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Understanding Architecture Its Elements, History, and Meaning

ISBN-10: 0064301583
ISBN-13: 9780064301589
Edition: 1997 (Revised)
Authors: Leland M. Roth
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Description: This clearly written, fully illustrated survey of Western architecture defines and explains structure, function, history, and meaning. Architecture is examined as a cultural phenomenon as well as an artistic and technological achievement. The book  More...

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Book details

List price: $57.50
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: Westview Press
Publication date: 4/20/1993
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 576
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.288
Language: English

This clearly written, fully illustrated survey of Western architecture defines and explains structure, function, history, and meaning. Architecture is examined as a cultural phenomenon as well as an artistic and technological achievement. The book is divided into two parts: Part One, “The Elements of Architecture,” deals with the basic properties of architecture in chapters that explain function, structural principles, and elements of design, including examples in the text and illustrations from all periods and styles. Part Two, “The History and Meaning of Architecture,” is a chronological survey of Western architectural development from prehistoric times to the present. The approach is selective in terms of buildings and architects included; the examples are chosen for their importance and significance and are fully explained. Each chronological chapter begins with a concise, historical outline giving the social and cultural background. The illustrations (photographs, drawings, maps, and plans) are integrated with the text and there are notes, suggested readings, a glossary, chronological chart, and index.

Preface
Introduction Architecture, the Unavoidable Art
The Elements of Architecture
Commoditie How Does the Building Function?
Firmeness: How Does the Building Stand Up?
Suggested Reading
Delight: Space in Architecture
Suggested Reading
Delight: Seeing Architecture
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Delight: Architectural Acoustics, Shape, and Sound
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The Architect: from High Priest to Professional
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Architecture as Part of the Environment
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Architecture, Memory, and Economics
The History and Meaning of Architecture
The History and Meaning of Architecture
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Egyptian Architecture
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Greek Architecture
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Roman Architecture
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Early Christian and Byzantine Architecture
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Early Medieval Architecture
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Gothic Architecture
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Renaissance and Mannerist Architecture
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Baroque and Rococo Architecture
Selected Readings
Architecture in the Age of Enlightenment, 1720-1800
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Architecture in the Nineteenth Century
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Early-Twentieth-Century Architecture: The Perfection of Utility
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Late-Twentieth-Century Architecture: a Question of Meaning
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Glossary
Index

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