10 Good Books for Architecture Enthusiasts

10 Good Books for Architecture Enthusiasts

Sarah Coffey
Jan 4, 2010

We gave and received some good books for the holidays, and the best reads on our list fell within the category of architecture. Some are more text-heavy, others are beautifully illustrated with full-bleed photos, but all are worth a look if you love buildings.

  1. Tiny Houses by Mimi Zeiger: A beautifully photographed, comprehensive look at contemporary small space living.
  2. Toward an Architecture by Le Corbusier: A classic collection of essays by one of the world's greatest architects, re-released in 2007 with a new, well-publicized English translation by John Goodman.
  3. Thinking Architecture by Peter Zumthor: The 2009 Pritzker Prize winner is also an engaging writer who speaks about architecture in terms of personal, poetic moments.
  4. Modernism Rediscovered by Julius Shulman: The master of modernist architectural photography passed away last year, and this 3-volume collection is a wonderful overview of his work.
  5. The House Book from Phaidon Press: Homes by 500 architects, beautifully photographed and presented in alphabetical order.
  6. The Death and Life of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs: A classic treatise on the impact of urban planning that argues on behalf of diverse, compact cities.
  7. The Poetics of Space by Gaston Bachelard: A philosophical, phenomenological book about how our homes affect us.
  8. S, M, L, XL by Rem Koolhaus, O.M.A., and Bruce Mau: A collage of essays, photographs, drawings, and manifestos by one ultra-influential architect and one visionary graphic designer.
  9. On Architecture: Collected Reflections on a Century of Change by Ada Louise Huxtable: Insightful essays from one of the most important architecture critics of the 20th century.
  10. AIA City Guides from the American Institute of Architects: Comprehensive guides to the best American architecture, perfect for a self-guided tour of your city.

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