Contemporary World Architecture, Phaidon Press

Contemporary World Architecture, Phaidon Press

The opportunity to design a book as well as the materials to promote it, helped ensure the high visibility of Contemporary World Architecture, a major international survey of architecture today.

The book offers a comprehensive look at world architecture from 1970 to date. Hugh Pearman analyses contemporary buildings by type – buildings for the visual arts, workplace, living etc. – rather than relaying architectural developments in chronological order, or by architectural movement. 

The book is divided into thirteen sections using a brief introduction to the building type plus one famous example. The colour treatment of these divider pages elevates the buildings from bricks and mortar to icons. The icons feature in the promotions for the book, on display materials for book stores, on invitations for the book launch, and promotional posters.

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Phaidon Press

Phaidon Press is an international publisher of books on the visual arts with offices in New York, London, Paris and Berlin, and distributors worldwide.

Phaidon has a long and distinguished history as an art book publisher. The company was founded in Vienna in 1923 by Dr. Bela Horowiz and Ludwig Goldscheider and named after "Phaedo", Socrates' pupil who spoke on the immortality of the soul. Their key objective was to deliver quality books at affordable prices.

Today, Phaidon books are recognised worldwide for the highest quality of content, design, and production. They cover everything from art, architecture, photography, design, performing arts, decorative arts, contemporary culture, fashion, and film.