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Michael Raeburn, Hugh Carson - Architecture of The Western World-Crescent Books (1984).pdf

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OF THE WESTERN WORLD Edited by Michael Raeburn |^^^ With a foreword by Sir Hugh Casson j...jJi
\ \ \ originally \ published \ at $40.00 \ \ \ \ \ ARCHITECTURE \ OF THE WESTERN WOILD ^ Edited by Michael Raeburn With a foreword by Sir Hugh Casson This history of western architecture extends well beyond merely surveying major buildings and styles: it introduces the reader to new ways of seeing and understanding them. The expert contributors look at the buildings of each era from ancient Greece to the present day, tracing the development of architecture within each period in turn. For example, they examine the masterpieces of Chartres Cathedral in the light of advances in medieval technology, and the houses of Frank Lloyd Wright in the context of the social and aesthetic upheavals of the early twentieth century. Attention is also paid to the often neglected aspects ofvernacular houses and town planning. The history that emerges is thoughtfully and refreshingly told in a clear visual and factual style. It provides an authoritative reference book and a stimulating guide to a real appreciation and understanding of the buildings around us. Over 400 carefully selected color and black and white photographs complement the text and in themselves present a visual record of architectural history. Specially commissioned drawings analyze in detail the construction of several major monuments and give explanatory accounts of key technological developments, such as the vaults and arches of Roman times and the combination of glass and steel in the nineteenth century. Front cover: The Guggenheim Museum, New York, designed in 1942 by Frank Lloyd Wright, and completed in I960. Photo Angelo Hornak Back cover: Fourteenth-century fan vaulting of the cloisters of Gloucester Cathedral. Photo Angela Hornak 1 11
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ARCHITECTURE OF THE WESTERN WORLD
-i:*JL > \ 'V I t I -^^r^ I ^C ARCHITECTURE OF THE WESTERN WORLD Edited and with an introduction byMichael Raeburn .*»• Foreword by Sir Hugh Casson Individual chapters by J.]. Coulton, Michael Grant Nicola Coldstream, Bruce Boucher Neil MacGregor, John Maule McKean Charles McKean If S^ CRESCENT BOOKS New York ^-^
Half title page: Roman stele portraying an architect holding the instruments of his profession. Title page: The Piazza del Popolo, at Ascoli Piceno in central Italy, is a classic example of Renaissance town planning in its attempt to impose a rational uniformity onto a chaotic medieval commercial centre (which itself was the site of the ancient forum). Clearly demonstrating Alherti's architectural principles, the piazza is dominated by the church and palazzo, while the loggia, built alt round it in the early years of the sixteenth century, serves to disguise the irregularities of the older buildings. © 1980 by Orbis Publishing; Limited I'irst I'^nglish edition published by Orbis Publishing Limited, London 1980 All rij;hts reserved This 1984 edition is published by Creseent Books, distributed b\' (^rown Publishers, Ine.

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