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The World of Contemporary Architecture

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by Francisco Asensio Cerver. Konemann, 2000. 1000pp. £9.99. (Distributor: Art Books International 020 7720 1503)

This heavyweight paperback aims 'to give the public access to material that until now has been the province of the specialist' - in effect, a trawl through periodicals from the last decade or so for a cross-section of architecture today. Some 450 projects, each with a photo-dominated spread, are arranged by type and the scope is broad enough to include a range of public spaces - squares, parks, promenades - as well as stand-alone buildings. One might argue about inclusions/exclusions and the bias towards American work (acknowledged though not explained), and criticise occasional lapses in the production. But this cheap, kaleidoscopic book could spark new interest in the built world and its quality. Right: Rudy Riccioti's Le Stadium.

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