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Architecture : A Very Short Introduction - Andrew Ballantyne

Architecture

A Very Short Introduction

Paperback Published: 19th December 2002
ISBN: 9780192801791
Number Of Pages: 144

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This highly original and sophisticated look at architecture helps us to understand the cultural significance of the buildings that surround us. It avoids the traditional style-spotting approach and instead gives us an idea of what it is about buildings that moves us, and what it is that makes them important artistically and culturally. The book begins by looking at how architecture acquires meaning through tradition, and concludes with the exoticism of the recent avant-garde period. Illustrations of particular buildings help to anchor the general points with specific examples, from ancient Egypt to the present day.

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`a densely fascinating guide' Steven Poole, The Guardian Review `an excellent introduction to architecture ... one to recommend to students, friends and family, which is quite an achievement!' Robert Tavernor, University of Bath `There is really no better book out there. Ballantyne is a beautiful stylist, and the book combines intellegence with a completely beguiling wruterly style.' Sunday Herald (Glasgow) `will justify the ambition of every young and aspiring architect - but will also stimulate anyone at all curious about buildings ... Clear and jargon-less it shows how all buildings - good, bad and indifferent - are the truest indicators of the state of a society and of its culture.' Joseph Rykwert, University of Pennsylvania

1: Adding Value: how buildings become architecture 2: Architectural Heritage: how buildings tell us who we are 3: Architectural Canons: how architecture achieves greatness Further reading

ISBN: 9780192801791
ISBN-10: 0192801791
Series: Very Short Introductions
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 144
Published: 19th December 2002
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 17.4 x 14.2  x 0.8
Weight (kg): 0.14

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