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Books of the year

review - A selection of the titles that AJ reviewers have most enjoyed during the past 12 months

Cold War: Building for Nuclear Confrontation 1946-1989 By Wayne Cocroft & Roger Thomas.

English Heritage, £24.99 'A meticulous study of the built legacy of an extraordinary period in our martial history.' (Edwin Heathcote, AJ 15.1.04) Last Landscapes: The Architecture of the Cemetery in the West By Ken Worpole. Reaktion, £22 'An intensely personal analysis, supported by wonderful photographs.' (Robert Thorne, AJ 19.2.04) The Sea Ranch by Donlyn Lyndon and Jim Alinder.

Princeton Architectural Press, £40 'This beautifully designed and photographed record could hardly be more timely.' (Richard Weston, AJ 29.4.04) Bernard Rudofsky: A Humane Designer By Andrea Guarneri. Springer-Verlag, £45 'The first proper account of this man whose message becomes ever more important.' (Alan Powers, AJ 22.1.04) Content By Rem Koolhaas. Taschen, £6.99 'A natural sequel to S, M, L, XL, though a little less anarchic.' (Martin Pawley, AJ 25.3.04) Asmara: Africa's Secret Modernist City By Edward Denison et al.

'A fascinating and important book.' (Julian Holder, AJ 22.4.04) Ideas That Shaped Buildings By Fil Hearn. MIT Press, £12.95 'Compact, erudite, literate.' (Jeremy Melvin, AJ 26.2.04) London from Punk to Blair Edited by Joe Kerr & Andrew Gibson.

Reaktion, £19.95 'Full of insight into the diverse experiences that constitute the recent history of London.' (Andrew Calcutt, AJ 12.2.04) Architects and the 'Building World' from Chambers to Ruskin By Brian Hanson. CUP, £55.

'It is certainly ambitious and it may be great.' (Jeremy Melvin, AJ 13.5.04) English Shops and Shopping:

An Architectural History By Kathryn Morrison.

Yale University Press, £35 'Valuable for reference and for thinking about the wider implications of retailing in relation to architecture, urbanism and conservation.' (Alan Powers, AJ 24.6.04) Alison and Peter Smithson:

From the House of the Future to a House for Today Edited by Dirk van den Heuvel.

010 Publishers, £35 'Rich with fascinating thoughts from the early work, and startlngly original architectural ideas towards the end.' (John McKean, AJ 1.7.04) Pedro Cabrita Reis:

Works and Writings Edited by Michael Tarantino. Hatje Cantz, £35 Richly illustrated monograph on an artist whose work is highly 'architectural'.

(AJ 6.5.04) Ernö Goldfinger:

The Life of an Architect By Nigel Warburton. Routledge, £30 'For all his faults, his status as one of the most extraordinary characters of British Modernism is enhanced by this book.' (Neil Cameron, AJ 8.7.04) Hampton Court: A Social and Architectural History By Simon Thurley. Yale University Press, £35 'An exemplary account of an underrated building.' (Robert Thorne, AJ 3.6.04) Urban Forms: The Death and Life of the Urban Block By Philippe Panerai. Architectural Press, £24.99 'This book won't change the current practitioners of the bleak arts of planning, but it should be required reading for any student who intends to go near the subject.' (David Dunster, AJ 29.7.04) Anthony Caro: Quest for the New Sculpture By Ian Barker. Lund Humphries, £30 'This beautifully produced book is a fitting prelude to next year's major Caro retrospective.' (Dean Hawkes, AJ 21.10.04) Jaroslav Rössler: Czech Avant-Garde Photographer Edited by Vladimir Birgus. MIT Press, £22.95 'Excellent, beautifully illustrated.' (Robert Elwall, AJ 26.8.04) Eladio Dieste: Innovation in Structural Art Edited by Stanford Anderson.

Princeton Architectural Press, £42 'As this splendidly presented account makes clear, he was a builder of genius.' (Richard Weston, AJ 2.9.04) Plans, Sections and Elevations: Key Buildings of the Twentieth Century By Richard Weston. Laurence King, £28 Weston's 'back to basics' book: flawed but valuable. (AJ 28.10.04) The Small House in Eighteenth-Century London By Peter Guillery. Yale University Press, £40 'In the pages of this riveting book, Guillery offer the reader, quite literally, another world.' (Gillian Darley, AJ 4.11.04) Architecture in the Age of Divided Representation By Dalibor Vesely. MIT Press, £32.95 'His challenging thoughts deserve to be heard by a wider audience.' (Jonathan Hale, AJ 2.12.04) Place By Terry Farrell. Laurence King, £29.95 'Fascinating and revealing? a real contribution to architectural history.' (Kenneth Powell, AJ 2.12.04) The Lost Border: The Landscape of the Iron Curtain By Brian Rose. Princeton Architectural Press, £25 'A historic document of lasting value.' (AJ 2.12.04) Norman Foster: Works 4 Edited by David Jenkins. Prestel, £60 'The work is, mostly, unprecedentedly light and graceful.' (Sutherland Lyall, AJ 9.12.04) Building with Light: The International History of Architectural Photography By Robert Elwall. Merrell, £39.95 'It must come to be the standard work on the subject because of its completeness, its scholarship and the clarity of its writing.' (Sutherland Lyall, AJ 15.4.04) Brick: A World History By James Campbell & Will Pryce.

Thames & Hudson, £39.95 'Widely informative and a continual visual delight.' (Richard Weston, AJ 29.1.04) Giancarlo De Carlo: Layered Places By John McKean. Axel Menges, £49 'At its best, the work displays great rigour, and it is a real pleasure to finally have a book that gives justice to its full range.' (Jonathan Sergison, AJ 29.7.04) 2G nos 29 & 30: Max Bill Edited by Karin Gimmi. Gustavo Gili, £40 'Timely and comprehensive - it addresses one of the more glaring omissions in contemporary architectural publishing.' (Jonathan Sergison, AJ 21.10.04) Eduardo Souto de Moura:

Works and Projects By Giovanni Leoni. Electa, £45 'The must-have book on the architect's architect.' (Edwin Heathcote, AJ 14.10.04)

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