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The Phaidon Atlas of 21st Century World Architecture Hardcover – 17 Oct 2008
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"An elegant, universal travel guide. Well illustrated, meticulously researched and genuinely international."―Financial Times
"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."―Conde Nast Traveler.com
"An ideal companion for all travellers who love architecture."―designboom.com
"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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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.
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 !
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. Another useful addition is the cost of construction, although many are "confidential", which is a little annoying if you are thinking of building something similar and are given no idea of the cost, although the architects are included for each building and cross referenced at the top of the page, so you can flick to one of their other projects, which is a thoughtful and logical addition.
This is a book you would probably want to keep for a long time, and of a high quality which seems very rare nowadays.
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.
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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