- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Thames & Hudson; 01 edition (21 July 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0500284199
- ISBN-13: 978-0500284193
- Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 1.9 x 21.1 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,015,832 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
World House Now: Contemporary Architectural Directions (Architecture/Design Series) Paperback – 21 Jul 2003
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About the Author
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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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.
Highly recommended--a must-have for any architecture/design book collection.
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