This brief introduction (four pages) is followed by the meat of the book, the eighteen case studies (287 pages, followed by a useful select bibliography of three pages and an index). The case studies are positively invaluable, as they each contain plans, sections, site plans, photographs, and construction details obtained from the architects, many previously unpublished, along with Self’s clear and concise architectural analysis. The writing is particularly revealing on matters of design process, structure, lighting, and materiality. As with any such work, the most difficult task facing the author was doubtless the selection of case studies, as for any project included, there must be many excluded. Self tends to favor projects with iconic intentions and ambitious, transformational urbanistic aspirations. The museums considered are the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (Fort Worth, TX; Tadao Ando & Associates), theContemporary Art Center (Cincinnati, OH; Zaha Hadid, Architects), the Kunsthaus Graz (Graz, Austria; Spacelab Cook/Fournier), theNasher Sculpture Center (Dallas, TX; Renzo Piano Building Workshop), the Museum of Modern Art expansion (New York, NY; Yoshio Taniguchi and Associates), the Walker Art Center expansion (Minneapolis, MN; Herzog & de Muron), the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia expansion (Madrid, Spain; Ateliers Jean Nouvel), the de Young Museum (San Francisco, CA; Herzog & de Muron), the Toledo Museum of Art Glass Pavilion (Toledo, OH; Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa/SANAA), the Denver Art Museum(Denver, CO; Studio Daniel Liebeskind), the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston (Boston, MA; Diller, Scofidio + Renfro), theNelson-Atkins Museum of Art Bloch Building (Kansas City, MO; Steven Holl Architects), the Akron Art Museum (Akron, OH; Coop Himmelb(l)au), the New Museum (New York, NY; Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa/SANAA), the Acropolis Museum (Athens, Greece; Bernard Tschumi Architects), the Museum Brandhorst (Munich, Germany; Sauerbruch Hutton), and the Museo Nazionale delle Arti dell XXI Secolo (Rome, Italy; Zaha Hadid Architects).