Lately we have recommended many books that architects can read, nonetheless we lacked in giving enough female representation to the list. This is something very important not only in a post, but in jobs and opportunities.
Here are seven books we recommend you read, not because they are written by female authors, but because they´re good books.
1. Le Corbusier and the Architectural Promenade by Flora Samuel, 2010
One of the more recent and first looks at such an essential element in Corbusier’s work like the promenade.
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2. Complexity: Design Strategy and World View by Denisse Scott Brown and Clemens Bellut. 2008
Denisse Scott Brown is perhaps a fundamental piece in understanding contemporary architecture theory.
Read the book here: https://amzn.to/33FlOJd
3. Sexuality and Space by Beatriz Colomina. 1992
“Sexuality & Space’s interdisciplinary essays address gender in relation to architectural discourse and critical theory, focusing on the relationships between sexuality and space hidden within everyday practices.”
Read the book here: https://amzn.to/2GLf6IM
4. The Death and Life of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs. 1961
Jane Jacobs, an editor and writer on architecture in New York City in the early 60s, argued that urban diversity and vitality were being destroyed by powerful architects and city planners. Rigorous, sane, and delightfully epigrammatic, Jacobs’s small masterpiece is a blueprint for the humanistic management of cities. It is sensible, knowledgeable, readable, indispensable.
Read the book here: https://amzn.to/2FcTNQ1
5. The Function of Style by Farshid Moussavi. 2014
“This book will interrogate further the form – function relationship of those projects. It will focus particularly on the history of drawing techniques of describing different concepts of function. All will be shown through drawings that describe among other criteria the structural function [arrangement of activities or materials], the physical function [such as acoustics, traffic, lighting], and the psychological function or the social function of built forms.”
Read the book here: https://amzn.to/3d8WUou
6. The Sex of Architecture by Diana Agrest. 1996
This book brings together 24 provocative texts that collectively express the power and diversity of women’s views on architecture today. This volume presents a dialogue among women historians, practitioners, theorists, and others concerned with critical issues in architecture and urbanism.
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7. Where are the Women Architects? by Despine Stratigakos. 2016
Read the book here: https://amzn.to/2SAJ5G7
What other book would you recommend? Type them down in the comments so we can add to the list!