Reason in Architecture: Lectures Delivered at the Royal Academy of Arts in the Year 1906

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Dutton, 1906 - Architecture - 189 pages
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Page 15 - Architecture is to be regarded by us with the most serious thought. We may live without her, and worship without her, but we cannot remember without her. How cold is all history how lifeless all imagery, compared to that which the living nation writes, and the uncorrupted marble bears ! how many pages of doubtful record might we not often spare, for a few stones left one upon another ! The ambition of the old...
Page 15 - Babel builders was well directed for this world ; there are but two strong conquerors of the forgetfulness of men, poetry and architecture ; and the latter in some sort includes the former, and is mightier in its reality ; it is well to have, not only what men have thought and felt, but what their hands have handled and their strength wrought, and their eyes beheld all the days of their life.
Page 6 - Ah! THEN, if mine had been the Painter's hand, To express what then I saw; and add the gleam, The light that never was, on sea or land, The consecration, and the Poet's dream; I would have planted thee, thou hoary Pile Amid a world how different from this!
Page 127 - ... never tire ; the high vaults striving to push the walls outwards, but rebutted by the flying buttresses which try to push them inwards ; the aisle vaults doing their best to push the nave columns inwards, but unable to move them under the dead weight of the superstructure of triforium and clerestory which holds them down ; the whole fabric struggling to burst itself asunder, but manfully resisted by the system of countervailing forces, which only bargain as a condition of success that their great...
Page 157 - ... the end of the century in the writing of the engineer Auguste Choisy, particularly his Histoire de l'architecture (1 899). For Choisy the essence of architecture is construction, and all stylistic transformations are merely the logical consequence of technical development: To parade your Art Nouveau is to ignore the whole teaching of history. Not so did the great styles of the past come into being. lt was in the suggestion of construction that the architect of the great artistic ages found his...
Page 127 - ... them down ; the whole fabric struggling to burst itself asunder, but manfully resisted by the system of countervailing forces, which only bargain as a condition of success that their great parent buttresses outside shall stand like a rock, and give them a firm foothold from which to get a purchase. These great buttress-piers, therefore, the only passive members of the construction, are made bulky with a deep projection in the line of the thrusts ; and as an additional precaution, to steady them...
Page vii - Thucydides and the orators, and has made occasional references to works accessible only to advanced students. This book is now offered to the public in the hope that it may do something towards liberalizing courses of Greek study both in school and college. IRVING J. MANATT.
Page 88 - ... standard of artistic excellence, is not unnaturally accompanied by and fosters an apathy in regard to that excellence, and an attitude of callous acquiescence in the unsightly, which are inexpressibly mischievous ; for you cannot too strongly print this on your minds, that what you demand that you will get, and according to what you accept will be that which is provided for you.
Page 170 - ... construction. Now, in these half-timbered houses I think we may find a suggestion of what might be done in the way of construction with iron and steel. Iron construction, after all, is very like carpentry. It is a trabeated style. It has the tensile strength, the rigidity, and the elasticity of timber, but in a superior degree, and it hangs together by its joints, cleats, and bolts, much as carpentry does by its tenons and mortices. Just as the half-timbering forms the skeleton of a Surrey cottage...
Page 171 - Meanwhile, all experience hitherto tends to show that an architect who wishes his building to go down to posterity will do wisely to let iron play as small a part in his construction as possible.

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