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The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
3.95
The history of human civilization and society is basically a continuum of idiots, sociopaths, murderers and bores, punctuated by the occasional ration...more
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May 28, 2008
 
Thinking with Type: A Primer for Designers: A Critical Guide for Designers, Writers, Editors, & Students
4.04
I bought this while drunk. See what happens when you wander around in bookstores, wasted, after just getting a paycheck? Now I feel pretty embarrassed...more
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May 28, 2008
 
The Poetics of Space
4.17
I've never really decided how I really feel about this text. Part of me knows it's total bullshit but another part of me wants to believe in it and en...more
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May 28, 2008
 
The Gothic Enterprise: A Guide to Understanding the Medieval Cathedral
3.65
An excellent, readable and compelling overview of the incredible idea and task of building cathedrals in a time when lives were short, disease was ram...more
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May 28, 2008
 
The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci Volume 1
4.29
When I was a kid, I begged my mom to get this for me from a museum gift store in Boston (I think). I was thrilled, even though the volume I really wan...more
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May 28, 2008
 
Design For Life: The Architecture of Sim Van der Ryn
4.17
I had lunch with this guy in Sausalito. He has a very deeply ingrained sense of ... nature? that is VERY different from what most people think of as "...more
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May 28, 2008
 
Understanding Physics 3 volumes in 1 - Motion, Sound & Heat + Light, Magnetism & Electricity + The Electron, Proton & Neutron
4.02
This was originally my dad's book, a long time ago, and I couldn't keep my hands off it when I was a kid. It's an excellent overview by any measure, a...more
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May 28, 2008
 
Transparency
3.84
A lot of runaround for a pretty simple concept; typical of the era of architectural theory--making a bang out of a whimper. Nonetheless, the concept i...more
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May 28, 2008
 
Programs and Manifestoes on 20th-Century Architecture
3.76
A concise and trim overview of architectural manifestoes from 1903 to 1963. Also has Sant'Elia/Marinetti's vivid and loud proclamation for a Futurist...more
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May 28, 2008
 
Border Line
5.00
What can I say, I'm totally a Lebbeus Woods fan. Even moreso after I learned that he's a drunk. I think I traded another book with Seth for this one a...more
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May 28, 2008
 
Theorizing a New Agenda for Architecture:: An Anthology of Architectural Theory 1965 - 1995
3.88
Sure, the signal-to-noise ratio is low, but that's always the case with these things. For me the handful of great essays makes up for it. And don't ha...more
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May 28, 2008
 
Architecture as a Translation of Music
3.90
Typical of architectural theory: seemingly interesting ideas that go nowhere or are inept in one way or another. I doubt any of the authors of these p...more
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May 28, 2008
 
Semiotics: The Basics (The Basics)
3.89
I'm still in the midst of it, but it's an excellent and in-depth overview of Semiotics. Like semiotics itself, the book must be taken with either seve...more
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Jun 19, 2007
 
Oak-Mot
4.15
A review of this book is less appropriate than a review of Crispin Glover himself: What a magnificently fucked up weirdo. Do NOT pass up the chance to...more
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May 28, 2008
 
Towards a New Architecture
3.85
The only thing I ever really liked about Corbu is that, in his old age, he painted every morning in the nude. Every single day for the rest of his lif...more
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May 28, 2008
 
Palladio
4.12
About as lively as Palladio's corpse, but still more interesting than watching paint dry. ...maybe.
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May 28, 2008
 
Alfred's Essentials of Music Theory Complete Self Study Guide: A Complete Self-study Course for All Musicians
4.38
A good way to refresh on the basics and beyond.
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May 28, 2008
 
Architecture of Fear
3.46
Mostly about how LA is a fucked up shithole.
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May 28, 2008
 
A Brief History of Time
4.06
Good old Hawking!
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May 28, 2008
 
Questions of perception: phenomenology of architecture
3.50
Pretty unmemorable.
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May 28, 2008
 
Fundamentals of Building Construction: Materials and Methods
3.73
It was a school book.
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May 28, 2008
 
Who Got Einstein's Office?: Eccentricity And Genius At The Institute For Advanced Study
3.95
Fascinating.
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May 28, 2008
 
The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory
4.06
Inspiring.
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May 28, 2008
 
Bauhaus
3.91
Gropius > *
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May 28, 2008
 
The Thames & Hudson Dictionary of Graphic Design and Designers
3.55
None
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May 28, 2008
 
Physical Computing: Sensing and Controlling the Physical World with Computers
4.00
None
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May 28, 2008
 
Collage City
3.61
None
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May 28, 2008
 
In Search of Schrödinger's Cat: Quantum Physics and Reality
3.97
None
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May 28, 2008
 
Graphic Design: A Concise History (World of Art)
3.75
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May 28, 2008
 
de Stijl
3.75
None
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May 28, 2008
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