The second guide in the series of Barcelona areas, this one introduces El Born, with a medieval structure, arched alleyways and great architecture sites. It’s the most atmospheric area in the Old Town, where you can find a good choice for restaurants, small independent shops and merchants, and the great Santa Caterina food hall. A handy zoom-in map is included to help locate each site listed.
Through six iconic buildings, this guide explores the capital of Finland on the Baltic coast, its urban history and architecture of the past 100 years. Leading architectural theorist Juhani Pallasmaa reveals his favourite places and his view on how the city is evolving. A list of the best places to stay, eat and shop is edited for travellers interested in design and for experiencing traditions like sauna culture in the city.
An introduction to four of the most popular gardens in Marrakech by ethnobotanical expert Gary J. Martin, looking at the history of gardens, traditional Moroccan designs as well as contemporary trends. In a city close to the Sahara gardens and water are soothing for travellers and an important aesthetic element. Also included the best places to stay and eat with gardens.
In support of the Global Diversity Foundation.
A compact guide to the LA neighbourhood with the highest concentration of mid-modernist houses in America. Many of them were built as homes for pioneering European architects, who were making the most of the unique setting. Now these houses represent the Californian modernist heritage. Made with help from local experts, the guide provides tips of key buildings, and places to eat, stay and shop.
Main photography: Elizabeth Daniels
A guide for getting familiar with the most interesting architectural sites in Marseille, which is beautifully located along the Mediterranean. The new waterfront architecture has transformed the city. With simple maps and suggestions about where to stay, eat and shop, the guide provides practical information and also viewpoints by architectural experts and historic fine art photography by Lucien Hervé.
Includes a series of iconic photographs by Lucien Hervé
The area of El Raval spans behind La Boqueria market hall behind the main Rambla in Barcelona. It boasts key architectural gems from different periods: an exquisite Romanesque style chapel, Gaudi’s first masterpiece and the Museum of Contemporary Art by Richard Meier. With suggestions of places to stay, eat and shop, the guide is an overview to a fascinating historic district.
Excerpt from ‘Barcelona’ on Palau Güell by Robert Hughes