Buildings Across Time: An Introduction to World Architecture / Edition 3

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This heavily illustrated survey text provides students of both art history and architecture with a worldwide introduction to the history of architecture that is comprehensive and yet accessible. The third edition continues to offer comprehensive coverage in an accessible manner with expanded pedagogy, added social and historical context, and extended coverage of African and Andean architecture, as well as modern designs by women and non-Western architects.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780073053042
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
  • Publication date: 1/22/2008
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 592
  • Sales rank: 359,387
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Fazio is an architect and architectural historian. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture Degree from Auburn University, a Master of Architecture Degree from The Ohio State University, and a Ph.D. in the History of Architecture and Urban Development from Cornell University. He practices architecture in the southeast region, most often as a preservation consultant preparing historic structures reports. He teaches architectural design studios and architectural history in the School of Architecture at Mississippi State University. He is also an actively publishing scholar whose articles have appeared in the Society of Architectural Historians Journal, Arris (the journal of the Southeast Society of Architectural Historians), and the Journal of Architectural Education. His book (with co-author Patrick Snadon of the University of Cincinnati), Inventing the American House: the Domestic Architecture of Benjamin Henry Latrobe, was published in 2003 by The Johns Hopkins University Press and was accompanied by an exhibition at The Octagon and Decatur House in Washington, D.C.

Marian Moffett earned a B.Arch. at North Carolina State University (1971) and the M.Arch. and PhD. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1973 and 1975, respectively). She taught architectural history at he University of Tennessee from 1975 until her death in 2004 where she collaborated with Lawrence Wodehouse in producing exhibitions and catalogs on the architecture of the Tennessee Valley Authority and cantilever barns, as well as co-authoring A History of Western Architecture and East Tennessee Cantilever Barns. Her research included work on wooden architecture in Eastern Europe and town planning in Tennessee. She was active with the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians and has served as President of the UT Faculty Senate and as an academic administrator in the Office of the Provost.

Lawrence Wodehouse was an Architecture professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville from 1979 to 1993. Wodehouse worked as a professor of Architecture at the Pratt Institute in New York prior to coming to the University of Tennessee. Lawrence Wodehouse received his master's degree from Cornell in 1963 and his Ph.D. from St. Andrews University in 1980. His major research concentrations have been in 19th and 20th century architecture and also the vernacular architecture of East Tennessee. He has coauthored two books with Marian Moffett, The Cantilever Barn in East Tennessee, and also Built for the People of the United States: Fifty Years of TVA Architecture. Lawrence Wodehouse retired in the spring of 1993 and died in 2002.

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Table of Contents


A Word about Drawings and Images

1. The Beginnings of Architecture

Prehistoric Settlements and Megalith Constructions

Ancient Mesopotamia

Ancient Egypt

2. The Greek World

The Aegean Cultures

The Minoans

The Mycenaeans

Greece: The Archaic Period

Greece: The Classical Period

Greece: The Hellenistic Period

Greek City Planning

3. The Architecture of Ancient India and Southeast Asia

Religions of India

Early Buddhist Shrines

Hindu Temples

4. Traditional Architecture of China and Japan

Chinese Architectural Principles

Principles of City Planning

Houses and Gardens

Japanese Temple Architecture

Japanese Houses and Castles

Zen Buddhist Architecture and Its Derivatives

5. The Roman World

Etruscan Imprints

The Romans

Building Techniques and Materials

City Planning


Public Buildings


6. Early Christian and Byzantine Architecture

Early Christian Basilicas

Martyria, Baptisteries, and Mausolea

Byzantine Basilicas and Domed Basilicas

Centrally Planned Byzantine Churches

Churches in Russia

7. Islamic Architecture

Early Shrines and Palaces

Conception of the Mosque

Regional Variations in Mosque Design


Houses and Urban Patterns

The Palace and the Garden

8. Early Medieval and Romanesque Architecture

Carolingian Architecture

Viking Architecture

Early Romanesque Architecture

Romanesque Architecture of the Holy Roman Empire

Pilgrimage Road Churches

The Order of Cluny

Aquitaine and Provence

Cistercian Monasteries

Norman Architecture

9. Gothic Architecture

Early Gothic

High Gothic

English Gothic

German, Czech, and Italian Gothic

Medieval Construction

Medieval Houses and Castles

Medieval Cities

10. Indigenous Architecture in the Pre-Columbian


North America

Mexico and Central America

South America: The Andean World


11. Renaissance Architecture

Filippo Brunelleschi

Michelozzo Bartolomeo and the Palazzo Medici

Leone Battista Alberti

Other Renaissance City Plans

The Spread of the Renaissance

Leonardo da Vinci

Donato Bramante

The Late Renaissance and Mannerism


Andrea Palladio

Palladio's Venice

Garden Design

The Renaissance in France

The Renaissance in England

12. Baroque Architecture

The Reformation and Counter Reformation

Pope Sixtus V and the Replanning of Rome

Gianlorenzo Bernini

Francesco Borromini

Urban Open Spaces in Baroque Rome

The Spread of Baroque Architecture to Northern Italy

The Baroque in Central Europe

The Baroque in France

Christopher Wren and the Baroque in England

Nicholas Hawksmoor, Sir John VanBrugh, and James Gibbs

13. The Eighteenth Century

The English Neo-Palladians

The Return to Antiquity

Robert Adam and William Chambers

Étienne-Louis Boullée and Claude-Nicolas Ledoux

French Architects and the Aggrandizement of the State

Designs by the Pensionnaires

French Architectural Education and the Ecole de Beaux Arts

The Challenge of the Industrial Revolution

Romanticism and the Picturesque

The Romantic Landscape

Picturesque Buildings

14. Nineteenth Century Developments


The Gothic Revival

The Ecole des Beaux-Arts

Developments in Steel

Architectural Applications of Iron and Steel Construction

Skeletal Construction in Concrete and Wood

The Arts and Crafts Movement

Art Nouveau

The Viennese Secession

The Search for an American Style

15. The Twentieth Century and Modernism

The Idea of a Modern Architecture

Adolf Loos

The Modern Masters

Frank Lloyd Wright

Peter Behrens and the Deutscher Werkbund

Futurism and Constructivism

Dutch and German Expressionism

Art Deco

De Stijl

Exploiting the Potential of Concrete

Le Corbusier

Walter Gropius

Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe

The Weissenhof Siedlung and the International Style

Later Work of Mies Van der Rohe

Later Work of Frank Lloyd Wright

Later Work of Le Corbusier

The Continuation of Traditional Architecture

16. Modernisms in the Mid- and Late-Twentieth Century

Alvar Aalto

Eero Saarinen and His Office

Louis I. Kahn

Robert Venturi’s Radical Counter-Proposal to Modernism

Philip Johnson

Charles Moore

Michael Graves

Robert A. M. Stern


Perseverance of the Classical Tradition

Modern Regionalism

Modernism and Japan

Form-Making in the United States

Form-Making Elsewhere

European Architecture and Technology

Sustainable Design
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