The Global Reader: Building Up

Only eight years in, there is already a definitive guide to the new century’s architecture. At 800 pages, The Phaidon Atlas of 21st Century World Architecture covers 1,037 buildings from 89 countries, with projects ranging from the well known (Richard Meier’s all-glass Manhattan apartment buildings) to the obscure (an Australian sheepshearing shed by Sydney-area firm Stutchbury and Pape). The book is filled with images—such as the Palais des Congrès de Montréal and Holman House, a residence in the Sydney suburbs—5,500 of them, to be precise. The finishing touch: The atlas comes in its own carrying case.