Now more than ever, architecture is evolving at amazing speed. Appropriated, folded, morphed, contemplated, and contorted — entering into a dialogue with fashion, ecology, politics, and art — architecture has become one of the most vital and exciting forms of contemporary culture.
Yet unlike other types of art, architecture must play a practical role, because buildings are destined to be used by a wide public. Today's exciting new architecture is at the very heart of the urban environment. These homes, boutiques, museums, or gigantic office towers are all part of everyday life more than art could ever be. They express the true spirit of the times.
The many faces of Architecture Now! will expand your mind. You'll find the most recent work of more than 60 architects, including familiar names such as Frank O. Gehry, Richard Meier, Tadao Ando, Norman Foster, and Philippe Starck, as well as newcomers sure to be the star architects of the future. Highlights include Jakob + MacFarlane's morphological restaurant at the Centre George Pompidou, Diller + Scofidio's "Blur Building" proposal for Switzerland (an ovular structure, encapsulated by a fine mist of water, creating the look of a cloud hovering over a lake), and Herzog & de Meuron's remarkable Tate Modern in London.
Proving that Architecture Now! is not limited to physical building design, the book includes New York firm Asymptote's design for the Guggenheim Virtual Museum, a place where visitors can take a cyber-stroll through rooms that are designed to be compelling spacial environments.
Presented alphabetically by architect or firm, Architecture Now! is also an up-to-date reference guide, with extensive photographs and illustrations, biographical and contact information for designers, and a careful selection of today's and tomorrow's most influential architects.
Author — Philip Jodidio.
Paperback. 191 pages. 5¾" × 8" (15 cm × 20 cm).