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

Contemporary culture

  • Naomi Klein. This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate. Simon & Schuster, 2014 [ISBN] 9781451697384
  • 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

20th Century classics

  • Kevin Lynch. The Image of the city. The MIT Press, 1960 [ISBN] 978-0262620017
  • Jane Jacobs. The Death and Life of Great American Cities. New York: Random House, 1961 [ISBN] 067974195X
  • Christopher Alexander. A Pattern language: towns, buildings, construction. Oxford University Press, 1978 [ISBN] 0195019199
  • Kenneth Frampton. Studies in Tectonic Culture: The Poetics of Construction in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Architecture. The MIT Press, 1995 [ISBN] 0262061732
  • Sigfried Giedion. Space, Time and Architecture: The Growth of a New Tradition. Harvard University Press, 1967 [ISBN] 0674830407


  • William S. Saunders. Nature, Landscape, and Building for Sustainability: a Harvard Design Magazine Reader. Minneapolis, University of Minnesota Press, 2008. [ISBN] 978-0816653591
  • Mohsen Mostafavi and Gareth Doherty. Ecological Urbanism. Zurich, Lars Muller Publishers, 2013. [ISBN] 978-3037781890
  • Christopher Williams. Origins of Form. The Shape of Natural and Man-Made Things – Why They Came to Be the Way They Are and How They Change. Blue Ridge Summit, Rowman & Littlefield Publ., 2013. [ISBN] 978-1589798083
  • Rachel L. Carson. Silent Spring. London, Penguin Books, 2000. [ISBN] XXX
  • Henry David Thoreau. Walden. London, Macmillan Collector’s Library, 2016. [ISBN] XXX
  • D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson and John Tyler Bonner. On Growth and Form. New York, Dover, 1992. [ISBN] XXX
  • Titus Lucretius Carus et al. La Natura Delle Cose. Milano, Rizzoli, 2012. [ISBN] 978-8817169547


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
  • *Cristopher Alexander. “A City is not a Tree”, in Architectural Forum, Vol 122, No 1, April 1965, pp 58-62 (Part I), Vol 122, No 2, May 1965, pp 58-62 (Part II). (PDF)


Articles and books providing specific reference for urban planning and housing building design, technology, and the environment; 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


  • Anthony Denzer. The Solar House: Pioneering Sustainable Design. Rizzoli, 2013 [ISBN] 0847840050
  • Kevin Bone. Lessons from Modernism. Environmental Design Strategies in Architecture, 1925 – 1970. Monacelli Press, 2014 [ISBN] 158093384X
  • *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


A short selection of recent reference manuals in areas of sustainable design:

  • # Nick Baker. Energy and Environment in Architecture: a Technical Design Guide. Place of Publication Not Identified, Taylor & Francis, 2016. [ISBN] 978-0419227700
  • # Michael Bauer et al. Green Building: Guidebook for Sustainable Architecture. Heidelberg, Springer, 2010. [ISBN] 978-3642006340
  • # Pablo La Roche. Carbon-Neutral Architectural Design. Boca Raton, Taylor & Francis, 2017. [ISBN] 978-1439845127
  • # Ulrike Passe and Francine Battaglia. Designing Spaces for Natural Ventilation an Architect’s Guide. London, Routledge, 2015. [ISBN] 978-0415817776
  • #Cities Alive – Green Building Envelope, ARUP Publication.
  • # Kjell Anderson. Design Energy Simulation for Architects: Guide to 3D Graphics. New York, Routledge, 2014. [ISBN] 978-0415840668



* Mandatory readings for which a link to PDF is provided

# Reference manuals for which a PDF is available on the server