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Books about Architecture

American Architecture and Urbanism

Vincent J. Scully (author)

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Written by the foremost architectural historian in America, American Architecture and Urbanism is an illustrated history of American architecture and city planning based on Vincent Scully's conviction that the two are inextricably linked and must therefore be treated together. He defines architecture as a "continuing dialogue between generations which creates an environment across time." This definitive survey extends...

The Architectural Legacy of Alfred Giles: Selected Restorations

Mary Carolyn Hollers George (author), W. Eugene George (photographs)

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The Architectural Legacy of Alfred Giles focuses on architect Alfred Giles’s work in Texas and northern Mexico. Giles, who practiced from the 1870s to the 1920s after emigrating from England, designed buildings reflecting a great variety of styles derived from architectural forms of the past, combining them in original ways. Giles produced designs for unpretentious domestic residences and showy mansions, county...

Balcones Heights: A Crossroads of San Antonio

Lewis F. Fisher (author)

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Residents of suburban Balcones Heights (an enclave of San Antonio, Texas) were incorporated in 1948 to gain zoning protection, only to find themselves relying heavily on revenue from traffic fines to run the city. A few decades later, two interstate highways intersected at Balcones Heights, drawing a regional shopping mall yielding sales tax revenues that could suddenly fund new municipal services. Its isolated,...

Call it a suburban rags-to-riches story. The miniscule municipality of Balcones Heights was once in such desperate straits that it initiated a draft for street repairs. It... — San Antonio Express-News

The Earth, the Temple, and the Gods: Greek Sacred Architecture

Vincent J. Scully (author)

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When The Earth, the Temple, and the Gods appeared in 1962, it was hailed by critics for its erudition, historical imagination, and boldness. Subsequently this comprehensive study of Greek temples and site planning has been widely accepted as a landmark of architectural history, for it offers an inspired and arresting insight into the nature and function of Greek sacred architecture. Vincent Scully, one of...

Juan O'Gorman: A Confluence of Civilizations

Catherine Nixon Cooke (author)

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Juan O'Gorman: A Confluence of Civilizations follows O'Gorman's life and the creation of his mural Confluence of Civilizations in the Americas, a spectacular piece of midcentury public art that stands the test of time as one of the Mexican artist's most influential works. O'Gorman was a muralist, painter, mosaic artist, critic, and professor, as well as an architect. He is possibly best known for his close friendship...

Plan for New Haven

Cass Gilbert (author), Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. (author), Vincent J. Scully (preface), Alan J. Plattus (introduction), Douglas W. Rae (afterword)

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Long before cities were going green and eco-conscious residents began debating ideas of sustainability, New Haven, Connecticut, was envisioning a plan for its growth taken from the challenging ideas of the City Beautiful movement and its call for civic monumentality. In a 1910 plan commissioned to legendary landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. and prominent architect Cass Gilbert, New Haven leaders charted...

The Plazas of New Mexico

Stefanos Polyzoides (editor), Chris Wilson (editor), Miguel Gandert (photographs)

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The Plazas of New Mexico documents the rich heritage of New Mexico’s public plazas and the everyday life and community celebrations that help sustain them. It traces three distinct design traditions—the Native American center place with kiva and terraced residential blocks, the Hispanic plaza with church and courtyard houses, and the Anglo square with courthouse and business areas. New Mexico’s plazas, like urban...

Meant as a both record of how New Mexican cities developed and as a resource for city planners and architects, The Plazas of New Mexico describes plazas as holders of...Santa Fe Reporter

Ranch Gates of the Southwest

Lucy R. Lippard (introduction), Daniel M. Olsen (photographs), Henk van Assen (photographs), Kenneth I. Helphand (contributor)

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In the wide open landscapes of the Southwest, ranch gates stand out as singular icons of a way of life common to the region. Not only symbols of ranching culture, they also offer insight into the design, landscape, and cultural history of the Southwest. Ranch Gates of the Southwest explores in images and text how these entryways lead to an understanding of the people and the land across a territory that covers...

Ranch Gates is consummate myth-making, implying a kind of lost-Eden sense of abandonment, a quixotic relationship between people and the place they’ve settled. — Su Casa Magazine

San Antonio Architecture: Traditions and Visions

American Institute of Architecture San Antonio (author)

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With a history more than 290 years old, San Antonio boasts a diverse, eclectic, and important architectural inventory. From the Spanish missions of the seventeenth century to invigorating adaptation and restoration of historic buildings and landmark new construction, a wide array of culturally significant assets reflect Anglo and Hispanic traditions alongside regional variations of southern and southwestern American...

San Antonio’s Monte Vista: Architecture and Society in a Gilded Age 1890–1930

Donald E. Everett (author)

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The 100-block Monte Vista National Historic District survives nearly intact from San Antonio’s Gilded Age, when newly prosperous residents built the finest neighborhood of the era. Here architects drawn to the burgeoning city from across the country designed homes both elaborate and modest in an unusual variety of styles, from Queen Anne to Prairie to Tudor to Spanish Colonial Revival. In San Antonio's Monte Vista

Saving San Antonio: The Preservation of a Heritage

Lewis F. Fisher (author)

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Few American cities enjoy the likes of San Antonio's visual links with its dramatic past. The Alamo and four other Spanish missions, recently designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, are the most obvious, but there are countless other landmarks and folkways that lend San Antonio an "odd and antiquated foreignness." Adding to the charm of the nation's seventh largest city is the San Antonio River, saved to become a...

A superb read.Maury Maverick Jr.

The Spanish Missions of San Antonio

Lewis F. Fisher (author)

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San Antonio's five Spanish missions are a national treasure. Built by Franciscan friars on the far frontier of New Spain, they stand today as the largest cluster of Spanish missions in the United States. One is preserved as the Alamo. The others form San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, and the system of all five has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. More than 130 archival and present-day...

A fresh approach to a theme that has been visited often but not always this well. . . . This book is well worth the getting for those interested in mission history and for... — Southwestern Historical Quarterly

Writing Architecture: A Practical Guide to Clear Communication about the Built Environment

Carter Wiseman (author)

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Writing Architecture considers the process, methods, and value of architecture writing based on Carter Wiseman’s thirty years of personal experience writing, editing, and teaching young architects how to write. This book creatively tackles a problematic issue that Wiseman considers to crucial to successful architecture writing: clarity of thinking and expression. He argues that because we live our lives within the...

Argues that clear communication is integral for successful architecture, since words have an important part in expressing ideas, and because any architect will admit they...Archidose