BEFORE quitting England for a first visit to Spain in the Autumn of 1869, I made up my mind both to see and draw as much of the Architectural remains of that country as the time and means at my disposal would permit; and further determined so to draw as to admit of the publication of my sketches and portions of my notes on the objects represented, in the precise form in which they might be made. I was influenced in that determination by the consciousness that almost from day to day the glorious past was being trampled out in Spain; and that whatever issue, prosperous or otherwise, the fortunes of that much distracted country might take in the future, the minor monuments of Art at least which adorned its soil, would rapidly disappear. Their disappearance would result naturally from what is called “progress” if Spain should revive; while their perishing through neglect and wilful damage, or peculation, would inevitably follow, if the ever smouldering embers of domestic revolution should burst afresh into flame. Such has been the invariable action of those fires which in all history have melted away the most refined evidences of man’s intelligence, leaving behind only scanty, and often all but shapeless, relics of the richest and ripest genius.
D. M. Field - The World's Greatest Architecture
In this comprehensive study, over 280 of the world's greatest and most exciting buildings are explored, from the pyramids of ancient Egypt to the high-tech skyscrapers of the modern world, as well as descriptions of the brilliant architects who created them. Directed towards a general audience, this lavishly illustrated survey of the world's greatest buildings is sure to stimulate reader interest and travel.
David Dean - The Thirties: Recalling the English Architectural Scene
The 1930s in England were a time of 'exhilarating causes and extravagant passions ... idealistic commitment and fatuous complacency': in architecure the period was marked by the debate over Modernism as well as the conflict between a younger generation and their elders , with the First World War as the divide between them. It was a decade of opportunity: the flat became the machine for English living , the opulent decor of the cinemas celebrated the new leisure: it was equally a decade of fustration and economic depression. The author, who has a long found the 1930s a decade of particular exhilaration and poignancy, here creates a collage that celebrates ftis vigorous, lively and turbulent period of English architecure, drawn from letters, diares, sketchbooks and contemporary magazines.
Matthew Holbeche Bloxam - The Principles of Gothic Ecclesiastical Architecture
Q. What is meant by the term “Gothic Architecture”? A. Without entering into the derivation of the word “Gothic,” it may suffice to state that it is an expression sometimes used to denote in one general term, and distinguish from the Antique, those peculiar modes or styles in which most of our ecclesiastical and many of our domestic edifices of the middle ages have been built. In a more confined sense, it comprehends those styles only in which the pointed arch predominates, and it is then often used to distinguish such from the more ancient Anglo-Saxon and Norman styles. Q. To what can the origin of this kind of architecture be traced? A. To the classic orders in that state of degeneracy into which they had fallen in the age of Constantine, and afterwards; and as the Romans, on their voluntary abandonment of Britain in the fifth century, left many of their temples and public edifices remaining, together with some Christian churches, it was in rude imitation of the Roman structures of the fourth century that the most ancient of our Anglo-Saxon churches were constructed. This is apparent from an examination and comparison of such with the vestiges of Roman buildings we have existing.
Liane Lefaivre - Leon Battista Alberti's Hypnerotomachia Poliphili
Winner of the 1997 Association of American Publishers Best New PSP Book (Literature and Language) and Winner of the 8th Annual AIA International Architecture Book Award for History The enigmatic, polyglot Hypnerotomachia Poliphili—the inspiration for the bestselling novel The Rule of Four—has fascinated architects and historians since its publication in 1499. Part fictional narrative and part scholarly treatise, richly illustrated with wood engravings, the book is an extreme case of erotic furor, aimed at everything—especially architecture—that the protagonist, Poliphilo, encounters in his quest for his beloved, Polia. Among the instances of the book's manifesto-like character is Polia's tirade defending the right of women to express their own sexuality, probably the first sustained argument of this type, which lifts the book's erotic theme from the realm of ribaldry to the more daring one of sexual politics. Liane Lefaivre offers the closest critical-theoretical reading of Hypnerotomachia Poliphili to date, placing it within both the historical context of the quattrocento and the rethinking of the metaphor of the architectural body. Lefaivre is the first to attribute this strange, dreamlike book definitively to none other than the arch-rationalist Leon Battista Alberti. Intended as his final text, she argues, the book is the legacy of a humanist passionate about his life's work, a treatise on the role of dreamwork in design by one of the most creative minds of the Renaissance, and a manifesto in defense of humanism by a man who had been dismissed by an anti-humanist pope after a thirty-year career in the papal service.
Simon Mawer - The Glass Room
Cool. Balanced. Modern. The precisions of science, the wild variance of lust, the catharsis of confession and the fear of failure ? these are things that happen in the Glass Room. High on a Czechoslovak hill, the Landauer House shines as a wonder of steel and glass and onyx built specially for newlyweds Viktor and Liesel Landauer, a Jew married to a gentile. But the radiant honesty of 1930 that the house, with its unique Glass Room, seems to engender quickly tarnishes as the storm clouds of WW2 gather, and eventually the family must flee, accompanied by Viktor's lover and her child. But the house's story is far from over, and as it passes from hand to hand, from Czech to Russian, both the best and the worst of the history of Eastern Europe becomes somehow embodied and perhaps emboldened within the beautiful and austere surfaces and planes so carefully designed, until events become full-circle.
Anthony Ham - Abigail Hole - Lonely Planet Tunisia
Four authors, 73 days of in-country research, 70 detailed maps, 102 plates of salade mechouia and one rented camel. This edition includes new Arts & Architecture chapter, plus top Tunisian chef Rafik Tlatli gives an expert take on the local cuisine.
John Dougill - Japan's World Heritage Sites
"The book features large photos from dozens of deserving tourist destinations around Japan—from Nikko to Nara, mountains to monasteries—with text detailing what makes them so special. It's a nice tome for armchair travel, whisking you off around the country from where you sit—or time travel, taking you back to that life-changing decade-lost holiday and old friends."—The Japan Times Visit the most compelling cultural and nature sites in all of Japan—and the world! In Japan's World Heritage Sites, readers are introduced to the temples, gardens, castles and natural wonders for which Japan is so justly renowned—all of those now declared to be Unesco World Heritage Sites. Author John Dougill describes each site in detail, stating why they were singled out by Unesco, the current number and types of sites, the application process, how the sites have been selected, and how difficult it is to be given the special status of a World Heritage Site. Dougill traveled to all of the sites in Japan to research this book. Because the Japanese archipelago extends from Siberia all the way down to Taiwan, Dougill describes how his journey led him from the sub-Arctic to the sub-tropical zones. These are without a doubt the most interesting sites that Japan has to offer, including the following: Mount Fuji, Japan's tallest and most sacred volcano. Located on Honshu Island near Tokyo, Mt. Fuji is considered the sacred symbol of Japan Himeji Castle, a monument from Japan's long feudal history. Also known as Egret Castle, because it looks like a bird taking off in flight. Horyu-ji Temple, the world's oldest surviving wooden structure—a center of Buddhist learning that still serves as a seminary and monastery Hiroshima Peace Memorial or Atomic-Bomb Dome—one of the few structures to partially survive the atomic blast in 1945
Paul von Naredi-Rainer - Museum Buildings
In museum design, architecture faces the challenge of living up to its own self-image as the art of building, be it by taking centre stage or by according that place to exhibits or visitors. Since the beginning of the boom in museum-building in the seventies, all influential currents of contemporary architecture have developed their specific innovative solutions to this design task of building for the presentation of valuable objects. Above and beyond the spectacular exteriors of the museum buildings, the arrangement of rooms, access, circulation and lighting form significant parameters for successful solutions appropriate to this building type. On the basis of a systematic protrayal of the historical, typological, semantic and functional dimensions, as well as the technical aspects of service engineering, the project section of the book documents and analyses exemplary realised museum designs. Drawing on examples that range from Mies van der Rohe's New National Gallery in Berlin to Herzog and de Meuron's Schaulager in Basel, the book offers orientation in response to the demands that are made on architecture today.
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.
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.
Gyukics Péter - Tóth Ernő - Hajós Bence - Hidak mentén a Tiszán
Új fotóalbumunk a magyarok legkedvesebb folyóján, a Tiszán vezeti végig az olvasót, a Kárpátaljától a Vajdaságig, s nemcsak a hídjait mutatja be, hanem a vonzáskörzet látnivalóit is. Még a magyarok számára sem közismert turisztikai nevezetességekben - 7000 éves lakóház, Árpád-kori templomok, gyönyörű középkorból származó freskók - gyönyörködhet az olvasó.
Juan José Lahuerta - Antoni Gaudí 1852 - 1926
Antoni Gaudi is now recognized as one of the masters of modern architecture, with his organic, vinelike forms, sensuous wooden interiors, and brilliantly coloured mosaics expressing a synthesis of international modernism and local Catalan artistic traditions. A builder by instinct and practice, Gaudi's artistic sensibilities were among the most imaginative and baroque of any modern architect. His work is instantly recognizable, in particular his last, uncompleted work, the strange and massive cathedral of the Sagrada Familia, with its sandcastle-like dripping towers. His iconic Casa Batllo (1907), an apartment building resembling a pile of gracefully draped stones hugging a corner of the Paseo de Gracia, has become a symbol of Barcelona. His Guell Park (1915), built originally for an important patron and Catalan industrialist for whom the architect built several other works, has recently been restored and is open to the public. Despite his current renown, critical recognition of his talent and significance came late, as the architecture establishment had difficulty fitting him into the canon of the Modern Movement. Gaudi's was a truly unique oeuvre, and this account of his work examines his work in the context of his life and times. He came of age during a time of rising Catalan nationalism and the flowering of a uniquely Catalan culture that mixed art nouveau with Mediterranean traditions; Barcelona at the turn of the century rivalled Paris as a centre of art, music, literature, and avant-garde publishing. Gaudi absorbed this culture and was a committed nationalist as a young man, but in later life he turned to Catholicism and became deeply religious and ascetic. His eclectic practice mixed forms from the past in a complex experimentation with space, materials, and decoration: this kind of artistic freedom was made possible only by unusual social conditions including Barcelona's economic prosperity at the turn of the century and the existence of highly skilled artisans in Catalonia. This volume analyzes Gaudi's work systematically and in detail, from the Guell Palace to the Guell Park, through to the Sagrada Familia.
Gáll Imre - A budapesti Duna-hidak
Budapest világhírű hídegyüttese, ősrégi dunai átkelőhelyen, a XIX-XX. században keletkezett. Ennek a kereken kétszáz esztendőnek hídépítés történetét mutatja be ez a könyv. Megismerkedhetünk az egyes hidak létrejöttének - alig legyőzhető - nehézségeivel, legszebb hídjaink pusztulásával és újjászületésével. Megtudjuk a könyvből, hogy a magyar hidászok világhírű építményeket hoztak létre. A második világháború valamennyi budapesti hidat elpusztította, de a romokon győzedelmeskedett a feltámadás. Az újjáépült és az új hidak szerkezete más és más. Valamennyiben felfedezhető, nemzetközileg elismert mérnöki újítás. Az együttes világszép, utolérhetetlen ékessége fővárosunknak. Hídjainkról olvasva betekintést nyerhetünk a korabeli Budapest történetébe, életébe is.
Diane Ghirardo - Architecture After Modernism
Since the Modern Movement began to be challenged in the late 1960s, architecture has followed a number of widely divergent paths. In this thoughtful and eloquent book, Diane Ghirardo examines the architectural world of the last quarter-century and its theories in the crucial context of social and political issues. Within a survey of a broad range of buildings, she focuses on specific 'megaprojects' as paradigms for discussion. In the realm of public space, she argues, the key questions are raised by the Disney empire and its amusement parks; in domestic space, by the IBA in Berlin, with projects ranging from new structures to rehabilitation and residents' self-build. When it comes to reconfiguring the urban sphere, the megaproject is London's Docklands, the most ambitious and politically sensitive development in postwar Britain. Her text ranges world-wide, and she considers the work of lesser-known designers and women architects as well as famous international stars.
Jean-Pierre Adam - Roman Building
Roman Buildings is a thorough and systematic examination of Roman architecture and building practice, with over 750 illustrations . It looks at large- scale public buildings as well as more modest homes and shops. Placing emphasis on the technical aspects of the subject, it follows the process of building through each stage -- from quarry to standing wall, from tree to roof timbers -- and how these materials were obtained or manufactured. The author also discusses interior decoration and looks at the practical aspects of water supply, heating and roads.
Ivan Zaknic - 100 of the World's Tallest Buildings
Majestic, awe-inspiring and unique -- these are the words that best describe the 100 fabulously tall buildings selected for this superb new book. They embody almost seven decades of engineering and architectural excellence, and each one is a landmark signature on the skyline of its city. From the 1930s splendor of New York City's Chrysler and Empire State Building to the dizzying heights of Kuala Lumpur's Petronas Towers (the world's tallest), each is a lasting monument to the ingenuity and courage of its builders. This spectacular book includes a table that ranks the buildings by height, a summary and glossary of terms.