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Book Reviews: 2012 | 2011
Book Reviews
The Houses of Louis Kahn

The Houses of Louis Kahn

By George H. Marcus and William Whitaker. Yale University Press, 2013, 269 pages, $65.

Reviewed by Susan G. Solomon

Richard Rogers Inside Out

Richard Rogers: Inside Out

With essays by Jeremy Melvin, Nicolai Ouroussoff, Anne Power, and Ricky Burdett and an interview by Michael Craig-Martin. London: Royal Academy of Fine Arts and Abrams, 2013, 112 pages, $20.

Reviewed by Jayne Merkel

Kabbalah in Art and Architecture

Kabbalah in Art and Architecture

By Alexander Gorlin. Pointed Leaf Press, 2013, 192 pages, $60.

Reviewed by Samuel D. Gruber

Old Buildings, New Forms: New Directions in Architectural Transformations

Old Buildings, New Forms: New Directions in Architectural Transformations

By Françoise Astorg Bollack. Monacelli, 2013, 224 pages, $50.

Reviewed by Hicks Stone

Sustainable Urban Metabolism

Sustainable Urban Metabolism

By John Fernández and Paulo Ferrão. MIT Press, 2013, 264 pages, $35.

Reviewed by David Sokol

Old Buildings, New Forms: New Directions in Architectural Transformations

Smart Cities: Big Data, Civic Hackers, and the Quest for a New Utopia

By Anthony M. Townsend. W.W. Norton, October 2013, 400 pages, $29.

Reviewed by Nancy Scola

Paradise Planned: The Garden Suburb and the Modern City

Paradise Planned: The Garden Suburb and the Modern City

By Robert A.M. Stern, David Fishman, and Jacob Tilove. Monacelli Press, 2013, 1,072 pages, $95.

Reviewed by Justin Davidson

How Architecture Works: A Humanist's Toolkit

How Architecture Works: A Humanist's Toolkit

By Witold Rybczynski, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, October 2013, 368 pages, $27.

Reviewed by Aleksandr Bierig

Why We Build: Power and Desire in Architecture

Why We Build: Power and Desire in Architecture

By Rowan Moore. Harper Design, August 2013, 400 pages, $30.

Reviewed by Aleksandr Bierig

Hand-Drying in America: And Other Stories

Hand-Drying in America: And Other Stories

By Ben Katchor, Pantheon, 2013, 160 pages, $30.

Reviewed by Erin McHugh

The Gateway Arch: A Biography

The Gateway Arch: A Biography

By Tracy Campbell. Yale University Press, 2013, 232 pages, $26.

Reviewed by Jayne Merkel

Ed Bacon: Planning, Politics and the Building of Modern Philadelphia

Ed Bacon: Planning, Politics and the Building of Modern Philadelphia

By Gregory L. Heller. Foreword by Alexander Garvin. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013, 290 pages, $36.

Reviewed by Craig Whitaker

>Makers of Modern Architecture (Volume II): From Le Corbusier to Rem Koolhaas

Makers of Modern Architecture (Volume II): From Le Corbusier to Rem Koolhaas

By Martin Filler. New York Review Books, 2013, 336 pages, $30.

Reviewed by George Baird

White Cube, Green Maze: New Art Landscapes

White Cube, Green Maze: New Art Landscapes

By Raymund Ryan with contributions by Brian O’Doherty and Marc Treib, and photographs by Iwan Baan. University of California Press, 2012, 120 pages, $40.

Reviewed by Anna Fixsen

A Country of Cities: A Manifesto for an Urban America

A Country of Cities: A Manifesto for an Urban America

By Vishaan Chakrabarti. Metropolis Books, 2013, 252 pages, $30.

Reviewed by Clifford A. Pearson

Eero Saarinen: Furniture for Everyman

Eero Saarinen: Furniture for Everyman

By Brian Lutz. Pointed Leaf Press, November 2012, 224 pages, $85.

Reviewed by Alexandra Lange

Ai Weiwei: Art and Architecture

Ai Weiwei: Art and Architecture

By Andres Lepik with essays by Yilmaz Dziewor and Reto Geiser. Kunsthaus Bregenz, October 2011, 150 pages, $65.

Reviewed by Andrew Yang

The Greening of Architecture in Southeast Asia
EcoArchitecture: The Work of Ken Yeang, by Sara Hart. John Wiley & Sons, 2011, 272 pages, $75.

WOHA: Selected Projects, Volume 1, by Patrick Bingham-Hall. Pesaro Publishing, 2011, 280 pages, $65.

Reviewed by Eric C.Y. Fang

Albert Speer: Architecture 1932–1942

Albert Speer: Architecture 1932–1942

By Leon Krier. Monacelli Press, 2013, 272 pages, $75.

Reviewed by James S. Russell

Drawing

Leon Krier Responds to James S. Russell's Review of Albert Speer: Architecture 1932-1942

Monacelli Press, 2013, 272 pages, $75.

Image courtesy Leon Krier

Building Seagram

Building Seagram

By Phyllis Lambert. Yale University Press, 2013, 320 pages, $65.

Reviewed by Anthony Paletta

Factory Towns of South China: An Illustrated Guidebook

Factory Towns of South China: An Illustrated Guidebook

Edited by Stefan Al. Hong Kong University Press, 2012, 216 pages, $25.

Reviewed by Clare Jacobson

If Cars Could Talk: Essays on Urbanism

If Cars Could Talk: Essays on Urbanism

By William H. Fain. Glendale, California: Balcony Press, 2012, 160 pages, $35.

Reviewed by Ernest Hutton

Long Island Modernism: 1930–1980

Long Island Modernism: 1930–1980

By Caroline Rob Zaleski. W.W. Norton, 2012, 336 pages, $80.

Reviewed by Alexander Gorlin

Fire Island Modernist: Horace Gifford and the Architecture of Seduction

Fire Island Modernist: Horace Gifford and the Architecture of Seduction

By Christopher Bascom Rawlins. Foreword by Alastair Gordon. Metropolis Books/Gordon de Vries Studio, 2013, 202 pages, $60.

Reviewed by Clifford A. Pearson

Aalto and America

Aalto and America

Edited by Stanford Anderson, Gail Fenske, and David Fixler. Yale University Press, 2012, 323 pages, $75.

Reviewed by William Morgan

The Meaning of Home

The Meaning of Home

By Edwin Heathcote. London: Frances Lincoln, 2012, 160 pages, $20.

Reviewed By Sarah Amelar

High Life: Condo Living in the Suburban Century

High Life: Condo Living in the Suburban Century

By Matthew Gordon Lasner. Yale University Press, 2012, 336 pages, $40.

Reviewed by Jayne Merkel

SynergiCity: Reinventing the Postindustrial City

SynergiCity: Reinventing the Postindustrial City

Edited by Paul Hardin Kapp and Paul J. Armstrong. University of Illinois Press, 2012, 224 pages, $60.

Reviewed by Clifford Pearson

Urgent Architecture: 40 Sustainable Housing Solutions for a Changing World

Urgent Architecture: 40 Sustainable Housing Solutions for a Changing World

By Bridgette Meinhold. W.W. Norton, 2013, 256 pages, $50.

Reviewed by Clifford Pearson

The Shape of Green
By Lance Hosey. Island Press, 2012, 216 pages, $30.

Reviewed by David Sokol



Ready for Their Close-Ups
Balthazar Korab, Architect of Photography, by Tracy Metz and Maartje van den Heuvel. Rotterdam: NAi publishers, 2012, distributed in the U.S. by D.A.P), 296 pages, $45.

Ezra Stoller, Photographer, by Nina Rappaport and Erica Stoller, Introduction by Andy Grundberg; contributions by Akiko Busch and John Morris Dixon. Yale University Press, 2012, 288 pages, $65.

Reviewed by William Morgan

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