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Whereas Frank Gehry's wayward forms require a lot of mundane structural props, Coop Himmelb(l)au's can actually be built. As Kenneth Frampton says in his contribution to The Organic Approach to Architecture (Wiley, £24.95) - the proceedings of a conference in New York with speakers including Gunther Behnisch and Volker Giencke - they are 'strictly architectonic'.Coop Himmelb(l)au is flourishing at present: it has just won the competition for the Aalborg Music House in Denmark, ahead of Zaha Hadid and Henning Larsen.

Now, in Blue Universe (Hatje Cantz, £29.95.Distributor Art Books International), its past projects appear as theatrically lit models in photographs by Gerald Zugmann. Pictured is the Red Angel,1980.

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