Several publishers have recently issued books on design and the practice of architecture to get you through the summer doldrums. Here's a sampling:
Marmol Radziner + Associates: Between Architecture and Construction (Princeton Architectural Press, $40), by Leo Marmol, FAIA, and Ron Radziner, FAIA, explains in detail how the authors' firm has integrated construction and fabrication into a seamless design practice. The paperback monograph showcases the inner workings of this award-winning design/build company and takes the reader through projects from conceptual design through meticulous construction.
The innovative and award-winning Loblolly House, designed by KieranTimberlake Associates, is examined and explored in Loblolly House: Elements of a New Architecture (Princeton Architectural Press, $40) by Stephen Kieran, FAIA, and James Timberlake, FAIA. The hardcover book includes a DVD of "A House in the Trees," the documentary film following the modular house's design, fabrication, and assembly.
Some of the most outstanding work of Cutler Anderson Architects—both new and old—is featured in The Best of Cutler Anderson Architects (Rockport Publishers, $30), by Alicia Kennedy, Theresa Morrow, and Sheri Olson, FAIA. Many of the designs presented were featured in previous Rockport volumes, while others are newer projects that have expanded the firm's vocabulary. Also featured are examples of the firm's furniture and hardware designs.
Fung + Blatt (2005, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, $37), a monograph from firm Fung + Blatt Architects edited by Bruce Q. Lan, is now available in the United States through William Stout Architectural Books. Part of a series surveying the work of contemporary architects in the U.S., the book examines 15 years of the firm's work.
Stanford White, Architect (Rizzoli New York, $75), by architect Samuel G. White, FAIA, editor Elizabeth White, and photographer Jonathan Wallen, is the first book to focus on visionary architect Stanford White's work rather than his life. The 320-page monograph features never-before-published photography of White's oeuvre, from estates in Hudson Valley and Newport in New York state to New York City's Tiffany Building to his own residences.
Visit your favorite e-tailer to find most of these new titles; Fung + Blatt is available only through William Stout Architectural Books.