A slightly tough one to review, as Architectural Design clearly preaches to the converted, of which (not being an architect or designer) I am not one; however, as a concentrated update on where we are in terms of cutting edge creative thinking as it relates to architecture, you could hardly do better.
Wedged full of ideas, concepts and theories as they relate to current architecture, AD evidently leans more towards theory than practice, being the publishing equivalent of a salon: a place where cutting edge thinkers gather to stroke chins and covet egos over the latest ideas.
This particular edition, subtitled Exuberance, covers thinking related to the radical breaking of accepted form. Seemingly inspired by cutting edge computer graphics programs and mind-bending advances in movie C.G.i, the line of thinking would appear to be a whiplash reaction to the resurgence of the Modernist clean lines and minimalism that has influenced all other aspects of contemporary presentation. The buildings suggested, and the discussions of how to bend (literally and metaphorically) materials to exceed general expectations is hugely engaging, if a little dense at times.
As a former degree art student, I enjoyed taking time with AD, but will admit that some of it was hard going to say the least. In terms of who might enjoy AD, based on this edition, I'd say a copy of a year would be good for further and higher educations classes; and if anyone fancies a walk on the wild (thought) side, this is very much the place to visit. Equally, AD would serve as an intense update for those involved in graphic design or production design for films and/or animation.