The Story of Architecture / Edition 2

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Throughout history the creation and shaping of the built environment has been at the forefront of human endeavour. The Story of Architecture is the account of how men and women of ingenuity and imagination have taken the most elementary of human needs and transformed them into some of the greatest manifestations of the human civilization. The story is told in a clear and fluent narrative that covers the entire world and the whole of human history. Each chapter charts a stage in the development of architecture, thus dividing the book into natural study units, and the illustrations and plans are closely keyed to the text.

For this new edition, the author has revised and updated the whole text and bibliography, and has greatly expanded the treatment of the modern and contemporary' periods. The book has been completely redesigned, with more than 400 illustrations, half of them in colour. Valuable new features are maps, time charts and architects' biographies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780714836157
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/1997
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 8.75 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 8
1 Some Basic Facts about Architecture: Vernacular Architecture 10
2 Barbaric Splendour: The First Civilizations 16
3 The Geometry of Immortality: Ancient Egypt 28
4 Holy Mountain and Sacred Womb: The Asian Sub-Continent 42
5 Puzzles and Modules: China and Japan 56
6 Ritual of Blood: Meso-America 76
7 The Landscape of the Gods: Ancient Greece 86
8 The Authority of Competence: Ancient Rome 102
9 The Worshipping Community: Early Christian and Byzantine 116
10 The Order and the Sanctuary: Romanesque 130
11 The Flowering of the Desert: Islam 144
12 The Metaphysics of Light: Medieval and Gothic 158
13 The Scale of Human Perfection: The Renaissance in Italy 176
14 Crossing the Alps: The Spread of the Renaissance 190
15 The Drama of Shapes and Space: Baroque and Rococo 202
16 The Prophets of Elegance: Romantic Classicism 218
17 From Pioneers to Establishment: The Americas and Beyond 230
18 The Triumph of the Iron Masters: The Search for a Style 240
19 A New Vision: The Turn of the Century 252
20 Designing for a New Society: The International Style 266
21 The Architecture of Pluralism: The End of Certainty 284
Epilogue 298
Maps 304
Chronological Charts 308
Glossary 317
Bibliography 321
Biographies of Architects 325
Index 335
Acknowledgements 351
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