Seventy Wonders of the Modern World: 1500 Years of Extraordinary Feats of Engineering and Construction

Seventy Wonders of the Modern World: 1500 Years of Extraordinary Feats of Engineering and Construction

by Neil Parkyn
     
 

"Many of these structures are the tallest, longest or largest of their kind, but sheer size alone does not necessarily make a building impressive. Aesthetic power is combined with structural virtuosity in the small chapel at Ronchamp in France or the temple of Byodo-in, Japan, with its beautifully elegant wooden roof. And the ability to harness or overcome the forces… See more details below

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"Many of these structures are the tallest, longest or largest of their kind, but sheer size alone does not necessarily make a building impressive. Aesthetic power is combined with structural virtuosity in the small chapel at Ronchamp in France or the temple of Byodo-in, Japan, with its beautifully elegant wooden roof. And the ability to harness or overcome the forces of nature, as seen in the Three Gorges Dam in China, or the Jungfrau Rail System in Switzerland, is equally spectacular. An while some buildings, including Hagia Sophia in Istanbul and the Potala Palace in Lhasa, were constructed using traditional methods and materials, others represent the latest in computer-aided design and space-age technologies, such as the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, and Kansai Airport in Japan." Built mostly for functional, mundane purposes, all these structures manage to transcend mere utility - they have changed landscapes and can encapsulate the identity of a city or a nation, becoming iconic forms that are instantly recognizable and infinitely memorable. Packed with factfiles, diagrams, reconstructions and spectacular photographs, The Seventy Architectural Wonders of Our World explains and celebrates these masterpieces of architecture, design and engineering.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This companion volume to The Seventy Wonders of the Ancient World and The Seventy Great Mysteries of the Ancient World examines well-known structures worldwide. Although the book is subtitled "1500 Years of Extraordinary Feats of Engineering and Construction," most of the featured "wonders" date from the second half of the 20th century. The selections are divided into seven categories: churches, palaces, public buildings, towers and skyscrapers, bridges and railways, canals and dams, and statues. Each entry includes basic information on history, structural and engineering details, innovations, aesthetics, and a sidebar "factfile." Written by 28 architects, engineers, and historians, primarily from the United States, Britain, and Australia, the book is intended for general readers. The photos and diagrams that complement the text are uniformly excellent. A more sophisticated, broader, but more expensive choice in the "building wonders" category is Donald Langmead and Christine Garnaut's Encyclopedia of Architectural and Engineering Feats. Suitable for school, public, and basic academic collections.-Russell T. Clement, Northwestern Univ. Lib., Evanston, IL Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
Adult/High School-A beautifully executed, well-organized work. Accompanied by good (mostly color) photos with explanatory captions, the text relates lots of facts: when a structure was built and why; its construction history; politics, if any; and basic statistics such as dimensions, etc. The information is condensed into two to four pages of interesting writing and illustrations per project. Sites are arranged by category: churches, mosques, temples, and shrines; palaces and castles (ranging from the Forbidden City to Hearst's Castle); public and state buildings; towers and skyscrapers; bridges, railways, and tunnels; canals and dams; and colossal statues. The piece on the World Trade Center includes informed speculation on the reason for its collapse. Useful for history, civilization, architecture, engineering, and physics classes as well as for general readers.-Judy McAloon, Potomac Library, Prince William County, VA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780500510476
Publisher:
W W Norton & Co Inc
Publication date:
11/28/2002
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
8.34(w) x 10.50(h) x 1.33(d)

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