The Detail in Building series provides a foundation of contemporary design data covering key elements of building design. Such essential elements are part of the vocabulary of contemporary architecture, and future titles in the series include Cable Net Structures, Wind Towers and Service Cores. Each building element is clearly analysed, both historically and in terms of contemporary examples by key practices around the world. The combination of building context, design aesthetics and technical solution, as revealed in the case studies, is highly informative as well as unique in a field where specific quality in design detailed is often underexposed by the superficial presentation of design schemes.
The author compares columns built by the ancient Greeks with those characteristic of other recognised important cultures and periods of architecture up to the modern day. The comparisons are technically based: concerned with form and use of materials, structural purpose and execution.
About the Author
JONATHAN G ADAMS is a chartered architect who trained at the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff, and at the Architectural Association, London. He joined Alsop & Stormer Architects in 1985, after working for the Greater London Council. He is a practising artist, photographer and graphic designer, as well as being a patent-holding inventor.
Table of Contents
The Classical Column and the Origin of Architecture.
Columns, Buildings and the Rise of Technology.
Some Twentieth-Century Paradigms.