Looking for the best books on architecture? Browse our interviews to find excellent book recommendations on the subject, for your own library, or as gifts to give to the architect or architecture obsessive in your family. Dan Cruickshank on architectural history, Jeremy Till on architectural context, and more.
What’s at stake when we call a building beautiful or denounce it as ugly? MIT professor Timothy Hyde, author of Ugliness and Judgment, explores five books about the social, political and economic dimensions behind debates that often masquerade as arguments about style, but which deal with matters at the very heart of civil society.
The Four Books on Architecture (I quattro libri dell'architettura)
by Andrea Palladio
Architectural Principles in the Age of Humanism
by Rudolf Wittkower
Architect and Engineer
by Andrew Saint
Modern Architecture Since 1900
by William Curtis
Life in the English Country House
by Mark Girouard
Art historian and TV presenter Dan Cruickshank explains the beauty of Palladian proportions, takes us on a tour of some key English country houses and describes the poetry of Le Corbusier’s Unité d’Habitation in Marseilles. He recommends the best books on ‘architectural history’
Bestselling author Harry Mount thinks that the British sell themselves short when they fail to appreciate their architecture. He also expresses his thanks that Christopher Wren didn’t redesign London on a Parisian/New York grid system following the 1666 fire.