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Philosophy for Architects

Philosophy for Architects is an engaging and easy-to-grasp introduction to philosophical questions of interest to studen ...

Studio and Cube PB

On The Relationship Between Where Art is Made and Where Art is Displayed

When does an artist's creation become art, and where? Does it occur in the solitary confines of an artist's studio or do ...

Visual Grammar

Life in the image world has made us all voracious, if not always deliberate, consumers of visual messages. Easy access t ...

Flesh

Architectural Probes

The work of New York-based architects Diller + Scofidio is consistently at the cutting edge of current thought, helping ...

Architecture Oriented Otherwise

Now available in paperback, renowned writer and thinker David Leatherbarrow's groundbreaking Architecture Oriented Other ...

The Landscape Urbanism Reader

With populations decentralizing and cities sprawling ever outward, twenty-first-century urban planners are challenged by ...

Writing about Architecture

Mastering the Language of Buildings and Cities

Extraordinary architecture addresses so much more than mere practical considerations. It inspires and provokes while cre ...

Points and Lines

Diagrams and Projects for the City

Points + Lines: Diagrams and Projects for the City is a book of New York architect Stan Allen's writings and projects th ...

The Book of Trees

Visualizing Branches of Knowledge

Our critically acclaimed bestseller Visual Complexity was the first in-depth examination of the burgeoning field of info ...

Pamphlet Architecture 28: Augmented Landscapes

In 1977 Steven Holl and William Stout created a grittier alternative to mainstream architectural publishing called Pamph ...

The Book of Circles

Visualizing Spheres of Knowledge

In this follow-up to his hugely popular The Book of Trees and Visual Complexity, Manuel Lima takes us on a lively tour t ...

Local Code

3659 Proposals about Data, Design, and the Nature of Cities

With three billion more humans projected to be living in cities by 2050, all design is increasingly urban design. And wi ...

The Architectural Detail

The Architectural Detail is author Edward R. Ford's life's work, and this may be his most important book to date. Ford w ...

Joan Miro: I Work Like a Gardener

In 1958, artist Joan Miro and critic Yvon Taillandier sat down for an in-depth discussion on Miro's life and work. Their ...

X-Urbanism

Architecture and the American City

For most of his career, architect Mario Gandelsonas has been exploring the American city through his writings, designs, ...

Toward a New Interior

An Anthology of Interior Design Theory

Interior design, as a relatively young discipline within the academic world of design, has historically been interpreted ...

Pamphlet Architecture 27: Tooling

We all know that today's architectural design has moved from the sketchpad to the screen--the era of the Mayline and the ...

Tadao Ando

Conversations with Students

The newest volume in our popular Conversations series features Japanese architect Tadao Ando. One of the most celebrated ...

Animate Form

When published in 1999, Animate Form, the first book on the work of architect Greg Lynn, literally pushed back the bound ...

Pamphlet Architecture 33

Islands and Atolls

The competition for Pamphlet Architecture 33 asked previous authors in the series to nominate the architects and theoris ...

Architectural Regionalism

Collected Writings on Place, Identity, Modernity, and Tradition

In this rapidly globalizing world, any investigation of architecture inevitably leads to considerations of regionalism. ...

Come Together

The Rise of Cooperative Art and Design

The past twenty years have seen a new generation of artists working together in small groups and large collectives to ex ...

Parallax

What makes Steven Holl one of the most celebrated architects working today? As we learn in Parallax, his success comes f ...

Slow Manifesto: Lebbeus Woods Blog

In the fall of 2007, Lebbeus Woods (1940-2012), long admired for his visionary architecture and mastery of drawing, bega ...

Artificial Light

A Narrative Inquiry into the Nature of Abstraction, Immediacy, and other Architectural Fictions

Author Keith Mitnick's first glimpse of an architectural drawing came through the underside of a glass kitchen table. Ov ...

Odyssey Works

Transformative Experiences for an Audience of One

Odyssey Works infiltrates the life of one person at a time to create a custom-tailored, life-altering performance. It ma ...

The Underdome Guide to Energy Reform

In a climate crisis, shouldn't every option be on the table? When scientists and politicians declare an emergency, shoul ...

Constructing a New Agenda for Architecture

Architectural Theory 1993-2009

This follow-up to Kate Nesbitt's best-selling anthology Theorizing a New Agenda collects twenty-eight essays that addres ...

The Storm and the Fall

By any measure, Lebbeus Woods is one of the most original architects working today. His body of theoretical work focuses ...

The Architecture of Modern Italy

The Challenge of Tradition, 1750-1900, Vol. 1

This groundbreaking and authoritative two-volume survey is the first truly comprehensive history of modern Italian archi ...

Studio and Cube

On The Relationship Between Where Art is Made and Where Art is Displayed

When does an artist's creation become art, and where? Does it occur in the solitary confines of an artist's studio or do ...

How to Be a Graphic Designer without Losing Your Soul, new edition

Published to instant acclaim in 2005, our best selling How to Be a Graphic Designer without Losing Your Soul has become ...

Pamphlet Architecture 36

Buoyant Clarity

This newest addition to the Pamphlet Architecture series, long admired for its willingness to propose architectural solu ...

Theorizing a New Agenda for Architecture

An Anthology of Architectural Theory 1965-1995

Theorizing a New Agenda for Architecture: An Anthology of Architectural Theory 1965-1995 collects in a single volume the ...

Pamphlet Architecture 11-20

The Pamphlet Architecture series was founded in 1978 by architects Steven Holl and William Stout as a venue for publishi ...

Grid Systems

Principles of Organizing Type

Although grid systems are the foundation for almost all typographic design, they are often associated with rigid, formul ...

Geometry of Design, Revised and Updated Second Edition

Studies in Proportion and Composition

The very first volume in our acclaimed Design Briefs series is now available in a revised and updated second edition. Ge ...

Pamphlet Architecture 21: Situation Normal

In this volume of the award-winning "Pamphlet Architecture" series, the authors examine common architectural forms (chai ...

Citizens of No Place

An Architectural Graphic Novel

Architecture has become an increasingly interdisciplinary profession, and the language with which architects envision an ...

Atlas of Novel Tectonics

Architects Jesse Reiser and Nanako Umemoto have been generating some of the most provocative thinking in the field for n ...

Buckminster Fuller

World Man

Buckminster Fuller (1895--1983) was one of the most innovative and influential thinkers of the twentieth century. Best k ...

History of Architectural Theory

From Vitruvius to the Present

As the first comprehensive encyclopedic survey of Western architectural theory from Vitruvius to the present, this book ...

Project of Autonomy

Politics and Architecture Within and Against Capitalism

The Project of Autonomy radically rediscusses the concept of autonomy in politics and architecture by tracing a concise ...

Design Studies

Theory and Research in Graphic Design

In an age of globalization and connectivity, the idea of "mainstream culture" has become quaint. Websites, magazines, bo ...

The Landscape Imagination

The Collected Essays of James Corner 1990--2010

Over the past two decades, James Corner has reinvented the field of landscape architecture. His highly influential writi ...

Archigram

In late 1960, in various flats in Hampstead, a loose group of people started to meet: to criticize projects, to concoct ...

MOS

Selected Works

Their work has been described as experimental, willfully strange, and generally off-kilter, qualities front and center i ...

Mysteries of the Rectangle

Essays on Painting

From Siri Hustvedt, author of the bestselling novel What I Loved, comes this inspired collection of essays on painting. ...

Designed for the Future

80 Practical Ideas for a Sustainable World

In Designed for the Future, author Jared Green asks eighty of today's most innovative architects, urban planners, landsc ...

Pamphlet Architecture 1-10

To celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the founding of Pamphlet Architecture, we are proudly reissuing the first ten ...

Digital Design Theory

Readings from the Field

Digital Design Theory bridges the gap between the discourse of print design and interactive experience by examining the ...

Paul Rand

Conversations with Students

As one of the most influential and inspirational graphic designers of the twentieth century, Paul Rand defined modern Am ...

Pamphlet Architecture 35

Going Live. From States to Systems

If landscape is the secret agent and contested territory of the 20th century, then it also forms a lens and language on ...

The Ethical Architect

The Dilemma of Contemporary Practice

Many believe that the moral mission of architecture has been in serious decline for the last 25 years. In this important ...

The City That Never Was

Reconsidering the Speculative Nature of Contemporary Urbanization

One of the most troubling consequences of the--2008 global financial collapse was the midstream abandonment of several l ...

Graphic Design Theory

Readings from the Field

The titles in our best-selling Design Brief series are highly praised by graphic design students, educators, and profess ...

Paul Rand: A Designer's Art

If Paul Rand was the most influential American graphic designer of the twentieth century, then Paul Rand: A Designer's A ...

Ladders

Second Revised Edition

"Having set the standard for work on the postwar American City, its reissue twelve years after its first publication is ...

Building (in) the Future

Recasting Labor in Architecture

There is no denying the transformational role of the computer in the evolution of contemporary architectural practice. B ...

Thinking the Contemporary Landscape

On the heels of our groundbreaking books in landscape architecture, James Corner's Recovering Landscape and Charles Wald ...

Elements of Design

Rowena Reed Kostellow and the Structure of Visual Relationships

A hands-on book design students and designers alike will welcome. Elements of Design is a tribute to an exceptional teac ...

Letters to a Young Farmer

On Food, Farming, and Our Future

Letters to a Young Farmer is for everyone who appreciates good food grown with respect for the earth, people, animals, a ...

Ethics for Architects

50 Dilemmas of Professional Practice

In this new Architecture Brief, Ethics for Architects, Thomas Fisher presents fifty case studies representing a broad ra ...

Sexuality and Space

Sexuality and Space's interdisciplinary essays address gender in relation to architectural discourse and critical theory ...

Louis I. Kahn

Conversations with Students

Louis Kahn (1901-74) is one of the most renowned practitioners of international modernism, on a par with Le Corbusier an ...

Pamphlet Architecture 13: Edge of a City

Architect Steven Holl presents strategies to counter sprawl at the periphery of six cities. In each scheme, living, work ...

Graphic Design Thinking

Beyond Brainstorming

Creativity is more than an inborn talent. It is a hard-earned skill that, like all skills, improves with practice. Graph ...

Graphic Design Discourse

Evolving Theories, Ideologies, and Processes of Visual Communication

If the aim of graphic design is to communicate meaning clearly, there's an irony that the field itself has struggled bet ...

Geography of Home

Writings on Where We Live

Geography of Home has been hailed as "an appealing, insightful collection of musings on the architecture, psychology, an ...

Graphic Design Discourse

Evolving Theories, Ideologies, and Processes of Visual Communication

If the aim of graphic design is to communicate meaning clearly, there's an irony that the field itself has struggled bet ...

Pamphlet Architecture 30: Coupling

Strategies for Infrastructural Opportunism

Participants in the Pamphlet Architecture 30 competition were asked to respond to the theme "Investigations in Infrastru ...

Pamphlet Architecture 9: Rural and Urban House Types

Holl focuses on a collection of peculiarly American house types. These building forms exhibit a simplicity and integrity ...

Pamphlet Architecture 15: War and Architecture

War and Architecture is a timely and moving response by architect Lebbeus Woods to the bombing of Sarajevo. With text in ...

Postmodern Urbanism

Revised Edition

"Like a good city, Postmodern Urbanism can be read from many perspectives as a rich conversation of world views, languag ...

The Ethical Architect

The Dilemma of Contemporary Practice

Many believe that the moral mission of architecture has been in serious decline for the last 25 years. In this important ...

Subnature

Architecture's Other Environments

We are conditioned over time to regard environmental forces such as dust, mud, gas, smoke, debris, weeds, and insects as ...

Scaling Infrastructure

Scaling Infrastructure presents the proceedings of the second and nal conference of MIT's Center for Advanced Urbanism ...