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First in the Homes of His Countrymen: George Washington's Mount Vernon in the American Imagination

by Lydia Mattice Brandt

Over the past two hundred years, Americans have reproduced George Washington's Mount Vernon plantation house more often, and in a greater variety of media, than any of their country's other historic buildings....


Vertical: The City from Satellites to Bunkers

by Stephen Graham

A revolutionary reimagining of the cities we live in, the air above us, and what goes on in the earth beneath our feet

Today we live in a world that can no longer be read as a two-dimensional map, but must now...


Slave Narrative Six Pack 5

by Various Artists

“Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.” ― Abraham Lincoln. Recollections of life on a plantation, a thrilling slave escape story, Fifty...


Strategy Six Pack 10

by George Alfred Townsend

“The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him.” - Niccolò Machiavelli. A study of legendary Russian military force The Cossacks, an essay on Thomas...


London Uncovered: Sixty Unusual Places to Explore

by Mark Daly & Peter Dazeley

London Uncovered opens the doors to sixty of the capital's most intriguing places, all visitable but not widely known. Peter Dazely has photographed museums of the unusual, places of worship, palaces of entertainment...


Slave Narrative Six Pack 3

by Booker T. Washington

Slave Narrative Six Pack 3 presents six more essential texts: Twenty-Two Years a Slave and Forty Years a Freeman by Austin Steward Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Written by Herself by Harriet Jacobs...


Strategy Six Pack 4

by Tacitus

“Power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have.” - Saul Alinsky. Strategy Six Pack 4 presents another diverse collection of tactical texts distilled into one mega-manual for military...


City of Refuge: Separatists and Utopian Town Planning

by Michael J. Lewis

The vision of Utopia obsessed the nineteenth-century mind, shaping art, literature, and especially town planning. In City of Refuge, Michael Lewis takes readers across centuries and continents to show how Utopian...


In Pursuit of the Mysterious Missing Day: Anna's Story

by Jeffery L Thompson & Beverly Simmons

Anna was on a mission:  Intersect with the Magellan log copies and review the accounts for herself. This mission posed no mall challenge.  When her mission intersected with that of Nicolaus Copernicus, more...


A House in the Sun

Designing Gotham: West Point Engineers and the Rise of Modern New York, 1817-1898

by Jon Scott Logel

Between 1817 and 1898, New York City evolved from a vital Atlantic port of trade to the center of American commerce and culture. With this rapid commercial growth and cultural development, New York came to epitomize...


Open Enclosed: Donald Judd

by Guillermo Zuaznabar

Taking "Specific Objects," the seminal text written by Judd in the mid-sixties, as the central theme, the author analyzes the artist's main concepts and his whole career from a new perspective: "what one seeks...


Hidden Johannesburg

by Paul Duncan & Alain Proust

Johannesburg: Egoli to some, Jozi to others. Once a mining town, now the most important commercial city in Africa. It's been home to renegades and rogues, colonialists and capitalists, the dispossessed and the...


A Primer on Theory in Architecture

by Karen Cordes Spence

A Primer on Theory in Architecture discusses how theory is defined in architecture, how it is identified, its location in larger perspectives or worldviews, its relationships to other areas in architecture,...


Douglas Snelling: Pan-Pacific Modern Design and Architecture

by Davina Jackson

Douglas Burrage Snelling (1916-85) was one of Britain's significant emigré architects and designers. Born in Kent and educated in New Zealand, he became one of Australia's leading mid-century architects, of...


The Ethics of a Potential Urbanism: Critical encounters between Giorgio Agamben and architecture

by Camillo Boano

The Ethics of a Potential Urbanism explores the possible and potential relevance of Giorgio Agamben's political thoughts and writings for the theory and the practice of architecture and urban design. It sketches...


Global Heritage Assemblages: Development and Modern Architecture in Africa

by Christoph Rausch

UNESCO aims to tackle Africa's under-representation on its World Heritage List by inscribing instances of nineteenth- and twentieth-century modern architecture and urban planning there. But, what is one to make...


The Architecture of Percier and Fontaine and the Struggle for Sovereignty in Revolutionary France

by Iris Moon

As the official architects of Napoleon, Charles Percier (1764-1838) and Pierre-François-Léonard Fontaine (1762-1853) designed interiors that responded to the radical ideologies and collective forms of destruction...


Take One Building : Interdisciplinary Research Perspectives of the Seattle Central Library

by Ruth Conroy Dalton & Christoph Hölscher

This book evaluates how we experience and understand buildings in different ways depending upon our academic and professional background. With reference to Rem Koolhaas' Seattle Central Library, the book illustrates...


The Experience of Architecture

by Henry Plummer

A thought-provoking consideration of how architecture, from a doorknob to a city plan, can influence human behavior

How does the experience of turning a door handle, opening a door from one space into another,...