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“One of the many appealing aspects of World Architecture is its gathering between two covers of disparate but remarkable buildings from across the centuries, many of them in exquisite full-page photographs.”—Wall Street Journal
Will Pryce unveils a world of beauty and genius in this unparalleled, specially photographed survey of the world’s architectural master- pieces. More than 350 color photographs celebrate the finest buildings from over two thousand years of civilization: Hagia Sophia, the Gothic cathedrals of Europe, Islamic masterworks at Isfahan, the Taj Mahal, the Palace of Westminster, Gehry’s iconic Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, and much more.
There are some eighty buildings featured, more than forty of which receive in-depth attention in detailed photo essays. Pryce’s accompanying texts and commentaries provide an extra dimension of understanding for the contexts in which they were created, and of the evolution of architecture through history.
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The Wall Street Journal
“The sheer brilliance and detail of the photographs cause us to see with fresh eyes what may be over-familiar… or easily overlooked.”
Library Journal
As Pryce (coauthor, Brick: A World History) notes in his preface, all surveys are subjective, and this one is no exception. The focus is on "masterworks" as opposed to a measured progression of architecturally significant buildings; for another, the British author has an understandable soft spot for English buildings (they account for nine of the 49 examples). Pryce goes beyond the usual suspects and covers buildings from all over the world, including many in India, Turkey, and other parts of the Middle East as well as some European styles that are not currently in vogue (for example, Spanish Churrigueresque and German Rococo). The real strength of the book lies in the photographs, all taken by Pryce. VERDICT A coffee-table book in the best sense: full of new, color photographs of buildings from all over the world and brief descriptions that highlight the salient points of each. For an academic audience, the lack of floor plans and the focus on masterworks rather than architectural history may be drawbacks, but a general audience will simply enjoy the world tour.—Amy Trendler, Ball State Univ. Libs., Muncie, IN
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500342480
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 11/24/2008
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 12.40 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Will Pryce is an award-winning photographer who originally trained as an architect at Cambridge University and the Royal College of Art, London. His books include Big Shed, World Architecture: The Masterworks, and, with James W. P. Campbell, the widely acclaimed Brick: A World History.
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