As fall gets under way, a slew of new books on a variety of architecture and design topics are hitting the shelves. Here's a sampling:

A survey of the past two decades of architecture, New Directions in Contemporary Architecture: Evolutions and Revolutions in Building Design Since 1988 (John Wiley & Sons, $125 hardcover, $40 paperback), by Luigi Prestinenza Puglisi, offers a chronologically organized navigational guide of modern architecture. The author examines several buildings around the world—built nearly simultaneously but in contrasting styles—including such seminal works as the Guggenheim Bilbao and the Jewish Museum in Berlin. Featured architects include Lord Norman Foster, Zaha Hadid, Hon. FAIA, Rem Koolhaas, and Renzo Piano. (not pictured)

Interior designer Darryl Carter's The New Traditional (Clarkson Potter, $45) is a comprehensive guide to balancing contemporary cravings for comfort with a timeless aesthetic in the home. Explaining how to blend classical and modern elements to create personalized and comfortable environments, Carter offers a variety of ideas for designing home interiors.

Art Deco San Francisco: The Architecture of Timothy Pflueger (Princeton Architectural Press, $55), by Therese Poletti, tells the story of architect Timothy Pflueger's life and work in San Francisco. Poletti relates the details of Pflueger's prolific 40-year career and explores his relationships with muralist Diego Rivera, photographer Ansel Adams, and sculptor Ralph Stackpole.

Russell Versaci, AIA, examines the European customs that shaped regional traditions throughout America in Roots of Home (The Taunton Press, $45). With more than 300 maps, drawings, and photographs of historic houses and new houses in historic styles, Versaci explores how classic American styles have developed and changed over time and how established styles are being reinterpreted for the 21st century.

John Lobell's 1979 classic Between Silence and Light: Spirit in the Architecture of Louis I. Kahn has been reissued in paperback form (Shambala Publications, $18.95). An examination of Kahn's spiritual vision of architecture through his words and illustrations, the book has been updated with a new preface. (not pictured)

Great Houses of Florida (Rizzoli, $55), by architecture critic Beth Dunlop and architect Joanna Lombard, offers an illustrated history of 39 of Florida's grand estates from the 19th and 20th centuries. Through the photography of Steven Brooke, the authors tell the stories of the architects and landscape artists behind these opulent estates, as well as those of the clients who commissioned them.

Visit your favorite e-tailer to purchase any of these new titles.