Books by Alastair Gordon

Spaced Out: Radical Environments of the Psychedelic SixtiesRizzoli, 2008 / Kindle Books, 2013, available at Amazon and on Kindle.

“A fascinating reconstruction of the ‘tune in, turn on’ era…”– New York Times (8/24/08) 

“A dazzling romp through the built environment of the tripped-out hippie…”  – New York Observer (6/16/08)

“Fascinating… Spaced Out looks at what happened back then and puts the era’s architectural efforts, good and bad, into current context…”  – San Francisco Chronicle (7/26/08)

“Through hundreds of groovy photos, Alastair Gordon’s book explores the tripped-out buildings of the age of Aquarius… Turn on, drop out, move in.”  – Wired Magazine (6/23/08)

“Alastair Gordon’s big, richly illustrated book vividly recalls a time when boundaries of art, architecture and life were dissolving in a trippy haze, and utopia seemed but a stone’s throw away… Gordon chronicles these and other manifestations of the Aquarian revolution in an engaging style and with a generous spirit.” – Ken Johnson, New York Times (11/27/08)

 “Absolutely spectacular! A powerful mix of words and images that convey the spirit and imagination of the time… a must for every treehugger.”   – Treehugger (6/23/08)

 “If you don’t have recourse to memory or the spaces themselves, Alastair Gordon’s crucial new book, Spaced Out, will bring you closer to a time when architecture was expanding its horizons in concert with those who built and used it. Architects today have a lot to learn from these hippies.” – Metropolis (6/18/08)

“Alastair Gordon’s engrossing and intimately well researched book on the radical, experimental environments from this period has something really serious to say, that the dazed and confused generation saw environmental Armageddon coming and tried to do something about it… Long live the revolution, long live long, unwashed hair.” – Building Design (4/25/08)

Wendell Castle: Wandering Forms, Works from 1959 to 1979, Gregory R. Miller & Co./The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, 2012, available at Amazon.


Naked Airport: A Cultural History of the World’s Most Revolutionary StructureMetropolitan Books/Henry Holt (hardback) 2004, available at Amazon.

Excellent cultural history…” – The New Yorker, February 1, 2016

“Splendid cultural history…” Atlantic Monthly  (July/August 2006)

“Engaging history…” – The Guardian (UK), July 19, 2008

“An epic story…” The Boston Globe, October 10, 2004

Naked Airport is as exhilarating as it is literate and informative.” – John Berendt, (author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil)

“Gordon’s  prose is deft and witty… Naked Airport  elegantly traces the development of air travel by positioning the airport as a metaphor for our relationship to history and the rest of the world, capturing both the excitement and the anxiety of modern flight… ” – MSNBC, 2005

“A charming history that documents why airports have always been such intriguing places. Gordon wittily deconstructs air terminal architecture… Here is a book with more than enough quirky details to last a long layover.” – People (Four Stars ****) 

“Splendid perspective…” – Deseret Morning News, September 26, 2004

“A sophisticated analysis that will attract many readers.” – Booklist: August 1, 2004

“The genius of Naked Airport is its portrayal of how these way stations have changed, from the muddy airfields of the 1920s to their heyday in the ’60s and beyond… You have to admire Alastair Gordon’s pluck.” Time Out, October 21-28, 2004

“Alastair Gordon’s breezy, engaging new book, Naked Airport ingeniously traces the development of airport architecture…” – New York Observer , November 1, 2004

” Gordon’s lively history is written with an eclectic range of reference and an eye for detail… smoothly blending cultural and aesthetic history.” Publisher’s Weekly, July 5, 2004

“Taxi-ing smoothly between architecture, planning and social history, Gordon explains how the soar-and-crash record of the airport as icon mirrors the rise and fall of technology-driven optimism.” – The Independent (UK), August 22, 2008

“Brilliant! Naked Airport is an impressively illustrated, comprehensive cultural history of airports as buildings, from the earliest days of makeshift sheds and hangars to the vast, glassy terminals designed by architectural multinationals such as Foster + Partners.” – New Statesman (UK)September 25, 2008

“A richly illustrated and highly readable account of airport design as a social phenomenon…” – Air & Space Magazine (Smithsonian), December 2004/January 2005

Naked Airport  racks up elite-status frequent-flier miles as it ranges across airports on every continent…”Bookforum, October/November 2004

“Alastair Gordon’s  Naked Airport achieves the improbable, simultaneously reconnecting us with  the early romance of flying and the tragedy of 9-11 with its horrific blend of aviation and architecture… a truly compelling account. Don’t leave home without it.” Terence Riley (Director, Miami Art Museum )

“A  fascinating and accessible survey of airport design…” – Architecture Boston, July/August 2005

“…an important and engaging look at airports as typology.” – Frame Magazine, October, 2004

“Highly erudite and extremely entertaining… Reading Alastair Gordon’s splendid survey of airport architecture is like stepping into a time machine and bearing witness to all the ambition and angst of the 20th century itself.” – Carole Rifkind, (author of A Field Guide to Contemporary American Architecture)

” Gordon’s compelling narrative shows how architecture is bound up with the rest of the world in a way that architectural histories too rarely do… He tells his story entertainingly, using descriptions of air travel from novels and movies as he shows how airports grew out of technological developments, political history, military adventures, and the globalization they helped create…” – The Architect’s Newspaper, June 8, 2005

Naked Airport: A Cultural History of the World’s Most Revolutionary StructureUniversity of Chicago Press (paperback) 2008, available at Amazon.


Theater of Shopping, The Story of Bal Harbour Shops, Gordon de Vries Studio, Fall 2014.

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Qualities of Duration: The Architecture of Philip Smith and Douglas Thompson, Gordon de Vries Studio/Damiani Press, 2012, available at Amazon.

Romantic Modernist: The Life and Work of Norman Jaffe, Architect, Monacelli Press, 2005, available at Amazon.

Beach Houses: Andrew Geller, Princeton Architectural Press, 2003, hardback & paperback available at Amazon.

“A lovely tribute to the architect of wonderful, small quixotic cabins.” – Treehugger,  December 27, 2011

“Gordon takes readers on a tour of ‘quixotic designer-architect’ Geller’s beach houses in this handsomely illustrated homage.” – Publishers Weekly, April 1, 2003 

“Alastair Gordon’s  book, Beach Houses: Andrew Geller, rebuts the notion that bigger houses mean better lives.”  – Los Angeles Times, July 24, 2003

“A wonderful example of how a single historian can rescue an artist from obscurity… a wistful celebration of a lost era when the world was a much bigger place and oceanfront property a relatively affordable commodity.”  – Metropolis, July, 2003

Weekend Utopia: Modern Living in the Hamptons, Princeton Architectural Press, 2000, available at Amazon.

“Engaging architectural and social history…” – Newsweek (July 9, 2001)

“A revelatory contribution to the history of modern architecture.”   – Charles Gwathmey

“Gordon’s eye for the convergence of arts, architecture and commerce is unerring.”Publishers Weekly, July 12, 2001

“A fine guide to one of American modernism’s foremost laboratories of style.” – Vanity Fair, July 2001 (Rating: ***)

Weekend Utopia explores the idea that the ‘beach house was the sonnet form of American architecture.'” – The New Yorker (May 27, 2002)

“For a younger, braver generation, Weekend Utopia offers an alternative to home sweet home.”  – New York Times

 “Gordon’s book evokes a sophisticated aesthetic, both modern and simple, and a sensibility that could only have come from the Hamptons.”   Calvin Klein

“Weekend Utopia brings to vivid life a century in the architectural and social history of the East End…”   – Best Books of 2001,  New York Times Book Review, (December 2, 2001)

 “Gordon’s beautiful book is part of a personal mission to swing the pendulum back toward the tiny beach retreats of his youth.” Dwell Magazine  (October 2001)

“A smart, absorbing architectural history that charts the Hamptons’ transformation from rural outpost to high-powered resort.”  – House & Garden (September 2001)

“Gracefully written, stunningly illustrated…” – Best Books of 2001, Editors’ Picks (#1 on Architecture / Design List)

“A wide-ranging cultural history of a very particular place, told in a very particular way…”  Adam Begley, New York Observer, July 2-9, 2001

“A fascinating chronicle, copiously illustrated… Indispensable for both architecture buffs and Hamptonites with a roof over their heads.” – George Plimpton

UNFOLDED: How Architecture Saved My Life, Oro Editions / Gordon de Vries Studio, 2016, available at Amazon. 

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 Thomas Phifer and Partners,  Skira Rizzoli International, 2010, (co-author with Sarah Amelar, Stephen Fox,) available at Amazon.

Quik Build, ABC of Container ArchitectureBibliothéque McLean, London, 2008, (co-author with Barry Bergdoll and Adam Kalkin,) available at Amazon.


FIRE ISLAND MODERN and the Architecture of Seduction, Christopher Rawlins (AG: Editor, Co-Publisher and Foreword), 2014, Metropolis / Gordon de Vries Studio, available at Amazon.

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Miami: Blueprint of an Eden, Collins, 2007, (co-author with Michele Oka Doner and Mitchell Wolfson,) available at Amazon.


American Dream: The Houses at Sagaponack, Rizzoli, 2003, (co-author with Richard Meier, ) available at Amazon.


THE BEATLES: Photographs From the Set of Help!, Rizzoli/Gordon de Vries Studio, Photos by Emilio Lari, AG Author, Introduction by Richard Lester, available at Amazon.


Costantino Nivola in Springs,  Ilisso Books, Milan, 2003, (co-author with Micaela Martegani), available at Amazon.


WEEKEND UTOPIA: The Modern Beach House on Eastern Long Island, 1960-1973, Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, NY, 1999  (Exhibition Catalogue: AG Author / Curator)

*****Weekend Utopia Catalogue

Convergence: The Hamptons After Pollock, Nassau County Museum of Art, 2000.

Long Island Modern, The First Generation of Modernist Architecture on Long IslandGuild Hall  Museum, East Hampton, NY / The National AIA Museum, Washington DC, 1987.

Long Island Country Houses and Their Architects, 1860-1940, W. W. Norton & Company, 1997, (AG Co-Author with Robert B. MacKay, et al,) available at Amazon.


The AIA Guide to the Architecture of Long Island, Dover Publications, (AG Co-Author) 1993.


Long Island Architecture,  Hofstra University Press, 1992, (AG Co-Author.)

*******LI Arch.

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2 thoughts on “Books by Alastair Gordon

  1. Am trying to reach Alaistair Gordon concerning acquiring permission to quote excerpts from his father’s book, Through the Valley of the Kwai, in my e-book, Captive Audiences / Captive Performers: Music and Theatre as Strategies for Survival on the Thailand-Burma Railway 1942-1945. It will be published online at a free-access website by the Library at Macalester College.

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