This new edition of "Skyscrapers" is even more astonishing than the first one! New pictures, new buildings (and some additional classic ones too). This is a "must have" for the bookshelf of people interested in architecture, design, engineering, and graphic design (the lay-out is well tuned to the book's content). Don't forget to see Bridges by the same author, obviously, it is a very lonnnnnnng book.
Judith Dupre's books (Skyscrapers, Bridges; Churches) are a benchmarks of their genre, and since their unique and beautiful designs span different publishers, it suggests her personal input on this level as well.
The page layouts are in a class of their own, visually enticing and combining art and information seamlessly. The sidebars are joy of balance and usefulness.
Dupre comes across as a well tuned mind, completely familiar with and sensitive to the pertinent technical aspects of the structures. That she can now mix this with a highly developed sense of aesthetics and convey this in a text which is without a hint of pretension or ponderousness, makes these books an absolute delight.
The overall choice of pictures is excellent, bar a few, but one senses the enormous difficulty in sourcing suitable images that will fill the format and capture the essence of the subjects.
It is near impossible to over-recommend her books, and one can only hope that she turns her amazing talents to bringing out a book on perhaps great generic civil engineering feats such as roads, viaducts, overpasses, dams, tunnels, airports etc.
I bought this book for my 12 year old nephew who loves tall buildings. It's a lovely big book with a detailed photo on one side of each double page and a detailed description on the other. You can take as little or as much information from this book as you want, or just study the detailed photos.
From the first sight of this book out of it's delivery box i was impressed by the unique style.The visuals in this book are very good and add even more importance to the buildings featured.The text is good and takes you through the journey of these fantastic buildings.In all, a sexy book, not too intense great photography and interesting chapters that serves as a good start to individual investigation. A coffee table must.