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Books / Architects / Mid-20th Century

The Art of Structural Design: A Swiss Legacy
Author: David P. Billington (Editor), Jameson W. Doig (Contributor)
Publisher: Yale University Press
Year: 2003
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ArchitectureWeek— This book brings together for the first time the work of four Swiss engineers and their teachers who form an impressive group of twentieth century structural artists: Wilhelm Ritter (1847–1906), Robert Maillart (1872–1940), Othmar Ammann (1879–1965), Pierre Lardy (1902–1956), Heinz Isler (b. 1926), and Christian Menn (b. 1927). Generously illustrated, this book features many newly commissioned photographs, including images of important new structures such as the Charles River Bridge in Boston, completed by Menn in 2002. David P. Billington is Gordon Y.S. Wu Professor of Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and director of the Program in Architecture and Engineering at Princeton University.

Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future
Author: Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen and Donald Albrecht, editors
Publisher: Yale University Press
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $40.95
ArchitectureWeek— From the swooping concrete vaults of the TWA Terminal at JFK Airport to the 630-foot-tall Gateway Arch in St. Louis, the iconic designs of Eero Saarinen (1910–1961) captured the aspirations and values of the United States in the mid-20th-century. This book takes a look at the entire scope of Saarinen’s career and includes the most complete portfolio of his projects to date — a chronological survey of more than 100 built and unbuilt works, previously unpublished photographs, plans, and working drawings.

Charlotte Perriand: An Art of Living
Author: Mary McLeod
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Year: 2003
Amazon Price: $47.45
ArchitectureWeek— Charlotte Perriand (1903-1999) was one of the most innovative furniture and interior designers of the twentieth century. Although her work has long been recognized by furniture historians and Le Corbusier specialists, Perriand's pioneering role has only recently become more widely appreciated. This beautiful monograph pays homage to an individual whose pieces are now seen as classics of modern furniture. The book is filled with engaging essays and never-before-seen photographs of this legendary maverick.

Gordon Matta-Clark: "You Are the Measure"
Author: Elisabeth Sussman, editor
Publisher: The Whitney Museum of American Art
Year: 2007
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ArchitectureWeek— The influential artist Gordon Matta-Clark (1943–1978) produced works that combined minimalist, conceptual, and performative practices in urban landscapes. He placed primary importance on the individual and considerations of everyday life. This book incorporates new information from the Matta-Clark archive and presents a compelling reappraisal of the beauty and radical nature of his art.

Bruno Mathsson: Architect and Designer
Author: Dag Widman, Karin Winter, and Nina Stritzler-Levine
Publisher: Yale University Press
Year: 2007
Amazon Price: $54.85
ArchitectureWeek— The sensuous lines of Bruno Mathsson's furniture designs made him one of the leading figures of Swedish modernism in the 1930s. Chairs that adapted to their occupant with graceful curves became his trademark and have been in continuous production for more than 50 years. In his less familiar architectural work, he applied the same principles of innovation and comfort. This survey of his work explores the connections between ergonomics, aesthetics, materials, and environmental concerns.

Louis I. Kahn: Beyond Time and Style: A Life in Architecture
Author: Carter Wiseman
Publisher: W. W. Norton
Year: 2007
Amazon Price: $43.80
ArchitectureWeek— Biographical study of Louis I. Kahn, the brilliant architect who helped redefine 20th-century architecture. He brought a reverence for history back into modern architecture while translating it into a uniquely contemporary idiom. The book draws on over 100 interviews with colleagues, clients, and family members and is illustrated with many previously unpublished photographs.

Leisure Architecture of Wayne McAllister
Author: Chris Nichols
Publisher: Gibbs Smith, Publisher
Year: 2007
Amazon Price: $15.56
ArchitectureWeek— The commercial architecture — hotels restaurants, and nightspots — created by Wayne McAllister (1907-2000) is responsible for much of the character of Southern California. His Fred-and-Ginger nightclubs and glinting-steel-and-neon circular drive-ins gave Hollywood its image in the 1930s, 40s, and 50s. This survey of McAllister's work shows how his example "changed the fabric of cities."

James Marston Fitch: Selected Writings on Architecture, Preservation, and the Built Environment
Author: James Marston Fitch, with Martica Sawin, editor
Publisher: W. W. Norton
Year: 2007
Amazon Price: $27.95
ArchitectureWeek— James Marston Fitch was founder of the first U.S. graduate program in historic preservation, at Columbia University. He was an architect, critic, historian, preservationist, environmentalist, and philosopher. This anthology of his writings offers ideas and observations on historic preservation, microclimatology, urbanism, and other topics.

Barcelona Pavilion: Mies van der Rohe & Kolbe
Author: Ursel Berger and Thomas Pavel, editors
Publisher: Jovis Verlag
Year: 2007
Amazon Price: $29.95
ArchitectureWeek— Mies van der Rohe's famous Barcelona Pavilion was built for the 1929 World's Fair then demolished in 1930 and reconstructed as a permanent installation in 1986. Known for its simple form — perpendicular planes and "flowing space" — and extravagant materials, such as marble and travertine, the pavilion has become an icon of modern architecture. This book is a thorough study of the building, its history, and the artwork it was built for.

Fuller Houses: R. Buckminster Fuller's Dymaxion Dwellings and Other Domestic Adventures
Author: Federico Neder
Publisher: Lars MĂĽller Publishers
Year: 2008
Amazon Price: $30.36
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Aldo Rossi Drawings
Author: Germano Celant, Diane Ghirardo
Publisher: Skira
Year: 2008
Amazon Price: $72.27
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Oscar Niemeyer Buildings
Author: Alan Hess
Publisher: Rizzoli
Year: 2009
Amazon Price: $47.25
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Oscar Niemeyer
Author: Matthieu Salvaing
Publisher: Assouline
Year: 2009
Amazon Price: $371.25
ArchitectureWeek— Architect Oscar Niemeyer rose to prominence at Le Corbusier's side, but ultimately swerved from the hard, straight lines of traditional modernism to forge a parallel track of the movement a track that mimics the crescendoes and denouements of human feeling through swooping curves, graceful arches, and sensuous, feminine lines. Using reinforced concrete as his major building material, Niemeyer has elevated the everyday to the sublime. And, even at the age of one hundred, he continues to seek major public works projects. On the occasion of his centennial year, Assouline presents the limited-edition Oscar Niemeyer, the most complete and lavish exploration of his life and career yet published. Sketches, original photography, and contributions from architects such as Zaha Hadid and Tadao Ando all confirm Niemeyer s influence on twentieth-and twenty-first-century architecture.

SOM: Architecture of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, 1950-1962
Publisher: The Monacelli Press
Year: 2009
Amazon Price: $29.70
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Eero Saarinen
Author: Antonio Roman
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Year: 2006
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ArchitectureWeek— A career retrospective of the modernist Finnish architect, son of the celebrated architect Eliel Saarinen. Never distinguishing himself with a signature style, Eero Saarinen executed memorable mid-century commissions such as Dulles Airport, and the TWA Terminal at JFK, and the Gateway Arch in St. Loui. Roman seeks to "explore the architectural mechanisms by which an architect can produce a valuable body of work, despite its apparent lack of unity."

Paul Rudolph: The Florida Houses
Author: Christopher Domin and Joseph King
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Year: 2002
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ArchitectureWeek— Between 1941 and 1962, modernist architect Paul Rudolph built about 60 houses on the west coast of Florida. This book presents Rudolph's own renderings and Ezra Stoller's period photography from source material from the Paul Rudolph Archive at The Library of Congress. The houses illustrate Rudolph's ambition, discipline, and inventiveness.

Roland Terry: Master Northwest Architect
Author: Justin Henderson
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Year: 2000
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ArchitectureWeek— Roland Terry, a practitioner of the "Northwest Style," has been one of Seattle, Washington's most beloved architects for nearly 50 years. The book is a retrospective of his work, based on interviews with his contemporaries.

William Turnbull Jr.: Buildings in the Landscape
Author: William Stout and Dung Ngo
Publisher: William Stout Publishers, Inc.
Year: 2000
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ArchitectureWeek— A monograph of the California architect and his firm MLTW, including the coastal Sea Ranch. Photography by Morley Baer.

Powell/Kleinschmidt: Interior Architecture
Author: Werner Blaser and Stanley Abercrombie
Publisher: Birkhauser - Publishers for Architecture
Year: 2001
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ArchitectureWeek— A quarter century of work by the Chicago firm Powell/Kleinschmidt whose modernism follows in the footsteps of Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe.

Berthold Lubetkin
Author: John Allan
Publisher: Merrell Publishers
Year: 2002
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ArchitectureWeek— A review of the life's work of Berthold Lubetkin (1901-1990), widely regarded as the most outstanding English architect of his generation. His designs are characterized by "clear geometric figures, technical ingenuity, and a functional resolution that show modernism at its most poetic and powerful."

The Architecture of Philip Johnson
Author: Hilary Lewis
Publisher: Bulfinch Press
Year: 2002
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ArchitectureWeek— A catalogue of Johnson's built work, covering a 60-year career, from the famous 1942 Glass House to his less distinguished glass boxes built for Texas oil companies.

Superstudio: Life without Objects
Author: Peter Lang and William Menking
Publisher: Skira
Year: 2003
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ArchitectureWeek— The writings and sketches of the avant-garde Italian firm of the 1960s.

Engineering Architecture: The Work of Fazlur R. Khan
Author: Yasmin Sabina Khan
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Company
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $37.12
ArchitectureWeek— The structural engineer responsible for Chicago’s John Hancock Center and Sears Tower, Fazlur R. Khan (1929–1982) pioneered structural systems for high-rise design that broadened the palette of building forms and expressions available to design professionals today. Through detailed examination of projects at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, this study of Khan’s career provides insight into architectural and engineering practice. Yasmin Sabina Khan, Fazlur Khan’s daughter, has degrees in civil engineering and structural engineering/structural mechanics and has designed multistory buildings on both coasts.

Form Follows Libido: Architecture and Richard Neutra in a Psychoanalytic Culture
Author: Sylvia Lavin
Publisher: The MIT Press
Year: 2005
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ArchitectureWeek— By the 1950s, some architects felt an urge to steer the cool abstraction of high modernism away from a neutral formalism toward the production of more erotic, affective environments. Lavin sees the architecture of Richard Neutra as an exploration of these new mood-inducing environments. In a series of engaging essays, she shows him as a poignant reflection of a burgeoning psychoanalytic culture in America.

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.

The Furniture of Carlo Mollino
Author: Fulvio Ferrari and Napoleone Ferrari
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $34.16
ArchitectureWeek— Original and inventive, the work of Carlo Mollino (1905-73) is a unique chapter in the history of twentieth-century Italian design and architecture. For the first time, The Furniture of Carlo Mollino presents his complete works in furniture and interior design.

Paffard Keatinge-Clay: Modern Architecture/Modern Masters
Author: Eric Keune, Julianna Morais and George Mattson
Publisher: Actar/SCI-ARC
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $30.40
ArchitectureWeek— Paffard Keatinge-Clay is a unique figure in American architectural history. This book brings to light the importance of his work as representative of its time period and clarifies the influences his mentors -- including Mies van der Rohe, Richard Neutra and Charles and Ray Eames -- had upon it. This is the first retrospective study of Keatinge-Clay’s architectural projects and, as such, is an important record of an academically and socially significant body of work.

Maria Pergay: Between Design and Ideas
Author: Suzanne Demisch
Publisher: Demisch Danant
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $62.05
ArchitectureWeek— Retrospective of furniture and objects designed by Moldavian-born, French designer Pergay. Maria Pergay: Between Ideas and Design is the first in-depth survey of the designer's life and work. Beginning with the 1950s and continuing to the present, it features over 200 photographs of interiors and furniture, archival illustrations from her personal collection--most of which have never before been published.

The CRS Team and the Business of Architecture
Author: Jonathan King and Philip Langdon, editors
Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
Year: 2002
Amazon Price: $27.55
ArchitectureWeek— A collection of oral histories about the Texas firm Caudill Rowlett Scott, a progressive and influential architecture firm that developed innovations in programming, construction management, and school design.

SOM: Architecture of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, 1963-1973
Publisher: The Monacelli Press
Year: 2009
Amazon Price: $36.50
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