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Guide to Contemporary New York City Architecture

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The essential walking companion to more than two hundred cutting-edge buildings constructed since the new millennium.
The first decade of the 21st century has been a time of lively architectural production in New York City. A veritable building boom gripped the city, giving rise to a host of new—and architecturally cutting-edge—residential, corporate, institutional, academic, and commercial structures. With the boom now waning, this guidebook ...

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Overview

The essential walking companion to more than two hundred cutting-edge buildings constructed since the new millennium.
The first decade of the 21st century has been a time of lively architectural production in New York City. A veritable building boom gripped the city, giving rise to a host of new—and architecturally cutting-edge—residential, corporate, institutional, academic, and commercial structures. With the boom now waning, this guidebook is perfectly timed to take stock of the city’s new skyline and map them all out, literally.
This essential walking companion and guide features 200 of the most notable buildings and spaces constructed in New York’s five boroughs since the new millennium—The High Line, by James Corner Field Operations/Diller Scofidio + Renfro; 100 Eleventh Avenue, by Ateliers Jean Nouvel; Brooklyn Children’s Museum, by Rafael Vinoly Architects; 41 Cooper Square, by Morphosis; Poe Park Visitors Center, by Toshiko Mori Architect; and One Bryant Park, by Cook + Fox, to name just a few. Projects are grouped by neighborhood, allowing for easy, self-guided tours, with photos, maps, directions, and descriptions that highlight the most important aspects of each entry.

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Editorial Reviews

houzz.com
“[C]ompact and portable, with a strong cover and binding that can stand up to numerous urban explorations.... This guidebook lets you in on secret details you might miss if you're not looking out for them.... Finding these architectural gems among the skyscrapers that he also writes about is a really fun part of this guided treasure hunt.... [A]lso includes much-anticipated projects in the works for the next decade.”
ELLE Decor
“Each building is clearly mapped and each entry contains detailed information about how to find the building, a photo, and a concise write-up pointing out what’s important—technically, stylistically, and historically. The book has an adventurous, democratic feel.... The final chapter, 'New York City 2020,' includes dozens of promising buildings in the works. Setting the stage for a second edition in 10 years? We can only hope.”
Architizer.com
“Finally architectural enthusiasts have a guidebook to the past 10 years of NYC’s architectural building boom and bust. Handy and informative.”
Capital New York
“Hill has begun to emerge, in the past five years or so, as one of New York’s great architectural communicators, an exquisitely informed tour guide for the layman design enthusiast…. Hill’s contemporary-focused volume occupies a niche that’s gone unfilled for several years…. This group portrait of the city maps out not just where the new buildings are, but how they spell out a contemporary language for the urban environment, creating a composite image of 21st-century New York that is by turns familiar and challenging.”
The Architect's Newspaper
“[T]he only guidebook devoted exclusively to recent design in the city…. [F]eels both inclusive and curated, inviting its users to investigate a range of new works making their mark on the cityscape.”
Oculus
“Guide to Contemporary New York City Architecture is more than a guide. It is a creative time capsule that captures the re-envisioning of New York City, boroughs and all.”
Time Out New York
“Designers, engineers—anyone who dreams in vertical structures of glass and steel, really—will nod approvingly.”
Midwest Book Review
“[A] recommendation for arts and New York City culture collections alike. . . . Any architecture enthusiast, whether native New Yorker or visitor, will find this key to locating and appreciating some of New York City’s finest.”
RIAS Quarterly
[W]ell illustrated and visually attractive.
Justin Davidson
“Beautifully illustrated; great graphics.... Provides an impressive sense of how much has been built in New York in recent years.”
eVolo
“Finally there is a guide not focused on New York's past architecture, but in its new additions . . . . Guide to Contemporary New York City Architecture is an indispensable book to any architect or architecture aficionado visiting New York.”
FORM
“[I]ndispensable . . . What makes the guide a joy to use is the clarity of the layout, in which buildings are grouped in 22 districts and indicated on useful maps that also include subway stops. . . . [A] valuable public service to architects and aficionados.”
Library Journal
Architect, critic, and blogger Hill (archidose.org) offers up an absorbing and idiosyncratic guide to New York City's newest buildings, streetscapes, and public spaces. The title promises objectivity, but the 200-plus entries selected by Hill betray an affinity for the finely detailed and intimate. Along with the expected inclusion of attractions like the Museum of Modern Art are many small-scale gems only a true insider could identify. Town houses, private schools, and even a vending kiosk are worth a look as you follow the itineraries organized along walking, subway, and bus routes in all five boroughs. Hill's commentary is incisive, and he pulls no punches about weaknesses he finds. The book itself is a small-format, sturdy production with at least one excellent color photo of each building. VERDICT For those indefatigably obsessed with architecture of the past decade, this guide will provide weeks if not months of touring pleasure. The more casual tourist will be satisfied with a guide like the 2011 edition of Frommer's 24 Great Walks in New York.—David Soltész, Cuyahoga Cty. P.L., Parma, OH
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393733266
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/5/2011
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 358,103
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

John Hill, a registered architect, operates a weekly Web page and blog, archidose.org, devoted to contemporary architecture; he also documents his passion for “archi-tourism” at architourist.pbworks.com. The U.S. representative and editor for World-Architects.com, he has published articles in Architect Magazine, The Architect’s Newspaper, and eVolo, and was a contributing editor to the Chicago-based art/architecture magazine TENbyTEN.

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