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New London Architecture [Paperback]

Kenneth Powell
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19 May 2005
The architectural renaissance of Britain's capital at the turn of the millennium has affected the design of everything front residential skyscrapers to corporate offices; from internationally important sports facilities to chic new boutiques; from imaginative new medical centres and libraries to striking riverside dwellings for students. This book, by renowned architecture writer Kenneth Powell, examines over 100 different projects that are reshaping modern London. Illustrated in full colour throughout are not just the headline-grabbing public works such as the British Airways London Eye, the new jubilee line stations, the Millennium Bridge and interventions at many of the national museums, but also a wide variety of smaller-scale projects that together offer a manifesto for radical change. With illustrations, plans and critical texts of the projects that are combining to reinvigorate London's urban landscape, "New London Architecture provides a detailed and authoritative portrait--indispensable to professionals and public alike--of a city vibrantly reinventing itself and avid to embrace the best of the new.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Merrell Publishers Ltd; 2nd Revised edition edition (19 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1858943108
  • ISBN-13: 978-1858943107
  • Product Dimensions: 28.2 x 24 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,064,484 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book with one (big) flaw 24 Jun 2007
I bought this book about two years ago and since I have used it many times. It is not just made of beautiful images of current and future architecturally astonishing buildings that are planned to be built in London over the next few years, but for each building it also has some interesting text.

I would rate this book with 5 stars if it wasn't for one big flaw: it doesn't have an index. They have made the same mistake in the new, second edition, which has just come out recently. It's something that I really don't understand and that upsets me all the time I open the book. Please, PLEASE include one in the third edition!
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Amazon.com: 4.0 out of 5 stars  1 review
4.0 out of 5 stars Book itself lets you down 5 Sep 2006
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I'm not going to review the subject that this book addresses, as the above reviewer does. What one thinks about London's new architecture is a matter of personal opinion. For myself, I think this book shows some great work and some quite abysmal work too. To be quite honest, I personally prefer a more classical-postmodern aesthetic than that reflected in most of the buildings in this book. I happen to sympathize a great deal with the views of the Prince of Wales, and I am disappointed with a great deal of the architecture of 1990s-2000s London.

What I do want to critique is the book itself, especially its arrangement and presentation of information. It suffers from a wooden structure, usually devoting exactly two pages to a project. This inflexibility results in minimal coverage of some truly important buildings and too much on some minor projects.

An even more serious criticism, in my view, is that this book has very, very few plans and elevations. Instead, almost all illustrations are photographs, and the few plans that are given are all very, very small. Personally, I find plans extremely helpful in look at and analyzing a work of architecture, as they present a great deal of information in a compact form, but the editors apparently thought that this sort of presentation was unnecessary.

To its credit, this book does have some very fine photos. But it seems written for the more casual enthusiast than one who seriously wants to understand the buildings in this book.
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