Architecture and the Sites of History: Interpretations of Buildings and Cities

Architecture and the Sites of History: Interpretations of Buildings and Cities

by Iain Borden
     
 

Architecture and the Sites of History is an introductory textbook that explains how the present state of the urban and rural environment came into being. The book derives from an innovative history course for planning, building and architecture students given at University College of London's Bartlett School of Architecture and Planning by a diverse range of

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Architecture and the Sites of History is an introductory textbook that explains how the present state of the urban and rural environment came into being. The book derives from an innovative history course for planning, building and architecture students given at University College of London's Bartlett School of Architecture and Planning by a diverse range of scholars and practitioners.

Unlike other introductory histories of architecture, a wide range of different interpretations is brought to bear upon the subject. Constructions are appraised from architectural, economic and cultural viewpoints. Themes which recur in history are treated equally from differing perspectives. While great buildings are given their due weight, the tissue of everyday life in town and country is given equal importance. This is only in part a book about the history of monuments. More than the usual attention is paid to everyday buildings and to how cities and landscapes have grown and changed, all topics not normally found in standard textbooks.

Accessible introduction to architecture Lavishly illustrated with over 200 photographs, paintings and drawings Covers Western architecture and cities

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A history of architecture driven by the ideas behind the buildings defining architectural styles from the Greeks to the present with an intellectual flair. The 15 contributing historians and architects develop the political themes of Versailles, the power and glory of medieval architecture, the industrial revolution and Hegelian philosophy in relation to modern architecture, and specific studies of Frank Lloyd Wright, Aldo Rossi, and Rob Krier. Avoiding the encyclopedic approach, the volume excavates deeper into the foundations of architectural history. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780750607568
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
09/15/1995
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.06(h) x (d)

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