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World House Now: Contemporary Architectural Directions (Architecture/Design Series) [Paperback]

Dung Ngo

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21 July 2003 Architecture/Design Series
The third volume in the "House Now" series, this title showcases trends in domestic design as represented by extraordinary houses from around the world. Featuring projects from Asia, Australia, Europe, North and South America, this books presents a meditation on the meaning of domestic space as privacy and individuality become more scarce and ever more valued. The 30 individual residences featured are illustrated with colour photographs, accompanied by floor plans and detailed explanations.

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Dung Ngo is the former director of publications at Rice University School of Architecture. He has published books on Louis Kahn and Rem Koolhaas, and is currently an independent writer and editor on architecture and design. He also teaches in the Architecture and Design department at California College of Arts and Crafts (CCAC), San Francisco.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Remember the theme behind this book 25 May 2005
By ArchiZona - Published on
Now I truly believe that the quality of any residential architecture books largely depends on editting, i.e., how to thoughtfully select projects to form a coherent presentation of an overarching theme. The theme reflects the purpose of the book (What kind of message the editor wants to convey to the readers? What does the editor want the readers to learn from the book? And what kind of impact does the editor want the book to make?). The theme is the core of the book.

Apparently, the editor had a theme for this book: showing buildings that both follow the paradigm of comtemporary architecture (i.e., being similar to each other) and respect local traditions (i.e., being different to each other). This is a very interesting theme worth pursuing, but also a very tough topic. Does the book succeed in bringing this theme convincingly to the readers? Somewhat but not good enough.

Several featured projects did touch the topic of being similar and unique simultaneously (e.g., The architect of the Split House used an indigenous building material unique to the reagion but at the same time based the design on the modern architectural aesthetics.). Unfortunately, however, this theme was not emphasized consistently throughout the book. Quite a few projects did not follow the overall theme. As a result, it is easy for readers to get lost.

That being said, the majority of the projects are interesting. The floor plans are clear, detailed, and easy to follow thanks to the legend linking the drawings with the pictures.

Overall, a nice little book.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful architecture book, great value 6 Jun 2004
By Steve - Published on
World House Now is a thoroughly enjoyable read for anyone who appreciates thoughtful, modern architecture. The author's text is very accessible and informative. The unique qualities of each house are clearly outlined. The book's beautiful, minimal layout, compact size and generous selection of all-color photographs make flipping through it a pleasure. A subtle and fun world map feature helps readers identify the house locations.
Highly recommended--a must-have for any architecture/design book collection.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 6 Aug 2014
By Tengiz - Published on
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great book
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