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  • By Ko Wibowo on August 16, 2015

    An architecture monograph is typically organized chronologically until Rem Koolhaas/OMA came out with S, M, L, XL which was organized by size. BIG, whose Bjarke Ingels used to work for Koolhaas, uses a different way of organizing his monograph. Hinting it with sustainability, it is organized by temperature of the place. This book is definitely the ultimate monograph of BIG, covering all their projects to date. Unlike regular monograph (take El Croquis as an example) which is to show the projects and how to build them (technical drawings, detail, etc.) and S, M, L, XL which was the first monograph to show the story behind each project interspersed by Koolhaas' essays on architecture/urbanism, BIG concentrates more on how rational conceptual ideas become buildings, featuring their signature conceptual diagrams with added explanations. These explanations are what make the book great by giving the insights into where those ideas came from. Otherwise, the book is just the hard copy of BIG's website.

  • By Gio on July 22, 2015

    A well crafted, thoughtful book providing a comprehensive review of BIG's projects. The book's title obviously refers to design in a range of climates. HOT TO COLD communicates BIG's sensibility for creating quality of life through design. What is most impressive is BIG's sensitivity to cultures and clients. As an architectural book it is well designed, projects are organized by climate/ region, allowing the reader to take in the entire book or quickly find a particular interest. Graphics and renderings are excellent. A must have for every architecture student and fan of excellent modern design.

  • By Stephen B. on December 30, 2017

    Each page is basically it’s own color, which is very unique. It’s a very dense and heavy book as well. There’s even some blueprints in the blue colored section of the book!

  • By Guest on March 11, 2016

    Awesome book, it gives you the tools to study all of BIG's projects, gives you the concept, the geometry, planimetry, renders, all you can need to describe and learn about all of his work

  • By Gabriel D. on January 2, 2018

    Is a very good book to look for references !!!

  • By Rose on October 4, 2015

    Disappointed. Too many pictures and not enough text/explanation. Basically a copy of their website with some added diagrams and ever-so-brief blurbs of text. The "hot-to-cold" title only represents the organization of the projects in this book (geographical location). Regardless, it's good to flip through for some inspiration.

  • By michael j speck on April 26, 2016

    Wonderful layout cataloging the firms work. Diagrams provide interesting insight to project development.

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