Haig Beck, "10 X 10: 100 architects"
Phaidon Press Ltd | ISBN 0714843792 | Feb 2004 | PDF | 468 pages | 68 MB
Phaidon's 10 x 10 showcases the present and future of architecture in a dazzling, optimistic light. From its hologram cover to the multimedia representations within, this panoramic survey explores the fresh innovation, experimentalism, wit and intellectual ambitions of the discipline worldwide (with the possible exception of Africa, which seems under-represented). After decades of insular vision, unable to connect the drawing-board with the plot, so to speak, the Young Turks of modern architecture are finally designing the "global village" along the lines of national concerns expressed internationally, an emphasis on sustainable resources, and contextual awareness. Whether in an urban, rural or cyberspace setting, these selections of photographs, plans and virtual representations are crammed with inter-disciplinary ideas which, as one writer puts it, seek to unite the dreams of architects with those of the rest of the world.