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Classical Architecture : The Poetics of Order - Alexander Tzonis

Classical Architecture

The Poetics of Order

Paperback Published: 16th October 1986
ISBN: 9780262700313
Number Of Pages: 318
For Ages: 18+ years old

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This fascinating introduction to classical art and architecture is the first book to investigate the way classical buildings are put together as formal structures. It researches the generative rules, the poetics of composition that classical architecture shares with classical music, poetry, and drama, and is enriched by a variety of examples and an extensive analysis of compositional rules. The 205 line drawings make up a discourse of their own, a pictorial text that serves as an introductory theory of composition or basic design aid.Drawing from Vitruvius, the poetics of Aristotle, the theories of classical architecture, music, and poetry since the Renaissance, and the poetics of the Russian formalists, the authors present classical architecture as a coherent system of architectural thinking that is capable of producing a tragic humanistic discourse, a public art with critical, moral, and philosophical meaning.Alexander Tzonis is Crown Professor of Architectural Theory and Methodology at the Technische Hogeschool, Delft. Liane Lefaivre teaches at the Akademie voor Beeldende Kunsten in Arnhem.

"Classical Architecture is surely the first work in English to attempt to assemble, classify, and demystify the ill-understood legacy of classical lore which is, in many respects, the very basis of architecture in the West." Kenneth Frampton

Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Logos Opticos: The Logic of Compositionp. 1
Rules of Composition
Taxis: the Frameworkp. 9
The Genera: The Elementsp. 35
Symmetry: The Relationsp. 117
Anthology of Classical Works
Architectural Scansionp. 171
Parataxis: The Architectural Paradep. 243
Why Classicism?
Entaxis: Confrontations and Conflictsp. 259
Critical Classicism: The Tragic Functionp. 273
Referencesp. 289
Illustration Sourcesp. 297
Index of Termsp. 301
Index of Names and Buildingsp. 305
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ISBN: 9780262700313
ISBN-10: 026270031X
Series: Classical Architecture
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 318
Published: 16th October 1986
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 16.7  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.46

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