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World Architecture

What makes a great building? This is a question that has preoccupied architects, critics and travellers alike for centuries. Despite the rich variety of buildings around the world, no fully illustrated, specially photographed survey of the greats has been attempted. Until now. A world of beauty and genius is unveiled in over 350 photographs which take you on an epic journey celebrating the finest examples of architecture from over 2,000 years of civilization. Deftly splitting the history of architecture into two parts at AD1500, "World Architecture: The Masterworks" contains over 80 buildings, over 40 of which are featured in detailed photo essays. Will Pryces texts provide an extra dimension of understanding for the contexts, peoples and evolution of architectural history.
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As Pryce (coauthor, Brick: A World History) notes in his preface, all surveys are subjective, and this one is no exception. The focus is on "masterworks" as opposed to a measured progression of architecturally significant buildings; for another, the British author has an understandable soft spot for English buildings (they account for nine of the 49 examples). Pryce goes beyond the usual suspects and covers buildings from all over the world, including many in India, Turkey, and other parts of the Middle East as well as some European styles that are not currently in vogue (for example, Spanish Churrigueresque and German Rococo). The real strength of the book lies in the photographs, all taken by Pryce. VERDICT A coffee-table book in the best sense: full of new, color photographs of buildings from all over the world and brief descriptions that highlight the salient points of each. For an academic audience, the lack of floor plans and the focus on masterworks rather than architectural history may be drawbacks, but a general audience will simply enjoy the world tour.-Amy Trendler, Ball State Univ. Libs., Muncie, IN (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

The sheer brilliance and detail of the photographs cause us to see with fresh eyes what may be over-familiar... or easily overlooked.

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