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Understanding Architecture: Its Elements, History, and Meaningby Leland M. Roth
Synopses & Reviews
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 Prehistoric architecture based on thematic lines of development; an expanded chapter on Medieval architecture, including developments from the end of the Roman Empire to the Renaissance; and an expanded art program that includes over 500 images in black and white and color. Understanding Architecture continues to be the only text in the field to examine architecture as a cultural phenomenon as well as an artistic and technological achievement with its straightforward, two-part structure: (1) The Elements of Architecture and (2) The History and Meaning of Architecture. Comprehensive, clearly written, affordable, and accessible, Understanding Architecture is a classic survey of Western architecture.
Book News Annotation:
Roth (architectural history, U. of Oregon, Eugene) offers the second edition of his text for use in basic introduction to Western architecture courses and as a visual guide for the general reader, examining architecture from cultural, artistic and technological perspectives. The text assumes the reader has no prior knowledge of the subject. The material is presented in two main components: the elements of architecture, and the history and meaning of architecture. The fully revised and updated text includes new material on Postmodernism and its relationship to the Modernist era, restructured coverage of Mesopotamian and Prehistoric architecture based on thematic lines of development and chronology, and an expanded chapter on Medieval architecture. Illustrated throughout with b&w photographs and diagrams and 14 color plates. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Lavishly illustrated with over 575 images, this best-selling survey of Western architecture is now fully revised and updated
About the Author
Leland M. Roth is Marion Dean Ross Professor of Architectural History at the University of Oregon at Eugene. He is the author of American Architecture: A History; A Concise History of American Architecture; McKim, Mead and White, Architects; and other works. He lives in Eugene, Oregon.
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