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Guide to Contemporary New York City Architecture

John Hill (Author)


The essential walking companion to more than two hundred cutting-edge buildings constructed since the new millennium.

The first decade of the 21st century has been a time of lively architectural production in New York City. A veritable building boom gripped the city, giving rise to a host of new—and architecturally cutting-edge—residential, corporate, institutional, academic, and commercial structures. With the boom now waning, this guidebook is perfectly timed to take stock of the city’s new skyline and map them all out, literally.

This essential walking companion and guide features 200 of the most notable buildings and spaces constructed in New York’s five boroughs since the new millennium—The High Line, by James Corner Field Operations/Diller Scofidio + Renfro; 100 Eleventh Avenue, by Ateliers Jean Nouvel; Brooklyn Children’s Museum, by Rafael Vinoly Architects; 41 Cooper Square, by Morphosis; Poe Park Visitors Center, by Toshiko Mori Architect; and One Bryant Park, by Cook + Fox, to name just a few. Projects are grouped by neighborhood, allowing for easy, self-guided tours, with photos, maps, directions, and descriptions that highlight the most important aspects of each entry.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • December 2011
  • ISBN 978-0-393-73326-6
  • 5.9 × 8.6 in / 304 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

Endorsements & Reviews

“[I]ndispensable . . . What makes the guide a joy to use is the clarity of the layout, in which buildings are grouped in 22 districts and indicated on useful maps that also include subway stops. . . . [A] valuable public service to architects and aficionados.” — FORM

Guide to Contemporary New York City Architecture is more than a guide. It is a creative time capsule that captures the re-envisioning of New York City, boroughs and all.” — Oculus

“Designers, engineers—anyone who dreams in vertical structures of glass and steel, really—will nod approvingly.” — Time Out New York

“Hill has begun to emerge, in the past five years or so, as one of New York’s great architectural communicators, an exquisitely informed tour guide for the layman design enthusiast…. Hill’s contemporary-focused volume occupies a niche that’s gone unfilled for several years…. This group portrait of the city maps out not just where the new buildings are, but how they spell out a contemporary language for the urban environment, creating a composite image of 21st-century New York that is by turns familiar and challenging.” — Capital New York

“Beautifully illustrated; great graphics.... Provides an impressive sense of how much has been built in New York in recent years.” — Justin Davidson, Designers & Books

“Finally architectural enthusiasts have a guidebook to the past 10 years of NYC’s architectural building boom and bust. Handy and informative.” —

“[T]he only guidebook devoted exclusively to recent design in the city…. [F]eels both inclusive and curated, inviting its users to investigate a range of new works making their mark on the cityscape.” — The Architect's Newspaper

“[A] recommendation for arts and New York City culture collections alike. . . . Any architecture enthusiast, whether native New Yorker or visitor, will find this key to locating and appreciating some of New York City’s finest.” — Midwest Book Review

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