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   Recommended Reading lists for Architecture Students -> Associate Professor Richard Beckman

Richard Beckman

Richard Beckman, Associate Professor,
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
School of Architecture
1988 through June 2006

Recommended Reading list for Architecture Students
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Beatley, Thomas. Green Urbanism: Learning from European Cities. Washington, D.C.: Island Press, 2000.
Examines dozens of European cities looking for ways that can improve American cities.
Jacobs, Jane. The Death and Life of Great American Cities. New York: Vintage Books, 1992. Although reviled by Lewis Mumford when first published in 1961, this book has come to be regarded by most contemporary urban theorists and practitioners as perhaps the most significant book on urbanism written in the last half of the 20th century.
Jacobs, Jane. Cities and the Wealth of Nations: Principles of Economic Life. New York: Vintage Books, 1985. This book expands Jacobs' earlier work.
Solomon, Daniel. Global City Blues. Washington, DC: Island Press, 2003. Just published, Solomon, a professor at UC Berkeley, an exceptional architect and
one of the founders of "New Urbanism," examines the last half century with an incisive eye.
Berman, Marshall. All that is solid melts into air: the experience of modernity. New York: Viking Penguin, 1988. A book that links urbanism to modernism with the understanding of a sociologist who lived the life in the streets of New York while Mosses transformed the city.
Hawken, Paul. The Ecology of Commerce: A Declaration of Sustainability. New York, NY: HarperBusiness, 1993. Hawken, a very successful businessman, sees the evolution of capitalism towards ecology as a design problem.
Hundertwasser, Friedensreich. Hundertwasser Architecture: For a More Human Architecture in Harmony With Nature. Köln; London: Taschen, 1997. An incredible book, by an unbelievably innovative artist who puts most architects to shame.
Jencks, Charles. The Architecture of the Jumping Universe: A Polemic: How Complexity Science is Changing Architecture and Culture. London: Academy Editions, 1997. Jencks, here, begins to examine the potential consequences of the "new sciences" on architecture.
Lerner, Steve. Eco-Pioneers: Practical Visionaries Solving Today's Environmental Problems. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1997. Lerner brings together a number of stories of edge-cutting pioneers who have begun to solve problems and heal the planet.
Mouden, Anne. Built for Change: Neighborhood Architecture in San Francisco. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1986. Anne Mouden weaves a fascinating story of the forces that shaped contemporary San Francisco.
Rowe, Colin, and Fred Koetter. Collage City. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1978. One of those books that, along with Jane Jacobs, changed the way we began to look at urbanism after the modernist's intervention.
Tschumi, Bernard. Architecture and Disjunction. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1994. Tschumi postulates that events are much more important than the architecture, and herein explores many of the experiments of his first thirty years of practice.
Wines, James. Green Architecture. Köln; New York: Taschen, 2000. Dozens of books bear this title. James Wines not only wrote the book but also participated in designing some of the significant contributions documented in the book. Most significantly, Wines articulates the principal that if a building - or city - is not beautiful, it is not worth sustaining.
Dean, Andrea Oppenheimer. Rural Studio: Samuel Mockbee and an Architecture of Decency. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2002. Before his death, Samuel Mockbee, developed one of the most humane and profound architectural experiments of any school of architecture in this country. Out of this came some of the most beautiful and sustainable architecture to be found anywhere in the country or on this earth.
Joy, Rick. Rick Joy: Desert Works. Chicago: Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts; New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2002. Rick Joy fashions out of the simplest materials, the earth itself, some of the most beautiful and joyful structures to be found in the southwest.
Sustainable Architecture White Papers. Ed. David E. Brown, et al. New York, NY: Earth Pledge Foundation, 2000. For a quick overview of the state of sustainability up to 2000, this book contains excerpts from many of the leading figures in sustainability.
Trulove, James Grayson. Hot Dirt, Cool Straw. New York: HarperCollins, 2001. If you need pictures to illustrate sustainability or green architecture, this book has them, along with a rating system that suggests there are many ways to be sustainable - even though none are so 100%.
Wilhide, Elizabeth. Eco: An Essential Sourcebook for Environmentally Friendly Design and Decoration. New York: Rizzoli, 2003. Another new book filled with exciting photographs illustrating the potential beauty of sustainable buildings.
Beck, Haig and Jackie Cooper. Glen Murcutt: A Singular Architectural Practice. Mulgrave, Vic., Australia: Images Pub. Group, 2002. If you missed Murcutt's lecture last spring, there is nothing that can take the place of that. However, nearly everything he talked about and projected on the screen can be found in this book.
McDonough, William and Michael Braungart. Cradle to cradle : remaking the way we make things. New York: North Point Press, 2002 William McDonough (former "Green Dean of the University of Virginia") and his partners tackle sustainability at every level, from the molecule to the region. For architects it might be interesting to learn how they do not just accept and specify products that are available. If a product does not meet their criteria, they redesign it. Fascinating possibilities.

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