Its pages document more than 1,000 architectural projects that span the globe, from mud brick schools in Africa to skyscrapers in the Persian Gulf, with 237 of those works illustrated and their sociopolitical and cultural context described in detail.
Making this narrow list are three projects that have been constructed right here in the Lone Star State: Rice University's Data and Library Service Center in Houston, designed by architect Carlos Jiménez; the Dallas Theater Center, which includes the versatile Wyly Theatre, designed by Joshua Prince-Ramus and Rem Koolhaas, and the Winspear Opera House, designed by Norman Foster; and a pedestrian bridge on Lake Austin that was conceived by Miró Rivera Architects.
All three Texas landmarks are considered examples of "global architecture."
All three Texas landmarks are considered examples of "global architecture," a distinction that architect and Atlas director Luis Fernández-Galiano acknowledged is sometimes synonymous with standardization.
"But there is also a positive globalization, as seen in this Atlas, in which ideas and architects travel and interact with the local environment in a process of cross-fertilization," Fernández-Galiano said in a statement.
"Insofar as architecture is a useful art at the service of the community and needs to be inserted in a time and place, the best global architectures are those that attain this context awareness and manage to transform themselves through contact with their future surroundings."