Architecture Now

More than ever before, architecture at the beginning of the 21st century is changing and evolving at lightning speed. Appropriated, chewed up, mulled over, digested, contemplated, and contorted – gathering up along the way fashion, ecology, politics, and art – architectural concepts become veritable things unto themselves in the present tense. As astoundingly diverse as contemporary architecture is, most importantly it is a reflection of what’s happening right now all over the world, in people’s minds and in the global collective consciousness. The many faces of world architecture today make for a mind-expanding book. Here you’ll find the most recent work of over 60 architects and firms, including familiar names such as O. Gehry, Meier, Ando, Foster, and Starck, as well as a Japan host of newcomers sure to be the architecture-celebrities of future generations. Highlights include Jakob & MacFarlane’s morphological Restaurant at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Diller & Scofidio’s  “Blur Building” proposal for the International Expo 2001 in Switzerland (an ovular structure suspended over a lake, encapsulated by a fine mist of water, creating the look of a cloud hovering over the lake), and Herzog & de Meuron’s remarkable Tate Modern. Proving that contemporary   architecture is not limited to physical building design, New York firm Asymptote’s Guggenheim Virtual Museum is also included, a place where visitors can take a cyber-stroll through rooms that are designed to be “compelling spatial environments.” Presented alphabetically by architect or firm, Architecture Now! can be used like a reference guide, with extensive photographs and illustrations, biographical and contact information for design & architecture Miami designers, and a careful selection of today’s most influential architects.

A tri-lingual overview of recent contemporary architecture taking examples from all over the world and trying to distill them into some semblance of trends and evolution. Lavish, often full-page, color photographs, plans, diagrams, and drawings provide a focus for the minimal text. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

  • Publisher: Taschen America, LLC
  • Pub. Date: May 2001
  • ISBN-13: 9783822860656
  • 576pp

Other books by Philip Jodidio

Interior Architecture Now
International Design Yearbook, Vol. 18
Process : 50 Product Designs from Concept to Manufacture
Restroom : Contemporary Design

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