New Directions in Contemporary Architecture: Evolutions and Revolutions in Building Design since 1988 by Luigi Prestinenza Puglisi gives an insightful account of the state and ideals of present-day architecture. The richly illustrated book covers seminal works by key architects such as Norman Foster, Zaha Hadid, Herzog& de Meuron, Toyo Ito, Rem Koolhaas, Jean Nouvel and Renzo Piano.
The contents are organised chronologically in four chapters: After Deconstructivism 1988–1992; New Directions 1993–1997; A season of Masterpieces 1998–2001; and Trends 2002–2007. The book also contains a visually informative timeline of the main developments between 1988 and 2007 and a list of recommended reading.
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.
—Luigi Prestinenza Puglisi, New Directions in Contemporary Architecture: Evolutions and Revolutions in Building Design since 1988, publisher’s info from the back cover.
The copy in stock is in very good condition. There’s an ex-libris glued on the front endpaper, but no other markings or faults neither on the pages nor on the covers.