The book worm's coffee table book. At any time of the day, pick any one of the 'manifestoes', alone or with friends, and admire, jeer at, question these lofty aspirations of the most idealogical of their profession, and then wonder, verify, challenge how much of the proclamations have materialized and in what way and form and at what cost to the society for these megalomaniac grandiosities.
There are plenty of gems and classics:
De Stijl's call to arms in Creative Demands (64)
Mies van der Rohn's call to lead architecture back to Life (p102), and
Louis I. Kahn's aesthetics of the artificial in two pages…