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New Architecture in Britain [Paperback]

Kenneth Powell
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27 Jan 2006
Architects increasingly operate on a global scene, and just as numerous British architects have proved highly successful at winning projects abroad, so architects from Europe, the United States and the Far East are making their mark in Britain. One thinks, for example, of Daniel Libeskind's Imperial War Museum and Tadao Ando's new square and pavilion project, both in Manchester, or of Frank Gehry's Cancer Care Centre in Dundee. Well-known British practices such as Future Systems, Alsop Architects and Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners also inevitably feature prominently in the exciting international story of the country's recent architectural renaissance, but so too do newer, smaller practices, including many based outside the capital. This book engagingly describes and illustrates over 100 outstanding projects, both large and small, floor around Britain--none completed earlier than 2001, and some still under construction or at planning stage. Covering every conceivable building type, from houses, offices and department stores to theatres, heritage sites and museums, this book makes a forceful contribution to the continuing debate about the role of architecture in forging a new environment and underpinning the growth of a healthy society.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Merrell Publishers Ltd (27 Jan 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1858943248
  • ISBN-13: 978-1858943244
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 23.6 x 27.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 688,147 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book does as much as possible to demonstrate the tectonic qualities of Greene and Greene's architecture as can be captured on paper - ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW There's no doubting the expertise of the contributors - THE WORLD OF INTERIORS

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Kenneth Powell is an architecture critic, journalist and writer, based in London and Leeds. His many books include 'New London Architecture', 'City Reborn' and '30 St Mary Axe: A Tower for London', all published by Merrell.

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i wanted a book to inspire my 13 year old as she wants to be an architect. I wanted some detail but mainly i wanted great pictures of innovative designs.

This is what i got. The book now lives on our coffee table because whenever i put it away someone gets it out again. It has great colour pictures of some of the most inventive architecture in Britain as well as plenty of detail for those who want to know more. It certainly did its job of inspiring my daughter without overloading her with technical detail.

A full fledged architect might want more from a text book, but this isnt a text book, its a compilation of great architectural achievements, some built, some yet to be built. From technical design to concrete structure (no pun intended) you will be able to see the building's progression.

I would recommend this book to anyone interested in architecture, either professionally or purely as a hobby. 240 pages, virtually every one has between 1 and half a dozen colour pictures on it. A great inspiration for all.
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4.0 out of 5 stars New Architecture in Britain 17 April 2004
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First London, and now the provinces of Britain are enthusiastically embracing blobs, high tech steel and glass structures, and abstractions of the rural vernacular-a development that would have been inconceivable a few decades ago, when the natives cordially (and understandably) detested the few scattered impositions of Brutalism. Powell has made a judicious choice of a hundred buildings completed in the last three years, or about to be.
Aside from the po-mo villas of Quinlan Terry, it coheres as a portrait of the best new British architecture, with good representation of stars and emerging talents, plus guest turns by Gehry, Ando, and Libeskind. The descriptions are terse and perceptive; the illustrations of each project are few, but carefully chosen. (Michael Webb is the book reviewer for LA Architect magazine.)
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