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Experiencing architecture

Author: Steen Eiler Rasmussen
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : M.I.T. Press, 1964
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2nd U.S. edView all editions and formats
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Illustrated with instances of architectural experimentation through the centuries, this book manages to convey the intellectual excitement of superb design. From teacups, riding boots, golf balls, and underwater sculpture to the villas of Palladio and the fish-feeding pavilion of the Peking Winter Palace, the author ranges over the less-familiar byways of designing excellence. At one time, writes Rasmussen, "the  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Steen Eiler Rasmussen
ISBN: 0262180030 9780262180030 9780262680028 0262680025
OCLC Number: 980730913
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 245 pages : illustrations, plans ; 20 cm
Responsibility: Steen Eiler Rasmussen.

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Illustrated with instances of architectural experimentation through the centuries, this book manages to convey the intellectual excitement of superb design. From teacups, riding boots, golf balls, and underwater sculpture to the villas of Palladio and the fish-feeding pavilion of the Peking Winter Palace, the author ranges over the less-familiar byways of designing excellence. At one time, writes Rasmussen, "the entire community took part in forming the dwellings and implements they used. The individual was in fruitful contact with these things; the anonymous houses were built with a natural feeling for place, materials and use and the result was a remarkably suitable comeliness. Today, in our highly civilized society, the houses which ordinary people are doomed to live in and gaze upon are on the whole without quality. We cannot, however, go back to the old method of personally supervised handicrafts. We must strive to advance by arousing interest in and understanding of the work the architect does. The basis of competent professionalism is a sympathetic and knowledgeable group of amateurs, of non-professional art lovers."

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