The Elements of Modern Architecture

Understanding Contemporary Buildings


The world’s best buildings created from 1950 to the present, dissected and analysed through specially commissioned freehand drawings.


ISBN: 9780500023624 Category:

Antony Radford, Amit Srivastava, Selen MorkoƧ


This ambitious publication, now revised and expanded, dissects fifty-five modern masterpieces through specially commissioned freehand drawings that reveal the principles and details of what makes a building meaningful and enduring. Covering six continents, and ranging from residences to opera houses, influential buildings of the past seven decades are analysed through detailed consideration of their key characteristics – site and surroundings, space and massing, programme and circulation, fenestration and use of natural light – to give an insight into how each design works as a cohesive whole. Appealing to architects, students and everyone who appreciates great buildings, The Elements of Modern Architecture is an essential reference and inspiration for generations to come.

Additional information

Weight 2044 g
Dimensions 22.8 x 30.5 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 24 September 2020
Number of pages 360
Format Hardback
Dimensions 22.8 x 30.5 cm
Weight 2044 g


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Dr Antony Radford is an urban designer and Emeritus Professor of Architecture at The University of Adelaide, Australia. His recent books include Understanding Sustainable Architecture and Digital Design: A Critical Introduction. Dr Amit Srivastava is an architectural historian at The University of Adelaide who has lived and worked in India and Australia. Dr Selen MorkoƧ is a writer and critic who has practised and taught architecture and theory in Turkey and at The University of Adelaide, Australia.