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"beautiful photographic documentation of each project" - by Adam Yarinsky (New York, NY USA)
Architecture is fundamentally relational; its significance emanates from its engagement with the world. This includes its physical context, or site; its social context, or program; and its material context, or construction. Cutting across all of these broad categories is architecture’s relationship to time at every increment of experience: from the momentary duration of the body moving in space to the tracking of the sun across the sky to the weathering of materials to the evolution of forms in response to climatic and cultural conditions. Marc Kristal’s engaging book elaborates on the implications of these manifold relationships through the lens of domestic space which is explicitly conceived as a bridge between past and present. For him, new and old constitute a totality in which the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

Framed by a highly readable yet erudite introduction, Kristal demonstrates the vitality of his proposition through ... full review

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"... and looking at its stunning photos made me feel like (to quote Kurt Vonnegut)" - by K. McIntosh (China)
Reading this and looking at its stunning photos made me feel like (to quote Kurt Vonnegut): "everything was beautiful and nothing hurt."

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"Very very pleased with this book" - by Kenneth R Cooper
Very very pleased with this book. The quick delivery was great and the quality excellent. It was quicker and cheaper to buy than if I bought it in Australia. Hope to buy all future books through Amazon.

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"Fabulous houses!" - by Paul Mastin (Fort Worth, Texas)
If you enjoy modern residential architecture, you will love Steve Huyton's book Modern Masters: Contemporary Architecture from Around the World. I love these houses. They rate over the top on the "cool" factor, are very photogenic, and stretch the perception of what a home should look like.

Focusing on a handful of design firms from around the world, Huyton gives a paragraph or so of description before the displays of interior and exterior shots. The predominant theme, as you might expect, is boxy and angular, concrete and glass. Some of the houses are really fabulous looking.

But this book leaves so many questions unanswered.

1. How much do these dwellings cost? Well, if you have to ask, you can't afford it. He doesn't discuss price at all, but I'm confident that the price per square foot is well above any house of traditional design.

2. Where do you ... full review

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"Colquhoun is one of the most significant architectural theorist and ..." - by Robert J. Luchetti (Somerville MA USA)
Colquhoun is one of the most significant architectural theorist and historians of his generation. His interpretation of modern architecture post dates the usual references which gives us a fresh and creative take on the subject. His role as a practicing architect also informs his insight, which is unique for an historical survey of this type. He knows what it takes to actually design and build a building, which distinguishes him from his peers.

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"Very good book" - by J. Horst (Columbus, OH USA)
If you've ever wanted to know the difference between Art Nouveau and Modernism (for example) this book will help you understand it, and provide you with notable examples of each. And many, many more of the styles and -isms of the last 100 years.

Yes, I read every page. Carefully. Sometime soon I will do it again.

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"an excellent historical overview of architecture that links the past to ..." - by Stephen Foehr
an excellent historical overview of architecture that links the past to the present and shows the roots of modern architecture as its been shaped by technological,economic, social, and cultural influences.

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"Best Book Ever!" - by Mama-san (St. Louis, MO)
I purchased this book as a gift for my husband, and he says it is absolutely the "best book EVER." The pictures are amazing, the quality of the book is excellent, the architecture highlighted is forward thinking for the dates the homes were built, and overall it is providing endless inspiration for our own home. Highly recommended.

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"Five Stars" - by John W Krogman (Albquerque, NM United States)
A beautiful book that takes us through Cuban architecture in the 20th century.

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"Ordered it for the amazing Marvin Rand photos (which are beautifully reproduced here)" - by Amazon Customer
Ordered it for the amazing Marvin Rand photos (which are beautifully reproduced here). But the text is wonderful too--surprisingly illuminating. "California Captured" indeed!

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"Compelling reading and fascinating history in one!" - by Drew Mirque (Hyde Park, MA United States)
I have to confess to some bias as we have a home in Truro and discovering the origins of various homes and then actually visiting/driving by..them is a winning combination. The book is beautifully illustrated and wonderfully written. I'd love it even if I did not have the luxury of seeing these one of a kind treasures.

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"Finally as affordable paperback" - by carpenter
A book I had dreamed of owning, but could not afford buying the hardcover. Very happy that finally it was available as paperback and bought it right away.

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"a must have on your bookshelf" - by Laurent Chantegros
Perfect guide to learn about Mid-Century Modern Architecture on the East Coast. Amazing photos by the talented photographer Darren Bradley. A must have.

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"You'll Recognize or Want These Pieces from the Mid-Century" - by LikesGoodDesign (New Orleans, LA United States)
This collection of photos and descriptions of mid-century modern designs is in on quality paper and is a pleasure to peruse.

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"This is it!" - by AZ Dan (Phoenix, AZ)
If you live in the west or are taking a trip out west this book is an indispensable guide to Modern Architecture. It has already guided and enriched one road trip. Can't wait to take the next one.