Race and Modern Architecture: A Critical History from the Enlightenment to the Present (Culture Politics & the Built Environment)

Although race—a concept of human difference that establishes hierarchies of power and domination—has played a critical role in the development of modern architectural discourse and practice since the Enlightenment, its influence on the discipline remains largely underexplored. This volume offers a welcome and long-awaited intervention for the field by shining a spotlight on constructions of race and their impact on architecture and theory in Europe and North America and across various global contexts since the eighteenth century. Challenging us to write race back into architectural history, contributors confront how racial thinking has intimately shaped some of the key concepts of modern architecture and culture over time, including freedom, revolution, character, national and indigenous style, progress, hybridity, climate, representation, and radicalism. By analyzing how architecture has intersected with histories of slavery, colonialism, and inequality—from eighteenth-century neoclassical governmental buildings to present-day housing projects for immigrants—Race and Modern Architecture challenges, complicates, and revises the standard association of modern architecture with a universal project of emancipation and progress.

Race and Modern Architecture

Sun Seekers: The Cure of California

Since the mid-19th century, the idea of California has lured many waves of migrants. Here, writer and editor Lyra Kilston explores a less examined attraction: the region’s promise of better health. From ailing families seeking a miracle climate cure to iconoclasts and dropouts pursuing a remedy to societal corruption, the abundance of sunshine and untamed nature around the small but growing Los Angeles area offered them refuge and inspiration.

In the wild west of medical practice, eclectic nature-cure treatments gained popularity. The source for this trend can be traced to the mountains and cold-water springs of Europe, where early sanatoriums were built to offer the natural cures of sun, air, water and diet; this sanatorium architecture was exported to the West Coast from Central Europe, and began to impact other types of building.

Sun Seekers: The Cure of California constitutes the second volume of The Illustrated America (following 2016’s Old Glory), Atelier Éditions’ ongoing series excavating America’s cultural past.

Publisher : Atelier Éditions; 1st edition

Sun Seekers

Schindler House

Lauded in recent years as a 20th-century masterpiece, Schindler House in West Hollywood was designed and built by Viennese emigrant Rudolph M. Schindler in 1921-22. Intended as a communal dwelling for the architect and his wife and another couple, and featuring open living spaces and rooftop sleeping baskets suited to the mild Southern California climate, this remarkable home is considered the first modern house to be built in the world. This, the first book on the Schindler House, features new photography specially commissioned color images by Grant Mudford, one of the leading architectural photographers working today as well as many archival shots. Author Kathryn Smith incorporates new research on Schindler as she analyzes every aspect of the house’s design and construction and shows why it was such a radical departure from residential architecture that came before and why it is one of the icons of the modern era.

Schindler House

An Architectural Guidebook to Los Angeles: Fully Revised 6th Edition

The map may not be the territory, and the word may not be the thing, but this guide is as close as it gets.

Since its first publication by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 1965, this seminal vade mecum of Los Angeles architecture has explored every rich potency of the often relentless, but sometimes―as the authors have captured here―relenting L.A. cityscape. Revised extensively and updated rigorously since its fifth edition published in 2003, The Architectural Guidebook to Los Angeles now contains ninety-six sections organized in thirteen geographic chapters, boasting over 200 new additions to over thousands of entries cataloging every crease of Los Angeles County’s metropolitan sheath.

Originally written by leading architectural historians Robert Winter―described by Los Angeles Magazine as both the “spiritual godfather” and “father” of L.A. architecture―and the late, great David Gebhard, the guide has been revised and edited for a sixth edition by award-winning L.A. urban walker and Winter’s trusted collaborator Robert Inman. Nathan Masters, historian and Emmy-award-winning host, producer, and managing editor of KCET’s Lost LA, writes the foreword.

The Architectural Guidebook to Los Angeles, hailed by many as the built L.A. opus, explores the manmade structures, gardens, parks, and other physical features of a fulgurous Los Angeles. With singular wit and brio, the authors artfully steward readers through all regions and styles, from the Spanish Mexican Period to Postmodern, American Take-over to High Tech, and Beaux-Arts to Craftsman. Sites covered begin with the missions of Spanish California and end with projects completed in 2017.

Dilettantes and experts, practitioners and students, aficionados and osmotic natives alike: all are blood type-compatible with this rich and peerless Bible for architecture enthusiasts. All of its own ilk, this book is thick and alive with a tone of its own making―and doing. A unique style of writing renders the guide simultaneously funny, tasteful, and historically-comprehensive, all with equal measure. Gebhard and Winter fill in the diegetic blanks with a droll eye. More than a critical reference for the bookshelves of scholars, enthusiasts, and practitioners alike, Architecture in Los Angeles is a faithful snapshot of the city as she lives and breathes.

PublisherAngel City Press


An Architectural Guidebook to Los Angeles

Schindler by MAK (Prestel Museum Guides)

Schindler by MAK is a unique guide that contains a timeline of the social and cultural history of the Schindler House; an illustrated chronicle of MAK Center’s programs, activities, and Artists and Architects in Residence; and updated, comprehensive list o Schindler’s buildings in Los Angeles area; a historical biographical essay on Schindler by Ellen Janson; essays on highlighted houses by David Leclerc; and a self-guided tour that includes many of Schindler’s most visible buildings.

Schindler by MAK is an invitation to explore and participate in architect R. M. Schindler’s works through and beyond the MAK.

Publisher: Prestel Publishing

Schindler by MAK

Everything Loose Will Land

Exhibition catalog for Everything Loose Will Land. The exhibition and catalog explore the cross-pollination that took place between architects and artists in Los Angeles in the 1970s, a time when the autonomy of art forms yielded to convergences, collaborations, borrowings and more.

This full-color publication expands upon the exhibition and features critical essays by Sylvia Lavin, Margo Handwerker, Alex Kitnick, Suzy Newbury, Peggy Phelan, and Simon Sadler; and period documents by Robert Ballard; Reyner Banham; Billy Al Bengston; Denise Scott Brown; Judy Chicago; Barry Commoner; Peter de Bretteville; Environmental Communications; Victor Gruen and Claudia Moholy Nagy; Rem Koolhaas; Leonard Koren; Jan Martin Lester; Peter Plagens; and Bernard Tschumi.

Published by Verlag für moderne Kunst, Nürnberg
Edited by Sylvia Lavin with Kimberli Meyer
Designed by Colleen Corcoran and Roman Jaster

9  x 12 | 344 pages

Everything Loose Will Land

How to Read El Pato Pascual: Disney's Latin America & Latin America's Disney

Investigating the reception and reuse of the imagery of one of the world’s largest production companies, How to Read El Pato Pascual explores the prevalent presence of Walt Disney in Latin America and accompanies the exhibition at the MAK Center and that the Luckman Fine Arts Complex.

Examined through artworks as well as vernacular objects and documentary material, the book considers Disney’s engagement within Latin America, extending from Donald Duck’s first featured role, the 1937 Mexican-themed short Don Donald, to the 2013 attempt to copyright the Day of the Dead.

The reach and influence of Disney is also examined in commissioned essays drawing on cultural studies, historical research and postcolonial theory. Included is an introduction by the editors; essays by Fabián Cereijido, Nate Harrison, Jesse Lerner, Rubén Ortiz-Torres, Darlene J. Sadlier, and Carla Zaccagnini; a reprinting of the English version of Ariel Dorfman and Armand Mattelart’s Para leer al Pato Donald (How to Read Donald Duck) from 1973, an essay that critiques Disney comics through a Marxist lens as vehicles of American cultural imperialism; Ariel Dorfman’s reflections on the book; and a checklist of works with full-color images.

Published by Black Dog, London
Editors: Jesse Lerner and Rubén Ortiz-Torres
Designed by Jorge Verdin

9 x 12 in | 304 pages
 Antena Los Ángeles (Lucy Acevedo, Allison Conner, Tupac Cruz, Jen Hofer, Ana Paula Noguez Mercado, Alexia Veytia-Rubio)

El Pato Pascual

Routine Pleasures

The Routine Pleasures publication serves as an illustrated catalogue as well as a reader that further elaborates the exhibition’s thematic tracks, with a new essay by the curator, additional new scholarly essays by Julia Bryan-Wilson and Edward Sterrett, and several reprinted texts by participants in the exhibition James Benning, Pauline Oliveros, and Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer.

Featured are the works of James Benning; Jennifer Bornstein; Center for Land Use Interpretation; Harry Dodge; Manny Farber; Judy Fiskin; Magdalena Suarez Frimkess and Michael Frimkess; Galería Perdida; Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer; Simon Leung; Lucky Dragons; Roy McMakin; Carter Mull; Newspaper Reading Club; Pauline Oliveros; and Steve Roden.

Published by Verlag für moderne Kunst, Vienna
Edited by Michael Ned Holte
Designed by Mark Owens

4.2 x 6.4 | 224 pages

Routine Pleasures

How Many Billboards? Art In Stead

Exhibition catalog for How Many Billboards? Art In Stead, an urban exhibition that debuted 21 newly commissioned artworks by leading contemporary artists, presented simultaneously on billboards throughout Los Angeles.

This full-color publication documents and reflects upon the exhibition and its context, and includes contributions by project initiator and MAK Center director Kimberli Meyer; co-curators Lisa Henry, Nizan Shaked, and Gloria Sutton; public art consultant Sara Daleiden; attorney and intellectual property expert Christine Steiner; curator, critic, and director of the Master of Public Art Studies Program: Art/Curatorial Practices in the Public Sphere at USC Joshua Decter; writer, artist and curator Janet Owen-Driggs; and artist and director of Freewaves Anne Bray. Photographs of the artworks in situ by architect Gerard Smulevich and photographer patricia parinejad are featured.

Published by Verlag für moderne Kunst, Nürnberg
Edited by Peter Noever and Kimberli Meyer

168 pages

“How Many Billboards? Art In Stead”

Sympathetic Seeing: Esther McCoy and the Heart of American Modernist Architecture and Design

The catalog accompanies the exhibition at the MAK Center at the Schindler House, co-curated by Kimberli Meyer and Susan Morgan, that presented the life and work of Esther McCoy (1904–1989). This project–the first ever to focus on McCoy’s life and work–recognizes an American original and affirms her unassailable role as a key figure in American modernism. “No one can write about architecture in Southern California without acknowledging her as the mother of us all,” declared Reyner Banham.

The volume highlights the extraordinary range and importance of McCoy’s work: starting in the 1930s and her activist journalism focusing on Los Angeles slum clearances; her inside view of the day-to-day workings of architect Rudolph M. Schindler’s studio; her work with popular and architectural press and the rise of innovative domestic architecture; her campaign to save Irving Gill’s 1916 Dodge House; and her always incisive stories that deliver an irresistibly compelling, first-hand view of American modernism.

The catalog is illustrated with archival images and includes essays by Meyer and Morgan and a 1984 interview with McCoy conducted by Makoto Watanabe. Sympathetic Seeing also features a special “book within a book,” a supplement tucked into the back cover, chronicling the demise of the Dodge House through letters, documents, and newspaper clippings from the Esther McCoy papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Published by Verlag für moderne Kunst, Nürnberg
Edited by Susan Morgan and Kimberli Meyer
Designed by Roman Jaster

8 x 10 | 144 pages

Sympathetic Seeing

RM Schindler: The Gingold Commissions

This sophisticated, full-color exhibition catalog documents, for the first time, a treasure-trove of 30 pieces of furniture designed by seminal Southern California modernist architect R.M. Schindler. Commissioned between 1937 and 1951 by Dr. Basia Gingold, a German-Jewish émigré to Los Angeles, these works of Schindler’s were unknown until Gingold’s death in 2006 at 103 years old. Considering furniture a kind of micro-architecture, Schindler brought his vocabulary of building design into the scaled-down world of furniture-making. This impeccably designed book includes blueprints and sketches, photos of the furniture from multiple angles, large fold-out photos, and essays that shed further light on Schindler, Gingold, and the fruits of their relationship.

Published by William Stout Publishers
Edited by Michael Boyd

RM Schindler: The Gingold Commissions

Rudolph Schindler

The Los Angeles architect Rudolph Schindler is regarded today as one of the central figures of the Modern movement. Trained in Vienna under Otto Wagner and Adolf Loos, Schindler then migrated to Los Angeles under the apprenticeship of Frank Lloyd Wright. Surrounded by a clientele of progressive thinkers in the emerging intellectual culture of Hollywood, Schindler created a radical and intensely personal architectural conception, resulting in some of the seminal works of the twentieth century. Gebhard’s Schindler, first issued in 1971, is the only full-length account of Schindler’s prolific yet unfulfilled career. The new edition includes 16 full-color illustrations of Schindler’s renderings which were not included in the original. Charles Moore said, “David Gebhard’s book about Rudolph Schindler was, for me, the most moving story of an architect that I have read since I was astonished at an early age by Frank Lloyd Wright’s autobiography.” Includes a preface by Henry-Russell Hitchcock.

Rudolph Schindler

Das Andere: The Other

In 1903, Adolf Loos, one of the sharpest and most influential architects and critics of the twentieth century, edited the astonishing journal Das Andere (The Other), subtitled A Journal for the Introduction of Western Culture into Austria. Only two issues were published of what is today considered one of the most important documents of modernity—a radical, at times shocking statement in which nothing was off limits, from fashion to masturbation.

The journal, a manual for modern life, was entirely written by Loos and born out of his aversion to the hypocrisy and superficial aestheticization of life in Austria, which he saw embodied by the Secession movement and the Wiener Werkstätte. As a counterbalance, Das Andere proclaimed Loos’s admiration for the fashion and culture of England and America. He scrutinizes every element of contemporary life with an acerbic wit.

This facsimile edition allows today’s readers to discover Loos’s little magazine anew, which takes us directly to the heart of his polemical position. It is accompanied by a commentary and the English translation. Beatriz Colomina supplements the facsimile with an extensive critical introduction.

Published by Lars Müller, Zurich
Edited by Beatriz Colomina with Kimberli Meyer

21 x 24 cm (8 ¼ x 9 ½ in) | 28 illustrations (facsimile), with commentary (36 pages) in transparent slipcase

Das Andere

Case Study Houses: 1945-1962

Since the popular Museum of Contemporary Art exhibit of 1989, Blueprint for Modern Living, much attention has been paid to the pioneering work done by the architects of the Case Study Program. Sponsored by John Entenza’s Art & Architectue Magazine, the Case Study Houses program brought new thinking, techniques, and materials to post-war California house building. Contains the work of Charles Eames, Eero Saarinen, Craig Ellwood, Pierre Koenig, Richard Neutra, William Wurster, and others.

PublisherHennessey & Ingalls; 2nd edition

Case Study Houses: 1945-1962

Le Corbuffet: Edible Art and Design Classics

Home-cooking meets highbrow art in this one-of-a-kind cookbook that uses food to create edible interpretations of modern and contemporary sculptures, paintings, architecture, and design.
It started as a series of dinner parties that Esther Choi–artist, architectural historian, and self-taught cook–hosted for friends after she stumbled across an elaborate menu crafted for Walter Gropius in 1937. Combining a curiosity about art and design with a deeply felt love of cooking, Choi has assembled a playful collection of recipes that are sure to spark conversation over the dinner table. Featuring Choi’s own spectacular photography, these sixty recipes riff off famous artists or architects and the works they are known for. Try Quiche Haring with the Frida Kale-o Salad, or the Robert Rauschenburger followed by Flan Flavin. This cookbook is strikingly beautiful and provocative as it blurs the boundaries between art and everyday life and celebrates food in an engaging and imaginative way.

Publisher: Prestel

Graphic Design: Studio Lin

Commissioning editor: Holly La Due, Prestel Publishing

Hardcover, 256 pages, 20,0 x 28,0 cm, 60 color illustrations

Le Corbuffet: Edible Art and Design Classics

Barfuss Auf Weiss Gluhenden Mauern/Barefoot On White Hot Walls

Fragments of the many practices of the American architect Peter Eisenman are the subject of “Barefoot on White-Hot Walls,” published in conjunction with the exhibition at the MAK, Vienna. This volume gathers critical texts by Peter Eisenman and other authors, including Mark Wigley and Emmanuel Petit, ample project illustrations from Eisenman’s entire career, including the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in Berlin, and the City of Culture of Galicia in Santiago de Compostela, as well as documentation of the exhibition installation itself. Both the catalogue and the exhibition are collections of autonomous fragments of different moments in Eisenman’s varied practice as an architect, including design projects since the 1970s, building analyses, lecture excerpts, biographical information and critical writings. It is as much a retrospective of nearly 40 years of Eisenman’s work as it is a document that considers the contemporary relevance of some of his key architectural concepts.

Publisher: Hatje Cantz Publishers

Barfuss Auf Weiss Gluhenden Mauern/Barefoot On White Hot Walls

Designing Tall Buildings: Structure as Architecture (2nd Ed.)

This second edition of Designing Tall Buildings, an accessible reference to guide you through the fundamental principles of designing high-rises, features two new chapters, additional sections, 400 images, project examples, and updated US and international codes. Each chapter focuses on a theme central to tall-building design, giving a comprehensive overview of the related architecture and structural engineering concepts. Author Mark Sarkisian, PE, SE, LEED® AP BD+C, provides clear definitions of technical terms and introduces important equations, gradually developing your knowledge. Projects drawn from SOM’s vast portfolio of built high-rises, many of which Sarkisian engineered, demonstrate these concepts.

This book advises you to consider the influence of a particular site’s geology, wind conditions, and seismicity. Using this contextual knowledge and analysis, you can determine what types of structural solutions are best suited for a tower on that site. You can then conceptualize and devise efficient structural systems that are not only safe, but also constructible and economical. Sarkisian also addresses the influence of nature in design, urging you to integrate structure and architecture for buildings of superior performance, sustainability, and aesthetic excellence.

Publisher: Routledge; 2nd edition (January 6, 2016)

Designing Tall Buildings: Structure as Architecture

Adolf Loos: Our Contemporary

Adolf Loos: Our Contemporary celebrates the centenary of the Looshaus in Vienna and the publication of Adolf Loos’ most provocative theoretical text: “Ornament and Crime”. Its primary aim is to map significant reactions to Loos both among his closest followers and more distant admirers. From the moment of its appearance, Loos’ cultural criticism never failed to elicit controversy and outrage. One of the primary objectives of the publication is to capture the uncanny sense of contemporaneity that Loos exerts, often in the most unobtrusive ways. With texts by Beatriz Colomina, Herman Czech, Christopher Long, and Philip Ursprung.

Publisher: GSAPP Books; First edition

Editor: Yehuda Safran

Adolf Loos: Our Contemporary

Other Planes of There: Selected Writings

For more than two decades, the artist Renée Green has created an impressive body of work in which language is an essential element. Green is also a prolific writer and a major voice in the international art world. Other Planes of There gathers for the first time a substantial collection of the work she wrote between 1981 and 2010. The selected essays initially appeared in publications in different countries and languages, making their availability in this volume a boon to those wanting to follow Green’s artistic and intellectual trajectory.

Charting this cosmopolitan artist’s thinking through the decades, Other Planes of There brings essays, film scripts, reviews, and polemics together with reflections on Green’s own artistic practice and seminal artworks. It immerses the reader in three decades of contemporary art showcasing the art and thought, the incisive critiques and prescient observations of one of our foremost artists and intellectuals. Sound, cinema, literature, time-based media, and the relationship between art forms and other forms of knowledge are just a few of the matters that Green takes up and thinks through. Sixty-four pages of color plates were selected by the artist for this lavishly illustrated volume.

Other Planes of There: Selected Writings

Out of Stock: Stephanie Taylor: Kong Boos

The Stephanie Taylor Kong Boos serves as a compilation of illustrations and sheet music to accompany the thematic tracks of the related exhibition. Featuring tales meandering from Boston to the English Channel, then over to Los Angeles, the book is composed of six songs written by artist Stephanie Taylor between 2010 and 2014.

Published by the MAK Center
Designed by artist Lincoln Tobier

Stephanie Taylor: Kong Boos

Out of Stock: Urban Future Manifestos

Urban Future Manifestos includes texts by UFI fellows Marco Kusumawijaya, Urban Think Tank, Ismail Farouk, Xiangning Li, Alexia Leon, Pages (Babak Afrassiabi and Nasrin Tabatabai), and Alaa Khaled and Salwa Rashad are featured.

Other contributors include Beatriz Colomina, Teddy Cruz, Dana Cuff, Keller Easterling, Gregor Eichinger, Nnamdi Elleh, ATOPIA: Jane Harrison and David Turnbull, Zvi Hecker, Gustaff Harriman Iskander, Doung Anwar Jahangeer, Bernard Khoury, Norman Klein, Herbert Lachmayer, Rick Lowe, Mehret Mandefro, Marcos Novak, Edgar Pieterse, Travis Price, Robert Ransick, Christian Reder, Karl-Henrik Robèrt, Saskia Sassen, Felicity Scott, AbdouMaliq Simone, Edward Soja, Michael Sorkin, Jonathan Tel, Tezozomoc, Ai Wei Wei, Eyal Weizman, Lebbeus Woods.

Published by Hatje Cantz
Edited by Peter Noever and Kimberli Meyer

Designed by Axel Prichard-Schmitzberger

“Urban Future Manifestos”