Several publishing houses have recently released new books on a variety of architecture, design, and sustainability topics. We've gathered just a few here.

The American Society of Interior Designers offers The Safe Home: Designing for Safety in the Home (ASID, $35 for members/$40 for non-members). Written by Lisa Bonneville, FASID, to give the design professional an in-depth look at how to achieve an attractive, functional, and safe home environment, the book discusses health, injury, and security as three key areas of home safety that should be included in design plans. Bonneville also outlines ways to achieve continued safety even after project completion. The Safe Home is available through ASID's Web site at www.asid.org/bookcenter or through your favorite e-tailer.

Modern Shoestring: Contemporary Architecture on a Budget (The Monacelli Press, $40), by educator, curator, and independent design consultant Susanna Sirefman, shows that contemporary houses can be affordable and discusses how budgetary constraints can stimulate innovative design solutions. She details 18 residential projects by Rickenbacker + Leung, Bates Masi Architects, and Gabriel Smith, AIA, of Thomas Phifer and Partners, among others, focusing on owners' goals, project sites, and design process costs.

Architectural historian Sarah Allaback'sThe First American Women Architects (University of Illinois Press, $45) chronicles the lives, education, and careers of more than 70 pioneering female architects practicing in the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In addition to the biographical sketches, the alphabetically organized reference provides a list of known works by each architect and sources for additional research.

Anthony Vidler'sHistories of the Immediate Present: Inventing Architectural Modernism (The MIT Press, $22.95) examines the individual historical approaches of Emil Kaufmann, Colin Rowe, Reyner Banham, and Manfredo Tafuri and details how each advanced specific versions of modernism.

In Blubberland: The Dangers of Happiness (The MIT Press, $19.95), Australian architecture and environmental writer Elizabeth Farrelly looks at the ways in which our irrational and overindulgent pursuit of happiness is killing us. She asks why it is so hard to abandon habits we know are destructive, including building bloated homes and sprawling cities. To answer these questions, Farrelly discusses architecture, urban sprawl, housing, "affluenza," disease, addiction, beauty, ugliness, narcissism, climate change, mega-churches, big-box retailers, sustainability, depression, and other ills as issues all working together to jeopardize humanity's survival.

Visit your favorite online e-tailer to find any of these new books.