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8 Short Architectural Texts You Need To Know

10:30 - 14 November, 2016
8 Short Architectural Texts You Need To Know, © Sharon Lam, using an image by <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Adolfloos.2.jpg'>Wikimedia user Martin H.</a> licensed under Public Domain
© Sharon Lam, using an image by Wikimedia user Martin H. licensed under Public Domain

© Sharon Lam, using an image by <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Denise_Scott_Brown_portrait_by_%C2%A9Lynn_Gilbert,_1977.jpg'>Wikimedia user LynnGilbert5</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/deed.en'>CC BY-SA 4.0</a> © Sharon Lam, using an image by <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Junichiro_Tanizaki_1913.jpg'>Wikimedia user Suiten</a> licensed under Public Domain © Sharon Lam, using image via screenshot from <a href='https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vc5XmTbGtVQ'>12.1.12 Lecture / Reading Lisa Robertson et Abigail Lang</a> © Sharon Lam, using an image by © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/strelka/15069054410'>Flickr user Strelka</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/deed.en'>CC BY-SA 2.0</a> + 10

Update: We've added links to help you find these books for purchase and, in 5 of 8 cases, tracked down a way you can read them online for free!

Quality over quantity, so the saying goes. With so many concepts floating around the architectural profession, it can be difficult to keep up with all the ideas which you're expected to know. But in architecture and elsewhere, the most memorable ideas are often the ones that can be condensed textually: “form follows function,” “less is more,” “less is a bore.” Though slightly longer than three words, the following lists a selection of texts that don’t take too long to read, but impart long-lasting lessons, offering you the opportunity to fill gaps in your knowledge quickly and efficiently. Covering everything from loos to Adolf Loos, the public to the domestic, and color to phenomenology, read on for eight texts to place on your reading list: