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Architecture: Elements, Materials, Form (Princeton Field Guides to Art)

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"Francesca Prina's handbook is intelligently written and beautifully illustrated. The book's thematic organization cuts across styles and historical periods. Mixing ancient and contemporary, western and non-western, it establishes thematic affiliations around the idea of architecture as the organization of space, the disposition of material, and the deployment of technology. The annotated photographs give the presentation a telegraphic immediacy. An indispensable teaching tool."--Stan Allen, Architect and Dean of the School of Architecture, Princeton University

"This elegant book stimulates the imagination. It is about experiencing architecture--space and procession, light and shadow, inside and outside. It is about making architecture--by designing, by crafting, by building. It is also about history, the evolution of our lives and environments."--Robert Geddes, fellow of the American Institute of Architects and dean emeritus of the School of Architecture, Princeton University

"An unexpectedly enchanting and highly original book. What brings it to life is the author's sensitivity to visual form. Again and again some simple architectural element is illustrated with an unexpected and delightful example, or facing pages juxtapose images of entirely different applications of an element, demonstrating the diversity and sheer creativity of architecture. The author's ability to illustrate how contemporary buildings evolved from older and simpler forms is especially appealing."--Christine Smith, Harvard University Graduate School of Design

"This densely illustrated, attractive, and useful introduction to the profession and history of architecture has no equivalent that I know of. The format is well suited to the subject and the wide range of examples is an asset."--Cammy Brothers, University of Virginia

Synopsis:

"Francesca Prina's handbook is intelligently written and beautifully illustrated. The book's thematic organization cuts across styles and historical periods. Mixing ancient and contemporary, western and non-western, it establishes thematic affiliations around the idea of architecture as the organization of space, the disposition of material, and the deployment of technology. The annotated photographs give the presentation a telegraphic immediacy. An indispensable teaching tool."--Stan Allen, Architect and Dean of the School of Architecture, Princeton University

"This elegant book stimulates the imagination. It is about experiencing architecture--space and procession, light and shadow, inside and outside. It is about making architecture--by designing, by crafting, by building. It is also about history, the evolution of our lives and environments."--Robert Geddes, fellow of the American Institute of Architects and dean emeritus of the School of Architecture, Princeton University

"An unexpectedly enchanting and highly original book. What brings it to life is the author's sensitivity to visual form. Again and again some simple architectural element is illustrated with an unexpected and delightful example, or facing pages juxtapose images of entirely different applications of an element, demonstrating the diversity and sheer creativity of architecture. The author's ability to illustrate how contemporary buildings evolved from older and simpler forms is especially appealing."--Christine Smith, Harvard University Graduate School of Design

"This densely illustrated, attractive, and useful introduction to the profession and history of architecture has no equivalent that I know of. The format is well suited to the subject and the wide range of examples is an asset."--Cammy Brothers, University of Virginia

Synopsis:

By way of more than 2,000 years of architectural history, this richly illustrated book defines and shows all the major components of the art--from theory, plans, and models to structural elements such as columns, arches, and domes, to materials and decorative elements. With beautiful color photographs on virtually every page, and precise captions that point directly to important aspects of each photo, this book provides an easy-to-use visual grammar of the nearly infinite variety with which the elements of architecture have been used in buildings across the ages and around the world--from Western Europe and Greece to the Americas, the Middle East, China, Japan, India, and Africa. Each entry includes a definition, illustrated examples, and detailed analysis and explanation, all presented in the context of architecture's historical evolution. Architecture frequently juxtaposes famous and lesser-known buildings from widely different times and places, providing delightful surprises for the expert as well as a fresh, informative, and pleasurable introduction for general readers and students.

About the Author

Francesca Prina is an independent art historian who specializes in the history of architecture. Her books include "One Thousand Years of World Architecture" (Thames and Hudson).

Table of Contents

Introduction 6

The Tools of the Architect 9

Stability and Form 55

Materials and Techniques 211

Architecture and Decoration 295

Masterpieces Compared 337

Glossary of Terms 374

Photographic Sources 378

Index of Topics 379

Index of Names and Places 380

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691141503
Author:
Prina, Francesca
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Location:
Princeton
Subject:
Methods & Materials
Subject:
History : General
Subject:
Architecture
Subject:
General Architecture
Subject:
Art and architecture
Subject:
Architecture-Specifications and Detail
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Princeton Field Guides to Art
Publication Date:
April 2009
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
325 color illus.
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
8 x 5.5 in 28 oz

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"Synopsis" by , "Francesca Prina's handbook is intelligently written and beautifully illustrated. The book's thematic organization cuts across styles and historical periods. Mixing ancient and contemporary, western and non-western, it establishes thematic affiliations around the idea of architecture as the organization of space, the disposition of material, and the deployment of technology. The annotated photographs give the presentation a telegraphic immediacy. An indispensable teaching tool."--Stan Allen, Architect and Dean of the School of Architecture, Princeton University

"This elegant book stimulates the imagination. It is about experiencing architecture--space and procession, light and shadow, inside and outside. It is about making architecture--by designing, by crafting, by building. It is also about history, the evolution of our lives and environments."--Robert Geddes, fellow of the American Institute of Architects and dean emeritus of the School of Architecture, Princeton University

"An unexpectedly enchanting and highly original book. What brings it to life is the author's sensitivity to visual form. Again and again some simple architectural element is illustrated with an unexpected and delightful example, or facing pages juxtapose images of entirely different applications of an element, demonstrating the diversity and sheer creativity of architecture. The author's ability to illustrate how contemporary buildings evolved from older and simpler forms is especially appealing."--Christine Smith, Harvard University Graduate School of Design

"This densely illustrated, attractive, and useful introduction to the profession and history of architecture has no equivalent that I know of. The format is well suited to the subject and the wide range of examples is an asset."--Cammy Brothers, University of Virginia

"Synopsis" by , By way of more than 2,000 years of architectural history, this richly illustrated book defines and shows all the major components of the art--from theory, plans, and models to structural elements such as columns, arches, and domes, to materials and decorative elements. With beautiful color photographs on virtually every page, and precise captions that point directly to important aspects of each photo, this book provides an easy-to-use visual grammar of the nearly infinite variety with which the elements of architecture have been used in buildings across the ages and around the world--from Western Europe and Greece to the Americas, the Middle East, China, Japan, India, and Africa. Each entry includes a definition, illustrated examples, and detailed analysis and explanation, all presented in the context of architecture's historical evolution. Architecture frequently juxtaposes famous and lesser-known buildings from widely different times and places, providing delightful surprises for the expert as well as a fresh, informative, and pleasurable introduction for general readers and students.
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