David Piscuskas

Architect / United States / 1100 Architect

David Piscuskas’s Book List

In selecting items for this list, I focused on books that were formative in creating a foundation of design thinking and that have continued to be relevant to my work.

5 books
William H. Jordy

William Jordy was a professor of mine at Brown University. I respected his way of looking at things with an extraordinary mix of passion and clear-eyed rationalism.

Walter Benjamin

Every design student should read Walter Benjamin. In The Arcades Project he presents a compelling study of the condensation of public space into a controlled environment.

Bianca Albertini
Alessandro Bagnoli

See my comment on Carlo Scarpa: The Complete Works.

Francesco Dal Co Editor
Giuseppe Mazzariol Editor

Scarpa’s work has a quality of working with materials that highly respects their inherent qualities and explores unanticipated uses and forms.

From an architect’s point of view this book opened so many vistas, liberating designers to think about architecture in a new way. A noted contemporary once said Robert Venturi makes great plans. It is ironic that one of the great strengths of this postmodern thinker is his modernist way of approaching design by starting with a plan.

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