Saturday Holiday Hours at the Architects Bookstore

Swing by the Architects Bookstore for special Saturday hours during December. Find the perfect stocking stuffer for the architecture lover in your life. We’ll be open December 7, 14, and 21 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

The Architects Bookstore specializes in books relating to Baltimore and design. Topics include Baltimore architecture and history, interior design, international architecture, landscape architecture, sustainability, and urban design and planning. The bookstore also sells postcards and hosts gallery exhibitions.

Hours and Location
AIA Baltimore Architects Bookstore, 11 1/2 W. Chase St., Baltimore, MD 21201
Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, or by appointment.
Contact: 410-625-2585

Winter Reading List

Baltimore Revisited: Stories of Inequality and Resistance in a U.S. City
Edited by P. Nicole King, Kate Drabinski, and Joshua Clark Davis

Nicknamed both “Mobtown” and “Charm City” and located on the border of the North and South, Baltimore is a city of contradictions. From media depictions in The Wire to the real-life trial of police officers for the murder of Freddie Gray, Baltimore has become a quintessential example of a struggling American city. Yet the truth about Baltimore is far more complicated—and more fascinating.

The essays in this collection take readers on a tour through the city’s diverse neighborhoods, from the Lumbee Indian community in East Baltimore to the crusade for environmental justice in South Baltimore. Baltimore Revisited examines the city’s past, reflects upon the city’s present, and envisions the city’s future.

Paperback: 378 pages

The North Atlantic Cities
by Charles Duff

Amsterdam – Baltimore – Bath – Birmingham – Boston – Delf – Dublin – Glasgow – Liverpool – London- New York – Philadelphia – Rotterdam – The Hague – Washington.  Why do these cities have row houses, while hardly any other cities do? With this question Charles Duff begins his exploration of a family of great cities – an exploration that leads from 1600 to the present, from Canals in Amsterdam to skyscrapers and subways, to the Urban Crisis of the twentieth century and the urban revival today.

Paperback: 280 pages

Lost Restaurants of Baltimore
by Suzanne Loudermilk (Author), Kit Waskom Pollard (Author)

Haussner’s artwork. Coffey salad at the Pimlico Hotel. Finger bowls at Hutzler’s Colonial Tea Room. The bell outside the door at Martick’s Restaurant Francais. Details like these made Baltimore’s dining scene so unforgettable. Explore the stories behind thirty-five shuttered restaurants that Baltimoreans once loved and remember the meals, the crowds, the owners and the spaces that made these places hot spots. Suzanne Loudermilk and Kit Waskom Pollard share behind-the-scenes tales of what made them tick, why they closed their doors and how they helped make Baltimore a culinary destination.

Paperback: 160 pages

Holiday Gift Ideas for Kids

by Dominique Ehrhard

An introduction to architectural creation, the 95 percent cardboard elements in this book can be combined in an infinite variety of ways to build all sorts of fantastical structures. Follow the full-color idea diagrams to create more than 20 unique projects, then disassemble them and try something different. Developing direction-following skills and 3-D creativity, this kit allows young architects to both learn traditional design rules and break them. Alternate the color and black-and-white facade graphics to customize your creations―no glue or fasteners needed, just slot into place! The vibrant cutouts increase spatial visualization skills while giving future architects first-hand experience with color, form, and pattern.
Age Range: 5 – 8 years

Hardcover: 128 pages

The LEGO Architecture Idea Book: 1001 Ideas
by Alice Finch

– Build amazing walls that break the mold, with brick-and-mortar effects, weathered walls, and loose bricks

– Recreate structural effects like timber framing, soaring towers and turrets, shingled roofs, clapboard siding, and more

– Elevate your models with “stained glass”, intricate color patterns, and tumble-down wear-and-tear

– Use pieces like croissants, snakes, and goblets to make unique architectural ornamentation

Bursting with clever ideas, The LEGO Architecture Idea Book will show you how to turn your buildings into impressive, realistic structures.

Paperback: 232 pages

Who Built That? Modern Houses: An Introduction to Modern Houses and Their Architects
by Didier Cornille

Who Built That? Modern Houses takes readers on a fun-filled tour through ten of the most important houses by the greatest architects of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Beginning with a brief biographical sketch of each architect, illustrator Didier Cornille uses a light touch to depict the various stages of construction, paying special attention to key design innovations and signature details. Cornille’s charming drawings and accessible text unlock the secrets of modern classic houses, ranging from Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye (1931) and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater (1939) to Shigeru Ban’s Cardboard House (1995) and Rem Koolhaas’s Bordeaux House (1998). Readers of all ages will delight in this colorful introduction to modern architecture’s most extraordinary homes.

Age Range: 10 – 13 years
Hardcover: 84 pages

Digital Nonsense by Kevin Miller

On view October 24 – December 20.

Opening Reception – October 24, 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Join us for the opening reception of Digital Nonsense, a gallery exhibition by Kevin Miller, Assoc. AIA. Kevin was formally trained as an architect but has always had a passion for graphics and representation. Combining those skills with digital modeling software and computational design, Kevin finds intriguing ways to create art and experiment with the digital medium.

See more of Kevin’s work and follow him on Instagram at @vkevlar.