A History of Architecture: Settings and Rituals

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Oxford University Press, 1995 - Architecture - 792 pages
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When the late Spiro Kostof's A History of Architecture appeared in 1985, it was universally hailed as a masterpiece--one of the finest books on architecture ever written. Now, updated and expanded, this classic reference continues to bring to readers the full array of civilization's architectural achievements.

Insightful, engagingly written and graced with close to a thousand superb illustrations, the Second Edition of this extraordinary volume offers a sweeping narrative that examines architecture as it reflects the social, economic, and technological aspects of human history. The scope of the book is astonishing. Kostof examines a surprisingly wide variety of man-made structures: prehistoric huts and the TVA, the pyramids of Giza and the Rome railway station, the ziggurat and the department store. Kostof considered every building worthy of attention, every structure a potential source of insight, whether it be prehistoric hunting camps at Terra Amata, or the caves at Lascaux with their magnificent paintings, or a twenty-story hotel on the Las Vegas Strip.

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User Review  - Havva - Goodreads

Loved the concept, but the book was much to slow to get through. At page 176 decided that I have better ways to spend my time. Read full review

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User Review  - Rory Hyde - Goodreads

Hefty tome taking in a few thousand odd years of history. A history of the winners, focussed on the names and places, skewed toward a Western European tradition. Great as a foundational text. Read full review

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Spiro Kostof was Professor of Architectural History at the University of California at Berkeley, and was a former president of the Society of Architectural Historians. Greg Castillo was Kostof's research assistant and literary executor.

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