The New York Architecture Book Fair is an initiative by Storefront that brings together authors, designers, publishers, critics, and readers to consider what constitutes the most fundamental body of publications in architecture and design. Questioning the idea of the canon, this project seeks to broaden the existing references for architecture culture, which have served to homogenize architectural discourse. 


With the purpose of opening up the conversation to new ideas, Storefront launched a Global Survey of Architecture Books that reached more than 1600 scholars, critics, museum directors, historians, and others from 98 countries, asking them to contribute nominations of books from the past 35 years that are fundamental to the development of ideas and culture in architecture.


Of the nominated books, a selection of 135 publications were presented in the exhibition as the structural support for a series of bookshelves that will be populated by additional publications throughout the duration of the exhibition, with brief statements that contextualize their relevance. 


The below titles form the final list of selected books:


Phylogenesis by Foreign Office Architects

Oxymoron and Pleonasm by Kenneth Frampton, Monika Mitášová

The Metapolis Dictionary of Advanced Architecture: City, Technology and Society in the Information Age by Willy Müller

Blue Monday: Stories of Absurd Realities and Natural Philosophies by Kazys; Sumrell Robert Varnelis

The World of Madelon Vriesendorp by Beatriz Colomina, Douglas Coupland, Charles Jencks

Translations from Drawing to Building and Other Essays by Robin Evans

Real Estates: Life Without Debt by Jack Self

Le Corbusier: Complete Works (Eight Volumes) by Willy Boesiger

Wege der Moderne und die Folgen / Ways to Modernism And Their Impact (German and English Edition) by Josef Hoffmann, Adolf Loos

Digital Culture in Architecture by Antoine Picon

A rua da estrada by Álvaro Domingues

Eduardo Souto de Moura: Atlas de Parede, Imagens de Método by Eduardo Souto de Moura, Philip Ursprung, Diogo Seixas Lopes, Pedro Bandeira

Architectural Guide: Riga by Jānis Krastinš, Ivars Strautmanis

El Habitar by Juhani Pallasmaa

La Buena Vida (Spanish Edition) by Iñaki Ábalos

Atlas pintoresco Vol. 2: los viajes by Iñaki Ábalos

Arquitectura y politica / Architecture and Politics: Ensayos para mundos alternativos / Essays for Alternative Worlds (Spanish Edition) by Josep Maria Montaner, Zaida Muxi

El Croquis 94: Neutlings Riedijk 1992-1999 by Richard Levene and Fernando Marquez Cecilia (ed.)

Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste by Pierre Bourdieu

Four Walls and a Roof: The Complex Nature of a Simple Profession by Reinier de Graaf

We Have Never Been Modern by Bruno Latour

Office: Kersten Geers David Van Severen: Seven Rooms by Enrique Walker

Museum of the Future by Cristina Bechtler, Dora Imhof

“Основания культуросоциологии

The Foundations of the Culture of Sociology: Selected Works by Владимир Леонидович Абушенко

Vladimir Leonidovich Abushenko”

Made in Tokyo: Guide Book by Momoyo Kaijima, Junzo Kuroda, Yoshiharu Tsukamoto 

The Kampung Boy by Lat

Are We Human? by Beatriz Colomina and Mark Wigley

Roberto Burle Marx Lectures: Landscape as Art and Urbanism by Gareth Doherty (Editor)

Leonardo Finotti: A Collection of Latin American Modern Architecture by Leonardo Finotti

Geneaology of Modern Architecture: A Comparitive Critical Analysis of Built Form by Kenneth Frampton

From Camp to City: Refugee Camps of the Western Sahara by Edited by Manuel Herz in collaboration with ETH Studio Basel

The Air from Other Planets: A Brief History of Architecture to Come by Sean Lally

Solid Objectives: Order, Edge, Aura by SO-IL

Elements of Architecture by Rem Koolhaas

Fundamentals: 14th International Architecture Exhibition– La Biennale di Venezia by Rem Koolhaas

Exhibiting the Postmodern by Léa-Catherine Szacka

Atlas Of The Conflict: Israel-Palestine by Malkit Shoshan

Deventer by Matthew Stadler

Constant’s New Babylon: The Hyper-Architecture of Desire by Mark Wigley

Coral Stone Mosques of Maldives: The Vanishing Legacy of the Indian Ocean by Mauroof Jameel, Yahaya Ahmad

The Good Life by Iñaki Ábalos

Before Publication: Montage in Art, Architecture, and Book Design by Nanni Baltzer, Martino Stierli (ed.)

Paris Haussmann by Benoît Jallon, Umberto Napolitano, and Franck Boutté (ed.)

Melancholy and Architecture: On Aldo Rossi by Diogo Seixas Lopes

Composition, non-composition (French Edition) by Jacques Lucan

Points and Lines: Diagrams and Projects for the City by Stan Allen

Project of Autonomy: Politics and Architecture Within and Against Capitalism by Pier Vittorio Aureli

Citizens of No Place: An Architectural Graphic Novel by Jimenez Lai

Atlas of Novel Tectonics by Jesse Reiser and Nanako Umemoto 

Kissing Architecture by Sylvia Lavin

Victimas by John Hejduk

The Architectures of Atelier Bow-Wow: Behaviorology by Atelier Bow-Wow

Ten Canonical Buildings 1950-2000 by Peter Eisenman

Tadao Ando: Buildings, Projects, Writings by Kenneth Frampton

John Hejduk: Mask of Medusa: Works 1947-1983 by JOHN). Hejduk, John. Kim Shkapich, Editor (HEJDUK

Greg Lynn Form by Greg Lynn and Mark Rappolt (ed.)

Architecture Culture: 1943-1968 (Columbia Books of Architecture) by Joan Ockman

Architecture and Identity by Chris Abel

Heterotopia and the City: Public Space in a Postcivil Society by Lieven De Cauter, Michiel Dehaene (Editor)

Building Capitalism: Historical Change and the Labour Process in the Production of Built Environment by Linda Clarke

Le Corbusier: Beton Brut and Ineffable Space (1940 – 1965): Surface Materials and Psychophysiology of Vision by Roberto Gargiani, Anna Rosellini

Architectural Principles in the Age of Cybernetics by Christopher Hight

Architecture, Crisis and Resuscitation: The Reproduction of Post-Fordism in Late-Twentieth-Century Architecture by Tahl Kaminer

Rethinking Architecture: A Reader in Cultural Theory by Neil Leach

Junya Ishigami: Another Scale Of Architecture by Junya Ishigami

Utopie: Texts and Projects, 1967–1978 (Semiotext(e) / Foreign Agents) by Craig Buckley, Jean-Louis Violeau (Editors)

Manifeste du tiers paysage by Gilles Clément

Weak and Diffuse Modernity: The World of Projects at the beginning of the 21st Century by Andrea Branzi

Forensis: The Architecture of Public Truth by Forensic Architecture (Editor)

Less is Enough: On Architecture and Asceticism by Pier Vittorio Aureli

Content by Rem Koolhaas

Words and Buildings: A Vocabulary of Modern Architecture by Adrian Forty

Modern Architecture: A Critical History by Kenneth Frampton

The Possibility of an Absolute Architecture (Writing Architecture) by Pier Vittorio Aureli

INDEX Architecture: A Columbia Architecture Book by Matthew Berman, Bernard Tschumi (Editors)

Dreaming The Rational City: The Myth of American City Planning by Christine Boyer

Architecture in the Age of Printing: Orality, Writing, Typography, and Printed Images in the History of Architectural Theory by Mario Carpo

The Alphabet and the Algorithm (Writing Architecture) by Mario Carpo

Privacy and Publicity: Modern Architecture as Mass Media by Beatriz Colomina

5 Petites Pieces Classiques – Various – Gerard Billaudot Editeur – Piano – 510-01881 by Various

Noah’s Ark: Essays on Architecture by Hubert Damisch

Differences: Topographies of Contemporary Architecture by Ignasi de Sola-Morales

Organization Space: Landscapes, Highways, and Houses in America by Keller Easterling

Enduring Innocence: Global Architecture and Its Political Masquerades by Keller Easterling

The Projective Cast: Architecture and Its Three Geometries by Robin Evans

Studies in Tectonic Culture: The Poetics of Construction in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Architecture by Kenneth Frampton

The Architecture of Science by Peter Galison, Emily Thompson

Concrete and Clay: Reworking Nature in New York City by Matthew Gandy

Architecture Theory Since 1968 by K. Michael Hays

Architecture and Modernity: A Critique by Hilde Heynen

A Prehistory of the Cloud by Tung-Hui Hu

Japan-ness in Architecture by Arata Isozaki,David B. Stewart

Good City Form by Kevin Lynch

Nissan Pick-ups: Frontier pick-ups (1998 thru 2004), Xterra (2000 thru 2004), Pathfinder (1996 thru 2004) (Haynes Repair Manual) by Ken Freund

The Organizational Complex: Architecture, Media, and Corporate Space by Reihnold Martin

Theoretical Anxiety and Design Strategies in the Work of Eight Contemporary Architects by Rafael Moneo

Nightlands: Nordic Building by Christian Norberg-Schulz

Architecture School: Three Centuries of Educating Architects in North America by Joan Ockman and Rebecca Williamson

The Portfolio and the Diagram by Hyungmin Pai

Architecture and the Crisis of Modern Science by Alberto Perez-Gomez

The Architecture of the City by Aldo Rossi 

As I Was Saying by Colin Rowe, Alexander Caragonne

Toward A Minor Architecture by Jill Stoner

The Sphere and the Labyrinth: Avant-Gardes and Architecture from Piranesi to the 1970s by Manfredo Tafuri

Venice and the Renaissance by Manfredo Tafuri

Architecture Depends by Jeremy Till

The Historiography of Modern Architecture by Panayotis Tournikiotis

Architecture and Disjunction by Bernard Tschumi

Architecture in the Age of Divided Representation: The Question of Creativity in the Shadow of Production by Dalibor Vesely

The Architectural Uncanny: Essays in the Modern Unhomely by Anthony Vidler

Histories of the Immediate Present; Inventing Architectural Modernism by Anthony Vidler 

The Architecture of Deconstruction: Derrida’s Haunt by Mark Wigley

S, M, L, XL: Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large by Rem Koolhaas, Bruce Mau

Rafael Moneo: Remarks on 21 Works by Rafael Moneo

Atelier Bow: Wow – Graphic Anatomy by Atelier Bow: Wow

Little White Houses: How the Postwar Home Constructed Race in America by Dianne Harris

Architecture Since 1400 by Kathleen James-Chakraborty

Seizing Jerusalem: The Architectures of Unilateral Unification by Alona Nitzan-Shiftan

Henri Lefebvre on Space: Architecture, Urban Research, and the Production of Theory by Lukasz Stanek

Atlas of Emotion: Journeys in Art, Architecture, and Film by Giuliana Bruno

City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles by Mike Davis

Extrastatecraft: The Power of Infrastructure Space by Keller Easterling

Rebel Cities: From the Right to the City to the Urban Revolution by David Harvey

A Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain by Owen Hatherley

Hollow Land: Israel’s Architecture of Occupation by Eyal Weizman

Cities of Change: Addis Ababa by Marc Angélil, Dirk Hebel (Editors)

Vladimír Dedeček: Interpretations of His Architecture by Monika Mitásová (Editor)

Oswald Mathias Ungers: Morphologie: City Metaphors by Oswald Mathias Ungers 

Questions of Perception: Phenomenology of Architecture by Steven Holl, Juhani Pallasmaa, Alberto Perez-Gomez

Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future by Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen, Donald Albrecht (Editors)

Taking Measures Across the American Landscape by James Corner

Alvar Aalto: Architecture, Modernity, and Geopolitics by Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen

Ancient Churches of Ethiopia by David W. Phillipson

Lina Bo Bardi by Zeuler R. M. de A. Lima

Architect and Engineer: A Study in Sibling Rivalry by Andrew Saint

The Craftsman by Richard Sennett

Pornotopia: An Essay on Playboy’s Architecture and Biopolitics by Paul B. Preciado

Outlaw Territories: Environments of Insecurity/Architectures of Counterinsurgency by Felicity D. Scott

Forensic Architecture: Violence at the Threshold of Detectability by Eyal Weizman


See the full list of recent and upcoming programs associated with the New York Architecture Book Fair here.


The first edition of the New York Architecture Book Fair is supported by the New York Architecture Book Club, an invitation-based network of individuals and firms that serve as the key group behind the book fair.


Bookstores or cultural institutions interested in participating in the Bookstore Network should send an email to






The first edition of the New York Architecture Book Fair is supported by the New York Architecture Book Club, an invitation-based network of individuals and firms that serve as the key group behind the book fair. For a full list of members, see here.


Architecture Books – Yet to Be Written and the Bookstore Network are supported by the Royal Norwegian Consulate General, the Consulate General of Switzerland in New York, JESCO Lighting Group, Architectural Association Publications, ACTAR, Artbook | D.A.P., Dafne Editora, Harvard University Press, I. B. Tauris, Lars Müller Publishers, Park Books, Rizzoli Publications, University of California Press, University of Minnesota Press, Verso Books, Thames & Hudson, Reaktion Books, Editorial Gustavo Gili, Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, Marsilio,The MIT Press, The Monacelli Press, Tongji University Press, University of Chicago Press, Yale University Press, and Zone Books.


Programming partners for the New York Architecture Book Fair include The Cooper Union, the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University, e-flux Architecture, and the New York Public Library.


Storefront’s programming is made possible through general support from Arup; DS+R; F.J. Sciame Construction Co., Inc.; Knippers Helbig; KPF; MADWORKSHOP; ODA; Rockwell Group; Tishman Speyer; the Foundation for Contemporary Arts; The Greenwich Collection Ltd.; the Lily Auchincloss Foundation; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; The Peter T. Joseph Foundation; and by Storefront’s Board of Directors, members, and individual donors.


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