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Travels in the History of Architecture

by Robert Harbison
 

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In Travels in the History of Architecture, renowned architectural writer Robert Harbison guides us on a journey through the great themes and movements of architecture, from antiquity to the present day.

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In Travels in the History of Architecture, renowned architectural writer Robert Harbison guides us on a journey through the great themes and movements of architecture, from antiquity to the present day.

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Library Journal

In this extraordinary interpretation of Western architecture, Harbison (architecture, London Metropolitan Univ.; Reflections on Baroque), a well-traveled and exceptionally knowledgeable English architectural historian, begins with Egyptian architecture; continues with Greek, Roman, Byzantine, medieval, Renaissance, and baroque; and ends with three chapters on 19th-century, modern, and postmodern architecture. Harbison relays his opinions, which are captivating, direct, and personal, on individual buildings. He approaches this history with the philosophy of New Criticism in mind, considering each building with an "innocent eye" and "the fresh vision of the child in [him]self." VERDICT This book could serve as a secondary survey of Western architecture for architecture students, professionals, and devotees, although more maps, plans, and pictures of individual regions and monuments would have been useful. Harbison's expression of his personal and professional views is unbelievably shattering and breathtaking; he has the capacity to alter the entire history of Western architecture for 100 years to come.—Peter S. Kaufman, Boston Architectural Ctr.


—Peter S. Kaufman
History Today

"On its broadly chronological journey from the Egyptians to Modernists, via Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Romanesque and Historicist architecture, this book is filled with acute perceptions and fine descriptions . . . its insights make you want to travel and see."

Times Literary Supplement
Robert Harbison [is] a proflic author of quirky, smallish books on the itnerplay of architectural history and wider cultural theory.

— Keith Miller

Paul Shepheard

"Robert Harbison is not one of those historians who tries to blast you out of the water with his authority--his is a gentle voice, full of knowledge and wit, thoughtful and contemplative. As you read this book you feel not that you are being lectured at, but, as the title suggests, that you are travelling in time; and Harbison makes a fine traveling companion. Whatever you are doing with old buildings, whether visiting them, reading about them, looking at pictures of them or even just remembering them, you will want to have this book near at hand."

Times Literary Supplement - Keith Miller

"Robert Harbison [is] a prolific author of quirky, smallish books on the interplay of architectural history and wider cultural theory."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781861896902
Publisher:
Reaktion Books, Limited
Publication date:
06/16/2011
Series:
non-series
Sold by:
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Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
1,067,900
File size:
16 MB
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Meet the Author

Robert Harbison is a professor of architecture at London Metropolitan University. He is a regular contributor to Architects’ Journal, Architectural Review, Building Design, and the Times Literary Supplement. He is also the author of many books, including Eccentric Spaces; The Built, the Unbuilt and the Unbuildable; and Reflections on the Baroque.

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