With the holidays upon us it typically frees up a little time to revisit some favorite books – if nothing else you should get a few of these on your Christmas list. Here are BUILDs favorite, most useful, most looked at books on architecture, design, diagramming and travel. Post your recommendations – we’d love to hear about them.

Architecture without Architects by Bernard Rudofsky
The Works: Anatomy of a City by Kate Ascher
The Power of Limits: proportional harmonies in nature, art, and architecture by Gyorgy Doczi

Architecture w/o Architects The Works The Power of Limits

On Weathering, The Life of Buildings in Time by Mohsen Mostafavi and David Leatherbarrow
Wood Burners by Daniel Mihalyo
Grain Elevators by Lisa Mahar-Keplinger

On Weathering Wood Burners Grain Elevators

Country Modern by Aurora Cuito
Scandinavian Modern Houses by Living Architecture Series
New York Minimilism by Aurora Cuito

Country Modern Scandinavian Modern New York Minimalism

Informal by Cecil Balmond
Massive Change by Bruce Mau

Informal Massive Change

Typologies of Industrial Buildings by Bernd & Hilla Becher
Water Towers by Bernd & Hilla Becher
Basic Forms of Industrial Buildings
by Bernd & Hilla Becher

Typologies of Industrial Buildings Water Towers Basic Forms of Industrial Buildings

The Visual Display of Quantitative Information by Edward Tufte
Envisioning Information
by Edward Tufte
Visual Explanations
by Edward Tufte

The Visual Display of Quantitative Information Envisioning Information Visual Explanations

Lingua Grafica published by Mutabor
Lingua Universalism published by Mutabor
These designers are the Gods of diagramming

Lingua Grafica Lingua Universalism

Moleskin City Notebooks
These are just travel journals but if you’re a travel geek like us, they are the Holy Grail of journals.

Moleskin City Notebooks Moleskin City Notebooks

Ellipsis Guides to recent architecture
Now out of print but you can find them used at Amazon

Ellipsis Guides Ellipsis Guides Ellipsis Guides

teNeues City Guides

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If you’re like us and enjoy supporting the local shops, we recommend these bookstores:
Powells, Portland (also a good internet distributor)
William Stout Architecture Books, San Francisco
Peter Miller Books, Seattle