Understanding Architecture: Its Elements, History, and Meaning / Edition 2

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Overview


This best-selling, illustrated survey of Western architecture is now fully revised throughout, explaining the structure, function, history, and meaning of architecture in a way that is both accessible and engaging. The long-awaited second edition includes: new coverage on Postmodernism and its relationship to the Modernist era; a reorganization of Mesopotamian and Prehistoric architecture based on thematic lines of development; an expanded chapter on Medieval architecture, including developments from the end of the Roman Empire to the Renaissance; and an expanded art program that includes over 500 images in black and white and color. Understanding Architecture continues to be the only text in the field to examine architecture as a cultural phenomenon as well as an artistic and technological achievement with its straightforward, two-part structure: (1) The Elements of Architecture and (2) The History and Meaning of Architecture. Comprehensive, clearly written, affordable, and accessible, Understanding Architecture is a classic survey of Western architecture.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813390451
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 2/23/2005
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 696
  • Sales rank: 300,437
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2008

    A valuable survey of Western architecture from the dawn of the civilization to present

    As Marion Dean Ross Professor of Architectural History at the University of Oregon at Eugene, Leland M. Roth summarized his research and experience in ¿Understanding Architecture: Its Elements, History, And Meaning.¿ Having done extensive graduate studies in architecture, landscape architecture and urban planning, I always find the history and meaning of architecture, gardens and places fascinating. ¿Understanding Architecture: Its Elements, History, And Meaning¿ is a feast for people like me. It is separated into 2 parts. Part I covers elements of architecture including ¿Commoditie¿ (Function), ¿Firmeness¿ (Structure), ¿Delight¿ (Space, Acoustic and Aesthetic), architecture as part of natural environment, architecture, memory and economics. Part II covers history and meaning of Western architecture from the dawn of the civilization to present, including ¿from caves to cities,¿ the architecture of Mesopotamia and ancient Egypt, Greek architecture, Roman architecture, Early Christian and Byzantine architecture, Medieval architecture, Renaissance architecture, Baroque and Rococo architecture, the origin and development and versions of Modernism, and various schools of Postmodernism. ¿Understanding Architecture: Its Elements, History, And Meaning¿ has 652 pages and many line drawings and good interior black-and-white photos. It is a valuable survey of Western architecture from the dawn of the civilization to present.

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