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Books of the year 2003

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

EndCommercial: Reading the City Edited by SBA. Hatje Cantz, £29.95 Highly individual photo-portrait of New York: ‘The Urban Task Force it’s not.’ (AJ 16.1.03)

Concrete and Clay: Reworking Nature in New York City By Matthew Gandy. MIT Press, £23.50

‘Goes further than any author in recent memory in unearthing the complexities of Modernism and New York.’ (William Menking, AJ 23.1.03)

The Minimum Dwelling By Karel Teige. MIT Press, £41.50

‘It has taken 70 years for an English translation and it is a sobering thought that nothing of equivalent significance has appeared in the interim.’ (David Wild, AJ 30.1.03)

Nicholas Hawksmoor: Rebuilding Ancient Wonders By Vaughan Hart. Yale University Press, £35

‘Hart’s stimulating investigation is richly illustrated and includes many of Hawksmoor’s handsome drawings.’ (Gillian Darley, AJ 6.2.03)

Barragᮺ Space and Shadow, Walls and Colour By Dani謥 Pauly. Birkh䵳er, £48

‘Brings Barragᮧs architecture into the ‘real’world with its magic substantially intact.’ (AJ 6.2.03)

Geoffrey Bawa: The Complete Works By David Robson. Thames & Hudson, £45 ‘Robson’s fine monograph will long remain the essential record of a significant body of work.’ (Richard Weston, AJ 6.3.03)

Modern Architecture Through Case Studies By Peter Blundell Jones. Butterworth-Heinemann, £35

‘Studies of 16 masterworks much of a general nature can be learned by close observation of the particular.’ (John McKean, AJ 13.3.03)

Theory in Landscape Architecture: A Reader Edited by Simon Swaffield.

University of Pennsylvania Press, £19.50

‘A refreshingly inclusive and informative collection.’ (Richard Weston, AJ 3.4.03)

The Parthenon By Mary Beard. Profile Books, £15 ‘Lively, approachable and amusing. It is as much about us and our obsessions today.’

(John McKean, AJ 17.4.03)

FRS Yorke and the Evolution of English Modernism By Jeremy Melvin.Wiley-Academy, £29.95 ‘An excellent book - we all owe Yorke a great debt for bringing English architecture out of its narrow confines.’ (John Winter, AJ 15.5.03)

Surface Architecture By David Leatherbarrow & Mohsen Mostafavi.

MIT Press, £26.50 ‘Architecture has to face both the consequences of industrialisation and the challenge of representing ideas…This should be required reading for any architect.’ (Jeremy Melvin, AJ 26.6.03)

Cedric Price: Opera By Samantha Hardingham.

Wiley-Academy, £29.95 ‘An essential antidote to conformity is exposure to the work of Price.’ (Alex Wright, AJ 3.7.03)

Dwellings: The Vernacular House World Wide By Paul Oliver. Phaidon, £35 ‘Accessible, well-illustrated and genuinely international.’ (Edwin Heathcote, AJ 14.8.03)

Domestic Interiors: The British Tradition 1500-1850 By James Ayres. Yale University Press, £45 ‘Sumptuously presented - a welcome addition to this specialist field.’ (Julian Harrap, AJ 4.9.03)

Modern Landscape By Michael Spens. Phaidon, £45 ‘Spens is critical - as we all should be - of the banal ‘commodified landscape’ that leading architects use as so much wallpaper.His book deserves a wide readership and is illustrated magnificently. ’ (Gillian Darley, AJ 9.10.03)

Modern Architecture and Other Essays By Vincent Scully. Princeton University Press, £30 ‘Scully’s writing repays re-reading and this is the ideal introduction to it.’ (Matt Shinn, AJ 16.10.03)

The Organisational Complex: Architecture, Media and Corporate Space By Reinhold Martin. MIT Press, £26.50 ‘A marvellous book.’ (David Dunster, AJ 13.11.03)

Venice: Fragile City 1797-1997 By Margaret Plant. Yale University Press, £29.95 A wide-ranging history of Venice that starts where most other stop. (AJ 20.3.03)

The Picturesque Garden in Europe By John Dixon-Hunt. Thames & Hudson, £32 A sophisticated study, beautifully illustrated.

(AJ 24.4.03)

Swiss Made By Steven Spier. Thames & Hudson, £24.95 ‘Much of the work is clearly outstanding, both conceptually and technically.’

(Tom Emerson, AJ 23.10.03)

The New Art Gallery, Walsall By Rowan Moore. Batsford, £18.99 ‘Celebrates the major achievement of constructing an oasis of visual culture in a desiccated post-industrial townscape.’

(Neil Cameron, AJ 12.6.03)

Industrial Landscapes By Bernd and Hilla Becher. MIT Press, £56.50 More from the Bechers’ photo catalogue of a vanishing industrial world. (AJ 13.2.03)

Herzog & de Meuron: Natural History Edited by Philip Ursprung. Lars Muller, £38 ‘Rich, thoughtful and beautifully put together.’ (Sarah Jackson, AJ 13.3.03)

Italian Architecture of the 16th Century By Colin Rowe and Leon Satkowski.

Princeton Architectural Press, £24.95

‘An invigorating and idiosyncratic take on its subject - the long concentrations on key buildings are almost always rewarding.’

(Robert Harbison, AJ 20.2.03)

Norman Foster: Works, Volume 1 Edited by David Jenkins.Prestel, £60 ‘A terrific book about one of the most interesting eras of the Foster office.’ (Sutherland Lyall, AJ 11.9.03)

Materials, Form and Architecture By Richard Weston.Laurence King, £35 ‘Superlative illustrations - a wonderfully perceptive and readable book.’

(Adrian Forty, AJ 23.10.03)

David Chipperfield: Architectural Works 1990-2002 Ediciones Poligrafa, £59 ‘Buildings of an austerity that is infinitely more arresting than any number of deconstructed jellyfish - an astounding and varied body of work.’ (Isabel Allen, AJ 2.10.03)

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