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Understanding Architecture: Its Elements, History, And Meaning

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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
Hardcover, 576 pages
Published May 4th 1993 by Westview Press (first published 1993)
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Elizabeth
Jan 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Zack Field
Mar 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Elnaz
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
صفية
Oct 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: archi-stuff
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
Shawn
May 09, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent chapters on Gothic cathedrals and commoner dwellings of the ancient world.
Danielle
an in-depth look at basic architectural concepts. very enlightening for beginners in architecture.
Eric Trull
May 27, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DRRRRRYYYYY, alot of useful information though.
Can Arat
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: architecture, art, history
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
Alvaro Arcos
Aug 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sam
An easy to understand primer of western architecture.
The language is down to earth and not overly academicized.
Chrisbaker811
Very interesting if you are interested in architecture.
Reiko
Jan 15, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
easy read!
Raul Magdalena
Gracias a este libro empecé a entender la arquitectura. Muy recomendable
Saiid Abdul Baqi
The content of this book really befits its title. Nothing more to say.
John Weibull
May 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: architecture
One of the better books about architecture that I've read. Easy to read and filled with great examples of architecture, and the history of buildings and people. ...more
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