Florian Idenburg

Architect / United States / Solid Objectives – Idenburg Liu (SO – IL )

Florian Idenburg’s Book List

Books are permanently around in our office. At home books surround us. (Yet, my current schedule allows little time for concentrated reading.)

This list is comprised of books that have impacted my thoughts and actions, or that I have just really enjoyed reading for their language or narrative.

7 books
Franz Kafka

Kafka’s minimal, timeless, and intense narratives show us how to best combine the words that are available to us.

Ian Buruma

I share Buruma’s fascination with the complexities of a globalizing world and the cultural and personal stories it yields. China Lover, through the lens of a main protagonist, interweaves histories of China, Japan, and the U.S.—three cultures that have affected me as a person of European descent, like Buruma.

Takashi Homma

This book drew me to post-bubble Japan. To the innocent, the personal.

Nicolas Bourriaud

Relational Aesthetics made me think differently about architecture.

Cecil Balmond

A book that makes one think anew about the way the construction of buildings can be conceived.

Nassim Taleb

I think this book is pretty essential for anyone who “designs” for the future. It tells us we cannot predict, thus depict, what the future will be—all we can do is anticipate.

 

Rem Koolhaas
Bruce Mau

S, M, L, XL came out during my second year of studies and could be found on every student’s desk at TU Delft in those days. It was a perfect pillow book, in the sense that it was frequently used to puts one’s head on to rest for a moment.

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