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Too many buildings, too few photos.
on 3 February 2007
Although this is one of the few books to have detailed plans and elevations of 20th buildings, the quantity of buildings in the book reduces the quality of the experience. In addition, a number of what I consider key buildings are not there! But the choice must have been tricky.
It would be far better to have fewer buildings and to spread the detail of each one on to four pages. Instead, each is dealt with in a double-spread, one page having one or two small photographs accompanied by writing, the other having the plans and elevations.
The photos don't always give a good impression of what the building really looks like and they provide scant reference to accompany the plans. The plans vary in detail with the size of the building and are fascinating, but this is very much a reference book and not one for a good flick through! The CD is not really worth having unless you have CAD software to run it on. The images are in two formats, one of which opens in any pdf reader, but they aren't always complete and don't print well. It would be easier and more successful to photocopy the pages, but this isn't permitted.
In many ways it is a good book, but the lack of photographs lets it down very badly. I was disappointed.