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Aesthetics of Architecture 2e

ISBN-10: 0691158339
ISBN-13: 9780691158334
Edition: 2013 (Revised)
Authors: Roger Scruton
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Description: Architecture is distinguished from other art forms by its sense of function, its localized quality, its technique, its public and nonpersonal character, and its continuity with the decorative arts. In this important book, Roger Scruton calls for a  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 4/21/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

Architecture is distinguished from other art forms by its sense of function, its localized quality, its technique, its public and nonpersonal character, and its continuity with the decorative arts. In this important book, Roger Scruton calls for a return to first principles in contemporary architectural theory, contending that the aesthetic of architecture is, in its very essence, an aesthetic of everyday life. Aesthetic understanding is inseparable from a sense of detail and style, from which the appropriate, the expressive, the beautiful, and the proportionate take their meaning. Scruton provides incisive critiques of the romantic, functionalist, and rationalist theories of design, and of the Freudian, Marxist, and semiological approaches to aesthetic value.In a new introduction, Scruton discusses how his ideas have developed since the book's original publication thirty years ago, and he assesses the continuing relevance of his argument for the twenty-first century.

Introduction to the 2013 Edition
Acknowledgments
Preface
Introduction: The problem of architecture
Architecture and design
Has architecture an essence?
Experiencing architecture
Judging architecture
Freud, Marx and meaning
The language of architecture
Expression and abstraction
The sense of detail
Conclusion: Architecture and morality
Summary
Notes
Bibliography
Index of Names
Index of Subjects

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