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A Daily Dose of Architecture Books, Est. 2019

Last week I posted about the end of A Daily Dose of Architecture, the blog I started in 2004, five years after I launched my online endeavors with A Weekly Dose of Architecture. In that post I hinted that my blog would morph into something else. Well, here it is: A Daily Dose of Architecture Books. Surprised? If you're a longtime reader of this blog, probably not.

Why A Daily Dose of Architecture Books? Because:
  • I love books;
  • There are very few outlets, online or print, that give much coverage to architecture books;
  • I strongly believe in the value of print books in our digital age;
  • My daily doses featured so many books anyways (reviews, "briefs," "so you want to learn about" posts), it was just a matter of time before this blog focused on them outright;
  • Lately I've been unable to do many full-length book reviews, so this new blog will enable me to feature more books, albeit with shorter commentaries on them;
  • I love books — so much that I wrote it twice!
All the old posts from both A Daily Dose of Architecture (2004-2018) and A Weekly Dose of Architecture (1999-2014) will remain on this blog, though the new dDAB content will be tagged, and therefore easy to find among the 5,000+ posts, based on this weekly structure:

A Daily Dose of Architecture, 2004-2018

Yes, it's time to pull the plug on A Daily Dose of Architecture, which I started back in 2004, five years after I started A Weekly Dose of Architecture (I ceased the weekly doses in 2014). More accurately, it's time for A Daily Dose of Architecture to morph into something else — what that is will be announced on the first day of 2019.

Why stop A Daily Dose of Architecture? Because:

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Best Books I Read in 2018

The end of the calendar year means best-of lists, and for this blog that means architecture books. Unlike traditional publications that limit their lists to books, buildings, or some other output released or completed between January 1 and December 31, I lean toward the way film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum would include only movies he saw and reviewed during the year (so if a film opened in NYC around Xmas to be eligible for an Oscar but didn't play in Chicago that year he didn't consider it) and therefore have limited my list to books I reviewed on this blog at some point in 2018. In turn, half of these dozen books were published this year but the other half came out last year. Accordingly, the alphabetical list is split into two based on the years the books were released, with links to my reviews or "briefs."


2018



Dimensions of Citizenship edited by Nick Axel, Nikolaus Hirsch, Ann Lui, Mimi Zeiger

The Divided City: Poverty and Prosperity in America by Alan Mallach

Letters to the Leaders of China: Kongjian Yu and the Future of the Chinese City edited by Terreform

So You Want to Learn About: Roberto Burle Marx

The "So You Want to Learn About" series highlights books focused on a particular theme: think "socially responsible architecture" and "Le Corbusier," rather than broad themes like "housing" or "modern architects." Therefore the series aims to be a resource for finding decent reading materials on certain topics, born of a desire to further define noticeable areas of interest in the books I review. And while I haven't reviewed every title, I am familiar with each one; these are not blind recommendations.

About one year ago my book 100 Years, 100 Landscape Designs came out. There were a number of landscape designers that just had to be in the book, one of them being Roberto Burle Marx (1909-1994), the great Brazilian landscape designer and artist who single-handedly defined landscape architecture in South America, not just Brazil. (A couple of his landscapes worked their way into my book, both carrying his influential name: Sitio Roberto Burle Marx, 1949, and Parque da Cidade Roberto Burle Marx, 1950.) The research for my book led me to obtain a few relevant old titles that I came across, some hard to find. But a couple books released this year, both compiling the landscape designer's own words, prompted me to put together this SYW2 post about Burle Marx. These are not all of the books devoted to Burle Marx, but they're more than I ever anticipated I'd have in my library, especially given how few English titles exist on the influential figure.

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