It is a joy to be in tactile contact with a book as beautifully designed and lushly illustrated as this one. Published by Lars Müller, whom author Beatriz Colomina hails as “the last book maker” (199), this volume features a cleverly designed, double-layered cover that evokes its title, X-Ray Architecture. The strong graphic design and the 277 illustrations, many in color, that accompany the text are appropriate for a book written by a preeminent architectural historian and theorist known for her groundbreaking and sophisticated analysis of images.

Like other books by Colomina, this one had a long gestation. The author recounts that her main idea here—the intimate...

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