Experiencing Architecture / Edition 2

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Overview

Profusely illustrated with fine instances of architectural experimentation through the centuries, Experiencing Architecture manages to convey the intellectual excitement of superb design. From teacups, riding boots, golf balls, and underwater sculpture to the villas of Palladio and the fish-feeding pavilion of the Peking Winter Palace, the author ranges over the less-familiar byways of designing excellence.At one time, writes Rasmussen, "the entire community tool part in forming the dwellings and implements they used. The individual was in fruitful contact with these things; the anonymous houses were built with a natural feeling for place, materials and use and the result was a remarkably suitable comeliness. Today, in our highly civilized society, the houses which ordinary people are doomed to live in and gaze upon are on the whole without quality. We cannot, however, go back to the old method of personally supervised handicrafts. We must strive to advance by arousing interest in and understanding of the work the architect does. The basis of competent professionalism is a sympathetic and knowledgeable group of amateurs, of non-professional art lovers."

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Editorial Reviews

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"A book of great charm and broad understanding." Architectural Forum

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"...so lucid and clear that every layman and beginner will be able to understand and to enjoy it." Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism

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Architectural Forum
Lively, without ever becoming condescending...learned without ever becoming dull. A book of great charm and broad understanding.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262680028
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 3/15/1964
  • Edition description: second edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 245
  • Sales rank: 662,769
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Steen Rasmussen is a Professor in Physics at the University of Southern Denmark, the Director of the Center for Fundamental Living Technologies (FLinT) and an External Research Professor at the
Santa Fe Institute New Mexico, USA.
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Table of Contents

Preface p.7
I. Basic Observations p.9
II. Solids and Cavities in Architecture p.35
III. Contrasting Effects of Solids and Cavities p.56
IV. Architecture Experienced as Color Planes p.83
V. Scale and Proportion p.104
VI. Rhythm in Architecture p.127
VII. Textural Effects p.159
VIII. Daylight in Architecture p.186
IX. Color in Architecture p.215
X. Hearing in Architecture p.224
Index p.241
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