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A deep exploration of modern life that examines our cities, public places, and homesIn Mysteries of the Mall, Witold Rybczynski, the author of How Architecture Works, casts a seasoned critical eye on the modern scene. His subject is nothing less than the broad setting of our metropolitan world.In thirty-four discerning essays, Rybczynski ranges over topics as varied as shopping malls, Central Park, the Opéra Bastille, and America's shrinking cities. Along the way, he examines our post-9/11 obsession with security, the revival of the big-city library, the rise of college towns, our fascination with vacation homes, and Disney's planned community of Celebration. By looking at contemporary architects as diverse as Frank Gehry, Moshe Safdie, and Bing Thom, revisiting old masters such as Palladio, Le Corbusier, and Frank Lloyd Wright, and considering such unsung innovators as Stanley H. Durwood, the inventor of the cineplex, Rybczynski ponders the role of global metropolises in an age of tourism and reflects on what kinds of places attract us in the modern city.Mysteries of the Mall is required reading for anyone curious about the contemporary world and how it came to be the way it is.

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9780374269937 | Farrar Straus & Giroux, September 8, 2015, cover price $27.00 | About this edition: A deep exploration of modern life that examines our cities, public places, and homesIn Mysteries of the Mall, Witold Rybczynski, the author of How Architecture Works, casts a seasoned critical eye on the modern scene.

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9780374536404 | Farrar Straus & Giroux, September 13, 2016, cover price $16.00

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Product Description: Have you ever wondered where rocking chairs came from, or why cheap plastic chairs are suddenly everywhere?In Now I Sit Me Down, the distinguished architect and writer Witold Rybczynski chronicles the history of the chair from the folding stools of pharaonic Egypt to the ubiquitous stackable monobloc chairs of today...read more

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9780374223212 | Farrar Straus & Giroux, August 23, 2016, cover price $25.00 | About this edition: Have you ever wondered where rocking chairs came from, or why cheap plastic chairs are suddenly everywhere?

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Product Description: An essential toolkit for understanding architecture as both art form and the setting for our everyday livesWe spend most of our days and nights in buildings, living and working and sometimes playing. Architecture is both the setting for our everyday lives and a public art form―but it remains mysterious to most of us...read more

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9780374211745 | Farrar Straus & Giroux, October 8, 2013, cover price $27.00 | About this edition: An essential toolkit for understanding architecture as both art form and the setting for our everyday livesWe spend most of our days and nights in buildings, living and working and sometimes playing.

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9780374534820 | Reprint edition (Farrar Straus & Giroux, October 7, 2014), cover price $16.00 | About this edition: An essential toolkit for understanding architecture as both art form and the setting for our everyday livesWe spend most of our days and nights in buildings, living and working and sometimes playing.

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Product Description: Contemporary Follies showcases outstanding examples of contemporary design that address our place in nature. Emerging from the Enlightenment spirit of Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Thomas Jefferson, the English picturesque folly, and the forest retreats of Scandinavian modernists, these projects inspire contemplation and creativity in their spatial energy and alliance with the environment...read more
By Marc Kristal (introduced by), Robert Linn and Keith Moskow

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9781580933407 | Monacelli Pr, November 13, 2012, cover price $40.00 | About this edition: Contemporary Follies showcases outstanding examples of contemporary design that address our place in nature.

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Product Description: [Read by Wanda McCaddon] Explore the history and the nature of the time we consider ''our own''. ''We work,'' Aristotle wrote, ''in order to have leisure.'' Today, this is still true. But is the leisure that Aristotle spoke of--the freedom to do nothing--the same as the leisure we look forward to each weekend? There have always been breaks from the routine of work--taboo days, market days, public festivals, holy days--we couldn't survive without them...read more

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9780786103232 | Blackstone Audio Inc, November 20, 2011, cover price $32.95 | About this edition: [Read by Wanda McCaddon] Explore the history and the nature of the time we consider ''our own''.

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Product Description: In this new work, prizewinning author, professor, and Slate architecture critic Witold Rybczynski returns to the territory he knows best: writing about the way people live, just as he did in the acclaimed bestsellers Home, A Clearing in the Distance, and Now I Sit Me Down...read more

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9781416561262 | Scribner, September 2, 2011, cover price $16.99 | About this edition: In this new work, prizewinning author, professor, and Slate architecture critic Witold Rybczynski returns to the territory he knows best: writing about the way people live, just as he did in the acclaimed bestsellers Home, A Clearing in the Distance, and Now I Sit Me Down.

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By Witold Rybczynski (introduced by)

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9781590173374 | New York Review of Books, September 28, 2010, cover price $27.95

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Product Description: AWARD-WINNING AND CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED WRITER WITOLD RYBCZYNSKI DELIVERS A REVELATORY COLLECTION OF LINKED AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL ESSAYS -- PART MEMOIR, PART FAMILY HISTORY -- ABOUT THE UPHEAVALS OF EUROPEAN LIVES DURING WORLD WAR II, HIS OWN INTELLECTUAL DEVELOPMENT, AND THE UNIVERSAL LANGUAGES OF ART, MUSIC, AND ARCHITECTURE...read more

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9780743235983 | Scribner, February 3, 2009, cover price $25.00 | About this edition: AWARD-WINNING AND CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED WRITER WITOLD RYBCZYNSKI DELIVERS A REVELATORY COLLECTION OF LINKED AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL ESSAYS -- PART MEMOIR, PART FAMILY HISTORY -- ABOUT THE UPHEAVALS OF EUROPEAN LIVES DURING WORLD WAR II, HIS OWN INTELLECTUAL DEVELOPMENT, AND THE UNIVERSAL LANGUAGES OF ART, MUSIC, AND ARCHITECTURE.

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Product Description: Over the past 30 years Diamond and Schmitt Architects, one of the world's leading architecture firms, has produced a portfolio that reflects their core belief in the importance of content and context in architecture. Buildings should live in their environments, not be set apart...read more
By Witold Rybczynski (introduced by)

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9781553652779 | Douglas & McIntyre Ltd, July 7, 2008, cover price $60.00 | About this edition: Over the past 30 years Diamond and Schmitt Architects, one of the world's leading architecture firms, has produced a portfolio that reflects their core belief in the importance of content and context in architecture.

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Product Description: When Witold Rybczynski first heard about New Daleville, it was only a developer's idea, attached to ninety acres of cornfield an hour and a half west of Philadelphia. Over the course of five years, Rybczynski met and talked to everyone involved in the building of this residential subdivision -- from the developers to the township leaders, whose approval they needed, to the home builders and engineers and, ultimately, the first families who moved in...read more

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9780743235969 | Scribner, April 17, 2007, cover price $27.00 | About this edition: Traces the creation of a Pennsylvania residential subdivision from its planning stage to the residence of its first owners, in an account that offers insight into the long process of development and how it is related to sprawl and ex-urban growth.

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9780743235976 | Reprint edition (Scribner, May 13, 2008), cover price $15.00 | About this edition: When Witold Rybczynski first heard about New Daleville, it was only a developer's idea, attached to ninety acres of cornfield an hour and a half west of Philadelphia.

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Product Description: The Miami estate of Vizcaya, like its palatial contemporaries Biltmore and San Simeon, represents an achievement of the Gilded Age, when country houses and their gardens were a conspicuous measure of personal wealth and power. In Vizcaya: An American Villa and Its Makers, a celebrated architecture critic and writer and an award-winning landscape architect explore the little-known story of Vizcaya, an extraordinary national treasure...read more

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9780812239515 | Univ of Pennsylvania Pr, December 7, 2006, cover price $39.95 | About this edition: The Miami estate of Vizcaya, like its palatial contemporaries Biltmore and San Simeon, represents an achievement of the Gilded Age, when country houses and their gardens were a conspicuous measure of personal wealth and power.

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A beautifully illustrated monograph of remarkable houses built over the last decade in diverse settings across the United States--from a valley in Colorado with sweeping views of the Aspens to a bluff overlooking the Long Island Sound--reveals the architect's emphasis on the importance of context and his dedication to exploring the nature of place.
By Witold Rybczynski (introduced by) and Robert A. M. Stern

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9781580931663 | Monacelli Pr, December 1, 2005, cover price $85.00 | About this edition: A beautifully illustrated monograph of remarkable houses built over the last decade in diverse settings across the United States--from a valley in Colorado with sweeping views of the Aspens to a bluff overlooking the Long Island Sound--reveals the architect's emphasis on the importance of context and his dedication to exploring the nature of place.

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Product Description: Lynn Davis records the natural and architectural monuments of the world. In this collection of 100 duotone photographs she presents a series of architectural images throughout the United States, ranging from icons of modern and contemporary architecture to the Hoover Dam, a series of lighthouses, the Very Large Array in New Mexico, and the Epcot Center at Disney World...read more
By Lynn Davis and Witold Rybczynski (foreword by)

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9781580931496 | Monacelli Pr, October 21, 2004, cover price $50.00 | About this edition: Lynn Davis records the natural and architectural monuments of the world.

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The author of 'One Good Turn' turns to the subject of Andrea Palladio, the Shakespeare of Renaissance architects, who gave us the word 'Palladian' but about whom little is known.

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9780743205863 | Scribner, September 1, 2002, cover price $25.00 | About this edition: The award-winning author of A Clearing in the Distance focuses on the designs, constructions, and writings of the Italian Renaissance architect, noting the influence of his works on such structures as the White House.

Paperback:

9780743221399 | New edition (Gardners Books, November 3, 2003), cover price $13.60 | About this edition: The author of 'One Good Turn' turns to the subject of Andrea Palladio, the Shakespeare of Renaissance architects, who gave us the word 'Palladian' but about whom little is known.

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The award-winning author of A Clearing in the Distance focuses on the designs, constructions, and writings of the Italian Renaissance architect, noting the influence of his works on such structures as the White House. Reprint. 25,000 first printing. (view table of contents)

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9780743205870 | Reprint edition (Scribner, September 1, 2003), cover price $19.99 | About this edition: The award-winning author of A Clearing in the Distance focuses on the designs, constructions, and writings of the Italian Renaissance architect, noting the influence of his works on such structures as the White House.

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One of the nation's foremost experts on architecture discusses the role of style in the 'language' of the discipline, and shows how Frank Gehry, Mies van der Rohe, Allan Greenberg, and others are influenced by it.

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9780195134438 | Oxford Univ Pr, June 14, 2001, cover price $25.00 | About this edition: One of the nation's foremost experts on architecture discusses the role of style in the 'language' of the discipline, and shows how Frank Gehry, Mies van der Rohe, Allan Greenberg, and others are influenced by it.

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9780195156331 | Oxford Univ Pr, January 9, 2003, cover price $14.95 | About this edition: One of the nation's foremost experts on architecture discusses the role of style in the 'language' of the discipline, and shows how Frank Gehry, Mies van der Rohe, Allan Greenberg, and others are influenced by it.

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Product Description: The Best Tool of the Millennium The seeds of Rybczynski's elegant and illuminating new book were sown by The New York Times, whose editors asked him to write an essay identifying "the best tool of the millennium." An award-winning author who once built a house using only hand tools, Rybczynski has intimate knowledge of the toolbox -- both its contents and its history -- which serves him beautifully on his quest...read more

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9780684867298 | Scribner, September 1, 2000, cover price $22.00 | About this edition: Traces the history of the screwdriver from a sketch in da Vinci's pad to a later patent and mass production.
9780756765880 | Diane Pub Co, March 1, 2000, cover price $22.00 | About this edition: The Best Tool of the Millennium The seeds of Rybczynski's elegant and illuminating new book were sown by The New York Times, whose editors asked him to write an essay identifying "the best tool of the millennium.

Paperback:

9780684867304 | Scribner, August 1, 2001, cover price $14.00 | About this edition: Traces the history of the screwdriver from a sketch in da Vinci's pad to a later patent and mass production.

Miscellaneous:

9780743219082 | Scribner, September 1, 2001, cover price $12.00 | About this edition: The Best Tool of the Millennium The seeds of Rybczynski's elegant and illuminating new book were sown by The New York Times, whose editors asked him to write an essay identifying "the best tool of the millennium.

Prebinding:

9780613920377 | Turtleback Books, September 1, 2001, cover price $25.80 | About this edition: Traces the history of the screwdriver from a sketch in da Vinci's pad to a later patent and mass production.

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Chronicles the work and insight that marked the author's experience as the boathouse he set out to build expanded to become a full-scale home, and contains observations about construction, space, and beginnings.

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9780670819812, titled "The Most Beautiful House in the World" | Viking Pr, April 1, 1989, cover price $18.95 | About this edition: Chronicles the work and insight that marked the author's experience as the boathouse he set out to build expanded to become a full-scale home, and contains a wealth of observations about construction, space, and beginnings

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9780140105667 | Reprint edition (Penguin USA, June 1, 1990), cover price $15.00 | About this edition: Chronicles the work and insight that marked the author's experience as the boathouse he set out to build expanded to become a full-scale home, and contains observations about construction, space, and beginnings.

Cassette/Spoken Word:

9780786103539, titled "The Most Beautiful House in the World" | Blackstone Audio Inc, August 1, 1997, cover price $32.95 | About this edition: The author provides an eloquent examination of the links between being and building, as he tells the story of the designing and building of his own house.

Prebinding:

9780613181310 | Turtleback Books, March 1, 2001, cover price $27.00 | About this edition: Chronicles the work and insight that marked the author's experience as the boathouse he set out to build expanded to become a full-scale home, and contains observations about construction, space, and beginnings.

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Product Description: Barcelona. 2001. Planeta. 19x13. 190p.

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9788408037781 | Planeta Pub Corp, February 1, 2001, cover price $14.95 | About this edition: Barcelona.

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Chronicles the life and career of landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, and the effect his ideas had on American culture. (view table of contents)

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9780684865751 | Scribner, July 1, 2000, cover price $18.00 | About this edition: Chronicles the life and career of landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, and the effect his ideas had on American culture.

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A chronicle of the fascinating life and career of landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead, best known as the creator of New York's Central Park, shows the immense effect his ideas and actions had on American culture and history. 60,000 first printing. Tour. (view table of contents)

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9780684824635 | Scribner, June 1, 1999, cover price $63.00 | About this edition: Chronicles the life and career of landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, and the effect his ideas had on American culture

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Exploring the time we think of as our own, the author discusses the evolution of leisure time in Western civilization, from Aristotle, through the Middle Ages, to the present. By the author of Home. Reprint.

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9780670830015 | Viking Pr, August 1, 1991, cover price $18.95 | About this edition: Discusses the origin of the week, the observance of the Sabbath, and the development of the weekend, describes weekend behavior, and examines the modern preoccupation with leisure time

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9780140126631 | Reprint edition (Penguin USA, July 1, 1992), cover price $15.00 | About this edition: Discusses the origin of the week, the observance of the Sabbath, and the development of the weekend, describing weekend behavior and modern preoccupation with leisure time

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An examination of the development of the idea of the home delves into issues such as privacy, domesticity, efficiency, and ease and analyzes the social and cultural factors that shaped them.

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9780140102314 | Reprint edition (Penguin USA, July 1, 1987), cover price $16.00 | About this edition: Walk through five centuries of homes both great and small—from the smoke-filled manor halls of the Middle Ages to today's Ralph Lauren-designed environments—on a house tour like no other, one that delightfully explicates the very idea of "home.

Cassette/Spoken Word:

9780786103157 | Blackstone Audio Inc, August 1, 1997, cover price $44.95 | About this edition: An examination of the development of the idea of the home delves into issues such as privacy, domesticity, efficiency, and ease and analyzes the social and cultural factors that shaped them.

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Tracing the development of American cities and city life from early colonial settlements to the familiar downtowns of today, a sweeping cultural history reveals how our urban spaces have been shaped by the land and the American lifestyle. Reprint. 25,000 first printing. NYT.

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9780684825298 | Scribner, October 10, 1996, cover price $16.00 | About this edition: Tracing the development of American cities and city life from early colonial settlements to the familiar downtowns of today, a sweeping cultural history reveals how our urban spaces have been shaped by the land and the American lifestyle.

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