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Description - New Directions in Contemporary Architecture by Luigi Prestinenza Puglisi

Rem Koolhaas has defined architecture as a chaotic adventure. Nothing could be more true than that of the last two decades. Never has architecture been so unbridled and so extraordinary: the architectural cast has never been so wide and their works so diverse. What though if you are new to the subject? How is it possible to make sense of this seemingly unruly architectural landscape? There are so many different types of architecture, so many designers with such varying and even contradictory approaches. This book is a much needed navigation guide for anyone interested in modern architecture. Organised chronologically, it enables you to find your way through one of the most prolific periods of building design. It looks at buildings in often contrasting styles that have been built almost simultaneously across the world with their roots in very different tendencies and schools of thought. A loose but effective framework is provided, which pulls all these multiple threads together, while key buildings are described individually with a unique clarity and precision.* Covers seminal works, such as Guggenheim Bilbao and the Jewish Museum in Berlin.* Features key architects: Norman Foster, Zaha Hadid, Herzog & de Meuron, Toyo Ito, Rem Koolhaas, Jean Nouvel and Renzo Piano* Illustrated with more than 220 colour images Order your copy today.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780470518908
ISBN-10: 0470518901
Format: Paperback
(221mm x 177mm x 16mm)
Pages: 240
Imprint: John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Publish Date: 4-Apr-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Luigi Prestinenza Puglisi

Luigi Prestinenza Puglisi is an architectural writer and critic. he teaches Contemporary Architectural History at La Sapienza University in Rome. He writes for Domus, The Plan, L'Arca, Abitare and Architectural Design . He is the Italian correspondent for A10 new European architecture , Monument (Australia) and the Architect's Newspaper (USA). He is an editor for Le Carre Bleu . Prestinenza Puglisi is the director of the weekly presS/Tletter ( ) and curator of numerous exhibitions and events. he has written many books and is also the guest-editor of Italy: A New Architectural Landscape, Architectural Design , 2007. His writings can be found online at: