9 Books Worth Adding to Your Winter Reading List – Metropolis Magazine

December 14, 2021 by No Comments

Two Hundred and Fifty Things An Architect Should Know

By Michael Sorkin, Princeton Architectural Press, 144 p.p., $19.95 

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In the first posthumous collection of Michael Sorkin’s work, Two Hundred and Fifty Things an Architect Should Know expands on the late architect and critic’s famous list, interspersed with 100 photographs, illustrations, and archival images. 
 

Bjarne Mastenbroek. Dig it! Building Bound to the Ground 

By Bjarne Mastenbroek and Iwan Baan, Taschen, 1,390 p.p., $125 

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How does architecture act in harmony with the earth’s surface? Bjarne Mastenbroek’s Dig It! aims to find out. With nearly 1,400 pages, 500 analytical drawings by SeARCH, and photography by Iwan Baan, the monolithic volume explores architecture’s relationship between site and nature.  

Russell and Mary Wright: Dragon Rock at Manitoga 

By Jennifer Golub, Princeton Architectural Press, 208 p.p., $60 

In her new volume, author Jennifer Golub convincingly argues that Russell and Mary Wright’s Dragon Rock home should be included in the pantheon of iconic midcentury houses. Mining the archives of the Wright family estate, the Center for Photography at Woodstock (CPW), Manitoga/The Russel Wright Design Center, and the Russel Wright Papers at Syracuse University the book brings together stunning images of Wright’s industrial designs, photographs of Dragon Rock, and biographical details of the owners’ lives.  

African Artists: From 1882 to Now 

By Phaidon Editors with an introduction by Chika Okeke-Agulu and glossary by Joseph L Underwood, Phaidon, 353 p.p., $69.95 

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In this comprehensive A to Z survey, Phaidon highlights the work of over 300 modern and contemporary artists born or based in Africa including El Anatsui, Marlene Dumas, David Goldblatt, Lubaina Himid, William Kentridge, Julie Mehretu, Wangechi Mutu, and Robin Rhode.  

Between Memory and Invention: My Journey in Architecture 

By Robert A.M. Stern, Monacelli, 520 p.p., $60 

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Blending autobiography, history, and criticism, Robert A.M. Stern’s Between Memory and Invention: My Journey in Architecture provides candid reflections on the architect’s life and work while incorporating behind-the-scenes anecdotes of friends, students, and mentors (from Philip Johnson to Paul Rudolph to Barbara Streisand).  

The New Grammar of Ornament 

By Thomas Weil, Lars Mueller, 336 p.p., $39 

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