From an igloo in Greenland to a mud skyscraper in the Yemen and an exquisitely proportioned Palladian villa in Italy, Dan Cruickshank takes us to the buildings he believes have changed the world.
Dan examines the motivation and aspirations behind each building - was it designed for shelter, to demonstrate power, create a world of pleasure or evoke a sense of community? As he travels through distant lands he also explores the places, the culture and the people he meets along the way.
Adventures in Architecture is a riveting, maverick history of the buildings which have impressed, astonished or delighted us.
About the Author
Dan Cruickshank is a regular presenter on the BBC best known for his popular BBC2 series which include MARVELS OF THE MODERN AGE and THE LOST WORLD OF FRIESE-GREEENE. He is one of Britain's leading architectural and historic building experts, and is an active member of the Georgian Group and the Architectural Panel of the National Trust.
A keen sense of irony and social injustice accompanies each journey as he notes how the igloo is under threat and the Quakers' idea of prison didn't quite work out for the best. [BIG ISSUE IN THE NORTH]
Number Of Pages: 357
Published: 14th April 2009
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.306