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The Intimate City: Walking New York

With interviews often meandering into the overly personal and with incidental-seeming uncaptioned photographs (their compelling views and dramatic cropping notwithstanding), this book would be more rewarding as a series of video tours.

Master of the Midcentury: The Architecture of William F. Cody

There are too few floor plans, which reduces the value of this volume; suitable for comprehensive architecture collections.

Breuer’s Bohemia: The Architect, His Circle, and Midcentury Houses in New England

While in its focus on two Breuer clients, this book pairs well with Leonard Eaton’s Two Chicago Architects and Their Clients, Crump’s film tells a more compelling story of self-indulgent libertines who nonetheless became patrons of important work. Joachim Driller’s Breuer Houses (more comprehensively illustrated with floor plans) offers a deeper architectural understanding, but used in tandem with Syracuse University’s Digital Archive, Crump’s book is a worthy addition to larger architecture collections.

Gothic: An Illustrated History

A work of exceptional originality and fresh insight, with sparkling prose.

Kengo Kuma: My Life as an Architect in Tokyo

With observations on urbanism that are more inspiring than those in the late, peripatetic architect Michael Sorkin’s Twenty Minutes in Manhattan, this text benefits from monochromatic photographs and delicate, understated, textural pencil sketches, which will inspire design students to express their ideas more abstractly. For all architecture libraries.

Tom Kundig: Working Title

For large, comprehensive architecture collections.

This Is What Democracy Looked Like: A Visual History of the Printed Ballot

For all American history and graphic design collections.

Sean Godsell: Houses

With no other title on the architect in print, this volume will inspire students appreciative of Godsell’s eclectic, cross-fertilized minimalism and is therefore essential for all collections that support design curricula.

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