Why Architecture Matters
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Why Architecture Matters

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by Paul Goldberger
     
 

ISBN-10: 030014430X

ISBN-13: 9780300144307

Pub. Date: 11/03/2009

Publisher: Yale University Press


Why Architecture Matters is not a work of architectural history or a guide to the styles or an architectural dictionary, though it contains elements of all three. The purpose of Why Architecture Matters is to “come to grips with how things feel to us when we stand before them, with how architecture affects us emotionally as well as…  See more details below

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Why Architecture Matters is not a work of architectural history or a guide to the styles or an architectural dictionary, though it contains elements of all three. The purpose of Why Architecture Matters is to “come to grips with how things feel to us when we stand before them, with how architecture affects us emotionally as well as intellectually”—with its impact on our lives. “Architecture begins to matter,” writes Paul Goldberger, “when it brings delight and sadness and perplexity and awe along with a roof over our heads.” He shows us how that works in examples ranging from a small Cape Cod cottage to the “vast, flowing” Prairie houses of Frank Lloyd Wright, from the Lincoln Memorial to the highly sculptural Guggenheim Bilbao and the Church of Sant’Ivo in Rome, where “simple geometries . . . create a work of architecture that embraces the deepest complexities of human imagination.”

Based on decades of looking at buildings and thinking about how we experience them, the distinguished critic raises our awareness of fundamental things like proportion, scale, space, texture, materials, shapes, light, and memory. Upon completing this remarkable architectural journey, readers will enjoy a wonderfully rewarding new way of seeing and experiencing every aspect of the built world.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300144307
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
11/03/2009
Series:
Why X Matters Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
273
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.20(d)

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Why Architecture Matters (Why X Matters Series) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Thaddaeus More than 1 year ago
In this volume, Goldberger expertly lays out his own aesthetic in a way that inspires the reader to seek out his examples and delve into the many other texts and structures he mentions along the way.