10 of the best new architecture and design books to read this fall

Gentrification is inevitable and other lies

By Leslie Kern, back, 256 pages, $24.95

In his new book, Gentrification is inevitable and other lies, Leslie Kern dissects seven common myths about gentrification, arguing that any study of the urban phenomenon must be examined not only in terms of class but also through the prism of queer-feminist, anti-racist and decolonial perspectives. The final chapter explores these three frameworks in depth, proposing concrete steps towards a more equitable urbanism that centers concepts such as care infrastructure, back-to-the-land movements, reparations and environmental justice. Kern writes, “Not only is an intersectional analysis likely to help clarify the outcomes of gentrification, it also offers hope for intervention. It is imperative to ask: what are we not what are we talking about when we talk about gentrification?

The architecture of disability: buildings, cities and landscapes beyond access

By David Gissen, University of Minnesota Press, 224 pages, $24.95

David Gissen is a disabled designer, architectural historian, and professor of architecture and urban history at the Parsons School of Design. By placing disability at the heart of the built environment, Gissen offers a radical critique of architecture while imagining a new way of experiencing disability. In reviewing the book, the author and Metropolis Contributor Bess Williamson wrote, “Disability architecture takes a historically rich and theoretically informed path beyond disability access as a functional issue of architecture. David Gissen centers the perspectives of people with disabilities – including his own – to reveal new theoretical avenues and poetic journeys through the constructed world.

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Googie Modern: Architectural Drawings by Armet Davis Newlove

By Michael Murphy and Alan Hess, Angel City Press, 208 pages, $50

With over 175 images spanning 208 pages, author Michael Murphy delves deep into the private archives of the architectural trio often known as the “Fathers of Googie”. Known for his space-age cafes that became the epitome of mid-century modern design in Southern California, Armet Davis Newlove’s architecture captured America’s excitement and optimism. after war. The book contains new photographs, unpublished drawings and essays by Alan Hess, author of twenty books on modern architecture, including the most authoritative text on style, Googie: Cafe Architecture of the 1950s in 1985 and Googie Redux: state-of-the-art road architecture.

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Walter Gropius, an illustrated biography

By Leila DayBelgian and Magnus Englund, Phaidon, 320 pages, $150

A new visual biography of Walter Gropius chronicles the architect’s life from his experiences with World War I, his marriage to Alma Mahler, the formation of the Bauhaus and the death of his daughter. Featuring over 375 illustrations, including letters, telegrams, sketches, drawings, photographs, posters and other ephemera, the book is the first comprehensive illustrated biography of the iconic modernist.

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Building for Change: The Architecture of Creative Reuse

Edited by gestalten and Ruth Lang, gestalten, 256 pp., $75.00

We have all heard the saying that the greenest building is the one that has already been built. Ruth Lang, architect, curator and professor at the Royal College of Art, has worked with gestalten publishers to select creative reuse projects that exemplify just that. The book highlights strategies such as reusing waste as building materials, modular structures designed to be taken apart, as well as the adaptive reuse of iconic 20th century buildings.

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The foldable plan

: The wall as a surface in sculpture and architecture 1945-75

Published by Penelope Curtis, Mack Books, 144 pages, $40

Presenting close readings of the work and lives of Henry Moore, Anni Albers, Jorge Oteiza, among others, curator and historian Penelope Curtis traces how sculpture influenced architectural thought during the period of after war. Curtis examines the wall as a surface that unites and distinguishes the two disciplines through examples that include bomb shelters, caves, war memorials and public buildings.

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Against the Commons: A Radical History of Urban Planning

Edited by Álvaro Sevilla-Buitrago, University of Minnesota Press, 320 pp., $29

In his new book, Álvaro Sevilla-Buitrago, Associate Professor of Urbanism at the School of Architecture at the Polytechnic University of Madrid, offers an alternative history of capitalist urbanism through the lens of the commons. In a narrative that spans more than three centuries, Sevilla-Buitrago highlights moments from pre-industrial England, New York City and Chicago between the 1850s and 1900s, as well as Berlin in the era of Weimar and neoliberal Milan which show how capitalist urbanization has “eroded the egalitarian system”. , friendly living worlds around the commons.

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The ideal communist city

Edited by Andrei Baburov, Georgi Djumenton, Alexei Gutnov, Zoya Kharitonova, Ilya Lezava, Stanislav Zadovskij, 192 pp., $25

In November, Weiss Publications produced a facsimile edition of the 1969 issue of the i Press series, The ideal communist city. Organized by American architects Mary Otis Stevens and Thomas McNulty, the press produced five books dealing with the social context of architecture. The Ideal communist city is an English translation of urban concepts developed by architects and urban planners from Moscow University, which was first published in a Soviet newspaper of a communist youth organization in 1960 and then republished in Italy in 1968. The new facsimile edition includes additional texts by architectural historians and editors with a foreword by Mary Otis Stevens.

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The Intimate City: Walking in New York

Penguin, 272 pp., $30

From New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman, The intimate city is a collection of conversations between Kimmelman and the architects, historians, writers, and friends who walked with him during the COVID-19 pandemic. The book now includes expanded territory, covering four of the five boroughs and including new walks through Greenwich Village in Manhattan, Forest Hills in Queens and Mott Haven in the Bronx.