Buildings for Tomorrow: Architecture that Changed Our World

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Overlook Press, 2006 - Architecture - 191 pages
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Forty of the most innovative and visually striking buildings of the last 40 years are the subject of this book about "futuristic projects that have actually been built." Ranging from Eugene Tsui's Berkeley, CA, house for his parents to Norman Foster's London skyscraper for Swiss RE, the featured buildings are treated individually in sections that run between two to four pages in length and are grouped into three chapters: "Other Worlds," "Death Stars and TIE Fighters," and "Return of the Blob." As one might guess from the chapter titles, the text is sprinkled with references to imagery from popular science fiction movies. Although this makes for some amusing comparisons, the volume's real strength lies in its succinct building analyses. Architectural researcher and writer Cattermole--also the former creative director of Arcaid, an architectural picture library that houses these photos--ably sketches the cultural and historical context of each building, describing its structure and technical innovations while critiquing its aesthetic form. Recommended for large public and undergraduate architecture libraries; the absence of an index or floor plans compromises the volume's usefulness for more specialized collections.

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A large-format book illustrating many modern buildings with sumptuous photography. Interestingly, the author connects many of the buildings with science fiction imagery and ideas; indeed, much of the ... Read full review

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Paul Cattermole is the former creative director of a specialist architectural picture library and an architectural writer based in London. His most recent work is Buildings for Tomorrow: Architecture That Changed Our World.

Gwyn Headley is the founder of the Folly Fellowship, a society dedicated to extreme buildings of architectural interest, and the author of Architectural Follies in America.

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