GoArchitect is starting a blog series about the books that influenced today's architects and designers. Each week we ask one designer with one question: What 3 books have impacted your life in architecture and why?
The 3 books may be from childhood or just last week, the important element is that they helped define their personal or professional life. If you would like to be considered for a future interview, please fill this out.
Designer, DLR Group
What 3 books have impacted your life in architecture and why?
Jane Jacobs, 1961
Jane Jacobs gave me a new perspective on the sociological aspects of urban planning and design. Its feisty and cantankerous mood makes it a joy to read as it advocates for lively streets, sidewalks, diversity, and cultured neighborhoods that begin to piece together early ideas of Localism.
Vishaan Chakrabarti, 2013
An evaluation of our crumbling cities at a seemingly perpetual halt instigated Vishaan to write this book as a call to arms for urban designers and architects. From this book I found the perils of suburban sprawl and the benefits of hyperdense, but ultimately biophilic environments. Many concrete design solutions are clearly articulated making this a sublime road map for architects of our cities' futures.
Jeremy Till, Nishat Awan, and Tatjana Schneider, 2011
This book taught me to be an agent within the social and political structures that bind architectural designers. It finds new ways to expand design solutions and practice outside of the lines of current Architectural production. I learned to think not architecturally but spatially and to consider the continually evolving nature of social space.
Have any of these books influenced your life or career in architecture? Leave a comment below and tell us how.