"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."
"A superb collection of seminal, important, and/or otherwise unpublished writings on the subject of architectural regionalism in its various aspects: critical regionalism, history, style, planning, ecology, Modernism, and more."
"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."
"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.""
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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"
"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."
"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."
"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."