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The Architecture Traveler: A Guide to 262 Key American Buildingsby Sydney Leblanc
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This portable book takes readers on a tour of American architectural treasures of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. It provides the practical information-addresses, phone numbers, visitor hours, maps-needed to experience them at first hand-of 262 landmark buildings and explains why each will reward a visit. The accompanying descriptions offer new insights about the buildings and designers of this vital part of the American heritage. Among the new buildings included in this edition are Walt Disney Concert Hall (Frank Gehry), Seattle Library (Rem Koolhaas), American Folk Art Museum (Tod Williams/Billie Tsien), Contemporary Arts Center (Zaha Hadid), Milwaukee Art Museum (Santiago Calatrava), and the 'Solar Umbrella' House (Larry Scarpa/Angela Brooks).
Book News Annotation:
This volume examines 263 important American buildings, and provides guidance and information on how to visit them. The book is arranged chronologically, providing an abbreviated historical overview of American architecture since 1900, and includes projects completed as recently as 2004, and some that are still in progress. Each entry takes up a single page, and includes the building's name and date of completion, the address and information on access, the architect's name, a black & white photograph of the exterior, and concise text describing its significance. Indexed by architect, and by location and website. The book includes nine pages of highway maps. Prior to 2000, editions were published as The Whitney Guide to 20th Century American Architecture.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Architecture is the heart and soul of cities--it shows not just a place, but the spirit of the place.
About the Author
Sydney LeBlanc, a writer and editor who specializes in architecture and landscape design, lives in New York City.
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