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Who says modern architecture is dead? Here it is in full color, alive, well, and kicking all around the planet, from Taipei, Taiwan, which now lays claim to having the tallest building in the world (the 101 Tower by architect C.Y. Lee), to a tiny lakeside sauna designed by Ari Bungers in the trees of Pirunsaari Island, Finland. Vidiella (The Atlas of Architecture), a multitalented teacher, editor, author, and film director, provides case studies of more than 80 public, private, and commercial international works of architecture built since the late 1990s. These come with ample color photographs, plans, and brief project descriptions. The selection is international and catholic in the best sense, bearing no particular stylistic or cultural bias: just aggressive, cutting-edge design is featured. A fine, reasonably priced one-volume survey of contemporary architecture for smaller public and university visual arts collections.
—Peter S. Kaufman