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Contemporary Follies Hardcover – 6 Nov 2012


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Sometimes, a bit "Over The Top" 20 July 2013
By Ward Love - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Nearly 240 pages of sometimes sublime, sometimes bewildering, contemporary architecture. I'm not going to insist on explaining the origins and meaning of architectural "follies" - that would be beyond the scope of this review. I am going to suggest that, if your taste in architecture and design runs just a bit "off-kilter" compared to the famed "man in the street" you'll delight in this volume. The authors, practicing architects themselves, have done a terrific job of assembling out-of-ordinary examples of imagination in and/or on the landscape from around the world.

The photography ranges from adequate to fantastic. The setting almost always adds to the subject, which is, really remarkable, considering the far-flung designs and placement, thereof. Places for observing the world, places for art, for meditation, for shelter. Places for working and places for living, from mountains to deserts and just about everywhere in between.

There is both whimsy and greatness in many of these designs and this book is a good introduction to a type of architecture not widely known. If you are already an aficionado of the unusual spot in the landscape, you'll find that this book will certainly whet your appetite for more.

My only complaint; it could have more specific details on these creations that it highlights!
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