12 design and architecture books to discover in 2022


If “read more” is one of your New Year’s resolutions, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve put together a list of 12 books that we look forward to in the next few months. Topics range from making video games to an illustrated eulogy for 20ecinemas of the century. Whatever your fancy, there is something here for academics and design enthusiasts. Happy New Year – and happy reading.

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Women who changed architecture

This book sets the record straight for the transformative impact women have had on architecture. With detailed profiles and images of over 100 women in architecture – from Lilly Reich, the rarely credited architect and longtime partner of Mies van der Rohe, to Jeanne Gang, a Chicago-based architect known for her practice sustainable and its adventurous designs – the book chronicles the challenges and triumphs of women architects, from the 19th century to the present day. It is also accompanied by introductions and a foreword from two great architectural powers: Amale Andraos and Beverly Wills. $ 50; released in march

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Why design matters

Debbie Millman launched the first design podcast in 2005. Over the next 16 years, Design Matters has seen a multitude of creative minds share a recording studio with Millman. This illustrated anthology begins with an uplifting introduction by Roxane Gay (who is also married to Millman) and features over 80 of Millman’s most engaging and timeless interviews with people like Marina Abramovic, Milton Glaser, and Thelma Golden. $ 60; released in february

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Yves Saint Laurent Museum Marrakech

In 2017, a museum dedicated to legendary fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent opened in Marrakech, Morocco. In January 2022, a book devoted to the creation of the museum will be published by Phaidon. Saint Laurent’s love affair with Marrakech has been widely documented (he and his partner Pierre Bergé even bought a house there in 1966). Filled with the gorgeous hues of sandstone that Marrakech is known for, this book is as much a tribute to the city as it is to the fashion giant, and it will take you behind the scenes of a creative collaboration where architecture and design meet fashion. $ 49.95; released in january

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Design urgency

What started as an Instagram Live series exploring the role of design in building a better future has now grown into a must-read book. Written by Alice Rawsthorn and Paola Antonelli, two of the world’s most influential design figures, the book covers four themes: technology, society, communication and ecology. Design urgency shines a spotlight on a multitude of designers, architects, engineers, artists, scientists and activists, and paints a rich and optimistic portrait of the creative minds who drive us forward. $ 29.95; released in april

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Movie theater

The United States is dotted with dilapidated movie theaters that were once grand movie palaces. Since 2005, the duo of photographers Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre have crisscrossed the country to immortalize these 20th century relics and their crumbling interiors using a large format camera. This beautifully illustrated praise is particularly poignant after the pandemic has taken a heavy toll on the big screen. $ 80; released in january

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Louis I Kahn: revised and enlarged edition

Louis Kahn was one of the greatest architects of the 20th century, known for his monumental and brutalist style. This illustrated overview is an updated and redesigned version of Robert McMarter’s critically acclaimed 2005 monograph. It features both built and unbuilt projects including the Salk Institute and some of Kahn’s masterpieces in India and Bangladesh, as well as New York’s Four Freedoms Park, completed 40 years after his death from of drawings found in Kahn’s briefcase on the day of his death. $ 150; released in february

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Jens Risom, A seat at the table

Danish-American furniture designer Jens Risom was one of the first designers to introduce Scandinavian design to the United States. This very first monograph introduces readers to his life in Copenhagen, his fledgling career in New York City, and his early years at the iconic Knoll Furniture company, where his designs helped make the company one of the primary sources of modern design. $ 125; released in january

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The green imperative

Victor Papanec has advocated for decades for recyclable materials and thoughtful packaging. A pioneer of sustainable design, the Austrian-born American designer and educator is best known for his foundational work, Design for the real world, but a new edition of his other classic, The green imperative, is out now in February. First published at the turn of the 20th century, the book is filled with urgent reviews and advice on how to tackle the climate crisis. $ 16.95; released in february

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Reinvent design

Design is more than just an addition. In this book, design scholar Kevin Bethune shows the problem-solving side of design and how it can be harnessed to foster innovation. In doing so, he describes his journey as a black professional through American companies, from a role at Nike, where he designed Air Jordans, to creating his own design and innovation consultancy. Diversity, equity and inclusion are a common thread in this book, which places multidisciplinary collaboration at the heart of innovation. $ 24.95; released in march

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Making video games

How were some of the world’s greatest video games made? This book depicts the incredible art of building a video game world through 12 chapters, each dedicated to a specific game. Blockbusters like Rise of the Tomb Raider to revolutionary cult games like No Man’s Sky, the book features striking in-game snapshots that will delight video game developers and video game enthusiasts. $ 40; released in april

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Brutalism reinvented

Brutalist architecture is experiencing a moment of the 21st century. Born in the 1950s, the movement once dominated institutional buildings like schools, social housing and government offices. Today, brutalism is reinterpreted for luxury apartments, places of worship and museums. This book examines 50 recent examples, from a monolithic house in Mexico to a high-rise residential complex in Switzerland reminiscent of a 3D puzzle. $ 50; released in january

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Between memory and invention: my journey in architecture

Part autobiography and institutional history, this book by postmodern architect, historian and educator Robert AM Stern chronicles half a century of architectural practice in New York City and beyond. Supported by a mix of images from Stern’s own archives, this revealing memoir also reads as a candid critique of today’s architecture. $ 60; released in february


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