New Books Network

Robert Sroufe et al, “The Power of Existing Buildings” (Island Press, 2019)
Your building has the potential to change the world. Existing buildings consume approximately 40 percent of the energy and emit nearly half of the carbon dioxide in the US each year. In recognition of the significant contribution of buildings to climate change, the idea of building green has become increasingly... Read More
Richard Williams “Why Cities Look the Way They Do” (Polity, 2019)
How should we understand our cities? In Why Cities Look the Way They Do (Polity, 2019), Richard Williams, Professor of Contemporary Visual Cultures in History of Art at the University of Edinburgh explores the processes that shape the city foregrounding images over the idea that cities are designed or planned. The... Read More
Patrick M. Condon, “Five Rules for Tomorrow’s Cities” (Island Press, 2020)
How we design our cities over the next four decades will be critical for our planet. If we continue to spill excessive greenhouse gas into the atmosphere, we will run out of time to keep our global temperature from increasing. Since approximately 80% of greenhouse gases come from cities, it... Read More
Ünver Rüstem, “Ottoman Baroque: The Architectural Refashioning of Eighteenth-Century Istanbul” (Princeton UP, 2019)
In Istanbul, there is a mosque on every hill. Cruising along the Bosphorus, either for pleasure, or like the majority of Istanbul’s denizens, for transit, you cannot help but notice that the city’s landscape would be dramatically altered without the mosques of the city. In Ottoman Baroque: The Architectural Refashioning... Read More
Phoebe Lickwar and Roxi Thoren, “Farmscape: The Design of Productive Landscapes” (Routledge, 2020)
Phoebe Lickwar and Roxi Thoren‘s book Farmscape: The Design of Productive Landscapes (Routledge, 2020) situates agriculture as a design practice, using a wide range of international case studies and analytical essays to propose lessons for contemporary landscape architects who are interested in integrating agriculture into their designs. Agricultural processes, technologies,... Read More
Patrick Mooney, “Planting Design: Connecting People and Place” (Routledge, 2020)
Landscape designers have long understood the use of plants to provide beauty, aesthetic pleasure and visual stimulation while supporting a broad range of functional goals. However, the potential for plants in the landscape to elicit human involvement and provide mental stimulation and restoration is much less well understood. Patrick Mooney‘s... Read More
Theodora Varbouli and Olga Touloumi, “Computer Architectures: Constructing the Common Ground” (Routledge, 2019)
Weaving together intellectual, social, cultural, and material histories, Theodora Vardouli and Olga Touloumi‘s book Computer Architectures: Constructing the Common Ground (Routledge, 2019) paints the landscape that brought computing into the imagination, production, and management of the built environment, whilst foregrounding the impact of architecture in shaping technological development. The book... Read More
Kristian Ly Serena, “Age-Inclusive Public Space” (Hatje Cantz, 2019)
Public spaces tend to over-represent facilities and spatial design for the young and the middle-aged, whereas elderly citizens are all too often neglected by contemporary urban design practice. Dominique Hauderowicz and Kristian Ly Serena‘s edited volume Age-Inclusive Public Space (Hatje Cantz, 2020) establishes a dialogue between architects and academic contributors... Read More