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Below are selected examples of general architectural and urban histories and surveys which provide good overviews, bibliographies and starting points for more detailed research.
Architecture source book, by Vernon Gibberd. Secaucus, NJ: Wellfleet, 1988.
Architecture, the worlds greatest buildings explored and explained, Neil Stevenson. New York: DK Pub., 1997. Annotated guides. Concise text and colorful illustrations.
Atlas of world art, ed. by John Onians. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2004.
Buildings that changed the world, Klaus Richold and Bernhard Graf. New York: Prestel, 1999.
Cities of tomorrow, an intellectual history of urban planning and design in the twentieth century, Peter Hall. 3rd. ed. Oxford, UK; Malden, Mass: Blackwell Publishers, 2002.
dtv-Atlas Baukunst, by Werner Muller; Tafeln, Entwurf, Gunther Vogel; Ausfuhrung, Inge und Istvan Szasz. Originalausg., 11 Aufl. Munchen: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag; 1997. 2 vols.
History of architecture: settings and rituals, Spiro Kostof. 2nd ed New York: Oxford University Press, 1995.
United States and the western world
America preserved, a checklist of historic buildings, structures, and sites, recorded by The Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record ; introduction by Marilyn Ibach and Georgette R. Wilson. 60th anniversity ed. Washington, D.C. : Library of Congress, Cataloging Distribution Service, 1995.
American architecture since 1780, a guide to the styles, Marcus Whiffen. Rev. ed. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1992.
American building, the environmental forces that shape it, James Marston Fitch with William Bobenhausen. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999.
American buildings and their architects, William H. Pierson, Jr. Garden City, N.Y., Doubleday, 1970-
Architecture, from prehistory to post-modernism: the western tradition, by Marvin Trachtenberg, Isabelle Hyman. New York: H.N. Abrams, 1986.
Architecture in the United States, Dell Upton. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 1998. Oxford history of art.
Architecture, the critics' choice: 150 masterpieces of western architecture, edited by Dan Cruickshank. New York: Watson-Guptill Publications, 2000.
A chronology of western architecture, by Doreen Yarwood. New York: Facts on File Publications, 1987.
A field guide to contemporary American architecture, Carol Rifkind. New York:New American Library, 1980.
A history of building types, Nikolaus Pevsner. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1976.
A history of western architecture, by David Watkin. 4th ed.New York: Watson-Guptill Publications, 2005.
Meaning in western architecture, by Christian Norberg-Schulz. Rev. ed. New York : Rizzoli, 1980.
Styles and types of North American architecture : social function and cultural expression, Alan Gowans. New York, N.Y.: Icon Editions, 1992.