A History of Architecture: Settings and Rituals / Edition 2

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Overview

No mere survey of famous buildings, Kostof's History examines an inclusive spectrum of manmade structures: prehistoric huts and the TVA, the pyramids at Giza and the Rome railway station, the ziggurat and the department store. Indeed, Kostof considered every building worthy of attention, every structure or shelter a potential source of insight, whether it be the prehistoric hunting camps at Terra Amata, or the caves at Lascaux with their magnificent paintings, or a twenty-story hotel on the Las Vegas strip. The Second Edition features a new concluding chapter, "Designing the Fin-de-Siecle," based on Kostof's last lecture notes and prepared by Castillo, as well as an all-new sixteen-page color section. Many of the original line drawings by Richard Tobias, as well as some fifty photographs, have also been updated or replaced, for improved clarity.

"The best one-volume history of western architecture in print, if not the best ever written." Bernard Boyle, Arizona State University

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"Very useful!"--Mosette G. Broderich, New York University

"[Kostof's] challenging text is ultimately inspiring, richly rewarding, and at times brilliant."--School Library Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195083798
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 8/31/1995
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 816
  • Sales rank: 358,360
  • Product dimensions: 11.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Spiro Kostof was Professor of Architectural History at the University of California at Berkeley, and was a former president of the Society of Architectural Historians. Greg Castillo was Kostof's research assistant and literary executor.

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Table of Contents

A PLACE ON EARTH
1. The Study of What We Built
2. The Cave and the Sky: Stone Age Europe
3. The Rise of the City: Architecture in Western Asia
4. The Architecture of Ancient Egypt
5. Bronze Age Cities: The Aegean and Asia Minor
6. Greek Temple and "Barbarian" Alternatives
7. Polis and Akropolis
8. The Hellenistic Realm
9. Rome: Caput Mundi
10. The World at Large: Roman Concurrences
MEASURING UP
11. The Triumph of Christ
12. The Mediterranean in the Early Middle Ages
13. The Birth of Nations: Europe after Charles
14. The French Manner
15. The Urbanization of Europe
16. Edges of Medievalism
17. The Renaissance: Ideal and Fad
18. Spain and the New World
19. Istanbul and Venice
20. The Popes as Planners: Rome 150-1650
21. Absolutism and Bourgeoisie: European Architecture 1600-1750
THE SEARCH FOR SELF
22. Architecture for a New World
23. Architectural Art and the Landscape of Industry
24. The American Experience
25. Victorian Environments
26. The Trials of Modernism
27. Architecture and the State: Interwar Years
28. At Peace with the Past: The Last Decades
29. Designing the Fin-de-Siecle

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