Women Design: Pioneers in architecture, industrial, graphic and digital design from the twentieth ce
Women Design: Pioneers in architecture, industrial, graphic and digital design from the twentieth ce

From architects and product designers to textile artists and digital innovators, Women Design profiles a selection of the most dynamic female designers from the modern era, showcasing their finest work and celebrating their enduring influence.

WA: The Essence of Japanese Design by Rossella Menegazzo, Stefania Piotti and Kenya Hara (2014)
WA: The Essence of Japanese Design by Rossella Menegazzo, Stefania Piotti and Kenya Hara (2014)

Through some 300 objects this book explores contemporary Japanese design: from everyday objects and packaging to interior design and lighting elements. Ultimately the book aims to explore the way in which Japanese design manages to harness its materials – whether natural or synthetic – and at the same time combines respect for tradition with forward-thinking and experimentation.

The City at Eye Level for Kids - edited by Rosa Danenberg, Vivian Doumpa, Hans Karssenberg (2018)
The City at Eye Level for Kids - edited by Rosa Danenberg, Vivian Doumpa, Hans Karssenberg (2018)

Dutch urban design firm STIP has produced a book for children which takes a look at the city landscape from their eyes. The City at Eye Level for Kids is the result of close working between a host of urban design professionals, and is supported by the Bernard van Leer's Urban95 programme, which works to improve the lives of children living in cities worldwide.

Grafton Architects by Robert McCarter (2018)
Grafton Architects by Robert McCarter (2018)

In this long-overdue study, respected architectural writer and critic Robert McCarter presents 60 of Grafton's built and unbuilt projects and brings to light their principled and ethical approach, which is committed to making a profound difference to the lives of their buildings' users.

Welcome to Your World: How the Built Environment Shapes Our Lives by Sarah Williams Goldhagen (2017)
Welcome to Your World: How the Built Environment Shapes Our Lives by Sarah Williams Goldhagen (2017)

One of the nation's chief architecture critics reveals how the environments we build profoundly shape our feelings, memories, and well-being, and argues that we must harness this knowledge to construct a world better suited to human experience.

Freeing Architecture by Jun'ya Ishigami (2018)
Freeing Architecture by Jun'ya Ishigami (2018)

Lightness, transparency, simplicity, and communion with nature are Japanese architect Junya Ishigami's watchwords. For the Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Junya Ishigami designed an exhibition that reveals, on an unprecedented scale, his latest research into freedom, fluidity, and the future of architecture.

The Architecture of Happiness by Alain de Botton (2006)
The Architecture of Happiness by Alain de Botton (2006)

The book has at its centre the large and naïve question: ‘What is a beautiful building?’ It amounts to a tour through the philosophy and psychology of architecture, which aims to change the way we think about our homes, streets and ourselves.

Building and Dwelling: Ethics for the City by Richard Sennett
Building and Dwelling: Ethics for the City by Richard Sennett

In Building and Dwelling, Richard Sennett distils a lifetime's thinking and practical experience to explore the relationship between the good built environment and the good life. He argues for, and describes in rich detail, the idea of an open city, one in which people learn to manage complexity.

30:30 Landscape Architecture by Meaghan Kombol
30:30 Landscape Architecture by Meaghan Kombol

30 internationally renowned landscape architects showcase their own work as well as that of 30 of the best of a new generation of forward looking and innovative designers.

Outside Lies Magic by John R. Stilgoe (1998)
Outside Lies Magic by John R. Stilgoe (1998)

This is a book about the acute observation of ordinary things, about becoming aware in everyday places, about seeing in utterly new ways, about enriching your life unexpectedly.

Wabi-sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers by Leonard Koren (1994)
Wabi-sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers by Leonard Koren (1994)

Describes the principles of wabi-sabi, a Japanese aesthetic associated with Japanese tea ceremonies and based on the belief that true beauty comes from imperfection and incompletion, through text and photographs.

Atlas of Emotion by Giuliana Bruno (2002)
Atlas of Emotion by Giuliana Bruno (2002)

Atlas of Emotion is a highly original endeavor to map the cultural terrain of spatio-visual arts. In an evocative blend of words and pictures, Giuliana Bruno emphasizes the connections between “sight” and “site” and “motion” and “emotion.”

Lina Bo Bardi: 100: Brazil's Alternative Path to Modernism (2014)
Lina Bo Bardi: 100: Brazil's Alternative Path to Modernism (2014)

A book that celebrates the 100th birthday of Brazil’s most important female architect and designer Lina Bo Bardi. The Italio-Brazilian architect Lina Bo Bardi (1914-1992) forged a unique path with her bold designs. Spanning architecture, stage sets, fashion, and furniture, her work drew inspiration from the International Style, which she translated into her own visual language.

Walkscapes: Walking as an Aesthetic Practice by Francesco Careri (2002)
Walkscapes: Walking as an Aesthetic Practice by Francesco Careri (2002)

Walkscapes deals with strolling as an architecture of landscape. Here, walking is seen as an autonomous form of art, a primary act in the symbolic transformation of the territory, an aesthetic instrument of knowledge and a physical transformation of the "negotiated" space, which is converted into an urban intervention.

The Poetics of Space by Gaston Bachelard (1957)
The Poetics of Space by Gaston Bachelard (1957)

Since its first publication in English in 1964, French philosopher Gaston Bachelard's Poetics of Space remains one of the most appealing and lyrical explorations of home. Bachelard takes us on a journey, from cellar to attic, to show how our perceptions of houses and other shelters shape our thoughts, memories, and dreams.

The Design of Childhood: How the Material World Shapes Independent Kids by Alexandra Lange (2018)
The Design of Childhood: How the Material World Shapes Independent Kids by Alexandra Lange (2018)

From building blocks to city blocks, an eye-opening exploration of how children's playthings and physical surroundings affect their development.

Strategies for Sustainable Architecture by Paola Sassi (2006)
Strategies for Sustainable Architecture by Paola Sassi (2006)

Filling a gap in existing literature on sustainable design, this new guide introduces and illustrates sustainable design principles through detailed case studies of sustainable buildings in Europe, North America and Australia.

Studio and Cube: On the Relationship Between Where Art Is Made and Where Art Is Displayed Book by Br
Studio and Cube: On the Relationship Between Where Art Is Made and Where Art Is Displayed Book by Br

When does an artist's creation become art, and where? Does it occur in the solitary confines of an artist's studio or does itrequire the context of an art gallery's white cube? What is the relationship between these two culturally charged spaces? How does the site of art's presentation shape the meaning and determine even the very possibility of its existence?

Where Are the Women Architects? by Despina Stratigakos (2016)
Where Are the Women Architects? by Despina Stratigakos (2016)

'Where Are the Women Architects?' tells the story of women’s stagnating numbers in a profession that remains a male citadel, and explores how a new generation of activists is fighting back, grabbing headlines, and building coalitions that promise to bring about change.

Architecture on the Carpet by Brenda Vale and Robert Vale (2013)
Architecture on the Carpet by Brenda Vale and Robert Vale (2013)

This entertaining book offers a novel view of architecture through the prism of construction toys. Ranging over the last century to the present, Brenda and Robert Vale draw parallels between the model-building sets of the modern period and architectural movements, social history, and national identities and myths.

Spatial Agency: Other Ways of Doing Architecture by Jeremy Till, Nishat Awan, and Tatjana Schneider
Spatial Agency: Other Ways of Doing Architecture by Jeremy Till, Nishat Awan, and Tatjana Schneider

Particularly pertinent in the current economic climate, this book offers the reader alternative approaches to architectural practice in a changing world. It makes essential reading for any architect, aspiring or practicing.

Charlotte Perriand: Inventing a New World by Jacques Barsac (2019)
Charlotte Perriand: Inventing a New World by Jacques Barsac (2019)

A sweeping overview of Charlotte Perriand's career, exploring the interrelation of art, architecture, and design in the work of this legendary 20th-century modernist.

Designed in the USSR: 1950-1989 (2018)
Designed in the USSR: 1950-1989 (2018)

A fascinating glimpse into design behind the Iron Curtain, revealed through the products and graphics of everyday Soviet life. From children's toys, homewares, and fashion to posters, electronics, and space-race ephemera, each object reveals something of life in a planned economy during a fascinating time in Russia's history.

Diversity and Design: Understanding Hidden Consequences by Beth Tauke (Editor), Korydon Smith (Edito
Diversity and Design: Understanding Hidden Consequences by Beth Tauke (Editor), Korydon Smith (Edito

Diversity and Design explores how design - whether of products, buildings, landscapes, cities, media, or systems - affects diverse members of society. Fifteen case studies in television, marketing, product design, architecture, film, video games, and more, illustrate the profound, though often hidden, consequences design decisions and processes have on the total human experience.

Soft City: Building Density for Everyday Life by David Sim (2019)
Soft City: Building Density for Everyday Life by David Sim (2019)

Imagine waking up to the gentle noises of the city, and moving through your day with complete confidence that you will get where you need to go quickly and efficiently. Soft City is about ease and comfort, where density has a human dimension, adapting to our ever-changing needs, nurturing relationships, and accommodating the pleasures of everyday life.

Chasing the Sky: 20 Stories of Women in Architecture by Dean Dewhirst (2017)
Chasing the Sky: 20 Stories of Women in Architecture by Dean Dewhirst (2017)

Chasing the Sky is the second book in the '20 Stories' series, with each edition featuring different aspects of the architecture industry. In Chasing the Sky the concentrated voice of some of Australia's most dynamic practitioners, and their substantial projects, compel us to strive for just such possibility; for equitable and vital architectural careers in our immediate reach.

79 Short Essays on Design by Michael Bierut (2007)
79 Short Essays on Design by Michael Bierut (2007)

Seventy-nine Short Essays on Design brings together the best of designer Michael Bierut's critical writingserious or humorous, flattering or biting, but always on the mark. Bierut is widely considered the finest observer on design writing today.

Bubbletecture: Inflatable Architecture and Design by Sharon Francis (2019)
Bubbletecture: Inflatable Architecture and Design by Sharon Francis (2019)

Although inflatable objects have been around for more than 200 years, architects, artists, and designers keep rediscovering this deceptively simple - often playful, and occasionally bizarre - technology. Bubbletecture brings together inflatables in every conceivable size, shape, and hue across the realms of architecture, design, art, and fashion.

The Death and Life of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs (1989)
The Death and Life of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs (1989)

A direct and fundamentally optimistic indictment of the short-sightedness and intellectual arrogance that has characterized much of urban planning in this century, The Death and Life of Great American Cities has, since its first publication in 1961, become the standard against which all endeavors in that field are measured.

A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia by Gilles Deleuze, Félix Guattari (1980)
A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia by Gilles Deleuze, Félix Guattari (1980)

A Thousand Plateaus provides a compelling analysis of social phenomena and offers fresh alternatives for thinking about philosophy and culture. Its radical perspective provides a toolbox for nomadic thought and has had a galvanizing influence on today's anti-capitalist movement.

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