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Birmingham, MI 48009


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100 Essential Architecture Books

Made possible with a generous donation from the Rae Dumke Development Fund of the Michigan Architectural Foundation (MAF), this collection features fiction and non-fiction books about architecture. The Rae Dumke Collection of 100 Essential Architecture Books was developed by an MAF committee. The members of this committee were:

  • Alan Cobb, Albert Kahn Associates
  • Rae Dumke, Honorary AIA
  • Doug Koschik, Baldwin Library
  • Jeffrey Ryntz, Saroki Architecture
  • Michelle Saroki, Saroki Architecture
  • Stephen Smith, TMP Architecture

Titles were suggested by architects and other people around the country. Through an endowment fund set up with the Baldwin Public Library Trust, this collection was purchased for and will be housed at Baldwin, with the understanding that the books will be available not only to Baldwin cardholders, but also nationwide through interlibrary loan. The collection will be updated on a regular basis. Download a brochure about the collection. Rae Dumke and Doug Koschik, Library Director, unveiled the 100 Essential Architecture Books collection at an Open House on June 11, 2014.

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ABC of architecture

Architects on architecture

The Architecture of Happiness

Between silence and light

Complexity and contradiction in architecture

Creation is a patient search

Experiencing architecture

Goodbye history, hello hamburger


Kicked a building lately

Learning from Las Vegas

The legacy of Albert Kahn

Mies van der Rohe at work


The natural house

The old way of seeing

The poetics of space

The search for form in art and architecture

Small, medium, large, extra-large

The seven lamps of architecture

The tall building artistically reconsidered

Thinking architecture

Towards a new architecture

The unreal America

Wrestling with Moses

Yes is more

Architecture in the 20th century

Theory and design in the first machine age


The world’s greatest buildings

American architecture and urbanism

AIA Detroit

AIA guide to New York City

The buildings of Detroit

Delirious New York

100 years of landscape architecture

Bold romantic gardens

Design on the land

Design with nature

10 X 10

10 x 10_2

10 x 10 / 3


Frontier metropolis

Greek revival America

Home by design

Hugh Newell Jacobsen

The Phaidon atlas of 21st century world architecture

The Phaidon atlas of contemporary world architecture

Hide and seek

The house with sixteen handmade doors


The future of architecture in 100 buildings




Midcentury houses today

The buildings that revolutionized architecture

Gothic for the steam age

Latin America in construction

Le Corbusier

The Duchamp dictionary

Becoming an architect

A history of the future

Loving Frank

The agony and the ecstasy

The fountainhead

Kindergarten Chats

Sir Banister Fletcher’s a history of architecture

Space Time and Architecture

The American city

The architecture of the city


Collage city

Combinatory urbanism

The death and life of great American cities

Design of cities

The image of the city

Makeshift metropolis

A pattern language

From art to landscape

Gardens are for people

Landscape Architecture

Design Thinking

Lost Detroit

Lost New York

Modern architecture

Introduction to architecture

Sustainable Preservation

Sustainable Urbanism

Wood Architecture Now

101 Things I Learned in Architecture School

Architecture Form Space and Order

How Buildings Work

Precedents in Architecture

What Style Is It?

Why Buildings Stand up

The great bridge

From Bauhaus to our house

The future of the past


Historic preservation

Historic preservation and the livable city

How buildings learn

A richer heritage

Creating the not so big house

Buildings across time

Buildings of Michigan

Cities & people

The city in history

A field guide to American houses

Forgotten landmarks of Detroit

The four books on architecture

A global history of architecture

Future of Architecture

Cradle to cradle

Frank Lloyd Wright

The devil in the white city

The not so big house

A clearing in the distance

Architecture, anyone?

At home

Brunelleschi’s dome

Gardner’s art through the ages

Helvetica and the New York City subway system

Mont Saint Michel the education

New York, then & now

Pastoral capitalism

Trees for American gardens

The works : anatomy of a city

The California missions





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Build Imagination Collection

The Build Imagination collection is a set of 100 books about architecture, art, color, Legos, graphic design, shapes, and famous landmarks.

Made possible with a generous donation from the Rae Dumke Development Fund of the Michigan Architectural Foundation (MAF), this collection features fiction and non-fiction books on topics that help foster children’s imaginations and raise awareness about architecture.

Dumke is the former Executive Director of MAF, AIA Michigan (American Institute of Architects Michigan), and AIA Detroit. She currently serves on the MAF Board of Trustees. Upon her retirement, the Michigan Architectural Foundation established a dedicated Endowment Fund to honor her legacy of 43 years of service to AIA and MAF. Contributions to The Rae Dumke Endowment came from AIA members, the construction industry, friends, and family. A major funding event is the annual Dumke Open, a golf outing to raise funds for the Endowment.

Stephanie Klimmek, Head of Youth Services, Rae Dumke, and Doug Koschik, Library Director, unveiled the Baldwin Library’s Build Imagination collection at an Open House on Saturday, September 26, 2015.


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Piero Ventura’s Book of Cities

A City Through Time

How Did They Build That Lighthouse

Unusual and Awesome Jobs In Math

How Did They Build That Zoo

Bridges and Tunnels

The Ultimate Construction Site Book

Super Cool Construction Activities with Max Axiom

The Chunnel

The Art of Construction

How Did They Build That Bridge


The Brooklyn Bridge

Beneath the Streets of Boston

Building a Road

A Year at a Farm

Build Your Own City

The LEGO Neighborhood Book

How Did They Build That? Skyscraper

A Year at a Construction Site

Big Buildings

How Did They Build That House

Look at That Building

How Did They Build That Stadium

Art Lab for Kids

The Future Architect’s Handbook

Who Built That Skyscrapers


Architecture for Kids

The Future of Architecture

From Mud Huts to Skyscrapers

LEGO Architecture

Earth-Friendly Buildings, Bridges, and More


3 Architects Children Should Know

Building America

How Did They Build That Water Park

13 Sculptures Children Should Know

Graphic Design for Kids

13 Paintings Children Should Know


A Year on a Pirate Ship

All the Buildings in New York

13 Women Artists Children Should Know

13 Artists Children Should Know

The Great Pyramid

A Street Through Time


A Year in a Castle

Taj Mahal

Statue of Liberty

Empire State Building

Journey Around Chicago from A to Z

Diego Rivera: his world and ours

Frank Lloyd Wright for Kids: his life and ideas

Pantone Color Books

You Wouldn’t Want to Be a Skyscraper Builder

Handmade Crafts


Amazing Buildings



Down Here

Make Space

Moving Blocks

Notre Dame

Pyramids of Egypt

Skyscrapers and Towers

Stadiums and coliseums


Whose story is this, anyway?


Shapes by the sea

Shapes in the city

Shapes on the farm

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