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Art Deco

by Eric Knowles

Although most associated with the 1920s and 30s, Art Deco began in France prior to World War I. During the interwar years the style evolved and was adopted by an international elite set as the perfect expression...


The Ugly Renaissance: Sex, Greed, Violence and Depravity in an Age of Beauty

by Alexander Lee

A fascinating and counterintuitive portrait of the sordid, hidden world behind the dazzling artwork of Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, and more 

Renowned as a period of cultural rebirth and artistic...


Prefab Homes

by Elisabeth Blanchet

In 1944, Winston Churchill promised to manufacture up to 500,000 prefabricated bungalows to ease the housing shortage after the Second World War. Made in factories, over 156,000 temporary "prefabs" of a few...


City Life

by Witold Rybczynski

In City Life, Witold Rybczynski looks at what we want from cities, how they have evolved, and what accounts for their unique identities. In this vivid description of everything from the early colonial settlements...


Theater of Cruelty: Art, Film, and the Shadows of War

by Ian Buruma

Ian Buruma is fascinated, he writes, “by what makes the human species behave atrociously.” In Theater of Cruelty the acclaimed author of The Wages of Guilt and Year Zero: A History of 1945 once again turns...


Manhattan Moves Uptown: An Illustrated History

by Charles Lockwood

This fascinating chronicle traces New York City's growth from Wall Street at the end of the Revolutionary War to Harlem at the turn of the twentieth century. Documenting the frantic construction and speculative...


The Vertical City

by Philippe Samyn, Bebooks Editions & Académie royale de Belgique

The growth of world population and its concentration in cities leads to excessive occupation of the ground by constructions.

Technical and scientific progress in the last decade allows, from now onwards, to envisage...


Covered Bridges

by Joseph Conwill

Covered bridges are essential pieces of American and Canadian rural history, gracing the countryside from Oregon to Georgia an north to eastern Canada. In this lavishly illustrated volume Joseph D. Conwill recounts...


Vertical Living: The Architectural Centre and the Remaking of Wellington

by Julia Gatley, Justine Clarke & Damian Skinner

In 1946 a group of students and idealists got together to realize their visions for a modern city. Over the following half century, the Architectural Centre they founded helped shape the possibilities of modern...


The Castles of Britain and Ireland

by Rodney Castleden

To many, medieval castles are the essence of Britain and Ireland's fascinating past. Immersed in history and centuries old, each one tells a story of Kings, Queens and feuding lords; war and bloody conflict;...


Bungalows

by Kathryn Ferry

 A bungalow is now understood to be a single story home but that definition is a modern one and when introduced to Britain in the late 1860s the bungalow concept implied much more. Its origins lay in India...


Daylighting and Integrated Lighting Design

by Christopher Meek & Kevin Van Den Wymelenberg

Daylighting and Integrated Lighting Design provides architects, building designers, and students clear direction for the successful inclusion of daylight and integrated electric light in buildings. It presents...


Beyond Grief: Sculpture and Wonder in the Gilded Age Cemetery

by Cynthia Mills

Beyond Grief explores high-style funerary sculptures and their functions during the turn of the twentieth century. Many scholars have overlooked these monuments, viewing them as mere oddities, a part of an individual...


Mona Lisa: A Life Discovered

by Dianne Hales

Everybody knows her smile, but no one knows her story: Meet the flesh-and-blood woman who became one of the most famous artistic subjects of all time—Mona Lisa.

A genius immortalized her. A French king paid...


Creating the Future: Art and Los Angeles in the 1970s

by Michael Fallon

Conceived as a challenge to long-standing conventional wisdom, Creating the Future is a work of social history/cultural criticism that examines the premise that the progress of art in Los Angeles ceased during...


Women Artists of the Harlem Renaissance

by Amy Helene Kirschke

Women artists of the Harlem Renaissance dealt with issues that were unique to both their gender and their race. They experienced racial prejudice, which limited their ability to obtain training and to be taken...


Big Bucks: The Explosion of the Art Market in the 21st Century

by Georgina Adam

This highly readable and timely book explores the transformation of the modern and contemporary art market in the 21st century from a niche trade to a globalised operation worth an estimated $50 billion a year....


The Architecture of Use: Aesthetics and Function in Architectural Design

by Stephen Grabow & Kent Spreckelmeyer

By analyzing ten examples of buildings that embody the human experience at an extraordinary level, this book clarifies the central importance of the role of function in architecture as a generative force in...


Medieval Church Architecture

by Jon Cannon

By the end of the medieval period, Britain’s churches already had an architectural heritage of one thousand years, much of which remains on view today. This guide by architectural historian Jon Cannon uses...


Bricks & Mortals: Ten Great Buildings and the People They Made

by Tom Wilkinson

We don't just look at buildings: their facades, beautiful or ugly, conceal the spaces where we live. We are born, work, love, and die in architecture. We buy and sell it, rent and squat it, create and destroy...