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  1. Asylum by Christopher Payne

    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

  2. Ramayana by Sanjay Patel

    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

  3. Q&A with Adam Kalkin

    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

  4. Beauty in Decay

    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

  5. V&A Pattern Series II

    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

  6. Piero Lissoni: Recent Architecture

    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

  7. I Swear to Good You are God at This

    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

  8. The Small Stakes: Music Posters

    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

  9. Beer: The Designs of Drinking

    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

  10. Beer Craft: A Guide to Homebrew

    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

  11. Artists' Handmade Houses

    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

  12. Miami Modern Metropolis

    Miami Modern Metropolis

    Aaron Britt: Having been to Miami several times now, most recently for Design Miami and Art Basel Miami Beach just last month, I've grown increasingly fond of the place. Equal parts pleasure center...

    written by: Aaron Britt

  13. A Look Inside V&A Pattern

    A Look Inside V&A Pattern

    London's Victoria and Albert Museum has opened up its extensive archives and published the fantastic V&A Pattern volumes. The first four hardcover editions in the series are William Morris,...

    written by: Jordan Kushins

  14. Landscape of Infrastructure

    Landscape of Infrastructure

    Though museums and skyscrapers are often the comissions that catapult contemporary architects into the design stratosphere, increasingly we're seeing what was once the demesne of engineers (bridges...

    written by: Aaron Britt

  15. Illustration Play 2

    Illustration Play 2

    Berkeley–based publisher Gingko Press's latest offering is a whimsical celebration of illustrations that literally jump off the page using traditional crafts like quilling and papercutting....

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake

  16. A Collection A Day

    A Collection A Day

    From delightfully mismatched buttons to colorful spools of thread to vintage typewriter ribbon, a variety of small, unexpected collections can be found in charming little tins. Thanks to artist...

    written by: Stephanie Orma

  17. Paris Versus New York

    Paris Versus New York

    It's rare that a series of visual puns has much of a shelf life, but Paris Versus New York, a punchy book of illustrations comparing and contrasting the two cities from Vahram Muratyan merits...

    written by: Aaron Britt

  18. And the Pursuit of Happiness

    And the Pursuit of Happiness

    Not so long ago I had a chance to talk with illustrator Maira Kalman when she came to San Francisco for the launch of a retrospective of her work at the Contemporary Jewish Museum. Though we...

    written by: Aaron Britt

  19. Suburban Sprawl Photographed from Above

    Suburban Sprawl Photographed from Above

    Christoph Gielen's aerial photography reveals the patterns created by suburban development.

    written by: Brian Bruegge

  20. A New Book on the Los Angeles Development of Iconic Modernist Architect A. Quincy Jones

    A New Book on the Los Angeles Development of Iconic Modernist Architect A. Quincy Jones

    Architect and Dwell on Design Los Angeles speaker Cory Buckner’s forthcoming book, Crestwood Hills: The Chronicle of a Modern Utopia, revisits the obstacles faced by the Mutual Housing Association ...

    written by: Brandi Andres

  21. Wood Architecture Now! Volume 2 by Philip Jodidio

    Wood Architecture Now! Volume 2 by Philip Jodidio

    Taschen’s forthcoming Wood Architecture Now! Volume 2 is a compilation of pioneering works built from man’s inaugural construction material. Pushed to the wayside of late for steel, concrete, and...

    written by: Sara Carpenter

  22. 9 Amazing Modern Houses by Paul Archer

    9 Amazing Modern Houses by Paul Archer

    We're big fans of British architect Paul Archer, so much so that we ran a story on the incredible Green Orchard house he designed for his parents in our June 2013 issue. Naturally we were thrilled...

    written by: Aaron Britt

  23. Reading List: Demolished Paul Rudolph Homes

    Reading List: Demolished Paul Rudolph Homes

    Photographer Chris Mottalini pays homage to Paul Rudolph's architectural legacy by documenting his almost-demolished homes—and reminding us what we can't get back.

    written by: Kelsey Keith
    photos by: Chris Mottalini

  24. Game-Changing Ideas for a Sustainable World

    Game-Changing Ideas for a Sustainable World

    Author Jared Green polls 80 of the world's preeminent thinkers on ways to build for a sustainable future in a new book from Princeton Architectural Press.

    written by: Diana Budds

  25. Nature Framed

    Nature Framed

    A recently released book from the Monacelli Press celebrates the connection between indoor and outdoor space in residential architecture. In Nature Framed: At Home in the Landscape, author Eva...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake