Greening Modernism

A conversation between an architect and his client, first in their youth and later in old age, sets up Carl Stein’s argument for Greening Modernism, a book just released by W. W. Norton.  While drinking wine and playing chess, the…

The Frankophile's Library

With all the hoopla surrounding last year’s 50th anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright’s death and the opening of his landmark Guggenheim Museum, readers may have overlooked a spate of new monographs about the American master. Among the most noteworthy are…

How Tomorrow Looked, Yesterday

Last week, General Motors' design manager, Susan Skarsgard, spoke at the Museum of the City of New York on her book Where Today Meets Tomorrow, a monumental tome devoted to Eero Saarinen's design of the GM Technical Center, in Warren,…

Winter Books Roundup

. Learning from Hangzhou By Mathieu Borysevicz Preface by Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown Timezone 8, 330 pp., $45 China is urbanizing at an astounding rate. Those of us who don’t live there might know this from statistics (like:…

Fall Books Roundup

This is part one of our fall roundup of new and notable books on architecture, culture, and design. Stay tuned for the second installment later this month. . Shigeru Ban: Paper in Architecture Edited and designed by Ian Luna and…

Paper World

Unfolded: Paper in Design, Art, Architecture and Industry outlines the many possible uses for a well-known material.

A Lotta Zaha

Two new monographs, both called Complete Works, present 30 years of Zaha Hadid's genre-defying architecture.

Pucci Shows Off

A new book documents fifteen years of furniture and art (and mannequins) from the New York gallery Ralph Pucci International.

Dirty Moderns

Looking at Oscar Niemeyer Buildings, our writer is struck by how quickly Modern structures start to look like ancient monuments.