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Most popular History of architecture books

The most popular History of architecture books currently available. Updated weekly.
Plagued By Fire: The Dreams and Furies of Frank Lloyd Wright
'A MASTERFUL PORTRAIT OF THE FLAWED CREATOR OF FLAWLESS BUILDINGS' - SIMON JENKINSFrom the award-winning and best-selling author of Hemingway's Boat - a ground-breaking biography that illuminates the life, mind and work of one of the icons of twentieth-century America.
Seashaken Houses: A Lighthouse History from Eddystone to Fastnet
World Wonders: Discover the Secrets of Our Planet's Iconic Structures
The greatest structures in human history. Explore the constructions that have shaped our world and learn their hidden secrets in this large format highly illustrated book.
Yearning for rustic simplicity? Open the door to Cabins, a gorgeous showcase of minimal, low-impact, peaceful abodes around the world. From contemplative bliss in an English coastal studio to eco-home huts in the Western Ghats of India, each of these minimal homes exude innovative, eco-friendly, mindful living.
50 Buildings You Should Know
This collection of great buildings is a highly entertaining lesson in architectural history for readers of all ages.
Manmade Wonders of the World
Portillo's Hidden History of Britain
A compelling and evocative history of Britain through the stories of its `lost' or abandoned buildings, published to tie in with Channel 5's series of the same name.
Devices and Desires: Bess of Hardwick and the Building of Elizabethan England
'The definitive biography' Roy StrongThe remarkable story of Bess of Hardwick, her ascent through Elizabethan society and the houses she built that shaped British architectural history.
Peterborough Cathedral: A Glimpse of Heaven
An account of the history of Peterborough Cathedral - one of England's finest surviving Norman buildings - and its preserved art and architecture.
Robert Adam and his Brothers: New light on Britain's leading architectural family
History of Western Architecture 6th edition
Traces the history of western architecture from the earliest times in Mesopotamia and Egypt to the eclectic styles of the twenty-first century. This book emphasizes the ongoing vitality of the Classical language of architecture, underlining the continuity between the work of Ictinus in fifth-century BC Athens and that of McKim, Mead and more.
Portillo's Hidden History of Britain
A compelling and evocative history of Britain through the stories of its `lost' or abandoned buildings; a companion to Channel 5's series of the same name.
Case Study Houses
The Case Study House program is a landmark of American architecture. Its driving force, John Entenza, was a champion of Modernism who gathered some of history's greatest talents, including Richard Neutra, Charles and Ray Eames, and Eero Saarinen. This retrospective revisits all 36 prototype homes through comprehensive documentation, photography,...
Chronology of Architecture: A Cultural Timeline from Stone Circles to Skyscrapers
A fresh take on the history of architecture, using cultural timelines to reveal little-known connections between society, engineering, and design.
Understanding Architecture: Its Elements, History, and Meaning
A comprehensive yet accessible introduction to the elements and historical styles of architectural design, thoroughly illustrated with photos and plan drawings of many of the world's greatest buildings
Piranesi. The Complete Etchings
Explore the finest work of Giovanni Battista Piranesi, the 18th-century engraver famed for his architectural views of Rome and his imaginary prisons. In this Bibliotheca Universalis edition, you'll find all the extraordinary detail and fantasy with which Piranesi shaped not only the European image of Italy, but also an impressive artistic...
A fresh look at the beauty, diversity, and versatility of the world's most extraordinary stone architecture throughout time
Modernist Architecture: International Concepts Come to Britain
Sir Christopher Wren
Designing London's Public Spaces: Post-war and Now
High Tech Architecture: A Style Reconsidered
At Home at Highclere: Entertaining at The Real Downton Abbey
'A gorgeous book with beautiful photos, and a historical document to boot.' - Steve Wright, BBC Radio 2Lady Carnarvon's love of history is richly rewarded at Highclere Castle with its mine of family records going back some 300 years.
Modern Architecture A-Z
Explore the A-Z of modern space. From Gio Ponti's colored geometries to Zaha Hadid's free-flowing futurism, this comprehensive overview features more than 280 profiles of architects, styles, movements, and trends that have shaped structures from the 19th to the 21st century.
Window frames curve like flowering branches and ceramic tiling shimmers like reptilian skin in the fervent architectural imagination of Antoni Gaudi. This introduction to the modernist Catalan architect explores how his outstanding attention to natural detail and unique vision transformed Barcelona's cityscape with extraordinary buildings that...
Derelict London: All New Edition
As much as it is an inadvertent vision of how London might look after a catastrophe, DERELICT LONDON is valuable as a document of the one going on right in front of us.' New Statesman`From the iconic empty shell of Battersea Power Station to the buried `ghost' stations of the London Underground, the city is peppered with decaying buildings.
East German Modern
This visually arresting tour through the former East Germany shows the best examples of modernist architecture still standing there today.
Devices and Desires: Bess of Hardwick and the Building of Elizabethan England
The remarkable story of Bess of Hardwick, her ascent through Elizabethan society and the houses she built that shaped British architectural history. Wealth took concrete form in her passion for building and she oversaw every stage of the construction of her four country houses: Chatsworth, Hardwick Old Hall, Hardwick New Hall and Owlcotes.
Modern Forms: A Subjective Atlas of 20th Century Architecture
Now available in a new compact edition, this book offers a stunning visual archive of nearly 200 images of modern architecture by awardwinning photographer Nicolas Grospierre.
Modern Spaces: A Subjective Atlas of 20th-Century Interiors
In this follow-up to Modern Forms, award winning photographer Nicolas Grospierre presents a visually arresting archive of remarkable modernist interiors found throughout the world.
This is Gaudi
This is Gaudi reveals the exuberant world and groundbreaking work of Antonio Gaudi in the history of modern architecture.
Seashaken Houses: A Lighthouse History from Eddystone to Fastnet
Death and Life of Great American Cities
In this classic text, Jane Jacobs set out to produce an attack on current city planning and rebuilding and to introduce new principles by which these should be governed.
X-Ray Architecture
Illuminates the hidden relationship between building and body
Michelangelo, God's Architect: The Story of His Final Years and Greatest Masterpiece
Lahore: The Historic City
Explore the magnificent, ancient city of Lahore, Pakistan, and learn how its culture, infrastructure, and economy are being revitalised for the 21st century.
Living in Japan
Japanese homes are refuges of tranquility, crafted in a unique domestic aesthetic of Eastern minimalism. Traditional architecture features alongside cutting-edge contemporary dwellings in this collection of homes, with many never-before-seen photographs. Turn to the rising sun and discover the fluid simplicity of these spaces where Zen...
Iconic House: Architectural Masterworks Since 1900
Presents over 100 of the world's most significant residential buildings, now published in a compact format to create a handy resource for all lovers and enthusiasts of house design.
History of England in 100 Places: Irreplaceable
100 places, buildings and historical sites that tell the remarkable story of England and its impact on the world.
Art Deco Architecture: The Interwar Period
Art of the Andes: From Chavin to Inca
An introduction to Andean art and architecture that describes the varied artistic achievements of the Chavin, Paracas, Moche, Nasca, Chimu and Inca cultures, among others. It deals with the discoveries and advances in the field.
Walls: A History of Civilization in Blood and Brick
and visit some of the seventy border walls that have been erected in just the past decade. With provocative insight, Walls charts the centuries-long uneasy tension between the walled and unwalled, showing that walls profoundly shape the human psyche.
Walls: A History of Civilization in Blood and Brick
For thousands of years, humans have built walls and assaulted them, admired walls and reviled them. In Walls, David Frye uncovers a story that is more than just bricks and stone: he reveals the startling link between what we build and how we live, who we are and how we came to be.
Destruction of Memory: Architecture at War
Now available in an expanded 2nd Edition, this is a polemical account of the destruction of architecture in war.
Medieval Graffiti: The Lost Voices of England's Churches
Drawing on examples from surviving medieval churches in England, the author gives a voice to the secret graffiti artists: from the lord of the manor and the parish priest to the people who built the church itself.
Work of Beauty: Alexander McCall Smith's Edinburgh
In this sumptuous new book, Alexander McCall Smith curates his own distinctive story of Edinburgh - combining his affectionate, incisive wit with a wealth of stunning imagery drawn from Scotland's national collection of architecture and archaeology.
Vincent Van Duysen Works 2009-2018
A large-scale monograph on Belgian architect and designer Vincent van Duysen first twenty years' worth of work.
Julius Shulman. Modernism Rediscovered
The photographs of Julius Shulman offer one of the most compelling visual chronologies of architectural modernism. This book offers privileged access to Shulman's extraordinary archives with some 200 images paying homage to the multifarious forms of modernism across California and the rest of the United States.
California Crazy
In this vivid new examination of a rogue architectural style, discover the roadside structures of California. Fresh discoveries and several pictorial essays explore how these buildings became synonymous with the West Coast and how the power of personal expression championed any architectural establishment with structures eccentric, innovative,...
Speaking of Buildings: Oral History in Architectural Research
50 Architects You Should Know
Now available in a new edition, this introduction to fifty visionary architects traces the major aesthetic movements over the past six centuries and offers concise portraits of the geniuses behind them.