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Architecture Became Increasingly Obsessed with the Health of Bodies

Architecture historian Beatriz Colomina’s new book overlooks the concrete cruelties of the designed environment.   Written by Dima Stouhi In some theoretical books, architecture and the human body are more or less the same, each depending on one another. Oftentimes,...
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A History of Modern American Architecture

A new book surveys the stunning work of Ezra Stoller, the most prominent photographer of 20th-century American architecture A major moment in Stoller’s early career was being contracted by news agency Underwood & Underwood to photograph the pavilions of the 1939 New York...
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Diagram from Diana Agrest’s Architecture of Nature: Nature of Architecture (Courtesy Applied Research + Design)

Diana Agrest explores geology through representation in Architecture of Nature: Nature of Architecture

Landscape architect and professor Cathryn Dwyre-Perry reviews Diana Agrests new book on architetural representation and geology. By Cathryn Dwyre-Perry Architecture of Nature: Nature of Architecture By Diana Agrest Applied Research + Design Publishing $49.95 “Representation,...
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Book review: The Shaping of Us

The Shaping of Us: How Everyday Spaces Structure Our Lives, Behavior, and Well-Being Lily Bernheimer Trinity University Press, August 2019 Hardcover | 6 x 9 inches | 336 pages | 37 illustrations | English | ISBN: 978-1595348722 | $26.95 Publisher Description: The spaces we...
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Book Review – Moon: Architectural Guide

Moon: Architectural Guide Paul Meuser DOM Publishers, October 2019 Paperback | Page Size inches | 336 pages | 500 illustrations | English | ISBN: 978-3869226705 | $39.95 Publisher Description: Architecture on the moon is no longer a naive fantasy dreamt up by space-flight...
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Cutaway painting of a toroidal space colony, depicting a multi-tiered urban fabric. (NASA Ames Research Center/Rick Guidice)

Space Settlements explores what happens when we run out of Earth

In Space Settlements, Fred Scharmen argues that a series of paintings produced as part of a NASA study in 1975 has had a lasting impact on design. By Jonathan Hilburg Space Settlements By Fred Scharmen Columbia Books on Architecture and the City $24.00 The Earth is finite, and...
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Hardcover | 9 x 11-3/4 inches | 280 pages | English | ISBN: 978-1939621948 | $49.95

Book review: Architecture of Nature/Nature of Architecture

Architecture of Nature/Nature of Architecture Diana Agrest Applied Research and Design, January 2019 Publisher Description: Architecture of Nature/Nature of Architecture presents original research work, exploring the materiality and the forces at play in the history of the earth....
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Future Cities: Architecture and the Imagination by Paul Dobraszczyk (courtesy Reaktion Books)

Imagining the Architecture of Our Futures

Paul Dobraszczyk’s Future Cities surveys the multitudinous ways creatives have imagined how humans might build their living spaces in the future. Dan Schindel Paul Dobraszczyk’s Future Cities isn’t the usual sort of book on architecture. The structures and locations it...
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Book review: New York City Brick by Brick: The Art of LEGO Construction

New York City Brick by Brick: The Art of LEGO Construction Jonathan Lopes Abrams, May 2019 Hardcover | 7-1/2 x 9-1/2 inches | 192 pages | 100 illustrations | English | ISBN: 978-1419734687 | $24.99 Publisher Description: New York City Brick by Brick is the ultimate exploration of...
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In earthquake-prone Jintai, in the Chinese province of Sichuan, Rural Urban Framework helped reconstruct a sustainable village in cooperation with the local government. The clustered dwellings feature stepped green roofs, vertical courtyards, and rainwater collection.Photo: Rural Urban Framework via AD

Repairing the Future with Caring Architecture

A new book from the MIT Press argues that architecture and urbanism have a crucial role to play in crises of nearly every kind By Meaghan O’Neill “In medical terms, critical care is a specialized branch of medicine dedicated to diagnosing and treating life-threatening...
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