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My top 5 list is always changing and those two have been there before, sometimes it depends on what type project I am currently working on. I will have to check out Whyte's and Gehl's books since I am not familiar with them. Brand's book is also a good choice. As far as the reference to Kahn's courtyard at Salk Institute as a concrete wasteland I will have to strongly disagree, however if you are just basing the comment on the book cover, I can see your point.

Part of that space's magic is the experience of being there. I found it to be a profound space due to the feeling created by the perceived monumentality of the structure along its sides juxtaposed with the open end to the Pacific and the opposite end to a basque of trees. A place that stimulates reflection, contemplation, inspiration and interaction. I do commend you on your book selection, for a layman you have picked a couple that talk about the essence of architeture instead of getting suckered in by pretty pictures.

I don't keep up with Hadid's work so can't comment on what her buildings are doing to your city, but you are right that some of the star architects lose sight of context and function in favor of formalistic expression. I'll have to agree with dimwizard that the Salk institute shouldn't be judged by a photograph - it's a pretty amazing space to be in. Not sure I could pick my top five architecture books. Ching is great and I also really like Norberg-Schulz.

I'm also a big fan of the details of modern architecture by Edward Ford. Mostly, though, I have monographs, rather than writing about architecture.

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Of those, the one I pull out the most often is probably Shigeru Ban 's. I have quite a few monographs too, so to expand on the list here are some I refer to most often for Visual Iinspiration, in no particular order: 1.

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Fujimori Terunobu: Architecture 3. Sverre Fehn Very interested to hear what other people enjoy, and maybe why Whyte Youtube and Gehl are interested in the question what attracts humans to public places. Gehl is famous for transforming a Copenhagen central area from car dominance to a pedestrian area similar to New York's plan for Times Square. Thanks for the heads-up on the Salk Institute.

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My impression was based solely on the photography which reminded me on a hot midday stroll along an empty Boston's Christian Science Center. Architecture renderings always have dummies. I wonder why architecture photography is mostly devoid of humans and human artefacts, and life? Perhaps I am more interested in the use of space than the design of space How do you choose a monograph? I am always conflicted, as many are bulky, of strange size, expensive and hagiographic. Unless a monograph is being published after an architect's death, it is usually his or her firm's job to put together what material goes into the book - hence the adulatory tone.

As for the expense - I ask for them for my birthday and christmas! My boss gets me one a year this year's treat was L. Modern - its a wonderful book and my parents got me the enormous Phaidon Atlas of 21st Century Architecture when I recently got my license. I thought of another mentally inspirational book I like that distinction, dimwizard - How to see by George Nelson.

Pattern Language appeals to many but I've always found it to be too formulaic; prefer his earlier 'notes on a synthesis of form' myself. For pure joy regarding small-scale and personal environments check out 'Building with Awareness' by Ted Owens and 'Norwegian Wood the work of Wenche Selmer. And lastly, for a glimpse of the future of architecture, hunker down with a copy of Jeremy Till's 'Architecture Depends'.

Has anyone else read it? Good suggestions Richmon! I am just finishing up strange details and always thought architecture depends has an intriguing cover. I will read that next, any thoughts before I get started? Maybe this suggestion is too retro but, if the criterion is 'most influential,' my top book choice is Andrea Palladio's 'Four Books on Architecture. I second palladiana's choice. If we are talking about most influential of all time, here's my list, with original publication date, all of which have gone through multiple reprints and editions.

After the top three I think it gets quite difficult to say which are most influential, so I have made a list of 12 books without which I think it would be impossible to narrate the history of architectural design or thought: 1. Vitruvius, De architectura Ten Books on Architecture c. As you list Vitruvius as No. Livre v.

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  • Paris: Les belles lettres, ISBN It seems that in the English-speaking world at least archaeologists and architectural historians don't read Vitruvius in the original because the Latin is too difficult; and the Latinists don't read him in the original because the architecture is too obscure.

    As a result this author who falls right into the major period of Latin literature is somewhat neglected. There are a number of translations, some with copious illustrations, but no serviceable version of the text with commentary in English. This is not the case in continental Europe where there seems to be plenty of interest in Vitruvian studies, as this volume shows. The series began way back in but has continued under the guidance of Pierre Gros through the s and has now been completed by Catherine Saliou with her text, translation and commentary on Vitruvius' book on public buildings.

    Saliou manages to combine all the elements required for an editor of Vitruvius: a knowledge of Latin and Greek, familiarity with the techniques of textual criticism, and knowledge of the current state of scholarship in Roman and Greek art, architecture and archaeology.

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    Her commentary moves seamlessly from a discussion of the text and the grammar and philology of the passage to the implications of the passage for archaeology and architectural history, comparing the relevant material remains in different locations and at the same time supplying detailed plans and figures to supplement her arguments. It is an impressive feat to juggle with all these balls in the air at the same time. She even has to deal with the science of acoustics and music in the passage concerning the resonating vases.

    Many of the notes in the commentary are more like fully developed essays, and it is rare to find any puzzling or difficult passage that is not discussed. Sometimes what seems to be a straightforward passage is seen to have hidden problems which are then fully drawn out and examined. Vitruvius devotes Book 5 to public buildings. You can change your ad preferences anytime. Architecture words 2: anti object.

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