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The Seventy Architectural Wonders of Our Modern World: Amazing Structures and How They Were Built



By: Neil Parkyn(Author)

Language: English

Genre: Art, Architecture & Photography

Publisher: Thames & Hudson; 01 edition (14 Oct. 2002)

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The original title of the book: The Seventy Architectural Wonders of Our Modern World: Amazing Structures and How They Were Built

The modern world's greatest structures capture the imagination and inspire wonder, whether they are places of worship, palaces of power or pleasure, skyscrapers, bridges, tunnels, canals, dams or colossal statues. In this volume, an international team of architectures, engineers and architectural historians chart the progress of human ingenuity and creativity in erecting buildings, from AD500 to the 21st century.

Neil Parkyn is an architect and city planner, who has worked in sixteen countries. He is also a prize-winning journalist and illustrator.

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  • By A Reader on 10 October 2003

    At first glance this hefty and intensively designed book - replete with lots of pictures, diagrams and factoid boxes - appears simplistic, as if aimed at the sort of brainy schoolboys and schoolgirls who want to grow up to build big dams, tall buildings and long bridges. However, on closer inspection this is a fine piece of work that will entertain and educate inquisitive readers of all ages. The text is well written (not simplistic) and there are handsome illustrations on every page. It is also beautifully produced - as Thames and Hudson books have always been (always slightly more expensive, but always worth the extra). From the innovative design of the Pompidou Centre to how the faces were carved on Mnt. Rushmore, this is a fascinating and well-presented look at seventy extraordinary human achievements, with lots of surprises for all. The word "wonders" is not misused in the title. There is also a truly international approach, with great structures from Asia and South America featuring alongside more familiar western landmarks. One might say there is a little too much emphasis on US and British feats of engineering, but that is a small matter considering the fact this is obviously aimed primarily at a British readership who will want to see the London Eye and the Palace of Westminster represented. In summary, this is a very fine book that one reads again and again with much pleasure and interest, discovering many new things about structures one thought one knew well and learning for the first time about great buildings from far away that one never really knew at all. Clever school children should be delighted with such a book as a present, and it is very suitable for adults, too. What a great thing it would be to go on a world tour to see all seventy structures in this book!

  • By Guest on 24 June 2005

    Having read a number of books on the great structures of the world, this one easily stands above the rest. Whether new to Architecture, or a veteran reader, this book provides clear concise info on some of the greatest buildings of all time. While it does give time to the instantly recognizable buildings, there is also great mention of some lesser known structures. The amazing photos compliment the text perfectly. Overll, I recommend to buy this book immediately!

  • By andeee on 26 October 2002

    Firstly lets not argue or disagree with the seventy chosen architectural structures, all have specifically been chosen for individual stature, meaning & use in our present modern daily life.With that out of the way, the book is divided into 7 well-documented sections where each structure is categorised. I was very delighted to have turned to the forth section, Towers & Skyscrapers, to see at no.42, The World Trade Centre towers acknowledged, despite the recent events on September 11th. Also the great work of Brunel, the Thames Tunnel at no.50 & the not so well known but astonishing, Akashi Kaikyo Bridge at no.60 in Bridges, Railways & Tunnels section, & finally the impressive jaw dropping, Mount Rushmore at no.70, in the final section, Colossal Statues.The book really does exactly what it sets out to do, to explain & celebrate the masterpieces of architecture, design & engineering. A great insight, which could get you hooked, & wanting more, so the book has a detailed further reading page, fantastic!As an architectural student the book is an essential necessity for reference & research, but with 352 amazingly beautiful illustrations, 267 in captivating colour, that with enlightening text makes it a very excellent coffee table book too. You will certainly not be disappointed with this purchase.

  • By ASax on 24 August 2004

    After just flicking through the book I wanted to jump in and start reading it. At first glance the book seems really packed but each example is described in detail in terms of its history and the materials it is made of. The book was really useful for me since I am an architecture student and it informed me about some really amazing pieces of architecture in the world, but for those who know nothing about the design of buildings this book is really easy to understand and is generally fun to read. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is interested in reading about fasinating architecture.

  • By Steen on 16 November 2010

    Ordering this item, blue cover as shown on the photo, will not supply you with that book. You will get another Neil Parkyn book. Please observe that the text in the add is different from the cover text on the book!"The Seventy Architectual Wonders of our World..." is not the same as "The Seventy Wonders of our World..." or is it?I have the book as shown on the photo and that book is fantastic! I have bought 3 copies. I don't know about the other book, but I will order one to see. If you have a comment to my review, I'll be glad to read it.

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