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Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things
by William McDonough and Michael Braungart
Architecture Theory Since 1968
by K. Michael Hays
Time Saver Standards for Urban Design
by Donald Watson, Alan Plattus, and Robert Shibley
Monographs, Journals, Tours
El Croquis Monographs
Stories and Narratives
Brunelleschi's Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture
by Ross King
Down Detour Road: An Architect in Search of Practice
by Eric Cesal
Observations for Young Architects
by Cesar Pelli