Judging Architectural Value

Paperback (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from BN.com
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $10.95
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 52%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (7) from $10.95   
  • New (3) from $14.73   
  • Used (4) from $10.95   


When it comes to determining the relative quality of architecture, who is best equipped to make the distinctions? These provocative essays take up the questions of what people value in architecture and how changing values influence opinions about it. In addition to unexpected analyses of buildings such as Eero Saarinen's Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Paul Rudolph's Art and Architecture Building at Yale University, and the work of Antoni Gaudi and Frank Gehry, the collection includes a clear-eyed look at the role of architecture in addressing social problems. Ultimately, these essays assert that judging architecture requires more than a refined sensibility. Buildings also need to be evaluated by their impact on the people living within and around them.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816650118
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
  • Publication date: 3/22/2007
  • Series: Harvard Design Magazine Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.89 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface   William S. Saunders     vii
Introduction   Michael Benedikt     ix
Learning from St. Louis: The Arch, the Canon, and Bourdieu   Helene Lipstadt     1
What Goes Unnoticed: On the Canonical Quality of the PSFS Building   David Leatherbarrow     24
Canon and Anti-Canon; On the Fall and Rise of the A + A   Timothy M. Rohan     38
Canons in Cross Fire: On the Importance of Critical Modernism   Charles Jencks     52
In the Shadow of a Giant: On the Consequences of Canonization   Daniel Willis     66
Eyesore or Art? On Tyree Guyton's Heidelberg Project   John Beardsley     87
Toward an Architecture of Humility: On the Value of Experience   Juhani Pallasmaa     96
Why Are Some Buildings More Interesting Than Others?   Kurt W. Forster     104
Questions of Value: An Interview with Kenneth Frampton   William S. Saunders   Nancy Levinson     116
Most Architecture Should Be Modest: On Architecture and Aesthetic Judgment   Roger Scruton     124
From Taste to Judgment: Multiple Criteria in the Evaluation of Architecture   William S. Saunders     129
Once Again by the Pacific: Returning to Sea Ranch   TimCulvahouse   Lisa Findley     150
The Absence of Presence: The Knickerbocker Residence and the Fate of Nonelitist Architecture   Diane Ghirardo     165
Contributors     173
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)