Why Architecture Matters (Google eBook)

Front Cover
Yale University Press, Nov 3, 2009 - Architecture - 292 pages
18 Reviews
Why Architecture Matters is not a work of architectural history or a guide to the styles or an architectural dictionary, though it contains elements of all three. The purpose of Why Architecture Matters is to come to grips with how things feel to us when we stand before them, with how architecture affects us emotionally as well as intellectually--with its impact on our lives. Architecture begins to matter, writes Paul Goldberger, when it brings delight and sadness and perplexity and awe along with a roof over our heads. He shows us how that works in examples ranging from a small Cape Cod cottage to the vast, flowing Prairie houses of Frank Lloyd Wright, from the Lincoln Memorial to the highly sculptural Guggenheim Bilbao and the Church of Sant'Ivo in Rome, where simple geometries . . . create a work of architecture that embraces the deepest complexities of human imagination. Based on decades of looking at buildings and thinking about how we experience them, the distinguished critic raises our awareness of fundamental things like proportion, scale, space, texture, materials, shapes, light, and memory. Upon completing this remarkable architectural journey, readers will enjoy a wonderfully rewarding new way of seeing and experiencing every aspect of the built world.

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 star

Review: Why Architecture Matters

User Review  - Alex - Goodreads

Highly recommended for the general reader and definitely! for anyone who writes about buildings, landscape or cities. Goldberger steps back from his criticism to explore the basic questions: what do ... Read full review

Review: Why Architecture Matters

User Review  - Jim Dressner - Goodreads

Paul Goldberger's love & passion shows through in this readable book. Nicely organized in chapters that sequential expand the scope of analysis, he shares many good insights and avoids the opposite pitfalls of staying too shallow and going too deep. Read full review


meaning culture and symbol
challenge and comfort
architecture as object
architecture as space
architecture and memory
buildings and time
buildings and the making of place
a note on bibliography

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2009)

Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Paul Goldberger is the architectural critic and a staff writer at The New Yorker.

Bibliographic information