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The Phaidon Atlas of 21st Century World Architecture [Hardcover]

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17 Oct 2008
The Phaidon Atlas of 21st Century World Architecture is a comprehensive portrayal of the finest built architecture from around the world completed since the year 2000. Divided into six world regions, the Phaidon Atlas of 21st Century World Architecture provides an important overview of global and local trends in architecture for a wide range of users.

Over 1000 key buildings have been chosen through a rigorous selection process. Each building is fully illustrated and described by a short essay. In addition, a mass of useful information is provided. This includes details of architects' practices and extensive indexes. Comprehensive world data illustrates the economic and demographic contexts of architectural production.

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  • Hardcover: 800 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press; Box Ill edition (17 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714848743
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714848747
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 43.5 x 53.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 272,422 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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‘An elegant, universal travel guide. Well illustrated, meticulously researched and genuinely international’
Financial Times Books of the Year 2011

‘will be to architecture students what 1,000 Films to See Before I Die is to film buffs.’
Self Build and Design

‘Provides a fascinating overview of the world skyline today.’
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‘An ideal companion for all travellers who love architecture.’

‘This is a quick and marvelous introduction to contemporary examples of world architecture and a must for travelers fond of architecture.’
The Chicago Tribune

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Architectural Bible 5 Nov 2008
By sminda
I am blown away by this book. It's the best compilation of contemporary architectural designs I have seen in the most sumptuous and accessible format. The photos and plans of the projects are wonderful and really allow you to experience the building, logistically and artistically.

The book is organized via regions which are then broken down with maps to show you the exact location of each building making it really easy to use it as a reference tool. The inclusion of key data and descriptive narratives fully round off each building giving the necessary information with which to grasp the amount of work that went into its construction/act as a point of inspiration.

The Atlas is a must for all architectural practice/students and an ideal coffee table book for anybody with the slightest interest in design. Trust me, once you start turning the pages you will become more interested than ever. Simply stunning.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiration for the concrete jungle 18 Nov 2008
A magnificent book, which is indeed current to within the last year, including buildings such as `The birds nest' used in the Chinese Olympics and Toronto's ROM, but not their recently updated AGO.

The buildings are described well in the text along with Architectural designs and copious images of the building from internal and external sources.

The layout is done well by splitting into continents and then countries and maps to should proximity. Which if one is travelling to an area, makes it easy to go and explore some of the buildings in the book.

Phaidon consistently publishes well put together books and this keeps up the trend. Like the Phaidon Design Classics set, this book comes in an interesting `carry case', as it is quite heavy !
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Usual price for this product is 100, so this really is a great saving. The photography in this book is of the highest standard (as far as architectural photography goes) and every building included is absolutely unique. Several shots of each building are displayed, both interior and exterior, and some at night, some in the day which adds a bit of variety when you are looking through a selection of over 1000 designs. You get some books where it seems as if the authors have just picked what they could find and then wrote about it, but whoever compiled this knew what they were doing. The case studies are interesting and describe the different buildings in detail, and you get the distinct feeling that anything that should have been included, is.

There is a mixture of commercial and residential architecture, and anything residential included really is of the highest standard, and seems to be selected for pushing new boundaries of architectural or interior design in some way. It is difficult to fault this book, you can't carry it around as it is very heavy and for this reason includes a plastic carry box to store it in. The graphic design and layout is very clear and text is well laid out, and all relevant to each case study. Population and demographical information on each content is also added to each section, to add a little more overall perspective of a world view of architecture, and attitudes and design is shown to vary massively from Asia to Europe, or North America to South America for example.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I saw this reference book in the bookshop in Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles in May, and thought: "I must buy a copy, but it's to heavy to take along to my homeland, The Faroe Islands." I admit, that I took a picture of it, as to not forget. When back at home, I ordered it from Amazon.co.uk. After some 10 days it landed here, at a cost that I would not believe, in comparison with the quality of the work.
To anyone interested in architecture, design, colours, and what we human beings surround us with, this work gives a perfect glance at what is being created around the world in the 21st century. It illustrates in high class photographs and short and precise informative text, all sorts of buildings around the world. Diveded into the continents and countries, the book is easy to navigate in.
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3.0 out of 5 stars 21st Century World Architecture 23 Jun 2010
For those of you who have a very sturdy coffee table this is a very good centrepiece if your Alvar Aalto flower vase looks a little lost. It does what is says on the tin, which is give a worldwide view of contemporary architecture categorised by world regions.

The book is literally a weighty tome as it tries to cover all corners of the globe, indeed it comes in its own neat carry case. However my main criticism would be that in doing so the detail can be a little thin with a selection of illustrations that do not necessarily convey the finer points of the plan, section or organisational strategy.

While in my opinion it is probably too large a review to casually flick through while waiting for your after dinner expresso, and not detailed enough to satisfy those who may want a building monograph, it certainly is a "nice to have" which provides an overview of where architecture is currently heading.
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