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  • Bartleby and Me

    Reflections of an Old Scrivener

    by Gay Talese ...
    “Literary Legend” (New York) Gay Talese retraces his pioneering career, marked by his fascination with the world's hidden characters.In the concluding act of this "incomparable" (Air Mail) capstone book, Talese introduces readers to one final unforgettable story: the strange and riveting all new tale of Dr. Nicholas Bartha, who blew up his Manhattan brownstone—and himself—rather than relinquish ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • Walkable City

    How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time

    by Jeff Speck ...
    Jeff Speck has dedicated his career to determining what makes cities thrive. And he has boiled it down to one key factor: walkability.The very idea of a modern metropolis evokes visions of bustling sidewalks, vital mass transit, and a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly urban core. But in the typical American city, the car is still king, and downtown is a place that's easy to drive to but often not worth ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • My Hygge Home

    How to Make Home Your Happy Place

    by Meik Wiking ...
    An inspiring new book from the bestselling author of The Little Book of Hygge about how to use space, light, and Danish design to transform your home to fit your needsNow more than ever before, our homes need to be a place of comfort, a place to feel safe when we shut the door. Our homes are where we can truly be ourselves, unwind, and create special memories with our family and friends. Inspired ... Read more

    $13.99 USD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • Confessions of a Recovering Engineer

    Transportation for a Strong Town

    Discover insider secrets of how America’s transportation system is designed, funded, and built – and how to make it work for your communityIn Confessions of a Recovering Engineer: Transportation for a Strong Town, renowned speaker and author of Strong Towns Charles L. Marohn Jr. delivers an accessible and engaging exploration of America’s transportation system, laying bare the reasons why it no ... Read more

    $16.00 USD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • Ecological Design, Tenth Anniversary Edition

    Ecological Design is a landmark volume that helped usher in an exciting new era in green design and sustainability planning. Since its initial publication in 1996, the book has been critically important in sparking dialogue and triggering collaboration across spatial scales and design professions in pursuit of buildings, products, and landscapes with radically decreased environmental impacts. This ... Read more

    $28.99 USD

  • Urban Raptors

    Ecology and Conservation of Birds of Prey in Cities

    Raptors are an unusual success story of wildness thriving in the heart of our cities—they have developed substantial populations around the world in recent decades. But there are deeper issues around how these birds make their urban homes. New research provides insight into the role of raptors as vital members of the urban ecosystem and future opportunities for protection, management, and ... Read more

    $33.99 USD

  • Obsolescence

    An Architectural History

    In our architectural pursuits, we often seem to be in search of something newer, grander, or more efficient—and this phenomenon is not novel. In the spring of 1910 hundreds of workers labored day and night to demolish the Gillender Building in New York, once the loftiest office tower in the world, in order to make way for a taller skyscraper. The New York Times puzzled over those who would ... Read more

    $21.99 USD

  • Retrofitting Suburbia, Updated Edition

    Urban Design Solutions for Redesigning Suburbs

    Updated with a new Introduction by the authors and a foreword by Richard Florida, this book is a comprehensive guide book for urban designers, planners, architects, developers, environmentalists, and community leaders that illustrates how existing suburban developments can be redesigned into more urban and more sustainable places. While there has been considerable attention by practitioners and ... Read more

    $44.00 USD

  • The Story of the Country House

    A History of Places and People

    by Clive Aslet ...
    The fascinating story of the evolution of the country house in Britain, from its Roman precursors to the presentThe Story of the Country House is an authoritative and vivid account of the British country house, exploring how they have evolved with the changing political and economic landscape. Clive Aslet reveals the captivating stories behind individual houses, their architects, and occupants, ... Read more

    $17.99 USD

  • Wright Sites

    A Guide to Frank Lloyd Wright Public Places

    A comprehensive guide to Frank Lloyd Wright-designed buildings open to the public—with travel itineraries and information on seventy-four sites.Frank Lloyd Wright’s groundbreaking designs, innovative construction techniques, and inviting interiors continue to astound and inspire generations of architects and design aficionados. Covering all the publicly accessible sites across the United States ... Read more

    $14.99 USD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • A City for Children

    Women, Architecture, and the Charitable Landscapes of Oakland, 1850-1950

    by Marta Gutman ...
    series Historical Studies of Urban America
    American cities are constantly being built and rebuilt, resulting in ever-changing skylines and neighborhoods. While the dynamic urban landscapes of New York, Boston, and Chicago have been widely studied, there is much to be gleaned from west coast cities, especially in California, where the migration boom at the end of the nineteenth century permanently changed the urban fabric of these newly ... Read more

    $34.99 USD

  • The American Vitruvius

    This atlas of architectural design advocates rational as well as humanistic principles in the development of the urban environment. Drawing upon the ideals that inspired the great Roman architect, it promotes the Vitruvian maxims of longevity, beauty, and commodity. It also defines the thinking behind modern American city planning.First published in 1922, The American Vitruvius arose from a ... Read more

    $29.95 USD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • Right of Way

    Race, Class, and the Silent Epidemic of Pedestrian Deaths in America

    by Angie Schmitt ...
    The face of the pedestrian safety crisis looks a lot like Ignacio Duarte-Rodriguez. The 77-year old grandfather was struck in a hit-and-run crash while trying to cross a high-speed, six-lane road without crosswalks near his son’s home in Phoenix, Arizona. He was one of the more than 6,000 people killed while walking in America in 2018. In the last ten years, there has been a 50 percent increase in ... Read more

    $20.99 USD

  • A Burglar's Guide to the City

    by Geoff Manaugh ...
    Encompassing nearly 2,000 years of heists and tunnel jobs, break-ins and escapes, A Burglar's Guide to the City offers an unexpected blueprint to the criminal possibilities in the world all around us. You'll never see the city the same way again.At the core of A Burglar's Guide to the City is an unexpected and thrilling insight: how any building transforms when seen through the eyes of someone ... Read more

    $11.99 USD

  • The Bright Ages

    A New History of Medieval Europe

    "The beauty and levity that Perry and Gabriele have captured in this book are what I think will help it to become a standard text for general audiences for years to come….The Bright Ages is a rare thing—a nuanced historical work that almost anyone can enjoy reading.”—Slate"Incandescent and ultimately intoxicating." —The Boston GlobeA lively and magisterial popular history that refutes common ... Read more

    $15.99 USD $13.99 USD

  • Making Dystopia

    The Strange Rise and Survival of Architectural Barbarism

    In Making Dystopia, distinguished architectural historian James Stevens Curl tells the story of the advent of architectural Modernism in the aftermath of the First World War, its protagonists, and its astonishing, almost global acceptance after 1945. He argues forcefully that the triumph of architectural Modernism in the second half of the twentieth century led to massive destruction, the creation ... Read more

    $37.99 USD

  • American Eden

    From Monticello to Central Park to Our Backyards: What Our Gardens Tell Us About Who We Are

    by Wade Graham ...
    “American Eden moves luminously through landscapes of history, literature, biography, and design theory. . . . fusing sharp-edged analysis and graceful American prose.” —Kevin Starr, author of Golden Gate: The Life and Times of America's Greatest Bridge“Informative and absolutely engrossing.” —Ross King, author of Brunelleschi's DomeGarden designer and historian Wade Graham offers a unique vision ... Read more

    $8.99 USD

  • Structural Engineering for Architects

    A Handbook

    This book provides an understanding of the fundamental theories and practice behind the creation of architectural structures. It aids the development of an intuitive understanding of structural engineering, bringing together technical and design issues.The book is divided into four sections: 'Structures in nature' looks at structural principles found in natural objects. 'Theory' covers general ... Read more

    $3.99 USD $2.99 USD

  • Branding New York

    How a City in Crisis Was Sold to the World

    series Cultural Spaces
    Winner of the 2009 Robert Park Book Award for best Community and Urban Sociology book!Branding New York traces the rise of New York City as a brand and the resultant transformation of urban politics and public life. Greenberg addresses the role of "image" in urban history, showing who produces brands and how, and demonstrates the enormous consequences of branding. She shows that the branding of ... Read more

    $56.99 USD

  • The Real Life of the Parthenon

    series 21st Century Essays
    Ownership battles over the marbles removed from the Parthenon by Lord Elgin have been rumbling into invective, pleading, and counterclaims for two centuries. The emotional temperature around them is high, and steering across the vast past to safe anchor in a brilliant heritage is tricky. The stories around antiquities become distorted by the pull of ownership, and it is these stories that urge ... Read more

    $15.99 USD

  • John H. Kampmann, Master Builder

    San Antonio's German Influence in the 19th Century

    Although relatively unknown in modern day San Antonio, John H. Kampmann was an imposing force during his lifetime (1819-1885). Maggie Valentine explores the lasting legacy Kampmann had as a craftsman, builder, contractor, stonemason, construction supervisor, building designer, materials supplier, and business and civic leader for thirty-five years in San Antonio. He changed the face of the city ... Read more

    $4.99 USD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • Notre-Dame

    A Short History of the Meaning of Cathedrals

    by Ken Follett ...
    **“The wonderful cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris, one of the greatest achievements of European civilization, was on fire. The sight dazed and disturbed us profoundly. I was on the edge of tears. Something priceless was dying in front of our eyes. The feeling was bewildering, as if the earth was shaking.” —Ken Follett“[A] treasure of a book.” —The New Yorker**In this short, spellbinding book, ... Read more

    $7.99 USD $6.99 USD

  • Building the Italian Renaissance

    Brunelleschi's Dome and the Florence Cathedral

    series Reacting to the Past™
    Building the Italian Renaissance focuses on the competition to select a team to execute the final architectural challenge of the cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore--the erection of its dome. Although the model for the dome was widely known, the question of how this was to be accomplished was the great challenge of the age. This dome would be the largest ever built. This is foremost a technical ... Read more

    $18.99 USD

  • Urban Theory

    New critical perspectives

    Edited by Mark Jayne, Kevin Ward ...
    Urban Theory: New Critical Perspectives provides an introduction to innovative critical contributions to the field of urban studies. Chapters offer easily accessible and digestible reviews, and as a reference text Urban Theory is a comprehensive and integrated primer which covers topics necessary for a full understanding of recent theoretical engagements with cities.The introduction outlines the ... Read more

    $68.99 USD