New Books Network

Kenneth I. Helphand, “Lawrence Halprin” (Library of American Landscape History, 2017)
During a career spanning six decades, Lawrence Halprin (1916–2009) became one of the most prolific and outspoken landscape architects of his generation. He took on challenging new project types, developing a multidisciplinary practice while experimenting with adaptive reuse and ecological designs for new shopping malls, freeways, and urban parks. In... Read More
Christof Spieler, “Trains, Buses, People: An Opinionated Atlas of US Transit” (Island Press, 2018)
Christof Spieler, PE, LEED AP, is a Vice President and Director of Planning at Huitt-Zollars and a lecturer in Architecture and Engineering at Rice University. He was a member of the board of directors of Houston METRO from 2010-2018, where he oversaw a complete redesign of the bus network that... Read More
Harold Holzer, “Monument Man: The Life and Art of Daniel Chester French” (Princeton Architectural Press, 2019)
Harold Holzer has written a biography of one of America’s greatest public artists of the nineteenth and early twentieth century, Daniel Chester French.  In Monument Man: The Life and Art of Daniel Chester French (Princeton Architectural Press, 2019), Holzer chronicles the career of French, who became best known for his... Read More
Anne Cheng, “Second Skin: Josephine Baker and the Modern Surface” (Oxford UP, 2017)
On this episode of the New Books Network, Dr. Lee Pierce (she/they)–Asst. Prof. of Rhetoric at SUNY Geneseo–interviews Dr. Anne Cheng (she/hers)–Professor of English and Director of the Program in American Studies at Princeton University–to discuss an inimitable work of critique: Second Skin: Josephine Baker and the Modern Surface (Oxford... Read More
K. Kennen and N. Kirkwood, “Phyto: Principals and Resources for Site Remediation and Landscape Design” (Routledge, 2015)
Environmental crises are making headlines in the news everyday. As public awareness increases about brownfields, pollutants, and water quality, Phyto: Principals and Resources for Site Remediation and Landscape Design (Routledge, 2015) is the tool to mediate those pressing issues. The authors are both landscape architects who address “how to” contain... Read More
Seth Bernard, “Building Mid-Republican Rome: Labor, Architecture, and the Urban Economy” (Oxford UP, 2018)
Building Mid-Republican Rome: Labor, Architecture, and the Urban Economy (Oxford University Press, 2018), offers a holistic treatment of the development of the Mid-Republican city from 396 to 168 BCE. As Romans established imperial control over Italy and beyond, the city itself radically transformed from an ambitious central Italian settlement into the capital... Read More
Adrienne Brown, “The Black Skyscraper: Architecture and the Perception of Race” (Johns Hopkins UP, 2017)
Adrienne Brown joins the New Books Network this week to talk about her fascinating 2017 book, The Black Skyscraper: Architecture and the Perception of Race (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017), which was a recent recipient of the Modern Studies Association’s First Book prize. Tracing the interconnected histories of the skyscraper and... Read More