An immense work, the only one of its kind, being published in Italy for the first time, the Atlante mondiale dell'architettura del XX Secolo presents an overview of the finest architecture in the world, built between 1900 and 2000. More than 750 key buildings in one volume.
The work, which weighs 8 kg, comes in an elegant little cardboard case with a handle to make it easy to carry. Not only is it a comprehensive sourcebook for architects and architecture lovers, but it also makes an ideal present for all kinds of special occasions. 15,000 copies of the two previous volumes of the same series published by Phaidon have been sold in Italy. Divided into six world regions (Oceania, Asia, Europe, Africa, North America and South America) and 29 sub-regions, 97 countries and 699 architects are represented. The collection is the result of a rigorous selection process and input from 150 experts from all over the world. The buildings covered include 132 private homes, 20 state-owned residences, 2 new towns, 44 office-blocks, 12 banks, 9 factories, 2 stock exchanges, 36 museums, 48 universities, 14 schools, 9 city halls, 12 hospitals, 4 power plants, 5 swimming-pools, 38 churches, 9 stadiums, 12 hotels and 9 airports! The graphics, drawn specially for the book, explore the economic and political changes which took place over the course of this fascinating century and emphasize the flow of architectural ideas and the role played by architects in each of the areas examined. The designs selected brilliantly illustrate the consequences and the influences which formal and cultural transformations had on architectural output, with some surprising revelations. Each of the buildings presented is marked on a map of the region. Furthermore, for each of the projects selected, there is a page with photos of the work, a plan and a short but concise presentation.