The first major survey of contemporary apartment buildings that foster a sense of community while giving every resident an inspiring place to live.

Building Community is an in-depth, wide-ranging survey of contemporary apartment buildings, not as raw canvases for interior decoration but as a building type of growing significance. An introduction presents the history of multiple-occupancy housing through its most innovative 20th-century exemplars, from the urbane blocks of Auguste Perret and Henri Sauvage in Paris, to the landscaped housing estates of Weimar Germany and the visionary schemes of Le Corbusier. The heart of the book features 39 recent or ongoing projects, designed by leading international studios and rising talents. Buildings range from social housing and micro apartments to urban villages, megastructures and innovative high-rises. Each project is considered for the way in which it enriches the lives of residents and the city, and is shown through drawings and photographs, taken from the street and within. The book also includes interviews with such contemporary masters of apartment design as Michael Maltzan, Lorcan O'Herlihy, Edouard Francois and Bjarke Ingels. As our cities grow more crowded, it is critical that we produce creative buildings that enhance the lives of their inhabitants, their surroundings and the urban environment as a whole. Building Community offers dozens of proven successes to designers and apartment-dwellers. With 348 illustrations in colour


ISBN13: 9780500296394
Format: Paperback / softback
Number of Pages: 256
Publication Date: 19 Aug 2021
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Publication City, Country: London, United Kingdom
Dimensions (cm): 30(H) x 24(L)1500
Weight (gm): 1500

Author Biography

Michael Webb has written more than twenty books on architecture and design, and is a regular contributor to leading journals in the US and Europe. He lives in a classic Richard Neutra apartment in Los Angeles.


'Ambitious in scope and geographical reference' - Architectural Review
'A well-judged book, useful, interesting and attractive' - World of Interiors
'It's fascinating to see these creative responses to the deceptively simple challenge of fitting a lot of people into a small space' - The Economist
'In a world of risk-averse, profit-driven developers, creativity has taken a back seat. But Michael Webb celebrates the shining examples in which design has reached the next level' - Independent
Building Community: New Apartment Architecture

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