Phaidon

This beautiful overview of historical and influential home  styles is perfect for the architectural dilettante. Each pages features a large photo with a short paragraph on the chosen house, architect and influences.  Most are highly liveable styles – though are a few houses,  like one by Buckminster Fuller – …

Photos by Alan Weintraub | Text by Alan Hess

casa das canoas At least for me, Niemeyer’s houses vacillate between stunningly beautiful and almost repugnantly spare, even Stalinish, in design. Many of his houses, built primarily in Brazil now have the feel of “has-been modernism.”  They were the stuff of the future sixty …

Japanese ArchitectureJapanese Detail: Architecture by Sadao Hibi  & The Art of Japanese Architecture by David and Machiko Young

Both of these architecture books are unique to the standard Japanese architecture books I’ve looked through in the past. Generally, the standards fall into the categories of brief overviews of large buildings, cities …

Lloyd Kahn

Hobbit HouseHobbit House

“Joyful” is the best word I can use to describe Kahn’s new collection of tiny homes. Each under 500 square feet is a gem. Many are handbuilt and lived in by the builders.  Others are from built by companies specializing in downsizing for the 21st century. …

Call of the MallPaco Underhill

What is wrong with the mall? Well, everything, according to consumer behavior specialist Underhill. And, he adds, the rise and fall of the mall has been almost entirely avoidable. Going through a standard mall visit, Underhill points out the numerous ways malls fail to satisfy the consumer. From …

JWhere We Livedack Larkin

Despite the uninspiring title and cover, Larkin’s book was thoroughly enjoyable. Focusing on homes of the common family from the times of the founding fathers, Larkin uses a wealth of images taken by the HABS (Historic American Buildings Survey), a project created during the Depression for out-of-work …

London Then and NowDiane Bursten

I’m not sure what photos surprised me more in London Then and Now – the photos of landmarks virtually unchanged in over 100 years or those that were completely obliviated with not a hint that they ever existed. In both cases, images of massive stone and brick edifices …