Given the regularity with which Architecture Now! is published, there seems to be a danger that the series will fall into a plateau. And unfortunately, that is what has happened with this version.
More concise than previous versions, the book is filled to the brim with uninspired builds (apart from Herzog and De Meuron's Vitrahaus), the usual money-shot photos, and descriptions from the author which read like press releases. What I find most surprising is the inclusion of projects that either have not been realised, or projects which the main focus is on (albeit beautiful) 3D renderings, and descriptions of what the architects intend -- instead of what they have done. Inspiring for a first year Architecture student, but inadequate for anyone else with a real interest in the industry.
The books lacks a focus; not much in the way of design innovations, and seriously -- one must question whether Philip Jodidio is now collating the books as a way of revenue stream for Taschen (there is already an Architecture Now! 8), or he really believes that the architecture in this book is anywhere near the level seen in Architecture Now! Volumes 1 - 4 for example.
The book can be summarised like this -- if you have an interest in general regarding modern architecture, then the book is passable. However, if you want to get your money's worth then I suggest you go for any of the previous versions between 1 and 4 as mentioned before. Even an architecture pull-out from the Times or Guardian would be better than this, it is that bad.
On the whole, very disappointing, and an unrefined book.