Sunday, December 7, 2008

Preview: The Phaidon Atlas of 21st Century World Architecture

My parents bought me a present that arrived this week in the largest Amazon box I think I have ever seen. There was even a warning on it to lift with your knees, it was so heavy! What was in it?

The Phaidon Atlas of 21st Century World Architecture

From Amazon:

The Phaidon Atlas of 21st Century World Architecture is a comprehensive portrayal of the finest built architecture from around the world completed since the year 2000. Divided into six world regions, the Phaidon Atlas of 21st Century World Architecture provides an important overview of global and local trends in architecture for a wide range of users. ... More than 1000 key buildings have been chosen through a rigorous selection process involving a panel of expert advisors and specialists from every region. Each building is fully illustrated with drawings and photographs, and each is described by a short essay. Further information includes key data such as construction cost, client name, area of the building, and geographical coordinates.
This book is serious. According to Amazon, the book is 812 pages long, is 19.2" tall x 16.1" wide x 2.5" thick and weighs in at 16.4 pounds. It's so big, it came with its own green plastic carrying case.

I had admired this book in the SF MOMA bookstore, so I was really thrilled to have it land on my doorstep. Thanks, parents! I think any other contemporary architecture lovers out there would be thrilled to see this book under the Christmas tree this year.

Buy The Phaidon Atlas of 21st Century World Architecture on Amazon.

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