A World History of Architecture

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Laurence King Publishing, 2003 - Architecture - 592 pages
The Roman architect and engineer Vitruvius declared firmitas, utilitas, and venustas-firmness, commodity, and delight- to be the three essential attributes of architecture. These qualities are brilliantly explored in this book, which uniquely comprises both a detailed survey of Western architecture, including Pre-Columbian America, and an introduction to architecture from the Middle East, India, Russia, China, and Japan. The text encourages readers to examine closely the pragmatic, innovative, and aesthetic attributes of buildings, and to imagine how these would have been praised or criticized by contemporary observers. Artistic, economic, environmental, political, social, and technological contexts are discussed so as to determine the extent to which buildings met the needs of clients, society at large, and future generations.
 

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Contents

PREFACE
NINETEENTHCENTURY
A Word about Drawings and Images 5
Ancient Mesopotamia 14
Ancient Egypt 22
CHAPTER 2
The Archaic Period 47
The Hellenistic Period 57
Donato Bramante 314
Michelangelo 323
Andrea Palladio 330
Palladios Venice 336
The Renaissance in England 346
Pope Sixtus V and the Replanning of Rome
The Baroque in Central Europe 373
NeoClassicism 420

DEVELOPMENTS 419
Public Baths 127
CHAPTER 6
Byzantine Basilicas and Domed Basilicas
Byzantine Churches in Russia 155
CHAPTER 7
Houses Palaces and Urban Patterns 184
AngloSaxon and Viking Architecture
Romanesque Architecture of the Holy Roman Empire
The Order of Cluny 213
Cistercian Monasteries 221
The Birthplace of the Choctaws 278
CHAPTER 11
Michelozzo Bartolomeo and the Palazzo Medici 302
Other Renaissance City Plans 308
CHAPTER 13
EtienneLouis Boullée and ClaudeNicolas Ledoux 405
French Architectural Education and the Ecole
The Gothic Revival 429
Progress in Iron Fabrication 437
Skeletal Construction in Concrete and Wood 448
The Viennese Secession 460
CHAPTER 16
Robert Venturis Radical CounterProposal to Modernism
Robert A M Stern 549
Peter Eisenman 557
Glenn Murcutt 563
BIBLIOGRAPHY 572
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