Why Architecture Matters

Why Architecture Matters

by Paul Goldberger
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Why Architecture Matters by Paul Goldberger

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300155778
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 11/03/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,068,390
File size: 5 MB

About the Author


Paul Goldberger is the architecture critic for The New Yorker and has written the magazine's celebrated "Sky Line" column since 1997. He also holds the Joseph Urban Chair in Design and Architecture at The New School in Manhattan. He began his career at The New York Times, where he received a Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Criticism. Visit the author's website: www.paulgoldberger.com

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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.