Spring is on its way—really, it is—and the ideal time to read up on the latest in residential design is before the busy season gets under way. Here's a selection of recently released books to get you started:

In Greening Modernism: Preservation, Sustainability, and the Modern Movement (W.W. Norton & Co., $60), author and architect Carl Stein argues for the reintegration of modern architecture, architectural preservation, and sustainability as a means of overcoming the resource shortages currently facing the design and building industry. Offering historical perspective on these three issues, Stein draws connections between individual building design decisions and the global energy and environmental crises. Advocating the continued use of existing modern buildings to reduce future demands on finite resources, he also offers guidance for professionals and students on specific building-upgrade projects.