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Understanding Architecture: Its Elements, History, And Meaning
This clearly written, fully illustrated 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 chapter ...more
Paperback, 576 pages
Published April 20th 1993 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
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. ...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
It took me a month to read it and reflect on all the ideas inside, among other inquiries that it alluded to (despite the fact that it is well documented with figures, I loved to check further pictures and sources). I let my "Global History of Architecture" Mooc down, because of the dramatic way of which the book was written, captivated me... From Terra Amata, to Critical Regionalism and Sustainable Architecture, it was an Odyssey to all the confines that made the backstage of architecture produc ...more
Mar 10, 2020 Can Arat rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
Mimarlık okuyan lisans öğrencileri için kesinlikle öneririm. Yani hatta öyle ki, mimarlıkta ilk baştan sona okunacak kitap budur bile denebilir. (Elbette bundan önce Neufert vs. kitaplarına gerek duyabilirsiniz ama onları hiçbir zaman baştan sona okumak gibi bir durum söz konusu olmaz.) Uzak Doğu ve Orta Doğu Mimarisi gibi pek adı anılmasa da aslında baya önemli olan mimarilerin tarihi bu kitapta yok. Fakat yine de Batı Mimarisinin Antik Yunan'dan başlayarak dönem dönem nasıl geliştiğini, neleri ...more
Leland Roth, hace un recuento al mejor estilo de Ernst Gombrich en la Historia del arte, pero en este caso el énfasis es sobre la historia de la arquitectura, un libro clave para acabar la dicotomía académica entre la historia y el desarrollo del proyecto arquitectónico.
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