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Architecture, Politics, and Identity in Divided BerlinEmily PughEmily Pugh provides an original comparative analysis of selected works of architecture and urban planning in East and West Berlin during the “Wall era,” to reveal the importance of these structures to the formation of political, cultural, and social identities.
Building Modern TurkeyZeynep KezerZeynep Kezer offers a critical account of how the built environment mediated Turkey’s transition from a pluralistic (multiethnic and multireligious) empire into a modern, homogenized nation-state following the collapse of the Ottoman Empire at the end of World War I.

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Chatham VillageAngelique BambergAngelique Bamberg provides the first book-length study of the community of Chatham Village in Pittsburgh. She establishes its historical significance to urban planning and reveals the complex development process, social significance, and breakthrough construction and landscaping techniques that shaped this idyllic community.

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Colonialism and Modern Architecture in GermanyItohan OsayimweseThis book considers the effects of colonialism, travel, and globalization on the development of modern architecture in Germany from the 1850s until the 1930s. Osayimwese argues that the rise of a new modern language of architecture within Germany during this period was shaped by the country’s colonial and neo-colonial entanglements. Since architectural developments in nineteenth-century Germany are typically understood as crucial to the evolution of architecture worldwide in the twentieth century, this book globalizes the history of modern architecture at its founding moment.
Crystal and ArabesqueJonathan MasseyThe first biography of Claude Bragdon, an early and unique, but often overlooked, advocate of architectural modernism.

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Designing Tito's CapitalBrigitte Le NormandThe devastation of World War II left the Yugoslavian capital of Belgrade in ruins. Communist Party leader Josip Broz Tito saw this as a golden opportunity to recreate the city through his vision of socialism. In Designing Tito’s Capital, Brigitte Le Normand analyzes the unprecedented planning process called for by the new leader, and the determination of planners to create an urban environment that would benefit all citizens.
Early Architecture of Western PennsylvaniaCharles Morse StotzThe new edition of this long unavailable classic features an extensive analytical introduction by the noted architectural historian Dell Upton. Containing 416 black-and-white photographs, 81 measured drawings and an extensive text, this volume presents a splendid array of the early dwellings, barns, and other outbuildings, churches, arsenals, banks, inns, commercial buildings, tollhouses, mills, and even tombstones of western Pennsylvania.
Frank Lloyd Wright’s House on Kentuck KnobDonald HoffmannThe first thorough guide to the design and history of “Kentuck,” designed in 1953–1954 by Frank Lloyd Wright, only seven miles from Fallingwater. Donald Hoffmann includes more than fifty photographs, drawings, diagrams, and a descriptive text to illustrate the structural peculiarities of the house based on the equilateral triangle.
Governing by Design AggregateThis edited collection offers a unique perspective on twentieth-century architectural history, disputing the primacy placed on individuals in the design and planning process and instead looking to the larger influences of politics, culture, economics, and globalization to uncover the roots of how our built environment evolves.

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HomeSofia DyakThis book depicts the evolution of domestic space and the meaning of home during the twentieth century. The chapters initially discuss topics that include modernization, design, housing policy, utopias, and future forms of living that affected domestic life. The book then analyzes the basic functional units within the home, interpreting each unit according to its essential social and cultural characteristics: the corridor (public/private); living room (comfort); kitchen (gender); bathroom (hygiene); and bedroom (intimacy). Overall, the book offers a fascinating glimpse at how the twentieth century changed the functionalities and aesthetics of domestic environments across Eastern Europe, Europe, the Soviet Union, and the United States.
Industry in ArtRina YoungnerYoungner examines the transformation of the depiction of industry in 19th century Pittsburgh from environmental nuisance to an idealized glorification of industrial might, in both fine art and illustration.
Installations, Mattress Factory, 1990-1999Michael OlijnykInstallations is an intriguing restrospective catalog of site-specific installation art exhibited at the internationally renowned museum The Mattress Factory during the 1990s.
Instill and InspireGrace StanislausThe John and Vivian Hewitt Collection of African-American Art represents works that celebrate the expression and passion of twenty artists, including Romare Bearden, Margaret Burroughs, Jonathan Green, Jacob Lawrence, Elizabeth Catlett, Ann Tanksley, and Henry Ossawa Tanner. This book contains all fifty-eight works from the collection, exquisitely reproduced in full color. Grace C. Stanislaus provides a text on the significance of the collection that is supplemented by interviews with Vivian Hewitt, David Taylor of the Gantt Center, art collectors Harmon and Harriett Kelley, and Nancy Washington.

Watch Yvonne Cook's interview about the Instill and Inspire exhibit at Pittsburgh's August Wilson Center on KDKA's Pittsburgh Today Live
Manufacturing a Socialist ModernityKimberly ZarecorThe first comprehensive history of architectural practice and the emergence of prefabricated housing in the Eastern Bloc. Through discussions of individual architects and projects, as well as building typologies, professional associations, and institutional organization, Zarecor opens a rare window into the cultural and economic life of Eastern Europe during the early postwar period.

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Modern Architecture in Mexico CityKathryn O’RourkeKathryn E. O’Rourke offers a new interpretation of the development of modern architecture in the Mexican capital, showing close links between design, evolving understandings of national architectural history, folk art, and social reform.

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Panorama of PittsburghChristopher LaneThis book is a testament to the extensive visual representation of Pittsburgh in books, magazines, illustrated newspapers, corporate identity, lithographs, and other types of materials during the nineteenth century. Produced to accompany an exhibition hosted by the Frick Art & Historical Center, guest curator Lane enlightens readers on the printmaking industry in the city and provides the most comprehensive list of prints of nineteenth-century Pittsburgh ever assembled.
PittsburghFranklin TokerToker examines Pittsburgh in its historical context, in its regional setting, and from the street level (leading the reader on a personal tour through every neighborhood). Based on his 1986 classic, Pittsburgh: An Urban Portrait, but with a completely revised text and lavishly illustrated with all new photos and maps, Pittsburgh: A New Portrait reveals the true colors of a great American city.

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Progressive Architecture of Frederick G. Scheibler, Jr.Martin AurandThe first comprehensive study of Scheibler, it includes 125 historic and contemporary photographs and drawings, all of Scheibler’s known projects—including many not recorded in any other published source—and a selected bibliography.

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QueloidesAlejandro de la FuenteQueloides catalogs an art exhibit on the persistence of racism and racial discrimination in contemporary Cuba. Despite the social transformations implemented by the Cuban revolutionary government since the early 1960s, racism continues to be a deep wound in Cuban society, one that generates countless social and cultural scars. The twelve artists who participate in Queloides insist on the need to acknowledge and debate this social problem. Bilingual in English and Spanish, the book includes several essays that analyze the work of these visual artists in the context of changes experienced by Cuban society since the 1990s, including the resurgence of racist attitudes and behaviors.
Rise of the Modern HospitalJeanne KisackyA focused examination of hospital design in the United States from the 1870s through the 1940s. This understudied period witnessed profound changes in hospitals as they shifted from last charitable resorts for the sick poor to premiere locations of cutting-edge medical treatment for all classes, and from low-rise decentralized facilities to high-rise centralized structures.
Robert QualtersVicky ClarkVicky A. Clark presents a comprehensive study of the work of iconic Pittsburgh artist Robert Qualters. Complimented by over eighty color images, Clark shows Qualters to be a remarkable visual storyteller, who infuses allegory, narrative, and memory into his kinetic images filled with bold brush strokes and fauvist colors.

Robert Qualters has been named Pennsylvania Artist of the Year for 2014, as part of the Governor’s Awards for the Arts

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Samuel RosenbergBarbara JonesSamuel Rosenberg was an influential Pittsburgh-based painter and art instructor. In this biography Barbara Jones tells the story of his life, accompanied by almost ninety reproductions of the artist’s work.
Second SuburbDianne HarrisSecond Suburb uncovers the unique story of Levittown, Pennsylvania, and its significance to American social, architectural, environmental, and political history.

Winner of the 2011 Allen Noble Book Award from the Pioneer America Society: Best edited book in North American material culture.
Spectacular ModernityLisa BlackmoreAn analysis of how a decade of military rule in Venezuela produced a dominant ideology of progress so meticulously crafted that to this day audacious Modernist art and architecture and dictatorship are conflated under the term “modernity.”
Spectator and the Topographical City Martin AurandWinner of the 2007 Art Libraries Society of North America Worldwide Books Award

Examines Pittsburgh’s built environment as it relates to the city’s unique topography—man’s response to an unruly terrain of hills, hollows, and rivers. Adopting a spectator’s viewpoint, Aurand studies three “terrestrial rooms” and their development over time.
Steel ShadowsDouglas CooperThis unique collection features double-page spreads of Douglas Cooper’s charcoal and paper drawings, the inspiration for his artistic vision, formal properties of his art and how it relates to architecture; and essay excerpts from Pittsburgh authors: poetry, historical accounts, and stories of the daily lives of Pittsburghers. Through words and art, his work shows the urban landscape of Pittsburgh as you have never seen it before.
Thaddeus MosleyDavid LewisThaddeus Mosley is a self-taught African American sculptor from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Written by his friend of twenty-five years, this book offers insight and a deep understanding of the life and work of this remarkable man.
Thomas CrawfordRobert GaleA biography of artist Thomas Crawford (1813–1857), a prolific neoclassical American sculptor who created many of the works that adorn the Capitol, Senate, and House of Representatives.

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Wise ExtravaganceKenneth NealAndrew Carnegie, industrialist and a major American philanthropist, sought to bring world-class art and culture to Pittsburgh. This book looks at how the Carnegie International exhibit came into being in 1895, the early exhibitions, the art, artists, and the public reception to it.

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