The best book and exhibition reviews of 2016

Shaping the Discourse

The best book and exhibition reviews of 2016

While not architecture, exhibitions and books are essential to informing, challenging, critiquing, and encouraging designers of all stripes. Here we’ve gathered some of our best reviews of 2016. (See the rest of our Year in Review 2016 articles here.)

Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933–1957
Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
By Christine Cipriani

AN Lions: 20 must-see things at the 2016 Venice Biennale
Venice Architecture Biennale
By William Menking, Matt Shaw, Matthew Messner

Detroit in Venice: The U.S. Pavilion at the Venice Biennale
Venice Architecture Biennale
By Matthew Messner

Transitional Object (Psychobarn)
Metropolitan Museum of Art
By Jimmy Stamp

Playboy Architecture, 1953–1979
Elmhurst Art Museum
By Andrew Santa Lucia

No more weird architecture in Philadelphia: a retroactive manifesto for the AIA National Convention
AIA National Convention
By Fred Scharmen

Ost Und oder West [East and West]
P! Gallery
By Jesse Seegers

Free Roses
Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (Mass MoCA)
By Ryan John King

Palladio Virtuel
Yale University Press
By Nancy Goldring

A Genealogy of Modern Architecture: Comparative Critical Analysis of Built Form
Lars Müller Publishers
By Carlos Brillembourg

Superstudio 50
By Peter Lang

Early Women of Architecture in Maryland
AIA Maryland Gallery
By Fred Scharmen

The Architecture and Cities of Northern Mexico from Independence to the Present
Acanthus Press
By Ben Koush

What do New Yorkers get when privately-funded public art goes big?
By Audrey Wachs

Dream of Venice Architecture
Bella Figura Publications
By Robert Landon

Cartographic Grounds: Projecting the Landscape Imaginary
Princeton Architectural Press
By Ariel Rosenstock

Insecurities: Tracing Displacement and Shelter
By Zach Edelson

Vertical Urban Factory
Actar Publishing
By Owen Hatherley

Mind Your Mannerisms
Jai & Jai Gallery
By Antonio Pacheco

Slow Manifesto: Lebbeus Woods Blog
Princeton Architectural Press
By Charles Holland