New Museums in China cover

New Museums in China by Clare Jacobson Princeton Architectural Press, 2013 Hardcover, 241 pages As of 2013 there are supposedly 3,500 museums in China. This is about 1,000 more than two years before that, but still only roughly 20% of the number of ...Read More

S AM 11 cover

S AM 11 / Lookout. Architecture with a View by Hubertus Adam Christoph Merian Verlag, 2013 Paperback, 120 pages A lookout, as defined in the 2013 exhibition and catalog of the same name at the Swiss Architecture Museum in Basel, is a particular ...Read More

Lettering Large cover

Lettering Large: Art and Design of Monumental Typography by Steven Heller and Mirko Ilić The Monacelli Press, 2013 Hardcover, 224 pages What happens to letters, words and phrases when they are blown up from their usual place on the pages of a book ...Read More

New SubUrbanism book cover

New SubUrbanisms by Judith K. De Jong Routledge, 2013 Paperback, 256 pages Back in August I attended a book talk by Vishaan Chakrabarti on his book A Country of Cities. In both the talk and book the former NYC planner and current SHoP ...Read More


Inside Piano by Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine BêkaPartners, 2013 Book: Hardcover, 144 pages DVD: All-Region PAL, 99 minutes In the vein of their earlier documentaries on the use and maintenance of buildings designed by Rem Koolhaas, Herzog & de Meuron, and Frank Gehry, ...Read More

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Old Buildings, New Forms: New Directions in Architectural Transformations by Françoise Astorg Bollack The Monacelli Press, 2013 Hardcover, 224 pages I have always loved old buildings. They are the visible, three-dimensional record of our life on earth. They can be thrilling or modest ...Read More

Cover of Design for an Empathic World

Design for an Empathic World: Reconecting People, Nature and Self by Sim Van der Ryn Island Press, 2013 Hardcover, 164 pages Fifteen years after the creation of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green-building rating system, it seems that sustainable principles ...Read More

Facadomy cover

Façadomy: A Critique of Capitalism and Its Assault on Mid-Century Modern Architecture by James Cornetet Process Press, 2013 Hardcover or Paperback, 426 pages The intriguing yet slightly naughty title of this self-titled book by Orlando-based architect James Cornetet (of Process Architecture) refers to ...Read More

Cover of Discovering Architecture

Discovering Architecture: How the World's Great Buildings Were Designed and Built by Philip Jodidio Universe, 2013 Hardcover, 260 pages In an average year Philip Jodidio seems to churn out about a dozen books, easily the most of any writer on architecture. With Taschen ...Read More

Cover of 10 Stories of Collective Housing

10 Stories of Collective Housing: Graphical Analysis of Inspiring Masterpieces by a+t research group a+t, 2013 Paperback, 496 pages Spain's a+t separates its output into magazines and books, with titles in each often fitting into series. The last of the books I reviewed ...Read More