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Hardcover Used-Good. No Jacket Architectural history is more than just the study of buildings. Architecture of the past and present remains an essential emblem of a distinctive ... social system and set of cultural values and as a result it has been the subject of study of a variety of disciplines. But what is architectural history and how should we read it? Reading Architectural History examines the historiographic and socio/cultural implications of the mapping of British architectural history with particular reference to eighteenth-and nineteenth-century Britain. Discursive essays consider a range of writings from biographical and social histories to visual surveys and guidebooks to examine the narrative structures of histories of architecture and their impact on perception adn understanding of the architecture of the past. Alongside this, each chapter cites canonical histories juxtaposed with a range of social and cultural theorists, to reveal that these writings are richer than we have perhaps recognise Read more Show Less

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The author concentrates on fundamental texts in the study of architectural history with special reference to eighteenth and nineteenth century Britain. The texts under discussion address key themes or methods in the construction of architectural histories. Alongside this, philosophical or theoretical writings that address the abstract issues surrounding the main texts are presented as a kind of exegesis on the chosen texts. This, together with an introduction and discursive essays which preface each of the sections, present a trans-disciplinary discourse around the discipline of architectural history.
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'The book sets out to prove that architecture, its production values and its histories are emblematic of contested social systems and cultural values. In the many-faceted themes it represents, it undoubtedly succeeds.' - Stephen Kite, Landscape Research
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415250498
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Reading the Past: What is Architectural History?
2 The Authority of the Author: Biography and the Reconstruction of the Canon
3 On Classical Grounds. Histories of Style
4 A Class Performance: Social Histories of Architecture
5 The Illusions of Inclusion: The Guidebook and Historic Architecture
6 Reading Architectural Herstories: The Discourses of Gender
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