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The Elements of Modern Architecture

Understanding Contemporary Buildings

Antony Radford, Selen B. Morkoç, Amit Srivastava


Fifty of the world’s best buildings created from 1950 to the present, dissected and analysed through specially commissioned freehand drawings


Aimed at a new generation of architects who take technology for granted but seek to understand the principles of what makes a building meaningful and enduring, The Elements of Modern Architecture features 50 buildings by the best-known and -recognized modern architects.

Constructions by Aalto, Gehry, Le Corbusier, Hadid and many others are represented in illustrations that explore all facets of the building’s creation. Starting from its site, each building is analysed through its surroundings, use of natural light, volumes and massing; its programme and circulation; its details, fenestration and ornamentation, taking the reader straight to the heart and mind of the architect.

Targeted at rising students and architects who seek to create architecture that transcends digital tools and techniques, The Elements of Modern Architecture is an essential reference and inspiration for many generations to come.

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Format: PLC (no jacket)

Size: 22.0 x 29.7 cm

Extent: 344 pp

Publication date: 26 May 2014

ISBN: 9780500342954

About the Author

Antony Radford is an urban designer and Emeritus Professor of Architecture at The University of Adelaide.

Selen B. Morkoç is a writer and critic who has practised and taught architecture and theory in Australia and Turkey.

Amit Srivastava is an architectural historian based at the University of Adelaide.