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Buildings for Tomorrow: Architecture That Changed Our World [Hardcover]

Paul Cattermole
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9 Oct 2006
This book reviews forty visionary architectural projects, encompassing the whole spectrum of the built environment, from bus stations and concert halls to boat lifts and aquariums. This stimulating survey, illustrated with the very best architectural photography, will transport readers into yet unknown worlds. Combines brilliant photography with project descriptions to form an accessible and highly visual book for the general reader, while retaining the accurate technical information needed to engage more knowledgeable readers.

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd; 1st Edition edition (9 Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500342288
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500342282
  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 24 x 28 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 386,469 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'If you want evidence that architecture can change the world, look no further ... Beautifully illustrated and concisely explained' --Grand Designs

'Sleek, slick, condensend account of 40 iconic contemporary buildings' --The FT Magazine

'Has a high entertainment factor ... informative facts and imaginative photography capture and sustain the reader's attention throughout' --The Glasgow Herald

'Once its exquisite photographs draw you in, you'll find you can't stop reading' --Focus

'This is a rattling good read on a perennially appealing strand'
--RIBA Website

'The Future encapsulated in one fascinating read ... you will be astonished at the range of buildings in the book'
--The Evening Standard Book of the Week

About the Author

Paul Cattermole is Creative Director at Arcaid, which is widely regarded as one of the finest specialist image sources in the world.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Budding Architecture student 31 Dec 2012
By katep
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It was quite hard to find a copy of this but am glad I did (cost a bit more than I expected but wanted it for Christmas). The photos are wonderful and will definitely encourage my daughter with her studies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cocktail Table book 29 Nov 2008
By L. Ingster - Published on Amazon.com
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Simply terrific book to put on a cocktail table! Wonderful pictures, fascinating stories of truly outlandish building structures. This is not just for architect wannabes...this will stimulate almost anyone's imagination.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A marvelous collection of human creativity and expression 30 Oct 2010
By Whitt Patrick Pond - Published on Amazon.com
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Bizarre Buildings, by Paul Cattermole and Ian Westwell, is a marvelous book to browse through, with page after page of stunningly beautiful photographs of the most truly imaginative architectural creations from all around the world. Some are well-known icons, like the Sydney Opera House in Australia and Gaudi's Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain. But Cattermole and Westwell have included many others, less well-known but no less amazing in their originality and creativity.

I was particularly fascinated by the structure depicted on the dust jacket - Le Palais Ideal in Chateauneuf-de-Galaure, France - and was even more impressed when the book told the story behind it.

"This bizarre building is the work of a French postman, Ferdinand Cheval (1836 - Augst 19, 1924). Le Palais Ideal was started in April 1879: Cheval said that he tripped on a stone and was inspired by its shape. During his daily mail route and in retirement, Cheval carried stones at first in his pockets, then a basket and eventually a wheelbarrow. His self-inflicted task took him the next 33 years -- there is an inscription on Le Palais Ideal that identifies '10,000 days, 9,300 hours, 33 years of toil.' Cheval spent the first two decades building the outer walls -- 85 feet (26 meters) long, 45 feet (14 meters) wide and up to 33 feet (10 meters) high -- continuing after his retirement in 1896. He often worked at night in the light of an oil lamp. Locals regarded him as a village idiot, but before his death he began to receive some recognition from luminaries such as Pablo picasso. The building is covered with inscriptions of all sorts, figures of many animals and famous people. In 1969 Andre Malraux, French minister of culture, declared the site a cultural landmark and had it officially protected."

Highly recommended for anyone who delights in architecture as an expression of human creativity or who simply enjoys photographs of structures that truly seize the imagination.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Next Time... Handle with Care! 15 Dec 2009
By LovinLife - Published on Amazon.com
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The book itself is great and full of interesting information. I was very disappointed in how it arrived, however. This item was identified as "new" when I purchased it, but the proper care was not taken in preparing it for shipment. The outer cover of the book was torn and crinkled. This book is a gift for a friend who loves architecture. The cover was so tattered that I had to remove it completely from the book. I would never give something so unpresentable to someone as a gift. Other than that, the book was in tact. Shrink-wrap should be considered next time.
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