The Annotated Arch: A Crash Course in the History of Architecture

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Andrews McMeel Publishing, Apr 11, 2001 - Architecture - 192 pages
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The Annotated Arch takes architectural history out of the realm of dreary textbooks into a world of dynamic design, succinct page-length essays and instructive sidebars. These graphic devices heighten the reader's ability to retain an impressive amount of information, even through a cursory reading. A brief run-through of the book's captions and sidebars provides a mini crash course in the history of architecture. Incorporating more than 250 illustrations, The Annotated Arch draws on the very elements of architecture to craft a visual and textual approach to the subject that no ordinary textbook could match. From Stonehenge to the Eiffel Tower, from Flippo Brunelleschi to Frank Lloyd Wright, the language of architecture is clarified in five sections.

Everything you always wanted to know about architecture is all right here in The Annotated Arch, which covers architectural wonders from the Stone Age to the Space Age. Presented in a reader-friendly format, this new book enlightens, entertains, and informs with its lively look at architecture.

What's the difference between Doric, Corinthian, and Ionic? Within the 192 illustrated pages of The Annotated Arch, readers will learn all about these distinctive styles--and more. From engineering breakthroughs to cultural history, from biographical anecdotes to analyses of corresponding and clashing styles The Annotated Arch covers all the architectural bases. The book breaks new ground with excerpts from interviews conducted by the author with leading contemporary architects.

This new Annotated book follows Carol Strickland's first volume on art history, The Annotated Mona Lisa. Peppered with sidebars, The Annotated Arch will appeal to anyone who loves architecture or who simply wants to learn more about it in a painless, enjoyable way. It's a great, educational read.

  

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Review: The Annotated Arch: A Crash Course in the History of Architecture

User Review  - Laurie - Goodreads

This is the book to read if you are curious about architectural styles. Read full review

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Although the author treats this weighty subject (no pun intended) remarkably well, and the prose is interesting rather than dry, it is still so densely packed with information that I treated it more ... Read full review

Contents

THE ELEMENTS OF ARCHITECTURE ix BYZANTINE SPLENDOR
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ROCK OF AGES 4 Romanesque Gothici
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THE DAWN OF CIVILIZATION 6 Carolingian ipreRomanesquet style Pilgrimage
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THE CLASSICS 12
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Romans develop new material Iconcretei techniques Iarch RetroRome spreads from Italy across continent From
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Carol Strickland has a doctorate in American culture from the University of Michigan. She is the Christian Science Monitor's art critic and contributes feature stories on the arts to the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Art and Antiques. She is the author of The Annotated Arch: A Crash Course in the History of Architecture, The Illustrated Timeline of Art History, and numerous artists' monographs. Carol lives in New York City and Long Island.

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