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18 Featured Titles

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Grand Avenues
The Story of Pierre Charles L'Enfant, the French Visionary Who Designed Washington, D.C.
Written by Scott W. Berg

Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 12, 2008
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7622-2 (1-4000-7622-6)

In 1791, shortly after the United States won its independence, George Washington personally asked Pierre Charles L’Enfant—a young French artisan turned American revolutionary soldier who gained many friends among the Founding Fathers—to design the new nation's capital. L’Enfant approached this task with unparalleled vigor and passion; however, his imperious and unyielding... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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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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 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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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An Atlas of Recycled Landscapes

Written by Michela De Poli and Guido Incerti

Format: Trade Paperback, 270 pages
Publisher: Skira
On Sale: October 21, 2014
Price: $45.00
ISBN: 978-88-572-1079-7 (88-572-1079-0)

The book examines remediated sites, reclaimed quarries, former landfills, terrains vagues, and unused spaces that have been recognized in the last twenty years as potential venues for the development of new social, economic, and environmental assets. It provides a ‘map’ of the state of the art internationally and describes what has... 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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Home Gardens and Agrobiodiversity

Edited by Pablo B. Eyzaguirre and Olga F. Linares

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: July 6, 2010
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-288-1 (1-58834-288-3)

Focusing on peoples throughout the tropical world, and including case studies from Cuba, Ethiopia, Ghana, Venezuela, and Vietnam, Home Gardens and Agrobiodiversity explains how both rural and urban households manage home garden diversity in ways that enable them to cope with change, and adapt their crops to new situations.

After introducing theoretical... 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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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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The Experience of Place
A New Way of Looking at and Dealing With our Radically Changing Cities and Countryside
Written by Tony Hiss

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 1, 1991
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73594-6 (0-679-73594-1)

This is a significant new analysis of the impact on our senses of our everyday surroundings: the subtle and pervasive ways in which, from childhood and throughout our lives, we experience place, and how the experience affects us for good or ill. Hiss shows how society can continue to grow without... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Delirious New York
A Retroactive Manifesto for Manhattan
Written by Rem Koolhaas

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: The Monacelli Press
On Sale: December 1, 1997
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-885254-00-9 (1-885254-00-8)

Since its original publication in 1978, Delirious New York has attained mythic status. Back in print in a newly designed edition, this influential cultural, architectural, and social history of New York is even more popular, selling out its first printing on publication. Rem Koolhaas's celebration and analysis of New York depicts... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Devil in the White City
Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America
Written by Erik Larson

Format: Hardcover, 464 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: February 11, 2003
Price: $28.00
ISBN: 978-0-609-60844-9 (0-609-60844-4)

Winner, 2004 Edgar Award

Winner, 2003 International Horror Guild Award for Non-fiction

2003 National Book Award Finalist, Non-Fiction

Vintage Paperback is Available

Two men, each handsome and unusually adept at his chosen work, embodied an element of the great dynamic that characterized America’s rush toward the twentieth century. The architect was Daniel Hudson Burnham, the... Read more >

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Wild Design
Ecofriendly Innovations Inspired by Nature
Written by Alan Marshall

Format: Trade Paperback, 168 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: July 14, 2009
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-55643-790-8 (1-55643-790-0)

In Wild Design, environmental designer and scientist Alan Marshall presents a manifesto on nature-inspired designs, including visionary concepts as well as exhibits of actual products, landscapes, and artwork from around the world. With elegant photographs and drawings, the book incorporates the ethos of sustainability by documenting many of the results of... Read more >

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A Field Guide to American Houses
The Definitive Guide to Identifying and Understanding America's Domestic Architecture
Written by Virginia Savage McAlester

Format: Hardcover, 880 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: December 3, 2013
Price: $50.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-4359-0 (1-4000-4359-X)

For the house lover and the curious tourist, for the house buyer and the weekend stroller, for neighborhood preservation groups and for all who want to know more about their community—here, at last, is a book that makes it both easy and pleasurable to identify the various styles and periods of... Read more >

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Landscape Graphics

Written by Grant Reid

Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Watson-Guptill
On Sale: September 1, 2002
Price: $24.99
ISBN: 978-0-8230-7333-7 (0-8230-7333-5)

Announcing the new revised edition of the classic industry reference! Landscape Graphics is the architect’s ultimate guide to all the basic graphics techniques used in landscape design and landscape architecture. Progressing from the basics into more sophisticated techniques, this guide offers clear instruction on graphic language and the design process, the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Seduction of Place
The History and Future of Cities
Written by Joseph Rykwert

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 12, 2002
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70044-6 (0-375-70044-7)

The acclaimed and provocative architectural historian Joseph Rykwert explores the history of the city and calls for the return of a human agenda to city planning.

Focusing on a range of urban environments around the world–from 19th-century London and Paris, to contemporary New Delhi, New York, and Celebration, Florida–Rykwert discusses the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Modern Shoestring
Contemporary Architecture on a Budget
Written by Susanna Sirefman

Format: Hardcover, 160 pages
Publisher: The Monacelli Press
On Sale: May 15, 2008
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-1-58093-202-8 (1-58093-202-9)

Residential design provides a rich testing ground for architectural innovation. Intimate scales and specific programs inspire distinctive homes, and comparatively small budgets are catalysts for exploring nontraditional materials. Modern Shoestring proves that building a contemporary house can be affordable and shows how constraints actually stimulate the most creative design solutions.

Eighteen... Read more >

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The Brother Gardeners
Botany, Empire and the Birth of an Obsession
Written by Andrea Wulf

Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: March 31, 2009
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27023-8 (0-307-27023-8)

This is the fascinating story of a small group of eighteenth-century naturalists who made Britain a nation of gardeners and the epicenter of horticultural and botanical expertise. It’s the story of a garden revolution that began in America.

In 1733, the American farmer John Bartram dispatched two boxes of plants and seeds... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.
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