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"This is an opportunity to glimpse some of the most exciting, yet hitherto hidden, work that has been produced by a broad range of architects, many of whom have since achieved recognition and acclaim, but some of whom remain in relative obscurity. It is also an essential document that preserves for prosterity projects which might otherwise have been truly lost in the course of time."
––Architectural Design, April 2001

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This book stands in opposition to the popular notion that the best architecture is built on compromise. Rather, Neil Spiller argues, the most original and brave products of the architectural mind are often to be found in those projects which, for whatever reason, never came to fruition.
Lost Architectures presents an array of such projects from the last decades of the twentieth century, consituting the unrealised dreams of some of the most inspirational architects working in the period. Most of the projects featured here have seldom, if ever, been published before, and some represent the last hand–drawn work of their creators before the age of the computer finally came into full force. Whilst they do not follow any specific style, these projects embody a spirit defined by Spiller as New Romanticism – a spirit which combines elements of aesthetic decadence and a certain camp mannerism with a love of angularity and mechanised ritual.
Some of the architects in question are still in practice, with a great deal of high–profile built work behind them; others have never been recognised as they perhaps should have been. In both cases, this book is an invaluable resource of information and inspiration for students of architecture, as well as for theorists, historians and lay readers. It provides essential exposure for a range of work of great vitality which might otherwise risk being lost in the course of time.

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Not much of the substance, a lot of fluff 12 Jan. 2006
By Eugene Tenenbaum - Published on
Format: Paperback
It seems like those, who do not know, how the structure works, how to distribute the bldg program functionally, and how to merge both of them efficiently, have their book too, but graphically excellent, on beautiful paper, using very good printing technology and dyes. Some of the visions can be viewed on the Internet - after being searched with the keywords "Neil Spiller" for images - to give an idea about the content difficult to describe in words.
PS. This book is not good even for students, who want to learn professional substance, but only for those, who do not.
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Inspirational and Invaluable, great for students 27 Nov. 2006
By Justin Burnham - Published on
Format: Paperback
I found this book to be entirely contrary to the review which precedes mine, one stating that this book has little substance. The book is an overview of architectural ideas, or dare I say "styles." Not all the drawings in it aim to clearly depict buildings, but instead are ideas about how we approach problem solving and crafting representations in architecture. It is for this reason that I believe this book is a must have for any student of architecture. The works in this book productively expand the boundaries of where one finds architectural inspiration, and the logic for making such architectural moves is clearly supported in the writings (and open for discussion.)

Certainly this book appeals to those concerned with keeping alive the romantic and seductive qualities of architecture. However, even the most pragmatic designers should be able to uncover significant value from turning these pages. One might not like every project in the book (I'm not sure I "like" them all), however it is nice to gain a modest understanding of the many perspectives present here.

This book is outstanding, unique, and invaluable... I'm glad I found it.
P.S. I will agree that the book is graphically excellent (search inside)
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