Essays On Architecture Pdf

Hubert DamischNoah's Ark: Essays on Architecture Translated from the French by Julie Rose; edited and with an introduction by Anthony Vidler. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2016, 392 pp., 61 b/w illus. $30.95/£25.95 (paper), ISBN 9780262528580

French readers will have good reason to be envious. Noah's Ark, an anthology of the essays of Hubert Damisch, is not simply the translation of an existing volume by the author of A Theory of Cloud—the first book by which he became known in 1972.1 Instead, it is a truly new editorial creation. We should bear in mind that Damisch is hardly unknown to English readers, who have had access to his magisterial Origin of Perspective since 1994.2 In the field of architecture and critical urban thinking, his insightful texts on the cities of the New World were translated in 2001 under the title Skyline: The Narcissistic City, five years after the publication of the original collection.3 Despite some occasional and limited translations, the entire spectrum of his reflections on architecture since the 1960s has never been made available, even to the Francophone audience.

This deficiency is all the more paradoxical given that Damisch has unquestionably remained unique among French intellectuals of the past decades for his dedication to making architecture and urban form into a field of theoretical and critical research. He has avoided the kind of condescension or amateurism displayed by writers from established disciplines, as well as the opportunism of most authors who have looked down on architecture from the Olympian heights of their disciplines. Instead, he has approached the subject without any trace of smugness or self-importance in terms of its fundamental constitution and its intersections …

A collection of source documents in the history, theory and criticism of 20th-century architecture.


Also available in Serbo-Croatian translation.

For a flat library of architecture

Building a digital library of writings on architecture offers itself also as an opportunity to rethink the architecture of digital library itself and ask how it can open up to new methods of research and discovery. In the experiment, primary function of the library is kept – it firstly exists to serve as a resource for architectural research. But does it? Digital libraries are composed of numerous screens linked to each other by the complex logic of database design and bibliographic data. They are tremendously useful when we know what we are looking for, but not so great when we are interested in learning and discovering things closely related to those we are already familiar with. Neither advanced search options nor long lists of results are very helpful here. Digital libraries can be great in content but usually lack in form.

How can they be designed differently? As opposed to physical libraries, digital libraries are two-dimensional, they are screen-based. What if we take advantage of this two-dimensional spatiality more fully and view it as planar linearity, linearity so familiar from reading and navigating inside books? What if our collection of books is organised in a way texts are organised in books? We can take several organizational elements of the book and turn them into architectural features of our library, namely: bibliography, anthology, and one from ancient history – scroll.

As a bibliography, it may offer an enumerative list of publications relevant for partial themes, while it may also give a glimpse of their transmission and reception in the forms of translations and reviews, all directly linked to their digital versions (we can call this aspect the “annotated source bibliography”).
As an anthology, it may bring together texts informing a given discourse, while it may also give in to its incoherent nature that can described as a range of mutually conditioning discursive fields, the interactions of which in turn serve as starting points for the selection of publications for inclusion in the library (we can call this aspect the “knot-anthology”).
As a scroll (or roll), instead of organising texts as a database with multiple entries, its interface may consist of a single page that can be searched using the function of a web browser (CTRL+F or Apple+F) and navigated through internal links (we can call this aspect the “flat library”).

This page is one such an architectural library. It gathers some of the writings on history, theory and criticism that have shaped the discourse of architecture in the 20th and 21st centuries. It is designed for both the novice in the field and the more experienced researcher. The table of contents provides a general structure. Another way of navigation is to search for a specific name, keyword or publication and explore neighboring elements.

The page is divided into five main sections.

The first three contain a selection of books, catalogues and magazine issues. The first is dedicated to canonical books, loosely grouped into themes. The citation of a volume is followed by its published translations into five languages (English, German, French, Italian, Spanish), short annotation and list of reviews and commentaries available online. This selection is further expanded in the next section listing some one hundred, primarily English-language volumes grouped into 25 themes. The third section contains anthologies and readers compiling historical texts in several languages, some sourced from the volumes listed above but their scope is much wider, with each book following its own selection criteria.

The contents of five English-language anthologies is listed in a separate table that can be sorted by name of the author, year of the publication, title of the text, and collection it is included in. More than 270 programs, manifestos, statements, theoretical and critical essays are included along with editors' introductions.

The last main section consists of an extensive listing of 180 architectural periodicals in multiple languages, about one half of which is available online. The journals can be sorted by title, year of the first publication, city of the first publisher, and primary language. Many are accompanied in the rightmost column by interviews and commentaries situating the journal in its historical context. Interestingly, among the magazines accessible online are, with some significant exceptions, mostly those published until the 1930s and those launched in the 2000s or later.

Note that this is a work in progress, comments and further suggestions are welcome.

First published on 23 July 2015. Updated on 5 May 2017 on the occasion of Public Library / Javna knjižnica exhibition in Novi Sad.

Key monographs[edit]

This section contains a selection of canonical books on architecture, loosely grouped into themes. The citation of a volume is followed by its published translations into five languages (English, German, French, Italian, Spanish), a short annotation and a list of reviews and commentaries available online. For more volumes see Monographs, catalogues and journal issues; for more writings by individual authors see their respective Pages.


  • Le Corbusier, Vers une architecture, Paris: G. Crès et Cie, 1923, 230 pp. (French) A collection of articles written for the avant-garde magazine L'Esprit Nouveau he co-edited. Dismisses the then contemporary trends of eclecticism and art deco, replacing them with architecture that was meant to be more than a stylistic experiment; rather, an architecture that would fundamentally change how humans interacted with buildings. This new mode of living derived from a new spirit defining the industrial age, demanding a rebirth of architecture based on function and a new aesthetic based on pure form.
    • Kommende Baukunst, trans. & ed. Hans Hildebrandt, Berlin/Stuttgart/Leipzig: Deutsche Verlags, 1926, xv+253 pp; new ed. as Ausblick auf eine Architektur, rev. Eva Gärtner, Berlin: Ullstein, 1963, 215 pp. (German)
    • Towards a New Architecture, London: John Rodker, 1927, xix+289 pp; London: Architectural Press, 1946, OL; Praeger, 1970, OL; New York: Dover, 1986, 320 pp. (English)
    • Hacia una arquitectura, trans. Luis A. Romero, Buenos Aires: El Distribuidor Americano, 1939, 208 pp. (Spanish)
    • Hacia una arquitectura, trans. Josefina Martinez Alinari, Barcelona: Apostrofe, 1977. (Spanish)
    • Verso una architettura, trans. Pierluigi Cerri, Pierluigi Nicolin and Carlo Fioroni, Milan: Longanesi, 1973, xlii+246 pp. (Italian)
    • Toward an Architecture, intro. Jean-Louis Cohen, trans. John Goodman, Los Angeles: Getty Research Institute, 2007, xiii+341 pp. [1](English)
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  • Sigfried Giedion, Space, Time & Architecture: The Growth of a New Tradition, Harvard UP, 1941, 16+601 pp; 3th ed., enl., 1954, 778 pp; 5th ed., 2003. (English) A defense of Gropius, the Bauhaus, and modernism. Based on his 1938-39 Charles Eliot Norton Lectures at Harvard. Reviews: Redman (Saturday Review 1954), Molella (Tech & Culture 2002), Williams (Art Book Review 2013).
    • Spazio, tempo ed architettura: lo sviluppo di una nuova tradizione, Milan: U. Hoepli, 1954, xxiv+755 pp. (Italian)
    • Espacio, tiempo y arquitectura: el futuro de una nueva tradición, trans. Isidro Puig Boada, Barcelona: Científico-Médica, 1958, 808 pp. (Spanish)
    • Raum, Zeit, Architektur: die Entstehung einer neuen Tradition, Ravensburg: Maier, 1964, 536 pp. (German)
    • Espace, temps, architecture. La naissance d'une nouvelle tradition, trans. Irmeline Lebeer and Franc̨oise-Marie Rosset, Brussels: La Connaissance, 1968, 552 pp. (French)
  • Sigfried Giedion, Mechanization Takes Command: A Contribution to Anonymous History, Oxford UP, 1948, xiv+743 pp, Log; U Minnesota Press, 2013. (English) Examines mechanization and its effects on everyday life. Reviews: Sawyer (JEH 1949), Bames (AJS 1949), Ogburn (AHR 1948), Guerlac (AQ 1949), Horton (ASR 1948), Zucker (JAAC 1949), Molella (Tech & Culture 2002), Vanderbilt (Bookforum 2010).
    • L èra della meccanizzazione, trans. Maria Labò, Milan: Feltrinelli, 1967, 674 pp. (Italian)
    • La mecanización toma el mando, trans. Esteve Riambau i Suarí, Barcelona: Gili, 1978, 731 pp. (Spanish)
    • La mécanisation au pouvoir: contribution à l'histoire anonyme, trans. Paule Guivarch, Paris: Centre Georges Pompidou, 1980, 592 pp. (French)
    • Die Herrschaft der Mechanisierung: ein Beitrag zur anonymen Geschichte, afterw. Stanislaus von Moos, Frankfurt am Main: Europäische Verlagsanstalt, 1982, 843 pp. (German)

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  • Walter Gropius, Bauhausbauten Dessau, Munich: Albert Langen, Bauhausbücher 12, 1930, 221 pp. (German)
    • [The Bauhaus at Dessau], trans. Dennis Sharp, U Kansas, 19xx, 73 leaves. Unpublished typescript. [2](English)
  • László Moholy-Nagy, Von Material zur Architektur, Munich: Albert Langen, Bauhausbücher 14, 1929, 241 pp; facsimile repr., Mainz and Berlin: Florian Kupferberg, 1968, 251 pp. (German)

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Urban theory, public space, the city[edit]

  • Ludwig Hilberseimer, Grossstadtarchitektur, Stuttgart: Hoffmann, 1927, 108 pp. (German)
    • La Arquitectura de la gran ciudad: la gran ciudad, urbanismo, edificios de vivienda, trans. Pedro Madrigal Devesa, Barcelona: Gili, 1979, 106 pp. (Spanish)
    • Groszstadt Architektur: l'architettura della grande città, trans. Bianca Spagnuolo Vigorita, Naples: Clean, 1981, 107 pp. (Italian)
    • "Metropolisarchitecture", trans. Richard Anderson, in Hilberseimer, Metropolisarchitecture and Selected Essays, ed. Richard Anderson, Columbia U/GSAPP Books, 2012, pp 83-280. (English) Review: Zimmerman (JSAH 2014).
  • Aldo Rossi, L'architettura della città, Padova: Marsilio, 1966; Torino: CittàStudi, 2006, 235 pp; new ed., Macerata: Quodlibet, 2011. (Italian)
    • La arquitectura de la ciudad, intro. Salvador Tarragó Cid, trans. María Ferrer Ferrer, Barcelona: Gustavo Gili, 1971, 239+13 pp. (Spanish)
    • Die Architektur der Stadt, trans. Arianna Giachi, Düsseldorf: Bertelsmann, 1973; new ed., Munich: Technische Universität, 1998, 117 pp. Of 2nd ed. (German)
    • L'architecture de la ville, trans. Françoise Brun, Paris: L'Equerre, 1981, 295 pp. (French)
    • The Architecture of the City, intro. Peter Eisenman, trans. Diane Ghirardo and Joan Ockman, MIT Press, Oppositions Books series, 1982, 208 pp. (English) Reviews & comm.: Vogt & Donnell (JSAH 1983), Lobsinger (JAE 2006), Nilufar (Protibesh 2004).
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  • Oswald Mathias Ungers, et al., Die Stadt in der Stadt: Berlin das grüne Stadtarchipel, Cologne: Studioverlag für Architektur, 1977; critical ed., eds. Florian Hertweck and Sébastien Marot, Zürich: Lars Müller Publishers, 2013. (German)
  • Colin Rowe, Fred Koetter, Collage City, MIT Press, 1978, 186 pp. (English) Examines urban structure of selected cities as found, revealing it to be the end product of a ceaseless process of fragmentation, the collision, superimposition, contamination of many diverse ideas imposed on it by successive generations, each with its own idea; introduces the concept of bricolage to urban theory. Manuscript in circulation already from 1973. Commentary: Somol, et al. (ANY 1994), Hays (1998), Ockman (JSAH 1998), Vidler (2011). Review: Cutler (2010).
    • Collage city, trans. Chiara Dazzi, Milan: Saggiatore, 1981, 285 pp. (Italian)
    • Collage City, trans. Bernhard Hoesli, Basel: Birkhäuser, 1984, 286 pp. (German)
    • Collage City, trans. Kenneth Hylton, Paris: Centre Georges Pompidou, 1993, 271 pp. Preface. (French)
    • Ciudad collage, trans. Esteve Riambau Sauri, Barcelona: Gili, 1998. (Spanish)
  • Rem Koolhaas, Delirious New York: A Retroactive Manifesto for Manhattan, Thames & Hudson, 1978; Monacelli Press, 1994, 317 pp. (English) Reviews: Muschamp (NYT 1994), Watson (2010). Commentary: Crary (Any 1994), Foster (LRB 2001).
    • Delirious New York: ein retroaktives Manifest für Manhattan, trans. Fritz Schneider, Aachen: Arch+, 1978, 327 pp. (German)
    • New York délire: un manifeste retroactif pour Manhattan, trans. Catherine Collet, Paris: Chêne, 1978, 264 pp. (French)
    • Delirious New York: un manifesto retroattivo per Manhattan, trans. Ruggero Baldasso and Marco Biraghi, Milan: Electa, 2001, 305 pp. (Italian)
    • Delirio de Nueva York: un manifiesto retroactivo para Manhattan, trans. Jorge Sainz, Barcelona: Gili, 2004, 318 pp. (Spanish)

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  • Bruno Zevi, Saper vedere l'architettura: saggio sull'interpretazione spaziale dell'architettura, Torino: Einaudi, 1948. (Italian)
    • Architecture as Space. How to look at Architecture, New York: Horizon Press, 1957; Da Capo Press, New York, 1993. Excerpt. (English)
    • Apprendre à voir l'architecture, trans. Lucien Trichaud, Paris: Minuit, 1959, 134 pp. (French)
    • Saber ver la arquitectura: Ensayo sobre la interpretación espacial de la arquitectura, trans. Cino Calcaprina and Jesús Bermejo Goday, Buenos Aires: Poseidón, 1976; 1981. (Spanish)
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  • Emil Kaufmann, Three Revolutionary Architects: Boullée, Ledoux, and Lequeu, Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society, 1952, 564 pp. (English)
    • Tre architetti rivoluzionari: Boullée, Ledoux, Lequeu, intro. Georges Teyssot, trans. Maurizio Grandi and Vittorio Saredi, Milan: Angeli, 1976, 412 pp. (Italian)
    • Trois architectes révolutionnaires: Boullée, Ledoux, Lequeu, intro. & notes Gilbert Erouart et Georges Teyssot, trans. Françoise Revers, Paris: SADG, 1978, 318 pp. (French)
    • Tres arquitectos revolucionarios: Boullé, Ledoux y Lequeu, intro. & notes Gilbert Érouart and Georges Teyssot, Barcelona: Gili, 1980, 324 pp. (Spanish)
  • Reyner Banham, Theory and Design in the First Machine Age, London: Architectural Press, 1960; New York: Praeger, 1960, 338 pp; 2nd ed., 1967, 338 pp. (English) Reviews: Gardner-Medwin (TPR 1961), Hilberry (JSAH 1963), Young, Fontenas (Critique d'art 2010), Lebar (2012).
    • Die Revolution der Architektur. Theorie und Gestaltung im Ersten Maschinenzeitalter, trans. Wolfram Wagmuth, Hamburg: Rowohlt, 1964, 296 pp. (German)
    • Teoría y diseño arquitectónico en la era de la máquina, trans. Luis Fabricant, Buenos Aires: Nueva Visión, 1965, 316+64 pp. (Spanish)
    • Architettura della prima eta della macchina, trans. Marco Biraghi, Bologna: Calderini, 1970, 355+42 pp. (Italian)
    • Théorie et design à l'ère industrielle, trans. Christelle Bécant, intro. Frédéric Migayrou, Orléans: HYX, 2009, 415 pp. (French)
  • William J.R. Curtis, Modern Architecture Since 1900, Oxford: Phaidon Press, 1982; Englewood, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1982, 416 pp; 2nd ed., 1987; 3rd ed., Phaidon, 1996. (English) Reviews: Curtis (JSAH 1982), Moos (Art Journal 1983).
    • La arquitectura moderna desde 1900, trans. Jorge Sainz Avia, Madrid: Blume, 1986, 416 pp. (Spanish)
    • L'architettura moderna del Novecento, ed. & trans. Anna Barbara and Chiara Rodriquez, Milan: Mondadori, 1999, 739 pp. (Italian)

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Marxist critique[edit]

  • Manfredo Tafuri, Progetto e utopia: architettura e sviluppo capitalistico, Bari: Laterza & Figli, 1973. (Italian) Retraces the development of architecture from the late 18th C to the early 1970s; concludes by discounting any possibility of utopia for the architecture of the era of late capitalism. Expanded from his "Per una critica dell'ideologia architettonica" (1969; EN: "Toward a Critique of Architectural Ideology", 1998). See also Tafuri 1980 and Ockman 1985.
    • "Para una crítica de la ideología arquitectónica", in Tafuri, Cacciari, Dal Co, De la vanguardia a la metropolis. Crítica radical a la arquitectura, Barcelona: Gili, 1972, pp 13-78. (Spanish) Published in conjunction with the 1972 Seminar on Urbanism II at ETS de Arquitectura, Barcelona.
    • Architecture and Utopia: Design and Capitalist Development, trans. Barbara Luigia La Penta, MIT Press, 1976, xi+184 pp. (English) Commentary: Jameson 1985, Ockman 1995, Jameson 2001. Review: Puglisi (JAE 2013).
    • Kapitalismus und Architektur. Von Corbusier's 'Utopia' zur Trabantenstadt, trans. Thomas Bandholtz, Nikolaus Kuhnert and Juan Rodriguez-Lores, Hamburg and West Berlin: VSA, 1977. (German)
    • Projet et utopie. De l'avant-garde à la métropole, trans. Françoise Brun, ed. Ligia Ravé-Emy, Paris: Dunod, 1979. (French)
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  • Gaston Bachelard, La Poétique de l'espace, Paris: PUF, 1957, 214 pp; 3rd ed., 1961, 215 pp. (French)
    • Poetik des Raumes, trans. Kurt Leonhard, Munich: Hanser, 1960, 284 pp. (German)
    • The Poetics of Space, trans. Maria Jolas, New York: Orion Press, 1964; Boston: Beacon Press, 1969; 1994. (English) Review: Ockman (HDM 1998).
    • La poética del espacio, trans. Ernestina de Champourcin, México: Fondo de Cultura Económica, 1965. (Spanish)
    • La poetica dello spazio, trans. Ettore Catalano, Bari: Dedalo, 1975. (Italian)
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Gestalt theory[edit]

  • Colin Rowe, Robert Slutzky, Transparency [1963, 1971], comm. Bernhard Hoesli, New York: St. Martin's Press, 1983; new ed., intro. Werner Oechslin, Basel: Birkhäuser, 1997, 120 pp. (English) Makes the distinction between literal and phenomenal transparency, taking cubist painting and Gestalt psychology as the bases for a new theory of visual perception in architecture. Written 1955-56 while teaching at U Texas in Austin (as part of the group of educators later called the "Texas Rangers"); a two-part essay that belatedly appeared in Perspecta in 1963 and 1971 after being rejected by Pevsner at AR. Commentary: Ockman (JSAH 1998).
    • Transparenz, trans. & comm. Bernhard Hoesli, Basel: Birkhäuser, 1968, 71 pp; 3rd ed., exp., 1989, 107 pp; 4th ed., exp., intro. Werner Oechslin, 1997, 119 pp. (German) First edition contains only the first essay, amplified by Hoesli's extensive commentary as well as previously unpublished notes by the authors in English.
    • Transparence: réelle et virtuelle, trans. Marianne Brausch and Sylvain Malfroy, pref. Werner Oechslin, Paris: Demi-Cercle, 1992, 143 pp.


  • Robert Venturi, Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture, intro. Vincent Scully, New York: Museum of Modern Art, 1966; 2nd ed., 1977, 131 pp. Implies that Modernist buildings are without meaning, as their puritanical design lack the irony and complexity that enrich historical architecture. Developed out of a course Venturi began teaching at U Penn in 1957. (English) Reviews: Rowe (NYT 1967), Finkelpearl (JSAH 1979).
    • De l'ambiguïté en architecture, trans. Maurin Schlumberger and Jean-Louis Vénard, Paris: Dunod, 1971, 135 pp. (French)
    • Complejidad y contradicción en la arquitectura, trans. Antón Aguirregoitia Arechavaleta and Eduardo de Felipe Alonso, Barcelona: Gili, 1972, 234 pp. (Spanish)
    • Komplexität und Widerspruch in der Architektur, trans. Heinz Schollwöck, ed. Heinrich Klotz, 1978, Braunschweig: Vieweg, 232 pp. (German)
    • Complessità e contraddizioni nell' architettura, trans. Raffaele Gorjux and Margherita Rossi Paulis, Bari: Dedalo, 1980, 163 pp. (Italian)
  • Hans Hollein, et al., "Alles ist Architektur", a special issue of Bau, 23:1/2, Vienna, 1968, 35 pp. Lead essay (HTML). (German) Calls for expanding the concept of architecture to embrace other media and to transcend its own physicality into a comprehensive and invisible technical environment. Commentary: Lefaivre (HDM 2003).
    • Hans Hollein, "Everything is Architecture", in Hollein, Chicago: Richard Feigen Gallery, 1969; repr. inArchitecture Culture, 1943-1968, ed. Joan Ockman, Rizzoli, 1993, pp 460-462. (English)
  • Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown, Steven Izenour, Learning From Las Vegas, MIT Press, 1972, xvi+188 pp; rev.ed. as Learning From Las Vegas: The Forgotten Symbolism of Architectural Form, MIT Press, 1977, xvii+192 pp. (English) Studies of the Las Vegas Strip, undertaken with students in a research studio Scott Brown taught with Venturi in 1968-70 at Yale's School of Architecture and Planning. 2009 retrospective brochure. Reviews: Wolf (JSAH 1973), Unruh (JCE 1979), Finkelpearl (JSAH 1979). Commentary: Stierli (Radical Pedagogies c2010), Colomina (Radical Pedagogies c2010), Marshall (Guardian 2015).
    • Aprendiendo de todas las cosas, trans. Xavier Sust and Beatriz de Moura, Barcelona: Tusquets, 1971, 104 pp. (Spanish)
    • L'enseignement de Las Vegas, ou, Le symbolisme oublié de la forme architecturale, Brussels: Mardaga, 1977, 190 pp. (French)
    • Lernen von Las Vegas. Zur Ikonographie und Architektursymbolik der Geschäftsstadt, trans. Heinz Schollwöck, Braunschweig: Vieweg, 1979, 220 pp; 2nd ed., 1997, 213 pp. (German)
    • Imparando da Las Vegas: il simbolismo dimenticato della forma architettonica, intro. Alessandro Mendini and Stefano Casciani, trans. Maurizio Sabini, Venice: Culva, 1985, 122 pp. (Italian)

See also Rowe & Koetter 1978.

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Computational architecture[edit]

  • Mario Carpo, The Alphabet and the Algorithm, MIT Press, 2011, 190 pp. (English) Charting the rise and fall of the paradigm of identicality, Carpo compares new forms of postindustrial, digital craftsmanship to traditional hand-making, and to the cultures and technologies of variations that existed before the coming of machine-made, identical copies. Reviews: Aureli (AR 2011), Djajali (2011), Abrahamson (2011), Diamanti (2012), Allen (RCT 2014).
  • Luciana Parisi, Contagious Architecture: Computation, Aesthetics, and Space, MIT Press, 2013, 392 pp. (English) A philosophical inquiry into the status of the algorithm in architectural and interaction design; Parisi's thesis is that algorithmic computation is not simply an abstract mathematical tool but constitutes a mode of thought in its own right, in that its operation extends into forms of abstraction that lie beyond direct human cognition and control. Reviews: Lecomte (Mute 2013), Ikoniadou (Computational Culture 2014).

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  • Bernard Tschumi, Architecture and Disjunction, MIT Press, 1994, 278 pp. [3][4](English) Collects 13 articles from 1975-91. Reviews: Hine (NYT 1994), La Marche (JAE 1995).
    • Architecture et disjonction, trans. Jean-Marc Grimaldi, Orléans: HYX, 2014, 188 pp. (French)
  • Hal Foster, The Art-Architecture Complex, London: Verso, 2011, 316 pp. (English) Argues that a fusion of architecture and art is a defining feature of contemporary culture; identifies a "global style" of architecture—as practiced by Norman Foster, Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano—analogous to the international style of Le Corbusier, Gropius and Mies. Reviews: Moore (Guardian 2011), Long (Icon 2012), Cava (Arcade 2012), Home (Menlo Park 2013), Petts (Marx & Philosophy 2014).
    • El complejo arte-arquitectura, trans. José Adrián Vitier, Madrid: Turner, 2013, 346 pp. (Spanish)
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Monographs, catalogues and journal issues[edit]

This section expands the one on canonical works. The focus is primarily on volumes published in English. For more writings by individual authors see their respective pages; for anthologies and readers compiling historical texts see anthologies.


    • Steen Eiler Rasmussen, Experiencing Architecture, MIT Press, 1959, 245 pp, OL, OL. [5]
    • Francis D.K. Ching, Architectural Graphics, Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1975; 4th ed., Wiley, 2002; 6th ed., Wiley, 2015.
    • Francis D.K. Ching, Architecture: Form Space and Order, Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1979; 3rd ed., Wiley, 2007; 4th ed., 2014.
    • Robin Evans, The Projective Cast: Architecture and Its Three Geometries, MIT Press, 1995, 456 pp. [6]


    • Vitruvius, The Ten Books on Architecture [c15], trans. Morris H. Morgan, Harvard UP, 1914, 331 pp, IA. (English) Review: Wetmore (Classical Weekly 1916). Previous translations.
      • On Architecture, 1 [Book I-V], ed. & trans. Frank Granger, London: Heinemann, and New York: Putnam, Loeb Classical Library, 1931, 317 pp. (English)
      • Ten Books on Architecture, trans. Ingrid D. Rowland, comm. & illustr. Thomas Noble Howe, add. comm. Ingrid D. Rowland and Michael J. Dewar, Cambridge UP, 1999, xvi+333 pp. (English)
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    • Andrea Palladio, The Four Books on Architecture [1570], trans. Robert Tavernor and Richard Schofield, MIT Press, 1997, 472 pp. [7](English) First EN trans. since Isaac Ware's 1738. more translations


    • Nicolas Le Camus de Mézières, The Genius of Architecture; or, The Analogy of That Art with Our Sensations [1780], intro. Robin Middleton, trans. David Britt, Los Angeles: Getty Publications, 1992, 224 pp.
    • Étienne-Louis Boullée, "Architecture, Essay on Art" [1794], trans. Sheila de Vallée, in Boullée & Visionary Architecture, ed. Helen Rosenau, London: Academy Editions & New York: Harmony Books, 1976, pp 81-116. more translations.

    Historicism, eclecticism[edit]

    Modern Movement, Modernism[edit]

    • Otto Wagner, Modern Architecture: A Guidebook for His Students to This Field of Art [1896], intro. & trans. Harry Francis Mallgrave, Los Angeles: Getty Publications, 1988, 200 pp.
    • Hendrik Petrus Berlage, Thoughts on Style, 1886–1909, intro. Iain Boyd Whyte, trans. Iain Boyd Whyte and Wim de Wit, Santa Monica, CA: Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities, 1996, 331 pp.
    • Hermann Muthesius, Style-Architecture and Building-Art: Transformations of Architecture in the Nineteenth Century and Its Present Condition [1902], intro. & trans. Stanford Anderson, Los Angeles: Getty Publications, 1994, 144 pp.
    • Adolf Loos, Spoken into the Void: Collected Essays, 1897-1900 [1921], intro. Aldo Rossi, trans. Jane O. Newman and John H. Smith, MIT Press, Oppositions Books series, 1982. Excerpt.
    • Machine-Age Exposition, New York, 1927, 44 pp. Catalogue of a large-scale international NY exhibition advertised as the first event bringing together "architecture, engineering, industrial arts and modern art."
    • Frank Lloyd Wright, Modern Architecture: Being the Kahn Lectures for 1930, pref. E. Baldwin Smith, Princeton UP, 1931, 114 pp; repr. in Wright, The Future of Architecture, 1953, pp 67-182. The six lectures include "Machine, Materials and Men", "Style in Industry", "The Passing of the Cornice", "The Cardboard House", "The Tyranny of the Skyscraper", "The City". 2008 introduction. Review: Jardine (Leonardo 2009).
    • Karel Teige, The Minimum Dwelling [1932], trans. Eric Dluhosch, MIT Press, 2002.
    • Nikolaus Pevsner, Pioneers of the Modern Movement, London: Faber and Faber, 1936; 2nd ed. as Pioneers of Modern Design, New York: Museum of Modern Art, 1949; new ed., rev., Penguin, 1960. Views Modernism as a synthesis of three main sources: William Morris and the Arts and Crafts movement, the 19th-century engineers, and Art Nouveau. Review: Payne (HDM 2002).

    See also Key monographs.


    • Nikolay Punin, The Monument to the Third International [1920], trans. Christina Lodder, in Art in Theory, 1900-1990: An Anthology of Changing Ideas, eds. Charles Harrison and Paul Wood, 1992, pp 311-315.
    • Mosei Ginzburg, Style and Epoch [1924], intro. & trans. Anatole Senkevitch, Jr., foreword Kenneth Frampton, MIT Press, Oppositions Books series, 1982, 160 pp.
    • Circle: International Survey of Constructive Art, eds. Leslie Martin, Ben Nicholson and Naum Gabo, London, 1937; New York: Praeger, 1971, viii+291 pp.


    • J.J.P. Oud, Holländische Architektur, Munich: Albert Langen, Bauhausbücher 10, 1929, 107 pp. (German)
    • Walter Gropius, Scope of Total Architecture, Harper, 1956; Collier Books, 1962, 158 pp.
    • Walter Gropius, The New Architecture and the Bauhaus, trans. P. Morton Shand, London: Faber and Faber, 1935; MIT Press, 1965, 112 pp.

    See also Key monographs.

    International Style[edit]

    • Henry Russell Hitchcock, Philip Johnson, The International Style: Architecture Since 1922, New York: W.W. Norton, 1932, 240 pp; new ed., foreword Philip Johnson, New York: W.W. Norton, 1997, 272 pp. Excerpts: [8], [9], [10]. A book to accompany a 1932 MoMA show of the then new architecture emerging in Europe and America.
      • trans. into Italian (1982), Spanish (1984), German (1985), French (2001).

    Urban theory, public space, the city[edit]

    • "Outrage", a Special Issue of Architectural Review, ed. Ian Nairn, London: Architectural Press, Jun 1955; repr. as Nairn, Outrage, 1956. Nairn's impassioned response to the spoliation of the English landscape: "this death by slow decay we have called Subtopia, a compound word formed from suburb and utopia, i.e. making an ideal of suburbia."
    • "Counter-Attack Against Subtopia", a Special Issue of
    Étienne-Louis Boullée, proposal for the Cénotaphe à Newton [Newton Memorial], interior, 1784.
    Manhattan Map Guide, AD 7, 1972, PDF.
    R(&)Sie(n), I've Heard About ... (a Flat, Fat, Growing Urban Experiment), 2005-06. Source. Discussed in Parisi 2013.
    The Monoskop Architecture page printed as a single scroll and displayed as part of the Public Library / Javna knjižnica exhibition in May 2017 in Novi Sad, Serbia.
    Le Corbusier, Vers une architecture, 1923, Log.
    Sigfried Giedion, Space, Time & Architecture, 1941, Log.
    Walter Gropius (ed.), Internationale Architektur, 1925, PDF.
    Ludwig Hilberseimer, Grossstadtarchitektur, 1927.
    Aldo Rossi, L'architettura della città, 1966, Log.
    Colin Rowe, Fred Koetter, Collage City, 1978, Log, PDF.
    Bruno Zevi, Saper vedere l'architettura, 1948.
    Reyner Banham, Theory and Design in the First Machine Age, 1960, Log.
    Manfredo Tafuri, Progetto e utopia, 1973.
    Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space [1958], 1964, Log.
    Colin Rowe, Robert Slutzky, Transparency, 1983/1997, PDF.
    Robert Venturi, Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture, 1966/1977, PDF.
    Hans Hollein, et al., Alles ist Architektur, 1968, PDF.
    Venturi, Brown, Izenour, Learning From Las Vegas, 1972/1977, PDF.
    Beatriz Colomina (ed.), Sexuality & Space, 1992, Log, PDF.
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