Understanding Architecture

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This clearly written, fully illustrated survey of Western architecture defines and explains structure, function, history, and meaning. Architecture is examined as a cultural phenomenon as well as an artistic and technological achievement. The book is divided into two parts: Part One, "The Elements of Architecture,” deals with the basic properties of architecture in chapters that explain function, structural principles, and elements of design, including examples in the text and illustrations from all periods and ...

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Overview

This clearly written, fully illustrated survey of Western architecture defines and explains structure, function, history, and meaning. Architecture is examined as a cultural phenomenon as well as an artistic and technological achievement. The book is divided into two parts: Part One, "The Elements of Architecture,” deals with the basic properties of architecture in chapters that explain function, structural principles, and elements of design, including examples in the text and illustrations from all periods and styles. Part Two, "The History and Meaning of Architecture,” is a chronological survey of Western architectural development from prehistoric times to the present. The approach is selective in terms of buildings and architects included; the examples are chosen for their importance and significance and are fully explained. Each chronological chapter begins with a concise, historical outline giving the social and cultural background. The illustrations (photographs, drawings, maps, and plans) are integrated with the text and there are notes, suggested readings, a glossary, chronological chart, and index.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780064384933
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 5/4/1993
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 576

Meet the Author

Leland M. Roth is Marion Dean Ross Professor of Architectural History at the University of Oregon at Eugene. He is the author of American Architecture: A History; A Concise History of American Architecture; McKim, Mead & White, Architects; and other works. He lives in Eugene, Oregon.

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Table of Contents

List of Maps
List of Illustrations
Preface
Introduction: Architecture, the Unavoidable Art 1
Pt. 1 The Elements of Architecture 6
1 "Commoditie": How Does the Building Function? 6
2 "Firmeness": How Does the Building Stand Up? 18
3 "Delight": Space in Architecture 44
4 "Delight": Seeing Architecture 56
5 "Delight": Architectural Acoustics, Shape, and Sound 90
6 The Architect: From High Priest to Professional 104
7 Architecture as Part of the Environment 120
8 Architecture, Memory, and Economics 134
Pt. 2 The History and Meaning of Architecture 138
Chronological Table 138
9 The Invention of Architecture: From Caves to Cities 140
10 Egyptian Architecture 158
11 Greek Architecture 182
12 Roman Architecture 212
13 Early Christian and Byzantine Architecture 238
14 Early Medieval Architecture 264
15 Gothic Architecture 290
16 Renaissance and Mannerist Architecture 316
17 Baroque and Rococo Architecture 356
18 Architecture in the Age of Enlightenment, 1720-1800 396
19 Architecture in the Nineteenth Century 420
20 Early-Twentieth-Century Architecture: The Perfection of Utility 458
21 Late-Twentieth-Century Architecture: A Question of Meaning 484
Glossary 519
Index 531
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