If you didn't fit in enough reading this summer, there are still plenty of new architecture books to fill your spare moments. Here are just a few.
Releasing later this month, Metroburbia, USA (Rutgers University Press, $23.95) by Paul L. Knox, professor and senior fellow for international advancement at Virginia Tech University, explores the relationship between built form and material culture in contemporary society, analyzing how extreme versions of the American dream have altered the nation's landscape. Suggesting that contemporary suburban landscapes are a product of consumer demand and other drivers, Knox argues that they reflect the changing core values of America.
Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling (MoMA Publications, $45), by Barry Bergdoll, chief curator of The Museum of Modern Art's department of architecture and design; MoMA curatorial assistant Peter Christensen; and contributors Ken Tadashi Oshima and Rasmus Waern, traces the history of prefabrication in architecture. The book follows prefab's path from its early roots in colonial cottages, through the work of Jean Prouvé and Buckminster Fuller, to mass-produced variants and full-scale houses by contemporary architects.
Master builder Paul Discoe delves into the elements of Zen architecture in Zen Architecture: The Building Process as Practice (Gibbs Smith, Publisher, $40), using his own wood-based Zen Buddhism architectural structures as examples. Discoe shares the accumulated knowledge of more than 40 years of study, design, building, and Zen Buddhist practice and describes the challenges of blending current building methods and codes with Japanese joinery techniques. Written with co-author Alexandra Quinn, the book showcases 12 of Discoe's projects through the photography of Roslyn Banish.
Gregory Ain: The Modern Home as Social Commentary (Rizzoli, $60), by Anthony Denzer, assistant professor of architecture at the University of Wyoming, and Thomas S. Hines, professor of history and architecture at UCLA, re-examines the life and work of architect Gregory Ain. According to the authors, the book—releasing later this month—aims to introduce an underappreciated modern master to a wider audience through color and archival photography, as well as reproductions of plans and drawings.
Visit your favorite e-tailer to purchase any of these new titles.