Classical Architecture for the Twenty-First Century: An Introduction to Design

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"[A] richly illustrated, carefully explained introduction to classical architecture… Highly recommended." —Choice
An exceptionally approachable, thorough, informative guide to the theory and technique of designing classical buildings, as taught by a graduate of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, this book, generously illustrated with sketches, freehand diagrams, renderings, and photographs, gives a lively, contemporary reality to what sometimes seems a remote subject. It is a practical text for learning how to design buildings in the classical tradition today.

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Architecture Today
“Beaux Arts take on modern classical architecture—now seen as a broad church including modern masters such as Loos and Wright.”
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“That this architect is one of the last graduates of the Ecole des
Beaux-Arts…should warrant this particular scrapbook a welcome place on the bookshelves of those teaching, working in or interested in the continuance of the Classical architectural tradition...[A]n armchair grand tour, in the company of an astute tour guide.”
Apollo: The International Magazine of Art and Antiques Overview
“[D]elightful: . . . Thoughtful, intelligently illustrated, confidently argued, and very beautiful. . . . [A] most welcome and timely volume.”
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Meet the Author

Jean-François Gabriel, an architect and professor of architecture at Syracuse University, lives in Syracuse, New York.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Ten timeless canons 12
Ch. 2 The language of classical architecture : fifteen things to know 36
Ch. 3 The well-defined space 62
Ch. 4 Design and drawing 76
Color plates 81
Ch. 5 Interior architecture 112
Ch. 6 Facades 124
Ch. 7 Massing 142
Ch. 8 Student projects for restricted sites 156
Ch. 9 Small things 170
Ch. 10 Edges and transitions 178
Ch. 11 Student projects for open sites 194
Ch. 12 A portfolio of recent classical buildings 222
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