The Place of Houses, Gerald Allen, Donlyn Lyndon, Charles Moore, University of California Press, 1974

The authors write about residential architecture in a way that communicates to both the client and the architect


The Culture of Building, Howard Davis, Oxford University Press, 2000

Howard Davis' book cover the influences on building culture, from law to construction technology, to labor.


Dwelling, at Home, in Community, on Earth, Jorn Orum Nielsen, The Danish Architectural Press, 1996

A treatise on the Danish Longhouse, and the urban forms that result from its typology


The Pattern of English Building, Alec Clifton-Taylor,  B.T. Batsford, 1962

Documents the interaction of material availability and construction technologies to pre-industrialized building form in Great Britain.  


Built for Change, Neighborhood Architecture in San Francisco,  Anne Vernez Moudon, 1986

An historical analysis of housing types in San Francisco


The English Terraced House, Stefan Muthesius,  Yale University Press, 1982

A comprehensive overview of the English row house.


Courtyard Housing in Los Angeles, Stefanos Polyzoides ,  Princeton Architectural Press,  1992

An overview of the courtyard apartment typology in Los Angeles


The Architecture of the City, Aldo Rossi,  MIT Press, 1982

A poetic account of the city as a repository of memory, composed of architectural types.


The Grow Home, Avi Friedman, McGill-Queens University Press, 2001

A new compact townhouse form.


The Not So Big House, Sarah Susanka, Taunton Press, 1998

Shows how small houses can fulfill all our real needs.




Bernard Maybeck, Visionary Architect, Sally B. Woodbridge, Abbeville Press, 1996

The work of the Bay Area master of architecture and planning


Julia Morgan Architect, Sara Holmes Boutelle, Abbeville Press, 1995

The work of the renowned Bay Area architect


Mediterranean Domestic Architecture in the United States, Rexford Newcomb, Acanthus Press (reprint) 1999

The architecture of the Mediterranean Revival, including work by George Washington Smith, Wallace Neff and others.


Gunnar Asplund Architect, 1885-1940, Gustav Holmdahl, Sven Ivar Lind, Kjell Odeen, Hakon, Ahlberg, Stockholm 1950

The great Swedish architect, both very much ahead of and of his time.


An Architecture for People, The Complete Works of Hassan Fathy, James Steele, Whitney Library of Design, 1997

The Egyptian architect, whose work with mud brick construction revolutionized moderns architecture's outlook on traditional construction techniques.


Facing Southwest, The Life & Houses of John Gaw Meem, Chris Wilson, W.W. Norton & Company, 2001

The great southwest regional architect.




Green Development, Alex Wilson, Jen Uncapher, Lisa McManigal, L. Hunter Lovins, John Wiley & Sons, 1998

An overview of sustainable development methods and projects.


The Ecology of Place,  Timothy Beatley and Kristy Manning, Island Press, Washington DC, 1997

An integrated approach to environmental and urban planning.


A Better Place to Live--Designs for Tomorrow's Communities, Michael N. Corbett, Rodale Press, 1981

A description of the methods and rationale behind the author's project in Davis California--Village Homes.


The Rural Landscape, John Fraser Hart, Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998

An historical overview of the American vernacular landscape.


Potential Natural Vegetation of the Conterminous United States, Kuchler, A. W.,  American Geographical Society, 1964.

A map that shows how the natural landscape of continental United States might have once been.


Design with Nature,  Ian McHarg, Falcon Press, 1969

The principal reference work of landscape based environmental planning.


The Granite Garden, Anne Whiston Spirn,  Basic Books, 1987

The importance of the natural environment to the life of a city.


Common Landscape of America 1580 to 1845, John R. Stilgoe, Yale University Press, 1982

An overview of the vernacular landscape of North America.


Green Urbanism, Learning from European Cities, Timothy Beatley, Island Press, 2000

Explores the range of green town planning in Europe.


Eco-cities, Building Cities in Balance with Nature, Richard Register, Berkeley Hills Books, 2002

A poetic exploration of the potential of sustainable town planning.


Rural by Design, Randall Arendt, with Elizabeth A Brabec, Harry L. Dodson, Christine Reid, Robert D. Yaro, Planners Press, 1994

A comprehensive work on how planning policy can help maintain small town character and quality




Camillo Sitte and the Birth of Modern City Planning,  George and Christiane C. Collins, , Phaidon Press,1965

An overview of the work of Camillo Sitte and his associates in the context of the history of urban design.


Towns and Town-making Principles, Andres Duany,  Rizzoli, 1991

The principles of New Urbanism by its foremost practitioner.


A Theory of Good City Form, Kevin Lynch, MIT Press, 1981

The classic treatise on urban design theory.


New Towns for Old, John Nolen, Marshall Jones Company, 1927

Early twentieth century case studies of urban design in some American small towns and neighborhoods.


City in the Woods, Weiss, Ellen,  Oxford University Press, 1987

The relationship between building type, landscape, and urban form in Oak Bluffs Massachusetts. 


Representation of Places: Reality and Realism in City Design, Peter Bosselman, UC Press, 1998

A survey of the history of architectural and urban design simulation.


Great Streets, Allan B. Jacobs, MIT Press, 1995

What makes a street into a great urban space?  Jacobs quantifies the patterns and qualities.


Rebuilding, Daniel Solomon, Princeton Architectural Press, 1992

Essays on architecture, urban design and planning by one of the founders of the New Urbanism movement.




Community Design Primer, Randolph T. Hester, Ridge Times Press, 1990

An approach to participatory design, with specific methods and exercises.


Designing with Community Participation, E. Henry Sanoff, Dowden, Hutchison & Ross, 1978

An overview of methods and rationales for incorporating user participation into the design and planning processes.


Variations: The Systematic Design of Supports, Nicholas John Habraken, MIT Press, 

Harbraken investigates the variables and fixed systems in open building.


Housing as if People Mattered, Clare Cooper Marcus with Wendy Sarkissian,  University of California Press, 1986  

The authors document what people really want in their living environments.




A Sense of Place, A Sense of Time, J.B. Jackson,  Yale University Press, 1994 

How the modern landscape reflects our preoccupation with time and movement rather  than place and permanence.


Architecture without Architects, Bernard Rudofsky, Museum of Modern Art, 1964

One of the first modern writers to look at vernacular architecture as relevant to building today