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21st Century World Architecture
on 23 June 2010
For those of you who have a very sturdy coffee table this is a very good centrepiece if your Alvar Aalto flower vase looks a little lost. It does what is says on the tin, which is give a worldwide view of contemporary architecture categorised by world regions.
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.