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Around the World in 80 Buildings

"A celebration of buildings, from prehistoric dwellings to the international space station"

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David Long and Lou Baker Smith take us around the world and across millennia in a book that looks at stunning buildings, in the process revealing lots about the cultures and people who built them. It makes our world feel huge, full of variety and beauty, but shows that humans, wherever and whenever they lived, have always shared imagination, determination, and technical ingenuity.

Double page spreads present buildings with similar purposes – for example, defensive structures, palaces, places of worship – text explaining their history and passing on fascinating facts (the Forbidden City in Beijing has 8,886 rooms). A special gatefold in the middle opens into a world map so that we can see exactly where these buildings are located.

Readers are also informed about tools and technology, about the best builders in history, and encouraged to think about what they might like to see built, or build themselves, in the future.

Andrea Reece

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