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Review: Temporary Architecture Now!

Temporary Architecture Now!

Philip Jodido (Taschen)

“Temporary architecture is often freed of many of the constraints that weigh on the design of more permanent buildings and thus allow architects a greater margin of creative freedom.”

Don’t be put off by the size of this tome. Written in English with French and German translations, Temporary is perfect for anyone with an interest in modern architecture, especially temporary architecture and the innovations and progress made in this area.

Jodido, who studied art history and economics at Harvard University and was editor-in-chief of leading French art journal Connaissance des Arts for over two decades, begins with an overview of some of the main innovations in modern architecture and the current fascination with creating “non-permanent structures”.

He then launches into an overview of some of the developments by noted architects in this field, complete with images and the inspiration or reasoning behind the designs.

The book is packed with lovely pictures of designs from across the globe, each more innovative and creative than the last. Among those featured are works by Zaha Hadid and Rem Koolhaas, as well as many up-and-comers.

It's perfect for anyone with an interest in architecture or innovative design, or someone looking for a good coffee table book for guests to flick through.

On a side note, the book is an excellent advertisement for the featured architects who managed to sneak in their contact details.