Library book of the month – January 2016

Each month the ICE Library team selects one of the new titles we’re always adding to our collection to feature as ‘book of the month’.

This month’s book will inspire anyone working a tall building project.
This month’s book will inspire anyone working a tall building project.

Title: Best Tall Buildings – a global overview of 2014 skyscrapers
Author: Anthony Wood, Steven Henry and Daniel Safarik
Year: 2015

Why should you read this book?

Living in London, we are more and more surrounded by ever taller towers and with increasing urbanisation, building upwards is going to be the global trend for times to come.

This book chronicles the annual award of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat by region, but also categories such as innovation, performance and urban habitat. It is simultaneously a state of the art review, but also a glimpse into the future of our cities.

Who should read this book?

This book is not a technical manual on how to build skyscrapers, but will be an inspiration for anyone interested in their planning, design and construction.

Featuring buildings like the wonderfully whacky doughnut that is the Asia & Australasia Finalist Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort, the elegantly twisting Middle East & Africa Winner Cayan Tower, Dubai or The Interlace, Singapore, winner of the Urban Habitat, a complete mini city with gardens, pools and apartments stacked on top of each other, this book is a joy for everyone with a passion for modern architecture.


The book is available for borrowing from the ICE Library. You can request it online through the Library catalogue or contact us on +44 (0)20 7665 2254 or

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