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Ideas That Shaped Buildings : The MIT Press - M. Fil Hearn

Ideas That Shaped Buildings

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Silver Award Winner for Architecture in the 2003 ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards In "Ideas That Shaped Buildings," Fil Hearn identifies and codifies into theoretical systems the operative tenets of architectural theory from ancient Rome to the present. With this strikingly original synthesis of architectural history and theory, he constructs an intellectual armature on which virtually any architectural concept, past or present, can be positioned. Dealing mainly with the treatises that have been highly influential historically, he organizes their concepts thematically and analyzes their development through time. Straightforward and concise, "Ideas That Shaped Buildings" is readily accessible to architecture students, practicing architects, and the general public--indeed anyone interested in understanding the design rationale of buildings. Its overarching message is that, far from being constricting, proper knowledge and application of architectural theory is enabling and inspiring, and makes creative freedom possible by providing the conceptual awareness needed to devise a design. After an introductory history of the development of architectural theory, the text is divided into four parts. The first deals with issues relevant to all theories of architecture. The second, treating theory from antiquity to 1800, focuses on the prescriptive conventions inherent in the classical tradition. The third, treating theory after 1800, focuses on the inspirational principles prompted by rationalist perceptions of the Gothic tradition. The fourth, treating theory since 1965, deals with rationales beyond rationalism and the influence of computers on design method and design formulation. The concepts discussed are illustrated with theoretical drawings and images of actual buildings.

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Tutors and students will be blessing Fil Hearn for his little book...compact, erudite, literate.

-Jeremy Melvin, Architects Journal
Hearn is a good tour guide.

-Michael J. Crosbie, Architectural Record * Reviews *
The product of many years of classroom experience, this compendium is likely to become a much assigned text...

-Publisher's Weekly * Reviews *
There has long been a need for this book, and it should sell well for many years.

-Library Journal * Reviews *
Tutors and students will be blessing Fil Hearn for his little book...compact, erudite, literate.

-Jeremy Melvin, Architects Journal * Reviews *

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Preface: Architectural Theory Is Everybody's Businessp. xi
Introduction: Contours of Theoretical Developmentp. 1
Underpinnings (Relevant to All Theory)
Of Architecture and Architectsp. 25
Standards of Judgment and Design Specificationp. 39
The Uses of the Pastp. 53
Conventions (Theory before 1800)
Images of the Ideal and Classical Design Methodp. 81
The Orders: Evolving Rules for Formal Beautyp. 97
The Alternative Aesthetic: Breaking the Rulesp. 137
Proportion: The Orders and Architectural Spacesp. 161
Principles (Theory from 1800 to 1965)
Rational Design Methodp. 179
Generative Planning as the Basis for Designp. 193
Honest Structure as the Framework for Designp. 223
Truth to the Medium: Using Materialsp. 255
Decoration and the Integrity of Designp. 271
Restoration: The Care of Inherited Buildingsp. 281
Design of Citiesp. 289
Convolutions (Theory since 1965)
Rationales beyond Rationalismp. 305
New Directions in Design Methodp. 323
Conclusionp. 335
Time Line of Treatises (by John Hearn)p. 337
Bibliographyp. 343
Creditsp. 351
Indexp. 355
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ISBN: 9780262582278
ISBN-10: 0262582279
Series: The MIT Press
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 372
Published: 1st November 2003
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.3 x 13.7  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.41

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