Architects and Architecture in
How and why we make buildings the way we do.
BY DONNA SEAMAN
Architecture’s Odd Couple: Frank
Lloyd Wright and Philip Johnson. By
Hugh Howard. 2016. Bloomsbury, $28
Howard portrays two iconic, outspoken, twentieth-century architects whose
provocative ideas and innovative designs
transformed America’s built environment,
two artists who “were the yin and the
yang, . . . the positive and negative charges that gave architecture its compass.”
Bricks and Mortals: Ten Great Buildings
and the People They Made. By Tom
Wilkinson. 2014. Bloomsbury, $30
As the real-estate market recovers from
a decade-long recession and new towers
rise at breakneck speed around the globe,
Wilkinson skillfully evaluates 10 notable
structures, past and present.
Building Art: The Life and Work of
Frank Gehry. By Paul Goldberger. 2015.
Knopf, $35 (9780307701534).
Pulitzer Prize–winning architecture
critic Goldberger presents the first comprehensive biography of Gehry, a
daring, original, tireless, and expressive
master builder renowned for Guggenheim Bilbao, Facebook headquarters,
Eyes on the Street: The Life of Jane
Jacobs. By Robert Kanigel. 2016. Knopf,
Kanigel tells the full story of Jane Jacobs, whose The Death and Life of Great
American Cities (1961) articulated a new
and deeply influential understanding of
what makes cities vibrant and essential to
the human experience.
Architecture shapes every aspect of our lives, and both the art of building and landscape design involve a dynamic mix of tradition and innovation in response
to ever-changing aesthetics and social and environmental
developments. The books below range from biographies of
architects and an urban visionary to the astute observations
of architectural critics to lively historical surveys of significant
buildings to one intimate inquiry into one beloved house.