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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (December 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393733262
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393733266
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 0.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #382,374 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“[I]ndispensable . . . What makes the guide a joy to use is the clarity of the layout, in which buildings are grouped in 22 districts and indicated on useful maps that also include subway stops. . . . [A] valuable public service to architects and aficionados.” (FORM)

Guide to Contemporary New York City Architecture is more than a guide. It is a creative time capsule that captures the re-envisioning of New York City, boroughs and all.” (Oculus)

“Designers, engineers—anyone who dreams in vertical structures of glass and steel, really—will nod approvingly.” (Time Out New York)

“Hill has begun to emerge, in the past five years or so, as one of New York’s great architectural communicators, an exquisitely informed tour guide for the layman design enthusiast…. Hill’s contemporary-focused volume occupies a niche that’s gone unfilled for several years…. This group portrait of the city maps out not just where the new buildings are, but how they spell out a contemporary language for the urban environment, creating a composite image of 21st-century New York that is by turns familiar and challenging.” (Capital New York)

“Beautifully illustrated; great graphics.... Provides an impressive sense of how much has been built in New York in recent years.” (Justin Davidson, Designers & Books)

“Finally architectural enthusiasts have a guidebook to the past 10 years of NYC’s architectural building boom and bust. Handy and informative.” (Architizer.com)

“[T]he only guidebook devoted exclusively to recent design in the city…. [F]eels both inclusive and curated, inviting its users to investigate a range of new works making their mark on the cityscape.” (The Architect's Newspaper)

“[A] recommendation for arts and New York City culture collections alike. . . . Any architecture enthusiast, whether native New Yorker or visitor, will find this key to locating and appreciating some of New York City’s finest.” (Midwest Book Review)

About the Author

John Hill, a registered architect, operates a weekly Web page and blog, archidose.org, devoted to contemporary architecture; he also documents his passion for “archi-tourism” at architourist.pbworks.com. The U.S. representative and editor for World-Architects.com, he has published articles in Architect Magazine, The Architect’s Newspaper, and eVolo, and was a contributing editor to the Chicago-based art/architecture magazine TENbyTEN.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lawrence Hott on December 7, 2011
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Just got this for a few friends for the holidays, then used it myself in NYC -- great guide book, the small pictures are excellent, the text is useful and interesting, not overly wordy. This belongs in the backpack anytime you're out and about in NY. With so many new buildings, it's essential.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By yael on August 21, 2013
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Very nice book for exploring modern architecture in nyc.... But, many buildings are not open to the public and that's not mentioned, also the interiors are neglected. A bit heavy to carry around but I like it anyway... It adds spice to my daily site seeing!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Akiko Jones on June 5, 2013
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This book clearly and intelligently discusses some of the recent architecture of NYC, things you really want to know. Its direct, too the point and tells you which buildings you can enter and look at their entrance ways which is useful. Everybody should have one. The color is excellent too.
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My office is in midtown and I work in construction and architecture. I moved here 2 years ago so I'm still trying to get a grasp on all the hot architecture in the city.
This is a great book to update ones interest in modern/contemporary architecture.
The book doesn't provide walking routes which is great, so you can explore on your own without thinking you missed something.
There are also very nice stories about the systems of buildings that any architect, engineer, designer, would enjoy.
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Photos and descriptions make you want to go to New York.

Great size for travel
Absolutly recomend for anyone one wanting to visit New York.
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