Holiday Book List 2016


Docomomo US Staff


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It is that time of year again! Docomomo US is pleased to present our annual list of notable books of 2016. This year's list is packed full of must-have books, many written by Docomomo US members, that will inspire you to unplug for a while.




Breuer: The Complete monograph on Marcel Breuer (1902-1981), the last of the first generation of Modernist architects

Robert McCarter
Phaidon Press, 2016



The Interface: IBM and the Transformation of Corporate Design, 1945-1976

John Harwood
University of Minnesota Press, 2016


Concrete Cuba: Cuban Geometric Abstraction from the 1950s

Text by: Abigail McEwen, Susanna Temkin
David Zwirner Books, 2016


Paul Rand: A Designer’s Art

Paul Rand, Afterword by Steven Heller
Princeton Architectural Press, 2016


Coming 2017
You Say to Brick: The Life of Louis Kahn

Wendy Lesser
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017


Unseen Midcentury Desert Modern

Daniel Chavkin
Gibbs Smith, 2016



Coming Soon
Canada: Modern Architectures in History

Michelangelo Sabatino and Rhodri Windsor Liscombe
Reaktion Books, 2016


Roberto Burle Marx: Brazilian Modernist

Jens Hoffmann and Claudia J. Nahson
Yale University Press


Mid-Century Modern Architecture Travel Guide: West Coast USA

Sam Lubell and Darren Bradley (Photography)
Phaidon, 2016


Oscar Niemeyer: Curves of Irreverence

Styliane Philippou
Yale University Press


The Creative Architect: Inside the Great Midcentury Personality Study

Pierluigi Serraino
Monacelli Press, 2016


This Brutal World

Peter Chadwick
Phaidon, 2016

Coming 2017
Shopping Town: Designing the City in Suburban America

Victor Gruen (Author) Anette Baldauf (Editor)
University of Minnesota Press, 2017


Marfa Modern: Artistic Interiors of the West Texas High Desert

Helen Thompson (Author), Casey Dunn (Photographer)
Monacelli Press, 2016

Michigan Modern: Design that Shaped America

Edited by Brian D. Conway and Amy Arnold
Gibbs-Smith, 2016



Coming January 2017
The Ordinary

Rem Koolhaas, Denise Scott Brown, and Yoshiharu Tsukamoto in Conversation with Enrique Walker
Columbia University Press, 2017










Andrew Geller: Deconstructed

Jake Gorst
Glitterati, 2016


This is Frank Lloyd Wright

Ian Volner (Author), Michael Kirkham (Illustrator)
Laurence King, 2016


Vertical Urban Factory

Nina Rappaport
Actar, 2016


Proceedings of the Mid-Century Modern Structures: Materials and Preservation Symposium St. Louis, Missouri, April 13-16, 2015

Edited by: Katheryn Doyle, Andrew Ferrell, Frank E. Sanchis III, Mary F. Striegel
Amazon Kindle



Out of Season: The Vanishing Architecture of the Wildwoods

Mark Havens (Author), Jamer Hunt (Contributor), Joseph Giovannini (Contributor)
Booth-Clibborn Editions, 2016


Mid-Michigan Modern: From Frank Lloyd Wright to Googie

Susan J. Bandes
Michigan State University Press, 2016


Voyage Le Corbusier: Drawings on the Road

Jacob Brillhart (Author) Le Corbusier (Drawings by)
W.W. Norton & Company, Inc, 2016


Manual of Section

Paul Lewis, Marc Tsurumaki, and David J. Lewis
Princeton Architectural Press, 2016


African Modernism: Architecture of Independence

Manuel Herz, Ingrid Schroder, Hans Focketyn, and Julia Jamrozik
Park Books, 2015


William Krisel’s Palm Springs: The Language of Modernism

Heidi Creighton (Author), Chris Menrad (Author), Darren Bradley (Photographer)
Gibbs Smith, 2016


Concrete Concept: Brutalist Buildings Around the World

Christopher Beanland (Author) Jonathan Meades (Foreword)
Frances Lincoln, 2016

Modern Forms

Photographs by Nicolas Grospierre
Prestel, 2016

The Suburban Church: Modernism and Community in Postwar America

Gretchen Buggeln
Minnesota University Press, 2015


Chairs by Architects

Agata Toromanoff
Thames & Hudson, 2016


John Vassos: Industrial Design for Modern Life

Danielle Shapiro
University of Minnesota Press, 2016

Centre Pompidou: Renzo Piano, Richard Rogers, and the Making of a Modern Monument

Francesco Dal Co
Yale University Press, 2016

30 Years of Emerging Voices: Idea, Form, Resonance

The Architectural League of New York
Princeton Architectural Press, 2015


Coming 2017
Designing Detroit: Wirt Rowland and the Rise of Modern American Architecture

Michael G. Smith
Wayne State University Press, 2017



Louna Lahti (Author), Peter Gössel (Editor)
Taschen, 2015


Interior Landmarks: Treasures of New York

Judith Gura, Kate Wood
The Monacelli Press, 2015


Louis I. Kahn in Conversation: Interviews with John W. Cook and Heinrich Klotz, 1969-70

Edited by Jules David Prown and Karen E. Denavit
Yale University Press, 2015


Environmental Communications: Contact High

Mark Wasiuta and Marcos Sanchez
Columbia University Press, 2016


Last Project Standing: Civics and Sympathy in Post-Welfare Chicago

Catherine Fennell
Minnesota University Press, 2015

The Other Architect / Another Way of Building Architecture

Giovanna Borasi
Spector Books, 2016