- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: TASCHEN Gmbh; First Edition edition (1 April 2009)
- Language: English, German, French
- ISBN-10: 3836503743
- ISBN-13: 978-3836503747
- Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 3.3 x 25.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,309,171 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Architecture Now! Houses Paperback – 1 Apr 2009
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About the Author
Philip Jodidio studied art history and economics at Harvard University, and was editor-in-chief of the leading French art journal Connaissance des Arts for over two decades. He has published numerous articles and books on contemporary architecture, including TASCHEN's Architecture Now! series, Building a New Millennium, and monographs Tadao Ando, Santiago Calatrava, Norman Foster, Richard Meier, Jean Nouvel, and Alvaro Siza.
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If you are also interested in the Architecture Now! Green book, you'd be better off buying this one - at least this book sticks to the title and doesn't try to deceive.
The layout of the book, the plans, the snazzy photographs - all take precedence in the book - just as it has done with the vast volumes of books in the Architecture Now! series.
The concepts of the houses in the book are varied - but I felt slightly disappointed not to see ambitious house designs on a urban scale - houses that challenge the notion of living in monotonously designed dwellings, where there is a lack of personality.
Rather, in the book, the houses featured are either houses designed for themselves (the architects, that is), or houses that some millionaire would own, not houses that are on a more down-to-earth scale.
Again, the title of the book is misleading. If the book was called "Architecture Now! The most outrageous and scenic houses," then it would get five stars. However it does not, because the title suggests that the book would be challenging in the sense of design, or at the very least a collection of cutting-edge house design that could be replicated for everyone in the future. Instead you get seemingly one-off builds, arguably inserted into the book, for the wow factor.
Given all this, I've given it four stars (or maybe I'm too soft). Just bear in mind that it is not a book that you would feel inspired from.
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One of the things that make this book good is the photography. So why not give the credit on each page where the photographs are!?
Other than that the book is fun to read and fun to look at. The design is great too!