TIME Great Buildings: The World's Most Influential, Inspiring and Astonishing Structures

TIME Great Buildings: The World's Most Influential, Inspiring and Astonishing Structures


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TIME Great Buildings: The World's Most Influential, Inspiring and Astonishing Structures by Kelly Knauer, Editors of TIME

With a new age of great architecture in full flight, the editors of TIME explore the most astonishing structures of the 21st century, the most influential buildings of the past and the master architects who have helped shape contemporary life. Here are visions of great beauty, from the Taj Mahal to the Sydney Opera House. Here are icons that resonate with history: the Pyramids at Giza, the Château de Versailles, Britain's Westminster Palace. Here are memorable homes, from Thomas Jefferson's stately Monticello to Frank Lloyd Wright's serene Fallingwater. Here are buildings touched by genius and sanctified by worship, marvels of engineering and lofty skyscrapers. Here are great eras of design, from the classical age to Art Nouveau to the International Style. Here are the most striking buildings of our time, from the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, to the Burj Khalifa skyscraper in Dubai, which thrusts more than a half-mile into the heavens and became the world's tallest building when it opened in 2010. And here are profiles and portfolios of five groundbreaking architects:20th century masters Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Frank Lloyd Wright, as well as contemporary visionaries Norman Foster, Frank Gehry and Santiago Calatrava.

Completely updated from a popular 2004 TIME Books classic, the volume is lavishly illustrated with a host of spectacular photographs. In exploring civilization's most enduring creations, Great Buildings also offers an eye-opening encounter with the history, aesthetics and religions of the world's major cultures.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781603201612
Publisher: Time Home Entertainment, Inc
Publication date: 09/21/2010
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Kelly Knauer is a writer and editor for TIME Books in New York City, the book-publishing division of TIME Magazine. He has written and edited more than 30 TIME books on such subjects as Hurricane Katrina, the Middle East, great photojournalism, natural history, global warming, architecture, American history, and the life of Abraham Lincoln. He worked with TIME's longtime White House Correspondent, Hugh Sidey, on the book Hugh Sidey's Portraits of the Presidents. Among those who have written introductions for Mr. Knauer's books are former Presidents George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter and actor Tom Hanks.

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