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Siteless: 1001 Building Forms

To claim this book just adds to the general tendency of contemporary architecture seeking the immediately shocking, superficial and easily publishable is perhaps a sign of precisely this tendency: people losing the ability to dwell on things long enough for their imagination to come out. Once applied on actual architecture these concepts would need to be closely linked to program, scale and site to be interesting. However in the initial program-, scale- and siteless condition they are presented in this book, they evoke intense imagination in me. The sketches being hand drawn also adds to this. You can be impatient and flip through it in five minutes, or you can focus your attention and find the potential and depth these forms have. More details about this book can be found here:

How to Architect by Doug Patt

Every first year architecture student should read this wonderful book. What Mr. Patt has done is to demythologize architecture and the profession. Someone considering a career as an architect should have a clear understanding of the work and the skills/education required. This book provides precisely that. Mr. Patt gives us information in bite sized segments that are easily grasped and understood. It’s also valuable content for any person considering engaging an architect for a home renovation, new home construction, or commercial project. After reading this book the prospective client will understand who they are hiring and therefore be better able to develop a solid working relationship with their professional. This book is a gem. The table of contents and preface draw you in and make you want to read it in its entirety at one sitting. Well done! More details are found here: Photo Courtesy: MIT Press