Classical Architecture: The Poetics of Order

Classical Architecture: The Poetics of Order

by Alexander Tzonis, Liane Lefaivre
     
 
This fascinating introduction to classical art and architecture investigates the way classical buildings are put together as formal structures. It researches the generative rules, the poetics of composition that classical architecture shares with classical music, poetry, and drama, and is enriched by a variety of examples and an extensive analysis of compositional

Overview

This fascinating introduction to classical art and architecture investigates the way classical buildings are put together as formal structures. It researches the generative rules, the poetics of composition that classical architecture shares with classical music, poetry, and drama, and is enriched by a variety of examples and an extensive analysis of compositional rules. The 205 line drawings make up a discourse of their own, a pictorial text that serves as an introductory theory of composition or basic design aid.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262200592
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
11/28/1986
Pages:
300

What People are saying about this

Kenneth Frampton

Classical Architecture is surely the first work in English to attempt to assemble, classify, and demystify the ill-understood legacy of classical lore which is, in many respects, the very basis of architecture in the West.

Helen Searing

An essential work for anyone wrestling with the provocative questions of the validity of the classical tradition in Western architecture. This is a penetrating, superior, and original contribution to the recent literature.

From the Publisher
"Classical Architecture is surely the first work in English to attempt to assemble, classify, and demystify the ill-understood legacy of classical lore which is, in many respects, the very basis of architecture in the West." Kenneth Frampton

Meet the Author

Liane Lefaivre is Professor and Chair of History and Theory of
Architecture, University of Applied Art, Vienna, and Research Associate at the
Technical University of Delft.

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