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The Phaidon Atlas of Contemporary World Architecture presents a global survey of the most outstanding works of contemporary architecture from around the world completed in the last five years. Organized geographically and illustrated with global, regional and sub-regional maps locating each building, the book illustrates more than 1,000 completed buildings, and includes some of the most influential projects as well as many lesser-known buildings from around the world. Sections on World Data, Building Data and Architect?s Biographies build up a detailed picture of the influences on contemporary architecture today. Every building type, from the largest publicly-funded art museums and airports to private houses, is covered, and each project is illustrated with colour photographs, line drawings and a descriptive text.

The Phaidon Atlas of Contemporary World Architecture presents a comprehensive survey of international architecture at the turn of the twenty-first century. Eminent architectural critics, curators, journalists and practitioners from all parts of the globe were asked to nominate what they considered to be the most outstanding works of contemporary architecture in their regions and beyond. The resulting c.1,050 buildings both confirm the far-reaching influence of well-known and respected international practitioners such as Jean Nouvel, Tadao Ando, Renzo Piano, Sir Norman Foster, Rem Koolhaas and Herzog & De Meuron, as well as introducing a host of lesser-known architects whose work provides an illuminating point of comparison with their famous counterparts.

The book provides a unique opportunity to examine contemporary architecture as a global phenomenon with all the cross-cultural influences and commonality this suggests, as well as illustrating the diversity that is generated by climate (from the Arctic circle to the African deserts), culture (from the technologically advanced secularism of western Europe to traditional rural communities) and economics (from the wealthy post-industrial mega-economies to some of the most economically challenged countries of the developing world).

The Atlas is divided into six geographical regions with detailed maps in each section providing geographical orientation and an understanding of where contemporary architecture is being commissioned, designed and built. The Phaidon Atlas of Contemporary World Architecture will be essential reading for all those interested in gaining a true understanding of where the best contemporary architecture is located in the world.

Review:

"An encyclopaedia in one giant volume — five, even ten books in one. Breathtakingly illustrated... a thrill a page... All the buildings included date from 1998 or later so it is a genuine survey of contemporary architecture... For anyone wishing to see modern wonders on his travels as well as ancient ones this book is a brilliant guide, including many places that are destinations in their own right." The Times, UK

Review:

"The modern wonders of the building world.... Think of it as a Lonely Planet guide with more 3D elevations and less crap about taxi scams and bilharzia. Impressive..." Arena

Review:

"For architects, students and the general enthusiast, this titanic tome is an essential source of reference." V&A, (Victoria & Albert Museum magazine

Review:

"[A]n event of a book, so big it could be the eighth wonder of the world.... an unparalleled resource for anyone interested in the cutting edge of architecture. At £100, it is quite a bargain too. A must for every bookshelf." IDFX, April 2004 UK

Review:

"So vast it practically needs planning permission... the perfect source book." Wallpaper, April 2004 UK

Review:

"[T]he new Phaidon Atlas is an amazing adventure. Never have I seen more works of architecture from around the world so extensively documented. This Atlas which covers the globe is a must-have for architecture students and professionals alike, as it documents work built from Iceland to New Zealand." Richard Meier, Architect

Review:

"I spent part of my childhood looking at maps of the world. In my teenage years my interests turned to ethnography, a human geography. Today the maps I love the most are the ones about architecture. They provide all the information you need without bias. They leave you free to love or hate, without any interference. I love atlases." Renzo Piano, Architect

Review:

"Move over Bannister Fletcher, there's a new book in town." Aaron Betsky, Director of Netherlands Architecture Institute

Review:

"It's a fascinating education for those of us who build or care about making architecture." Hani Rashid, Architect and Designer, Asymptote

Review:

"Now we need to reinforce the shelving!" Zaha Hadid, Architect

Review:

"What a brilliant resource." David Adjaye, Architect

Review:

"Unique, definitive and authoritative, the Atlas demonstrates that architecture is a truly global phenomenon." Deyan Sudjic, Curator and Critic

Review:

"A wonderful resource on architecture." Bob Emmerson, Chairman Arup Group

Review:

"A first-class ticket." Will Alsop, Architect

Review:

"Heavy-weight champion of architecture reference books." Architect's Newspaper

Review:

"[S]o much of what is here is so good. Literally hundreds of the buildings displayed radiate a sense of well-crafted pride. Some offer tactile joy, such as the buildings from Scandinavia that humanize their clean lines with delicate layers of wood. Others play with the extremes of new technology, such as the truly bizarre Selfridge"s department store in Birmingham, England, which is coated in 15,000 aluminum discs that make it look like a giant mound of bubble wrap." San Francisco Chronicle

Review:

"[A] collection of architectural events that are often beautiful and that, taken together, give you a fuller sense or architectural activity around the world... the effect of seeing these thousand architectural events compressed into a single volume compels one to recognize, or to feel more strongly than before, that there is a great deal of very fine and even noble work being produced around the world, that, in spite of a lot of nonsense, there is something inspiring in the spectacle of so many minds sincerely seeking to conjure beauty out inhabitable form and to do this in so many startlingly diverse shapes and colors and moods." New York Sun

Review:

"From an ovoid-shaped brick tunnel commissioned by Vaclav Havel in Prague to a multi-domed parliamentary library in New Delhi that looks like bubbling yeast, The Phaidon Atlas of Contemporary World Architecture offers a choice slice of millennially hip buildings." New York Times House & Garden Section

Review:

"Despite the 20-pound heft and the attitude (the buildings were chosen by '150 international jurors who are all leading names in the field'), there's a lot to love about a single volume that has 5,500 photos of more than a thousand new buildings from the past five years.... Whether you want to follow the celebrity parade of the big-name architects or discover a lesser-known work, there is a lot of rewarding perusing to do here. And if you are a design professional who has been too busy trying to make a living to keep up with the journals, then The Phaidon Atlas can put you back in the picture." I.D. Magazine

Review:

"This is a gorgeous book, one that frames our world as a seductive network of architectural plot points.... The collection captures an unprecedented volume of architectural innovation, surveying the boundless landscape and diversity of our global cultures with dignity and grace." Planet Magazine

Review:

"Sitting down with Phaidon's latest is like getting a decade's worth of subscriptions to your favorite magazines all at once." Dwell Magazine

Review:

"An extraordinarily thorough 'best of' exercise... What makes it different from dozens of other books offering the same thing is its ambition and its details... This is the biggest of big picture books... packed with interesting stuff. I could rifle through it for days. Full marks for having drawings that explain the pictures... the scale of this work, and the accessibility of its design, is such that is deserves a wider audience." The Sunday Times, UK

Review:

"The only global look at cutting-edge building that's available between two covers... [a] compendium of cool." Newsweek, USA

Review:

"[A]n extraordinarily thorough 'best of' exercise.... What makes it different from dozens of other books offering the same thing is its ambition and its details.... This is the biggest of big picture books.... It is packed with interesting stuff. I could rifle through it for days. Full marks for having drawings that explain the pictures.... the scale of this work, and the accessibility of its design, is such that is deserves a wider audience'" The Sunday Times, UK

Synopsis:

This atlas presents a global survey of the most outstanding contemporary architecture from around the world built between 1998 and 2002. Organized geographically, it illustrates 1000 completed works and includes influential and lesser-known buildings from the developing world.

Synopsis:

Organized geographically and illustrated with global, regional and sub-regional maps, photos, and line drawings, the book illustrates more than 1,000 of the most outstanding works of contemporary architecture that have been completed in the last five years.

Synopsis:

An oversized atlas of the best architecture of the last 5 years, worldwide, organized by location.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780714843124
Author:
Phaidon
Publisher:
Phaidon Press
Author:
Phaidon Press
Author:
Editors, Of Phaidon Press
Author:
Editors of Phaidon Press
Subject:
Reference
Subject:
Collections, Catalogs, Exhibitions
Subject:
Atlases - General
Subject:
General Architecture
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Comprehensive
Publication Date:
20050601
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 8 up to 17
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
440
Dimensions:
20.75x16.13x3.88 in. 1.96 lbs.
Age Level:
from 13 up to 99

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Product details 440 pages Phaidon Press - English 9780714843124 Reviews:
"Review" by , "An encyclopaedia in one giant volume — five, even ten books in one. Breathtakingly illustrated... a thrill a page... All the buildings included date from 1998 or later so it is a genuine survey of contemporary architecture... For anyone wishing to see modern wonders on his travels as well as ancient ones this book is a brilliant guide, including many places that are destinations in their own right."
"Review" by , "The modern wonders of the building world.... Think of it as a Lonely Planet guide with more 3D elevations and less crap about taxi scams and bilharzia. Impressive..."
"Review" by , "For architects, students and the general enthusiast, this titanic tome is an essential source of reference."
"Review" by , "[A]n event of a book, so big it could be the eighth wonder of the world.... an unparalleled resource for anyone interested in the cutting edge of architecture. At £100, it is quite a bargain too. A must for every bookshelf."
"Review" by , "So vast it practically needs planning permission... the perfect source book."
"Review" by , "[T]he new Phaidon Atlas is an amazing adventure. Never have I seen more works of architecture from around the world so extensively documented. This Atlas which covers the globe is a must-have for architecture students and professionals alike, as it documents work built from Iceland to New Zealand."
"Review" by , "I spent part of my childhood looking at maps of the world. In my teenage years my interests turned to ethnography, a human geography. Today the maps I love the most are the ones about architecture. They provide all the information you need without bias. They leave you free to love or hate, without any interference. I love atlases."
"Review" by , "Move over Bannister Fletcher, there's a new book in town."
"Review" by , "It's a fascinating education for those of us who build or care about making architecture."
"Review" by , "Now we need to reinforce the shelving!"
"Review" by , "What a brilliant resource."
"Review" by , "Unique, definitive and authoritative, the Atlas demonstrates that architecture is a truly global phenomenon."
"Review" by , "A wonderful resource on architecture."
"Review" by , "A first-class ticket."
"Review" by , "Heavy-weight champion of architecture reference books."
"Review" by , "[S]o much of what is here is so good. Literally hundreds of the buildings displayed radiate a sense of well-crafted pride. Some offer tactile joy, such as the buildings from Scandinavia that humanize their clean lines with delicate layers of wood. Others play with the extremes of new technology, such as the truly bizarre Selfridge"s department store in Birmingham, England, which is coated in 15,000 aluminum discs that make it look like a giant mound of bubble wrap."
"Review" by , "[A] collection of architectural events that are often beautiful and that, taken together, give you a fuller sense or architectural activity around the world... the effect of seeing these thousand architectural events compressed into a single volume compels one to recognize, or to feel more strongly than before, that there is a great deal of very fine and even noble work being produced around the world, that, in spite of a lot of nonsense, there is something inspiring in the spectacle of so many minds sincerely seeking to conjure beauty out inhabitable form and to do this in so many startlingly diverse shapes and colors and moods."
"Review" by , "From an ovoid-shaped brick tunnel commissioned by Vaclav Havel in Prague to a multi-domed parliamentary library in New Delhi that looks like bubbling yeast, The Phaidon Atlas of Contemporary World Architecture offers a choice slice of millennially hip buildings."
"Review" by , "Despite the 20-pound heft and the attitude (the buildings were chosen by '150 international jurors who are all leading names in the field'), there's a lot to love about a single volume that has 5,500 photos of more than a thousand new buildings from the past five years.... Whether you want to follow the celebrity parade of the big-name architects or discover a lesser-known work, there is a lot of rewarding perusing to do here. And if you are a design professional who has been too busy trying to make a living to keep up with the journals, then The Phaidon Atlas can put you back in the picture."
"Review" by , "This is a gorgeous book, one that frames our world as a seductive network of architectural plot points.... The collection captures an unprecedented volume of architectural innovation, surveying the boundless landscape and diversity of our global cultures with dignity and grace."
"Review" by , "Sitting down with Phaidon's latest is like getting a decade's worth of subscriptions to your favorite magazines all at once."
"Review" by , "An extraordinarily thorough 'best of' exercise... What makes it different from dozens of other books offering the same thing is its ambition and its details... This is the biggest of big picture books... packed with interesting stuff. I could rifle through it for days. Full marks for having drawings that explain the pictures... the scale of this work, and the accessibility of its design, is such that is deserves a wider audience."
"Review" by , "The only global look at cutting-edge building that's available between two covers... [a] compendium of cool."
"Review" by , "[A]n extraordinarily thorough 'best of' exercise.... What makes it different from dozens of other books offering the same thing is its ambition and its details.... This is the biggest of big picture books.... It is packed with interesting stuff. I could rifle through it for days. Full marks for having drawings that explain the pictures.... the scale of this work, and the accessibility of its design, is such that is deserves a wider audience'"
"Synopsis" by , This atlas presents a global survey of the most outstanding contemporary architecture from around the world built between 1998 and 2002. Organized geographically, it illustrates 1000 completed works and includes influential and lesser-known buildings from the developing world.
"Synopsis" by , Organized geographically and illustrated with global, regional and sub-regional maps, photos, and line drawings, the book illustrates more than 1,000 of the most outstanding works of contemporary architecture that have been completed in the last five years.
"Synopsis" by , An oversized atlas of the best architecture of the last 5 years, worldwide, organized by location.
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