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Phantom Architecture: The Fantastical Structures the World's Great Architects Really Wanted to Build by Philip Wilkinson at Abbey's Bookshop,

Phantom Architecture: The Fantastical Structures the World's Great Architects Really Wanted to Build

Philip Wilkinson


9781471166419

Simon & Schuster


Architecture;
History of architecture


Hardback

256 pages

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A skyscraper one mile high, a dome covering most of downtown Manhattan, a triumphal arch in the form of an elephant: some of the most exciting buildings in the history of architecture are the ones that never got built. These are the projects in which architects took materials to the limits, explored challenging new ideas, defied conventions and pointed the way towards the future.

Some of them are architectural masterpieces, some simply delightful flights of fancy. It was not usually poor design that stymied them - politics, inadequate funding or a client who chose a `safe' option, rather than a daring vision, were all things that could stop a project leaving the drawing board.

These unbuilt buildings include the grand projects that acted as architectural calling cards, experimental designs that stretch technology, visions for the future of the city, and articles of architectural faith. Structures like Buckminster Fuller's dome over New York, or Frank Lloyd Wright's mile-high tower, can seem impossibly daring. But they also point to buildings that came decades later, to the Eden Project and the Shard.

Some of those unbuilt wonders are buildings of great beauty and individual form, like Etienne-Louis Boullee's enormous spherical monument to Isaac Newton; some, such as the city plans of Le Corbusier, seem to want to teach us how to live; some, like El Lissitsky's `horizontal skyscrapers' and Gaudi's curvaceous New York hotel, turn architectural convention upside-down; some, such as Archigram's Walking City and Plug-in City, are by turns bizarre and inspiring. All are captured in this magnificently illustrated book.

By:   Philip Wilkinson
Imprint:   Simon & Schuster
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 246mm,  Width: 189mm, 
ISBN:   9781471166419
ISBN 10:   1471166414
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   November 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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