Introducing the Creative Exchange


The Man in the Glass House: Philip Johnson, Architect of the Modern Century by Mark Lamster

“Award-winning architectural critic and biographer Mark Lamster’s The Man in the Glass House lifts the veil on Johnson’s controversial and endlessly contradictory life to tell the story of a charming yet deeply flawed man. A rollercoaster tale of the perils of wealth, privilege, and ambition, this book probes the dynamics of American culture that made him so powerful, and tells the story of the built environment in modern America.”

Read the review in the Spring 2019 edition of Columns here.



Genius of Place: The Life of Frederick Law Olmsted by Justin Martin

“The full and definitive biography of Frederick Law Olmsted, influential abolitionist, ardent social reformer and conservationist, and the visionary designer of Central Park.”


The Poetics of Space by Gaston Bachelard

The book that inspired the Dallas Museum of Arts newest exhibition, For a Dreamer of Houses

Since its first publication in English in 1964, French philosopher Gaston Bachelard’s Poetics of Space remains one of the most appealing and lyrical explorations of home. Bachelard takes us on a journey, from cellar to attic, to show how our perceptions of houses and other shelters shape our thoughts, memories, and dreams.


Learning from Las Vegas: The Forgotten Symbolism of Architectural Form by Robert Venturi, Steven Izenour, Denise Scott Brown

“Learning from Las Vegas created a healthy controversy on its appearance in 1972, calling for architects to be more receptive to the tastes and values of “common” people and less immodest in their erections of “heroic,” self-aggrandizing monuments.”


In Praise of Shadows by Junichiro Tanizaki

“An essay on aesthetics by the Japanese novelist, this book explores architecture, jade, food, and even toilets, combining an acute sense of the use of space in buildings. The book also includes descriptions of laquerware under candlelight and women in the darkness of the house of pleasure.”


The Open-Ended City: David Dillon on Texas Architecture by Kathryn Holliday

“In 1980, David Dillon launched his career as an architectural critic with a provocative article that asked “Why Is Dallas Architecture So Bad?” Over the next quarter century, he offered readers of the Dallas Morning News a vision of how good architecture and planning could improve quality of life, combating the negative effects of urban sprawl, civic fragmentation, and rapacious real estate development typical in Texas cities. The Open-Ended City gathers more than sixty key articles that helped establish Dillon’s national reputation as a witty and acerbic critic, showing readers why architecture matters and how it can enrich their lives.”




99% Invisible

“99% Invisible focuses on the unnoticed architecture and design that forms the world around us. Host Roman Mars explores ordinary design happenings, from the rise of IKEA hacking, hostile urban architecture and the relationship between skateboarding and swimming pools.”


There Goes the Neighborhood

“There goes the Neighborhood explores the shift from being the city of stars to the city of not affordable. House prices are soaring, so landlords squeeze out the Angelenos out of their homes. This social podcast is about gentrification in LA. and Brooklyn.”


On Being

“On Being is a public radio conversation and podcast, a Webby Award-winning website, publisher and public event convener. Hosted by Krista Tippett, it examines what it calls the, ‘animating questions at the center of human life: What does it mean to be human, and how do we want to live?'”


Time Sensitive

“Released weekly, Time Sensitive has hour-long interviews with creative people that are considered to be leaders in their field. Architect Bjarke Ingels discusses his path to success, his practice BIG’s latest ventures and the time he spent working at OMA.”


This American Life

“This American Life is a weekly public radio program and podcast. Each week we choose a theme and put together different kinds of stories on that theme.”


How I Built This with Guy Raz

“Guy Raz dives into the stories behind some of the world’s best known companies. How I Built This weaves a narrative journey about innovators, entrepreneurs and idealists—and the movements they built.”



My Architect: A Son's Journey by Nathaniel Kahn

“World-famous architect Louis Kahn (Exeter Library, Salk Institute, Bangladeshi Capitol Building) had two illegitimate children with two different women outside of his marriage. Son Nathaniel always hoped that someday his father would come and live with him and his mother, but Kahn never left his wife. Instead, Kahn was found dead in a men’s room in Penn Station when Nathaniel was only 11.”


LEGO House - Home of the Brick by Anders Falck

“In Billund, Denmark, a nearly 130,000–square-foot house inspired by the iconic LEGO bricks is constructed, capturing the awe of kids of all ages.”


Urbanized by Gary Hustwit

“A documentary about the design of cities, which looks at the issues and strategies behind urban design and features some of the world’s foremost architects, planners, policymakers, builders, and thinkers.”


Metropolis by Fritz Lang

“In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city’s mastermind falls in love with a working class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their differences.”


Big Time by Kaspar Astrup Schröder

“Big Time gets up close with Danish architectural prodigy Bjarke Ingels over a period of six years while he is struggling to complete his largest projects yet, the Manhattan skyscraper W57 and Two World Trade Center.”


Citizen Architect by Sam Wainwright Douglas

“Documentary about an architecture school based in rural Alabama that focuses on building projects for the local community.”


Additional Inspirations


A six-time award winning quarterly publication, Columns is the premier architecture magazine in North Texas. The sleek and influential publication provides contemporary, critical thought leadership on topics of significance to the architectural community and to professionals in related professions in North Texas region and beyond.

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At-Home Activities

AD EX works to foster curiosity in future generations as they interact with architecture and design in the world around them. We’ve created and compiled some at-home K-12 activities to inspire, encourage, and educate students about architecture while highlighting the importance of creative problem solving.


Pegasus City Brewery: Brewside Chats

Pegasus City Brewery, is releasing Brewside Chats, a new video series to enjoy from the comfort of your own home. Stay tuned for more information!


Google Arts & Culture: Over 500 Virtual Tours of Museums Around the World

Explore almost every corner of the world. Specially created Street View’s of iconic monuments (both natural and man-made) a closer look at innumerable paintings that you wouldn’t be privy to in a museum, street art in the city of Paris mapped out, and so much more.


Life of an Architect

What it is like to be an architect? Bob Borson, FAIA, writes with wit and candor about the profession and his experiences.


The Daily

A resting place for nonfiction stories on arts and culture from famous authors around the world. The Daily is frequently smart, succinct, and engaging.