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ISBN-10: 0764553968

ISBN-13: 9780764553967

Edition: 2002

Authors: Deborah K. Dietsch, Robert A. M. Stern

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'Architecture for Dummies' is the concise guide for those looking for a fast and easy demystification of the fundamentals of global architecture and its history.
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List price: $21.99
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/28/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.210
Language: English

Thomas McCarthy is John Schaffer Professor in the Humanities at Northwestern University and the editor of the MIT Press series Studies in Contemporary German Social Thought.

About This Book
How This Book Is Organized
Icons Used in This Book
Where to Go from Here
Knowing and Appreciating Architecture
Knowing When a Building Is Just a Building and When It's Architecture
The Beauty of Form Meets Function
Why Is Architecture Important?
What Makes Architecture Good?
How to Spot Good Architecture
Where Can You See Architecture?
If You Do Go ...
How to Look at a Building
Space: Solids and Voids
Scale and Proportion: Size Matters
Weight and Mass: It Ain't Heavy, It Just Looks That Way
The Elements of Design
Building Your Architectural Vocabulary
Defining Architectural Style
Essential Elements of Architecture
Nuts and Bolts: Looking at How Architecture Is Designed and Built
How Buildings Are Born
In the Beginning: The Program
Different Building Types and the Evolution of Style
Using the Past to Design the Future
Just What Do Architects Do, Anyway?
The Roles They Are A-Changin'
How Architects Get to Be Architects
What Architects Really Do from 9 to 5
Okay, Now Do It Like I Drew It
A Simple Structure: How Buildings Stand Up
May the Force Be with It: Carrying the Loads
Structural Forces: How a Building Gets Stressed
Posts and Lintels: Trabeated Systems
Watch Those Curves: Arcuated Systems
New Shapes for Modern Structures
Western Architecture: A Survey of the Most Important Structures
Gimme Shelter: Prehistoric Structures and the Ancient World
From Tipis to Tombs: Prehistoric Architecture
Ancient Pyramids: Stairways to Heaven
Mythology Comes to Life: The Aegean
Acropolis Now: Classical Greece and Rome
The Greeks: Pursuit of Perfection
The Etruscans: Prelude to Rome
The Romans: Structural Revolution
Domes, Arches, and Vaults, Oh My: Byzantine and Medieval Architecture
Early Christian Churches
Aspiring to New Heights: Byzantine Churches
The Middle Ages: Not as Dark as You Think
Roman Glory Lives On: Romanesque Churches
The Super Church: Gothic Cathedrals
Beauty Meets Mathematics and Drama: From Renaissance to Rococo
The Renaissance: A Classical Revival with Some Mathematical Stuff
Bridges to the Baroque: Mannerism
Here Come the Drama Kings: The Baroque
Early Funhouses: The Rococo
Revivals Everywhere: The Classical and Gothic Are New Again
Rage Against the Baroque: Classical Revivals
Playing on Your Emotions: Romanticism
Coming Full Circle: Beaux-Arts Eclecticism
Here Comes the Industrial Age: Perfab Is Here to Stay
Mass Production Begins: Materials Get a Revamp
Managing the Forces: Enter the Engineer
Flying High and Close to the Sun: Skyscrapers!
Buildings Go Up, the Sky Falls Down: The First Skyscrapers
Chicago's Steel Skeletons
A Skyscraper State of Mind: Rise of the New York Skyline
More Recent Skyscapers
Mother Nature versus the Machines: Modern Styles
All You Need Is Art: Arts and Crafts for Everyday People
A Modern Style Takes Root: Art Nouveau and Its Architects
Mother Nature's Out the Door: More "isms" and Other Styles
Modernism Gets Real: The International Style
The Only Constant Is Change: From Modern Purism to Postmodern Pluralism
Modernism Gets a Makeover by Late Modern Masters
Lotsa Concrete, Folks: The New Brutalism Branch of Modernism
The Modernism Backlash: Postmodernism and the Past to the Rescue
Modernism with a Postmodernist Twist
New Directions for a New Millennium
Eastern Architecture: A Survey of the Most Important Structures
China and Japan: Traditions in Wood
Chinese Architecture: The Basics
Japanese Architecture: Chinese Refinements
More Than the Taj Mahal: Architecture in India
Early Temples and Shrines
India's Influence on Southeast Asia
The Islamic Golden Age, Mughal Style
Spoils of the British Empire: West Meets East
Contemporary Architecture in India
The Islamic World
Bow and Pray to Mecca
Royal Calling Cards: Middle Eastern Mosques
Mosques for All Seasons: African Mosques
The Moors Create Their Own Style in Spain
Arranging the Present and Saving the Past
Understanding Urban Design
The First Cities of Humankind
Ancient Greek and Roman Town Order: Hooked on a Classic
Medieval Towns: Defense and Commerce
The Ideal Cities of the Renaissance
Royal Bombast and Power: Baroque Grand Plans
Cities in the Age of Enlightenment
American Cities: Growing on the Grid
Staying Connected: Urban Growth Explosion
Modern Cities of Tomorrow: The 'Burbs
Postwar Plans: From Sprawl to Smart Growth
Historic Preservation: Saving the Past for the Future
Just How Far Should It Go?
The Gold Standards of Architectural Rescue
The Upside of Preservation
Patriotism Saves the Day (And a Few Buildings, Too!)
The Face of Preservation Today
The Part of Tens
The Ten Most Fascinating Architects Working Today
Tadao Ando
Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio
Frank Gehry
Zaha Hadid
Jacques Herzog and Pierre De Meuron
Rem Koolhaas
Daniel Libeskind
Jean Nouvel
Renzo Piano
Antoine Predock
Ten Architectural Masterpieces
The Parthenon
The Pantheon
Chartres Cathedral
Tempietto di San Pietro in Montorio
Katsura Palace
San Ivo della Sapienza
Altes Museum
Thomas Crane Library
Villa Savoye
Seagram Building
Ten Amazing Items of Trivia That'll Impress All Your Friends!
One of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World Is Still Around!
French Gothic Cathedral Collapses!
World's Largest Art Gallery Is Russian!
Disney Steals Design from Bavarian Castle!
Women Join All-Male Architecture Profession!
Architect Murdered by Jealous Husband!
Hotel Survives Worst Japanese Earthquake of the Twentieth Century!
New York City Home to the World's Largest Gothic Cathedral!
Famous Architect Disqualified for Using the Wrong Ink!
Skyscraper Resembles Chippendale Furniture!
The Top Ten Skyscrapers
Chrysler Building: Art Deco Fantasy
Empire State Building: New York's Highest
Lever House: Cleaning Up the Avenue
John Hancock Center: "Big John"
Sears Tower: Office in a Tube
Boston's Hancock Tower: Blowing in the Wind
Hong Kong Shanghai Bank: High-Tech Beauty
Petronas Towers: The World's Tallest
World Trade Towers: An Icon Destroyed