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29 Best Architecture Books of All Time

Our goal: Find the best Architecture books according to the internet (not just one random person's opinion).

    Here's what we did:
  1. Type "best architecture books" into our search engine and study the top 5+ pages.
  2. Add only the books mentioned 2+ times.
  3. Rank the results neatly for you here! 馃槉
    (It was a lot of work. But hey! That's why we're here, right?)

(Updated 2024)

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Last Updated: Monday 1 Jan, 2024

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  1. 1
    The Architecture of Happiness
    A Pattern Language
  3. 3
    In Praise of Shadows

    In Praise of Shadows

    Junichiro Tanizaki

  4. 4
    The Poetics of Space

    The Poetics of Space

    Gaston Bachelard

  5. 6
    Experiencing Architecture

    Experiencing Architecture

    Steen Eiler Rasmussen

  6. 10
    The Death and Life of Great American Cities
  7. 11
    Invisible Cities

    Invisible Cities

    Italo Calvino

  8. 12
  9. 13
    Manual of Section
  10. 14
    The Ten Books on Architecture
  11. 16
    Modern Architecture Since 1900
  12. 17
    The Works
  13. 19
    A Visual Dictionary of Architecture
  14. 20
    Thinking Architecture
  15. 22
    Cities for People
  16. 24
    Why Architecture Matters
  17. 25
    A World History Of Architecture
  18. 26
    The Architecture of the City
  19. 27
    The Architecture of Community
  20. 28
    The Four Books on Architecture
  21. 29
    The BLDG BLOG Book

    The BLDG BLOG Book

    Geoff Manaugh


  • How was this Architecture books list created?

    We searched for 'best Architecture books', found the top 5 articles, took every book mentioned in 2+ articles, and averaged their rankings.

  • How many Architecture books are in this list?

    There are 29 books in this list.

  • Why did you create this Architecture books list?

    We wanted to gather the most accurate list of Architecture books on the internet.

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