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13 Architecture and Design Books to Add to Your Reading List – Metropolis

Metropolis editors have selected a variety of current and forthcoming books that will be sure to get you through 2021.

Stillman House II, courtyard with view into living area, 1966. Joseph W. Molitor. Courtesy Summitridge Pictures & Monacelli Press
Stillman House II, courtyard with view into living area, 1966. Joseph W. Molitor. Courtesy Summitridge Pictures & Monacelli Press

Now that we are halfway through the year, what better time to prioritize your reading list? Whether you’re interested in the history of interior design, the relationship between architecture and health, or learning more about the 20th century’s forgotten architects, Metropolis editors have selected a variety of current and forthcoming titles that will be sure to get you through 2021.

Courtesy Monacelli Press
Courtesy Monacelli Press

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

By James Crump, Monacelli Press, 248 p.p., $60 Available September 14, 2021

Illustrated with a collection of contemporary and historic photography as well as rarely-seen documents, Breuer’s Bohemia surveys an oft-overlooked corner of the Modernist’s oeuvre. In addition to designing Brutalist public and commercial buildings throughout the 1950s through the ’70s, Breuer designed a collection of homes for friends in Connecticut and Massachusetts, many of whom were artists and intellectuals themselves. Though there is no shortage of material available on Breuer’s furniture design, architecture, and influence, Crump uses the architect’s residential projects to weave together a story of an artistic milieu that included luminaries such as Alexander Calder, Arthur Miller, Francine du Plessix Gray, Philip Roth, and William Styron.

Courtesy Hirmer
Courtesy Hirmer

The Turning Point in Architectural Design: A Historical Scenario for the Future

By Helmut C. Schulitz, Hirmer Publishers, 240 p.p., $45

This illustrated volume explores the history of building and its relationship to technology. With innovations like CAD and other technologies, architects can create forms that were once unimaginable. But is a focus on form detracting from function, context, and construction? The Turning Point in Architectural Design argues that technology alone isn’t the turning point; technology alone can’t tackle global challenges like resources and energy. Change in architectural design must come first.

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