Architectural Theory: An Anthology from Vitruvius to 1870

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Harry Francis Mallgrave
Wiley, 2006 - Architecture - 590 pages
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Architectural Theory: Vitruvius to 1870 is a landmark anthology that surveys the development of the field of architecture from its earliest days to the year 1870. The first truly comprehensive anthology that brings together the classic essays in the field, the volume chronicles the major developments and trends in architecture from Vitruvius to Gottfried Semper.



  • Volume 1 of the first overview of architectural thought from antiquity to the present day; this volume covers 25 B.C. to 1870
  • Collects over 200 classic essays in the field, organized thematically for the student and scholar, covering Classicism, Neoclassicism, the Enlightenment, Romanticism, and the Gothic
  • Includes German, French, and Italian essays appearing in English here for the first time
  • Features a general introduction and headnotes to each essay written by a renowned expert on architectural theory.

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User Review  - pranogajec - LibraryThing

With 326 entries, this is a broad compendium of architectural thought of the past 140 years. Two problems: traditionalism is slighted, which is expected as it still seen as "anti-modern," and many (most?) of the entries are abridged much too much. Read full review

About the author (2006)

Harry Francis Mallgrave is Professor of History and Theory at the Illinois Institute of Technology. His l996 book Gottfried Semper: Architect of the Nineteenth Century was awarded the Alice Davis Hitchcock Award by the Society of Architectural Historians. He is also the author of Modern Architectural Theory 16731968 published in 2005.

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