From the rediscovery of Brutalism to Carlo Mollino's alpine projects passing through the history of computers, here are six book titles not to be missed

In the month of recovery and return to the city after the summer break, here are six books to immerse yourself again in the history of design and architecture.

Starting with the ongoing rediscovery of the Brutalist style (we also talked about it here) and by the alpine projects of a visionary such as Carlo Mollino, of which this year marks the 50th anniversary of his death.

And with some interesting forays into the East, among Islamic architecture buildings and the projects of an outsider like Tadao Ando, and into the contemporary aesthetic language, with the 3D printed products of the French Audry Large.

1. Brutalist Italy: Concrete architecture from the Alps to the Mediterranean Sea. Curated by Damond Murray and Stephne Sorrel (Fuel Pub, 35 euro)

It is a moment of rediscovery of brutalism and this new book, due out on September 7, tackles it with a very particular slant. What makes Italian brutalist buildings different from those in other countries?
To answer, the book by London-based designers and publishers Murray and Sorrel analyzes more than one hundred Italian architectures including houses, such as the social housing complex Le Vele in Scampia, churches such as the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Tears of Syracuse, but also schools, football stadiums and cemeteries through the 140 images of the architectural photographers Roberto Conte and Stefano < strong>Perego.
Thus we discover the complex relationship between brutalism and Italian history because, in order to distance ourselves from fascism, a modern architectural style developed in our country in the post-war period which, however, draws on aesthetic references from the past.
Who will like it: fans of a style that has been underestimated for years and which, especially in our country, has left many traces in the provinces, in small towns, characterizing them -with its exposed concrete- strongly the physiognomy.

2. ANDO. Complete Works 1975-Today by Philip Jodidio (TASCHEN, 150 euros)

«A mystic in a country that is no longer a mystic» is how Philppe Starck years ago defined Tadao Ando, former boxer, master (self-taught) of modernism and the only architect in the world to have won all the most prestigious prizes for architecture in his lifetime.

With his unique style, considered halfway between land art and architecture, and projects that play with space, light and matter, he continues to surprise even today that, at the age of 81 years, in his studio in Osaka he is always very active.

This book traces its history and work from its origins, passing from houses to churches (such as the chapel on the water in Hokkaido), from museums to apartments (such as the Rokko residential complex) and to the cultural spaces that in 50 years of work it has built in Japan, South Korea, France, Italy (one above all: the Fabrica complex built in Treviso for Benetton), Germany, Mexico and the United States. To close the book, the brand new projects of the Bourse de Commerce in Paris and the He Art Museum in Foshan, China.

And, for the more passionate, Taschen has also thought of a limited edition version of the book with an original drawing signed by the architect.

Who will like it: young people who will be able to find inspiration from the life of an architect "by chance" (he was a boxer and a truck driver and studied architecture while travelling) who instinctively placed himself between modernity and tradition. Making curiosity and courage his mantra, as he always remembers when he meets the students.

3. Islamic architecture. A world history by Eric Broug (Einaudi, 76 euros).

Creative exuberance, hypnotizing geometries, chromatic refinements. These are some characteristics of Islamic architecture, which we find in the most important and well-known mosques in the world as well as in the lesser-known and - surprisingly - precious buildings, selected for this publication accompanied by 300 sumptuous images.

A book that, crossing different eras and latitudes, travels through 1400 years of Islamic history and culture focusing on the floral arabesques in the pishtak of the mosques (the decorations around the portals) and on the references to the geometric harmony of the whole islamic art. Which, as Gothic cathedrals were for the Catholic West, represent the "architectural sublimation" of Islamic philosophy.

Page after page the author, the artist and Islamic pattern scholar Eric Broug, one of the leading experts of these particular geometric designs to which he has dedicated numerous essays, accompanies us to the comparison of architectural details and styles different.

Who will like it: to artists, graphic designers, architects and students interested in discovering, understanding and admiring the most significant buildings in Islamic architectural history.

4. The Computer. An History from the 17th Century to Today by Jen Müller (Taschen)

“What is a computer?” To answer this question, the creative director of the Design Vista studio in Düsseldorf employs 700 pages. We thus discover that - from the dawn of information technology - the history of the evolution of this machine is paved with disruptive innovations.

A book that explores all the technological passages but also the most important aesthetic ones, from the first ideas of a calculating machine to large office computers in the 1950s up to laptops and devices that we can wear such as smartwatches. And, finding the connections between iconic products such as the Apple Macintosh and the Sony Play Station, or passing through the milestones of video game and web development, the author also traces the stories of technology visionaries, pioneers and entrepreneurs.

All accompanied by very beautiful and accurate images, historical documents and scientific explanations that help to grasp all the most significant passages in the history of the computer. Including the influence of technology on today's political landscape.

Who will like it: younger people, who - having been born in the middle of the digital age - are unaware of the extraordinary power and social and aesthetic impact of the computer. But also to technicians, journalists and creatives interested in culture, economy, politics and science. Eager to understand how we got here.

5. The mountain of Carlo Mollino by Alberto Rossi and Roberto Dini (Hoepli publisher, 49 euros)

From the origins of Alpine Modernism to the birth of Cervinia (with buildings such as Casa del Sole) and Sauze d'Oulx, from surveys of rural architecture to projects for new urban realities in the Aosta Valley, from the reinvention of the mountain house (such as Casa Garelli in Champoluc) up to the hypermodernism of the mass tourism phase.

The first book ever dedicated to the mountain architecture of the Turin architect Carlo Mollino (ed. Hoepli) crosses over these themes.

Sixty projects illustrated by drawings from the Mollino archive which reveal how, for a nonconformist and eccentric architect, but also a passionate skier and mountaineer like him, the mountain was above all a great laboratory for experimentation.

Who will like it: Who, for passion or for work, has ever had the opportunity to deal with an architecture by Carlo Mollino (1905-1973). Because he will be able to reconstruct the design chain of buildings that have changed the Alpine landscape. Far not only from the local architecture but also from the canonical language of post-war Italian architecture.

6. Audry Large. Metamorphosis Signals by Barbara Brandi and Marco Rainò (Quodlibet, 18 euros)

Lastly, although it has been out for a few weeks, we like to point out this monograph dedicated to Audry Large and her work, perennially poised between art and design and which, in transforming forms of digital aesthetics into matter, modifies and characterizes the surrounding space.

Whether it's tables, lamps, vases, carafes or real sculptures, Audry Large manipulates their shapes using digital cinema techniques to create objects in PLA (polylactic acid) with 3D printing completely outside of any code aesthetic, mutant-objects with bright metallic colours. A book signed by the founders of the BRH+ architecture studio and curators of the IN Residence program.

Who, always interested in interdisciplinary experimentation, have found perfect harmony with the work of this French artist-designer.

Who will like it: creatives who, when faced with what is considered real, tend to question the authenticity of vision and perception. And to those who, a little bored by contemporary design, love to look at the work of those who know how to distance themselves from it.