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14 - Bibliography

To learn about Habitat Change implies to approach bibliography not only on architecture but philosophy, sociology and urbanism. Additional books on biology, geology and climate history are also required. Probably because of the rate of change, architecture schools are not approaching habitat as a subject. Among many masters, Frank Lloyd Wright is still our main reference. I suggest reading the following books. There are excellent translations in Spanish, French, Portuguese, German and many other languages. For Pouchulu's books go here.

You can find below my selection of Frank Lloyd Wright books related to Habitat, from left to right: The Disappearing City, 1932, hardcover, 90 pages, publisher: William Farquahar Payson; 1St Edition, ASIN: B0000EF481 / An Organic Architecture, 1939 (after a series of lectures in London) hardcover, 96 pages, publisher: Lund Humphries, last edition 2017. ISBN-10: 1848222327 ISBN-13: 978-1848222328 / The Living City, 1958, hardcover, publisher: Bramhall House, ISBN-10: 1121130917 / The Living City, 1963, publisher: Mentor/New American Library, binding: mass market Paperback edition, first Paperback. ASIN: B0006F3B8M.


Books to understand the integration between architecture, art and modern civilisation: Vision in Motion, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, 1947, ISBN-10: 0911498001 ISBN-13: 978-0911498004 / Foundations of Modern Art, Amedee Ozenfant, 1952, paperback, 368 pages, Dover Publications, ISBN 0486202151 ISBN13: 9780486202150 / The New Architecture and The Bauhaus, Water Gropius, 1955, hardcover, 112 pages, publisher: C.T. Branford, ASIN: B0007ERU66.

Indispensable books about philosophy, media and society: The Two Fundamental Problems of the Theory of Knowledge, 1930–33 typescript circulating as Die beiden Grundprobleme der Erkenntnistheorie; as German book 1979, as English translation 2008), ISBN 0- 415-39431-7 / The Extensions of Man, Understanding Media, Marshal McLuhan, 1964, mass market Paperback, 318 pages, publisher: Signet Books, ASIN: B001PB7N0S / Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television, Jerry Mander, 1977.


Books on survival, the environment and science, from left to right: Survival Under Atomic Attack, US, 1st edition (1950) out of print / Outdoor Survival Skills, Larry Dean Olsen, 1966, 200 pages, publisher: Brigham Young University Press; 1nd edition (1966), ASIN: B004YXL71K / Reinventing Fire, Amory B. Lovins, 2011, hardcover, 352 pages, publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing; 1st. edition (2011) ISBN-10: 1603583718 ISBN-13: 978-1603583718. Lovins is a government consultant on energy, co-founder and chief scientist of Rocky Mountain Institute, an independent think-tank on the use of natural resources. He predicts that if businesses start now to adopt available alternative energy technologies at normal rates of return, the US can stop using oil and coal by 2050.

Established Online Resources


The US Library of Congress, to search for authors and titles, not for reading online. It is the biggest online catalogue for searching books. Search in catalogues both at the venue or online. See results for Global Warming.

The New Your Public Library, one of our favourite resources, both for searching and reading online, includes digital collections of visual materials (drawings, engravings). There are many scanned books online. The majority of books in the NYPL are not digitalized, or are available in original language only.


The British Library, the largest resource in the world. You can search the catalogue of digitalized books.

The UK National Archives. You can search catalogues and books from over 2,500 archives across the UK. Maps available.

The Biblioteque Nationale de France. Explore its large Archives and Resources.


Bibliothèque Centrale de l'Université Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar, Senegal. You can search the catalogue (French) Thesis, academic works, and rare documents.

Online Texts

The largest online database is the Internet Archive. Search for digitalized books here.

Project Gutenberg offers a large number of digitalized old books, search the catalogue.


Habitat Research Centre (Switzerland), within the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, (EPFL) dedicated to research on the Habitat issues.

World Organizations

UN, UNESCO: you can search for titles, papers, dissertations and documents related to Habitat here.


Scattered archives in more than ten thousand institutions contain a large number magazines and articles relevant to understand the problem of Habitat and the environment. Most of these magazines are prior to the digital era, therefore a few are available online; some can still be found in print in libraries and second-hand bookshops. For direct link to online resources and magazines see the second appendix.

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