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The list author says: "These are forty of my favorite books that I've reviewed on a weekly dose of architecture:
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The Agile City: Building Well-being and Wealth in an Era of Climate Change
1.  The Agile City: Building Well-being and Wealth in an Era of Climate Change by James S. Russell
The list author says:
  "Bloomberg architecture critic James S. Russell addresses climate change by taking into account architecture, engineering, and urban design, but he is also thoroughly educated on economics, and this sets his book apart from others on the subject."
$29.68   Used & New from: $3.71
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

Architectural Regionalism: Collected Writings on Place, Identity, Modernity, and Tradition
2.  Architectural Regionalism: Collected Writings on Place, Identity, Modernity, and Tradition by Vincent Canizaro
The list author says:
  "A superb collection of seminal, important, and/or otherwise unpublished writings on the subject of architectural regionalism in its various aspects: critical regionalism, history, style, planning, ecology, Modernism, and more."
$29.14   Used & New from: $21.44
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

Blubberland: The Dangers of Happiness
3.  Blubberland: The Dangers of Happiness by E. M. Farrelly
The list author says:
  "A thought-provoking and very entertaining romp through the varied aspects of the contemporary suburban condition, with the usual SUVs, McMansions, and other destructive pieces skewered with Farrelly's skilled and witty prose."
$17.96   Used & New from: $0.01
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Citizens of No Place: An Architectural Graphic Novel
4.  Citizens of No Place: An Architectural Graphic Novel by Jimenez Lai
The list author says:
  "A great argument for more fiction/graphic novel treatments of architecture."
$14.96   Used & New from: $10.83
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The City as Campus: Urbanism and Higher Education in Chicago
5.  The City as Campus: Urbanism and Higher Education in Chicago by Sharon Haar
The list author says:
  "An in-depth history of the realization of the University of Illinois at Chicago Circle campus. Very well told."
$24.75   Used & New from: $16.01
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Clip, Stamp, Fold: The Radical Architecture of Little Magazines 196X to 197X
6.  Clip, Stamp, Fold: The Radical Architecture of Little Magazines 196X to 197X by Beatriz Colomina
The list author says:
  "A large, well-produced document of the exhibition of the same name at the Storefront for Art and Architecture in 2007, with descriptions, interview transcripts, and even facsimiles of some of the "little magazines.""
$39.14   Used & New from: $34.79

Combinatory Urbanism : A Realignment of Complex Behavior and Collective Form
7.  Combinatory Urbanism : A Realignment of Complex Behavior and Collective Form by Thom Mayne
The list author says:
  "Great documentation of Thom Mayne's urban design projects at Morphosis. A helpful bibliography is also a great addition."
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Condemned Building: An Architect's Pre-Text--Plans, Sections, Elevations, Details, Models, Ideograms, Scriptexts, and Letters for Ten - Allegorical Works of Architecture
8.  Condemned Building: An Architect's Pre-Text--Plans, Sections, Elevations, Details, Models, Ideograms, Scriptexts, and Letters for Ten - Allegorical Works of Architecture by Douglas Darden
The list author says:
  "This book presents Darden's search for architectural meaning through his unique design process, his love of literature and poetry, and the skilled hands of a master delineator."
$32.51   Used & New from: $24.87
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

Designs on the Public: The Private Lives of New York's Public Spaces
9.  Designs on the Public: The Private Lives of New York's Public Spaces by Kristine F. Miller
The list author says:
  "A fascinating and timely book that focuses on public space in the American city where its existence is not only exploited to the fullest, but also defended to the utmost."
$71.25   Used & New from: $71.22
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

Desert America: Territory of Paradox
10.  Desert America: Territory of Paradox by Joseph Masco
The list author says:
  "Looking at the intersection of nature and technology in America's driest, hottest, and most expansive states, this book explores the variety of strange ways people use this place of paradoxes."
$17.96   Used & New from: $7.31
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

Earth Architecture
11.  Earth Architecture by Ronald Rael
The list author says:
  "This collection is an important addition to any architect's library for its important subject matter (building with the dirt we walk upon and grow crops in) and the quality of projects that come from it."
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The Embodied Image: Imagination and Imagery in Architecture
12.  The Embodied Image: Imagination and Imagery in Architecture by Juhani Pallasmaa
The list author says:
  "The last of Pallasmaa's trilogy on architecture and the senses. Familiar ground yet still a great read."
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5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

The Evolution of 20th Century Architecture: A Synoptic Account
13.  The Evolution of 20th Century Architecture: A Synoptic Account by Kenneth Frampton
The list author says:
  "A genealogy tracing the evolution of 20th century architecture in four strands. Different than a typical history, Frampton presents a critical take on where we've been and where we're going."
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FORMULA NEW LJUBLJANA
14.  FORMULA NEW LJUBLJANA by Sadar & Vuga Arhitekti
The list author says:
  "An outstanding monograph on Slovenia's Sadar Vuga Arhitekti that can be read in numerous ways via a cross-referencing of formulas to architectural projects. Photos and drawings are accompanied by diagrams and text, the last with a personal honesty missing from other monographs that tend towards the dry and objective."
$22.46   Used & New from: $1.93
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

The Green Studio Handbook
15.  The Green Studio Handbook by Alison G. Kwok
The list author says:
  "This handbook is an extremely valuable tool for students and professionals for making decisions early in a project, ones that will help dictate the form of a building, help determine what systems will need to be in place and which consultants will need to be brought on board, and help set a budget or see what can fit within a predetermined budget."
$67.05   Used & New from: $63.35
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

The Hanging Cemetery of Baghdad (RIEAeuropa Concepts Series)
16.  The Hanging Cemetery of Baghdad (RIEAeuropa Concepts Series) by Nannette Jackowski
The list author says:
  "A monograph on a speculative project for a hanging funereal structure hanging over Baghdad. A powerful, if hard to decipher design that makes one think about the actions contributing to the project's occupation."
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Imperfect Health: The Medicalization of Architecture (French Edition)
17.  Imperfect Health: The Medicalization of Architecture (French Edition) by Sarah Schrank
The list author says:
  "An exhibition catalog that balances visual and text essays, the former varied and thought-provoking, the latter academic yet accessible."
$45.21   Used & New from: $18.56
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

The Infrastructural City: Networked Ecologies in Los Angeles
18.  The Infrastructural City: Networked Ecologies in Los Angeles by Kazys Varnelis
The list author says:
  "A fascinating excavation of the unique workings of the largest city on the West Coast, but one that illuminates conditions found elsewhere, regardless of the title's specificity."
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Inside Outside
19.  Inside Outside by Petra Blaisse
The list author says:
  "Beautiful curtains, as well as landscapes and other projects by Dutch designer Petra Blaisse, are presented in this thorough yet highly accessible monograph, beautiful in its own right."
$54.49   Used & New from: $38.81

L.A. under the Influence: The Hidden Logic of Urban Property
20.  L.A. under the Influence: The Hidden Logic of Urban Property by Roger Sherman
The list author says:
  "Sherman argues for negotiation over the prioritization of architectural form. He uses a number of case studies in Los Angeles, places where negotiations are evident and lead to surprising juxtapositions, such as a regulation Wiffle ball court in the backyards of an Encino residential area."
$23.78   Used & New from: $20.85

Materials for Design
21.  Materials for Design by Patrick Rand
The list author says:
  "An excellent resource for the architect as well as the student focused on materials and material selection, allowing both to reconsider what buildings are made of."
$29.12   Used & New from: $16.01
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

Matter in the Floating World: Conversations with Leading Japanese Architects and Designers
22.  Matter in the Floating World: Conversations with Leading Japanese Architects and Designers by Blaine Brownell
The list author says:
  "Brownell's interviews with Japanese architects and designers are full of personal and professional insight. Highlights include Shigeru Ban, Terunobu Fujimori, Jun Aoki, and Toyo Ito."
$29.17   Used & New from: $22.10
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

Naked City: The Death and Life of Authentic Urban Places
23.  Naked City: The Death and Life of Authentic Urban Places by Sharon Zukin
The list author says:
  "Sharon Zukin asks "are cities losing their soul?" and explores this broad question by focusing on the concept of authenticity. Six stories on New York City neighborhoods look at hipsters, food culture, and other aspects of gentrification."
$28.97   Used & New from: $12.98
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

The Nature of Order: An Essay on the Art of Building and the Nature of the Universe, Book 1 - The Phenomenon of Life (Center for Environmental Structure, Vol. 9)
24.  The Nature of Order: An Essay on the Art of Building and the Nature of the Universe, Book 1 - The Phenomenon of Life (Center for Environmental Structure, Vol. 9) by Christopher Alexander
The list author says:
  "The first of a four part magnum opus by Alexander, his "Theory of Everything", a combination of science and architecture which proposes that wholeness and life are all pervasive in varying degrees."
$76.00   Used & New from: $59.90
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

Project Japan: Metabolism Talks...
25.  Project Japan: Metabolism Talks... by Rem Koolhaas
The list author says:
  "An oral history of Metabolism by Koolhaas and Obrist that is a feat of design as much as it is history and narrative."
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The Public Chance: New Urban Landscapes (English and Spanish Edition)
26.  The Public Chance: New Urban Landscapes (English and Spanish Edition) by Aurora Fernández Per
The list author says:
  "It's an image-rich collection that goes beyond design to enable the reader to think about the urban conditions of the 21st century."
$86.99   Used & New from: $76.04
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Rafael Moneo: Remarks on 21 Works
27.  Rafael Moneo: Remarks on 21 Works by José Rafael Moneo
The list author says:
  "Candid and thoughtful comments from Rafael Moneo on his buildings spanning four decades, with beautiful color photographs by Michael Moran."
$50.03   Used & New from: $39.09
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Sensory Design
28.  Sensory Design by Joy Monice Malnar
The list author says:
  "A mix of theory and its practical application, this book attempts to influence architects and designers towards a consideration of all the senses, away from the predominantly visual and formal designs of today."
$29.06   Used & New from: $23.00
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Shift: SANAA and the New Museum
29.  Shift: SANAA and the New Museum by Joseph Grima
The list author says:
  "An interesting read on the making of the New Museum's new home on the Bowery. Geared to architects with its details on the building's construction."
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Strange Details (Writing Architecture)
30.  Strange Details (Writing Architecture) by Mike Cadwell
The list author says:
  "Essays on four buildings that not only give insight into each building and architect but also present to the reader a unique approach to thinking about architecture and nature."
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3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

Suburbanization of New York
31.  Suburbanization of New York by Jerilou Hammett
The list author says:
  "While focusing specifically on NYC, this book is a microcosm of the rest of America, which finds itself struggling to contain and control this beast it's unleashed in the name of individual freedom and progress but at the expense of community"
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

Sverre Fehn: The Pattern of Thoughts
32.  Sverre Fehn: The Pattern of Thoughts by Per Olaf Fjeld
The list author says:
  "Fehn was a master in the way his buildings meet the earth and touch the sky. The power of this book is how the author's and architect's words illuminate this skill without abolishing the mystery or mystique of Fehn's buildings and personality."
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Thinking About Architecture: An Introduction to Architectural Theory
33.  Thinking About Architecture: An Introduction to Architectural Theory by Colin Davies
The list author says:
  "A commendable introduction to architectural theory that, like Pallasmaa, elevates the importance of the embodied individual in architectural thought"
$21.65   Used & New from: $16.33

Thinking Architecture, 2nd Edition
34.  Thinking Architecture, 2nd Edition by Peter Zumthor
The list author says:
  "This book reminds one of the power of architecture, reinstilling the drive to create architecture that resonates with people for years and generations to come."
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The Thinking Hand
35.  The Thinking Hand by Juhani Pallasmaa
The list author says:
  "This latest book by Pallasmaa compiles ideas from lectures given over the last ten or fifteen years, culminating in a succint effort to remedy the ramifications that arise from divorcing our thoughts from our hands, evident in a lot of contemporary society, from the technologies we use to the buildings we inhabit."
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2G N.61 Pezo von Ellrichshausen (English and Spanish Edition)
36.  2G N.61 Pezo von Ellrichshausen (English and Spanish Edition) by Ed. Gustavo Gili
The list author says:
  "Great documentation of primarily houses by the Chilean architects Mauricio Pezo and Sofa von Ellrichshausen."
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Urban Design Since 1945: A Global Perspective
37.  Urban Design Since 1945: A Global Perspective by David Grahame Shane
The list author says:
  "Shane follows up "Recombinant Urbanism" with a history of international urban design since World War II. Recognizing four models of the city, he shows how the contemporary city is a mix of each while also giving recommendations on moving forward."
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Urbanism in the Age of Climate Change
38.  Urbanism in the Age of Climate Change by Peter Calthorpe
The list author says:
  "A concise argument for urbanism as an important remedy for climate change, alongside renewable energy, green building, and alternative fuels."
$47.13   Used & New from: $26.00
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The Works: Anatomy of a City
39.  The Works: Anatomy of a City by Kate Ascher
The list author says:
  "An abundantly illustrated book that clearly explains how the different types of infrastructure (moving people and freight, power, communications, sanitation) enable the city to function."
$14.20   Used & New from: $8.93
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Writing About Architecture: Mastering the Language of Buildings and Cities (Architecture Briefs)
40.  Writing About Architecture: Mastering the Language of Buildings and Cities (Architecture Briefs) by Alexandra Lange
The list author says:
  "A great addition to Princeton Architectural Press's "Architecture Briefs" series. Lange presents six essays and dissects them, so the reader can develop means of critical writing."
$19.13   Used & New from: $13.81
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