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The first page of Nikolaus Pevsner’s Visual Planning manuscript.
It’s not often that a dead man publishes a new book. Historian Nikolaus Pevsner died in 1983, but his unfinished 1940s manuscript, Visual Planning and the Picturesque, is finally seeing the light of day. In the words of the book’s editor, architect Mathew Aitchison, Pevsner calls from the grave for a return to aesthetics in planning, a process that should be “additive, and tactical,” rather than “preformulated.” $35; Getty Research Institute