Name of Collection: Architecture

School Name: Staten Island Technical High School

Address: 485 Clawson St.

Phone: 718-667-3222 ext.3441 or ext.3442

Fax: 718-987-5482

Librarian: Mrs. Jody Cavaliere

Librarian's e-mail:

Introduction: This is a high school/academic collection of materials on the subject of architecture and building. The collection includes materials addressing architectural history, architecture around the world, famous architects, various careers, and current trends and tools. Many of the books contain technical drawings, blueprints and floor plans.

Questions for Inquiry:
  • What are current trends in architecture?
  • What architectural careers are available today?
  • Who were influential architects throughout time?
  • What are different types of architectural design?
  • What are different global trends in architecture?
  • How does architectural design differ among the states in the United States?
  • How has architecture changed through the ages?
  • Over the centuries, what types of architecture became prominent?
  • What caused different trends in architecture?

Keywords: architecture, architects, building(s), engineering

Subject Headings: Architecture (with subheadings of United States, Modern, History, Domestic); New York (N.Y.)--Buildings, structures, etc.; Buildings; Engineering

Dewey Decimal Classification(s): 720s, 709, 740s, 620s, 640s, 690s, Biographies

Key Books

Reference: Fletcher's A History of Architecture; Macmillan Encyclopedia of Architecture; Wilkes Encyclopedia of Architecture--Design, Engineering & Construction; Encyclopedia of 20th Century Architecture

Non-fiction: AIA Guide to New York City; Marshall's Building New York; Kostof's A History of Architecture; Glancey's The Story of Architecture; Guide to New York City Landmarks; Frampton's American Mastersorks; Kaufmann's Fallingwater

Fiction: Follett's The Pillars of the Earth

Books By Subject

3D / Interactive
Bicknell, Julian and Steve Chapman. Great Buildings Model Kit. New York: Clarkson Potter Publishers, 1995.
Call Number ARC 720.22 B ("Includes a 24-page model kit book with perfectly scaled models of four of the world's most beautiful buildings and a separate 24-page history book that tells their stories.")

Eisen, David. Fun With Architecture. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Viking, 1992.
Call Number ARC 720 E (Includes Stamp Kit, Architecture Guide Book, and Ink Pad)

Salerno, Marie, ed. The New York Pop-Up Book. New York: Universe Publishing, 1999.
Call Number ARC 974.71 N

Thompson, Iain. Frank Lloyd Wright in Pop-Up. San Diego: Thunder Bay Press, 2001.
Call Number ARC 720.92 T

Van Der Meer, Ron and Deyan Dudjic. The Architecture Pack: A Unique, Three-Dimensional Tour of Architecture Over the Centuries: What Architects Do, How They Do It, and The Great Buildings They Have Given Us Around the World. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, Publisher, 1997. Print.
Call Number ARC 720 V (Includes Audio Cassette, 3D Glasses, Glossary, and a Model House Assembly Kit)


• Print

* Architectural Record

Architectural Digest


• Online:

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)

The American Institute of Architects
The Architecture Week Great Buildings Collection

Databases: *Avery's Index of Architecture Periodicals; for a listing of some of the subscription databases

Web Sites: (The Canadian Centre for Architecture); (Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum) has great Resources on the Web section, including Teacher Resources; (Columbia University Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library); (Arcspace-architecture online); (Pratt Institute Libraries); (The Cooper Union Library); (Skyscraper Museum--located in lower Manhattan).

Videos/DVDs: VC's on famous architects &/or buildings. Examples--Louis I. Kahn, Le Corbusier, Frank Lloyd Wright, Charles Rennie MacKintosh


Software: CD-ROMs -- 3D Home Architect; Frank Lloyd Wright; Leonardo, the Inventor; Macaulay's The Way Things Work


Community Resources: Skyscraper Museum

Curriculum Standards Related to This Topic: Standards 1 & 2

*An asterisk next to material indicates that it is recommended in this subject area but not available in this CCD collection.