are the sculptures of today; ways that architecture reflects the desires of those who make it; and how individuals experience their lives in the context of architecture. In his view of human history, machines become sculpture, and sculpture becomes architecture.

The Portfolio and the Diagram: Architecture, Discourse, and Modernity in America
Author: Hyungmin Pai
Publisher: MIT Press
Year: 2002
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ArchitectureWeek— Explores the changing ways architects see, read, and use the words and images of architectural publications. How the diagram as a complex formation of concepts evolved from the grand folios of the Beaux Arts.

Spaces Speak, Are You Listening?: Experiencing Aural Architecture
Author: Barry Blesser and Linda-Ruth Salter
Publisher: The MIT Press
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $32.64
ArchitectureWeek— Every environment has an aural architecture. We can navigate a room in the dark, and "hear" the emptiness of a house without furniture. Our experience of music in a concert hall depends on where we sit. The acoustics of religious spaces acquire symbolic meaning. Integrating the disciplines of architecture, music, acoustics, evolution, anthropology, cognitive psychology, and audio engineering, this book presents a guide for anyone interested in gaining a better understanding of how space enhances our well-being.

The Act of Creation and the Spirit of a Place: A Holistic-Phenomenological Approach to Architecture
Author: Nili Portugali
Publisher: Edition Axel Menges
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $69.00
ArchitectureWeek— The author presents her interpretation of a holistic, phenomenological world view in theory and in practice, a world view which has been at the forefront of scientific discourse in recent years and which is closely related to Buddhist philosophy. Portugali argues that in order to change the feeling of the environment and create places and buildings we really feel "at home" and want to live in, what is needed is not a change of style or fashion, but a transformation of the mechanistic worldview underlying current thought and approaches. The real challenge of current architectural practice is to make the best use of the potential inherent in our modern technological age.

People and Places: Connections between the Inner and Outer Landscape
Author: John R. Myer and Margaret H. Myer
Publisher: Peter E Randall Publisher
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $40.00
ArchitectureWeek— A unique perspective born of coauthors' backgrounds as architect and child psychiatrist provides a groundbreaking treatise on the effects of place on people. Written for those engaged in making places — urban planners, housewives, architects, politicians, builders, and students, the book explores our early and lifelong needs and then relates these needs to places.

Mass Identity Architecture: Architectural Writings of Jean Baudrillard
Author: Francesco Proto, editor
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Academy
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $55.00
ArchitectureWeek— Jean Baudrillard believed that architecture could be seen as the supreme medium of contemporary visual culture, especially in its potential to influence the individual's perception of reality as a component of the mass media system. The editor's style makes Baudrillard's architectural criticism easily accessible to readers in cultural studies, geography, art, sociology, and social theory.

Perspecta 38: Architecture After All - The Yale Architectural Journal
Author: Forth Bagley, Ceren Bingol, Marcus Carter, and Christopher Marcinkoski, editors
Publisher: The MIT Press
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $20.00
ArchitectureWeek— The practice of architecture after the breakdown of consensus: designers, theoreticians, and scholars consider architecture's divergent ideological landscape in this issue of America's oldest and most distinguished student-edited architectural journal.

Designing with Models: A Studio Guide to Making and Using Architectural Design Models
Author: Criss B. Mills
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $46.62
ArchitectureWeek— A step-by-step illustrated guide to basic and advanced design-process modeling. This comprehensive guide explains traditional processes and includes digital modeling and rapid prototyping. Included are interviews with noted architects, detailed case studies, ideas for mixed media, and the latest information on modeling curvilinear components with planar material and casting techniques.

Open House: Freedom in Architecture
Author: Florentine Sack and Katharina Doring
Publisher: Jovis
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $24.32
ArchitectureWeek— Open House: Freedom in Architecture is an exploration of the philosophical, aesthetic, and subjective links between a building and its environment. Drawing upon traditions as old as that of the Japanese house through models of classical Western modernism, Sacks brings the notion of unity to bear on contemporary architecture, referring to exemplary buildings by Koolhaas, Herzog & de Meuron, Peter Zumthor, Kazuyo Sejima, Ryue Nishizawa, and many others.

Building Codes Illustrated for Elementary and Secondary Schools: A Guide to Understanding the 2006 I
Author: Steven R. Winkel, David S. Collins, and Steven P. Juroszek
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2007
Amazon Price: $43.74
ArchitectureWeek— An easy-to-use, illustrated guide to building codes for designing elementary and secondary schools. One in a series, this book shows design professionals how the International Building Code was developed, and how it is likely to be interpreted when applied to schools.

The Built Environment: A Collaborative Inquiry Into Design and Planning
Author: Wendy R. McClure and Tom J. Bartuska, editors
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2007
Amazon Price: $58.86
ArchitectureWeek— Written by prominent academics, this collaborative work examines the ways we build things, from products and interiors, to regions and global systems. It looks at how we affect and are affected by our environment and how the various components of what we make are interrelated. The authors' objective is to provide strategies for improving the overall quality of designed environments.

Design and Living
Author: Jan Krebs
Publisher: Birkhauser
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $12.87
ArchitectureWeek— An introduction for students to residential buildings, often the first design projects they encounter. This book explains concepts and kinds of dwelling, residential functions, the creation of living space, and the role of design in housing construction.

Integrated Practice in Architecture: Mastering Design-Build, Fast-Track, and Building Information Mo
Author: George Elvin
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2007
Amazon Price: $53.21
ArchitectureWeek— This comprehensive book about integrated practice in architecture outlines principles of collaborative design, construction, and life-cycle management of buildings. It is organized around critical issues such as team-building, project planning, communication, risk management, and implementation.

Modelbuilding: Basics
Author: Alexander Schilling
Publisher: Birkhauser
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $12.87
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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.

Performative Architecture: Beyond Instrumentality
Author: Branko Kolarevic and Ali M. Malkawi, editors
Publisher: Spon Press
Year: 2005
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ArchitectureWeek— This book describes a new kind of architecture, in which broadly defined building performance is a guiding design principle more important than form making. These architects use quantitative and qualitative performance-based digital simulations, intent on redefining expectations of design and its process and practice.

Architectural Representation Handbook: Traditional and Digital Techniques for Graphic Communication
Author: Paul Laseau
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Year: 2000
Amazon Price: $59.95
ArchitectureWeek— A range of architectural representation — traditional, new media, hybrid, and emerging — and their roles in design. Examples for specific design contexts, providing a sense of their variety, subtlety, and usefulness as tools for exploring architectural ideas.

Ideas That Shaped Buildings
Author: Fil Hearn
Publisher: MIT Press
Year: 2003
Amazon Price: $14.96
ArchitectureWeek— A synthesis of architectural history and theory based on historically influential treatises — arriving at a rationale for building design.

Models: Architecture and the Miniature
Author: Mark Morris
Publisher: Wiley Academy Press
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $58.50
ArchitectureWeek— The physical scale model is a centerpiece for design education, celebrated practices, and architecture’s public relations. This book outlines the historic role models have played from Alberti to the Bauhaus. It offers a cultural history of models, theories tied to specific examples, and explanations of the role of new technologies.

Ornament and Crime
Author: Adolf Loos
Publisher: Ariadne Press
Year: 1998
Amazon Price: $18.37
ArchitectureWeek— Ornament and Crime contains thirty-six original essays by the celebrated Viennese architect, Adolf Loos (1870-1933). Most deal with questions of design in a wide range of areas, from architecture and furniture, to clothes and jewelry, pottery, plumbing, and printing; others are polemics on craft education and training, and on design in general.

Gehry Draws
Author: Mark Rappolt and Robert Violette, editors
Publisher: The MIT Press
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $45.99
ArchitectureWeek— Frank Gehry has described drawing as his way of "thinking aloud." This book "speaks" of 32 major projects, both built and unbuilt, with more than 500 drawings, providing a view of the master architect's creative practice, showing how Gehry thinks through the curving movements of his hand on paper. The book includes project synopses, commentary, and supporting illustrations.

NOX: Machining Architecture
Author: Lars Spuybroek
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Year: 2004
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ArchitectureWeek— Part manual, part manifesto, part monograph, this book presents a comprehensive look at the methods and techniques of Lars Spuybroek and his studio's architecture. The book presents a complete documentation of NOX's oeuvre, including built and unbuilt work, essays by leading design and cultural critics, and explanatory texts by the architect that link the projects together. Specially commissioned illustrations make accesible for the first time Spuybroek's complex strategies and techniques.

Color Drawing: Design Drawing Skills and Techniques for Architects, Landscape Architects, and Interi
Author: Michael E. Doyle
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $44.07
ArchitectureWeek— Third edition of a classic reference for professionals and students who need to develop and communicate design ideas with clear, attractive, impressive color drawings. This edition contains a new section on digital techniques and offers innovative ideas for the reproduction and distribution of finished drawings.

Pragmatism and Modern Architecture
Author: William G. Ramroth, Jr.
Publisher: McFarland & Company
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $49.95
ArchitectureWeek— This work examines the relationship between the methods of modern architecture and the philosophy of pragmatism, which connects an idea with its result. It discusses how modern architecture and pragmatism developed during the 19th century and offers examples of pragmatism within the work and writings of predominant modern practitioners and theorists.

The Yale School of Architecture Journal:Perspecta 36
Author: Macky McCleary and Jennifer Silbert, editors
Publisher: The MIT Press
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $20.00
ArchitectureWeek— The juxtapositions of writings, architecture, and art show that association can be a tool of creativity and analysis.

Peter Smithson: Conversations with Students; A Space for Our Generation
Author: Catherine Spellman and Karl Unglaub, editors
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $17.95
ArchitectureWeek— Peter Smithson was an inspired practitioner, incisive theorist, charismatic teacher, and advocate of architectural modernism. As part of a Conversations with Students series, Smithson's ideas are now widely accessible.

Design Professionals and the Built Environment: An Introduction
Author: Paul Knox and Peter Ozolins, editors
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2001
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ArchitectureWeek— An architectural textbook for better work in the built environment. Introduces issues involved in the analysis, design, and production of the built environment, emphasizing their interaction and pointing out learning experiences.

Interdisciplinary Architecture
Author: Nicoletta Trasi
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2001
Amazon Price: $80.00
ArchitectureWeek— An exploration of successful interdisciplinary collaborations between art and architecture, selected from recent issues of Architectural Design.

Mechanics and Meaning in Architecture
Author: Lance LaVine
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Year: 2001
Amazon Price: $30.00
ArchitectureWeek— An exploration of technology's role in architecture and, in turn, humanity's understanding of nature.

Building with the Breath of Life: Working with Chi Energy in Our Homes and Communities
Author: Tom Bender
Publisher: Fire River Press
Year: 2000
Amazon Price: $28.00
ArchitectureWeek— The book focuses on detailed historical, conceptual, and how-to information for working with chi energy in our surroundings. In includes new findings about the significance of chi in buildings and cities.

Design Through Making
Author: Robert Sheil, editor
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $46.47
ArchitectureWeek— This title includes the work of Block Architecture, Mark Burry, Thomas Heatherwick Studios and Walter Pichler; there is also a special feature on Japanese traditions in architecture. Contributors include: Iain Borden, Sarah Chaplin, David Dunster, Jonathan Hill and Mark Prizeman. Design through Making is directed at architects, engineers, educators, fabricators, and machine operators.

Event-Cities 3: Concept vs. Context vs. Content
Author: Bernard Tschumi
Publisher: The MIT Press
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $30.40
ArchitectureWeek— Bernard Tschumi believes that there is no architecture without a concept, an overriding idea that gives coherence and identity to a building. But there is also no architecture without functional content and historical, geographical, and cultural context. Through provocative examples, Tschumi argues that buildings may or may not conform to their settings, but that the decision should always be strategic.

Theoretical Anxiety and Design Strategies in the Work of Eight Contemporary Architects
Author: Rafael Moneo
Publisher: MIT Press
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $25.76
ArchitectureWeek— A prominent architect considers his contemporaries - James Stirling, Robert Venturi, Aldo Rossi, Peter Eisenman, Alvaro Siza, Frank Gehry, Rem Koolhaas, and Herzog & De Meuron - in a well illustrated series of profiles. Discussing each of the eight architects in turn, Moneo first gives an introductory profile, emphasizing intentions, theoretical concerns, and construction procedures. He then turns to the work, offering detailed critical analyses of the works he considers to be crucial for an informed understanding of this architect's work.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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

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?

What Is Design Today?
Author: George H. Marcus
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Year: 2002
Amazon Price: $27.50
ArchitectureWeek— Using objects as diverse Toyota's "hybrid" car to Philippe Starck's injection-molded plastic lounge chairs, Marcus explains for the lay reader what design is and what role it plays in our every-day lives.

Architecture Design Notebook
Author: A. Peter Fawcett
Publisher: Architectural Press
Year: 2003
Amazon Price: $34.95
ArchitectureWeek— A presentation of the process of design as pragmatic and nontheoretical, for developing skills at undergraduate level. Includes fundamentals of design and a framework within which students can approach their work.

Nothing Less than Literal - Architecture after Minimalism
Author: Mark Linder
Publisher: The MIT Press
Year: 2005
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ArchitectureWeek— Mark Linder shows how minimalist art of the 1960s was infiltrated by architecture, resulting in a reconfiguration of the disciplines of both art and architecture. Linder traces the exchange of concepts and techniques between architecture and art through a reading of the work of critics Clement Greenberg, Colin Rowe, Michael Fried, and the artist-writer Robert Smithson, and then locates a recuperation of "the architecture of minimalism" in the contemporary work of John Hejduk and Frank Gehry.

Classical Architecture for the Twenty-First Century: An Introduction to Design
Author: Jean-Francois Gabriel
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $37.96
ArchitectureWeek— A thorough, informative guide to the theory and technique of designing classical buildings, as taught by a graduate of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. It is a practical text for learning how to design buildings in the classical tradition today. Well illustrated with sketches, freehand diagrams, renderings, and photographs.

Precedents in Architecture : Analytic Diagrams, Formative Ideas, and Partis
Author: Roger H. Clark and Michael Pause
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $48.80
ArchitectureWeek— This third edition of the architectural classic on design analysis provides a vocabulary for architectural evaluation that illuminates the works of leading architects and aids architects in creating their own designs. Diagrammatic assessments of over 100 structures, including 16 new buildings since the last edition. The authors view architectural history as an evolutionary process by exploring the commonality of design ideas reflected in a broad range of structures by internationally renowned architects.

Memory and Architecture
Author: Eleni Bastea, Editor
Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $34.95
ArchitectureWeek— Using the analytical perspectives of architecture, comparative literature, and cultural studies, the essays in Memory and Architecture examine the role of memory in the creation of our built environment.

Prosthetic Gods
Author: Hal Foster
Publisher: The MIT Press
Year: 2004
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ArchitectureWeek— How to imagine not only a new art or architecture but a new self or subject equal to them? In Prosthetic Gods, Hal Foster explores this question through the works and writings of such key modernists as Gauguin and Picasso, F. T. Marinetti and Wyndham Lewis, Adolf Loos and Max Ernst.

Architecture in the Age of Divided Representation: The Question of Creativity in the Shadow of Produ
Author: Dalibor Vesely
Publisher: The MIT Press
Amazon Price: $38.22
ArchitectureWeek— In this long-awaited work, Dalibor Vesely proposes an alternative to the narrow vision of contemporary architecture as a discipline that can be treated as an instrument or commodity. In doing so, he offers nothing less than an account of the ontological and cultural foundations of modern architecture and, consequently, of the nature and cultural role of architecture through history. Vesely's argument, structured as a critical dialogue, discovers the first plausible anticipation of modernity in the formation of Renaissance perspective. The central part of the book addresses the question of divided representation - the tension between the instrumental and the communicative roles of architecture - in the period of the baroque, when architectural thinking was seriously challenged by the emergence of modern science. Dalibor Vesely is a Director (Emeritus) of graduate studies in the department of architecture and member of Emmanuel College at the University of Cambridge.

Design Research: Methods and Perspectives
Author: Brenda Laurel
Publisher: MIT Press
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $26.03
ArchitectureWeek— Design Research charts the paths from research methods to research findings to design principles to design results and demonstrates the transformation of theory into a richly satisfying and more reliably successful practice. How the tools of design research can involve designers more directly with objects, products and services they design; from human-centered research methods to formal experimentation, process models, and application to real world design problems.

Air Architecture
Author: Yves Klein
Publisher: Hatje Cantz
Year: 2004
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ArchitectureWeek— Yves Klein's utopian vision of an "architecture of the air" encompassed both fantastical air architectures and aspects of social theory. Featuring original source material and texts by the artist, this book is the first comprehensive presentation of this unusual aspect of Yves Klein's oeuvre.

Sensory Design
Author: Joy Monice Malnar and Frank Vodvarka
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $32.00
ArchitectureWeek— Exploration of the nature of our responses to spatial constructs, including building interiors, outdoor spaces, and fantasy constructions. The authors have developed a typology for the design of more humane spaces that sharply contrasts with the Cartesian model that dominates architecture today. They have drawn on input from the environmental sciences, anthropology, psychology, architectural theory, virtual reality technologies, and literary depictions.

Symmetry Comes of Age: The Role of Pattern in Culture
Author: Dorothy K. Washburn and Donald W. Crowe, editors
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $60.00
ArchitectureWeek— This is the companion volume to the authors' groundbreaking Symmetries of Culture, the classic reference for symmetry analysis of pattern for anthropologists, archaeologists, art historians, mathematicians, and designers. For this volume, Donald Crowe and Dorothy Washburn invited colleagues from several disciplines to apply the method of symmetry analysis to actual case studies from cultures around the world. The essays compiled here explore how cultural information is embedded in the symmetrical structure of pattern. From descriptions of patterns on objects as diverse as Nasca embroideries, Ica Valley ceramics, Quechua textiles, Yombe mats, and Zulu beadwork, as well as from Amazonian shamanic therapy, ceramic design among the Shipibo, and Turkish weaving, the contributors reveal how the symmetrical structures in the patterns describe aspects of each culture's fundamental principles for living in the world.

Words and Buildings: A Vocabulary of Modern Architecture
Author: Adrian Forty
Publisher: Thames and Hudson
Year: 2004
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ArchitectureWeek— This book investigate the language of modernism, language and drawing, ‘masculine and feminine’ architecture, language metaphors, science in architecture and the social properties of architecture. A vocabulary of key words such as "character," "form," "history," and "space," locates each word’s modern meaning within a historical and theoretical framework, and clearly sets out its development and relevance for architects, historians, philosophers, critics and the users of buildings themselves. Words and Buildings is the first thorough examination of the complex relationship between architecture and language as intricate social practices. 336 pages with 216 illustrations.

How to See: A Guide to Reading Our Manmade Environment
Author: George Nelson
Publisher: Design Within Reach
Year: 2003
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ArchitectureWeek— Design Within Reach has republished George Nelson's influential book, How to See, which originally came out in 1977. The book has been updated in color, with a new graphic layout by Chris Pullman, who managed Nelson’s graphic design office in the ‘70s and is currently Vice President of Design at WGBH. How to See is a collection of over 50 chapter-long essays, illustrated with hundreds of startling photographs, mostly from Nelson’s personal archives, and a preface by DWR founder Rob Forbes, who was project director for this re-edition.

Some Place Like Home: Using Design Psychology to Create Ideal Places
Author: Toby Israel
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Academy Editions
Year: 2003
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ArchitectureWeek— An exploration of design psychology as a means to creating environments that reflect individuals or groups and encourage positive change. Features interviews with Michael Graves, Andres Duany and Charles Jencks and programming exercises for exploring design.

Bio-Architecture
Author: Javier Senosianin
Publisher: Architectural Press
Year: 2003
Amazon Price: $74.05
ArchitectureWeek— A study of the natural principles of animal and human constructions, presenting biological origins that shape "organic" built forms.

Architect's Guide to Feng Shui: Exploding the Myth
Author: Cate Bramble
Publisher: Architectural Press
Year: 2003
Amazon Price: $28.74
ArchitectureWeek— A practical guide showing architects how to assess and apply the principles of authentic feng shui. Includes technical illustrations to define and analyze the ethical and ecological elements of the original Chinese system.

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.

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