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Books of the year 2001

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

Greater Perfections: The Practice of Garden Theory By John Dixon-Hunt. Thames & Hudson, £32 ‘A ground-breaking book that positively bristles with ideas and insights.’ (Richard Weston, AJ 8.2.01)

Sullivan’s City: The Meaning of Ornament for Louis Sullivan By David van Zanten.WW Norton, £40 ‘Van Zanten reads Sullivan’s elevations with an almost Vincent Scully-like empathy.’

(David Dunster, AJ 29.3.01)

Charles Rennie Mackintosh: Architect, Artist, Icon By John McKean. Lomond Books, £10 ‘I cannot recall any previous account which presents so effectively the real enigma of Mackintosh.’ (Kenneth Powell, AJ 5.4.01) Leon Battista Alberti: Master Builder of the Italian Renaissance By Anthony Grafton. Penguin, £25 ‘Rigorous and scholarly, a joy to read.’

(Robert Tavernor, AJ 12.4.01)

Arne Jacobsen By Carsten Thau and Kjeld Vindum.

Arkitektens Forlag, £52 See Stephen Greenberg’s review overleaf.

The Architecture of RM Schindler By Elizabeth AT Smith. Abrams, £45 ‘Illuminating, moving, scholarly yet accessible, and illustrated with excellent photographs.’

(Stephen Greenberg, AJ 17.5.01)

Imagination: Ideas and Evolution Phaidon, £39.95 ‘Imagination has broken new ground, both creatively and as a design business.’

(Stephen Greenberg, AJ 27.9.01)

Changes in Scenery: Contemporary Landscape Architecture in Europe By Thies Schr. Birkhr, £42 ‘There is much to admire here.As with the EU, we Brits can only feel somewhat marginal to this impressive Euro-action.’

(Richard Weston, AJ12.7.01)

Steven Holl: Parallax Birkhr, £32 ‘A real book for architects, well worth poring over.’

(Murray Fraser,17.5.01)

New London Architecture By Kenneth Powell.Merrell, £29.95 ‘It finally proves the victory, in London at least, of contemporary design over Post-Modernism and fake-Classicism.’ (John Pardey, AJ 29.11.01)

The Genius of Robert Adam: His Interiors By Eileen Harris. Yale University Press, £65 See Dan Cruickshank’s review overleaf.

Minimalism: Art and Polemics in the Sixties By James Meyer. Yale University Press, £35 ‘Illuminating, persuasive art history.’

(Andrew Mead, AJ 11.10.01)

L’Esprit Nouveau: Purism in Paris 19181925 By Carol S Eliel. Abrams, £30 ‘Another important piece in the jigsaw of Le Corbusier’s theoretical world is put in place.’

(James Dunnett, AJ 5.7.01)

Le Corbusier and the Continual Revolution in Architecture By Charles Jencks.Monacelli Press, £35 ‘For all its faults, this book is a milestone.’

(Thomas Muirhead, AJ 1.3.01)

Marcel Breuer, Architect: The Career and the Buildings By Isabelle Hyman. Abrams, £55 ‘Meticulously researched and beautifully illustrated, Hyman’s book gives us the full picture:

it is a balanced record of a ‘modern spirit” (William Menking, AJ 15.11.01)

Hopkins 2: The Work of Michael Hopkins and Partners By Colin Davies. Phaidon, £45 ‘Our greatest living Victorian architect?’

(Neil Parkyn, AJ 30.8.01) Gigon/Guyer: 1989-2000 Edited by J C B³rkle. Gustavo Gili, £39 ‘A remarkable period for Gigon /Guyera highly coherent oeuvre.’ (Isabel Allen, AJ 5.4.01)

Edwin Lutyens: Country Houses - From the Archives of Country Life By Gavin Stamp. Aurum Press, £35 ‘Brings together the sumptuous original photographs with Stamp’s commentary and masterly introductory essay.’ (Gillian Darley, AJ 16/23.8.01)

Architecture of Truth: The Cistercian Abbey of Le Thoronet By Lucien Hervڮ Phaidon, £35 ‘Hervڧs photographs beautifully capture the light and shade which, as Le Corbusier puts it, ‘are the loudspeakers of this architecture of truth” (Richard Weston, AJ 2/9.8.01)

Nigel Henderson: Parallel of Life and Art By Victoria Walsh. Thames & Hudson, £24.95 ‘The scale of his achievement and the pivotal position Henderson occupied on the post-war scene has been underestimated- He well deserves the handsome tribute of this book.’

(Kenneth Powell, AJ 18.10.01)

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