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World Architecture: A Cross-Cultural Historyby Spiro Kostof
Synopses & Reviews
Spiro Kostof pioneered a sweeping, unified narrative of architecture, based on its role in everyday life and society. Even nonusers looked up to his reputation — including his narrative voice, his themes of setting and ritual, and his view of architecture as including human habitation along with great buildings.
New lead author Richard Ingersoll makes Kostof's highly-respected prose much more accessible, the coverage more global and flexible, social and cultural themes more obvious in section openers and boxes, and the diagrams bolder and clearer. (Kostof's text, last revised in 1995, will remain in print.)
Ingersoll had made the text not just much easier to read, but uniquely global, contemporary, thematic, and flexible:
· Architecture is presented as a phenomenon that occurs simultaneously in many different cultural and geographical contexts, thus having many histories rather than a single narrative.
· Buildings are considered as expressions of the diversity of cultures, situated within each culture's unique historical development
· Chapters are strictly organized by chronology, using progressively shorter blocks of time, from thousand-year periods in antiquity to twenty-year intervals in the modern age.
· Three sections in each chapter address distinct locations, cultures, or themes during a given time period, showing simultaneous developments in architecture in different contexts. For instance, chapter 5 (from 200 BCE to 300 CE) has sections on Imperial Rome, Han China, and early Mesoamerican civilization.
· Flexible: Typical texts organize chapters around Western period styles - or present one building after another. Our 20 chapters with 60 self-contained sections for regions and period styles give instructors flexibility, without losing a strong narrative. Instructors may thus adopt the text to their course, incorporating whatever level of non-Western coverage that they desire.
· New pedagogical tools include timelines and maps at the beginning of each chapter, and overviews of each chapter and section
· Hundreds of graphics, drawings, and maps, and over a thousand color photographs
· An open-access website with chapter summaries, review questions, downloadable image files by chapter, three-dimensional explorations of key buildings, and Google Earth maps
Spiro Kostof's groundbreaking work, A History of Architecture: Settings and Rituals, helped to reshape the study of architectural history. His book extended beyond the discussion of great monuments to find connections with ordinary dwellings, urbanism, and different cultures from around the world. World Architecture: A Cross-Cultural History is an entirely new, student-friendly text by Richard Ingersoll. Building on Kostof's global vision and social context, Ingersoll integrates extensive coverage of world and contemporary architecture in order to provide the most comprehensive survey in the field. Presented chronologically, each chapter now focuses on three unique architectural cultures, which gives instructors the flexibility to choose which traditions are the most relevant to their courses. The text also provides students with numerous pedagogical tools, including timelines, comparative maps, a glossary, and text boxes devoted to social factors and specific issues in technology and philosophy. The result is a comprehensive method for understanding and appreciating the history, cultural significance, and beauty of architecture from around the world.
** Stunning full-color visuals: More than 800 color photographs, hundreds of original graphics, architectural drawings, and maps, and meticulous diagrams demonstrate how classic buildings were created
** Helpful learning and study tools: New timelines, chapter introductions, text boxes with fascinating case studies, bibliographies, review questions, and a glossary help students identify key information and better prepare them for exams and class assignments
** Free Instructor's Resource CD: PowerPoints and 80% of the 1200 photos and architectural drawings from the text
** Free companion website resources (www.oup.com/us/ingersoll): Chapter summaries, review questions, self-exams, and Google Earth maps with the location of key structures further enhance the text
About the Author
Richard Ingersoll is professor of art history at Syracuse University in Florence, where he specializes in Renaissance architecture and urbanism. He was formerly associate professor at Rice University and visiting professor at ETH Zurich, Universit
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Prehistory
1.1 Architecture as a Second Nature: Sacred Caves and Primitive Huts
1.2 Vernacular Architecture: A Language of Mud, Logs, Hides, and Stones
1.3 Megaliths and Stone Circles: Building as Memory
Chapter 2. 3000-1500 BCE
2.1 Cities of Mesopotamia: Mud, Gods, and Urbanism
2.2 Old Kingdom Egypt: Architecture for the Afterlife
2.3 The Indus Valley: Cities without Monuments
Chapter 3. 1500-700 BCE
3.1 The Aegean in the Bronze
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