Chosen Books

Invited designers and commentators have chosen these as the books that inspire them and that have shaped their worldview or their ideas about design.
318 books
Palladio Ackerman, James S. Comments:
The Architecture of Michelangelo Ackerman, James S.
Eileen Gray Adam, Peter
What is an Apparatus? and Other Essays Agamben, Giorgio
On the Art of Building in Ten Books Alberti, Leon Battista
Carlo Scarpa: Architecture in Details Albertini, Bianca et al.
A Pattern Language Alexander, Christopher et al.
Notes on the Synthesis of Form Alexander, Christopher
Italy: The New Domestic Landscape Ambasz, Emilio
Apartments for the Affluent Alpern, Andrew
Pamphlet Architecture 27, Tooling Aranda, Benjamin et al.
Sigurd Lewerentz, 1888-1975 Architectural Association,
The Sense of Unity Ardalan, Nader et al.
Walter Gropius e la Bauhaus Argan, Carlo Giulio
Super Constellation Asendorf, Christoph
Informal Balmond, Cecil
Theory and Design in the First Machine Age Banham, Reyner
Los Angeles: The Architecture of Four Ecologies Banham, Reyner
A Critic Writes: Essays by Reyner Banham Banham, Reyner
The Architecture of the Well-Tempered Environment Banham, Reyner
Megastructure Banham, Reyner
Barragán Guide Barragán, Luis
Italian Splendor Basehart, Jack et al.
Horizons Bel Geddes, Norman
For an Architecture of Reality Benedikt, Michael
History of Modern Architecture (Storia dell’Architettura Moderna ) Benevolo, Leonardo
The Arcades Project Benjamin, Walter
Robert Maillart Bill, Max
Le Corbusier: Oeuvre Complète (Complete Works) Boesiger, Willy
Friedrich Kiesler: Architekt, Maler, Bildhauer, 1890–1965 Bogner, Dieter
Journeys: How Travelling Fruit, Ideas and Buildings Rearrange our Environment Borasi, Giovanna
Opus Architecturum Borromini, Francesco et al.
How Buildings Learn Brand, Stewart
La Prima Architettura Barocca (The First Baroque Architecture) Brandi, Cesare
Watermark Brodsky, Joseph
Architectural Ornament Brolin, Brent C.
Eliot Noyes Bruce, Gordon
Albert Kahn: Architect of Ford Bucci, Federico
The Architecture of Sir Edwin Lutyens Butler, A.S.G.
Architetture nel Segno dei Maestri Buttafava, Claudio et al.
Architecture of Truth Cali, François et al.
By Design Caplan, Ralph
The Power Broker Caro, Robert
Diary of the Cavaliere Bernini’s Visit to France Chantelou, Paul Fréart de
Emotionally Durable Design Chapman, Jonathan
Community and Privacy Chermayeff, Serge et al.
Architecture: Form, Space, and Order Ching, Francis D. K.
Re-cycle Ciorra, Pippo
A Hut of One’s Own Cline, Ann
Changing Ideals in Modern Architecture Collins, Peter
Privacy and Publicity: Modern Architecture as Mass Media Colomina, Beatriz
Essays in Architectural Criticism Colquhoun, Alan
Modern Architecture Colquhoun, Alan
Programs and Manifestoes on 20th-Century Architecture Conrads, Ulrich
Ancient Greek Architects at Work: Problems of Structure and Design Coulton, J. J.
Carlo Scarpa: Theory, Design, Projects Crippa, Maria Antonietta
Carlo Scarpa: The Complete Works Dal Co, Francesco et al.
The Architecture of Happiness De Botton, Alain
Trutg dil Flem: Seven Bridges by Jürg Conzett Dechau, Wilfried et al.
La Villa Kérylos Vian des Rives, Régis
Recueil et Parallèle des Edifices de tout genre Anciens et Modernes Durand, Jean-Nicolas-Louis
House X Eisenman, Peter
The Projective Cast Evans, Robin
Translations from Drawing to Building and Other Essays Evans, Robin
Zone 1/2 Feher, Michael et al.
Disappearing Architecture Flachbart, Georg
A History of Architecture on the Comparative Method Fletcher, Banister
A History of Architecture Fletcher, Banister
The Details of Modern Architecture Ford, Edward R.
Studies in Tectonic Culture Frampton, Kenneth
Modern Architecture, 1851-1945 Frampton, Kenneth et al.
Shack Chic Fraser, Craig
Design Activism Fuad-Luke, Alastair
Critical Path Fuller, R. Buckminster
Nine Chains to the Moon Fuller, R. Buckminster
Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth Fuller, R. Buckminster
Walter Pichler: Zwei Troge, Wasserrinnen Galerie Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman,
Archizoom Associati, 1966–1974 Gargiani, Roberto
Mastering Tradition: The Residential Architecture of John Russell Pope Garrison, James B.
An Architectural Guidebook to Los Angeles Gebhard, David et al.
Iconic Vision: John Parkinson, Architect of Los Angeles Gee, Stephen
Churches in Rock Gerster, Georg
The Building Erected in Hyde Park for the Great Exhibition 1851 Gibbs-Smith, Charles H.
Mechanization Takes Command Giedion, Sigfried
Space, Time and Architecture Giedion, Sigfried
Many Masks: A Life of Frank Lloyd Wright Gill, Brendan
Big Jim Girouard, Mark
Why Architecture Matters Goldberger, Paul
Arts & Architecture: The Entenza Years Goldstein, Barbara
740 Park: The Story of the World’s Richest Apartment Building Gross, Michael
Neoclassicism in the North Groth, Håkan
Eléments et théorie de l’architecture Guadet, Julien
Mask of Medusa Hejduk, John
Education of an Architect Hejduk, John
Thermal Delight in Architecture Heschong, Lisa
In the Nature of Materials Hitchcock, Henry-Russell
The Architecture of H. H. Richardson and His Times Hitchcock, Henry-Russell
Modern Architecture: Romanticism and Reintegration Hitchcock, Henry-Russell
The International Style Hitchcock, Henry-Russell et al.
The Invention of Tradition Hobsbawm, E. J. et al.
Libraries Höfer, Candida et al.
Pamphlet Architecture 7 Holl, Steven
Against Architecture Hollier, Denis
English Country Houses Hussey, Christopher
Frank Lloyd Wright Huxtable, Ada Louise
Lina Bo Bardi Bardi, Lina Bo
Indian Summer Irving, Robert Grant
Round Buildings, Square Buildings, and Buildings That Wiggle Like a Fish Isaacson, Philip M.
The Necessity for Ruins, and Other Topics Jackson, John Brinckerhoff
Hans Richter, New Living Janser, Andres et al.
The Language of Post-Modern Architecture Jencks, Charles
Mies van der Rohe Johnson, Philip
American Buildings and Their Architects, vol. 5: The Impact of European Modernism in the Mid-twentieth Century Jordy, William H.
Donald Judd: Raume Spaces Judd, Donald et al.
Light is the Theme Kahn, Louis I.
Louis Kahn: Conversations with Students Kahn, Louis I.
What Is Modern Design? Kaufmann Jr., Edgar
Module, Proportion, Symmetry, Rhythm (Vision + Value Series) Kepes, Gyorgy
American Architecture Kimball, Fiske
Brunelleschi’s Dome King, Ross
Perfect Acts of Architecture Kipnis, Jeffrey
Charles and Ray Eames Kirkham, Pat
Saarinen’s Quest: A Memoir Knight, Richard et al.
Delirious New York Koolhaas, Rem
Harvard Design School Guide to Shopping Koolhaas, Rem et al.
S, M, L, XL Koolhaas, Rem et al.
Fundamentals Koolhaas, Rem
Town and Revolution Kopp, Anatole
A History of Architecture: Settings and Rituals Kostof, Spiro
The Architecture of Community Krier, Léon
Architecture: Choice or Fate Krier, Léon
Joe Colombo Kries, Mateo et al.
Building with Nantucket in Mind Lang, J. Christopher et al.
Too Much Is Never Enough Lapidus, Morris
The Devil in the White City Larson, Erik
Aircraft Le Corbusier,
Le Modulor Le Corbusier,
Towards a New Architecture (Vers une Architecture) Le Corbusier,
When the Cathedrals Were White Le Corbusier,
Essential Le Corbusier: L’Esprit Nouveau Articles Le Corbusier,
Creation is a Patient Search (L’atelier de la recherche patiente) Le Corbusier,
Ronchamp Le Corbusier,
L’Architecture Ledoux, Claude-Nicolas
Object to Be Destroyed: The Work of Gordon Matta-Clark Lee, Pamela M.
The Architecture of Ludwig Wittgenstein Leitner, Bernhard
Planned Assaults Lerup, Lars et al.
Edifices de Rome Moderne Letarouilly, Paul Marie
Between Zero and Infinity Libeskind, Daniel
Your Private Sky: R. Buckminster Fuller Lichtenstein, Claude et al.
Trotzdem, 1900–1930 Loos, Adolf
Unbuilding Macaulay, David
Pyramid Macaulay, David
Quotidiano sostenibile Manzini, Ezio et al.
Morphosis - Combinatory Urbanism: The Complex Behavior of Collective Form Mayne, Thom
Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things McDonough, William et al.
Design with Nature McHarg, Ian
Architettura addio Mendini, Alessandro
Louis Kahn: On the Thoughtful Making of Spaces Merrill, Michael
The Presence of Mies Mertins, Detlef
Classic Style Miller, Judith
Architecture and Politics in Germany: 1918-1945 Lane, Barbara Miller
Miralles/Pinos 1983–1990 Miralles, Enric
Great Houses of England and Wales Montgomery-Massingberd, Hugh et al.
The City Observed: Los Angeles Moore, Charles
You Have to Pay for the Public Life Moore, Charles et al.
On Weathering Mostafavi, Mohsen et al.
In the Life of Cities Mostafavi, Mohsen
Roots of Contemporary American Architecture Mumford, Lewis
From the Ground Up Mumford, Lewis
Thinking Drawing/Working Drawing Murcutt, Glenn
File Under Architecture Muschamp, Herbert
The English House Muthesius, Hermann
Outrage Nairn, Ian
Nairn’s London Nairn, Ian
Nairn’s Paris Nairn, Ian
The Bauhaus Reassessed: Sources and Design Theory Naylor, Gillian
Frei Otto: Complete Works Nerdinger, Winfried
The Artless Word: Mies van der Rohe on the Building Art Neumeyer, Fritz
The Curves of Time Niemeyer, Oscar
Alexander Girard Oldham, Todd et al.
Design with Climate Olgyay, Victor
Traditional Islamic Craft in Moroccan Architecture Paccard, André
The Four Books on Architecture Palladio, Andrea
The Eyes of the Skin: Architecture and the Senses Pallasmaa, Juhani
Gothic Architecture and Scholasticism Panofsky, Erwin
Perspecta 12, The Yale Architectural Journal Papademetriou, Peter
The Strange Death of Architectural Criticism Pawley, Martin et al.
Minimum Pawson, John
Asylum: Inside the Closed World of State Mental Hospitals Payne, Christopher et al.
What If...?: The Architecture and Design of David Rockwell Pearlman, Chee et al.
Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future Pelkonen, Eeva-Liisa et al.
Les Dix Livres d’Architecture de Vitruve, 2nd edition (Vitruvius’s Ten Books on Architecture) Perrault, Claude
To Engineer Is Human Petroski, Henry
An Outline of European Architecture Pevsner, Nikolaus
Pioneers of Modern Design: From William Morris to Walter Gropius Pevsner, Nikolaus
Frank Lloyd Wright: Collected Writings, Vol. 1, 1894–1930 Wright, Frank Lloyd et al.
The Prisons (Le Carceri) Piranesi, Giovanni Battista
Cosmos of Light Plummer, Henry
Achille Castiglioni Polano, Sergio
A Place of My Own Pollan, Michael
In Praise of Architecture Ponti, Gio
The Rome of Borromini Portoghesi, Paolo
Roma Barocca Portoghesi, Paolo
David Adler: The Architect and His Work Pratt, Richard
Cedric Price (Works II) [The Square Book] Price, Cedric
Re: CP Price, Cedric et al.
Experiencing Architecture Rasmussen, Steen Eiler
Digital Water Pavilion Ratti, Carlo
An Engineer Imagines Rice, Peter
The Functional Tradition in Early Industrial Buildings Richards, J. M.
Esperienza dell’Architettura Rogers, Ernesto
Isambard Kingdom Brunel Rolt, L.T.C.
The Architecture of the City Rossi, Aldo
Autobiografia scientifica (A Scientific Autobiography) Rossi, Aldo
A Monograph of the Works of McKim Mead & White 1879–1915 Roth, Leland M.
As I Was Saying Rowe, Colin
The Mathematics of the Ideal Villa and Other Essays Rowe, Colin
Architecture Without Architects Rudofsky, Bernard
Behind the Picture Window Rudofsky, Bernard
The Prodigious Builders Rudofsky, Bernard
The Stones of Venice Ruskin, John
The Most Beautiful House in the World Rybczynski, Witold
Home: A Short History of an Idea Rybczynski, Witold
The Necessity of Artifice Rykwert, Joseph
On Adam’s House in Paradise Rykwert, Joseph
Buckminster Fuller and Isamu Noguchi: Best of Friends Sadao, Shoji et al.
Carlo Scarpa Saito, Yutaka
The Country Houses of David Adler Salny, Stephen
The Gardens of Russell Page Schinz, Marina et al.
Fin-de-Siècle Vienna: Politics and Culture Schorske, Carl E.
Chicago’s Famous Buildings Schulze, Franz et al.
Mies van der Rohe: A Critical Biography Schulze, Franz
Philip Johnson: Life and Work Schulze, Franz
Mies van de Rohe: Critical Essays Schulze, Franz
Ant Farm Scott, Felicity
The Architecture of Humanism: A Study in the History of Taste Scott, Geoffrey
American Architecture and Urbanism Scully, Vincent
Architecture: The Natural and the Manmade Scully, Vincent
Modern Architecture and Other Essays Scully, Vincent
The Earth, the Temple, and the Gods Scully, Vincent
The Shingle Style and the Stick Style Scully, Vincent
The Shingle Style Today Scully, Vincent
Frank Lloyd Wright Secrest, Meryle
SANAA: Spiel der Gegensätze/The Play of Opposites Sejima, Kazuyo et al.
Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa, Sanaa Works 1995–2003 Sejima, Kazuyo et al.
Style in the Technical and Tectonic Arts; or, Practical Aesthetics Semper, Gottfried
Miami Modern Metropolis Shulman, Allan T.
La Nueva Villa Getty Silvetti, Jorge et al.
Prefab Architecture: A Guide to Modular Design and Construction Smith, Ryan E.
Uppercase 3 Smithson, Alison Margaret et al.
Without Rhetoric Smithson, Alison Margaret et al.
The Swedish House Snitt, Ingalill et al.
Snøhetta Works Snøhetta,
Conditions Snøhetta,
Differences Solà-Morales Rubió, Ingnasi
Twenty Minutes in Manhattan Sorkin, Michael
New York 1930 Stern, Robert A. M. et al.
Architecture on the Edge of Postmodernism Stern, Robert A. M. et al.
Paradise Planned Stern, Robert A. M. et al.
A Field Guide to Landmarks of Modern Architecture in Europe Stimpson, Miriam F.
Design Like You Give a Damn Sinclair, Cameron et al.
The Edifice Complex Sudjic, Deyan
New Directions in British Architecture Sudjic, Deyan
Kindergarten Chats and Other Writings Sullivan, Louis H.
Jean Prouvé: Complete Works, Volume 1 Sulzer, Peter
Jean Prouvé: Complete Works, Volume 2 Sulzer, Peter
Jean Prouvé: Complete Works, Volume 3 Sulzer, Peter
Georgian London Summerson, John
The Life and Work of John Nash, Architect Summerson, John
Architecture in Britain 1530–1830 Summerson, John
Heavenly Mansions and Other Essays on Architecture Summerson, John
The Classical Language of Architecture Summerson, John
Wooden Houses Suzuki, Makoto et al.
Architecture and Utopia Tafuri, Manfredo
The Sphere and the Labyrinth (La sfera e il labirinto) Tafuri, Manfredo
Theories and History of Architecture (Teoria e storia dell’architettura) Tafuri, Manfredo
Interpreting the Renaissance (Ricerca dell’Rinascimento) Tafuri, Manfredo
Geoffrey Bawa Taylor, Brian Brace
Design After Modernism: Beyond the Object Thackara, John
Sir John Soane: The Architect as Collector, 1753-1837 Thornton, Peter et al.
Architecture: From Prehistory to Postmodernity Trachtenberg, Marvin et al.
Space Calculated in Seconds Treib, Marc
Venezia Minore Trincanato, Egle R.
Tropical Modernism Trulove, James Grayson
The Manhattan Transcripts Tschumi, Bernard
Dialogues Valéry, Paul
Architectonic Space van der Laan, Hans
At Home by the Sea Vanden Brink, Brian et al.
The Charlottesville Tapes Various authors; transcript of conference at the University of Virginia, November 12–13, 1982,
La Maison de Verre: Pierre Chareau’s Modernist Masterwork Vellay, Dominique
Learning from Las Vegas Venturi, Robert et al.
Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture Venturi, Robert
Architecture in the Age of Divided Representation Vesely, Dalibor
Vitruvius: The Ten Books on Architecture Vitruvius Pollio, et al.
Imperial Delhi Volwahsen, Andreas
Animal Architecture von Frisch, Karl
Gerrit Rietveld van Zijl, Ida
The Turning Point of Building Wachsmann, Konrad
Le Corbusier: A Life Weber, Nicholas Fox
Ai Weiwei’s Blog: Writings, Interviews, and Digital Rants, 2006–2009 Weiwei, Ai
Utzon Weston, Richard
AIA Guide to New York City (5th ed.) White, Norval et al.
White Walls, Designer Dresses Wigley, Mark
Constant’s New Babylon Wigley, Mark
Modernism: Designing a New World, 1914–1939 Wilk, Christopher
Bauhaus: Weimar, Dessau, Berlin, Chicago Wingler, Hans
From Bauhaus to Our House Wolfe, Tom
Frank Lloyd Wright: An Autobiography Wright, Frank Lloyd
The Future of Architecture Wright, Frank Lloyd
The Natural House Wright, Frank Lloyd
The Essential Frank Lloyd Wright: Critical Writings on Architecture Wright, Frank Lloyd et al.
Letters to Clients Wright, Frank Lloyd et al.
Ausgeführte Bauten und Entwürfe von Frank Lloyd Wright (Studies and Executed Buildings of Frank Lloyd Wright) Wright, Frank Lloyd
Bertram Goodhue Wyllie, Romy
Japanese Houses Today Yamawaki, Iwao
The Making of Classical Edinburgh 1750–1840 Youngson, Alexander John Brown
Storia dell’Architettura Moderna, vol. 2 Zevi, Bruno
Thinking Architecture Zumthor, Peter
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