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Untimely Ruins: An Archaeology of American Urban Modernity, 1819-1919

Nick Yablon

American ruins have become increasingly prominent, whether in discussions of  “urban blight” and home foreclosures, in commemorations of 9/11, or in postapocalyptic movies. In this highly original book, Nick Yablon argues that the... (read more)

Modern (late 19th Century to 1945)
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Key Urban Housing of the Twentieth Century: Plans, Sections and Elevations

Hilary French

This book features some ninety of the most influential modern housing designs of the last hundred years by some of the best-known architects in the field. Each project is explained with a concise text and photographs and specially created scale drawings,... (read more)

Ancient and Classical
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Venice and Vitruvius: Reading Venice with Daniele Barbaro and Andrea Palladio

Margaret Muther D'evelyn

In about 35-25 B.C.E., the Roman architect Vitruvius produced his encyclopedic ten-book summary of the principles of Hellenistic architecture, De architectura (On Architecture). These ideas have stimulated architects ever since. In the mid-16th century... (read more)

Baroque and Rococo
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Magnificent Entertainments: Temporary Architecture for Georgian Festivals

Melanie Doderer-winkler

A thoroughly original study of ephemeral architecture and design, Magnificent Entertainments examines the spectacular displays created for large-scale public and private celebrations in the Georgian period. The book focuses on a number of specific... (read more)

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The Architectural Treatise in the Italian Renaissance: Architectural Invention, Ornament and Literary Culture

Alina A. Payne

Vitruvius' Ten Books of Architecture was the fountainhead of architectural theory in the Italian Renaissance. Offering theoretical and practical solutions to a wide variety of architectural issues, this treatise did not, however, address all of the... (read more)

Prehistoric and Primitive
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Easter Island's Silent Sentinels: The Sculpture and Architecture of Rapa Nui

Kenneth Treister

This richly illustrated book of the history, culture, and art of Easter Island is the first to examine in detail the island's vernacular architecture, often overshadowed by its giant stone statues.... (read more)

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From Knowledge to Beatitude: St. Victor, Twelfth-Century Scholars, and Beyond: Essays in Honor of Grover A. Zinn, Jr.

E. Ann Matter (edt)

From Knowledge to Beatitude is a collection of original essays on the intersection between Christian theology and spiritual life primarily in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, especially in the Parisian School of St. Victor, which honors the... (read more)

Contemporary (1945-)
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New Architecture on Indigenous Lands

Joy Monice Malnar

Black Elk speaks of the “square boxes” his people were forced into, and Winona LaDuke of the “boxes of mints” on Native lands. As long as the government was deciding what tribal buildings should look like, Native custom and... (read more)

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