New Books Network

Steven Stolman, “Heirloom Houses: The Architecture of Wade Weissmann” (Gibbs Smith, 2018)
In Heirloom Houses : the Architecture of Wade Weissmann (Gibbs Smith, 2018), Steven Stolman explains how the houses designed by Wade Weissmann and his firm tell the stories of the homeowners. Like beautiful music, a Wade Weissmann house is composed of notes and expressions, rhythm and syncopation, moving forward in... Read More
David Morton, “Age of Concrete: Housing and the Shape of Aspiration in the Capital of Mozambique” (Ohio UP, 2019)
Who built Africa’s cities? Going beyond the colonial archive and the planner’s gaze, David Morton’s Age of Concrete: Housing and the Shape of Aspiration in the Capital of Mozambique (Ohio University Press, 2019) describes the incremental process through which Maputo’s suburbios – popular neighborhoods outside the formally planned city –... Read More
Steven Higashide, “Better Buses, Better Cities: How to Plan, Run, and Win the Fight for Effective Transit” (Island Press, 2019)
Buses can and should be the cornerstone of urban transportation. They offer affordable mobility and can connect citizens with every aspect of their lives. But in the US, they have long been an afterthought in budgeting and planning. With a compelling narrative and actionable steps, Better Buses, Better Cities :... Read More
Simon Bell, “Elements of Visual Design in the Landscape” (Routledge, 2019)
Elements of Visual Design in the Landscape (Routledge, 2019) presents a vocabulary of visual design, structured in a logical and easy to follow sequence. It is profusely illustrated using both abstract and real examples taken from a wide range of international locations together with cross referencing between related principles and... Read More
Julian Bolleter, “Desert Paradises: Surveying the Landscapes of Dubai’s Urban Model” (Routledge, 2019)
Desert Paradises: Surveying the Landscapes of Dubai’s Urban Model (Routledge, 2019) explores how designed landscapes can play a vital role in constructing a city’s global image and legitimizing its socio-political hierarchy. Using the case study of Dubai, Julian Bolleter explores how Dubai’s rulers employ a paradisiacal image of greening the... Read More
Ian Wray, “No Little Plans: How Government Built America’s Wealth and Infrastructure” (Routledge, 2019)
Is planning for America anathema to the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness? Is it true, as thinkers such as Friedrich Von Hayek, Milton Friedman, and Ayn Rand have claimed, that planning leads to dictatorship, that the state is economically  inefficient, and that prosperity is owed primarily to the workings... Read More
Darius Sollohub, “Millennials in Architecture: Generations, Disruption, and the Legacy of a Profession” (U Texas Press, 2019)
Much has been written about Millennials, but until now their growing presence in the field of architecture has not been examined in depth. In an era of significant challenges stemming from explosive population growth, climate change, and the density of cities, Darius Sollohub, Millennials in Architecture: Generations, Disruption, and the... Read More
Thomas Yarrow, “Architects: Portraits of a Practice” (Cornell UP, 2019)
What is creativity? What is the relationship between work life and personal life? How is it possible to live truthfully in a world of contradiction and compromise? These deep and deeply personal questions spring to the fore in Thomas Yarrow‘s vivid exploration of the life of architects. Yarrow takes us... Read More
Michael R. Boswell, “Climate Action Planning: A Guide to Creating Low-Carbon, Resilient Communities” (Island Press, 2019)
Climate Action Planning: A Guide to Creating Low-Carbon, Resilient Communities (Island Press, 2019) is designed to help planners, municipal staff and officials, citizens and others working at local levels to develop and implement plans to mitigate a community’s greenhouse gas emissions and increase the resilience of communities against climate change... Read More