Winter is hardly over, but spring is right around the corner—really, it is—and publishers are churning out titles on architecture and design just in time for the season. As spring is a time of new beginnings, consider getting a head start on the fresh crop of design books.
Not So Big Remodeling (The Taunton Press, $32) is the latest release by Sarah Susanka, FAIA, with Marc Vassallo, on creating homes that are more responsible, sustainable, and meaningful. This is Susanka's response to anyone wondering whether an existing house can be made "not so big," and is designed to teach readers how to evaluate their homes' problem areas and identify the least invasive and most effective strategies to solve those issues. Susanka guides readers through the challenges of improving run-of-the-mill interior spaces and layouts to accommodate today's more informal lifestyles while maximizing every remodeling dollar.
Focusing on the concept of thoughtful and sustainable design for everyone, Prefab Green (Gibbs Smith, Publisher, $30) by Michelle Kaufmann, AIA, LEED AP, and designer Catherine Remick of mkStudios offers a look at the personal side of prefab house design and construction. Kaufmann shares the five eco-principles that form the basis of every house her firm designs and gives a detailed survey of the mkSolaire house built for the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. Prefab Green includes a section on off-site modular technology and its advantages.
Architect William J. Hirsch Jr., AIA, NCARB, guides homeowners step by step through the design process with Designing Your Perfect House: Lessons from an Architect (Dalsimer Press, $39.95). Addressing the planning process, design methodologies, and getting the details right, Hirsch helps readers discover the house that will suit their individual needs.
A faithful reprint of the 1913 first edition, Modern American Homes (Schiffer Publishing, $29.99), edited by H.V. von Holst, is an extensive portfolio of more than 130 Prairie- and Craftsman-style houses. Each, according to the Chicago architect who compiled them, embodies the "back to nature" movement of the time, from bungalows and cottages to tent houses and boat houses. Some of the work featured includes designs by Frank Lloyd Wright and Greene & Greene.
Releasing in March 2009, Morphosis: Buildings & Projects, volume V, 1999-2008 (Rizzoli New York, $85) by Thom Mayne, FAIA, explores the Los Angeles-based firm's most recent work and provides a glimpse of future projects. Each project study includes an essay discussing the firm's methods and design goals. Five hundred illustrations throughout the book exhibit the firm's creativity and unorthodox approach to design. An introduction by Mayne offers his thoughts about the projects contained within. This is the fifth volume on Morphosis' work since 1989.
The Cotswold House (Rizzoli New York, $50) by Cotswold native Nicholas Mander, also releasing in March, explores the full range of stone houses of the English countryside with photography from Country Life magazine. Mander focuses on each significant era of Cotswolds architecture, beginning with the medieval houses, manors, and Jacobean homes. Classic country houses come next, followed by stone houses of the Arts & Crafts period up to the present, as well as notable recent additions to the region. Detailed essays on the history of each house accompany interior and exterior views.
Visit your favorite e-tailer to purchase any of these new and soon-to-be released titles.