• essential architecture books
    25 bc – ongoing

    suckerPUNCH updates its list of essential books, manifestos, journals, catalogs, and monographs that inform and investigate the work found in the suckerPUNCH collection. Still listed in descending chronological order, with new additions from: Pier Vittorio AURELI; Harold BLOOM; Mario CARPO; Peter COOK; Greg LYNN & Mark GAGE; Antoine PICON; Bernard TSCHUMI; Mark WIGLEY; Alejandro ZAERA-POLO; and many more.


  • Stan ALLEN & Marc McQUADE, eds., Landform Building: Architecture's New Terrain.

    Green roofs, artificial mountains and geological forms; buildings you walk on or over; networks of ramps and warped surfaces; buildings that carve into the ground or landscapes lifted high into the air: all these are commonplace in architecture today. New technologies, new design techniques and a demand for enhanced environmental performance have provoked a re-thinking of architecture’s traditional relationship to the ground. The book Landform Building sets out to examine the many manifestations of landscape and ecology in contemporary architectural practice. . . .

  • Manfredo TAFURI, The Sphere and the Labyrinth.

    This major work by Manfredo Tafuri, one of today’s most important theoretical historians and critics of architecture and urbanism, presents his critique of traditional approaches to historical investigation and criticism in a penetrating analysis of the avant-gardes and discourses of architecture. Tafuri probes the lines between reality and ideology, the gap that avant-garde ideology places between its own demands and its translation into techniques, the ways in which the avant-garde reaches compromises with the world, and the conditions that permit its existence. . . .

  • Harold BLOOM, The Anatomy of Influence.

    “Literary criticism, as I attempt to practice it,” writes Harold Bloom in The Anatomy of Influence, “is in the first place literary, that is to say, personal and passionate.” For more than half a century, Bloom has shared his profound knowledge of the written word with students and readers. In this, his most comprehensive and accessible study of influence, Bloom leads us through the labyrinthine paths which link the writers and critics who have informed and inspired him for so many years. . . .

  • Antoine PICON, ed., Ornament: The Politics of Architecture and Subjectivity.

    Though inextricably linked with digital tools and culture, Antoine Picon argues that some significant traits in ornament persist from earlier Western architectural traditions. These he defines as the “subjective”—the human interaction that ornament requires in both its production and its reception—and the political. . . . By bringing previous traditions in ornament under scrutiny, Picon makes us question the political issues at stake in today’s ornamental revival. . . .

  • HENSEL, MENGES, & HIGHT, eds., Space Reader.

    The “Space Reader” provides a highly pertinent and contemporary understanding of space for a new generation of students and architects. It espouses a definition of space that is heterogeneous (an object or system consisting of a diverse range of different items). . . . With the onset of globalisation and the Web, heterogeneneous space, with its emphasis on differentiation, is more relevant to the contemporary condition, which encourages the mixing of space, than a much more static conception of Modernist space.

  • Mario CARPO, ed., The Digital Turn in Architecture.

    Now almost 20 years old, the digital turn in architecture has already gone through several stages and phases. Architectural Design (AD) has captured them all—from folding to cyberspace, nonlinearity and hypersurfaces, from versioning to scripting, emergence, information modelling and parametricism. . . . This anthology of AD’s most salient articles is chronologically and thematically arranged to provide a complete historical timeline of the recent rise to pre-eminence of computer-based design and production. . . .

  • Bernard TSCHUMI, Architecture Concepts: Red is Not a Color.

    An autobiographical look at the work of a seminal modernist architect. This is the first comprehensive treatment of the architecture of Bernard Tschumi. Part monograph, part architectural theory, and part story, the book narrates a three-decade journey through a personal history of architecture and architectural ideas, intertwining theory, practice, and hypothetical projects with forty built works. From Tschumi’s many written works, such as Architecture and Disjunction and The Manhattan Transcripts to such renowned projects as the Parc de la Villette in Paris. . . .

  • Robin EVANS, The Projective Cast: Architecture and Its Three Geometries.

    Anyone reviewing the history of architectural theory, Robin Evans observes, would have to conclude that architects do not produce geometry, but rather consume it. In this long-awaited book, completed shortly before its author’s death, Evans recasts the idea of the relationship between geometry and architecture, drawing on mathematics, engineering, art history, and aesthetics to uncover processes in the imagining and realizing of architectural form. . . .

  • Robin EVANS, Translations from Drawing to Building.

    Translations from Drawing to Building and Other Essays together eight of Evans’s most significant essays. Written over a period of twenty years, from 1970, when he graduated from the Architectural Association, to 1990, they represent the diverse interests of an agile and skeptical mind. The book includes an introduction by Mohsen Mostafavi, a chronological account of the development of Evans’s writing by Robin Middleton, and a bibliography by Richard Difford.