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Understanding Architecture: Its Elements, History, And Meaning
This best-selling, illustrated survey of Western architecture is now fully revised throughout, explaining the structure, function, history, and meaning of architecture in a way that is both accessible and engaging. The long-awaited second edition includes: new coverage on Postmodernism and its relationship to the Modernist era; a reorganization of Mesopotamian and Prehisto ...more
Paperback, 696 pages
Published July 26th 2006 by Westview Press
(first published 1993)
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Roth offers a thorough examination of architecture as both art and feat of engineering within its historical context. However, the author barely broaches the subject of women in architecture during the 20th and 21st centuries, including simply name-dropping Zaha Hadid, whose contributions during the past decade include the London Aquatic Centre used during the 2012 Olympic Games and China's Guangzhou Opera House, hardly insignificant works. Hadid also won the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004, ...more
survey of Western architecture defines and explains structure, function, history, and meaning. Architecture is examined as a cultural phenomenon as well as an artistic and technological achievement. The book is divided into two parts: Part One, “The Elements of Architecture,” deals with the basic properties of architecture in chapters that explain function, structural principles, and elements of design, including examples in the text and illustrations from all periods and styles. Part Two, “The ...more
This was the textbook for my Spring 2011 "Intro to Architecture" class. I went into the class being completely naive to all things architecture. I understood that I appreciated the work of architects and thought it to be beautiful, but nothing more. This text introduced me to basic concepts like structure, and function, and allowed me to better appreciate the architecture and history that I experienced every day.