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Ideas That Shaped Buildings
     

Ideas That Shaped Buildings

by M.Fil Hearn, M. F. Hearn
 

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ISBN-10: 0262582279

ISBN-13: 9780262582278

Pub. Date: 11/01/2003

Publisher: MIT Press

In Ideas That Shaped Buildings, Fil Hearn identifies and codifies into theoretical systems the operative tenets of architectural theory from ancient Rome to the present. With this strikingly original synthesis of architectural history and theory, he constructs an intellectual armature on which virtually any architectural concept, past or present, can be

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In Ideas That Shaped Buildings, Fil Hearn identifies and codifies into theoretical systems the operative tenets of architectural theory from ancient Rome to the present. With this strikingly original synthesis of architectural history and theory, he constructs an intellectual armature on which virtually any architectural concept, past or present, can be positioned. Dealing mainly with the treatises that have been highly influential historically, he organizes their concepts thematically and analyzes their development through time. Straightforward and concise, Ideas That Shaped Buildings is readily accessible to architecture students, practicing architects, and the general public -- indeed anyone interested in understanding the design rationale of buildings. Its overarching message is that, far from being constricting, proper knowledge and application of architectural theory is enabling and inspiring, and makes creative freedom possible by providing the conceptual awareness needed to devise a design.

After an introductory history of the development of architectural theory, the text is divided into four parts. The first deals with issues relevant to all theories of architecture. The second, treating theory from antiquity to 1800, focuses on the prescriptive conventions inherent in the classical tradition. The third, treating theory after 1800, focuses on the inspirational principles prompted by rationalist perceptions of the Gothic tradition. The fourth, treating theory since 1965, deals with rationales beyond rationalism and the influence of computers on design method and design formulation. The concepts discussed are illustrated with theoretical drawings and images of actual buildings.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262582278
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
11/01/2003
Pages:
372
Product dimensions:
5.37(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Contents


Acknowledgments...........................................................ix
Preface: Architectural Theory Is Everybody's Business.....................xi
Introduction: Contours of Theoretical Development.........................1
I Underpinnings (Relevant to All Theory)...............................23
1 Of Architecture and Architects.......................................25
2 Standards of Judgment and Design Justifications......................39
3 The Uses of the Past.................................................53
II Conventions (Theory before 1800).....................................79
4 Images of the Ideal and Classical Design Method......................81
5 The Orders: Evolving Rules for Formal Beauty.........................97
6 The Alternative Aesthetic: Breaking the Rules........................137
7 Proportion: The Orders and Architectural Spaces......................161
III Principles (Theory from 1800 to 1965)................................177
8 Rational Design Method...............................................179
9 Generative Planning as the Basis of Design...........................193
10 Honest Structure as the Framework of Design..........................223
11 Truth to the Medium: Using Materials.................................255
12 Decoration and the Integrity of Design...............................271
13 Restoration: The Care of Inherited Buildings.........................281
14 Design of Cities.....................................................289
IV Convolutions (Theory since 1965).....................................303
15 Rationales beyond Rationalism........................................305
16 New Directions in Design Method......................................323
Conclusion................................................................335
Time Line of Treatises (by John Hearn)....................................337
Bibliography..............................................................343
Credits...................................................................351
Index.....................................................................355

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