Why Architecture Matters

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Yale University Press, May 14, 2014 - Architecture - 292 pages
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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.

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User Review  - Christian - Goodreads

An engaging and readable introduction to one of those subjects that everyone is sort of interested in, but often seems intimidating or off-putting to try and learn about. Lots of nice (black and white ... Read full review

Review: Why Architecture Matters (Why X Matters Series)

User Review  - Tim Kimberley - Goodreads

One of those spectacular books you enjoy to read and are sad to finish because the experience is over. A friend of mine is a passionate architect and this book helped me to see why he loves the field ... 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
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Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Paul Goldberger is the architectural critic and a staff writer at The New Yorker.

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