Staff Christmas Wish List #4: Nick

Next up for recommendations this week is Nick!

Nick is currently finishing his Masters of Architecture at USYD and is particularly interested in how design, landscape and construction come together to create truly poetic architecture. If this sounds like you the books below should probably be on your list too:


1. Carlo Scarpa and Castelvecchio Revisted

Adding to what was an already impressive first publication Richard Murphy's longstanding passion for Scarpa's work, particularly Castelvecchio, shines through in this book. Even a quick flick through will have you itching for a trip to Verona.

2. In Praise of Shadows

Originally published back in 1933 this short but insightful volume explores the beauty and subtlety of the Japanese aesthetic. Tanizaki's atmospheric descriptions make seemingly mundane objects and acts a joy to read about. 

3. Wabi-Sabi: for Artists, Designers, Poets and Philosophers

Another interesting look into traditional Japanese aesthetics, this time from a western perspective. Leonard Koren writes with beautiful simplicity explaining the origins and differences of traditional Eastern and Western ideas of beauty. 

4. Lo-TEK: Design by Radical Indigenism

Brand new in the shop this recently published book by Julia Watson explores the ancient wisdom embedded in the traditions and vernacular architecture of indigenous cultures. Filled with beautiful diagrams this series of interesting studies offers old wisdom to be considered in a new context. 

5. Jim Olson: Building, Nature, Art

Looking at the designs and philosophies of Jim Olson, one of the minds behind Olson Kundig, this book is jam packed with beautiful illustrations and personal reflections. Wonderful examples in Mexico, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Northwest of thoughtfully considered architecture that suits and enhances its location.