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Books of the year 2000

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

On Foster… Foster On (book and CD-ROM) Edited by David Jenkins. Prestel, £45 ‘Gives the kind of varied insight into Foster’s work that is usually missing from the more common authorised monograph.’ (Iain Borden, AJ 7.9.00)

An Insular Rococo: Architecture, Politics and Society in Ireland and Britain 1710-1770 By Timothy Mowl & Brian Earnshaw. Reaktion, £45 ‘An important piece of scholarship: witty, sharp, a major contribution to Irish architectural history.’ (Stephen Greenberg, AJ 20.1.00)

Greene & Greene By Edward R Bosley. Phaidon, £45 ‘Meticulously researched… A work of first-class scholarship, beautifully illustrated. (Dean Hawkes, AJ14.9.00)

Words and Buildings: A Vocabulary of Modern Architecture By Adrian Forty. Thames & Hudson, £28 ‘The flow of his synthesising thought is what I most enjoy. He is a masterful summariser of complex intellectual developments. (Robert Harbison, AJ 18.5.00)

Hypnerotomachia Polyphili: The Strife of Love in a Dream By Francesco Colonna. Thames & Hudson, £42 ‘It can now be read for pleasure… A reminder that architecture once framed the landscapes of the imagination and imbued them with meaning.’ (Robert Tavernor, AJ 9.3.00)

Gabriele Basilico: Cityscapes Thames & Hudson, £24 ‘Basilico refuses to make cities seem simpler or tidier than they are. Mediocrity and beauty have equal immediacy in these 350 images.’ (Andrew Mead, AJ 23.3.00)

The Idea of Louis Sullivan By John Szarkowski. Thames & Hudson, £39.95 ‘As well as presenting Sullivan’s architecture to such advantage, Szarkowski’s photographs provide an evocative portrait of Mid-West America in the 1950s.’ (Andrew Mead, AJ 12.10.00)

Mart Stam’s Trousers: Stories from Behind the Scenes of Dutch Moral Modernism 010 Publishers, £16 ‘Packed with illustrations, stimulating and opinionated, a Dutch delight.’ (David Wild, AJ20.3.00)

The Shape of Things: A Philosophy of Design By Vilem Flusser. Reaktion, £14.95 ‘There is nothing difficult or obscure about these 22 essays. They are as sharp and lucid as precious stones.’ (Colin Davies, AJ 4.5.00)

The Urban Condition: Space, Community and Self in the Contemporary Metropolis By Dirk de Meyer et al. 010 Publishers, £23 ‘I cannot think of a better and more succinct overview of current urban concerns and theories.’ (Iain Borden, AJ 6.7.00)

Shaping the Great City: Modern Architecture in Central Europe 1890-1937 By Eve Blau and Monika Platzer. Prestel, £39.95 ‘Many of the designers emerging from these pages… deserve to be better known.’ (Neil Parkyn, AJ 25.5.00)

Renzo Piano Building Workshop: Complete Works Volume 4 By Peter Buchanan. Phaidon, £45 ‘An immaculate offering… on a decade of diverse work.’ (Alex Wright, AJ 17/24.8.00)

London: The Biography By Peter Ackroyd. Chatto & Windus, £25 ‘A striking, memorable, vivid, and even obsessive vision.’ (Kenneth Powell, AJ 23.11.00)

Sir John Vanbrugh and Landscape Architecture in Baroque England 1690-1730 Edited by Christopher Ridgway. Sutton Publishing, £25 ‘A most thoughtful, and thought-provoking, book.’ (Gillian Darley, AJ 31.8.00)

SuperDutch: New Architecture in the Netherlands By Bart Lootsma. Thames & Hudson, £24.95 ‘All 12 featured practices have brilliant projects to contribute, which are laid out with good photographs and admirably clear drawings.’ (Gerry McLean, AJ 12.10.00)

Dreamworld and Catastrophe: The Passing of Mass Utopia in East and West By Susan Buck-Morss.MIT Press, £30.95 ‘A brilliant and thought-provoking work.’ (David Wild, AJ 9.11.00)

Walter Benjamin: The Arcades Project Harvard University Press, £24.95 ‘A study centred on Parisian shopping arcades becomes a far-reaching quest into nineteenthcentury culture.’ (Andrew Mead, AJ 27.1.00)

William L Price: From Arts and Crafts to Modern Design By George E Thomas. Princeton Architectural Press, £42 ‘It will secure Price his rightful place in the canon of architectural history.’ (Julian Holder, AJ 26.10.00)

Aldo van Eyck: Works Edited by Vincent Ligtelijn. Birkhauser, £54 ‘All the key material is here, and a lot that is new as well.’ (Richard Weston, AJ 30.3.00)

Humphry Repton: Landscape Gardening and the Geography of Georgian England By Stephen Daniels. Yale University Press, £40 ‘An important and handsome book.’ (Gillian Darley, AJ 24.2.00)

The City Cultures Reader Edited by Malcolm Miles. Routledge, £60 ‘Texts come from a number of disciplines… They make a rich collection in which every reader will find something new.’ (Joe Holyoak, AJ 20.3.00)

Reflections on Baroque By Robert Harbison. Reaktion, £19.95 ‘Harbison reflects eloquently on parallels between art, architecture, music and literature from the early seventeenth century to the late twentieth.’ (Robert Tavernor, AJ 9.11.00)

Modern House 2 By Clare Melhuish. Phaidon, £35 Thirty houses from the 1990s: ‘It is full of ideas about people as they happen to be.’ (Patrick Hodgkinson, AJ 7.12.00)

Peter Behrens and a New Architecture for the Twentieth Century By Stanford Anderson.MIT Press, £39.95 ‘Anderson helps to identify Behrens’ significance and places him in the mainstream of German intellectual life.’ (Jeremy Melvin, AJ 17/24.8.00)

Warped Space: Art, Architecture & Anxiety in Modern Culture By Anthony Vidler.MIT Press, £22.50 ‘A dazzling display of erudition that ranges across philosophy, psychology, literary theory and art criticism.’ (Murray Fraser, AJ 16.11.00)

Louis I Kahn: Unbuilt Masterworks By Kent Larson.Monacelli Press, £40 ‘Larson has created computer visualisations of major unbuilt projects by Louis Kahn, and they are startling in their verisimilitude.’ (Andrew Mead, AJ 7.12.00)

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