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Before + After - A New Garden Studio For A Writer

MW Architects has shared photos of a new garden room in London, England, that replaced an old derelict wash house, that was in danger of slipping down ...

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Demystifying Solar Panel Technology: A Beginner?s Guide To H

The sun bathes our planet in an abundance of energy, and harnessing its power through solar panels offers an increasingly attractive alternative to tr ...

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Casa Ópera: Where Minimalism Meets Elegance In Architecture

Casa Ópera, designed by DANA Arquitectos in 2023, redefines modern living in Zaragoza, Spain. This single-family house showcases the elegance of conc ...

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The Importance Of A Bachelor’s Degree In Architectural

In the realm of architecture, getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering Innovation demonstrates to be a crucial key, opening a portal to compr ...

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Archidose, 1999?2024

After 25 years of running this blog under various names ? all of which can be lumped under the "Archidose" monicker ? I\'ve decided to shut it down, m ...

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Reading About Drawings

Instead of digesting a new book or diving into a novel, something others do often but I do rarely, I spent my holiday break reading a five-year-old bo ...

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Favorite Books of 2023

For the fifteenth and last time on this blog, I\'m highlighting my favorite books of the year, selected from the many books I reviewed or featured as ...

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Three Monographs

Just as last week\'s Places in Time III post featured a trio of books that were initially listed in my earlier holiday gift books post, two of the ...

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Places in Time III

This third and most likely last installment in the inadvertent "Places in Time" series looks closely at three books: the first about Chicago from the ...

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42 Years of Critical Regionalism

(Covers of some of the books discussed in this post)If your first reaction to the title of this post is something along the lines of, "Wait, isn\'t cr ...

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Eight Decades of Modern Japanese Houses

A review of a new book released this week:The Japanese House Since 1945 by Naomi Pollock, published by Thames & Hudson, November 2023 (Amazon /� ...

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Places in Time II

Last week dose explored three "places in time": St. Louis in the early decades of the 20th century; Detroit between 1935 and 1985; and Chicago subu ...

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Visualizing the World, Visualizing Change

In 1939, Otto Neurath\'s Modern Man in the Making was released by Alfred A. Knopf. Neurath was director of the International Foundation of Visual I ...

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Four Monographs

Of the numerous books publishers send me for review ? be they requested by me, pitched by them, or arriving at my doorstep unsolicited ? the highest p ...

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The Past and Future of Architecture Books

The recent receipt of two review books got me thinking about the past and the future of architecture books. The first one is This is Architecture: ...

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From Slow House to Blue Dream

Blue Dream is a house designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro for Julia "Julie" Reyes Taubman and her husband Robert "Bobby" Taubman. The house, locat ...

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Ten Pairs of Books for Christmas

This year\'s roundup of books to give to discerning architects for the holidays is presented in pairs. While at least one book in each pair is new, th ...

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The Latest from MoMA: Emerging Ecologies

Like many people with a lot of books, I keep track of my library with an app/website, tagging books with keywords to better filter and find them. The ...

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On the Future of Cities

The recent publication of two books prompted me to ponder the future of cities and do a write-up of them together:Implementing Urban Design: Green, Ci ...

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Places in Time I

Like most human beings, I can be contradictory at times. One area where this manifests is architectural surveys: books that usually collect buildings ...

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The 'As Found'

Over at World-Architects I reviewed As Found: Experiments in Preservation (Flanders Architecture Institute, 2023) edited by Sofie De Caigny, Hülya ...

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A Modernist Reads About Lutyens

Sir Edwin Landseer Lutyens, the English architect who was born in 1869 and died in 1944, that is. Although a famous name, Lutyens was not an archit ...

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Book Briefs #35 Revisited

Last week I cobbled together eight books, some of which publishers had sent me more than a year ago, in an effort to write a "Better Late Than Never" ...

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Book Briefs #49

The most recent numbered installment of "Book Briefs," the series of occasional posts featuring short first-hand descriptions of some of the num ...

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My Biennale Haul

Two weeks ago I was in Venice for the Biennale, covering the 18th International Architecture Exhibition curated by Lesley Lokko for World-Architects. ...

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Changing Ideals in Architectural Criticism

On the Duty and Power of Architectural Criticism edited by Wilfried Wang, published by Park Books and University of Texas at Austin, 2022 (Amazon ...

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For the Love of (Architecture) Books

Tomorrow is Valentine\'s Day, so I put together a list some things I love ?? about architecture books ? and just as many things I don\'t love� ...

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Learning from the 2023 Book Fair

This year\'s New York International Antiquarian Book Fair is my third, following the 2022 book fair and, just days before lockdown, the 2020 boo ...

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On Hiatus

Monday is when I would normally post a new book review, but instead, this blog and its related newsletter are going on hiatus indefinitely due to a fa ...

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From the Mouths of Architects

I\'m not sure when it happened, but at some point I went from disliking interviews ? preferring texts written by architects, much of it in the vein ...

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On Case Studies

"What is a case study"" you might be asking, or maybe, "Is it different than a monograph"" Although the word monograph literally applies to any boo ...

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Self-Published Books by BNIM and KPF

Over at World-Architects I wrote about two self-published books recently published by BNIM and KPF:ALL - The Tom and Ruth Harkin Center by BNIMDesign ...

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2023 in Architecture Books, So Far

Life, they say, throws you curve balls, and that\'s just what happened last month, when a family emergency had me put this blog on hiatus. This post, ...

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Architectural Exhibitions and Their Books

Preparing for this post I counted roughly one hundred books in my library that are related to exhibitions. Surprisingly, given that I tend to buy cata ...

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Three Lessons from Three Monographs

Writing a blog devoted to architecture books means featuring monographs ? lots of monographs. Not exclusively, of course; but before this blog transit ...

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Rereading the Nineties

Some of the references consulted during the research phase of my 2021 book Buildings in Print: 100 Influential & Inspiring Illustrated Architecture Bo ...

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On Awards

When Arata Isozaki died at the end of 2022 at the age of 91, nearly all of the news stories and obituaries mentioned that he was a Pritzker Architectu ...

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From Web to Print

Recently I was watching a news program, most likely PBS Newshour or an MSNBC show, and was struck by one of the talking heads speaking via Skype or Zo ...

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On Guidebooks

A portion of the paperback wrapper of On Broadway and Fran Leadon\'s Broadway: A History of New York City in Thirteen Miles, for instance, plus  ...

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Favorite Books of 2022

For this last post of 2022 I looked back at the dozens of books I reviewed or featured as "Book Briefs" on this blog, and the ones I reviewed on World ...

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Book Briefs #48

In this latest installment of "Book Briefs," ? the series of occasional posts featuring short first-hand descriptions of some of the numerous bo ...

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Conceiving the Plan

Conceiving the Plan: Nuance and Intimacy in Civic SpaceEdited by Yael Hameiri SainsauxSkira, August 2022Hardcover | 12-1/4 x 12-1/4 inches | 240 pages ...

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Ando and Le Corbusier

Ando and Le Corbusier is a two-volume project that shows how the works of two pioneers of modern architecture ? Le Corbusier and Tadao Ando ? connect ...

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The Minimal Intervention

The Material Imaginationby Lucius Burckhardt, edited by Markus Ritter and Martin SchmitzBirkhäuser, October 2022Paperback | 5 x 7-1/4 inches | 166 pa ...

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G. E. Kidder Smith Builds

G. E. Kidder Smith Builds: The Travel of Architectural Photographyby Angelo Maggi, foreword by Michelangelo SabatinoAR+D Publishing, August 2022Hardco ...

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Book Briefs #47: Three Altrim Titles

Here is the next installment of "Book Briefs," the series of occasional posts featuring short first-hand descriptions of some of the numerous bo ...

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The Architecture of Suspense

The Architecture of Suspense: The Built World in the Films of Alfred Hitchcockby Christine Madrid FrenchUniversity of Virginia Press, September 2022Pa ...

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American Modern Home

American Modern Home: Jacobsen Architecture + Interiorsby Simon JacobsenRizzoli, October 2022Hardcover | 11 x 11 inches | 224 pages | English | ISBN: ...

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Adjaye: Works 2007-2015

Adjaye: Works 2007-2015: Houses, Pavilions, Installations, BuildingsEdited by Peter AllisonThames & Hudson, October 2022Hardcover | 10-1/2 x 10-1/2 in ...

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Olmsted Trees

Olmsted TreesPhotographs by Stanley Greenberg, with contributions by Tom Avermaete, Kevin Baker, Mindy Thompson FulliloveHirmer Publishers, August 202 ...

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Aalto in Detail

Aalto in Detail: A Catalogue of Componentsby Céline Dietzkier and Lukas GruntzBirkhäuser, July 2022Hardcover | 6 x 8 inches | 464 pages | 400 illust ...

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Book Briefs #46

Here is the next installment of "Book Briefs," the series of occasional posts featuring short first-hand descriptions of some of the numerous bo ...

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Two Chicago Guides

AIA Guide to Chicagoby American Institute of Architects Chicago, edited by Laurie McGovern PetersenUniversity of Illinois Press, June 2022Paperback | ...

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When Eero Met His Match

When Eero Met His Match: Aline Louchheim Saarinen and the Making of an Architectby Eva HagbergPrinceton University Press, September 2022Hardcover | 6- ...

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End-of-Summer Break

This blog is off for a couple of weeks, resuming one week after Labor Day.The view from SUMMIT One Vanderbilt during sunrise on World Photography Day. ...

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Parks of the 21st Century

Parks of the 21st Century: Reinvented Landscapes, Reclaimed Territoriesby Victoria Newhouse with Alex PishaRizzoli, September 2021Hardcover | 8-1/2 x ...

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Book Briefs #45: 4 Monographs

Here is the next installment of "Book Briefs," the series of occasional posts featuring short first-hand descriptions of some of the numerous bo ...

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The Layman's Guide to Classical Architecture

The Layman\'s Guide to Classical Architectureby Quinlan Terry, edited by Clive AsletBokförlaget Stolpe, March 2022Hardcover | 8-3/4 x 10-3/4 inche ...

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Vitruvius Without Text

Vitruvius Without Text: The Biography of a Bookby André Tavaresgta Verlag, July 2022Paperback | 4-1/2 x 6-3/4 inches | 250 pages | 61 illustrations | ...

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Two Louis Kahn Books

This week\'s dose features two publications on Louis I. Kahn released in 2022: the revised and expanded second edition of Robert McCarter\'s monograph ...

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Between Memory and Invention

Between Memory and Invention: My Journey in Architectureby Robert A. M. Stern, with Leopoldo VillardiThe Monacelli Press, March 2022Hardcover | 7-1 ...

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15 Summer Reads

Over at World-Architects, I put together a list of 15 Summer Reads for the Newsletter I edit there, a newsletter that goes on summer break as of today ...

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A Happy Fourth!

Today is the Fourth of July, Independence Day in the US, so I\'m taking the week off, with posts resuming next week.The sunset over Manhattan, as seen ...

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Book Briefs #44

Here is the next installment of "Book Briefs," the series of occasional posts featuring short first-hand descriptions of some of the numerous bo ...

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Post-pandemic Urbanism

Post-pandemic UrbanismEdited by Doris Kleilein, Friederike MeyerJovis, December 2021Paperback | 5-3/4 x 8-1/4 inches | 192 pages | 50 illustrations ...

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Three Reviews on World-Architects

In lieu of a new review this week (I have deadlines keeping me from doing one), below are links to three book reviews I wrote this year for World-Arch ...

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Hutong Metabolism

Hutong Metabolism: ZAO/standardarchitectureWith contributions by Farrokh Derakhshani, Mohsen Mostafavi, Kenneth Frampton, Martino Stierli, Nondita Cor ...

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Buildings in Print Giveaway!

Archinect is giving away five copies ? yes, five! ? of my latest book, Buildings in Print: 100 Influential & Inspiring Illustrated Architecture Books ...

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Book Briefs #43

an ambitious treatise that combines stories from daily life in Syria with observations of cities such as Detroit, Helsinki, Bristol, Beirut, Dubai, an ...

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Archives Universum 01

Archives Universum 01: Flores & PratsCarlos Quintáns C2C Proyecto Editorial, December 2021Paperback | 6-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches | 148 pages | English/S ...

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Architecture of Normal

Architecture of Normal: The Colonization of the American LandscapeDaniel KavenBirkhäuser, February 2022Hardcover | 8-1/2 x 11 inches | 456 pages | 45 ...

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At the 2022 Book Fair

Yesterday the New York International Antiquarian Book Fair opened to the public, the first of its four days at the Park Avenue Armory on Manhattan\'s ...

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Alison & Peter Smithson: Hexenhaus

Alison & Peter Smithson: Hexenhaus: A House for a Man and a CatEdited by A&P Smithson Hexenhaus-ArchivWalther König, November 2021Paperback | 8-3/4 x ...

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Book Briefs #42

Here is the 42nd installment of "Book Briefs," the series of occasional posts featuring short first-hand descriptions of some of the numerous bo ...

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Who's Next"

Who\'s Next" Homelessness, Architecture, and CitiesEdited by Daniel Talesnik and Andres LepikArchiTangle, November 2021Hardcover | 10 x 12 inches | 27 ...

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The Women Who Changed Architecture

The Women Who Changed ArchitectureEdited by Jan Cigliano HartmanPrinceton Architectural Press, March 2022Hardcover | 7-1/2 x 10 inches | 336 pages | E ...

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Book Briefs #41: Six Monographs

I\'ve decided to bring back "Book Briefs," the series of occasional posts featuring short first-hand descriptions of some of the numerous books that p ...

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Two British Biographies

Ian Nairn: Words in Placeby Gillian Darley and David McKieFive Leaves Publications, November 2013Hardcover | 6 x 9 inches | 160 pages | 21 illustratio ...

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Two Louis Sullivan Books

Reconstructing the Garrick: Adler & Sullivan\'s Lost MasterpieceEdited by Jon Vinci, with contributions by Tim Samuelson, Eric Nordstrom, Chris WareAl ...

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Vacant Spaces NY

Vacant Spaces NYMichael Meredith, Hilary Sample, MOSActar Publishers, October 2021Paperback | 6 x 9 inches | 608 pages | English | ISBN: 9781948765992 ...

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Two Interior Design Books

Interior Design since 1900, Fourth Editionby Anne MasseyThames & Hudson, April 2020Paperback | 6 x 8-1/4 inches | 272 pages | 229 illustrations | Engl ...

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An Alphabet of Architectural Models

An Alphabet of Architectural ModelsEdited by Teresa Frankhänel, Olivia Horsfall Turner, Simona Valeriani, Matthew WellsMerrell, October 2021Flexicove ...

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Temple and Teahouse in Japan

Temple and Teahouse in Japanby Werner BlaserBirkhäuser, October 2021 (New edition)Hardcover (also available in paperback) | 9-1/4 x 12 inches | 172 p ...

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Until Proven Safe

Until Proven Safe: The History and Future of Quarantineby Geoff Manaugh and Nicola TwilleyMCD × FSG, July 2021Hardcover | 5-3/4 x 8-1/2 inches | 416 ...

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The Culture Factory

The Culture Factory: Architecture and the Contemporary Art Museumby Richard J. WilliamsLund Humphries, January 2022Paperback | 5-1/4 x 8 inches | 144 ...

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Piranesi Unbound

Piranesi Unboundby Carolyn Yerkes and Heather Hyde MinorPrinceton University Press, September 2020Hardcover | 9 x 11-1/2 inches | 240 pages | 193 illu ...

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Architecture Unbound

Architecture Unbound: A Century of the Disruptive Avant-Gardeby Joseph GiovanniniRizzoli, November 2021Hardcover | 9 x 11 inches | 876 pages | 698 ill ...

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Apartment Blossom

Apartment Blossomby Li Han and Jin QiuyeDonghua University Press, January 2021Paperback | 5-1/4 x 7-1/4 inches | 176 pages | Chinese/English | ISBN: 9 ...

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The Architecture of Health

The Architecture of Health: Hospital Design and the Construction of Dignityby Michael P. Murphy with Jeffrey Mansfield and MASS Design GroupCooper Hew ...

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Santa Fe Modern

Santa Fe Modern: Contemporary Design in the High Desertby Helen Thompson, photographs by Casey DunnThe Monacelli Press, November 2021Hardcover | 8 x 1 ...

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The Work

The Work: Architecture, Urban Design, Drawings and Sculpturesby Rob KrierBirkhäuser, August 2021Hardcover (2 volumes) | 10 x 12 inches | 1,344 pages ...

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MAD Dinner

MAD Dinnerby MAD.exe office (Ma Yansong, Yosuke Hayano, Dang Qun); edited by Brendan McGetrick, Chen ShuYuActar Publishers, July 2008Paperback | 8 x 9 ...

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Sigurd Lewerentz?Pure Aesthetics

Sigurd Lewerentz?Pure Aesthetics: St Mark?s Church, StockholmConcept and photography by Karin Björkquist and Sébastien CorbariPark Books, October ...

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Contemporary House India

Contemporary House Indiaby Robert Gregory, with photographs by Edmund SumnerThames & Hudson, November 2021Hardcover | 9-1/4 x 11-3/4 inches | 272 page ...