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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

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Building Seagram by Phyllis Lambert Yale University Press, 2013 Hardcover, 320 pages In lieu of one of the many iconic photos of the Seagram Building at 375 Park Avenue (between East 52nd and East 53rd Streets) in Midtown Manhattan, this book by Phyllis ...Read More

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Instigations: Engaging Architecture, Landscape, and the City edited by Mohsen Mostafavi and Peter Christensen Lars Müller Publishers, 2012 Paperback, 560 pages How does a school celebrate its 75th anniversary? With a historical timeline? With an archive? With a presentation of important milestones? For ...Read More

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Translucent Building Skins: Material Innovation in Modern and Contemporary Architecture by Scott Murray Routledge, 2012 Paperback/Hardcover, 200 pages The history of modern architecture can be written by its materials and effects, especially glass and transparency. From Joseph Paxton's Crystal Palace (1851) and Bruno ...Read More

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Encounters 1 - Architectural Essays by Juhani Pallasmaa, edited by Peter MacKeith Rakennustieto Publishing, 2013 (second edition) Paperback, 384 pages Encounters 2 - Architectural Essays by Juhani Pallasmaa, edited by Peter MacKeith Rakennustieto Publishing, 2013 Paperback, 366 pages Finnish architect, educator, and author Juhani Pallasmaa's most ...Read More

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Candide No. 6 edited by Susanne Schindler, Andres Lepik, Axel Sowa Hatje Cantz, 2012 Paperback, 144 pages Since its first issue in 2009, Candide - Journal for Architectural Knowledge has followed a format with five distinct sections: "'Analysis' investigates forms of the built ...Read More

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Grand Central: Gateway to a Million Lives by John Belle and Maxinne R. Leighton W. W. Norton, 2012 (reissue) Hardcover, 240 pages On February 2 Grand Central Terminal celebrated its 100th birthday. The building looks a lot better than any people or other ...Read More

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Understanding Architecture by Juhani Pallasmaa and Robert McCarter Phaidon, 2012 Hardcover, 448 pages Readers of this website probably know I'm a big fan of Juhani Pallasmaa's books. They theorize architecture primarily in terms of how buildings shape embodied experiences. While his writings can ...Read More