Understanding Architecture

An Introduction to Architecture and Architectural History

Author: Hazel Conway,Rowan Roenisch

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134360533

Category: Architecture

Page: 304

View: 1844

A comprehensive introduction to architecture and architectural history and exceptional in its approach, this book explores architecture as a current practice in relation to history and in relation to the wider context of cultures, conservation and the environment. This new edition brings in the new emphasis on sustainability, urbanism, urban regeneration and cultural identity, in order to take a holistic approach to the subject of architecture. Highly illustrated, this book enables the reader to make sense of the experience of architecture and the built environment by understanding more about the form, construction, meaning and history of the subject.

Reading Architectural History

Author: Dana Arnold

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134532318

Category: Architecture

Page: 256

View: 2335

Architectural history is more than just the study of buildings. Architecture of the past and present remains an essential emblem of a distinctive social system and set of cultural values and as a result it has been the subject of study of a variety of disciplines. But what is architectural history and how should we read it? Reading Architectural History examines the historiographic and socio/cultural implications of the mapping of British architectural history with particular reference to eighteenth - and nineteenth-century Britain. Discursive essays consider a range of writings from biographical and social histories to visual surveys and guidebooks to examine the narrative structures of histories of architecture and their impact on perception adn understanding of the architecture of the past. Alongside this, each chapter cites canonical histories juxtaposed with a range of social and cultural theorists, to reveal that these writings are richer than we have perhaps recognised and that architectural production in this period can in interrogated in the same way as that from more recent past - and can be read in a variety of ways. The essays and texts combine to form an essential course reader for methods and critical approached to architectural history, and more generally as examples of the kind of evidence used in the formation of architectural histories, while also offering a thematic introduction to architecture in Britain and its social and cultural meaning.

Classical Architecture

An Introduction to Its Vocabulary and Essentials, with a Select Glossary of Terms

Author: James Stevens Curl

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 9780393731194

Category: Architecture

Page: 231

View: 5700

Professor James Stevens Curl discusses in clear, straightforward language the origins of classical architecture in Greek and Roman antiquity and outlines its continuous development, through its various manifestations during the Renaissance, its transformations in Baroque and Rococo phases, its reemergence in eighteenth-, nineteenth-, and twentieth-century Neoclassicism, and its survival into the modern era. The text and illustrations celebrate the richness of the classical architectural vocabulary, grammar, and language, and demonstrate the enormous range of themes and motifs found in the subject. All those who wish to look at buildings old and new with an informed eye will find in this book a rich fund of material, and the basis for an understanding of a fecund source of architectural design that has been at the heart of western culture for over two and a half millennia.

The End of God-Talk

An African American Humanist Theology

Author: Anthony B. Pinn

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199913242

Category: Religion

Page: 224

View: 8157

In this groundbreaking study, Anthony B. Pinn challenges the long held assumption that African American theology is solely theist, arguing that this assumption has stunted African American theological discourse and excluded a rapidly growing segment of the African American population - non-theists. Rejecting the assumption of theism as the African American orientation, Pinn poses a crucial question: What is a non-theistic theology?

History, Performance and Conservation

Author: Barry Bridgwood,Lindsay Lennie

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1134078994

Category: Architecture

Page: 352

View: 1022

Ideal for students of architectural technology, this volume of the Technologies of Architecture series covers the technologies available and the processes necessary for the conservation of existing buildings and environments. This book provides, in a single text, the tools for students to be able to evaluate such buildings, as well as an extensive understanding of the mechanisms which cause their deterioration and knowledge of the technologies available to correct their status. The ever higher standards set for buildings, especially in energy conservation contexts, demand that practitioners appreciate how the performance of existing structures can be enhanced, which is also covered. Considering the work of conservation within a holistic perspective and historical context, this book is additionally invaluable for architecture and construction students.

Understanding Architecture

Author: Robert McCarter,Juhani Pallasma

Publisher: Phaidon Press

ISBN: 9780714848099

Category: Architecture

Page: 448

View: 5247

Intended both as an introductory text for students and professionals in the field as well as an accessible read for the general public, Primer on Architecture (working title) addresses the basic principles of architecture and uncovers its ongoing influence in contemporary culture. The volume is organized in a series of chapters based on key architectural themes--space, time, matter, gravity, light, silence, dwelling, ritual, memory, landscape, and place--with an introductory essay for each chapter that includes a wide variety of historical examples from around the world followed by more in depth analyses of key buildings that further exemplify the theme of a particular chapter. By combining a broad historical sweep with a jargon-free architectural study of space and the direct experience of architecture, this volume will be a unique introduction to architecture as a timeless and enduring art.

Analysing Architecture

Author: Simon Unwin

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415144787

Category: Architectural design

Page: 208

View: 4187

Analysing Architecture offers a unique ‘notebook’ of architectural strategies to present an engaging introduction to elements and concepts in architectural design. Now in its third edition, this best selling book has been revised to include new discussion on how analysis helps design. Beautifully illustrated throughout with the author’s original drawings, new case studies and examples are drawn from across architectural history to illustrate analytical themes and to show how drawing can be used to study architecture. Simon Unwin clearly identifies the key elements of architecture and conceptual themes apparent in buildings. He describes ideas for use in the active process of design. Breaking down the grammar of architecture into themes and ‘moves’, Unwin exposes its underlying patterns to reveal the organizational strategies that lie beneath the superficial appearances of buildings. Exploring buildings as results of the interaction of people with the world around them, Analysing Architecture offers a definition of architecture as ‘identification of place’ and provides a greater understanding of architecture as a creative discipline. This book presents a powerful impetus for readers to develop their own capacities for architectural design.

Der LEGO®-Architekt

Baustile mit LEGO kennenlernen und nachbauen

Author: Tom Alphin

Publisher: dpunkt.verlag

ISBN: 3960882025

Category: Crafts & Hobbies

Page: 192

View: 5315

Werde LEGO®-Architekt! Begebe dich auf eine Reise durch die Architekturgeschichte: Lerne Baustile vom Neoklassizismus über Modernismus bis hin zu High-Tech-Lösungen kennen – verwirklicht mit LEGO. Anleitungen für 12 Modelle in verschiedenen Architekturstilen laden zum Nachbau ein und inspirieren dich zu eigenen Bauwerken. Dieses Buch ist von der LEGO-Gruppe weder unterstützt noch autorisiert worden.

Lernen von Las Vegas

zur Ikonographie und Architektursymbolik der Geschäftsstadt

Author: Robert Venturi,Denise Scott Brown,Steven Izenour

Publisher: Birkhauser

ISBN: 9783764363628


Page: 216

View: 9174

Ausgangspunkt fur diese Veroffentlichung, die sich schon lange zu einem Klassiker der Architekturtheorie entwickelt hat, war ein Seminar mit dem Titel -Learning from Las Vegas, or Form Analysis as Design Research- an der Fakultat fur Kunst und Architektur der Yale University 1968."

Obsession, Compulsion, Collection

On Objects, Display Culture and Interpretation

Author: Anthony Kiendl

Publisher: Banff, Alta. : Banff Centre Press

ISBN: 9781894773058

Category: Art

Page: 384

View: 6303

Art museums and public galleries amass collections in order to preserve, document, research and exhibit collective histories as a culture. Edited by Anthony Kiendl, Obsession, Compulsion, Collection is a compilation of essays by leading Canadian and International curators and artists who explore collecting as a cultural act. Examining the meaning of art objects in a broader context, the book seeks to uncover the human impulse to collect and the social context, rhetoric, politics and science associated with cultural collections.

Exploring architecture

buildings, meaning and making

Author: Eleanor Gawne,Michael Snodin

Publisher: Victoria & Albert Museum


Category: Architecture

Page: 192

View: 4688

"Exploring Architecture provides an entirely new approach to understanding our surroundings, examining how and why we respond to the built environment. Covering ancient and modern architecture from across the world, this beautifully illustrated book looks at the very essence of architecture, opening buildings up to our inspection and revealing what lies behind their design. It introduces the conceptual underpinnings of architecture and differs from other such books by adopting a thematic approach, dealing in turn with the functions, the meanings, the structure, and the social aspects of buildings. Architecture is an expression of our place in the world and our beliefs, and it excites us with its beauty and meaning.

A History of Western Architecture

Author: David Watkin

Publisher: Laurence King Publishing

ISBN: 9781856694599

Category: Architecture

Page: 720

View: 9001

Surveys the history of Western architecture from its roots in ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt to the present day.

Museum Architecture

A New Biography

Author: Suzanne MacLeod

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113405355X

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

View: 2468

Recent decades have witnessed an explosion of museum building around the world and the subsequent publication of multiple texts dedicated to the subject. Museum Architecture: A new biography focuses on the stories we tell of museum buildings in order to explore the nature of museum architecture and the problems of architectural history when applied to the museum and gallery. Starting from a discussion of the key issues in contemporary museum design, the book explores the role of architectural history in the prioritisation of specific stories of museum building and museum architects and the exclusion of other actors from the history of museum making. These omissions have contemporary relevance and impact directly on the ways in which the physical structures of museums are shaped. Theoretically, the book places a particular emphasis on the work of Pierre Bourdieu and Henri Lefebvre in order to establish an understanding of buildings as social relations; the outcome of complex human interactions and relationships. The book utilises a micro history, an in-depth case study of the ‘National Gallery of the North’, the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool, to expose the myriad ways in which museum architecture is made. Coupled with this detailed exploration is an emphasis on contemporary museum design which utilises the understanding of the social realities of museum making to explore ideas for a socially sustainable museum architecture fit for the twenty-first century.

Philosophy for Architects

Author: Mitrovic Branko

Publisher: Chronicle Books

ISBN: 1568989946

Category: Architecture

Page: 200

View: 6598

Philosophy for Architects is a clearly written and easy-to-grasp introduction to philosophical questions and works of great of philosophers for architecture students and in the form that is relevant for contemporary teaching of architectural theory. This book is a general survey of the history of philosophy, but focuses primarily on topics relevant for architectural theory and those typically discussed in architectural theory courses. For example, one chapter examines Aristotle's views on visual imagination; and another presents the views of Immanuel Kant and his theory of space. The essays are selected on the basis of its relevance For The contemporary teaching of architectural theory, with nineteenth- and twentieth- century material taking up about two-thirds of the book.

Architecture and the Unconscious

Author: John Shannon Hendrix,Lorens Eyan Holm

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317179269

Category: Architecture

Page: 300

View: 7535

There are a number of recent texts that draw on psychoanalytic theory as an interpretative approach for understanding architecture, or that use the formal and social logics of architecture for understanding the psyche. But there remains work to be done in bringing what largely amounts to a series of independent voices, into a discourse that is greater than the sum of its parts, in the way that, say, the architect Peter Eisenman was able to do with the architecture of deconstruction or that the historian Manfredo Tafuri was able to do with the Marxist critique of architecture. The discourse of the present volume focuses specifically for the first time on the subject of the unconscious in relation to the design, perception, and understanding of architecture. It brings together an international group of contributors, who provide informed and varied points of view on the role of the unconscious in architectural design and theory and, in doing so, expand architectural theory to unexplored areas, enriching architecture in relation to the humanities. The book explores how architecture engages dreams, desires, imagination, memory, and emotions, how architecture can appeal to a broader scope of human experience and identity. Beginning by examining the historical development of the engagement of the unconscious in architectural discourse, and the current and historical, theoretical and practical, intersections of architecture and psychoanalysis, the volume also analyses the city and the urban condition.

American Architectural History

A Contemporary Reader

Author: Keith Eggener,Keith L. Eggener

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415306959

Category: Architecture

Page: 449

View: 3632

This book presents a collection of recent writings on architecture and urbanism in the United States, with topics ranging from colonial to contemporary times.

Living Architecture

Author: Kenneth Bayes

Publisher: SteinerBooks

ISBN: 9780880103800

Category: Architecture

Page: 128

View: 7273

Rudolf Steiner has given us a "biography of architecture"-- architecture as a living being from its birth at the beginning of history until today, and with indications for the future. We see it with its own rhythms and patterns as with a human life. In Steiner's cosmology, architecture has reached (in terms of a human lifespan) the age and energy of the early thirties--so it is a biography in progress. Here is a concise, richly illustrated introduction to the architectural ideas of Rudolf Steiner. He was an early exponent of what has come to be called organic design in architecture, and this little volume clearly shows Steiner's influence on architects and designers around the world.

Key Modern Architects

50 Short Histories of Modern Architecture

Author: Andrew Higgott

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1474265065

Category: Architecture

Page: 312

View: 7776

Key Modern Architects provides an accessible and thought-provoking introduction to the work of the most significant architects of the modern era. Fifty short chapters introduce fifty key architects, from Le Corbusier to Aldo Van Eyck to Zaha Hadid, exploring their most influential buildings and developing a critique of each architect's work within a broader cultural and historical context. The selection represents the most influential architects working from 1890 to the present, those most likely to be taught on survey courses in modern architectural history, along with some lesser-known names with an equal claim to influence. Emphasis is placed on a critical and interpretative approach, allowing the student to position each architect in a cultural and intellectual context quickly and easily. Artistic, technical, social, and intellectual developments are brought to the fore – built and unbuilt projects, writings and influences. This approach brings to light the ideology behind architectural work, offering insights into each architect's working practice. - Helps students to develop a critical approach to understanding modern architectural history. - One chapter per architect – meaning chapters may be read individually as a concise resource for the study of an architect, or together as a coherent book-length history of the whole period of modern architecture. - Chapters are supported by boxed lists of each architect's most significant projects, along with suggestions for further reading as a springboard to further study and research. Combining the clarity and accessibility of a textbook with in-depth reading and a critical approach, Key Modern Architects provides an invaluable resource for both the classroom and for independent study in architectural and art history.