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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

Mies van der Rohe at Work

by Peter Carter. Phaidon, £19.95

'Painstaking and carefully researched...An authoritative work of reference.' (Lord Palumbo, AJ 7.10.99)

Cities in Civilisation

by Peter Hall. Weidenfeld & Nicholson, £30

'The value of Hall's magnum opus lies in the fascinating detail he accumulates ... This is several books in one.' (Joe Holyoak, aj 18.2.99)

FARMAX: Excursions on Density - MVRDV

010 Publishers, £23.50

'The authors have a Koolhaasian liking for the rich, complex and heterogeneous ... At its best, it is a wonderful exploration of ingenious ideas.' (Jeremy Melvin, aj 25.2.99)

Landscape and Englishness

by David Matless. Reaktion, £25

'The best book so far on the interpretation of landscape in the middle years of the twentieth century.' (Alan Powers, aj 4.3.99)

Dictionary of Architecture

by James Stevens Curl. oup, £25

'A refreshing note of well-informed malice enlivens every major entry.' (Timothy Mowl, aj 8.4.99)

Dialogues in Time - New Graz Architecture

by P Blundell Jones. Haus der Architektur, Graz, £50

'The authority of its research and the richness of the buildings featured give it a quality all too rare in architectural publications.' (Ingerid Helsing Almaas, aj 8.4.99)

Architecture Theory since 1968

by K Michael Hays. mit Press, £44.95

'In a discipline which has difficulty in distinguish-ing the profound from the irrelevant, it comes as a great relief that someone is finally prepared to stick his neck out and say, 'This is the stuff you need to know'.' (Isabel Allen, aj 15.4.99)

Alexander 'Greek' Thomson

by Gavin Stamp. Laurence King, £24.95

'The stunning colourful record which Thomson has long lacked.' (John McKean, aj 23.9.99)

Hugo Haring: The Organic versus the Geometric

by Peter Blundell Jones. Axel Menges, £58

'Like Haring's own work, this book is an artefact which makes itself felt gradually. In the end it is a remarkable, many sided explication of a valuable subject.' (Robert Harbison, aj 30.9.99)

Looking Up: Rachel Whiteread's Water Tower

Edited by Louise Neri. Scalo, £27.50

'Only a tiny proportion of public art works would ever justify this depth of documentation but, when they do, Looking Up is the model to follow.' (Andrew Mead, aj 18.11.99)

Richard Rogers: Complete Works Volume 1

by Kenneth Powell. Phaidon, £59.95

'Puts memorable projects into a broader context...Powell's thoughtful essays give an insight into Rogers' personal development, references and way of working.' (Andrew Taylor, aj 25.11.99)

Building the Georgian City

by James Ayres. Yale University Press, £45

'The most important book published on Georgian architecture this decade.' (Dan Cruickshank, aj 13.5.99)

A Garden & Three Houses

by Jane Brown and Richard Bryant. Garden Art Press, £19.95

On Peter Aldington's Turn End. 'Copies should be sent to volume house builders and planning officers throughout the country.' (Gillian Darley, aj 10.6.99)

On Alberti and the Art of Building

by Robert Tavernor. Yale University Press, £45

'With great care and scholarship, Tavernor searches for the works as Alberti originally intended them...This is surely the authoritative study.' (John McKean, aj 2.9.99)

London Suburbs

by Andrew Saint et al. Merrell Holberton, £25

'Provocative essays, ravishing photographs, and an irresistible gazetteer.' (Julian Holder, aj 9.9.99)

The Emerald City and Other Essays on the Architectural Imagination

by Daniel Willis. Princeton Architectural Press, £14.95

'There is passion in these essays. Willis cares about architecture and endeavours to protect what is precious about it.' (Edward Winters, aj 28.10.99)

Farewell to an Idea: Episodes from a History of Modernism

by T J Clark. Yale University Press, £30

Clark tackles an ambitious social and political theme and at the same time attends scrupulously to the painted evidence. (aj 16.9.99)

Havana: The Photography of Hans Engels

Prestel, £24.95. Distributor Biblios 01403 710851

Hans Engels makes Havana into a city of glamorous decay. He pays particular attention to twentieth-century buildings in stunning photographs that are rife with atmosphere.

John Soane: An Accidental Romantic

by Gillian Darley. Yale University Press, £25

'A pleasure to read and currently the last word in Soane scholarship.' (Dan Cruickshank, aj 23.9.99)

Erich Mendelsohn: The Complete Works

Edited by Bruno Zevi. Birkhauser, £99

'Despite its intimidating price, it is a vital tool and inspiration for the present and future generation of architects.' (aj, Kenneth Powell, 24.6.99)

The Temples of Karnak

by R A Schwaller de Lubicz. Thames & Hudson, £60

A splendid Christmas present for lovers of Egyptian architecture, this translation of a lavish French publication of 1982 contains 450 duotone photographs and a scholarly commentary.

Revolution of Forms: Cuba's Forgotten Schools of Architecture

by John A Loomis. Princeton Architectural Press, £19.95

'Well researched and documented, amply and evocatively illustrated.' (aj 25.3.99)

Sir John Soane and the Country Estate

by Ptolemy Dean. Ashgate Publishing, £37.50

'If one ever needed to be convinced of the imaginative power, intellectual authority and visual beauty of Soane's architecture, this is the book to do it.' (Dan Cruickshank, aj 23.9.99)

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