Manhattan is the arena for the terminal stage of Western civilization.
Throught the simultaneous explosion of human density and invasion of new technologies, Manhattan became, from 1850 on, a mythical laboratory for the invention and testing of a revolutionary lifestyle: the Culture of Congestion.
Delirious New Yor first published in 1978, is a poliemical investigation of that Manhattan: it documents the symbiotic relationship between its mutant metropolitan culture and the unique architecture to which it gave rise – though this book argues that it often appears that the architecture generated the culture.
This book exposes the consistency and coherence of the seemingly unrelated episodes of Manhattan’s urbanism: it is an interpretation that establishes New York as the product of an unformulated movement, Manhattanism, whwose true program was so outrageous that in order for it to be realized it could never be openly declared.
Delirious New York is a retroactive manifesto of Manhattan’s architectural enterprise: it untangles theories, tactics and dissimulations to establish the desires of Manhattan’s collective unconscious as realities in the Grid.
Ismeretlen szerző - Italian Renaissance architecture
These essays consider both architecture and urban planning in late medieval and Renaissance Italy, and French and German Renaissance architecture, stage designs and the relationship of architecture with the other arts. The works are analyzed historically from the viewpoint of both the humanist Renaissance theories and of modern critical reappraisals. Reproducing and describing numerous designs, projects and manuscripts by Brunelleschi, Alberti, Michelangelo and Bramante among others, this volume presents a panorama of civil and religious masterworks by those who created European architecture.
Owen Hopkins - Architectural Styles
Have you ever wondered what the difference is between Gothic and Gothic Revival, or how to distinguish between Baroque and Neoclassical? This guide makes extensive use of photographs to identify and explain the characteristic features of nearly 300 buildings. The result is a clear and easy-to-navigate guide to identifying the key styles of western architecture from the classical age to the present day.
Mark Z. Danielewski - House of Leaves
When Johnny Truant attempts to organize the many fragments of a strange manuscript by a dead blind man, it gains possession of his very soul. The manuscript is a complex commentary on a documentary film (The Navidson Record) about a house that defies all the laws of physics. Navidson's exploration of a seemingly endless, totally dark, and constantly changing labyrinth in the house becomes an examination of truth, perception, and darkness itself. The book interweaves the manuscript with over 400 footnotes to works real and imagined, thus illuminating both the text and Truant's mental disintegration. First novelist Danielewski employs avant-garde page layouts that are occasionally a bit too clever but are generally highly effective. Although it may be consigned to the "horror" genre, this novel is also a psychological thriller, a quest, a literary hoax, a dark comedy, and a work of cultural criticism. It is simultaneously a highly literary work and an absolute hoot. This powerful and extremely original novel is strongly recommended for all public and academic libraries.--Jim Dwyer, California State Univ. Lib., Chico Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Frances Gies - Joseph Gies - Cathedral, Forge, and Waterwheel
Historians, write Frances and Joseph Gies, have long tended to view the Middle Ages as a period of intellectual and scientific stagnation, a long era of backwardness, ignorance, and inertia. Many scholars of the Renaissance era, however, thought otherwise; the mathematician Jerome Cardan, for one, held that three medieval inventions--the magnetic compass, the printing press, and gunpowder--were of such significance that "the whole of antiquity has nothing equal to show." In their lively history of medieval technology, the Gies team writes of such advances as the heavy plow, the Gothic flying buttress, linen undergarments, water pumps, and the lateen sail. During the medieval millennium, they suggest, a great technological and social revolution occurred "with the disappearance of mass slavery, the shift to water- and wind-power, the introduction of the open-field system of agriculture, and the importation, adaptation, or invention of an array of devices, from the wheelbarrow to double-entry bookkeeping." Many of those inventions or adaptations, brought into Europe from China and the Middle East, have scarcely been improved on today. The medieval technological revolution, the authors conclude, came at a cost: much of Europe was deforested to make room for cropland and to fire kilns and furnaces, and mechanization made obsolete many handicraft skills. Yet, they add, the workers and inventors of the Middle Ages "all transformed the world, on balance very much to the world's advantage." --Gregory McNamee Moving chronologically through a millennium (500-1500 A.D.), the authors (who have written numerous books on medieval life, including Life in a Medieval City , LJ 2/1/70) show that the term "Dark Ages" is a misnomer by deftly tracing the period's "main technological elements, . . . their known or probable sources, and their principal impacts." In addition to the technological developments highlighted in the book's title, the authors cover such topics as the textile industry and shipbuilding/rigging, plus obligatory topics like printing, engineering, and gunpowder. Throughout, they nimbly weave medieval cultural history into the discussion. Informative, readable, enjoyable, and well written, this work is directed to general readers. Highly recommended for all collections. - Michael D. Cramer, Virginia Polytechnic & State Univ. Libs . , Blacksburg Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Glyn Daniel - The Megalith Builders of Western Europe
A landmark in the history of the subject...amost concise and readable desription of main types of megalith in Western Europe and an outline of the many controversies...which have raged around them. Minor colour fading along spine
Richard H. Wilkinson - The Complete Temples of Ancient Egypt
The temples af ancient Egypt include the largest and some of the most impressive religious monuments the world has ever known. Mansions of the gods, models of Egypt and of the universe, focal points of worship, great treasure houses and island of order in a cosmic ocean of chaos - the temples were all these things and more. This book traces their development form the earliest times, looking at every aspect of their construction, decoration, symbolism and function. From the Delta to Nubia, all of Egypt's surviving temples - ranging from the gargantuan temple of Amun at Karnak, to minuscule shrines such as the oasis Oracle of Siwa, where Alexander went to hear himself proclaimed god - are discussed and illustrated here. Richard H. Wilkinson is Director of the University of Arizona Egyptian Expedition and has been engaged in excavation and research in Egypt for many years. He is the author of several books, indcluding _Reading Egyptian Art_ (1992), _Symbol and Magic in Egytion Art_ (1994) and (with Nicholas Reeves) _The Comple Valley of the Kings_ (1996), all published by Thames & Hudson.
Mark Lehner - The Complete Pyramids
- The first fully illustrated survey of all Egypt's pyramids - Includes the famous Step Pyramid, Bent Pyramid and Great Pyramid, as well as every subsequent pyramid down to late antiquity - How they were built with such breathtaking accuracy and the meaning of the pyramid as tomb and temple - Accounts of the looters, explorers and great expeditions
Gyorgy Doczi - The Power of Limits
One of the delights of life is the discovery and rediscovery of patterns of order and beauty in nature - designs revealed by slicing through a head of cabbage or an orange, the forms of shells and butterfly wings. These images are awesome not just for their beauty alone, but because they suggest an order underlying their growth, a harmony existing in nature. What does it mean that such an order exists; how far does it extend? The Power of Limits was inspired by those simple discoveries of harmony. The author went on to investigate and measure hundreds of patterns - ancient and modern, minute and vast. His discovery, vividly illustrated here, is that certain proportions occur over and over again in all these forms. Patterns are also repeated in how things grow and are made - by the dynamic union of opposites - as demonstrated by the spirals that move in opposite directions in the growth of a plant. The joining of unity and diversity in the discipline of proportional limitations creates forms that are beautiful to us because they embody the principles of the cosmic order of which we are a part; conversely, the limitlessness of that order is revealed by the strictness of its forms. The author shows how we, as humans, are included in the universal harmony of form, and suggests that the union of complementary opposites may be a way to extend that harmony to the psychological and social realms as well.
Bagyinszki Zoltán - Magyar kastélyok
E könyv száz házat mutat be - a volt "úri osztály" száz hajdani otthonát. Ezekben a házakban évszázadokon keresztül olyan emberek születtek, éltek és haltak meg, akiknek a földi lét napos oldala jutott. Kiváltságokat élveztek, megélhetési gondjaik nem voltak, viszont befolyásuk és hatalmuk volt bőven. Hogyan éltek Ők ezekben a házakban, melyeknek bármelyike esztétikai szempontból könnyedén felvehetné a versenyt mai hollywoodi filmcsillagok tengerparti lakhelyeivel? Többnyire a házhoz tartozó tekintélyes birtokon gazdálkodtak. Színes és sokrétű társadalmi életet éltek: vadásztak, lovagoltak, teniszeztek, országgyűléseken vitatkoztak, utaztak, és pompás meghívásokat rendeztek. Ilyenkor az ínyenc vacsora után (francia konyha, kifinomult ízlés) a hölgyek és a férfiak különváltak. A hölgyek a háziasszony szalonjában kávé és likőr mellett megtárgyalták a legújabb párizsi és bécsi divatot, továbbá az elmúlt és az eljövendő báli évad kiemelkedő eseményeit (ki kivel, ill. kivel nem, stb.). Közben a férfiaknak a pipázóban a faragott kandalló körül, francia konyak mellett szivarozván, fontosabb teendőjük volt. Beszámoltak egymásnak vadászati élményeikről (az elejtett vadkan, őzbak, szarvasbika és esetleg egyéb kétlábú nemesvad), kártyáztak és nemritkán a haza sorsát is, megvitatták.
Robert Bauval - Thomas Brophy - Imhotep the African
In this ground-breaking book, Egyptologist Robert Bauval and astrophysicist Thomas Brophy uncover the mystery of Imhotep, and ancient Egyptian superstar, pharaonic Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Galileo, and Newton all rolled into one. Based on their research at the Step Pyramid Complex at Saqqara, Bauval and Brophy delve into observational astronomy to 'decode' the alignments and other design features of the Step Pyramid Complex, to uncover the true origins and genius of Imhotep. Like a whodunit detective story they follow the clues that take them on an exhilarating magical mystery tour starting at Saqqara, leading them to temples in Upper Egypt and to the stones of Nabta Playa and the black African stargazers who placed them there. "Imhotep the African" describes how Imhotep was the ancient link to the birth of modern civilization, restoring him to his proper place at the center of the birthing of Egyptian, and world, civilization."
Sisa Béla - A Madárlány Erdélybe repült / The Bird Maiden Flew to Transylvania
Az, hogy hazánk a középkorban, a honfoglalástól a XVI. századi török hódoltságig jelentős hatalmi tényező, mai szóval élve "nagyhatalom" volt, a történelemről hiteles és alapos ismeretekkel rendelkezők számára nem kérdéses. E virágkor az európai művészetben szinte pontosan egybeesik a romantika és a gótika időszakával, így persze nem csoda, ha Magyarország, vagyis a Kárpát-medence e korszakok építészeti és képzőművészeti emlékeinek hatalmas tárháza. E kétnyelvű könyv célja a magyar Szent korona felségterületén található ezen kincsek részletes megismertetése.
Peter Ackroyd - Hawksmoor
London in the eighteenth century is a city of extremes: squalor and superstition vie with elegance and enlightenment as the capital's brilliant architect Nicholas Dyer is commissioned to build several new churches in the aftermath of the great fire. Two hundred and fifty years later in the vast, sprawling metropolis of London the legacyof the past lives on as CID Detective Nicholas Hawksmoor investigates a series of macabre murders that have occured on the sites of certain eighteenth-century churches in the City...
Sárközy Mátyás - Lábass Endre - Benedek István Gábor - Lugosi Viktória - Deutsch Gábor - Szántó T. Gábor - Németh Gábor - Zeke Gyula - Kövek meséi / Stories in the Stones
Kétnyelvű (magyar-angol) kiadványunkban neves kortárs írók képzeletbeli sétára invitálják az olvasót: bemutatják a magyarországi zsidóság nagy korszakának kulturális atmoszféráját őrző klasszicista, romantikus, eklektikus és szecessziós épületeket. Feltárják a több évszázad során kialakult, szinte háborítatlanul megmaradt, emberléptékű utcákat, a rejtett belső kerteket, s elmesélik azokat boldog vagy szomorú történeteket, melyeknek tanúi voltak egykoron. Az elbeszéléseket helytörténeti ismertető archív és mai fotók gazdag gyűjteménye színesíti.
George Michell - Mumtaz Currim - The Majesty of Mughal Decoration
An exquisitely illustrated survey of the decorative motifs and visual themes from one of the great artistic periods in Indian history. Mughal decorative arts delight in arabesque and geometric designs, as well as scenes of nature (flowers, birds, and animals) and human pleasure (music, dancing, feasting, love-making). Master craftsmen at the Mughal and Rajput courts employed a variety of materials and techniques to produce marble panels inlaid with semi-precious stones, sandstone screens perforated with geometric designs, brass vessels inlaid with strips of silver and gold, jade drinking cups, dagger hilts encrusted with rubies and emeralds, and costumes and sashes embroidered with silk and golden threads. No less gorgeous were the vividly toned and exquisitely detailed miniature paintings that portrayed contemporary events as well as epic tales. Drawing on the finest and most representative examples in public and private collections in India, Europe, and America, this stunning survey examines common decorative motifs and themes in Mughal art. More than 300 illustrations amply convey the virtuoso workmanship and the sheer elegance of design common to all objects. It will be an essential reference work for art historians, designers, and anyone interested in the arts and life of India. 300+ color photographs and illustrations.
Ian Sidaway - Colour Mixing Bible
Are you discouraged by the time and expense involved in mixing colours to achieve the ones you really want for your work? Confused by the vast range of colours available on the market? If so, then you have to come to the right source. Colour Mixing Bible takes the time and effort out of experimenting with colours by showing you tha vast range of colour mixes possible in all the major media. Contains a visual directory of over 10000 colour mixes. Includes a full explanation of the properties and dimensions of pigment colour including temperature, intensity, opacity and tone. Essential reference for all artists in all the major media of oil, acrylic, watercolour, gouache, soft pastel, coloured pencil and ink.
Robert Hudovernik - Jazz Age Beauties
Despite Prohibition, the '20s was the decade of jazz, flappers and hip flasks. While some took their vote and joined the Woman's Christian Temperance Movement, others, well, took liberties. Compiled here for the first time are more than 200 publicity stills and photos of some of America's first "It" girls—the silent film-era starlets who paved the way for the cacophony of Monroes and Madonnas to follow. Accompanying these iconic images are the stories behind them, including accounts from surviving Ziegfeld Girls, as well as ads featuring them that helped perpetuate the allure of It girl glamour. When rare and striking portraits of these women surfaced on the internet in 1995, author Robert Hudovernik began researching their source. What he discovered was the work of one of the first "star makers" identified most with the Ziegfeld Follies, Alfred Cheney Johnston. Johnston, a member of New York's famous Algonquin Round Table who photographed such celebrities as Mary Pickford, Fanny Brice, the Gish Sisters, and Louise Brooks, fell out of the spotlight with the demise of the revue. A sumptuous snapshot of an era, this book is also a look at the work of this "lost" photographer.
Anne Massey - Interior Design of the 20th Century
The Arts and Crafts and Aesthetic Movements, Art Nouveau, the Modern Movement, its rivals Art Deco and the Moderne, American Streamlining and Modern, Pop, Op, Surrealism, Hi-Tech, Post-Modernism, Deconstructivism, and many other styles of interior design are charted in this wide-ranging survey. Some movements, like the Modern, were inspired by leading architects such as Le Corbusier and Frank Lloyd Wright, or by groups and schools such as the Bauhaus. Others like Art Deco were the work of decorators such as Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann—glamorous haut-décor, which was then popularized throughout the world by the mass media. Still others, like the ethnic styles, were virtually anonymous, or were consumer-led. Anne Massey introduces all the styles, signposts the changes of direction, and fully documents the emergence of professional "interior decoration" and its evolution into interior design. This revised edition is brought up to date with discussions of green design and the effect of new technology on the home and workplace.
Annette Hagedorn - Islamic Art
The art which arose from the 7th century in the Islamic empires reached from Spain and Morocco to the borders of China. It bore the stamp above all of Arabs, Persians and Turks, but outstanding contributions also came from Egypt and India. "Islamic Art" presents prominent examples: luxury ceramics, prayer mats, goldsmithery, as well as witnesses to the decorative arts and calligraphy and above all the masterpieces of the splendidly colourful courtly book illumination of Persia and the Mughal emperors of India. The book examines the contributions of the different countries and how they influenced each other, and in this way vividly illustrates the unfolding of the delicate splendour and fairytale beauty of Islamic art from its beginnings into the modern era.