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

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

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

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

How Architecture Works cover

How Architecture Works: A Humanist's Toolkit by Witold Rybczynski Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013 Hardcover, 368 pages A sketch by Louis I. Kahn of the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, graces the cover of Witold Rybczynski's 18th book—a number I knew ...Read More

Building Seagram cover

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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"Building Like Moses with Jacobs in Mind": Contemporary Planning in New York City by Scott Larson Temple University Press, 2013 Paperback, 198 pages In a little less than three months New Yorkers will go to the polls to elect the successor to Mayor ...Read More

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The Images of Architects: The Visible Origin of Architecture edited by Valerio Olgiati Quart Architektur, 2013 Hardcover, 424 pages How does one "read" a book entirely of images? It may not be such a hard question when it comes to an artist's monograph ...Read More