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
Prefab Architecture: A Guide to Modular Design and Construction
Ryan E. Smith
The Presence of Mies
Detlef Mertins
The Prisons (Le Carceri)
Giovanni Battista Piranesi
Privacy and Publicity: Modern Architecture as Mass Media
Beatriz Colomina
The Prodigious Builders
Bernard Rudofsky
Programs and Manifestoes on 20th-Century Architecture
Ulrich Conrads
Quotidiano sostenibile
Ezio Manzini et al.
Re: CP
Cedric Price
Recueil et Parallèle des Edifices de tout genre Anciens et Modernes
Jean-Nicolas-Louis Durand
The Rome of Borromini
Paolo Portoghesi
Round Buildings, Square Buildings, and Buildings That Wiggle Like a Fish
Philip M. Isaacson
Saarinen’s Quest: A Memoir
Richard Knight et al.
SANAA: Spiel der Gegensätze/The Play of Opposites
Kazuyo Sejima et al.
The Sense of Unity
Nader Ardalan et al.
740 Park: The Story of the World’s Richest Apartment Building
Michael Gross
The Shingle Style Today
Vincent Scully
Sigurd Lewerentz, 1888-1975
Architectural Association
Sir John Soane: The Architect as Collector, 1753-1837
Peter Thornton et al.
Space Calculated in Seconds
Marc Treib
The Sphere and the Labyrinth (La sfera e il labirinto)
Manfredo Tafuri et al.
Storia dell’Architettura Moderna, vol. 2
Bruno Zevi
The Strange Death of Architectural Criticism
Martin Pawley et al.
Style in the Technical and Tectonic Arts; or, Practical Aesthetics
Gottfried Semper