100+ Books for Your Architectural Library

I always have envied people who claim to read one or two books a week. In my case, I will be happy if I could finish even one book every month. Because, as is true with all good books, every few pages, I come upon a potent sentence or paragraph which sends my mind away on some idea to explore, and the book lays forgotten for the next few hours, days, or even years.

My student days at the University of Cincinnati allowed me to explore one of the best and largest libraries I have ever had the benefit of using. Here is a mix of some books which I read long ago, and some interesting ones that I found in later times, in no particular order.

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1 Modern Architecture: A Critical History. 4e (World of Art) - Kenneth Frampton
2 Studies in Tectonic Culture - The Poetics of Construction in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Architecture (The MIT Press)
3 Modern Architecture Since 1900 : William J.R. Curtis
4 Learning from Las Vegas - Symbolism of Architectural Form 2e (The MIT Press)
5 A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction (Center for Environmental Structure Series)
6 How Buildings Learn: What Happens After They’re Built
7 Urban Space - Rob Krier
8 Architectural Composition (Architecture) - Rob Krier
9 House Form and Culture (Foundations of Cultural Geography)
10 Meaning In Western Architecture
11 In The Nature Of Materials (Da Capo Paperback)
12 Kengo Kuma: Complete Works
13 Detailing for Landscape Architects: Aesthetics, Function, Constructibility
14 The Architectural Detail
15 The Details of Modern Architecture V 1 (The MIT Press)
16 The Details of Modern Architecture V 2 - 1928–1988 (The MIT Press)
17 Five Houses, Ten Details (Writing Matters)
18 Herman Hertzberger - Lessons for Students in Architecture
19 The Eyes of the Skin: Architecture and the Senses
20 Projective Cast - Architecture & its Three Geometries (The MIT Press)
21 The Thinking Hand: Existential and Embodied Wisdom in Architecture (Architectural Design Primer)
22 Rethinking Architecture: A Reader in Cultural Theory (Sociolinguistics)
23 Words and Buildings: A Vocabulary Of Modern Architecture
24 Living in the Endless City: The Urban Age Project by the London School of Economics and Deutsche Bank’s Alfred Herrhausen Society
25 The Endless City
26 Urban Grids: Handbook for Regular City Design
27 Rem Koolhaas: Elements of Architecture
28 Four Walls and a Roof - The Complex Nature of a Simple Profession
29 Buildings without Architects: A Global Guide to Everyday Architecture
30 Between Silence and Light: Spirit in the Architecture of Louis I. Kahn
31 Louis Kahn - Essentials Texts
32 Architecture for the Poor: Experiment in Rural Egypt
33 Rendering in Pen and Ink: The Classic Book On Pen and Ink Techniques for Artists, Illustrators, Architects, and Designers (Practical Art Books)
34 Rendering with Pen and Ink (The Thames & Hudson Manuals)
35 Architecture Without Architects: A Short Introduction to Non-Pedigreed Architecture
36 The Urban Pattern City Planning and Design 5Ed (Pb 2005)
37 The Image of the City (Harvard-MIT Joint Center for Urban Studies Series)
38 Spaces Speak, Are You Listening? - Experiencing Aural Architecture (The MIT Press)
39 Modern Architecture 4e (World of Art)
40 Experiencing Architecture 2e (The MIT Press)
41 The Modulor and Modulor 2 | Le Corbusier
42 Studio Craft & Techniques for Architects
43 Buy House Form and Culture (Foundations of Cultural Geography)
44 The History of Architecture in India
45 The Past as Present: Forging Contemporary Identities Through History
46 Architect and Entrepreneur: A Field Guide to Building, Branding, and Marketing Yo: Volume 1
47 BIG. Hot to Cold. An Odyssey of Architectural Adaptation
48 The Architecture of the City (Aldo Rossi)
49 Architectural Acoustics (J Ross Publishing Classics)
50 Buy Perception and Lighting as Formgivers for Architecture
51 101 Things I Learned® in Urban Design School
52 Celebrating Public Spaces of India (First Edition, 2016)
53 Design with Climate - Bioclimatic Approach to Architectural Regionalism - New and expanded Edition
54 Buy Energy Efficient Buildings in India
55 CLIMATE RESPONSIVE ARCHITECTURE:A Design Handbook for Energy Efficient Buildings: Arvind Krishan, Nick Baker, Simos Yannas, Steve Szokolay
56 Energy Efficient Buildings in India
57 Letters to a Young Architect
58 Structures: J. E. Gordon: one of the 14 Books that inspired Elon Musk”
59 Earthen Floors: A Modern Approach to an Ancient Practice
60 Clay and lime renders, plasters and paints: A How-to Guide to Using Natural Finishes (Sustainable Building)
61 Bamboo: Architecture and Design
62 Bamboo Architecture & Design (Architecture & Materials)
63 A Place In The Shade: The New Landscape & Other Essays
64 In Search of Bawa: Master Architect of Sri Lanka
65 Building with Stabilized Mud
66 Alternative Building Materials and Technologies
67 Elements of Spacemaking | Yatin Pandya
68 Concepts of Space in Traditional Indian Architecture
69 The Spirit of Indian Architecture
70 Bruno Zevi: Architecture As Space: How to Look at Architecture
71 Towards a New Architecture (Le Corbusier)
72 Thinking Architecture: Third, expanded edition
73 S, M, L, XL - Rem Koolhaas
74 In Praise of Shadows (Vintage Classics)
75 Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture (Museum of Modern Art Papers on Architecture)
76 Improving Earthquakes and Cyclone Resistance of Structures: Guidelines for the Indian Subcontinent
77 Roger Anger: Research on Beauty Architecture 1953–2008
78 Manual of Tropical Housing and Building
79 The Barefoot Architect: A Handbook for Green Building
80 Landscape Architecture In India, A Reader
81 Landscape Graphics: Plan, Section, and Perspective Drawing of Landscape Spaces
82 Drawing Ideas: A Hand-Drawn Approach for Better Design
83 The Exceptionally Simple Theory of Sketching: Easy to Follow Tips and Tricks to Make your Sketches Look Beautiful
84 101 Things I Learned in Architecture School (The MIT Press)
85 The Architecture of Happiness
86 Invisible Cities (Vintage Classics)
87 The Design of Everyday Things: Revised and Expanded Edition
88 The Future of Architecture in 100 Buildings: TED Series
89 Siteless - 1001 Building Forms (The MIT Press)
90 Operative Design: A Catalog of Spatial Verbs
91 Conditional Design: An introduction to elemental architecture
92 Yes is More. An Archicomic on Architectural Evolution
93 Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All Reviews & Ratings - Amazon.in
94 Design as Art (Penguin Modern Classics)
95 Color, 2nd edition: A workshop for artists and designers (A practical guide on color application for artists and designers)
96 Living with Color
97 Living with Pattern
98 Design Like You Give a Damn: Architectural Responses to Humanitarian Crisis
99 Design Like You Give a Damn {2}: Building Change from the Ground Up
100 Manual of Section
101 The Business of Design: Balancing Creativity and Profitability (business and career guide to creating a successful design firm) –Keith Granet
102 Shadow: the architectural power of withholding light — Simon Unwin
103 The Creative Act — Rick Rubin
104 Analysing Architecture : the Universal Language of Place-making, 5th Edition — Simon Unwin
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