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