Encyclopedia of American Architecture

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New York 1994 Hardcover Second Edition. 724 pages. Hardcover with dustjacket. Like New. ARCHITECTURE. From the first moment you open this magnificently illustrated, ... comprehensive, and riveting reference work, you'll be immersed in a very special and unique architectural heritage-one that could only have sprung from America's shores. Contains more than 500 full-color photographs, with more than half of them reshot expressly for this new edition by one of the world's greatest architectural photographers, Balthazar Korab. Includes an Index. (Key Words: American Architecture, Robert T. Packard, Balthazar Korab, Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Henri Sullivan, Thomas Ustick Warehouse, Skidmore Owings and Merrill, Roofing, Eero Saarinen, Railway Stations, Cesar Pelli, Richard Joseph Neutra, Richard A. Meier, Louis Isadore Kahn, Richard Morris Hunt, Walter Adolf Gropius, Glass, Alexander Jackson Davis, Colonial Architecture, Charles Bulfinch, Ecole des Beaux Arts, Pietro Belluschi). Read more Show Less

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This is a quick, one-volume source of information on selected aspects of American architectural history and contemporary architectural practice. It includes entries on about 100 architects, 50 building types, and an equal number of building components and systems such as thermal insulation and insect protection. Unfortunately, it cannot decide whether it is a historical reference work, for which the four-volume Macmillan Encyclopedia of Architects (Macmillan, 1982) is a better resource, or a compendium of contemporary practice, for which the five-volume Encyclopedia of Architecture (Wiley, 1990) is more appropriate. Moreover, it contains entries on such vapid topics as career, computer, and even history, a huge catchall that nonetheless hardly mentions American architecture while at the same time it leaving out such important topics as postmodernism and Greek Revival architecture. Appropriate only as an additional resource for informed readers.-Peter Kaufman, Boston Architectural Ctr.
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Editor Packard was a colleague of the late William Dudley Hunt, editor of the original 1980 edition of this work. The basic format has been retained, a mix of several types of articles: biographies of architects of major historical importance, articles on periods in American architectural history, and survey articles on aspects of architectural practice, building types and elements, kinds of materials, and such related topics as climate and real estate. A major enhancement is the replacement of the black-and-white photographs in the first edition by a superb selection of color photographs by illustration editor Balthazar Korab, a celebrated architectural photographer More than 20 new biographies have been added, covering figures who have come to prominence in recent decades (I. M. Pei, Frank Gehry, Richard Meier, Robert Venturi) and historically significant architects such as Alexander Jackson Davis and Julia Morgan, who were missed in the original edition. Other new articles cover such topics as "Health-Care Facilities"; "Lead"; "Patron, Architectural"; and "Building, Vernacular". A few of the original articles have been renamed as well as updated; "Earthquake Protection", for instance, has become "Seismic Design". The article "Environmental Protection" has been carried over unchanged from the 1980 edition, with only the short "Further Reading" list updated. "Computer" is also unchanged except for a new concluding section on recent developments; here, as in some other cases, the "Further Reading" list has been dropped. "Contemporary Architecture" is now defined in the updated and slightly expanded article on the topic as "American work produced after 1970." The article on the history of architecture has been carried over unchanged and remains a superficial overview amounting to little more than lists of noteworthy structures from various periods The strength of this encyclopedia continues to be its combination of coverage of American architectural history and styles with attention to practice and to the links with the construction industry, all in nontechnical language aimed at the general reader.
**** The 1980 edition, by William Dudley Hunt, Jr., is cited in Sheehy. Intended for student, general-reader, and professional use (although much is too basic for those working in the field), this reference is nontechnical (specialized terms are defined where used), and contains further reading suggestions with each article. The new edition includes some 500 color photos (about half shot expressly for this work), new biographies, and articles on such topics as "green architecture," computer applications, the growth of edge cities, and facilities for the handicapped. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780070480100
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 8/1/1994
  • Edition description: 2nd ed
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 724
  • Product dimensions: 8.96 (w) x 11.47 (h) x 1.81 (d)

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