Bookshelf

Integrated Design

For more than fifty years, Seattle-based Mithun has defined sustainable design. A new book explores the culture of an architecture practice where the earth is first.

Proust Was an Architect

A lot of architects fancy themselves to be writers too, but according to Christian de Portzamparc and Philippe Sollers, architecture itself shares something fundamental with writing. At least, I think that's the point—or one of the points—of Writing and Seeing…

Good Book, Not-So-Good Covers

Didn't get to mention this in my review of Tom Vanderbilt's new book on traffic—is it just me, or are both the U.S. (left) and the U.K. book covers rather uninspired? Don't get me wrong: I love the poodle-in-sunglasses direction;…

Siteless, but Not Aimless

Imagine Learning from Las Vegas as illustrated by Chris Ware, and you'll get a sense of François Blanciak’s marvelously inventive new book, Siteless: 1001 Building Forms (The MIT Press, 2008). Blanciak, a French architect who has worked alongside Peter Eisenman,…

Sketches from Spain

For more than a year, the Spanish designer Jaime Hayon has been labeled a rising superstar in the international design scene. Perhaps now it’s finally time to drop the “rising” part. At next week’s Salone Internazionale del Mobile, in Milan,…

Walking Dictionaries

You might be surprised to learn that, until recently, there was no real dictionary of design—nothing, in print form anyway, devoted solely to the specialized terminology of design disciplines. Last night, however, saw the celebration of just such a book—titled,…

An Architect Abroad

For seven months in 1911, the 24-year-old Charles-Èdouard Jeanneret—later Le Corbusier—traveled through southern, central, and Eastern Europe, filling notebooks with his impressions and drawings. He considered it the most significant journey of his life. The vernacular architecture Jeanneret encountered along…