General: Recommended books situating the studio within the cultural context of environmental emergency and rapid societal change; these are incredibly reach and compelling books, that will accompany your work throughout the semester.

  • Edward Glaeser. Triumph of the City. How our Greatest Invention Makes us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier. New York, Penguin, 2011 [ISBN] 9780143120544
  • William McDonough, Michael Braungart. Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things. Macmillan, 2010 [ISBN] 0865475873
  • Jared Diamond. Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed. New York: Penguin Books, 2005 [ISBN] 0143117009
  • Al Gore. The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change. Random House, 2013 [ISBN] 9780812992946


Theory: Mandatory readings introducing the different phases of design development; we shall refer to the concepts and the language in the readings in profound and meaningful ways during the semester.

  • *Fuller, R. Buckminster, Snyder, Jaime. “The Future”, in Ideas and Integrities. Lars Müller Publishers, 2009 (PDF) [ISBN] 303778198X
  • *Steven Johnson, Emergence. New York: Scribner, 2001 (PDF) [ISBN] 0684868768
  • *Gilles Deleuze, Félix Guattari, “Introduction: Rhizome”, in A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia. Minneapolis: U. of Minneso ta Press, 1987 (PDF) [ISBN] 0816614024
  • *James Corner. “The Agency of Mapping: Speculation, Critique and Invention” in Denis Cosgrove, ed., Mappings. London: Reaktion Books, 1999 (PDF) [ISBN] 1861890214
  • *A. Vidler, ‘‘Diagrams of Utopia,’’ in C. de Zegher and M. Wigley, eds., The Activist Drawing: Retracing Situationist Architectures from Constant’s New Babylon to Beyond. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2001, p. 90 (PDF) [ISBN] 026204191X
  • *C. H. Waddington, “The Modular Principle and Biological Form”, in Gyorgy Kepes, ed., Module, Proportion, Symmetry, Rhythm. New York: George Braziller, 1966 (PDF) [ISBN] 0807603635
  • *Wood and Andraos. “Program Primer v1.0”, Praxis, Issue 8: Re: Programming, Reeser, Schafer, (Eds) (PDF) [ISBN] 0970314086
  • *Zaera-Polo, Alejandro. The Politics of the Envelope. Log 13/14, 2008 (PDF) [ISBN] 0981553427


Housing: Articles and books providing specific reference for urban planning and housing building design; they provide theoretical as well as practical insight in the specifics of the studio program.

  • *Sherwood, Roger. “Introduction”, Modern Housing Prototypes. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1978 (PDF) [ISBN] 0674579429
  • Schittich, Christian (Ed). in DETAIL High Density Housing , Basel: Birkhäuser, 2004 [ISBN] 3764371137
  • Ferre & Salij, Total Housing: Alternatives to Urban Sprawl. Barcelona: Actar, 2010 [ISBN] 849654088X
  • Rowe, Peter. Modernity and Housing. Cambridge: MIT, 1993 [ISBN] 0262181517


Technology: A few examples of writings about design, technology, and the environment; it’s a vast subject, so you should explore beyond these few references.

  • *Banham, Reyner. “Environmental Management”, The Architecture of the Well-Tempered Environment. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1984 (PDF) [ISBN] 0226036987
  • *Farshid Moussavi, “The Function of Ornament”, in Moussavi and Michael Kubo, ed., The Function of Ornament. Barcelona: Actar, 2006 (PDF) [ISBN] 8496540502
  • Benedikt & Steinegger, (Eds). Jean Prouve, Prefabrication: Structures & Elements. New York: Praeger, 1971 [ISBN] 0269027807

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