Architecture Favorites

We are located in the architecturally renowned Seaside, Florida, a mecca for lovers of New Urbanism.  In honor of the special place we call home and the many people who come to explore it, we have created an extensive architecture section.  Here just a few of our favorites/popular reads.

Visions of Seaside: Foundation/Evolution/Imagination. Built and Unbuilt Architecture By Dhiru A. Thadani, Vincent Scully (Foreword by), Paul Goldberger (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Dhiru A. Thadani, Vincent Scully (Foreword by), Paul Goldberger (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780847841530
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Rizzoli - September 3rd, 2013

Time magazine noted that Seaside "could be the most astonishing design achievement of its era…." Visions of Seaside is the most comprehensive book on the history and development of the nation’s first and most influential New Urbanist town.

The Smart Growth Manual By Andres Duany, Jeff Speck, Mike Lydon Cover Image
ISBN: 9780071376754
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Published: McGraw-Hill Companies - November 1st, 2009

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The New Civic Art: Elements of Town Planning By Andres Duany (Editor), Robert Alminana (Editor), Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk (Editor) Cover Image
By Andres Duany (Editor), Robert Alminana (Editor), Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk (Editor)
ISBN: 9780847821860
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Rizzoli International Publications - October 30th, 2003

Patterned on "The American Vitruvius: An Architect's Handbook of Civic Art "(1922), one of the most successful and well-known architecture books ever published, "The New Civic Art," with 1,200 new illustrations and all new text for over 1,000 entries, exemplifies the very best urban planning and town design.

Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream By Andres Duany, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Jeff Speck Cover Image
ISBN: 9780865477506
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Published: North Point Press - September 14th, 2010

For a decade, Suburban Nation has given voice to a growing movement in North America to put an end to suburban sprawl and replace the last century's automobile-based settlement patterns with a return to more traditional planning.

The Nature of Home: Creating Timeless Houses By Jeff Dungan, William Abranowicz (Photographs by) Cover Image
By Jeff Dungan, William Abranowicz (Photographs by)
ISBN: 9780847863068
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Published: Rizzoli - September 4th, 2018

Light-filled houses built with an emphasis on natural materials by award-winning Southern architect Jeffrey Dungan.

Environmental Modernism: The Architecture of [Strang] By Robert McCarter (Foreword by), Byron Hawes (Introduction by), Max Strang (Text by (Art/Photo Books)) Cover Image
By Robert McCarter (Foreword by), Byron Hawes (Introduction by), Max Strang (Text by (Art/Photo Books))
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ISBN: 9781946226044
Published: Oscar Riera Ojeda Publishers - September 1st, 2018

The work of STRANG] is beautifully explored in this robust monograph which highlights the firm's site-specifc and climate-driven designs. The ability to create stunning architectural designs while maintaining an acute awareness of the surrounding environment has come to define their work.

Our House in the City: New Urban Homes and Architecture By Sofia Borges (Editor), S. Ehmann (Editor), Robert Klanten (Editor) Cover Image
By Sofia Borges (Editor), S. Ehmann (Editor), Robert Klanten (Editor)
ISBN: 9783899555189
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Published: Gestalten - March 14th, 2014

A new generation of homeowners and architects is finding original solutions and unusual locations for contemporary single-family homes in urban areas. Cities are bustling metropolises, melting pots, where the action is, and where history is written. Many

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How To Read More

If you love reading, but for some reason you read less and less, know that everything is fine. It happens.
Our lives today have so many things that distract us - how can we not put books away when all these movies, TV shows, YouTube videos, social networks and endless surfing in online stores are around ...
Yes, it's really hard to resist, but you certainly can!

In this article, we want to share with you some tips to read more often and more successfully.
These are some notes and some practices that we have collected for our SUNDOG BOOKS readers club.
And maybe it will bring more books into your life!

Why do we want/need to read more?

To start reading more, you have to understand why you need it.
And you will be surprised, but your goals can be quite varied:

- for work
If you read a lot on duty, then you definitely need to speed up the process. The logic here is simple: read faster → work faster → more time for books for yourself.

- for education
you need this for your educational career or sometimes you just want to read to learn. And, with all the new alternative ways to gain knowledge (podcasts, online courses and videos), the book still does an excellent job of this task too.

- for self-development
all exercises for increasing speed, one way or another, improve cognition and memory.

- for fun
because good books always = fun!

Book lovers have an additional special goal for reading more often. If you love literature, you will understand what we mean: you want to catch everything - to follow modern literature, and not forget about the classics, look into non-fiction and children's publications. And there’s so much you want to reread! The goals are ambitious, but attainable if you read a lot.


And so - How to read more:
We will tell you about the methods that we use ourselves. Perhaps some will suit you as well.


15 minutes a day

You've probably already heard this rule: if you want to start a healthy habit, devote 15 minutes a day to it. Once upon a time, we all read irregularly, in jumps and starts. Sometimes we cannot open a book we have begun weeks ago. Therefore, you should decide to create a rule: devote at least 15 minutes a day to reading. Try reading before bed, or maybe during lunchtime, or even when you are having your morning coffee.

You will see progress immediately. You will notice that almost always your 15 minutes will grow into half an hour or more. But the most remarkable thing is that in three weeks your hands themselves will be looking for a book.


50 First Pages
This method advises - If the book hasn't hooked you from the first 50 pages, put it aside! Life is too short to read uninteresting books.

It is necessary to change the approach to books. At first it will be hard for you to stop and put the book down. Even if we put the book away, it will seem to reproach us from the shelf, mocking us as quitters. But in the end we should come to one simple thought: if it doesn’t hook your attention, you should not force yourself to read it.

***Fifty pages is not a bad test. Not the most objective, but definitely effective. It helps to determine whether it interests you or not, and whether to spend time on things that do not excite.


Reader's Diary

This should be used to improve the quality of reading - to make it more conscious. For starters, it can be a simple notebook with headings:

  • Author
  • Year of publication
  • Main characters
  • Scene
  • Plot
  • Theme
  • Quotes

And, yes, a reader's diary is not a thing about quantity, but about quality. But, it can also motivate. When you open your diary and start looking at quotes (especially quotes), you immediately really want to read.


Maybe a Book Bet?
Several people can participate. Members of the betting group can come from friends, family, and also your colleagues. And of course you can set your own rules for participation, but we'll give you a simple example:

Everyone in the group should read and review a book over the course of a month with weekly updates. Anyone who does not finish a review buys the book for all other participants for the next month.


Speed Reading

Another effective way to increase the amount you read is speed reading. The logic here is simple - the faster you read, the more books you can enjoy.

*There are many online courses on speed reading, and you can also study on your own using instructional books. But, it is worth noting that this is a serious learning process that will require some effort on your part.



Reading every day is quite attainable, the main thing is to try to make it a habit.
Sometimes, instead of heading for Facebook, try opening a book and soon you won’t even remember why you needed to wander around social media.
And also - don't forget about audiobooks. They are a cool way to take the load off your eyes sometimes and just immerse yourself in the story. Some books are really strong in voice acting.


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