Contemporary goes Mainstream

We tend to divide buildings into two basic categories—private structures such as houses, and public buildings like railway stations, concert halls or museums. Public buildings have limits of their own: whether a courthouse or an airport, a stadium or college campus, questions of style, function or cost are clearly posed. Resolving such tensions is just one of many serious questions that arise when the definition of public architecture is at stake. This book explores the most creative responses to these and related issues, and shows how in recent years, public architecture has undergone a tremendous upheaval, an aesthetic awakening of sorts.

Where solidly classical and staid designs were the norm, aesthetic daring and innovation are now increasingly rewarded, as celebrated architects from Herzog & de Meuron to Jean Nouvel have blazed a trail for a new generation of truly public buildings—structures that combine access for the many, with quality once reserved for the few.Public Architecture Now! highlights the groundbreaking and breathtaking new public architecture now appearing around the world, from Spain to Norway, via Chile, China and the USA.

Featured architects and practices include:
3XN, Adjaye Associates, Aires Mateus, Stan Allen, AllesWirdGut, Tadao Ando, Paul Andreu, ARM, Arup Associates, Assadi + Pulido, Atelier Oslo / AWP, Auer+Weber+Assoziierte, b720 Arquitectos, Behnisch Architekten, Bruno Fioretti Marquez, Santiago Calatrava, Cannon Design, CEBRA, David Chipperfield, Coop Himmelb(l)au, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, EMBT – Miralles / Tagliabue, Doriana and Massimiliano Fuksas, Frank O. Gehry, Nicholas Grimshaw, Herzog & de Meuron, Hotson Bakker Boniface Haden, Toyo Ito, Taiji Kawano, Marcio Kogan, Kuehn Malvezzi, Line and Space, Localarchitecture, Lundgaard & Tranberg, Fumihiko Maki, Michael Maltzan, Francisco Mangado, Giancarlo Mazzanti, MGM Arquitectos, Rafael Moneo, Moneo Brock Studio, Alberto Nicolau, Jean Nouvel, ONL, Perkins Eastman, Dominique Perrault, Plan B Arquitectos + JPRCR Architects, Rojkind Arquitectos, Álvaro Siza Vieira, Substance, Tidy Architects, UNStudio / Van Berkel & Bos, Vicens + Ramos, Makoto Sei Watanabe, René van Zuuk
The author:
Philip Jodidio (born 1954) studied art history and economics at Harvard, and edited Connaissance des Arts for over 20 years. His books include TASCHEN’s Architecture Now! series, and monographs on Tadao Ando, Norman Foster, Richard Meier, Jean Nouvel, and Zaha Hadid. He is internationally renowned as one of the most popular writers on the subject of architecture.
Public Architecture Now! (Midi-Format)

Public Architecture Now!


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  • Reviews
"This volume highlights groundbreaking new trends in public architecture worldwide, including libraries, airports, museums, and more. Presented as a worldwide cross section of public structures, Public Architecture Now! includes innovative designs from architects like Herzon & de Meuron and Jean Nouvel."
— Forecast Public Art, St. Paul, United States
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