Architecture Reader Essential Writings from Vitruvius to the Present

ISBN-10: 0807615803

ISBN-13: 9780807615805

Edition: 2007

Authors: A. Krista Sykes

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The Architecture Readerbrings together for the first time texts written by architects of international esteem. Encompassing two thousand years of building history, these writings engage persistent concerns in architecture and design, including the role of the architect, and the relationships between architecture, nature, art and science. Intended to be at once accessible and thought-provoking, this volume is ideal for a general audience and beginning students of architecture. The carefully chosen texts provide a taste of the multiplicity that characterizes historical and contemporary views of architecture. Krista Sykes organizes the selections chronologically and introduces each with a helpful commentary, contextualizing the author and the salient issues covered in the piece. The excerpts appear in a variety of formats, including interviews, manifestoes, lectures and treatises, and are representative of the variedsometimes conflictingapproaches to building and design. In combination, they provide a fascinating overview of significant concepts within the field of architecture. The Architecture Readerwill be a valuable companion for introductory surveys of architectural history, novice students of architecture, and anyone interested in formative ideas underlying contemporary conceptions of architecture. 20 black and white illustrations.
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List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: George Braziller Incorporated
Publication date: 5/23/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

A. Krista Sykesnbsp;holds a Ph.D. in Architectural Theory and History from Harvard University. She is the author of Constructing a New Agenda for Architecture and was Managing Editor of thenbsp;Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians.

Aknowledgments
Preface
Introduction
from The Ten Books on Architecture (ca. 25 B.C.E.)
from The Book of Suger, Abbot of St.-Denis, On What Was Done Under His Administration and The Other Little Book on the Consecration of the Church of St.-Denis (1144-49)
from On the Art of Building in Ten Books (1846)
from The Four Books on Architecture (1570)
from Ordonnance for the Five Kinds of Columns after the Method of the Ancients (1683)
from Architecture, Essay on Art (1770-84)
"Style," from Dictionnaire raisonne (1854-68)
"The Tall Office Building Artistically Considered" (1908)
"In the Cause of Architecture" (1908)
"Ornament and Crime" (1908)
"Manifesto of Futurist Architecture" (1944)
from The Architecture of Humanism (1914)
from Towards a New Architecture (1923)
"Five Points cowards a New Architecture" (1926)
"Principles of Bauhaus Production" (1926)
from The International Style: Architecture since 1922 (1932)
"Designing a New Industry" (1946)
"The Seven Crutches of Modern Architecture" (1955)
"Form and Design" (1961)
Untitled Thoughts on Place and Occasion (1962)
Editorial from Archigram 3 (1963)
from Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture (1966)
from The Architecture of the City (1966)
"Learning from Pop" (1971)
from Architecture for the Poor (1973)
"Post-Functionalism" (1976)
"Why Post-Modernism?" (1978)
"Classicism Is Not a Style" (1983)
"The Geometry of Feeling: The Phenomenology of Architecture" (1985)
"De-, Dis-, Ex-" (1989)
"Bigness, or the Problem of Large" (1993)
"Proof of Things Invisible" (1997)
from Animate Form (1999)
"The Architecture of the Future" (1999)
"The Hero of Hale County" (2001)
"This Book Is Not a Tree," from Cradle to Cradle (2002)
"General Agreement on Architecture and Related Matters" (2003)
"Architecture and Intuition" (2003)
"Going Public" (2003)
"The Poisonous Mixture" (2004)
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