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Ideas that shaped buildings

Author: M F Hearn
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©2003.
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In Ideas That Shaped Buildings Fil Hearn identifies and codifies into theoretical systems the operative tenets of architectural theory from ancient Rome to the present. With this strikingly original synthesis of architectural history and theory, he constructs an intellectual armature on which virtually any architectural concept, past or present, can be positioned. Dealing mainly with the treatises that have been  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: M F Hearn
ISBN: 0262582279 9780262582278
OCLC Number: 52092110
Awards: Runner-up for ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award: Architecture 2003.
Description: xiv, 356 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
Contents: Preface : architectural theory is everybody's businesss --
Introduction : contours of theoretical development --
I. Underpinnings (relevant to all theory) --
Of architecture and architects --
Standards of judgment and design justifications --
The uses of the past --
II. Conventions (theory before 1800) --
Images of the ideal and classical design method --
The orders : evolving rules for formal beauty --
The alternative aesthetic : breaking the rules --
Proportion : the orders and architectural spaces --
III. Principles (theory from 1800-1965) --
Rational design method --
Generative planning as the basis of design --
Honest structure as the framework of design --
Truth to the medium : using materials --
Decoration and the integrity of design --
Restoration : the care of inherited buildings --
Design of cities --
IV. Convolutions (theory since 1965) --
Rationales beyond rationalism --
New directions in design method --
Time line of treatises / John Hearn.
Responsibility: Fil Hearn.

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Identifying the operative ideas in architectural theory from ancient Rome to the present and codifying them into coherent theoretical systems; for students, practitioners, and the general reader.  Read more...

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