Book Reviews
Young-Old: Urban Utopias of an Aging Society

Patience and Fortitude: Power, Real Estate, and the Fight to Save a Public Library
By Scott Sherman. Melville House, June 2015, 224 pages, $26.

Reviewed by James S. Russell, FAIA

We’re Still Here Ya Bastards: How the People of New Orleans Rebuilt Their City

We’re Still Here Ya Bastards: How the People of New Orleans Rebuilt Their City
By Roberta Brandes Gratz. Nation Books, June 2015, 404 pages, $28

Reviewed by Aleksandr Bierig

Young-Old: Urban Utopias of an Aging Society
By Deane Simpson. Lars Müller, March 2015, 384 pages, $50.

Reviewed by Henry Grabar

Le Corbusier: Ideas and Forms

Le Corbusier: Ideas and Forms

By William J.R. Curtis (revised and updated). Phaidon, April 2015, 512 pages, $150.

Reviewed by Philip Nobel

Elements of Venice

Elements of Venice

By Giulia Foscari with a foreword by Rem Koolhaas. Lars Müller Publishers, October 2014, 696 pages, $32.

Reviewed by Suzanne Stephens

Public Housing Myths: Perception, Reality, and Social Policy

Public Housing Myths: Perception, Reality, and Social Policy

Edited by Nicholas Dagan Bloom, Fritz Umbach, and Lawrence J. Vale. Cornell University Press, April 2015, 296 pages, $70 (hardcover), $23 (paper).

Reviewed by Jayne Merkel

Informal Urbanism: Villages in the City; Handmade Urbanism; Tactical Urbanism

Informal Urbanism

Villages in the City: A Guide to South China’s Informal Settlements, edited by Stefan Al. Hong Kong University Press and University of Hawaii Press, October 2014, 216 pages, $28.

Handmade Urbanism: From Community Initiatives to Participatory Models, edited by Marcos Rosa and Ute Weiland. Jovis, October 2013, 224 pages, $40.

Tactical Urbanism: Short-term Action for Long-term Change, by Mike Lydon and Anthony Garcia. Island Press, March 2015, 256 pages, $25.

Reviewed by Gordon Douglas

Modern Architecture in Latin America: Art, Technology, and Utopia

Modern Architecture in Latin America: Art, Technology, and Utopia

By Luis E. Carranza and Fernando Luiz Lara with a foreword by Jorge Francisco Liernur. University of Texas Press, January 2015, 424 pages, $81 (hardcover) $45 (paperback).

Reviewed by Susana Torre

Educating Architects: How Tomorrow’s Practitioners Will Learn Today

Educating Architects: How Tomorrow's Practitioners Will Learn Today

Edited by Neil Spiller and Nic Clear. Thames & Hudson, November 2014, 352 pages, $50 (hardcover).

Reviewed by Peggy Deamer

David Adjaye: Form, Heft, Material

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

David Adjaye: Form, Heft, Material

Edited by Okwui Enwezor and Zoë Ryan in consultation with Peter Allison; Yale University Press , April 2015, 296 pages, $55.

Reviewed by Zachary Edelson

Briefly Noted

Saving Place: 50 Years of New York City Landmarks, edited by Donald Albrecht and Andrew S. Dolkart. Photographic portfolios by Iwan Baan. The Monacelli Press, 2015, 208 pages, $50.

Hawaiian Modern: The Architecture of Vladimir Ossipoff, edited by Dean Sakamoto with Karla Britton and Diana Murphy. Honolulu Museum of Art in association with Yale University Press, 2015, 304 pages, $45.

The Japanese House Reinvented, by Philip Jodidio. The Monacelli Press, 2015, 304 pages, $60.

Reviewed by Laura Raskin

MAS: The Modern Architecture Symposia 1962–1966: A Critical Edition

MAS: The Modern Architecture Symposia 1962–1966: A Critical Edition

Edited by Rosemarie Haag Bletter and Joan Ockman, with Nancy Eklund Later. Yale University Press, February 2015, 348 pages, $80.

Reviewed by Suzanne Stephens

Saarinen Houses

Saarinen Houses

By Jari Jetsonen and Sirkkaliisa Jetsonen. Princeton Architectural Press, October 2014, 224 pages, $50 (hardcover).

Reviewed by Jayne Merkel

The Death of Drawing: Architecture in the Age of Simulation

B is for Bauhaus, Y is for YouTube: Designing the Modern World from A to Z

By Deyan Sudjic. Rizzoli ex libris, February 2015, 488 pages, $25.

Reviewed by Aleksandr Bierig

The Death of Drawing: Architecture in the Age of Simulation

The Death of Drawing: Architecture in the Age of Simulation

By David Ross Scheer. Routledge, August 2014, 258 pages, $40.

Reviewed by Sophia A. Gruzdys

New Orleans Under Reconstruction: The Crisis of Planning

New Orleans Under Reconstruction: The Crisis of Planning

Edited by Carol McMichael Reese, Michael Sorkin, and Anthony Fontenot. Verso, May 2014, 544 pages, $50.

Reviewed by Martin C. Pedersen

 Preservation is Overtaking Us

Preservation is Overtaking Us

By Rem Koolhaas with a supplement by Jorge Otero-Pailos, edited by Jordan Carver. GSAPP Transcripts, September 2014, 104 pages, $18.

Reviewed by Suzanne Stephens

 According to Plan

According to Plan

By Rob Kovitz. Treyf Books, November 2014, 664 pages, $30.

Reviewed by Philip Nobel

 Building for a Changing Culture and Climate: World Atlas of Sustainable Architecture

Building for a Changing Culture and Climate: World Atlas of Sustainable Architecture

By Ulrich Pfammatter. DOM Publishers, May 2014, 584 pages, $116.

Briefly Noted

 

Local Architecture: Building Place, Craft, and Community

Local Architecture: Building Place, Craft, and Community

By Brian MacKay-Lyons, edited by Robert McCarter. Princeton Architectural Press, January 2015, 224 pages, $50.

Reviewed by Clifford A. Pearson

2014 Book Roundup

2014 Books Roundup
Every year, hundreds of new architecture books find their way to Record’s offices. Editors look at all of them, albeit some longer than others. Here are some of the ones that grabbed their attention in 2014.

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