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Phantom Architecture Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B06X417RP9
- Publisher : Simon & Schuster UK (2 November 2017)
- Language : English
- File size : 243555 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 256 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 1,527,366 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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Lacking illustrationsReviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 June 2020
A picture says a thousand words and, on this basis, alone this book is a demonstrable failure. The concept is wonderful “fantastical strictures the world’s great architects really wanted to build” but the delivery is somewhat dated. This is how books looked back in 1975. The outward appearance of the book (measuring 25cm x 20cm x 3cm) is suggestive of a nice chunky coffee-table volume lavishly illustrated. Something maybe with modern computer-generated images to portray architecture the world never got to see. But open the book… You cannot argue with the words… but the pictures? Where are the pictures? Most of the buildings discussed are portrayed with as few illustrations as possible. All seem to be culled from the architect’s original notes. Some are little more than sketches that do little to illustrate what was intended. If there is a topic that is crying out for plenty of large and colourful artwork it is this. This is ART. Imagine a book trying to describe the great sculptures of the world in the form of a novel? It would be absurd. The utter lack of imagination in the delivery of this book is reflected in the price. I picked this up for a small fraction of the cover price. This is a topic worthy of interpretation but a modern discerning audience will expect something more sophisticated than this.
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Beautiful BookReviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 September 2020
This was recommended by a friend, and it is a beautiful, high quality book - and if you love architecture, it is really interesting. It is in no way a how-to book - more an exploration of ideas. If you value beautiful books with beautiful covers that are lovely to hold and read, this will be one of them. It is one of a series - we have the atlas also, and love them both. Fast delivery in excellent condition.
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Amazing bookReviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 December 2020
Thrilled with this book which is beautifully produced and packed with the most stunning architecture. It's a book I delve into frequently to read about the most fascinating architecture projects which never were but should be built - Newton's mausoleum is amazing and I would be delighted to see it built. Definitely one to be left out to be pored over again and again.
E. J. Reed
A good giftReviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 January 2021
This is a lovely book, I stupidly thought there would be more pictures although that makes no sense as these things were never built! Plenty of info to wade through though and a good gift for anyone into architecture. My other half plans to build some of these in Minecraft!
Five StarsReviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 June 2018
Weird and wonderful buildings that got designed but never built. Sharply written and beautifully illustrated.
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