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Most popular History of architecture books

The most popular History of architecture books currently available. Updated weekly.
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Plagued By Fire: The Dreams and Furies of Frank Lloyd Wright
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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.
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50 Buildings You Should Know
This collection of great buildings is a highly entertaining lesson in architectural history for readers of all ages.
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Cabins
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.
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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.
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Seashaken Houses: A Lighthouse History from Eddystone to Fastnet
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Art Deco London Map
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Robert Adam and his Brothers: New light on Britain's leading architectural family
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Art Deco Britain: Buildings of the interwar years
The definitive guide to Art Deco buildings in Britain, written by leading architectural historian Elain Harwood.
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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
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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...
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Manmade Wonders of the World
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Modernist Architecture: International Concepts Come to Britain
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History of Western Architecture, Sixth 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.
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High Tech Architecture: A Style Reconsidered
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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. Born in 1521, Bess of Hardwick, businesswoman, money-lender and property tycoon, lived an astonishing eighty-seven years.
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Designing London's Public Spaces: Post-war and Now
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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.
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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
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Speaking of Buildings: Oral History in Architectural Research
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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.
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Sir Christopher Wren
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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. Born in 1521, Bess of Hardwick, businesswoman, money-lender and property tycoon, lived an astonishing eighty-seven years.
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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.
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Architecture through Drawing
Architecture Through Drawing examines architectural drawings as objects which encapsulate complex spatial and cultural ideas.
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Oxford
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.
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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...
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This is Gaudi
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Gaudi
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...
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Seashaken Houses: A Lighthouse History from Eddystone to Fastnet
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Saarinen
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.
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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.
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X-Ray Architecture
Illuminates the hidden relationship between building and body
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Moon: Architectural Guide
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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.
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London's Lost Rivers: A Walker's Guide
Tracking eleven rivers beneath London that have been culverted, placed in tunnels, or diverted into the sewer system.
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London Then and Now (R): People and Places
London Then and Now - People and Places pairs an incredible range of archive photos from across Greater London with the same views as they look today.
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Gio Ponti
Architect, magazine editor, artist, academic: Gio Ponti's multifaceted oeuvre blurred boundaries across creative disciplines and lead the evolution of modern design in Italy. Filled with archival images, a timeline, and map of his Milanese buildings, this dedicated introduction traces Ponti's most celebrated works and provides an extensive...
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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.
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Architectural Model: Histories of the Miniature and the Prototype, the Exemplar and the Muse
An investigation of different uses for the architectural model through history-as sign, souvenir, funerary object, didactic tool, medium for design, and architect's muse.
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Guide to Port Sunlight Village: Third edition
The third edition of a best-selling book on the Port Sunlight Village, with a new chapter on the Lady Lever Art Gallery, further information on key individuals and an increase in the number of illustrations.
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Portals: Gates, Stiles, Windows, Bridges, & Other Crossings
A fascinating journey into thresholds and crossing places.
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Wright and New York: The Making of America's Architect
A dazzling dual portrait of Frank Lloyd Wright and early twentieth-century New York, revealing the city's role in establishing the career of America's most famous architect
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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.
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Manchester in 50 Buildings
Explores the rich and fascinating history of Manchester through an examination of some of its greatest architectural treasures.
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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.
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Scottish Castles Story
The castle is an evocative structure, no matter its setting, and this is no truer than in Scotland, where the multitude of castles reflect the country's turbulent history: its many conflicts and skirmishes, whether against invaders from the north, the English to the south or between clans.