Books by Witold Rybczynski

Witold Rybczynski (born in 1943, in Edinburgh, Scotland), is a Canadian architect, professor and writer. Rybczynski was born in Edinburgh of Polish parentage and raised in Surrey, England before moving at a young age to Canada. He received Bachelor of Ar


NOW I SIT ME DOWN by Witold Rybczynski
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"Rybczynski is totally engaging in this smoothly flowing, sharp, witty narrative—another winner from a top-notch writer on design."
The acclaimed popularizer and purveyor of all things architectural scrutinizes a "tool for sitting." Read full book review >
MYSTERIES OF THE MALL by Witold Rybczynski
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"A superb book for those interested in architectural history, written in an easygoing style by a man with encyclopedic knowledge and an obvious great love for building."
In this illuminating collection of essays, Rybczynski (Emeritus, Architecture/Univ. of Pennsylvania; How Architecture Works, 2013, etc.) documents the wide-ranging effects of the men who built America in the 20th century.Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 17, 2007

"An enlightening account of American entrepreneurship, with plenty of architectural and social background."
Urban historian and architect Rybczynski (The Perfect House, 2002, etc.) follows the development of empty farmland in Chester County, Penn., into a compact, walkable exurban community of private houses and public spaces. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"'His influence on the language of building is comparable to the lasting impact that William Shakespeare has had on the English language.' No small tribute—nor overstatement. (Line drawings throughout)"
Impressionistic, personal walking tour of a handful of Andrea Palladio's villas, during which Rybczynski reins in his obvious excitement and delight in the work, creating an irresistible tension. Read full book review >
THE LOOK OF ARCHITECTURE by Witold Rybczynski
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2001

"A good demonstration that clothes make the mansion, as well as the man."
Playing to one of his strengths, Rybczynski (One Good Turn, 2000, etc.) takes a seemingly whimsical topic—the role of fashion in architecture—and lightly teases from it some discomfiting truths. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Charming, witty, and, despite its seemingly desultory structure, quite cunningly thought-out."
As much as Frederick Law Olmstead, the hero of Rybczynski's acclaimed previous effort (A Clearing in the Distance, 1999), changed the face of America, the subject of his new study has changed the world. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 8, 1999

"Rybczynski is a fine writer and thinker, and this is a magisterial biography of a man who deserves the widest possible recognition. (Author tour)"
An extraordinary biography of an impossibly accomplished 19th-century American. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Fine bedside reading for students of cities and futurists everywhere. (illustrations) (Book-of-the-Month Club/Quality Paperback Book Club alternate selections; author tour)"
The learned Rybczynski strikes again, this time with an engrossing social history of town planning in America. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"Rybczynski—estimable critic and valuable observer—in a form best browsed through."
The subtitle here is a disappointment, because in fact these gathered examples of Rybczynski's recent architecture journalism aren't historically organized: They show his usual steady hand and watchful intelligence, and yet, lacking the narrative thread of The Most Beautiful House in the World (1989) or Waiting for the Weekend (1991), they can suffer from a recurrent sameness, beginning to feel less like a pleasant ramble than like a journey that won't quite end. Read full book review >
WAITING FOR THE WEEKEND by Witold Rybczynski
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

A kind of observing philosopher of the domestic, Rybczynski (an architect by profession: The Most Beautiful House in the World, 1989, etc.) here takes a look at time, work, leisure, and recreation—and at that entirely man-made phenomenon, the weekend. Read full book review >
THE MOST BEAUTIFUL HOUSE IN THE WORLD by Witold Rybczynski
Released: May 23, 1989

Stylish, evocative reflections on architects and architecture, charmingly interspersed with a recounting of the problems and pleasures the author encountered when designing and building his own Canadian home. Read full book review >