The Secrets of Architectural Composition

The Secrets of Architectural Composition


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780486480428
Publisher: Dover Publications
Publication date: 07/19/2011
Series: Dover Architecture
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 286
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

An influential educator, designer, artist, and writer, Nathaniel C. Curtis (1881-1953) was the head of the Tulane School of Architecture. The school awards a prize in his name for outstanding student essays relating to the theory or history of architecture.

Table of Contents

Part I

1 Dual Nature of Architecture 1

2 Fundamental Esthetic Laws of Architecture; Architectural Creation; Bibliography 6

Part II

1 Walls; Openings in Walls; Doors and Windows; Balustrades and Balconies; Roofs and Domes 17

2 The Antique Orders; Porticos and Arcades 32

3 Internal Wall Treatment; Floors and Ceilings 43

4 Vaults in General; The Decoration of Vaults 48

5 The Different Species of Vaults. The Barrel Vault; The Cloister Vault; The Domical Vault; The Cross Vault; The Raised Cross Vault; The Raised Annular Vault; The Vault on Pendentives; Construction of Models Bibliography and References 55

Part III

1 External Vestibules 67

2 Incorporated Vestibules 74

3 Vertical Communications. External Stairways; Interior Stairways; Their Location and Arrangement; Elevators 89

4 General Form and Design of the Room; Corridors and Passageways; Courts 104

5 Facades and Bays; Form of Mass; Wall Treatment; Varied or Broken Facades; Tower-like Buildings. Bibliography and References 117

Part IV

1 General Principles of Composition 139

2 Proportion and Scale 146

3 Specific Proportions Resulting from Construction; Variations in the Effective Proportions of the Orders of Architecture; Proportions for Arches 149

4 Proportions Resulting from Requirements of the Program; Proportions Resulting from Location and Environment; Geometrical Theory 158

5 Scale: The Relation between Scale and Proportion. Bibliography and References 167

Part V

1 Essentials of Programs in General; Requirements Resulting from Location and Style; Importance of Proper Indication in the Technique of the Sketch 117

2 Illustrative Programs for Buildings 177

Part VI

1 General Principles Relating to the Study of the Parti; Arrangement in General 187

2 Specific Arrangement 198

3 The Entourage 210

4 The Group Plan; Symmetrical and Unsymmetrical Partis; Sloping Sites. Bibliography and References 220

Part VII

1 The Development of the Parti; Criticisms by Instructors; Study of Buildings in Actuality 231

2 Documents; The Early Literature of Architecture 237

3 Modern Architectural Books. Bibliography 245

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