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A world history of architecture

Author: Michael W Fazio; Marian Moffett; Lawrence Wodehouse
Publisher: Boston : McGraw-Hill, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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"In about 40 B.C.E. 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Michael W Fazio; Marian Moffett; Lawrence Wodehouse
ISBN: 0071544798 9780071544795
OCLC Number: 155122872
Notes: Revised edition of: A world history of architecture / Marian Moffett, Michael Fazio, Lawrence Wodehouse. c2004.
Description: xvi, 592 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps, plans ; 30 cm
Contents: Introduction --
The beginnings of architecture --
The Greek world --
The architecture of ancient India and southeast Asia --
Traditional architecture of China and Japan --
The Roman world --
Early Christian and Byzantine architecture --
Islamic architecture --
Early Medieval and Romanesque architecture --
Gothic architecture --
Indigenous architecture in the Americas and Africa --
Renaissance architecture --
Baroque architecture --
The eighteenth century --
Nineteenth-century developments --
The twentieth century and modernism --
Modernisms in the mid- and late-twenty-first [i.e. twentieth] century and beyond.
Responsibility: Michael Fazio, Marian Moffett, Lawrence Wodehouse.
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"In about 40 B.C.E. 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. Written in a clear and engaging style, the text encourages readers to examine closely in photographs and line drawings the pragmatic, innovative, and aesthetic attributes of buildings, and to imagine how these would have been praised or criticized by contemporary observers. Architecture is discussed in various contexts - artistic, economic, environmental, political, social, and technological - so as to determine the extent to which buildings met the needs of clients, society at large, and future generations." "This book also examines the unique methods of great architects past and present. Among them are Alvar Aalto, Robert Adam, Leon Battista Alberti, Filippo Brunelleschi, Gustave Eiffel, Peter Eisenmain, Antonio Gaudl, Frank Gehry, Walter Gropius, Imhotep Le Corbusler, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Michelangelo, Glenn Murcutt, Andrea Palladio, Eero Saarinen, Koca Sinan, Louis Sullivan, Christopher Wren, and Frank Eloyd Wright."--Jacket.

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