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This critically acclaimed dictionary covers every period of Western architectural history, and has been fully updated and expanded to include landscape terms. An invaluable work of reference for both students and the general reader. Features: contains over 6,000 entries, and over 250 superb illustrations; includes comprehensive coverage of architects, styles, and landscape architecture terms; and fully cross-referenced.
Leading British architectural historian Curl (emeritus, Leicester Polytechnic), who has written many standard works and journal articles on architectural history, among them Classical Architecture and Victorian Architecture, has revised and expanded his authoritative dictionary, first published in 1999, to elucidate further the many stylistic and technical terms used in architecture today. The work covers all periods of Western architectural history in more than 5000 articles, most of which are concise. The article for Frank Lloyd Wright, for example, is allotted two pages, including two floor plans. Included for the first time are landscape terms, landscape architects, and entries for contemporary architects. Abbreviated citations refer the reader to the sources, and cross references abound. Bottom Line The main competition for this latest edition of Curl's work is John Fleming and others' more established Penguin Dictionary of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, now in its fifth edition. Both are certainly authoritative, but Curl's work has the edge for now, being more current and bulkier and containing more illustrations and generally longer articles. Recommended for academic, specialized, and large public libraries with architecture collections. David R. Conn, Surrey P.L., B.C. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Professor James Stevens Curl is a leading British architectural historian. His many stimulating studies include The English Heritage Book of Victorian Churches, Egyptomania: The Egyptian Revival as a Recurring Theme in the History of Taste, and A Celebration of Death.