Did Santa bring you a gift certificate? What will you buy? Here are some items that catch our eye. Each was published or released in 2012.
- Diller Scofidio + Renfro: Reimagining Lincoln Center and the High Line (compare prices). Screenings of this Checkerboard film have been everywhere this year, perhaps making Elizabeth Diller closer to a Pritzker Prize.
- Mies van der Rohe: A Critical Biography by Franz Schulze and Edward Windhorst (compare priaces). Schulze's revised 1985 biography not only contains over five hundred pages from the University of Chicago Press, but reportedly the authors discovered new information about Dr. Farnsworth's lawsuit. Racy stuff.
- Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time by Jeff Speck (compare prices). I first heard about city planner Speck's new book on National Public Radio. Speck is the co-author of the "sprawl book," Suburban Nation.
- 20th-Century World Architecture - The Phaidon Atlas (read a review)
- How Architects Write by Tom Spector and Rebecca Damron (compare prices). According to the publisher, Routledge, this book is "the first writing reference book for designers. Whether you're an architect, landscape architect, interior designers, or an industrial designer How Architects Write shows you the interdependence of writing and design."
- Draw Me A House: Architectural Ideas, Inspiration and Colouring In, written and illustrated by Thibaud Herem (compare prices). This seems to be a delightfully intelligent children's book, for kids smart enough to know good architecture when they draw it.
Photo from the film "Diller Scofidio + Renfro: Reimagining Lincoln Center and the High Line" courtesy PriceGrabber.com