Architecture Now! is a series published by TASCHEN. The first issue came out in 2005 and has since become a brand that stands for excellent and accessible source of information about contemporary architecture. The flagship publication, now in its 9th edition, keeps doing what it does well: offering a great point of reference for anyone interested in the zeitgeist and building design in the 21st century.
The book includes recent projects by famous architecture practices such as Zaha Hadid‘s CMA CGM Tower in Marseille, Jean Nouvel‘s Jane’s Carousel in Brooklyn, Frank O. Gehry‘s Eight Spruce Street on Manhattan or Herzog & De Meuron‘s Serpentine Gallery Pavilion and Basel Messe hall, but it also makes place for less known names, such as Carla Juaçaba from Brazil and some remarkable artist/architect collaborations (eg. Orbit, the famous red sculptural tower built for the London Olympic Park, common project of Anish Kapoor and Cecil Blamond).
The book also covers designs from all over the world: from high profile buildings in the spotlights of contemporary architecture in the US, Brazil or China to unique projects in less obvious places, such as the 28m² Cor-ten steel construction that looks like – but is not – a church in a rural field in Borgloon, Belgium (by Pieterjan Gijs and Arnout Van Vaerenbergh) or an opera house set in a village 90 mins drive from the capital of Burkina Faso (by Diébédo Francis Kéré).
The introduction puts all the featured projects into a broader context of societal change and of architectural history. It reads like a private conversation with the author – Philip Jodidio, who is clearly very knowledgeable and enjoys sharing his insights in where architecture is today and where it might go tomorrow.
A fantastic book for anyone interested in present–day architecture! Hardback edition is now available in bookstores and online.
The Architecture Now! series expands thematically into further division focusing on residential houses, interiors, landscapes and more recently – with the addition of the GREEN and WOOD volumes – also on sustainable architecture.