The Best New Guides To Architecturally Famous Cities

by | 06. Aug 2015


Still planning a late summer getaway? Need some inspiration on where to go and what to see? Well look no further – The Danish Architecture Centre has just released its latest architecture guide to Copenhagen featuring all the latest and greatest buildings the well-known design city has to offer. To celebrate the release, arcspace has compiled a list of the 7 best new guides to architecturally famous cities. Check them out below and enjoy your upcoming adventures!


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Guide to new architecture in Copenhagen

by Danish Architecture Center

Paperback:158 pages
Publisher: Danish Architecture Center (June 24, 2015)


The 7th edition of Denmark”s most popular architectural guide has been updated with the capital”s latest buildings, urban spaces and masterplans, mirroring the continual changes taking place in Copenhagen, as well as the new building projects that shape the city and urban life. Guide to New Architecture in Copenhagen provides a quick overview of architectural innovations in everything from housing and industry to squares, parks and new city areas. The publication contains a total of 153 projects, of which 40 are new since the previous edition. In addition, key figures in the development of Copenhagen describe the latest tendencies for the city, urban life and the architecture, in 7 exciting expert interviews. The book is supplied with a city map, so you can easily take the guide with you on your way through the city. The publication is developed by Danish Architecture Center.


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by Editors of Wallpaper* City Guide

Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: Phaidon (January 15, 2015)


A tightly edited, discreetly packaged selection of city highlights for the design-conscious visitor. The Wallpaper* City Guide Tokyo 2015 unearths the most happening restaurants and nightlife, the buzziest hotels, the most influential art galleries and enticing retail, the very best in local design, and the historical styles and contemporary architecture that define a destination. Local writers have delved deep into the urban psyche to enable you to come away from your trip, however brief, with a real flavour of the creative scene and the satisfaction you’ve seen all that you should.


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CITI60 City Guides: London

by Victionary (Editor)

Paperback: 132 pages
Publisher: Gingko Press (17 July 2014)

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Graceful and eccentric at the same time, London is home to some of the world”s best cultural hotspots. Whether it”s a one-day stopover or a longer trip, CITIx60: London is your inspirational guide to places that only insiders of the British capital know and go. Initiated and edited by viction:ary, the pocket-sized guide sports an artistic edge with a city map jacket drawn by David Ryan Robinson as well as practical info essential for a satisfying trip. A unique collaboration with local creatives from selected cities, each CITIx60 guide points you to 60 hangouts loved by 60 stars of the cities” creative scene, covering architecture, art spaces, shops and markets, eating and entertainment. All featured artists and designers are at the cutting edge of what”s on and when, and known for their accomplishments in fields across advertising, architecture and graphics, fashion, industry and food, music and publishing.


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Milan 2015 World’s Fair: Guide to the Expo In and Around the City

by Massimilano Bagioli and Manuela Villani

Softcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications (4 Mar. 2014)

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Feeding the Planet – Energy for Life is the theme of Expo 2015, the world’s fair set to take place in Milan, and this official guidebook covers everything visitors will want to know about this six-month-long event, its host city, and the surrounding region of Lombardy and northern Italy. Expo 2015 will be an extraordinary event displaying tradition, creativity, and innovation in the food industry, with more than 130 participating countries. It highlights many issues facing the food industry and examines them in light of new global possibilities, at the core of which is the common idea that everyone on the planet should have access to food that is healthy, safe, and sufficient.

You can also read more on the Expo through arcspace’s architectural coverage:

Expo 2015 Milano


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38Hours in Berlin

by Joseph Djenandj and Philipp Majcher

Softcover: 70 pages
Publisher: 38HOURS; 1st edition (2013)

38HOURS works closely with local bloggers, journalists and photographers from the featured cities. The interviews, in-depth stories and photographic showcase present the city from a locals perspective. Throughout the 70 pages, the alternative guides allow you to discover interesting locations such as a hidden vineyard in Paris, or contemporary art in a WWII bunker in Berlin. 38HOURS is about the value and worth of the experience. It is about the smell, taste, feel, sound and sight that such experiences conjure up. This guide will serve to hone sensitivities and improve the level of engagement with this emerging city.


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3 Day Guide to Singapore

by 3 Day City Guides

Ebook: 51 pages
Publisher: 3 Day City Guides (January 31, 2015)

City breaks are perfect for those long weekends away. You go to a city and you’ve got only a short amount of time to see the sights, there’s no time to get distracted. But what if you don’t know exactly what to do and see? Which places to eat at? When the best time is to visit? 

With an enticing mixture of traditional Buddhist temples and sleek modern architecture, history and Bugis Street nightlife, Singapore is the travel destination for anyone who desires a bit of everything. Travel back in time as you visit one of any number of museums; stare in awe at some of the most breath-taking views from atop the famed Altitude bar; dance the night away in one of Singapore’s many dance clubs or take a tour of the lush Botanical Gardens or any of the other parks that Singapore has to offer. An exciting infusion of Asian cultures from around the region Singapore has so much to offer anyone who decides to visit this modern metropolis. 


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Barcelona: Contemporary Architecture 1979 – 2014

by Paul Sierra and Roger Miralles

Softcover: 220 pages
Publisher: Ediciones PolĂ­grafa, S.A. (April 23, 2014)

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This guide begins, intentionally, with the year that the first municipal elections were held (after the Franco dictatorship time). It thus spans the period of democratic government in the city from 1979 to the present day. Many transformations have occurred during this time, in particular in the urban and social realms. The links created between the city”s various neighbourhoods, the opening of new squares and, above all, the infrastructure put in place for the Olympic Games hosted in 1992 laid the foundations for a new urban model, which has been praised by experts around the globe in the last 15 years.This guide, with its lavish, up-to-date visual information, features a wide-ranging series of works, from modest urban improvement plans to the ambitious projects undertaken by world-renowned architects such as Herzog & de Meuron, Arata Isozaki, Norman Foster, Toyo Ito and Jean Nouvel.

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