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Almanac of Architecture & Design 2011, DesignIntelligenceUser Review - Book Verdict
Cramer (How Firms Succeed: A Field Guide to Design Management) and architectural historian Wolford have filled this stunning look book with lush photographs of the year's most visually arresting structures to introduce the nation's premier architectural firms. The book's 11 chapters—some studded with full-color illustrative charts—detail the notable figures, leading firms, awards, and interior and exterior spaces now defining the industry. While the closing chapter offers research leads, including subject-relevant book awards and a directory of architecture critics, no traditional bibliography is provided. Still, the detailed snapshot of this professional field is essential for structural design collections.
Almanac of architecture and designUser Review - Book Verdict
Aiming to provide "an essential and definitive resource on architecture and design facts," editor Cramer (former CEO of the American Institute of Architects, currently at the University of Hawaii) delivers a mixed bag that falls short of his goal. With extensive lists of award winners, association members, and leading firms, this almanac's first edition reads mostly like a who's who in architecture. A fact-filled section on "design econometrics" will aid the marketing efforts of professionals, and lists of institutions, periodicals, associations, and schools will benefit the student and practitioner. A fair amount of browsable trivia is included in the "records and rankings" section. The index includes only names, failing completely as a point of subject access. As no comparable resource exists, architecture schools and professionals may want to add this affordable reference to their libraries, with the hope that it will improve with future installments.DDavid Soltesz, Cuyahoga Cty. P.L., Parma, OH ...
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