Vacation season is well underway, but if you still haven’t found the summer book, fear not because we’ve got you covered. Following is a list of books every architect and artist will enjoy both as a fun read, and as a source of inspiration.

The Future of Architecture in 100 Buildings

The founder of, architect and writer Marc Kushner, wrote about what awaits the world of architecture in the future using 100 existing buildings. Considering the changes our world is going through, from overpopulation and lack of plant life in cities, to serious climate changes, people are expecting architecture to be more than shelters. In this book you’ll read about a smog eating building, an inflatable concert hall, a paper pavilion, and 97 other buildings of the future.

Ettore Sottsass: The Glass

The late architect and designer Ettore Sottsass spent his life working with glass and creating objects which he described as an unfathomable mix between an everyday object and a glass sculpture. In the book, you’ll have a chance to learn all about his body of work spanning several decades, which definitely won’t leave you feeling indifferent.

Geostories: Another Architecture for the Environment

The changes our planet is going through pose a challenge to almost every industry today, and the world of architecture isn’t spared either. The book is divided into 3 sections – terrarium, aquarium, and planetarium – and each section imagines a future where climate change, pollution, water shortages, and other problems looming over our heads, challenge the architects of tomorrow to find appropriate solutions.

Exhibit A: Exhibitions That Transformed Architecture, 1948 – 2000

This incredible book provides a look into the world of architecture exhibitions all over the world spanning over 50 years. With 300 images of legendary architecture exhibitions, the book illustrates how architecture kept pushing the boundaries of exhibition, changing its nature over and over again.

Charas: The Improbable Dome Builders

Originally published in 1973, Charas: The Improbable Dome Builders tells a story of an unlikely alliance between the revolutionary architect R. Buckminster Fuller and six ex-gang members who called themselves “CHARAS”. This strange collaboration led to the construction of the legendary geodesic dome in NYC. In the first part, the book chronicles the events leading up to the construction of the dome (planning, funding, training, etc), while the other half focuses on interviews with the six “CHARAS” members about their past lives as gang members and finding a new sense of self and purpose through this project.