189th out of 216 books — 18 voters
1001 Buildings You Must See Before You Die: The World's Architectural Masterpieces (1001 Before You Die)
by Mark Irving
This book is a one-stop guide to the world’s greatest architectural achievements. Comprehensive and concise, it contains reviews of the most influential structures ever built worldwide. Covering a diverse array of architectural traditions and construction styles–from the bold and brash to the spiritual and reserved, from Angkor Wat to the Parthenon, from Frank Lloyd Wright...more
Hardcover, 960 pages
Published October 23rd 2007 by Universe
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I liked this book quite a lot. Now there are even more places I want to go, and it reaffirmed my desire to go to India. But the big problem with this book, at least for me, was the way it was arranged. It starts with buildings from the Ancient World, continues on with Empire to Revolution then onwards finishing with Fast into the Future. I would have found it more useful if the arrangement was by country, which is how one would tour them. And I would have included Mount St. Michael and Carcasson...more
Feb 25, 2008 Richard rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Those who have a dilettante-ish interest in architecture but want to expand it
Recommended to Richard by: Mark Ghazal
Not necessarily the best book about architecture ever by any means, but probably one of the most entertaining and attractive, and oddly compelling and addictive overviews of noteworthy buildings that I've read. And for those who don't "get" modernism and futurism and all those other mid-century movements, it provides a really sensitive and approachable guide to the core values driving these aesthetic philosophies.
I don't pick up this book enough, considering how much I enjoy studying it's pages. Beautiful pictures take prominence (with my favorite building right there on the cover) and the brief synopses of cultural significance or technological acheivement are satisfying enough -- just don't expect in-depth architectural analysis.