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  1. Asylum by Christopher Payne
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    Asylum by Christopher Payne

    I got an advanced proof of Asylum: Inside the Closed World of State Mental Hospitals by architect and photographer Christopher Payne  some time ago. But not until I really glimpsed...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    10.01.09

  2. Witold Rybczynski: Makeshift Metropolis
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    Witold Rybczynski: Makeshift Metropolis

    Witold Rybczynski has been called  “architecture’s voice in the world of letters” by The Weekly Standard. He writes about design and planning for The New York Times, the...

    written by: J. Michael Welton
    01.01.11

  3. Ramayana by Sanjay Patel
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    Ramayana by Sanjay Patel

    My favorite book as a kid was unquestionably D'Aulaire's Book of Greek Myths. I took it out of every branch of the Sacramento library, renewed it a hundred times and basically absorbed every...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    03.09.10

  4. Danny Seo's "Upcycling"
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    Danny Seo's "Upcycling"

    In a new book out this August, upcycling ace Danny Seo guides readers through the craft of taking trash and everyday objects and transforming them into "better, brighter, and cooler things....

    written by: Diana Budds
    06.02.11

  5. Shelved By Color
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    Shelved By Color

    I went to the Dwell bookcase today to look for the tome Mutations by Rem Koolhaas and others. I was following up on a note from the fact checker on a Koolhaas quote and needed that book to...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    07.23.10

  6. Beauty in Decay
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    Beauty in Decay

    In the beginning of Beauty in Decay: The Art of Urban Exploration, collaborators Jeremy Gibbs ("RomanyWG") and Patrick Potter posit that "the strange thing is not that Urban...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    11.09.10

  7. V&A Pattern Series II
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    V&A Pattern Series II

    Last year, the Victoria and Albert Museum dug into its archives of decorative textile patterns and published its first set of pattern books. Next week, the London museum will release the second set...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    05.25.10

  8. Q&A with Adam Kalkin
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    Q&A with Adam Kalkin

    In the In the Modern World section of our June 2009 issue, I reviewed artist-architect Adam Kalkin’s new monograph, Quik Build: Adam Kalkin's ABC of Container Architecture. The book is a...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    05.15.09

  9. Wonders of the World
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    Wonders of the World

    Though not strictly modern—well, not modern at all, really—the Wonders of the World series of books from Harvard Universtiy Press remains my favorite ongoing run of architectural tomes....

    written by: Aaron Britt
    12.15.09

  10. Unpacking My Library
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    Unpacking My Library

    I just got a wonderful new book in the mail today concerning famous archtiects and their personal collections of books. Unpacking My Library: Architects and their Books is due out from Yale...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    11.23.09

  11. The Small Stakes: Music Posters
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    The Small Stakes: Music Posters

    Graphic design rarely gets better than when it's put to music and put through a screen. And few create concert posters better than Jason Munn. In a new release published this year by Chronicle...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    06.07.10

  12. Beer: The Designs of Drinking
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    Beer: The Designs of Drinking

    Wine labels have recently received acclaim for their more astute designs so its high time beer branders were awarded the same salute. A new coffee table-topper from Chronicle Books, Beer: A Genuine...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    01.20.11

  13. Beer Craft: A Guide to Homebrew
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    Beer Craft: A Guide to Homebrew

    William Bostwick and Jessi Rymill's new book Beer Craft: A Simple Guide to Making Great Beer is like Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything—just for homebrew hobbyists. In the book, the writer...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    05.19.11

  14. The First Apartment Book: Cool Designs for Small Spaces
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    The First Apartment Book: Cool Designs for Small Spaces

    After reading Aaron Britt’s interview with Kyle Schuneman on masculine design for our June Interior Design issue (on newsstands now), we were excited to see what the rest of his book, ...

    written by: Olivia Martin
    06.14.12

  15. Piero Lissoni: Recent Architecture
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    Piero Lissoni: Recent Architecture

    Though the book Piero Lissoni: Recent Work came out from the German house Hatje Cantz last year, it just came across my desk yesterday. Though he's known perhaps firstly as an industrial designer,...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    01.10.11

  16. I Swear to Good You are God at This
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    I Swear to Good You are God at This

    Finding design inspiration online is as easy as pointing and clicking but there's something special about the feel of bound paper. Design and creative consulting company Holiday Matinee founder...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    02.17.10

  17. Artists' Handmade Houses
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    Artists' Handmade Houses

    Ever wonder what an artist's home would look like if he or she were the mind behind it? This month, Abrams has published a stunning new coffee table book that peeks inside the abodes of 13 well...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    05.05.11

  18. Peter Fehrentz DIY Projects
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    Peter Fehrentz DIY Projects

    German stylist and designer Peter Fehrentz presentes Made by Yourself, a step-by-step book comprising 48 do-it-yourself projects.

    written by: Jami Smith
    10.11.13

  19. Design Taste
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    Design Taste

    When we go out to eat, the environs are are often as much of a consideration as the food—if we just wanted to satisfy our hunger we'd eat a sandwich standing up at the kitchen counter. Dining...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    08.04.09

  20. The Urban Housing Handbook
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    The Urban Housing Handbook

    The Urban Housing Handbook from Wiley Publications, a new tome from Paris-based architects Caroline Stahl and Eric Firley, is a guided tour through urban housing typologies from all over the world....

    written by: Aaron Britt
    09.03.09

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