When an architect sits down to say, "this is what architecture should be about."
January 6, 2011 9:31 PM Subscribe
Help Me Assemble an Architectural Reading List Filter: looking for written works by notable architects which are intended as introductions to or overviews of the 'proper' practice of architecture, as the author sees it.
Essentially I am looking for works which are consciously framed as general "how-to" guides for the practice of architecture, or sets of "laws" or "rules" for good design. Book-length is preferable, and there is of course a small subset of 'notable architects' which I am interested in, though in lieu of trying to define that I will gladly accept any works which fit this premise — but generally, I'm interested in architects in the modern tradition, and less interested in anyone who would label themselves a post-modernist. Authors for whom sustainability is a core tenet are a plus. Theorists/paper architects are fine also, though I'm more interested in works with a focus on the practical demands of actual building, even if it is approached in a general way.