Guiding readers through a staggering 5,000 years of world architecture, Jonathan Glancey's eminently knowledgeable, authoritative, and always fascinating insights make reading this book irresistible, despite the enormity of the subject. Featuring influential and innovative architects of every age, along with their masterpieces, from the ziggurat at Ur to the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, this stylish, lavishly illustrated book shows the unique historical, geographical, and cultural elements that have influenced and literally shaped the world's greatest architecture.
If you think it's impossible to cover the entire history of architecture in a mere 240 pages -- think again. Jonathan Glancey discusses the beginnings of architecture in the ancient city of Jericho and ends with speculation about the future of architecture, as seen through the designs of Frank Gehry and Daniel Libeskind. Along the way, he manages to fit in an excellent introduction to the architecture of the Renaissaince, the Industrial Revolution, Postmodernism, and scores of other movements. The Story of Architecture is filled with photographs and illustrations, providing wonderful visual examples for each era. Everyday readers as well as students of architecture will treasure this comprehensive resource.
Glancey conducts a whirlwind tour of the history of world architecture, DK-style. Anyone would be hard-pressed to squeeze a thorough overview of so vast a topic into the confines of 240 visually hyperactive pages, but Glancey, architecture/design editor for the Guardian, follows his strengths as a perspicacious observer of the current architectural scene. Devoting nearly half the text to the modern period, he condenses history's panorama into a series of colorful vignettes, each described as having some contemporary relevance. Driven by a contagious enthusiasm, the narrative is enlivened by chatty, sometimes offbeat commentary. Very much a product of our nonlinear, multitasking era, this book will engage the casual browser but is not in the same league as solid, comprehensive surveys such as Spiro Kostof's A History of Architecture (Oxford Univ.,1995. 2d ed.), David Watkin's A History of Western Architecture (Laurence King, 1996. 2d ed.), or Sir Banister Fletcher's magisterial A History of Architecture (Architectural Pr., 1996. 20th ed.). Appropriate for public library and school media center collections.--David Solt sz, Cuyahoga Cty. P.L., Parma, OH Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.