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20th Century World Architecture

20th Century World Architecture.

20th Century World Architecture.

This is one of the rare tomes that convinces you print will never die. Phaidon’s glorious new atlas of twentieth-century buildings is larger than some coffee tables. Stack a few bricks under it and it could serve as one. Better, though, to lay it on a rug and spend several hours travelling ninety-seven countries to see the 757 buildings displayed in 3,800 photos on its gigantic pages. Skip in a moment from the vernacular forms of African mosques, east to a tranquil tatami-floored shack in Tokyo, then back west to the utopian housing projects of mid-century Paris. Experience the diversity of world architecture, and the past century’s astonishing pace of change. A kind of Earth from Above for lovers of the built environment, this book is an instrument of wonder – a magic window onto our own world.

Phaidon, 2012, pp 824, rrp $225.00.

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Published online: 1 Dec 2012

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Houses, December 2012

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