Category Archives: Recommended Books

New at the Arts Library, The Yale building project: the first 40 years


Via Yale University Press: “Conceived by architect Charles W. Moore and begun in the context of social activism and dramatic institutional change during the 1960s, the Yale Building Project has contributed to the education of many of this country’s leading architects, serving as the model for “design-build” programs at universities nationwide. The Yale Building Project: The First 40 Years is the first comprehensive history of this important initiative.”

Yale U. Marks 40 Years of Building Community Scott Carlson Chronicle of Higher Education 8/16/07

More on the building project here and here.

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Architectural education starting in high school


The Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) has recently published The Architecture Handbook: A Student Guide to Understanding Buildings. As a college-prep architecture textbook for high school students, the book is the first of its kind and has broad applications for classrooms across the country.”

New High School Architecture Textbook is First of Its Kind Jennifer Masengarb and Krisann Rehbein, Chicago Architecture Foundation

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Don Metz interviewed on Vermont Public Radio

Don Metz is an architect with a view. After graduating from the Yale School of Architecture, when many students gravitate to lucrative commercial firms, Metz opted instead to open a small country practice in the Upper Valley.”

Interview: Don Metz, “Confessions of a Country Architect” Neal Charnoff VPR 11/6/07

You can read more about Metz here, including the story of how he once snubbed Bob Dylan, and find out more about his new book here.

Plus, although it’s quite dated, you can check out his older book, New Architecture in New Haven, in the Art and Architecture Library collection.

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