Faculty Publications

City Baseball Magic: Plain Talk and Uncommon Sense About Cities and Baseball Parks

City Baseball Magic: Plain Talk and Uncommon Sense About Cities and Baseball Parks

Informed by both urban history and a deep knowledge of America’s pastime, City Baseball Magic documents Professor Philip Bess’s ground-breaking Armour Field project, a 1987 counter-proposal to Chicago’s New Comiskey Park that argues for neighborhood baseball parks as civic buildings and cities as places for human flourishing.

Inland Architecture: Subterranean Essays on Moral Order and Formal Order in Chicago

Inland Architecture: Subterranean Essays on Moral Order and Formal Order in Chicago

Inland Architecture is a collection of fourteen essays about architecture and urbanism by Professor Philip Bess, all written from Chicago and most touching upon the moral implications of architectural and urban form. Though gathered from a variety of publications, many appeared first in Inland Architect magazine, where for ten years Bess was a Contributing Editor and co-authored “The Chicago Architecture Police” column with fellow officer Howard Decker.

Till We Have Built Jerusalem: Architecture, Urbanism, and the Sacred

Till We Have Built Jerusalem: Architecture, Urbanism, and the Sacred

Till We Have Built Jerusalem lays out the architectural and philosophical assumptions that governed the University of Notre Dame graduate architecture curriculum during the ten-year period from 2004 through 2013 when Professor Philip Bess was the Director of Graduate Studies.

The Divine Spark of Syracuse

The Divine Spark of Syracuse

Focusing on the figures of Plato, Archimedes, and Caravaggio, The Divine Spark of Syracuse discloses the role that Syracuse, a Greek cultural outpost in Sicily, played in fueling creative energies. Among the topics this book explores are Plato and the allegory of the cave, and the divine spark mentioned in his Seventh Letter.

Localism in the Mass Age

Localism in the Mass Age

Localism in the Mass Age includes a chapter by Professor Philip Bess on “Chicago 2109: The Metropolitan Region as Agrarian-Urban Unit.

The Architectural Capriccio

The Architectural Capriccio

Bringing together leading writers and practicing architects including Jean Dethier, David Mayernik, Massimo Scolari, Robert Adam, David Watkin and Leon Krier, this volume provides a kaleidoscopic, multilayered exploration of the Architectural Capriccio.

The Challenge of Emulation in Art and Architecture: Between Imitation and Invention

The Challenge of Emulation in Art and Architecture: Between Imitation and Invention

Prof. David Mayernik's new book Emulation is a challenging middle ground between imitation and invention. The idea of rivaling by means of imitation, as old as the Aenead and as modern as Michelangelo, fit neither the pessimistic deference of the neoclassicists nor the revolutionary spirit of the Romantics.

From Pompeii: The Afterlife of a Roman Town

From Pompeii: The Afterlife of a Roman Town

When Vesuvius erupted in 79 CE, the force of the explosion blew the top right off the mountain, burying nearby Pompeii in a shower of volcanic ash. Ironically, the calamity that proved so lethal for Pompeii's inhabitants preserved the city for centuries, leaving behind a snapshot of Roman daily life that has captured the imagination of generations.

Durability in Construction: Traditions and Sustainability in 21st Century Architecture

Durability in Construction: Traditions and Sustainability in 21st Century Architecture

With the topic of sustainability now at the top of professional, academic, and political agendas, a building's ability to endure longer than the immediate requirements of its user for the benefit of future generations is being recognized again as critical.

Why Place Matters

Why Place Matters

Why Place Matters includes a chapter by Professor Philip Bess on “Metaphysical Realism, Modernity, and Traditional Cultures of Building.”

Visions of Seaside [Seaside and The Sacred]

Visions of Seaside [Seaside and The Sacred]

Visions of Seaside, Dhiru Thadani, editor, includes a chapter by Professor Philip Bess on “Seaside and the Sacred;” and “Ceremonial Landmark” projects, one by Professor Richard Economakis and one by Professor Samir Younes.

The Handbook of Design for Sustainability

The Handbook of Design for Sustainability

Prof. Doordan’s chapter focuses on a broad spectrum of disciplines used to develop a theory capable of supporting sustainable design.

On the Heroic Frenzies

On the Heroic Frenzies

Italian astronomer and Dominican friar Giordano Bruno (1548–1600), found guilty of heresy by the Roman Inquisition and burned at the stake, has long been an enigma of early modern European philosophy.

Perspectives on Public Space in Rome, from Antiquity to the Present Day

Perspectives on Public Space in Rome, from Antiquity to the Present Day

This volume provides readers interested in urban history with a collection of essays on the evolution of public space in that paradigmatic western city which is Rome. Scholars specialized in different historical periods contributed chapters, in order to find common themes.

Environmentally Opportunistic Computing: A Distributed Waste Heat Reutilization Approach to Energy-efficient Buildings and Data Centers

Environmentally Opportunistic Computing: A Distributed Waste Heat Reutilization Approach to Energy-efficient Buildings and Data Centers

With building energy consumption rising in industrial nations, new approaches for energy efficiency are required. A new strategy to overcome these challenges is called environmentally opportunistic computing (EOC).

The Church Building as a Sacred Place: Beauty, Transcendence, and the Eternal

The Church Building as a Sacred Place: Beauty, Transcendence, and the Eternal

A collection of essays by Duncan Stroik covering principles of sacred architecture and their integration into the wider renewal of architecture and liturgy.

Rediscovering the Hindu Temple:  The Sacred Architecture and Urbanism of India

Rediscovering the Hindu Temple: The Sacred Architecture and Urbanism of India

This volume examines the multifarious dimensions that constitute the workings of the Hindu temple as an architectural and urban built form.

Architects and Mimetic Rivalry

Architects and Mimetic Rivalry

Four architectural theorists argue that architectural identities are shaped by imitating preferred architectural forms and by imitating the identities of their makers.

The Imperfect City:  On Architectural Judgment

The Imperfect City: On Architectural Judgment

If architectural judgment were a city, a city of ideas and forms, then it is a very imperfect city.In this book, Prof. Samir Younés examines architectural judgment in its historical, cultural, political, and psychological dimensions and their convergence on that most expressive part of architecture, namely: architectural character.

Villa Taverna

Villa Taverna

The official history of the U.S. Ambassador's residence in Rome.

New Palladians

New Palladians

Architects, artists, and historians from around the world gathered in 2008 to celebrate the 500th birthday of Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio.

Green Living: Architecture and Planning

Green Living: Architecture and Planning

12 experts in green architecture and urbanism—including School of Architecture professor David Mayernik and professor emeritus Norman Crowe—argue that tradition and the vernacular have much to teach us about sustainability.

The Vatican and Saint Peter's Basilica of Rome

The Vatican and Saint Peter's Basilica of Rome

French architect Paul Letarouilly (1795-1855), author of the masterpiece Edifices de Rome Moderne, was unequaled in his observational ability and impeccable drawing skills.

The Future of the Past

The Future of the Past

The debate between traditionalists and modernists has focused on the style that should be used for new buildings; it has paid less attention to how new buildings or additions should be designed in historic settings.

Giordano Bruno: Philosopher/Heretic

Giordano Bruno: Philosopher/Heretic

Giordano Bruno (1548–1600) is one of the great figures of early modern Europe, and one of the least understood. Ingrid D. Rowland’s biography establishes him once and for all as a peer of Erasmus, Shakespeare, and Galileo—a thinker whose vision of the world prefigures ours. 

The Venice Charter Revisited: Modernism and Conservation in the 21st Century

The Venice Charter Revisited: Modernism and Conservation in the 21st Century

The Venice Charter of 1964 was a major step towards better conservation of traditional buildings and places. It has since become the founding document of ICOMOS, the organization for professionals in conservation.

The Architecture of Roman Temples: The Republic to the Middle Empire

The Architecture of Roman Temples: The Republic to the Middle Empire

Associate Dean John Stamper examines the development of Roman temple architecture from its earliest history in the sixth century BC to the reigns of Hadrian and the Antonines in the second century A.D.

Timeless Cities: An Architect's Reflections on Renaissance Italy

Timeless Cities: An Architect's Reflections on Renaissance Italy

Prof. David Mayernik traces the continuity of the Idea of the City in five Italian cities from late antiquity through the 18th century, looking most deeply at the extended Renaissance, examining both the urban artifacts themselves and what the people who built them said and thought about them.

The Architecture of Classical Interior

The Architecture of Classical Interior

A unique study of the formal and compositional—as well as pragmatic and constructional—issues arising in the design and appreciation of interior architecture in the classical tradition.

Vitruvius on Architecture

Vitruvius on Architecture

Approximately 2,025 years ago, an aged Roman architect named Vitruvius wrote down on 10 scrolls everything he knew about architecture.

Nisyros: History and Architecture of an Aegean Island

Nisyros: History and Architecture of an Aegean Island

Prof. Richard Economakis highlights the Greek island's history, countryside and the architecture of its ancient settlements.

Twentieth-Century Architecture

Twentieth-Century Architecture

Prof. Dennis Doordan presents a detailed account of the many architectural orientations of the last 100 years.

Thomas Gordon Smith: The Rebirth of Classical Architecture

Thomas Gordon Smith: The Rebirth of Classical Architecture

Highlighting the career and achievements of Thomas Gordon Smith, a professor of architecture at the University of Notre Dame.

Reconquering Sacred Space

Reconquering Sacred Space

Edited by Prof. Duncan Stroik, is the first book in over four decades to showcase the new Renaissance of Catholic architecture.

The True, the Fictive and the Real, The Historical Dictionary of Architecture of Quatremère de Quincy

The True, the Fictive and the Real, The Historical Dictionary of Architecture of Quatremère de Quincy

The book's introductory essays examine the thought of French theorist A.C. Quatremère de Quincy and its applicability to contemporary traditional architecture.

The Empire of Non-Sense: Art in the Technological Society

The Empire of Non-Sense: Art in the Technological Society

Many modern artists and architects continue to imagine and build the world technologically. Their beliefs remain firmly rooted in their assumption that the liberating forces of technology freed them from previous artistic traditions while making available vast means of production and a plethora of materials.