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20th-Century World Architecture

The Phaidon Atlas


Over 750 of the most outstanding works of architecture built between 1900 and 1999


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Price: USD$95.00

20th Century World Architecture portrays, for the first time, an overview of the finest built architecture from around the world completed between 1900 and 1999. The unprecedented global scope of this collection of over 750 key buildings juxtaposes architectural icons with regional masterpieces.

Specially designed and commissioned graphics at the start of the atlas explore the changing economic and political contexts of architectural production throughout this fascinating century, and highlight the flow of architectural ideas and architects around the globe. The selection of projects brilliantly illustrates the built outcomes of these formal and cultural influences in every corner of the world, with some surprising revelations.

Divided into six world regions and 29 sub-regions, over 80 countries are represented. The collection is the result of a rigorous selection process and the input of more than 150 specialists from around the world, ensuring that each region has benefited from expert advice.

Every building is located on maps that are defined by contemporary political geography, with detailed information accompanying each project, which is fully illustrated and described by a short text. In addition, a mass of useful information is provided in extensive indexes.

SPECIFICATIONS:

Format: Hardback
Size: 450 x 310 mm (17 3/4 x 12 1/4 in)
Pages: 824 pp
Illustrations: 5500 illustrations
ISBN: 9780714857060

Conceived and edited by Phaidon editors, with a consulting global team of architecture specialists.

"Phaidon's colossal 20th Century World Architecture is a real tour de force. While the sheer volume of information is breathtaking, what impresses me most is the fascinating view of architecture in the 20th century created by the breadth of the projects and their contexts."—Michael Graves

"[...]20th Century World Architecture documents the extraordinary quality and quantity of architecture produces during the last century. Is it possible for the work of the 21st century to match this prodigious output?"—Richard Meier

"A behemoth for serious architecture fans."—Daily Telegraph

"Anyone with a passion for architecture will love this."—Evening Standard

"20th Century World Architecture... An epic production... It aims to set architecture in wider contexts of colonisation and decolonisation, and of cultural exchanges between countries... The atlas shows a richer world than the official histories allowed for... Impressive."—The Observer

"A breathtaking overview..."—Los Angeles Times

"...A monumental tome."—The Architect's Newspaper

"Easily in the running for most engrossing coffee-table book of all time."—Publishers Weekly

"Big, bold, beautiful..."—About.com

"At a hefty 832 pages, 20th Century World Architecture: The Phaidon Atlas takes a truly global and remarkably comprehensive look at projects constructed between 1900 - 1999."—Architectural Digest

"This book is an atlas but it's also a snapshot: the 20th century as seen from 2012. What a view."—The Atlantic

"One of those books I will never finish perusing, as each time I turn the page I find something new... This is an investment for your home, written in a way that is very accessible to the layman. It is also, at its simplest, a collection of really inspiring images."—The Courier-Journal

"... A beast of a book. But hoisting the tome onto your coffee table is worth it."—Architect Magazine

"... A remarkable companion... Unpack the book and you'll float into a perspective-altering history of 750 era-defining buildings."—NPR.org

"Phaidon's colossal 20th Century World Architecture is a real tour de force. While the sheer volume of information is breathtaking, what impresses me most is the fascinating view of architecture in the 20th century created by the breadth of the projects and their contexts."—Michael Graves

"[...]20th Century World Architecture documents the extraordinary quality and quantity of architecture produces during the last century. Is it possible for the work of the 21st century to match this prodigious output?"—Richard Meier

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