Chronicling the history of human ingenuity and creative design from A.D. 500 to the present day, this richly illustrated study captures a broad spectrum of remarkable architectural wonders, ranging from St. Peter's Basilica and the Taj Mahal to the Sydney Opera House, the Hoover Dam, and the Guggenheim Museum, accompanied by diagrams, reconstructions, and spectacular photography. 17,500 first printing.
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Neil Parkyn is an architect and city planner, who has worked in sixteen countries. He is also a prize-winning journalist and illustrator.From Booklist:
Parkyn, an architect and journalist, defines wonders as "artifacts which are larger than the human scale, which are the products of the brain and hands of men and women, and which also somehow exemplify a notable landmark in the evolution of a particular genre." The genres he has in mind determine the sections of this efficiently designed, photo-rich, mind-expanding volume: houses of worship; palaces; public buildings; skyscrapers; bridges, railroads, and tunnels; canals and dams; and colossal statues. With more than two dozen international contributors on the case, this "wow" survey celebrates technical and aesthetic marvels on every continent, each a triumph over obstacles natural and human. As each "wonder" is carefully documented within the context of its place and time, a surprising amount of scientific, engineering, artistic, and political history is illuminated, including the rise of the techno-dependent modern metropolis. So what qualifies as a wonder? Istanbul's sixth-century church Hagia Sophia; the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet; Frank Gehry's Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain; the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; the Channel Tunnel; and Mount Rushmore. Donna Seaman
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