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Classical Architecture: The Poetics of Order / Edition 1

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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.
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"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

The MIT Press

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262700313
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 10/16/1986
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 318
  • Sales rank: 968,642
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments ix
Logos Opticos: The Logic of Composition 1
I Rules of Composition
1 Taxis: the Framework 9
2 The Genera: The Elements 35
3 Symmetry: The Relations 117
II Anthology of Classical Works
4 Architectural Scansion 171
5 Parataxis: The Architectural Parade 243
III Why Classicism?
6 Entaxis: Confrontations and Conflicts 259
7 Critical Classicism: The Tragic Function 273
References 289
Illustration Sources 297
Index of Terms 301
Index of Names and Buildings 305
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