Michael Manfredi

Architect / United States / WEISS/MANFREDI Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism

Michael Manfredi’s Book List

How to compile a list of meaningful books? Where to start? The following is a very partial list of books that have been formative to me as an architect, designer, and teacher. It’s an eclectic list. These are books that I revisit often and that, in effect, continue to be my valued friends, mentors, provocateurs, and sources of inspiration.

4 books
Ian McHarg

McHarg introduced the importance of ecological planning—in the late 1960s a novel and little understood imperative. Given to me as a young architecture student, this book opened up a series of lateral worlds: landscape, ecology—and with that, the promise of a more synthetic approach to design.

Willy Boesiger Editor

I always return to this set of volumes with a mixture of humility and admiration. The work is still fresh and always inspiring.

Colin Rowe

I studied with Colin Rowe and always suggest that my students read this book. Together, these trans-historical essays constitute a radical argument: that we consider history imaginatively as something alive and present. I can’t think of a more eloquent reminder that architecture is first and foremost about an intellectual and cultural history.

Paolo Portoghesi

Works by Bernini, Borromini, Fontana, and da Cortona are presented against the backdrop of Rome as an emerging global city. It is a lushly illustrated and graphically compelling reminder of the fruitful interchange between great architecture and its urban setting.

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