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The Phaidon Atlas of 21st Century World Architecture 1st Edition

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'An elegant, universal travel guide. Well illustrated, meticulously researched and genuinely international' Financial Times Books of the Year 2011 'will be to architecture students what 1,000 Films to See Before I Die is to film buffs.' Self Build and Design 'Provides a fascinating overview of the world skyline today.' Conde Nast Traveler.com 'An ideal companion for all travellers who love architecture.' designboom.com 'This is a quick and marvelous introduction to contemporary examples of world architecture and a must for travelers fond of architecture.' The Chicago Tribune

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''As comprehensive as it is sweeping, the Atlas is an indispensable work of reference for the architecture of our time.'' Richard Meier

''The international civilization of our hoped-for world seems somehow hinted at by the breadth of geographical reach in Phaidon's Atlas. I especially love to discover a work by an architect I haven't known in a remote place I have never seen.'' Steven Holl

''We rely on The Phaidon Atlas to continually seek out new hot spots of architecture around the world.'' Shim-Sutcliffe Architects

''This diverse collection of projects from around the globe speaks to the vitality within the current architectural landscape. Nowhere else will you find such a comprehensive survey of contemporary architecture.'' Hitoshi Abe

''The Phaidon Atlas of 21st Century of World Architecture provides readers with instant access to the full range of issues confronting architects across the globe....an inspiring compendium.'' Sean Godsell
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 800 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press; 1st edition (October 29, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714848743
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714848747
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.8 x 20.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 18.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #860,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Guy Rogers on November 17, 2008
Format: Hardcover
A magnificent book, which is indeed current to within the last year, including buildings such as `The birds nest' used in the Chinese Olympics and Toronto's ROM, but not their recently updated AGO.

The buildings are described well in the text along with Architectural designs and copious images of the building from internal and external sources.

The layout is done well by splitting into continents and then countries and maps to should proximity. Which if one is travelling to an area, makes it easy to go and explore some of the buildings in the book.

Phaidon consistently publishes well put together books and this keeps up the trend. Like the Phaidon Design Classics set, this book comes in an interesting `carry case', as it is quite heavy !
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BE VERY CAREFUL - Most of the glowing reviews are for the giant hardbound which is the size and weight of a desktop CPU and is so portentous it should only be read from aloud upon an old-fashioned bronze eagle lectern at the pulpit of an Ayn Rand cult. DO NOT OPT FOR THE TRAVEL EDITION unless you like photos the size of postage stamps, and font size about 3.5 to 5.5 points. Each of the 1000 entries only has a single image associated with it, and a pointless unhelpful summary of around 75 words. At about 4 inches by 5 inches, this comical 'Travel Edition' could fit nicely into the pocket of an utter moron who likes touring the globe while carrying around books of questionable utility which are only legible under his Sherlock Holmes-sized magnifying glass. Seriously Phaidon, the giant edition is too big, and this travel edition is too small. Frankly I suspect you refuse to put out a decent version between 8 or 10 inches high because you are trying to divert browsing traffic to your website associated with architecture. Do better next time, or else stop promoting this product on your proprietary site.
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As an architect and a professional in the industry, this is an invaluable asset, a marvelous compilation with an international flavour. Only negative comment is that the compilation lacked the "works" of some of the great contemporary "icons" of the global architectrural profession, these may be in another volume???. Very happy with the contents and can be highly recomended, awaiting more volumes in the series.

The gift card I requested was never included and the green colour special plastic cover which the book was enclosed in was badly damaged and was a big disapointment, perhaps a more sturdy material should be used, specially when being shipped internationally. Sad to see the condition in which it was recived!
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A little bible all you need when you travel around! (at least for me!)
The "full" edition is too expensive for me so I decided to get a mini one. Even though it's not a full sized one, it has all essential info for the architecture lovers/students.
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Don't get the small format book. The book's content is great, but the format is just way too small. You wouldn't view buildings from a mile away in the distance, and thumbnails this size just don't work for great architecture...especially in the digital age of iPads and 72" TV screens that show the same things so much better.
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i saw the big edition on a library and i love it, only cons is that is an oversize,heavy and an expensive book, so i found this mini version with les pics than the bigger book and less info,it is cool but i guess i will save some money to get the big edition so t, but this one is still worth it.
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Phaidon's book contains what you should most want from a book on architecture: a heavily illustrated selection of about 1000 worthwhile projects around the globe. Most buildings are shown from a couple of their exterior "best sides," an aerial shot and one or two appealing interiors. The text is minimalist, and too often costs are listed as "confidential" when they could have added a listing for taxable "assessed value."

That said, modern culture has a bias for certain things to constitute architectural masterpieces: remarkably high ceilings, huge windows, curving stairways, bare wood interiors, and relatively barren yards. I find some humor in the number of "modern" buildings that resemble the Jawa sandcrawler from Star Wars. Several times we see walls of books, including one Japanese house with an exterior wall of books. I find this feature incongruously appealing, as if physical books have become the iron horse of imagery in the knowledge era.

"Residences" remind me of the beach house my parents bought so all of us could bring the grandchildren for visits. The houses have minimalist, indestructible looking furniture. Between visits the residences are emptied of all personal possessions beyond a single flower vase.

And our books of architectural masterpieces are mostly devoid of places that people actually live. The publisher does an excellent job, the failure here is our cultural approach to what qualifies as "architecture." There was a time when "architecture" meant cathedrals and train stations.
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