Book Reviews

Review by Samir Younés

Albert Speer: Architecture 1932–1942 by Léon Krier, preface by Robert A.M. Stern. New York: Monacelli Press, 2013. Originally published, Bruxelles: Les Archives d’architecture Moderne, 1985 The most striking commonality among the recent reviews of Léon Krier’s Albert Speer: Architecture 1932–1942 is that they somehow manage to avoid... More »

Review by D.V. Marcantonio

The Future of the Past: A Conservation Ethic for Architecture, Urbanism and Historic Preservation by Steven W. Semes.  New York: W.W. Norton and Company, Inc., 2009. 272 pages, hardcover, illustrated with black-and-white and color images. ISBN: 9780393732443 The Future of the Past is not merely about architectural... More »

Review by Karen L. Mulder

In Jefferson's Shadow: The Architecture of Thomas R. Blackburn by Bryan Clark Green. New York: Virginia Historical Society and Princeton Architectural Press, 2006. 256 pages. 120 color and black-and-white illustrations. ISBN: 1-56898-479-0. $50.00How is taste in this beautiful art to be formed in our countrymen, unless we avail ourselves... More »

Review by D.V. Marcantonio

The Architecture of the Classical Interior by Steven W. Semes. New York: W.W. Norton, 2004. Illustrated, 192 pages. ISBN 10: 0393730751By 1968, when Henry Hope Reed co-founded the organization Classical America, the knowledge and practice of traditional architecture was near total eclipse in the West. A generation before, the first... More »

Review by Steven W. Semes

Vitruvius on Architecture, by Thomas Gordon Smith.  New York: The Monacelli Press, 2003. 200 illustrations, 25 in color, including photos and details. 288 pages. ISBN: 9781885254986If Western classical architecture has a founding document—a Declaration of Independence or a Constitution establishing the ground rules of the discipline... More »