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