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When Paul Rudolph's Art & Architecture Building at Yale opened in 1963, architectural historian Vincent Scully wrote that the design “puts demands upon the individual user which not every psyche will be able to meet.”
Stuart Vokes reviews Nigel Bertram’s book, which explores the importance of observation as a design tool.
"How Paris Became Paris: The Invention of the Modern City," by Joan DeJean, is full of creative insights on the symptoms of urban modernity
From Nero’s decadent Golden House in Rome to Charles Fourier’s orgiastic French “courts of love”; public toilet glory holes to Eileen Gray’s sexy Mediterranean hideway.
City of Darkness Revisited is a photo book and cultural history of Kowloon Walled City, a largely ungoverned, densely populated enclave within Hong Kong.
In their new book, RAAAF encourages us to look at vacancy not as a problem but as potential for spatial, economic and institutional innovation.
From the Tower of Babel to Henry Ford's factory in Detroit, Christopher Turner explores how architecture can shape people's lives
Justin McGuirk's fascinating study shows that Latin American cities have much to teach the world's architects
Buildings must die

Buildings must die

This insightful new publication explores whether architects should take their building's inevitable fate into account.
Thinking about planning has changed: this is an intriguing study of 'urban acupuncture' and the informal city
Tom Wilkinson's study of 10 remarkable buildings and what they say about society is challenging, witty and authoritative
A journey through Latin American architecture offers lessons for an urbanising world
To some, Mies van der Rohe was a god among architects, to others a Teutonic control freak. This imposing life gives the whole picture
Two New Books Posit a Uniquely Jewish Theory of Building..
Written by one of the country’s foremost urban historians, The Great Rent Wars tells the fascinating but little-known story of the battles between landlords and tenants in the nation’s largest city from 1917 through 1929.

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