Best of 2015: Architectstasy’s Top 6 Articles

2015 is a special year for Architectstasy, being its first.  It’s been a phenomenal year of architectural conversations; from the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial to Ann Arbor’s struggle with its version of the Roman Forum, the following were Architectstasy’s most-read articles of 2015.  Thanks for following along so far, and here’s to a new year of even more and more interesting conversations in 2016.  See you next year!

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Best of 2015: The Year in Review in Books

One of the perks of architecture as a contemplative art is that there has been a tremendous amount of great writing produced around it.  Here is a roundup some of the best books I read in 2015 (hint: a great source of gift ideas for the architect or architecture enthusiast in your life!).

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Writing About Architecture: A Book Review

I sought this book out because (A) as an aspiring architecture critic I thought I should know what others are saying about it, and (B) Dr. Lange is kind of funny on Twitter.  I am enormously glad that I did.

Who should read this book: practicing architects and architectural designers; urban planners; engaged citizens.  

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Hearts of the City: A Book Review

Here’s the thing about Herbert Muschamp.

He’s kind of like this smooth nightclub you don’t know whether you want to be a part of. If you go, then everyone knows: you’re “in”. You’re “cool”. You look like you know the things everyone wishes they knew. You acquire a sort of sophisticate air just by associating with him. On the other hand, you don’t like the drinks that much, the conversation is always a little raucous and it’s always a little too smoky.

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