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American Movie Palaces

Written by Rolf Achilles

Format: Trade Paperback, 64 pages
Publisher: Shire
On Sale: October 22, 2013
Price: $9.95
ISBN: 978-0-7478-1282-1 (0-7478-1282-9)

Beginning with the Nickelodeons and penny arcades in the 1890s, the American movie theater evolved as films did, in sophistication and mass appeal, reaching new heights in architecture, décor and glamour by the 1920s and 30s. This book is the story of the American Movie Palace and how the emergence of... Read more >

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The Poetics of Space

Written by Gaston Bachelard

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 1, 1994
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-6473-3 (0-8070-6473-4)

“A magical book. . . . A prism through which all worlds from literary creation to housework to aesthetics to carpentry take on enhanced-and enchanted-significances. Every reader of it will never see ordinary spaces in ordinary ways. Instead the reader will see with the soul of the eye, the glint of... Read more >

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A Historic Race to the Sky and the Making of a City
Written by Neal Bascomb

Format: Trade Paperback, 360 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: September 21, 2004
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-1268-6 (0-7679-1268-3)

The Roaring Twenties in New York was a time of exuberant ambition, free-flowing optimism, an explosion of artistic expression in the age of Prohibition. New York was the city that embodied the spirit and strength of a newly powerful America.

In 1924, in the vibrant heart of Manhattan, a fierce rivalry was... Read more >
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New York's Underground Art Museum
MTA Arts and Design
Written by Sandra Bloodworth and William Ayres
Preface by Thomas F. Prendergast
Foreword by Stanley Tucci

Format: Hardcover, 264 pages
Publisher: The Monacelli Press
On Sale: November 11, 2014
Price: $50.00
ISBN: 978-1-58093-403-9 (1-58093-403-X)

Initiated in 1985, the MTA Arts & Design collection of public art now encompasses more than 250 projects, creating a dynamic underground museum of contemporary art that spans the entire city and its immediate environs. Since the program was founded, a diverse group of artists—including Elizabeth Murray, Faith Ringgold, Eric Fischl... Read more >

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Old Buildings, New Forms

Written by Francoise Bollack
Foreword by Kenneth Frampton

Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: The Monacelli Press
On Sale: November 12, 2013
Price: $50.00
ISBN: 978-1-58093-369-8 (1-58093-369-6)

It is clear that working with historic structures is both more environmentally sustainable and cost effective than new architecture and construction–and many believe that the best design occurs at the intersection of old and new. Françoise Astorg Bollack presents 28 examples gathered in the United States and throughout Europe and the... Read more >

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The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death

Written by Corinne May Botz

Format: Hardcover, 225 pages
Publisher: The Monacelli Press
On Sale: September 28, 2004
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-58093-145-8 (1-58093-145-6)

The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death offers readers an extraordinary glimpse into the mind of a master criminal investigator. Frances Glessner Lee, a wealthy grandmother, founded the Department of Legal Medicine at Harvard in 1936 and was later appointed captain in the New Hampshire police. In the 1940s and 1950s she... Read more >

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The 1950s American Home

Written by Diane Boucher

Format: Trade Paperback, 70 pages
Publisher: Shire
On Sale: June 18, 2013
Price: $9.95
ISBN: 978-0-7478-1238-8 (0-7478-1238-1)

This release explores what life was like in the 1950s American home. An age of optimism, it is about living the American Dream and how this was achieved, changes in the home, new convenience technology, new ways of living. From Ranch House to American Modernism to affordable homes in the suburbs... Read more >
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The World War II Memorial
A Grateful Nation Remembers
Edited by Douglas Brinkley
Foreword by John Eisenhower

Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: May 17, 2004
Price: $39.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-210-2 (1-58834-210-7)

Assuming its rightful place of honor on the National Mall between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument, the World War II Memorial is an eloquent and moving tribute to “The Greatest Generation.” Sixteen million Americans served in the armed forces–more than 400,000 gave their lives–and millions supported the war effort... Read more >

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Triumvirate: McKim, Mead & White
Art, Architecture, Scandal, and Class in America's Gilded Age
Written by Mosette Broderick

Format: Hardcover, 608 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 26, 2010
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-53662-0 (0-394-53662-2)

A rich, fascinating saga of the most influential, far-reaching architectural firm of their time and of the dazzling triumvirate—Charles McKim, William Mead, and Stanford White—who came together, bound by the notion that architecture could help shape a nation in transition. They helped to refine America’s idea of beauty, elevated its architectural... Read more >
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At Home
A Short History of Private Life
Written by Bill Bryson

Format: Trade Paperback, 592 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 4, 2011
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-7679-1939-5 (0-7679-1939-4)

“Houses aren’t refuges from history. They are where history ends up.”

Bill Bryson and his family live in a Victorian parsonage in a part of England where nothing of any great significance has happened since the Romans decamped. Yet one day, he began to consider how very little he knew about... Read more >

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The Secret Language of Sacred Spaces
Decoding Churches, Cathedrals, Temples, Mosques and Other Places of Worship Arou nd the World
Written by Jon Canon

Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Watkins Publishing
On Sale: October 15, 2013
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-84899-111-8 (1-84899-111-8)

Across the globe, pilgrims and tourists, locals and foreigners flock to sacred sites and houses of worship. Why? Because throughout time, humans have directed extraordinary amounts of energy toward the creation of architecture that expresses their religious beliefs.

From Stonehenge to the Sagrada Família; from the Acropolis to Angkor Wat, The... Read more >

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Talk About Street Art

Written by Jerome Catz
Series edited by Elisabeth Couturier

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Flammarion
On Sale: November 11, 2014
Price: $34.95
ISBN: 978-2-08-020196-6 (2-08-020196-4)

From the OBEY Giant posters to Banksy’s stencils and from iconic bubble letter tags to mosaic space invaders, street art is omnipresent. Graffiti and street art have long been part of our visual culture, from their origins in ancestral caves to New York City’s subway walls. This book covers all aspects... Read more >

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The Parthenon Enigma

Written by Joan Breton Connelly

Format: Hardcover, 512 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: January 28, 2014
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-59338-2 (0-307-59338-X)

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Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Architecture of Happiness

Written by Alain De Botton

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 8, 2008
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27724-4 (0-307-27724-0)

The Achitecture of Happiness is a dazzling and generously illustrated journey through the philosophy and psychology of architecture and the indelible connection between our identities and our locations.

One of the great but often unmentioned causes of both happiness and misery is the quality of our environment: the kinds of walls, chairs... Read more >
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How to Read Bridges
A Crash Course In Engineering and Architecture
Written by Edward Denison and Ian Stewart

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Rizzoli
On Sale: February 21, 2012
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-7893-2491-7 (0-7893-2491-1)

This accessible book is a visual guide to understanding and identifying architectural styles and engineering techniques of all types of bridges, from ancient Roman arch bridges and nineteenth-century truss bridges prevalent in the United States, to the latest high-design cantilever and suspension bridges of the moment. It explores the elegant and... Read more >

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Sketching and Rendering of Interior Spaces

Written by Ivo Drpic

Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Watson-Guptill
On Sale: July 1, 1988
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-0-8230-4853-3 (0-8230-4853-5)

Sketching and Rendering Interior Spaces is a complete illustrated course in sketching interior spaces. Ivo Drpic demonstrates how, using simple equipment and easy-to-master techniques, anyone can progress from free-flowing doodles to completely professional, presentation-quality renderings—saving time and the high cost of using professional renderers. Read more >

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Makers of Modern Architecture
From Frank Lloyd Wright to Frank Gehry
Written by Martin Filler

Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: New York Review Books
On Sale: July 17, 2007
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-227-8 (1-59017-227-2)

Everyone knows what modern architecture looks like, but few understand how this revolutionary new form of building emerged little more than a century ago or what its aesthetic, social, even spiritual aspirations were. Through illuminating studies of the leading men and women who forever changed our built environment, veteran architecture critic... Read more >

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PIN-UP Interviews

Edited by Felix Burrichter and Andrew Ayers
Designed by Dylan Fracareta

Format: Trade Paperback, 450 pages
Publisher: powerHouse Books
On Sale: October 1, 2013
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-57687-653-4 (1-57687-653-5)

PIN—UP Interviews is a compilation of over 50 of the most fascinating interviews from PIN—UP magazine since its first issue was published in October 2006. Serious, yet accessible, and featuring the elegant and modern aesthetic PIN—UP’s readers have come to expect, there is no comparable compilation found today with such an... Read more >

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Best Addresses
A Century of Washington's Distinguished Apartment Houses
Written by James M. Goode

Format: Hardcover, 597 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: April 17, 2003
Price: $65.00
ISBN: 978-0-87474-476-7 (0-87474-476-8)

A century ago, the popularity of early Washington landmarks like Stoneleigh Court and the controversial Cairo (which, at a soaring twelve stories, shocked District officials into enacting the city’s height limit) made it clear that apartment living was here to stay. By the 1920s, Beaux Art and Art Deco palaces offered... Read more >

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Capital Losses
A Cultural History of Washington's Destroyed Buildings, Second Edition
Written by James M. Goode

Format: Hardcover, 541 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: March 17, 2003
Price: $69.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-105-1 (1-58834-105-4)

Before the passage of critical preservation legislation in 1978, the Nation’s Capital lost an irreplaceable assembly of architecturally and culturally significant buildings. Wanton destruction in the name of progress–particularly in the decades immediately following World War II–resulted in a legacy forever lost, a cultural heritage destroyed by the wrecker’s ball. By... Read more >

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A History of the Future

Written by Donna Goodman

Format: Hardcover, 280 pages
Publisher: The Monacelli Press
On Sale: November 25, 2008
Price: $45.00
ISBN: 978-1-58093-207-3 (1-58093-207-X)

The political, social, and economic upheaval of the early twentieth century generated an extraordinary range of proposals for the future as successive generations grappled with issues of organizing vast urban systems and humanizing dense industrial environments. As conceptual design became the vehicle for exploring ideas and presenting new movements, a dialogue... Read more >

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Walking Home
The Life and Lessons of a City Builder
Written by Ken Greenberg

Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage Canada
On Sale: August 7, 2012
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-35815-8 (0-307-35815-1)

One of the world’s foremost urban designers shares his passion and methods for rejuvenating neglected cities and argues passionately for the importance and possibilities of their renewal.

From a youth spent in the boroughs of New York City and other great cities of the world, to his beginnings as an architect in... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Sustainable Urbanism and Beyond
Rethinking Cities for the Future
Edited by Tigran Haas

Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Rizzoli
On Sale: April 3, 2012
Price: $75.00
ISBN: 978-0-8478-3836-3 (0-8478-3836-6)

The city in the twenty-first century faces major challenges, including social and economic stratification, wasteful consumption of resources, transportation congestion, and environmental degradation. More than half of the world’s population lives in cities and major metropolitan areas, and in the next two decades the number of city dwellers is estimated to... Read more >

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The Hidden Dimension

Written by Edward T. Hall

Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 1, 1990
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-08476-5 (0-385-08476-5)

An examination of various cultural concepts of space and how differences among them affect modern society. Introducing the science of "proxemics," Hall demonstrates how man's use of space can affect personal business relations, cross-cultural exchanges, architecture, city planning, and urban renewal. Read more >

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Building Suburbia
Green Fields and Urban Growth, 1820-2000
Written by Dolores Hayden

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 9, 2004
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72721-4 (0-375-72721-3)

A lively history of the contested landscapes where the majority of Americans now live, Building Suburbia chronicles two centuries in the birth and development of America’s metropolitan regions.

From rustic cottages reached by steamboat to big box stores at the exit ramps of eight-lane highways, Dolores Hayden defines seven eras of suburban... Read more >
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