writing on architecture and landscape


Author, co-author, and editor of books on architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, and interior design.



Author,  associate author, and editor of books on architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, and interior design.


Promenades as Public Works: Alphand and Landscape Architecture in Paris (forthcoming)

Gideon Fink Shapiro

The art of garden design can be compatible with urban planning. That was a key revelation of the public parks, gardens, squares, and tree-shaded thoroughfares—collectively known as promenades—opened in Paris during the period of the French Second Empire, 1852-1870. Paris in these years was the first modern city to systematically integrate horticulture across the hardened field of its streets and buildings. The engineer Adolphe Alphand, an appointee of Haussmann, directed this this ambitious experiment. Alphand and his many collaborators not only sought to bring gardens into the city, but also to implant a sense of paysage or landscape, a concept long associated with the picturing of nature and the countryside. 

Forthcoming from University of Pennsylvania Press. Based on a doctoral dissertation supervised by John Dixon Hunt. With support from David Leatherbarrow and Anita Berrizbeitia. 

University of Pennsylvania Press (placeholder image). Forthcoming 2019

University of Pennsylvania Press (placeholder image). Forthcoming 2019

T  he Monacelli Press  336 Pages February 2018 Design:  Pentagram

The Monacelli Press
336 Pages
February 2018
Design: Pentagram

The New Residential Colleges at Yale: A Conversation Across Time

Robert A.M. Stern with Gideon Fink Shapiro.  Foreword by Paul Goldberger.

Robert A.M. Stern Architects was commissioned to design Yale's first new residential colleges in 50 years. This book examines the historic role of the residential college system and the evolution of Yale's urban campus in New Haven as the basis for Stern's contextual design approach. An extensive archive of original drawings, models, material samples, as well as extensive color photography of the completed buildings, illustrates the story. I worked closely with Stern and his partners to help research and write the book. 


Re-Living the City: UABB 2015. Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture.

Edited by Gideon Fink Shapiro. Curated by Aaron Betsky, Alfredo Brillembourg, Hubert Klumpner, Doreen Heng Liu. 

This book documents and reflects upon the work presented at the 6th Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (UABB), organized around the theme of "Re-Living the City." The projects and essays herein portray the city as the incremental product of its inhabitants and designers, who provisionally make and remake its fabric through various means at their disposal. Hosted primarily at the former Dacheng flour mill complex in Shekou, Shenzhen, the biennial also included a series of national and independent pavilions. The book represents the contributions of dozens of international architects, designers and artists; and highlights the adaptive transformation of the exhibition venue. It also offers twelve original essays by the curators and guest authors including Pedro Gadanho, Justin McGuirk, and Renny Ramakers. I was responsible for editing all content and coordinating with the curatorial and graphic design teams to realize the final publication.


Actar Publishers  656 Pages November 2016 Design:  Thonik

Actar Publishers
656 Pages
November 2016
Design: Thonik

Rizzoli 239 Pages 2008 Design:  Pentagram

239 Pages
Design: Pentagram

Gabellini: Architecture of the Interior

Michael Gabellini with Donald Albrecht, Paola Antonelli, and Hans-Ulrich Obrist. Foreword by Roni Horn. Copywriting Gideon Fink Shapiro.

The theatrically minimal spaces designed by Michael Gabellini and Kimberly Sheppard unfold as stages for the interaction of volume, light, and materials. Their luminous aesthetic is the centerpiece of this monograph, featuring the alluring retail interiors and provocative art installations that initially brought them renown, together with their highly sought-after residences and large-scale, public spaces, such as the widely acclaimed Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center. As an employee of the firm, I assisted Michael Gabellini with the writing and editing of project descriptions, and coordinated many editorial and production-related tasks with the publisher and graphic designer.