"1001 Buildings You Must See Before You Die" is a visual testament to the beauty, grace, and fortitude of the world's greatest architectural achievements. Beginning in the ancient and Near East, the book explores middle age Byzantine and Gothic examples such as Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, goes on to St Paul's Cathedral, London and continues through the Chrysler Building, New York City, with its art deco metal pinnacle, to splendid contemporary innovations such as Norman Foster's Reichstag parliament building, Berlin and Frank Gehry's Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles. The book is not only concerned with size - it also includes some of the world's most remarkable domestic buildings, such as the Mongolian yurt and houses of the American pioneers, as well as railway buildings, chapels, casinos, concert halls, gentlemen's clubs, and museums, cherished often for the way they represent and capture a particular moment in history in their details and atmosphere. "1001 Buildings You Must See Before You Die" is the complete companion to the outstanding architecture of the world. It offers a fascinating mixture of familiar landmarks and little-known gems.
Mark Irving has been an art and architecture writer for numerous newspapers, including The Times, Financial Times, Independent on Sunday, Guardian, and Scotsman as well as magazines such as Domus, Blueprint, Prospect, Time, L'Espresso, New Statesman, and Knack Weekend. He wrote and presented FIVE's critically acclaimed three-part television series The Story of Art Deco, broadcast in 2003. Mark has contributed essays to numerous books and catalogues, and conceived and produced the recent "Flip" book for the Serpentine Gallery's Talks Marathon in 2006.