Classical Architecture: The Poetics of Order / Edition 1

Classical Architecture: The Poetics of Order / Edition 1

by Alexander Tzonis, Liane Lefaivre, Liane Lefaivre
     
 

ISBN-10: 026270031X

ISBN-13: 9780262700313

Pub. Date: 10/16/1986

Publisher: MIT Press

This fascinating introduction to classical art and architecture is the first book to investigate 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

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This fascinating introduction to classical art and architecture is the first book to investigate 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.

Drawing from Vitruvius, the poetics of Aristotle, the theories of classical architecture, music, and poetry since the Renaissance, and the poetics of the Russian formalists, the authors present classical architecture as a coherent system of architectural thinking that is capable of producing a tragic humanistic discourse, a public art with critical, moral, and philosophical meaning.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262700313
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
10/16/1986
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
318
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgmentsix
Logos Opticos: The Logic of Composition1
IRules of Composition
1Taxis: the Framework9
2The Genera: The Elements35
3Symmetry: The Relations117
IIAnthology of Classical Works
4Architectural Scansion171
5Parataxis: The Architectural Parade243
IIIWhy Classicism?
6Entaxis: Confrontations and Conflicts259
7Critical Classicism: The Tragic Function273
References289
Illustration Sources297
Index of Terms301
Index of Names and Buildings305

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