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Most popular History of architecture books

The most popular History of architecture books currently available. Updated weekly.
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.
Manmade Wonders of the World
Seashaken Houses: A Lighthouse History from Eddystone to Fastnet
Robert Adam and his Brothers: New light on Britain's leading architectural family
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.
Art Deco Britain: Buildings of the interwar years
The definitive guide to Art Deco buildings in Britain, written by leading architectural historian Elain Harwood.
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.
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'A gorgeous book with beautiful photos, and a historical document to boot.'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.
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.
A fresh look at the beauty, diversity, and versatility of the world's most extraordinary stone architecture throughout time
Atlas of Brutalist Architecture: The New York Times Best Art Book of 2018
The only book to document the world's finest examples of Brutalist architecture. More than 850 buildings - existing and demolished, classic and contemporary - organized geographically into nine continental regions. 878 Buildings, 798 Architects, 102 Countries, 9 World Regions, 1 Style BRUTALISM
Sir Christopher Wren
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
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.
Case Study Houses
With 36 prototype designs, the Case Study House program created paradigms for modern living that would extend their influence far beyond their Los Angeles heartland. This essential introduction features 150 photographs and plans to explore each of these model residences and their architects, including Richard Neutra, Charles and Ray Eames, and...
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.
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.
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.
Modernist Architecture: International Concepts Come to Britain
Short Story of Architecture: A Pocket Guide to Key Styles, Buildings, Elements & Materials
Oxford is a feast of hundreds of delightful watercolour illustrations and an informed and witty text. More than any other city, Oxford offers a living history of English architecture.
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.
East German Modern
This visually arresting tour through the former East Germany shows the best examples of modernist architecture still standing there today.
Cumbria: Cumberland, Westmorland and Furness
Brings together the historic counties of Cumberland and Westmorland with the old Furness division of Lancashire, in a comprehensive architectural guide to one of England's most varied and rewarding regions.
From the ubiquitous Knoll "Tulip" chairs and tables to the TWA terminal at JFK Airport in New York, Eero Saarinen was one of the 20th century's most prominent space shapers, merging dynamic forms with a modernist sensibility across art and architecture.
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 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.
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.
Soviet Asia: Soviet Modernist Architecture in Central Asia
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.
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
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.
50 Buildings You Should Know
This collection of great buildings is a highly entertaining lesson in architectural history for readers of all ages.
This is Gaudi
This is Gaudi reveals the exuberant world and groundbreaking work of Antonio Gaudi in the history of modern architecture.
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.
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...
100 Churches 100 Years
This book features 100 churches built since 1914, showing the development of modern church architecture in Britain. From Spence's Coventry Cathedral to Giles Gilbert Scott's Liverpool Cathedral and featuring churches, mosques and synagogues. Architects include George Pace, Eric Gill and Frederick Gibberd.
Brooklyn: The Once and Future City
A major new history of Brooklyn, told through its landscapes, buildings, and the people who made them, from the early 17th century to today.
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.
World History of Architecture, Third Edition
Updated with expanded coverage of twenty-first century architecture, this new edition uniquely comprises a detailed survey of Western architecture as well as architecture from the Middle East, Africa, Central and South America, India, Russia, China and Japan.
Angel Roofs of East Anglia: Unseen Masterpieces of the Middle Ages
A masterly historical and photographic exploration of a much neglected form of English figurative sculpture, the angel roofs that still adorn many of the late medieval churches of East Anglia.
With his geometric structures perched upon the hillsides, beaches, and deserts of California, John Lautner is responsible for some of the most original buildings of the 20th century. This introductory book surveys his key works and his iconic aesthetic in an age of space-age technology, economic growth, and affluence.
Who Built Scotland: A History of the Nation in Twenty-Five Buildings
Kathleen Jamie, Alexander McCall Smith, Alistair Moffat, James Robertson and James Crawford travel across the country to tell the story of the nation, unravelling the places, people and passions that have had an enduring impact on the landscape and character of Scotland.
Moon: Architectural Guide
History of Architecture in 100 Buildings
This stunning book by renowned television historian Dan Cruickshank tells the history of architecture through the stories of 100 iconic buildings.
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 London: An illustrated tour of London's cityscape from the 1920s to the present day
Modern London is an illustrated exploration of the capital's ever-changing cityscape, from the art deco factories of the 1920s to the skyscraper boom of the twenty-first century.
Shaping the American Interior: Structures, Contexts and Practices
London's Architectural Walks