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History of Architectural Theory

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As the first comprehensive encyclopedic survey of Western architectural theory from Vitruvius to the present, this book is an essential resource for architects, students, teachers, historians, and theorists. Using only original sources, Kruft has undertaken the monumental task of researching, organizing, and analyzing the significant statements put forth by architectural theorists over the last two thousand years. The result is a text that is authoritative and complete, easy to read without being reductive.
Published by Princeton Architectural Press on 07/19/1994
Book details: 706 pages.

Art and Architecture in Naples, 1266-1713

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Often overshadowed by the cities of Florence and Rome in art-historical literature, this volume argues for the importance of Naples as an artistic and cultural centre, demonstrating the breadth and wealth of artistic experience within the city. Generously illustrated with some illustrations specifically commissioned for this book Questions the traditional definitions of 'cultural centres' which have led to the neglect of Naples as a centre of artistic importance A significant addition to the English-language scholarship on art in Naples
Published by John Wiley & Sons on 05/11/2010
Book details: 192 pages.

The Search for Form in Art and Architecture

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Eliel Saarinen, father of Eero Saarinen and the foremost architectural conceptualist of this century, trained a generation of visionaries at the famous Cranbrook Academy of Art, where he presided as Director from 1932 to 1948. He profoundly altered the course of modern art with his bold, innovative style and ceaseless striving for ideal form. In this important volume, the leader of the "American Bauhaus" has set down the principles that guided his work, making them comprehensible to the general reader and student. Emphasizing design on an organic level and an interrelated study of all fields of art, Saarinen rejects the slavish mimicry of old, exhusted styles (e.g. Classicism and Romanticism). Instead, he promotes the development of fresh modes of artistic expression, appropriate to each new generation. Saarinen's persuasive and illuminating text is divided into three main sections. Part I consists of an introductory analysis, an historical overview of art, and an examination of art in the modern world, highlighting the role of mechanization. Part II addresses the creative instinct, organic order, form and vitality, and form and time. In Part III, form is related to aspects of reason and sensation: truth, logic, function, color, decoration, space, theory, tradition, beauty, taste, and imagination. Both a valuable historical tract and a practical guide to the creative process, this convenient paperback volume (the only edition in print) makes Saarinen's powerful insights accessible to all artists, architects, art historians, and students of design
Published by Courier Corporation on 07/19/2019
Book details: 354 pages.

The Capital of Europe

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Analyzes the architectural and urban visions for a capital of Europe, comparing them to the reality of the three headquarter cities of the European Union.
Author: Carola Hein
Published by Greenwood Publishing Group on 07/19/2019
Book details: 315 pages.

On the Ruins of Babel

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The eighteenth century struggled to define architecture as either an art or a science-the image of the architect as a grand figure who synthesizes all other disciplines within a single master plan emerged from this discourse. Immanuel Kant and Johann Wolfgang Goethe described the architect as their equal, a genius with godlike creativity. For writers from Descartes to Freud, architectural reasoning provided a method for critically examining consciousness. The architect, as philosophers liked to think of him, was obligated by the design and construction process to mediate between the abstract and the actual. In On the Ruins of Babel, Daniel Purdy traces this notion back to its wellspring. He surveys the volatile state of architectural theory in the Enlightenment, brought on by the newly emerged scientific critiques of Renaissance cosmology, then shows how German writers redeployed Renaissance terminology so that "harmony," "unity," "synthesis," "foundation," and "orderliness" became states of consciousness, rather than terms used to describe the built world. Purdy's distinctly new interpretation of German theory reveals how metaphors constitute interior life as an architectural space to be designed, constructed, renovated, or demolished. He elucidates the close affinity between Hegel's Romantic aesthetic of space and Daniel Libeskind's deconstruction of monumental architecture in Berlin's Jewish Museum. Through a careful reading of Walter Benjamin's writing on architecture as myth, Purdy details how classical architecture shaped Benjamin's modernist interpretations of urban life, particularly his elaboration on Freud's archaeology of the unconscious. Benjamin's essays on dreams and architecture turn the individualist sensibility of the Enlightenment into a collective and mythic identification between humans and buildings.
Author: Daniel Purdy
Published by Cornell University Press on 06/24/2011
Book details: 316 pages.

Goethe Yearbook

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A publication of the Goethe Society of North America, carrying Goethe criticism (and studies of his contemporaries); extensive book review section.
Published by Camden House on 10/01/1994
Book details: 305 pages.

What is Architectural History?

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What is Architectural History? considers the questions and problems posed by architectural historians since the rise of the discipline in the late nineteenth century. How do historians of architecture organise past time and relate it to the present? How does historical evidence translate into historical narrative? Should architectural history be useful for practicing architects? If so, how? Leach treats the disciplinarity of architectural history as an open question, moving between three key approaches to historical knowledge of architecture: within art history, as an historical specialisation and, most prominently, within architecture. He suggests that the confusions around this question have been productive, ensuring a rich variety of approaches to the project of exploring architecture historically. Read alongside introductory surveys of western and global architectural history, this book will open up questions of perspective, frame, and intent for students of architecture, art history, and history. Graduate students and established architectural historians will find much in this book to fuel discussions over the current state of the field in which they work.
Author: Andrew Leach
Published by John Wiley & Sons on 05/03/2013
Book details: 184 pages.

Weekend Utopia

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The Hamptons are hot. Gordon, who grew up there, traces the invention of the idea of the Hamptons as a resort for the elite of New York City and shows how various forces, including artists, real estate developers, and media professionals transformed what had been a quiet rural place into a modern and worldwide phenomenon. 175 illustrations.
Published by Princeton Architectural Press on 05/01/2001
Book details: 181 pages.

Genealogies in the Library of Congress

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Vol 1 905p Vol 2 961p.
Published by Genealogical Publishing Com on 07/19/2019
Book details: 4130 pages.

Architecture in the Age of Printing

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In this book Mario Carpo discusses the communications media used by Western architects, from classical antiquity to modern classicism, showing how each medium related to specific forms of architectural thinking.".
Book details: 246 pages.
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