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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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Conversations with Frank Gehry

Written by Barbara Isenberg


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: April 21, 2009
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-26800-6 (0-307-26800-4)

An unprecedented, intimate, and richly illustrated portrait of Frank Gehry, one of the world’s most influential architects. Drawing on the most candid, revealing, and entertaining conversations she has had with Gehry over the last twenty years, Barbara Isenberg provides new and fascinating insights into the man and his work.

Gehry’s subjects range... Read more >
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The Death and Life of Great American Cities

Written by Jane Jacobs


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 1, 1992
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-74195-4 (0-679-74195-X)

A direct indictment of the short-sightedness and intellectual arrogance that has characterized much of urban planning in this century, The Death and Life of Great American Cities has become the standard against which all endeavors in that field are measured. Jacobs writes about what makes streets safe or unsafe; about what... Read more >

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Discovering Architecture
How the World's Great Buildings Were Designed and Built
Written by Philip Jodidio and Elizabeth Dowling


Format: Hardcover, 260 pages
Publisher: Universe
On Sale: October 8, 2013
Price: $45.00
ISBN: 978-0-7893-2707-9 (0-7893-2707-4)

Based on the successful format of Discovering the Great Masters, this is an accessible reference for anyone interested in great spaces and spectacular buildings. Each of the architectural works features clever overlays and die-cut windows that allow the reader to identify and focus on specific design elements. Each featured window includes... Read more >

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Empires of Light
Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse, and the Race to Electrify the World
Written by Jill Jonnes


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: October 12, 2004
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75884-3 (0-375-75884-4)

In the final decades of the nineteenth century, three brilliant and visionary titans of America’s Gilded Age—Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, and George Westinghouse—battled bitterly as each vied to create a vast and powerful electrical empire. In Empires of Light, historian Jill Jonnes portrays this extraordinary trio and their riveting and ruthless... Read more >
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The Angel of the Left Bank
The Secrets of Delacroix's Parisian Masterpiece
Written by Jean-Paul Kauffmann


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: February 10, 2004
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7086-9 (0-8129-7086-1)

In this mesmerizing examination of Delacroix’s crowning masterwork, Jacob Wrestling with the Angel, and of Saint-Sulpice, the grand church that houses it, Jean-Paul Kauffmann reveals the city of Paris in an entirely new way.

With the same insight and understanding he brought to his National Book Critics Circle Award–nominated The Black Room... Read more >

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Experimental Drawing, 30th Anniversary Edition
Creative Exercises Illustrated by Old and New Masters
Written by Robert Kaupelis


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Watson-Guptill
On Sale: August 1, 1992
Price: $23.99
ISBN: 978-0-8230-1622-8 (0-8230-1622-6)

Stimulating exercises to help beginner to advanced students push the boundaries of traditional drawing.

As with most art forms, it's best to comprehend traditional drawing techniques before you break the rules. But once you've mastered the basics, you may find that you gravitate to more abstract ways of rendering everything from still... Read more >

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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 >
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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: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 10, 2004
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72560-9 (0-375-72560-1)

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 fair’s brilliant director of works and the builder of many of the country’s most important structures, including the... Read more >

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Inside the Vatican

Written by Bart McDowell
Photographed by James L. Stanfield


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: March 17, 2009
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0450-0 (1-4262-0450-7)

For almost a year, veteran National Geographic photographer Jim Stanfield captured nearly every corner of the Vatican, both the world’s smallest country and the center of the Roman Catholic Church. Along with author Bart McDowell, he provides an insider’s view into the history of this 108.7-acre enclave, from the first St... Read more >

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Radical Cities
Across Latin America in Search of a New Architecture
Written by Justin McGuirk


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: June 10, 2014
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-280-7 (1-78168-280-1)

In Radical Cities, Justin McGuirk travels across Latin America in search of the activist architects, maverick politicians and alternative communities already answering these questions. From Brazil to Venezuela, and from Mexico to Argentina, McGuirk discovers the people and ideas shaping the way cities are evolving.

Ever since the mid twentieth century, when... Read more >
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Hearts of the City
The Selected Writings of Herbert Muschamp
Written by Herbert Muschamp
Introduction by Nicolai Ouroussoff


Format: Hardcover, 912 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: November 17, 2009
Price: $50.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-40406-1 (0-375-40406-6)

From the late Herbert Muschamp, the former architecture critic of The New York Times and one of the most outspoken and influential voices in architectural criticism, a collection of his best work.

The pieces here—from The New Republic, Artforum, and The New York Times—reveal how Muschamp’s views were both ahead of their... Read more >
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Towards a New Museum

Written by Victoria Newhouse


Format: Trade Paperback, 349 pages
Publisher: The Monacelli Press
On Sale: January 1, 2007
Price: $50.00
ISBN: 978-1-58093-180-9 (1-58093-180-4)

Since first publication in 1998, Towards a New Museum has achieved iconic status as a seminal exploration of the late-20th-century revolution in museum architecture: the transformation from museum as restrained container for art to museum as exuberant companion to art. Author Victoria Newhouse critiqued numerous institutions for the display of art... Read more >

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Human Dimension and Interior Space
A Source Book of Design Reference Standards
Written by Julius Panero and Martin Zelnik


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Watson-Guptill
On Sale: November 1, 1979
Price: $39.95
ISBN: 978-0-8230-7271-2 (0-8230-7271-1)

The study of human body measurements on a comparative basis is known as anthropometrics. Its applicability to the design process is seen in the physical fit, or interface, between the human body and the various components of interior space.

Human Dimension and Interior Space is the first major anthropometrically based reference book... Read more >
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New Orleans Under Reconstruction

Written by Carol M. Reese, Michael Sorkin and Anthony Fontenot
Foreword by Mike Davis


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: May 27, 2014
Price: $49.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-272-2 (1-78168-272-0)

When the levees broke in August 2005 as a result of Hurricane Katrina, 80 percent of the city of New Orleans was flooded, with a loss of 134,000 homes and 986 lives. In particular, the devastation hit the vulnerable communities the hardest: the old, the poor and the African American. The... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Landscape Graphics

Written by Grant Reid


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Watson-Guptill
On Sale: September 1, 2002
Price: $24.95
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 >
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Interior Graphic and Design Standards

Written by S.C. Reznikoff


Format: Hardcover, 624 pages
Publisher: Watson-Guptill
On Sale: October 1, 1986
Price: $95.00
ISBN: 978-0-8230-7298-9 (0-8230-7298-3)

This book, the most comprehensive and basic working tool available to the design professional, encompasses every area of expertise required in the practice of contemporary interior design.

Architects, interior designers, drafters, specifiers, and designers and manufacturers of building materials, furnishings, and equipment for interiors will find essential specification data and thousands... Read more >

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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 >
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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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How the Great Pyramid Was Built

Written by Craig Smith
Afterword by Mark Lehner
Foreword by Zahi Hawass


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: October 17, 2004
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-200-3 (1-58834-200-X)

Going beyond even the expertise of archaeologists and historians, world-class engineer Craig B. Smith explores the planning and engineering behind the incredible Great Pyramid of Giza. How would the ancient Egyptians have developed their building plans, devised work schedules, managed laborers, solved specific design and engineering problems, or even improvised on... Read more >

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The Castle, Second Edition
An Illustrated History of the Smithsonian Building
Written by Richard Stamm


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: May 15, 2012
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-351-2 (1-58834-351-0)

A new edition weaves the Smithsonian Building’s nearly 150-year architectural history with lore and stories of the people who have worked and lived in this striking medieval revival structure

When visitors to the nation’s capital embark on a day of museum visits at the National Mall, the most striking building in their... Read more >

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Fallingwater Rising
Frank Lloyd Wright, E. J. Kaufmann, and America's Most Extraordinary House
Written by Franklin Toker


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: April 19, 2005
Price: $28.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-71015-5 (0-375-71015-9)

Fallingwater Rising is a biography not of a person but of the most famous house of the twentieth century. Scholars and the public have long extolled the house that Frank Lloyd Wright perched over a Pennsylvania waterfall in 1937, but the full story has never been told.

When he got the commission... Read more >
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A Scientist in the City

Written by James Trefil


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 1, 1994
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-26109-8 (0-385-26109-8)

In his previous books, A Scientist at the Seashore and Meditations at Sunset, James Trefil used commonplace settings in the natural world as a point of departure for probing the mysteries of nature. In A Scientist in the City, Trefil takes the opposite tack, looking at the quintessential man-made environment of... Read more >

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The State of Architecture at the Beginning of the 21st Century

Written by Bernard Tschumi


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: The Monacelli Press
On Sale: January 30, 2004
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-58093-134-2 (1-58093-134-0)

In March 2003, Bernard Tschumi convened forty of the world's leading architectural designers and theorists -- Elizabeth Diller, Peter Eisenman, Zaha Hadid, Steven Holl, Rem Koolhaas, Greg Lynn, Winy Maas, Thom Mayne, Ben van Berkel, Mark Wigley, Alejandro Zaera-Polo, and many others -- for a conference at Columbia University. The exceptional... Read more >

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Architecture for Benetton
Works of Afra and Tobia Scarpa and Tadao Ando
Written by Massimo Vignelli, Antonio Mulas and Marco Mulazzani
Introduction by Dejan Sudjic


Format: Hardcover, 504 pages
Publisher: Skira
On Sale: May 17, 2005
Price: $80.00
ISBN: 978-88-7624-126-0 (88-7624-126-4)

Because United Colors of Benetton’s core business is clothing, the contemporary culture of design plays an important role in the group’s activity, including its corporate architecture. Benetton’s international brand style?combining color, energy, and practicality?can be seen first in its buildings. In 1964, long before it was fashionable for designers to employ... Read more >
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