Design Library: Celebrating World Book Day!


In honor of World Book Day, we thought we’d share some picks from our design library. Happy reading!

The Shape of Green
by Lance Hosey. Island Press, 2012
An interesting text that makes a case for recognizing beauty as a valid consideration in green building.


Rethinking Design and Interiors: Human Beings in the Built Environment
by Shashi Caan. Laurence King Publishing, 2011
Of particular interest was the book’s mention of Reggio Emilia preschools (which we have experience designing) and the positive effects of design on experiential learning.

Old Buildings, New Designs
by Charles Bloszies. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, November 2011
This book explores the union of old and new, with an eye for adaptive, innovative approaches to building re-use. At Studio G, we fondly refer to this concept as ‘extreme recycling’ (see our case study on the topic here:


Groundwork: Between Landscape and Architecture
By Diana Balmori and Joel Sanders. The Monacelli Press, 2011
Organized into 3 categories: Topography, Ecology, and Biocomputation, this book delves into the complex interfaces that exist between the built and natural environment.

Design Like You Give a Damn [2]: Building Change from the Ground Up
Edited by Architecture for Humanity (Deborah Aaronson). Abrams, 2012
A sequel of sorts to the wildly popular Design Like You Give a Damn (2006), volume 2 highlights over 100 recent humanitarian design projects and building case studies across the globe.

What are you reading these days? Have a favorite design book? Share it with us!

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