Architecture Reads on Google Books
By Aaron Britt / Published by Dwell

#v=onepage&q&f=false">Richard Neutra and the Search for Modern Architecture is a good bet for a Neutra biography. A drawback on this one is that many of the copyrighted images aren't included in the text, so you'll want to augment your reading with a look at many of Neutra's projects here.

For a real look back into the annals of design lit, try the #v=onepage&q=Architectural%20record%2C%20Volume%201&f=false">first issue of Architectural Record from 1891. Not much modernism, I fear, but an interesting glimpse at the origins of the architectural press.

To get a nice historical take on one of the most architecturally minded nations on the planet, have a look at #v=onepage&q=%22dutch%20architecture%22&f=false">Twentieth Century Architecture in the Netherlands. It's just shy of 200 pages but serves as a solid primer on Dutch design.

Finally, for a more contemporary look at the design world,#v=onepage&q&f=false"> Lofts: A Style of Living from 2004 offers a full-color, image rich tour of lofts all over the world. This one runs the gamut of styles, but as a source of inspiration for what to do with an open industrial space, it's quite handy. And best of all, it's free.

Aaron Britt


Aaron writes the men's style column "The Pocket Square" for the San Francisco Chronicle and has written for the New York Times, the Times Magazine, Newsweek, National Geographic and others.

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