The Reading List: Architecture
Monday 12 September 2011
'Twenty-first Century London' by Kenneth Powell (Merrell £19.95)
With the help of 650 stunning photographs, this book admires the finest architectural projects seen in London over the last decade. It not only includes landmarks such as Norman Foster's 'Gherkin', but also many smaller projects such as private homes and offices. An ideal read for anyone planning to take part in London's architectural showcase Open House this weekend.
'Nearest thing to Heaven: The Empire State Building and American Dreams' by Mark Kingwell (Yale University Press, £11.99)
In a scholarly tribute to the classic skyscraper, Kingwell charts the life of this iconic building from conception to construction and, by placing it deep in the American psyche, offers new ways we can understand its cultural significance.
'Norman Foster: A Life in Architecture' by Deyan Sudjic, (W&N, £20)
The authorised biography of one of Britain's most renowned architects and "written with his cooperation", this book takes us from a terraced house in Greater Manchester right into the House of Lords, via some of the most significant buildings on the planet.
'Hawksmoor' by Peter Ackroyd, Penguin £8.99
Acclaimed historical writer Peter Ackroyd spins a dark mystery around the life of the great architect Christopher Wren. Flipping from the 1800s to the 1980s, a murky secret is uncovered by a London detective investigating a series of gruesome murders on the sites of seven London churches.
'101 Things I Learned at Architecture School' by Matthew Frederick (MIT Press £9.99)
The winner of a host of prizes, this delicately laid-out book advises students how to approach a number of design principles. Including advice on everything from "how to draw a line" to "how to sketch a one-point perspective of a rectangular interior space" this is a must-have for anyone starting out in the field.
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