Take a trip around the world via The Phaidon Atlas of Contemporary World Architecture (Phaidon Press). Documenting more than 1,000 of the best new buildings constructed in the past five years (selected from an initial list of more than 4,000), the atlas spans six continents and covers all types of economically and socially diverse structures — from Kisho Kurokawa’s behemoth, $2.2 billion Kuala Lumpur Airport to Jae Cha’s finespun, $15,000 timber and polycarbonate church in Bolivia. $160.
— Anna Fialho