Summer Isn’t Over Yet! Top off Your Reading List with these A&D Books

“The Architecture of Patterns”

By Paul Anderson and David Salomon

The Architecture of Patterns
Read this book and you’ll never find patterns monotonous again! Anderson and Salomon delve into the world of patterns, revealing their role in modern design, to expose the ephemeral and sensory qualities that are often masked by organization and form. The book offers captivating surprises as it unveils how patterns link seemingly disjointed categories, such as botany and graffiti or sensation and organization. The authors utilize past and present, drawing upon historical materials in addition to modern case-studies, in an effort to illustrate the prospect of patterns today. “The Architecture of Patterns” redefines patterns, illuminating their transient and sensory traits that are often overlooked. It offers designers an abundance of ways to showcase the unique traits of patterns and incorporate them into smart and innovative designs. 


“Basics Interior Design: Retail Design”

By Lynne Mesher  


Basics Interior Design Retail Design
It’s time to get back to basics with this straightforward and comprehensive guide to retail design. Everyone knows that innovation, consumer appeal, and a competitive edge are keystones to a successful retail store. This book describes how to craft spatially successful designs that cater to these aspects of the retail industry and create an irresistible commercial interior. You certainly won’t be one-upped by your neighboring store with this guide in hand. Mesher’s book is packed with illustrations, diagrams and case studies from students and professionals, which give that extra “umph!” of inspiration and visual grasp.


Look out for the second book in the Basics Interior Design series, “Basics Interior Design: Exhibition Design,” by Pam Locker, available in January 2011. This book will break down the complexities of exhibition design in a variety of fields including commercial trade fairs, museum galleries, visitor centers, and historic houses.


“The New Mathematics of Architecture”

By Thames & Hudson


The Mathematics of Architecture
Get out your calculator and graph paper everyone, because we’re going back to math class—although those basic tools are more than antiquated in comparison to what “The New Mathematics of Architecture” reveals. The book highlights recent advances in digital design, which in conjunction with physics and mathematics have allowed architects to design astonishing constructs that would have been unimaginable even in the recent past. Although the specifics of the physics and math may seem a bit daunting, the book is written in refreshingly clear text with accompanying illustrations from nearly 40 international projects. We’ve come a long way since the Parthenon, and “The New Mathematics of Architecture” celebrates the technology within the beauty of modern-day architecture.


“Building Brasilia

By Thames & Hudson


Building Brasilia
After reading “Building Brasilia”, you don’t need to go to Brazil to feel like you’ve been there. Published in honor of Brazil’s 50th anniversary, this book celebrates the building of Brazil’s capital city through a collection of contemporary photography. The work of architect and photographer Marcel Gautherot is showcased, and his ability to capture the many faces of the city is remarkable. The book features some of Brazil’s striking and cutting-edge constructs that display the modern, technological advances in architecture. 


“Catalogue of the Andrew Alpern Collection of Drawing Instruments”

By Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library


Catalogue of the Andrew Alpern Collection of Drawing Instruments
While today’s architecture may be dominated by computers and digital design labs, this catalogue of drawing instruments documents 300 years of incomparable drawing tools. Modern day architects and engineers accustomed to the computer mouse will gain new perspective when exposed to the “Catalogue of the Andrew Alpern Collection of Drawing Instruments.” While the tools are eloquently described for architects, draftsmen, and engineers, the photographs almost speak louder than the text, with breath-taking color photographs that highlight the details of the exquisite metals and luxurious cases. Although modern technology has made possible some of today’s most prized architecture, this catalogue allows us to thoroughly appreciate the past.       


–Zoe Namerow, editorial intern

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