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Eye-Popping, Show-Stopping Libraries: Trends and Insights from the AIA/ALA Library Building Awards

For all collections supporting architectural design and library administration.

Fifth Avenue: From Washington Square to Marcus Garvey Park

The precise, descriptive, and objective prose contrasts with the AIA Guide to New York City’s frequently arch comments. For all readers interested in New York’s built environment.

Spatial Orders, Social Forms: Art and the City in Modern Brazil

Architectural history scholars and advanced students of Latin America will benefit from this work, but the exhibition catalogues Condemned To Be Modern and Access for All: São Paulo’s Architectural Infrastructures will serve most readers better.

Walking Broadway: Thirteen Miles of Architecture and History

For all architectural history students and urban designers, who might read Hilary Ballon’s complementary The Greatest Grid: The Master Plan of Manhattan, 1911–2011 alongside the guidebook.

Houses That Can Save the World

Some selections come from conceptual artists and fall well outside of realistic design applications, and this effort would have greater impact if limited to pragmatic solutions. Still, the original concept makes this a sound choice for most design collections.

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.

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