Shelf Life：33 Book Recommendations From Architects & Designers
1、《Bookwork：Medium to Object to Concept to Art》by Garrett Stewart
An inventive and sophisticated study of the book form as sculptural medium. These “bibliobjects,” as the author calls them, reside at the nexus of artists’ books and conceptual art and point to new modes of literacy. Good Dada-fun: Duchamp meets Buzz Spector!
2、《Radical Cities: Across Latin America in Search of a New Architecture》by Justin McGuirk
Some cities in Latin America have become paradigms of urban renewal, with design, architecture, and politics at the core of positive transformation. McGuirk renders a portrait of a complex continent that is so hard to get to know, but that we can learn a lot from.
3、《House》by Tracy Kidder
Published 30 years ago, House remains an outstanding narrative about the design and construction process, and about the birth of an architecture firm.
——施雷伯.史蒂芬(Stephen Schreiber) FAIA，program director in Architecture + Design, University of Massachusetts/Amherst
4、《Matter：Material Processes in Architectural Production edited》by Gail Peter Borden and Michael Meredith.
Offers an expanded architectural design practice and education — one that tests spatial and material ideas through fabrication at multiple scales, in new time frames, to re-imagine architecture and our experiences.
——Karen Nelson, head of the School of Architecture, Boston Architectural College
5、Sir Banister Fletcher’s A History of Architecture
The foremost history of Western architecture, extensively illustrated.
6、《A Pattern Language：Towns, Buildings, Construction》by Christopher Alexander, Sara Ishikawa, and Murray Silverstein
A compendium of pieces that, when linked through examination of the natural world, create wholes, to the delight of the people who use buildings.
7、《The Architecture of Happiness》by Alain de Botton
A small and personal analysis of the features of architecture that bring joy into our lives.
8、《The RSVP Cycles：Creative Processes in the Human Environment》by Lawrence Halprin
Architecture as the choreography of people in the built landscape.
——Diane Georgopulos FAIA, MassHousing
9、《The Shingle Style and the Stick Style》by Vincent J. Scully, Jr.
Changed how we see 19th-century architecture and how we design in the 20th and 21st centuries.
10、《The Highway and the City》by Lewis Mumford
Passionate and eloquent essays; why don’t we write and argue about architecture like this today?
11、《The Power Broker》by Robert A. Caro
The best book ever written on how the American city is built and unbuilt.
12、《Hav 》by Jan Morris
A tantalizing travel guide to a city you never heard of.
13、《Up in the Old Hotel》by Joseph Mitchell
Nobody looks more closely, listens more carefully, or writes better about New York.
——Jay Wickersham FAIA, Noble & Wickersham
14、《Chicagoisms：The City as Catalyst for Architectural Speculation》by Alexander Eisenschmidt and Jonathan Mekinda
That rare book able to interest both academics and non-architect city lovers, “Chicagoisms” is a catalog of smart, readable essays and illustrated interludes uncovering the city’s appetite for the spectacular (Ferris’ wheel, Burnham’s Plan, Kapoor’s Cloud Gate), balanced with fascinating new scholarship on, among other things, Chicago’s surprisingly large influence on European urban theory.
15、《Delirious New York：A Retroactive Manifesto for Manhattan》by Rem Koolhaas
Before S, M, L, XL, there was Delirious, the book that made Rem’s name. In his hands, New York becomes remythologized as a gridiron palimpsest of architectural capitalism.
16、《From Bauhaus to Our House》by Tom Wolfe
Wolfe’s retelling of the Modern Movement is acerbic, hilarious, and often wrong, but a useful reminder to architects of the suspicion Modernism still arouses in America.
17、《Architecture in the United States》by Dell Upton
Less a comprehensive history than a project to reclaim architecture from architects, Upton’s wry prose casts a gimlet eye onto the pretensions of “art-architecture” from the colonial era to the present.
18、《The Details of Modern Architecture, Volumes 1 and 2》by Edward R. Ford
As the pioneeering Modernists were inventing new forms, so were they inventing new constructional methods. Ford’s astonishingly researched study, illustrated with invaluable drawings, reveals the ingenuity of this ad hoc tectonic, as well as its misalignment with Modernist rhetoric.
——Ian Baldwin, lecturer at Rhode Island School of Design
19、《A Guide to Archigram 1961–74》by Dennis Crompton
The impact of the Archigramproject was in shifting the architectural site of inquiry from the building and urban scale to a smaller human scale and then scaling up again. In 1994, when the first edition of this monograph was released, students were still wrestling with Deconstruction and the fallout of Postmodernism. Archigram filled a void that many of us felt in attempting to engage architecture at a more human, visceral level — one where the human/user was integral to a larger system of factors and networks.
20、《Incorporations (Zone 6)》by Jonathan Crary and Sanford Kwinter.
What Archigram seemed to prefigure in technological and mechanical terms at the scale of the body, Incorporations more deeply addressed through explorations in biology, neurology, art, and film. This edited collection of “dossiers” spoke directly to the idea that the body was not necessarily becoming a site of architecture, but that organism of the body, in all its complexity, was precisely the site of architecture. At a deeper level, the book planted the idea that a failure to think this way was quickly becoming a failure to think architecturally at all.
——Lee Moreau, principal at Continuum
21、《The Eyes of the Skin：Architecture and the Senses》by Juhani Pallasmaa
The first half is the history of how we have developed, since the Greeks, as a culture around sight; the second half is about how architecture (together with landscape) can awaken our other senses—smell, touch, hearing. Written by a Finnish writer/philosopher with great examples that span art, design, and buildings.
——Tamara Roy AIA, principal at ADD Inc
22、《Riding the Iron Rooster：By Train Through China》by Paul Theroux
Experience the lesser-known China by rail at the juncture of socioeconomic upheaval, through the eyes of a prolific travel writer who details people, places, and ambiance with brutal honesty.
23、《Invisible Cities》by Italo Calvino
Imaginary conversations between the Venetian traveler Marco Polo and the aged Mongol ruler Kublai Khan frame approaches to thinking about cities and the forms they might take.
——Sho-Ping Chin FAIA, principal at Payette
24、《Design with Nature》by Ian L. McHarg
Post-Katrina and Sandy, McHarg’s vision of communities hugging the high ground while floodplains are used to manage water flow and provide productive land for agriculture is more relevant than ever.
25、《TASCHEN’s Architecture Now! series》by Philip Jodidio
Essential catalogs of the best work globally, these inspiring books represent an efficient means of instruction across the design professions.
——Charlotte Kahn, former research analyst at The Boston Foundation
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26、《Why Architecture Matters》
27、《Fifty Typefaces That Changed the World》
28、《 A Field Guide to American Houses：The Definitive Guide to Identifying and Understanding America’s Domestic Architecture》
29、《The Elements of Typographic Style》by Robert Bringhurst
A typographer-poet combines the practical, theoretical, and historical in this masterful style guide.
30、《The Library：A World History》by James W. P. Campbell; photographs by Will Pryce
Each age and culture has reinvented the library, and this combination of authoritative text and stunning photography illuminates the story in a single volume.
31、《The Devil in the White City》
32、《Design Writing Research: Writing on Graphic Design》
33、《101 Things I Learned in Architecture School》