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1. A History of Architecture: Settings
2. A World History of Architecture
3. A History of Western Architecture
4. Understanding Architecture: Its
5. Chinese Architecture: A Pictorial
6. The House of God: Church Architecture,
7. A Global History of Architecture
8. Architecture: World's Greatest
9. Modern Architecture: A Critical
10. Architecture: From Pre-history
11. Architecture: A World History
12. Morningside Heights: A History
13. Modern Architecture: A Critical
14. Sir Banister Fletcher's A History
15. The Annotated Arch: A Crash Course
16. Landscape Design: A Cultural and
17. Havana: History and Architecture
18. Architecture and Interior Design
19. Design on the Land: The Development
20. Greek Architecture (Classical

1. A History of Architecture: Settings and Rituals
by Spiro Kostof
Paperback: 792 Pages (1995-08-31)
list price: US$89.95 -- used & new: US$60.00
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Asin: 0195083792
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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When the late Spiro Kostof's A History of Architecture appeared in 1985, it was universally hailed as a masterpiece--one of the finest books on architecture ever written. Now, updated and expanded, this classic reference continues to bring to readers the full array of civilization's architectural achievements.

Insightful, engagingly written and graced with close to a thousand superb illustrations, the Second Edition of this extraordinary volume offers a sweeping narrative that examines architecture as it reflects the social, economic, and technological aspects of human history. The scope of the book is astonishing. Kostof examines a surprisingly wide variety of man-made structures: prehistoric huts and the TVA, the pyramids of Giza and the Rome railway station, the ziggurat and the department store. Kostof considered every building worthy of attention, every structure a potential source of insight, whether it be prehistoric hunting camps at Terra Amata, or the caves at Lascaux with their magnificent paintings, or a twenty-story hotel on the Las Vegas Strip. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars First Purchase at Amazon
This was my first attempt at ordering a book online.I fully expected the product to be in worse shape.However, there were only a few page corners bent and all of the pages were intact.The item arrived very quickly.I am very pleased with this purchase.

2-0 out of 5 stars Probably won't use this seller again.
I purchased a book from the seller and my order has not been shipped, almost a week later.. A little disappointed since I always purchase my school books from amazon and I have not run into any problems until now. I sent an email to the seller hopefully I receive a response in a timely manner.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
It came in good time and was in the condition it was told to be in.

4-0 out of 5 stars Review: A History of Architecture
I was very happy with the purchase, mainly because it was $50 off retail price and was free to ship.

5-0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive
Covers all the major styles and period the Western tradition of architecture.It does one chapter on Asian architecture but no single chapter can cover all the styles and history of the Asian countries of India, China, Japan, etc.It will be great for any aspiring architect who wants to have a good foundation...or to anyone who wants to appreciate the history of spatial design, and decoratives more. ... Read more

2. A World History of Architecture
by Michael Fazio, Marian Moffett, Lawrence Wodehouse
Hardcover: 608 Pages (2008-02-04)
list price: US$79.00 -- used & new: US$44.18
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Asin: 0071544798
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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A magnificently illustrated guide to theglobal history of architecture—updated toinclude the non-western world and worksfrom women

The Second Edition of this historical architecturalguide gives you a deeperknowledge and wider perspective of traditions inarchitecture throughout the world—from prehistoricthrough modern structures. Extensively and beautifullyillustrated, the book includes photos, plans, scales forworld-famous structures such as the Parthenon, Versailles,the Brooklyn Bridge, and many others. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars good big book
this is a good overview of architectural history. I just wish that I had gotten the paperback version instead of this heavy hardcover.

1-0 out of 5 stars Can't rate it b/c I never got the book
TERRIBLE. Never got the book, and NEVER received an email after I contacted him/her about the status of the book.

4-0 out of 5 stars Bring back the missing examples!
This Second Edition of "A World History of Architecture" is an exact reprint of "Buildings Across Time", Third Edition by the same authors and publisher.
The difference? Price. $52 more! Just check the other book. For a while the First Edition was out of print so I was forced to use "Buildings Across Time" (I teach architecture at a Community College so price is very important to me).While I understand that the publishers have to make a profit, how is that that they can "afford" to sell this book for $41 while an exact copy of the "approved" higher education version is $92?
I welcome the addition of notable examples in the last chapter but I have a problem with the removal of many other buildings. Just to name a few that were present in the First Edition and are missing from the Second: Biskupin, Ishtar Gate, Temple of Ramesses II, Great Stupa at Borobodur, Caernarvon Castle etc. I am not sure what this cleansing is all about, both editions are 592 pages. Granted something had to give since there are new examples throughout.
I am only writing this in a hope that the Third Edition would include the missing examples from First Edition. If number of pages is fixed, just make some of the photographs smaller. Come on McGraw-Hill, you can do it!

5-0 out of 5 stars great
I got this book for my Architecture class this fall. It was cheaper online than at any of the university bookstores and it shipped VERY quickly. It was also sent in a secure package, and arrived intact, which is problem I ran into with some other books I ordered this summer, not from this seller however.

5-0 out of 5 stars A critically essential addition to academic and community library Architectural Studies collections
The making of buildings from natural materials is older than the recorded history of the human race. Even in paleolithic and neolithic eras there were remarkable, complex, and enduring structures as evidenced by archaeological discoveries. The collaborative work of the team of Michael Fazio (Professor Emeritus of Architecture, Mississippi State University), Marian Moffett and Lawrence Wodehouse (both of whom have extensive careers teaching architecture at the university level), and now in a newly updated and expanded second edition, "A World History Of Architecture" begins with the advent of the city state architecture beginning with the Sumerians, Akkadians, Babylonians, Hittites, Assyrians, and Egyptians, then proceeds with an architectural survey of the ancient Greece, India, Southeast Asia, China, Japan, and the Romans. There are detailed chapters covering the distinctive architecture of the Early Christians and Byzantines, Islam, medieval and romanesque Europe. Also presented are informative chapters on Gothic architecture, indigenous American and African architecture, as well as the buildings and structures of the Renaissance and Baroque eras. The final four (and extensive) chapters deal with 18th, 19th, and 20th century architectural advances, as well as 'Modernisms in the Mid- and Late Twenty-First Century and Beyond'. Superbly illustrated throughout, the text is consistently informed and informative, making "A World History Of Architecture" a critically essential addition to academic and community library Architectural Studies collections -- and is especially recommended for non-specialist general readers with an interest in architectural history.
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3. A History of Western Architecture
by David Watkin
Paperback: 720 Pages (2010-06-09)
list price: US$40.00 -- used & new: US$21.36
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Asin: 1856694593
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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In his highly acclaimed reference work, David Watkin traces the history of western architecture from the earliest times in Mesopotamia and Egypt to the dramatic impact of CAD (computer-aided design) on architectural practice at the beginning of the twenty-first century. Adopting an approach that sees architectural history as a living continuity rather than a museum of neatly labelled styles, the author emphasizes the ongoing vitality of the classical language of architecture, underlining the continuity between, say, the work of Ictinus in fifth-century BC Athens and that of McKim, Mead and White in twentieth-century New York. Authoritative, comprehensive and highly illustrated, this fourth edition has been expanded to bring the story of western architecture right up to date. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars HE knows what he's talking about...
Watkin knows his stuff.But I don't so I bought this book which didn't clear things up as much as I hoped.There are far too many details, not a sense of narrative through history.Then there are far too few photos of things he expose's so that I have to guess what he means.And no maps.My geographic knowledge is not that good.I think it could be improved by streamlining, photos near the text which refers to them, and a map at the start of each section.But his prose is beautiful sometimes.

5-0 out of 5 stars Expanded Version of an Old Favorite
This is the fourth edition of this monumental book. This edition has been expanded to include additional coverage of Egyptian and Mesopotamian architecture at the early end, and the coverage of the architecture of the twentieth century has been greatly expanded. There is also expanded coverage of the architecture from Asia, particular that of Japan.

The book now has 50 color and 931 black and white photographs. Most of these are from Europe, but the rest of the world does have some coverage.

The increased size and scope of the book now presents a continuous coverage of the evolution of architecture from the earliest building, about 5000 B.C. to buildings constructed in the twenty first century. It is the most complete single volume history of architecture available and it's new edition is greatly improved.

The author, David Watkin is Professor of the History of Architecture at the University of Cambridge.

2-0 out of 5 stars Pictures without words
Dr. Watkin and his publishers would have done better to have deleted virtually all of the text from this tome, leaving more room for the most successful part of the book, its photographs. While the bleeding of the images helps make the format seem more up-to-date, this book remains hopelessly out-of-date, the inclusion of Frank O. Ghery's Bilbao Museum and I. M. Pei's glowing pyramid on the cover notwithstanding. The gaps in this book are egregious as are the waxing and waning from over- to under-statement. While the color images are lovely, many of the black & white images of pre-20th century works seem as if they were taken from a photocopy.

Dr. Watkins' propensity to treat "the New World" as a lost appendage of the British Empire colors the latter chapters in particular. The influence, for example, of "The Chicago School" barely registers within his stylometric system.As is often the case with survey books, in the end it seems quite a lot about all too little.

4-0 out of 5 stars improper details
First time I read D. Watkin's book almost 10 years ago. Basically, it is a comprehensive and detailed throughout. However, I was struck by one 'little' improper detail - instead of the picture of Haja Sophia (St. Sophia Cathedral) in Kiev built in 11 cent. I found a picture of a Neo-Byzantine style church which dates to the beginning of the 20 cent. I'm just curious is it that difficult for a recognized art historian to tell the difference? Or it's just a matter of 'neglegence'? In 1996 I wrote a letter to the Publishing house and recieved a nice answer saying that in the case of the third print they would definitely check and replace the picture with the proper one. No changes so far.

4-0 out of 5 stars A History from Ancient Rome to the Present, Well Illustrated
Suprisingly the book begins with Ancient Rome, leaving the Caves,Stonehenge, and Egypt out, but as a result has more time to explore WesternArchitecture in greater depth for a Survey Book. The photographs areexcellent, with many in color. ... Read more

4. Understanding Architecture: Its Elements, History, And Meaning (Icon Editions)
by Leland Roth
Paperback: 696 Pages (2006-07-26)
list price: US$58.00 -- used & new: US$50.00
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Asin: 0813390451
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Lavishly illustrated with over 575 images, this best-selling survey of Western architecture is now fully revised and updated

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. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Transaction
Extremely fast shipping, and product was packaged perfectly.Would definitely do business with again.

1-0 out of 5 stars right title, wrong book
i didnt receive the book that is shown in the picture, i received the previous edition for the book which didnt work out well for the class i bought it for.

3-0 out of 5 stars pages fell out within 3 days
so it got here in time and that was cool really wasnt an issue with the seller as it was with the product. Paperback book came fine but after 3 days of reading it fell apart the whole renaissance chapter has fallen out.

4-0 out of 5 stars Book is good, bindingis awful
This book is one of the seminal readings for architectural history, and the reason is that the contents are well-thought-out, well-researched, and interestingly written.
That said, shouldn't such a book, one you'll keep a good long time as a reference, come with a binding that doesn't fall apart on the first open? Sumeria and Mesopotamia are ready to leap out of the spine. It's a real travesty and the publisher should be embarassed. I'd have returned it if I didn't need it for a class.
As for the contents, I'd say that Roth is a great scholar and writer. He's also done or reworked many of the very solid illustrations in the book, and the book is a good read as well as a good reference. You can pick up the thread anywhere and don't necessarily have to read in chronological order. Worth buying a copy (that doesn't fall apart in your hands.)

5-0 out of 5 stars A valuable survey of Western architecture from the dawn of the civilization to present
As Marion Dean Ross Professor of Architectural History at the University of Oregon at Eugene, Leland M. Roth summarized his research and experience in "Understanding Architecture: Its Elements, History, And Meaning."

Having done extensive graduate studies in architecture, landscape architecture and urban planning, I always find the history and meaning of architecture, gardens and places fascinating.

"Understanding Architecture: Its Elements, History, And Meaning" is a feast for people like me. It is separated into 2 parts. Part I covers elements of architecture including "Commoditie" (Function), "Firmeness" (Structure), "Delight" (Space, Acoustic and Aesthetic), architecture as part of natural environment, architecture, memory and economics.Part II covers history and meaning of Western architecture from the dawn of the civilization to present, including "from caves to cities," the architecture of Mesopotamia and ancient Egypt, Greek architecture, Roman architecture, Early Christian and Byzantine architecture, Medieval architecture, Renaissance architecture, Baroque and Rococo architecture, the origin and development and versions of Modernism, and various schools of Postmodernism.

"Understanding Architecture: Its Elements, History, And Meaning" has 652 pages and many line drawings and good interior black-and-white photos. It is a valuable survey of Western architecture from the dawn of the civilization to present.

Gang Chen, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Author of "Architectural Practice Simplified," "LEED GA Exam Guide," "Planting Design Illustrated," and other books on various LEED exams, architecture, and landscape architecture

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5. Chinese Architecture: A Pictorial History (Dover Books on Architecture)
by Liang Ssu-ch'eng
Paperback: 232 Pages (2005-03-24)
list price: US$26.95 -- used & new: US$15.15
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Asin: 0486439992
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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More than 240 rare photographs and drawings highlight this excellent pictorial record and analysis of Chinese architectural history. Based on years of unprecedented field studies by the author, the illustrations depict many of the temples, pagodas, tombs, bridges, and imperial palaces comprising China's architectural heritage. 152 halftones, 94 diagrams.
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3-0 out of 5 stars Amazing drawings, good history, but needs to be updated
A large amount of scholarship, care and skill were put into writing this book. The detailed drawings reveal the structure of Chinese architecture (religious and monumental architecture, not commercial or domestic). The drawings are worth the price of the book, while the writing gets a bit boring. But, and this would entail changing the author's book drastically, it needs updating or overhauling--since the book was written 60-70 years ago (with a modern day foreward). It needs to go from Wade-Giles into the pinyin romanization of Chinese characters, and also needs a map or two highlighting where the structures are in China. A better book would be one that keeps his drawings, but uses his writing as source materials and then rewrites it to put things into a better context and flow.

5-0 out of 5 stars This was the pioneer
Liang Sicheng is among one of the most outstanding Chinese scholars that I admire and respect deeply. As a young man,the beauty of Chinese architecture inspired him to be the first person who studied traditional Chinese architecture scientifically with western methods.After Liang graduated from U.Penn., he moved to Harvard and registered under Graduate School of Art& Science, where he chose the subject "Chinses Architecture". Because there had almost no references in the area, he promised his professor that he will back to China to collect first hand data, and than back to US to finish his study.
The rest of his story is unbelievably dramatic.( You can find more details in <> by Wilma Fairbank)

I am very glad for the reprint of this cheaper edition, this is the book that every historian of Chinese architecture should have.Highly recommended to Chinese historians as well as architecture lover. ... Read more

6. The House of God: Church Architecture, Style and History
by Edward Norman
Paperback: 312 Pages (2005-05)
list price: US$34.95 -- used & new: US$21.76
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Asin: 050028556X
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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The grandeur of St. Peter's, the Baroque ecstasy of the churches at Cholula in Mexico, the intimate peace of Fairford Church in Gloucestershire...

The two thousand years' heritage of Christian churches is a fascinating one. For anyone interested in the evolution of architectural styles, the subject is of inescapable interest. For a far wider group of people, however, it is clear that churches are much more than architectural monuments. Through their rich historical associations and special emotional quality that is largely denied to secular buildings, they exert a power that crosses national boundaries and even beliefs.

Edward Norman sees churches as both acts of faith and works of art. The clarity, knowledge, and insight of his chronological survey are supported and enhanced by a brilliantly researched collection of illustrations. The result is a perfect mix between the most-loved master buildings such as Hagia Sophia and the freshness of the less familiar—a mission church in Paraguay or a Baroque shrine in Goa.

Whether coming from the Catholic, Orthodox, or Protestant traditions, whether drawn to the sublimity of Sainte-Chapelle in Paris or the simplicity of a Puritan chapel, Christians everywhere will respond to Norman's celebration of churches. 387 illustrations, 80 in color. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Good history and architecture combined
I collect books on church architecture and most of them are nice books filled with pictures and usually a brief comment on the photos. This one surpassed my expectations by also giving an excellent history of the church related to the evolving styles of church architecture. Well done!
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7. A Global History of Architecture
by Francis D. K. Ching Series Advisor, Mark M. Jarzombek, Vikramaditya Prakash
Hardcover: 864 Pages (2010-12-14)
list price: US$95.00 -- used & new: US$76.00
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Asin: 0470402571
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Praise for the First Edition

"Because of its exceptionally wide perspective, even architectural historians who do not teach general survey courses are likely to enjoy and appreciate it."—Annali d'architettura

"Not only does A Global History of Architecture own the territory (of world architecture), it pulls off this audacious task with panache, intelligence, and—for the most part—grace." —Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians

Revised and updated—the compelling history of the world's great architectural achievements

Organized along a global timeline, A Global History of Architecture, Second Edition has been updated and revised throughout to reflect current scholarship. Spanning from 3,500 b.c.e. to the present, this unique guide is written by an all-star team of architectural experts in their fields who emphasize the connections, contrasts, and influences of architectural movements throughout history. The architectural history of the world comes to life through a unified framework for interpreting and understanding architecture, supplemented by rich drawings from the renowned Frank Ching, as well as brilliant photographs. This new Second Edition:

  • Delivers more coverage of non-Western areas, particularly Africa, South Asia, South East Asia, and Pre-Columbian America
  • Is completely re-designed with full-color illustrations throughout
  • Incorporates additional drawings by Professor Ching, including new maps with more information and color
  • Meets the requirements set by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) for "non-Western" architecture in history education.
  • Offers new connections to a companion Web site, including Google EarthTM coordinates for ease of finding sites.

Architecture and art enthusiasts will find A Global History of Architecture, Second Edition perpetually at their fingertips. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Text book trys to be comprehensive
Far from comprehensive when tacking such a huge topic it is hard to be of course ever being coverd by one book. The omissions here are pretty glaring and for the cost of the book, I simply cannot recommend it. What it does cover is well done but you can obtain the information from other books for far less money.

5-0 out of 5 stars books
this item arrived very quickly and in good condition.I was very pleased with the price of the item and the condition of the product.

5-0 out of 5 stars a MUST be for all architects...
i agree with all the previous reviews, this book is a must be and worth every penny you spend on it. the chronicle order of this book make it easy to understand and to be used as a reference... i recommend it for my studentsin the comparative class...

5-0 out of 5 stars Useful New Textbook on Global Architecture
At first I thought the book would be too dry and encyclopedia like, but when I started reading the chapters, I was taken by the text. It moved along nicely, and though there is a lot of information, it is presented in a way that makes sense, and in a way that helps one navigate through the `big pictures' of history. The maps are nice but they sometimes could have more information on them. The book is a challenge to those who think linearly or for those who think that the history of architecture "begins" with the Egyptians and Greeks and then "ends" in US postmodernism; the purpose of the book is to keep the globe turning. Sometimes the authors go east to west and sometimes west to east. It takes a little getting used to, but I think people will appreciate the idea that history is a moving target. It makes for some interesting contrasts. Each chapter has its own particular logic, however, and tries to emphasize a particular theme, having to do with religion or politics.On page 511, there is an imaginary architecture tour that begins in Japan and ends in England; it was an eye opener for me. At that particular time, as the authors point out, though Europe was in the middle of the Renaissance, there was a lot of good stuff also happeningin China, India, and Turkey, that cannot be simply ignored as part of some `other' tradition.' It was all interconnected. I also discovered the free Google Earth download from Wiley Press web site where all the buildings in the book are flagged! That has been a great help in lectures.

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect
This book arrived on time and in perfect condition. I was pleased with the service and would order again. ... Read more

8. Architecture: World's Greatest Buildings, History and Styles, Architects (EYEWITNESS COMPANION GUIDES)
by Jonathan Glancey
Paperback: 512 Pages (2006-04-17)
list price: US$30.00 -- used & new: US$16.02
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Asin: 0756617324
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Explore the world's greatest buildings!Architecture is filled with amazing illustrations and photographs that take you to the heart of the world's landmark buildings.Get the opportunity to look beyond the facade.Examine materials and technology that shape buildings, and identify the key elements and decorative features of each architectural style. This is the best definitive visual guide on architecture; it covers 5,000 years of architectural design, style, and construction from airports to ziggurats. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars My 12-yr-old daughter loves it
I bought this book for my 12-yr-old daughter when she said that she wanted to explore architecture. She loves it very much and she decides to carry this book in her personal suitcase when we move from NYC to Taipei next month. Those wordings were not easy for her, an non-native English speaker, but she lapped those pictures up. This is a wonderful reading experience for her.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great little reference book
I bought this book looking for reference material for my art work.I thought it performed a great job of showing many diverse types of architecture and very useful for ideas.I would recommend it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Maybe the best in his kind!!!
Ultra helpful!!! I bought some for xmas presents and everybody was really happy! In particular, I think this book is the best! If you like Architecture or like to travel or simple you enjoy beatiful photos, Buy it!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Glad I got it!
For my neice who has recently become interested in architecture, this is the perfectbook.It not only provides a world perspective of architecture, the actually pictures are great.Fantastic buy! ... Read more

9. Modern Architecture: A Critical History (Fourth Edition)(World of Art)
by Kenneth Frampton
Paperback: 424 Pages (2007-09-30)
list price: US$24.95 -- used & new: US$13.06
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Asin: 0500203954
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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"One of the most important works on modern architecture we have today."—Architectural DesignThis acclaimed survey of modern architecture and its origins has become a classic since it first appeared in 1980. For the fourth edition Kenneth Frampton has added a major new section that explores the effects of globalization on architecture in recent years and examines the phenomenon of international celebrity architects who are increasingly active all over the world. The bibliography has been updated and expanded, making this volume more complete and indispensable than ever. 420 illustrations ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Frampton - the Bible for the History of Modern Architecture
This is the Bible for the History of Modern Architecture. I lived with this book in graduate school during the '80's,and is still relevant, important and has been up-dated to address the last 30 years of Architectural ideology and design.

A must have for students and any professional interested in a critical historical perspective. It is also a great read.

5-0 out of 5 stars Framptonian Criticism
Excellent source for architecture students that want to acquire a perspective about modern architecture. Frampton provide his peculiar criticism about conflicts, particularities and contradictions of 19th and 20th century arquitectural history.
Recommended for anyone. ... Read more

10. Architecture: From Pre-history to Postmodernism
by Marvin Trachtenberg, Isabelle Hyman
Hardcover: 648 Pages (2003-04-23)
list price: US$120.00 -- used & new: US$78.27
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Asin: 0131833650
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Moving back and forth between the long shot on historical trends and close-ups on major works and crucial architectural themes, this insightful, lively and original analysis also accepts the conventional period and thematic structures of architectural history and the canon of great buildings. Designed to help readers understand and appreciate what great architecture is in its full dimensions of use, structure and aesthetic qualities as well as its history, this lavishly illustrated book explains specific qualities of each period and the often-complex illuminating differences between the periods.This comprehensive volume examines all aspects of architectural history from the Ancient world, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and Baroque periods through the modern world.For historians and architectural enthusiasts.Amazon.com Review
For everyone interested in looking beyond the façades of architectural landmarks to learn about the forces that shaped them, Architecture: From Prehistory to Postmodernity has been a definitive resource since its publication in 1986. Marvin Trachtenberg and Isabelle Hyman, professors at New York University, weave complex information into an engrossing narrative. While the authors' focus is on the Western tradition, shared ancient roots inspired a chapter on aspects of Islamic architecture. In the second edition, Trachtenberg's well-supported opinions add a lively sense of engagement to a new chapter surveying major trends of the 1980s and 1990s (work by Renzo Piano, Frank Gehry, Daniel Liebeskind, and others). Among the special delights of the book are its excursions into fascinating architectural byways, such as the history of castles, why the mendicant monks wanted simpler churches, and the superiority of the truss to the girder. More than 1,000 illustrations, including 91color plates, provide ample visual reference. --Cathy Curtis ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Achitecture: From Prehistory to Post Modernism
Good price, excellent value. There were only two pages that appeared to be 'damaged' due to possibly leaving a copied sheet of paper in the book, which left two overlapping layers of text. Other than that, the book itself was in very good condition, no other notes or markings throughout the book, and nothing torn.

5-0 out of 5 stars good book
The book was in good condition. It came exactly how it was described. Good seller!!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Not Light Reading
Purchased as a textbook for my Architectural Theory class.While very in-depth and expansive, Trachtenberg postulates opinions as fact, without a second opinion.

Being a textbook, everything said is drawn out and convoluted.This has the potential to either leave the reader with a deep understanding or completely bewildered.

Being an architecture student, this book is giving me a historical design base I plan to build off of for the rest of my life.

5-0 out of 5 stars like new
received the book in time and hardly any traces of wear and tear. the book looks like new and it had a hard cover binding also. very satisfied with my purchase.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is THE story of western architecture.
I am a Registered architect(with National Certification), Registered Interior Designer and instructor of Architectural History. Trachtenberg and Hyman have written the definitive history of western architecture in this tract. The reading is awkward at times, but the ideas conveyed comprise the foundation of todays architectural theory. There are few, if any textbooks on this subject which maintain a consistant thread of thought all the way through. This one does. If you are vitally interested in the underpinnings of today's designs, you should read it. ... Read more

11. Architecture: A World History
by Daniel Borden, Jerzy Elzanowski, Joni Taylor, Stephanie Tuerk
Paperback: 512 Pages (2008-05-01)
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Lavishly illustrated and super-condensed, Architecture: A World History is the perfect gift for any architecture buff. In this pocket-sized book bursting with 600 illustrations, page after page is dedicated to significant architectural movements, time lines that explore the evolution of the practice, and capsule biographies of great architects and examinations of their masterpieces.

Organized chronologically, the book travels from prehistory to the present, highlighting noteworthy examples of important architectural styles, and showcasing the work of significant architects, including Mies van der Rohe, Frank Gehry, Philip Johnson, Frank Lloyd Wright, Zaha Hadid, and Rem Koolhaas. From the pyramids of Egypt to the Taj Mahal, the Eiffel Tower to the Glass House, Architecture: A World History takes the reader on a whirlwind tour of the most spectacular examples of architecture from around the world and throughout time.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Architecture: A World History
..an excellent opportunity to explore the beauty of world wide arch. history.I recommend the Italian architects and one of my favourites: Andrea Palladeo.

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12. Morningside Heights: A History of Its Architecture and Development
by Andrew S. Dolkart
Paperback: 544 Pages (2001-06-15)
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Morningside Heights, the institutional heart of New York City, is also one of the city´s most architecturally distinguished neighborhoods. The high plateau that forms Morningside Heights is geographically isolated within the city and remained largely undeveloped even as neighboring Harlem and the Upper West Side became prestigious residential communities. At the end of the nineteenth century, institutions relocated to the plateau where sizable plots were available at a convenient distance from the built-up city. In 1887 Episcopal Bishop Henry Potter announced plans for the construction of a great cathedral at the edge of the plateau. The cathedral was soon followed by Columbia College and St. Luke´s Hospital, which contemplated grand complexes, and by newer institutions such as Barnard College and Teachers College that were intent on establishing a presence in the rapidly growing city. Thus, Morningside Heights became indelibly associated with New York´s educational, medical, and religious foundations, and was appropriately dubbed "the Acropolis of New York." In this extensively illustrated book, Andrew S. Dolkart explores the architecturally varied complexes built by these organizations. He traces the successes and failures of each building project, as trustees and supporters struggled to raise funds in order to construct great campuses in a city where residents were not always generous in their support of such endeavors. Commissioning designs from some of city´s and the nation´s leading architects, the Morningside Heights institutions created a richly diverse ensemble of buildings.The book tells the stories of the excitement surrounding the initial plans for an Episcopal cathedral and the ultimate failure of this grandiose project; the efforts of John D. Rockefeller, Jr. to build a rival nondenominational church (Riverside Church); the development of Charles McKim´s inspired designs for Columbia´s campus; the efforts of Barnard and Teachers College to build impressive campuses adjacent to Columbia; and the later projects of Union and Jewish theological seminaries and the Institute of Musical Art (late the Julliard School) to erect buildings that would be part of the larger institutional concentration, but world provide each with a unique architectural identity.Dolkart also traces the history of the surrounding residential neighborhood, providing the first comprehensive analysis of the design and construction the early-twentieth-century speculative apartment houses that typify so many New York neighborhoods. Based on extensive research and incorporating more than 200 photographs,will appeal to anyone interested in architecture, urban development, or the history of New York City, as well as those associated with the neighborhood or its institutions. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Exhaustive architectural history of major institutions
This book is NOT an architectural survey, per se.It does not attempt to catalogue all the historic or important structures of the neighborhood as, say, an AIA Guide does.Instead, it considers in some detail the architectural history of the neighborhood and its major institutions.We know which ones:Columbia University, Barnard College, Riverside Church, Union Theological Seminary, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, and St. Luke's Hospital.As a tool for practicing architects or as a source for architectural historians, this book is about as good as they get.As a piece to enjoy for the general, curious reader it's a bit academic.Photographs are all black and white, and are technical and pragmatic rather than artistic.

One more point:The narrative seems largely absent of knee-jerk political correctness and fadish multi-culturalist rhetoric, which is refreshing.Thus, the author has stopped at nothing in order to maintain the highest academic and scholarly standards in the book.Well done, in that regard.

5-0 out of 5 stars Superb Valentine To A Beautiful Neighborhood
Morningside Heights is one of America's greatest unknown architectural treasures.Most people who didn't go to Columbia University or oneof its other institutions of learning don't even know that it exists.But this half-square-mile ofManhattan boasts classic old-fashioned streetscapes,dotted with architectural monuments,that compare to the best Europe hasto offer. Mr. Dolkhart's book on how it all got built is comprehensive,flawlessly accurate, well illustrated, and informed by a cultivated urbansensibility from which we all can learn.I am the webmaster of thisneighborhood's website.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must for anyone interested in N.Y.C. and urban history.
This attractive book, with over 250 historical photographs, tells thestory of a unique neighborhood in New York City. Dolkart traces itsdevelopment in the late 19th and early 20th centuries from a rural,undeveloped tract with an insane asylum and an orphanage into the home ofsome of the nation's most important educational and religious institutions(Columbia, Barnard and Teachers College, Union and Jewish Theologicalseminaries, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine and Riverside Church, andthe Institute of Music and Art (later Juilliard and now Manhattan School ofMusic).The architectural history is meticulously documented, tracking theinvovement of the major architects of the period in the neighborhood'stransformation.The book also explores the involvement of New York'swealthiest families in and the rivalries that drove this neighborhood'sdevelopment. Dolkart also for the first time documents the growth ofMorningside Heights as the first middle-class apartment buildingneighborhood in New York City. His insights into this process help allthose interested New York City and other urban centers in this country inunderstanding the fascinating ways in which important neighborhoods takeshape and influence the future history of their city and the nation.Thisis a must for all those who love and study New York City, and urban andarchitectural history and development. ... Read more

13. Modern Architecture: A Critical History (World of Art)
by Kenneth Frampton
Paperback: 376 Pages (1992-05)
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This acclaimed survey of 20th-century architecture and its origins has become a classic since it first appeared in 1980. Now revised, enlarged and expanded, Kenneth Frampton brings the story up to date and adds an entirely new concluding chapter that focuses on four countries where individual talent and enlightened patronage have combined to produce a comprehensive and convincing architectural culture: Finland, France, Spain and Japan. The bibliography has also been reviewed and extended, making this volume more indispensable than ever. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars must have
This is one of those 'must have' books for anyone interested in modern architecture. Although it does not have detailed information on eacharchitect or movement, it is a great starting point from which to have a general idea of how the pieces of modern architecture fit with each other.

4-0 out of 5 stars Frampton is great - terrific, useful book
This book is admittedly very dense. Each short essay is packed with knowledge, but Frampton is not difficult. It certainly isn't useful to rush through it. Mull over a paragraph instead of the whole book. I originally found Frampton a challenge but it never seemed hopelessly out of reach. His writing coaxes you to a higher level. Your knowledge grows as you consider and wrestle with any two essays. It forces you to amass an inter-related structure of knowledge. I now think the book is extremely forthright and consider it a generous gift to those striving to get deeper; a primer and a leg-up on assessing the history of architecture. I don't think Frampton is pretentious at all. His personality is not even present in the mateiral. I have no more idea about who he is now than before I picked up this book a long time ago. He foregrounds his architectural knowledge and graciously disappears.

90 percent of architecture publishing is coffee-table quality stuff that asks little of a reader, and consequently leaves you with little of substance. If you think this is difficult, pick up anything by the inscrutable, pretentious K. Michael Hayes. If you want facts in isolation, just keep telling yourself that Liebeskinds new WTC tower "which is 1,776 feet tall..." is architecture.

3-0 out of 5 stars uhh... only good for graduate students
I took the first year architecture history in community college. Frampton's book is extreme. This book is absolutely not a choice for beginers in architecture history. It is not the pleasant experience to read Frampton's book. I doubt whether it is necessary for the author to use such not understandable writing style. In average, I read about three times in order to understand what he is talking about VAGUELY! However, it is no doubt that this book is considered as the classic (or the Bible) of architecture history. Frampton made a lot (A LOT!) comparison of enormous archtiects from different eras and different parts of the world. According most practicing architects, it is the best arch history book you could read (only if you are knowledgable enough in the field)

By the way, if you are interested in a visual architecture history book, this is not you choice. All the illustration in this book is all white & black, small.

Hope this commend help!

4-0 out of 5 stars A defense of Modern Architecture
Frampton makes no apologies for modern architecture, instead he makes one of the more arduous defenses of modern architecture, taking in the full sweep of this architectural movement, and critically examining some of the contemporary trends which have followed in its wake.

It is a very readable overview of modern architecture, beginning with the late 18th century and 19th century predecessors which led to a thorough re-examination of architecture in the early 20th century.Frampton divides his study into short thematic chapters which allow readers to focus on one movement at a time.There are various recurring figures such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe; but Frampton covers an exceedingly broad range of architectural ideas in the past century.

He has updated the book to include some of the more recent currents in architecture such as deconstruction and fragmentation, which he places in the context of the broader stream of architecture since 1962 in one of his more thought-provoking chapters, "Place, Production and Scenography."He notes how many of the recent ideas in architecture draw from the Russian avant-garde and Italian Futurism.He pans Post-Modernism for its pretension display of historicism, as exhibited in the work of Michael Graves, preferring the more rigorous historic views of neo-rationalists like Aldo Rossi.It is an insightful, illuminating book, which has been updated to include Modern Architecture to 1991.

1-0 out of 5 stars Exhausting!
Calculus textbooks read easier than this book.The content is probably concise but the communication is not.The writing is awkward and often incoherent.

Whatever happen to the simplistic yet skillful writing style of a Hemingway?His style was neither haughty nor indolent.He did not have to impress with fancy wordage.And his simplistic, flowing style took far more effort and thought than the rudimentary level of stringing out difficult sentences.

This book is okay for the intellectual or the elitist but for the real world it can be painful.Architects are not always known for their communication skills.This book does'nt help. ... Read more

14. Sir Banister Fletcher's A History of Architecture. ( Twentieth Edition )
 Hardcover: 1696 Pages (1996-09-25)
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The 20th edition of Sir Banister Fletcher's A History of Architecture is the first major work of history to include an overview of the architectural achievements of the 20th Century. Banister Fletcher has been the standard one volume architectural history for over 100 years and continues to give a concise and factual account of world architecture from the earliest times.

In this twentieth and centenary edition, edited by Dan Cruickshank with three consultant editors and fourteen new contributors, chapters have been recast and expanded and a third of the text is new.
* There are new chapters on the twentieth-century architecture of the Middle East (including Israel), South-east Asia, Hong Kong, Japan and Korea, the Indian subcontinent, Russia and the Soviet Union, Eastern Europe and Latin America.* The chapter on traditional architecture of India has been rewritten and the section on traditional Chinese architecture has been expanded, both with new specially commissioned drawings
* The architecture of the Americas before 1900 has been enlarged to include, for the first time, detailed coverage of Latin America and the Caribbean
* The book's scope has been widened to include more architecture from outside Europe
* The bibliography has been expanded into a separate section and is a key source of information on every period of world architecture
* The coverage of the 20th century architecture of North America has been divided into two chapters to allow fuller coverage of contemporary works
* 20th century architecture of Western Europe has been radically recast
* For the first time the architecture of the twentieth century is considered as a whole and assessed in an historical perspective
* Coverage has been extended to include buildings completed during the last ten years
* The coverage of Islamic architecture has been increased and re-organised to form a self contained section

This unique reference book places buildings in their social, cultural and historical settings to describe the main patterns of architectural development, from Prehistoric to the International Style.Again in the words of Sir Banister Fletcher, this book shows that 'Architecture ... provides a key to the habits, thoughts and aspirations of the people, and without a knowledge of this art the history of any period lacks that human interest with which it should be invested.'

*Winner of the International Architecture Book Award, The American Institute of Architects Book of the Century.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Choice
I purchased this book for my daughter as a Christmas gift.She works for an architecture firm and specializes in historic preservation.She has wanted this book for years but it is pricey and she did not feel she could purchase it for herself.She is extremely pleased with book and would recommend it to anyone that is interested in the history of architecture.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Complete Book on Western Architecture
Without a doubt, this text is the Quintessential Gold Standard for introductory Western Architecture. A must have for anybody who is serious about learning about how Western Architecture has evolved over time, and with little if any bias. Its only weak area is with architectural development in Asia and South/Central Meso America. Other than that, this is my third copy of the text and it just keeps getting better. Believe me when I say, this is one book you may never want to loan out, for it may not get returned. I know, it's happened to me once already.

5-0 out of 5 stars Full of historical detail
Mine is a new 1975 edition (which was a small fraction of the new price). It is as much a history of the world--and an incredibly detailed one--as a history of architecture. It opens each of its 40 chapters with a discussion of a civilization or era, then describes the buildings very matter-of-factly. Sometimes opinions emerge: Louis Kahn is cited as an example of a flash-in-the-pan; FLLW's Guggenheim is criticized as impractical.

The photos are top quality B/W, often very old. Its real strength is early architecture; by chapter 35, it is only finishing up the Renaissance. The authors are so knowledgeable, the writing so polished after 18 editions, all others pale by comparison.

I don't think there's much of a market for these books outside of libraries, but those who read it will marvel at its erudition.

5-0 out of 5 stars It's just so.....juicy!
For over a century, this has been THE classic study of the history of architecture. It is a work of art in it's own right and worth owning simply for the joy of hefting it's not inconsiderable weight and browsing once ina while - even as a layman. The text is extraordinarily readable and theillustrations are a delight. It's so packed full of information - believeme, even if you have only a limited interest in architecture you will learna great deal that will surprise you from this book! Enthusiasts forclassical and other older branches of architecture may wish to considerpurchasing second-hand copies of older editions - they're somehow nicer,and devote less space to the debased modern form of the art. (Yes, I'mbiased and proud of it!:) Of a reasonable collection of architecturalhistory books, (including several larger-format, beautifully-illustratedcoffee-table books in the modern style)this book is easily my favourite. Ithas class, style and above all, character. Buy it!

5-0 out of 5 stars Wow! Wow! Wow!
If there ever was a book on the history ofarchitecture this is it! So very well documented with numerous pictures and chronologies. Wow! the mother of all architecture books-well worth the price. ... Read more

15. The Annotated Arch: A Crash Course in the History Of Architecture
by Carol Strickland
Paperback: 192 Pages (2001-04-11)
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The Annotated Arch takes architectural history out of the realm of dreary textbooks into a world of dynamic design, succinct page-length essays and instructive sidebars. These graphic devices heighten the reader's ability to retain an impressive amount of information, even through a cursory reading. A brief run-through of the book's captions and sidebars provides a mini crash course in the history of architecture. Incorporating more than 250 illustrations, The Annotated Arch draws on the very elements of architecture to craft a visual and textual approach to the subject that no ordinary textbook could match. From Stonehenge to the Eiffel Tower, from Flippo Brunelleschi to Frank Lloyd Wright, the language of architecture is clarified in five sections.

Everything you always wanted to know about architecture is all right here in The Annotated Arch, which covers architectural wonders from the Stone Age to the Space Age. Presented in a reader-friendly format, this new book enlightens, entertains, and informs with its lively look at architecture.

What's the difference between Doric, Corinthian, and Ionic? Within the 192 illustrated pages of The Annotated Arch, readers will learn all about these distinctive styles--and more. From engineering breakthroughs to cultural history, from biographical anecdotes to analyses of corresponding and clashing styles The Annotated Arch covers all the architectural bases. The book breaks new ground with excerpts from interviews conducted by the author with leading contemporary architects.

This new Annotated book follows Carol Strickland's first volume on art history, The Annotated Mona Lisa. Peppered with sidebars, The Annotated Arch will appeal to anyone who loves architecture or who simply wants to learn more about it in a painless, enjoyable way. It's a great, educational read. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Great Introductory Book
As an Art History major, and a former Architectural student, I was skeptical when I found this book required for my study abroad course on French Art and Architecture.Generally, I've found that books attempting to cover basic knowledge on such a broad topic are somewhat lacking.However, after the first chapter or two, I was pleasantly surprised with how much information was packed into this entry level architecture manual and how few instances occurred in which I wanted to edit or add to the content.I would certainly suggest this book for entry level courses or course which only require general knowledge of Architecture.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Annotated Arch:History of Architecture
I am teaching Art History and AP Art History this year and this book is invaluable to my students and myself.The students do a seminar type class and this book has provided such a qick reference tool for them when they have one of the artworks to research and teach.The large oversized pages are excellent.This book, along with the Annotated Mona Lisa, are wonderful reviews before the AP test.I am so glad that I found this excellent quick reference tome.

5-0 out of 5 stars Everything you ever wanted to know about architecture & more
This book is jam-packed with information, presented in a fascinating, readable manner. The introductory chapter explains the elements of architecture which helps the reader appreciate the extraordinary buildings humans have created through the ages. The chronological progression of the rest of the book's chapters highlights major trends and developments in building styles and materials, demystifying the origins of many of today's structures. The book is just as easy to read straight through, as it zooms along through the history of architecture "from the Stone Age to the Space Age," as it is to locate a topic of particular interest and to start there. The glossary and extensive index make it easy to quickly learn about any one subject, building, or architect, and the numerous sidebars and timelines help the reader understand the context in which a building was created.
The beautiful pictures and interesting stories bring you right to the doorstep of humanity's greatest achievements. I highly recommend this book for anyone who has ever wondered why a building is considered special, and think it would be a terrific present as well. Enjoy! ... Read more

16. Landscape Design: A Cultural and Architectural History
by Elizabeth Barlow Rogers
Hardcover: 544 Pages (2001-11-01)
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People have shaped the landscape around them since prehistoric times, creating places as diverse in form and meaning as Stonehenge, the Forbidden City of Beijing, Versailles, and New York's Central Park. Overflowing with hundreds of plans, drawings, and photographs, many created specially for this book, this engrossing volume spans the history of landscape design and reveals a great deal about the development of societies, and how cities, parks, and gardens embody cultural values.

Examining famous and lesser-known sites, some now vanished, this comprehensive survey leads the reader from ancient Egyptian royal cemeteries to the magnificent gardens of Renaissance and Baroque Europe, and from great 18th-century English estates and American public gardens to the earthworks and other landscape projects of today.

A feast for the historian, landscape designer, and gardener alike, this new book has no equal.
630 illustrations, 430 in full color, 544 pages, 85/8 x 111/2" ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Nice book
This is a good, detailed book, supported with plenty of images.Good coffee table book.

4-0 out of 5 stars Landscape Design
This book has so much information about the history of landscape design. If you want to trigger ideas this is where you should turn. It goes through several civilizations. It sparked me to more developed thinking.

5-0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Written
The book is text driven, so provides a great deal of information about landscaping themes and styles.I purchased this book for a university class I am taking, and it has proven to be a valuable resource.

5-0 out of 5 stars In depth, excellent resource
This book is long and overly verbose, but an excellent resource. As a text in a landscape architecture history class it was a strong foundation.

5-0 out of 5 stars Bought this book for landscape history class at Princeton
Excellent excellent text- very thorough, good pictures. Even if you're not in a class, good reading! ... Read more

17. Havana: History and Architecture of a Romantic City
by Maria Luisa Lobo Montalvo
Hardcover: 320 Pages (2009-06-09)
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Havana, the legendary capital of Cuba, bears the traces of every stage of the island's rich history, from its indigenous traditions to the introduction of European culture in the late fifteenth century to the development of the unique amalgam of these influences that is unmistakably Cuban. In this exquisite volume, author María Luisa Lobo Montalvo presents the architecture and history of Havana—part of which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site—in an accessible and engaging text and specially commissioned color photographs.

Among the structures featured are the famed great forts such as Castillo del Morro and Castillo de la Punta, the city's oldest extant structures; an array of houses, from all periods of Havana's history and in all styles, simultaneously offering architectural and cultural history; and the great churches, including the Church of La Merced and the great baroque Havana Cathedral, and institutional structures, such as the magnificent Palace of the Captains General, showing the public face of Havana at its most resplendent.

Discussions of each phase of the city's development are accompanied by detailed case studies of the period's most significant buildings, which include the architectural history and heritage of each structure as well as comprehensive new and archival documentation, including photographs, prints, paintings, and historical artifacts. Throughout her presentation of the buildings, Lobo Montalvo reveals the unique expression of design and decorative elements, customs and traditions that characterize the architecture of Havana. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars If you can only have ONE book on Havana--this is the ONE
Nothing else comes close to capturing the memory of a city that was both magic and majestic and so full of charm and elegant architecture. The photographs are masterful, but what comes through most vividly is the fact that you are seeing it captured with respect and love through the eyes of a lady who always carried it in her heart. She has created a gift for generations of, not only Cubans, but travelers, architects, and historians. Thank you, Maria Luisa.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is the most beautifully made book I own.
I have a large collection of books on Cuba and this is by far the best. It is the most beautiful book in my library and is masterfully well done. This book also remains politically neutral which is quite an accomplishment. If you are sick of looking for good books on Cuba only to end up getting the slant of the Cuban government even in photography books, you will enjoy this one. This appears to be the culmination of a lifetime of work for Montalvo. If you only intend to buy one book on Cuba, this is the one. If you only intend to buy one book this year, make it this one.


5-0 out of 5 stars Havana by Maria Luisa Lobo
Unlike other reviewers, I have no link with Cuba and I have never been to Havana, but this book made me want to go there. It was given to me as a present. Since then, I have bought two copies for friends. The photographs are as beautiful as the writing. A really special book.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Delightful Journey
Truly a unique and memorable book.I own many books on Cuba, but this book is exceptional. As Maria Luisa's book provides us with in-depth historical and architectural background accompanied by impressive photography, she also delights us with her memories of sound, sight, smell and far away world of her childhood which comes alive for all readers, but specially those who lived in the beautiful island of Cuba.It is a treasure for our Cuban heritage and a beautiful addition to anyone's library.A friend, relative and admirer from Miami, Florida ... Read more

18. Architecture and Interior Design Through the 18th Century: An Integrated History
by Buie Harwood, Bridget May, Curt Sherman
Hardcover: 576 Pages (2001-12-28)
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Exceptionally comprehensive, this single- source reference allows readers to compare and contrast architecture, interior design, interior architectural features, design details, motifs, furniture, space planning, color, lighting, textiles, interior surface treatments, and decorative accessories through many centuries--from antiquity to the 18th century--from the many regions of the world. Additionally, it includes later interpretations of architecture, interiors, and furniture to illustrate the evolution of each stylistic influence. Each period is placed within a conceptual, cultural, historical, and social context, and the broad range of examples depicts high-style and domestic structures and furnishings that reflect residential, commercial, and institutional projects. The volume is extensively illustrated and features many illustrations diagrammed with explanatory notes highlighting specific design features. Cultural Precedents. Oriental (China, Japan). Antiquity (Egypt, Greece, Rome). Middle Ages (Early Christian, Byzantine, Islamic, Romanesque, Gothic). Renaissance (Italian Renaissance, Spanish Renaissance, French Renaissance, English Renaissance, American Colonial: England, American Colonial: Spanish, American Colonial: France, American Colonial: Germany, Holland). Baroque (European Baroque, Louis X1V, English Restoration). Rococo (Regencey & Louis XV, Neo-Pal & English Georgian, American Georgian). Early Neoclassic (Louis XVI, French Provincial, Late Georgian, American Federal). For interior design practitioners, furniture designers, design consultants, design manufacturers, and theater and film set designers, as well as those in the related fields of art history, architecture, material culture, museum studies, and history. Also of interest to historical societies, preservation groups, crafts people, design journalists, and the lay person with interest in design.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Best book on this topic available in marketplace!
This book is the most comprehensive and through book on architecture and interior design history available in the marketplace, starting with ancient periods and goes through periods of the 18th century.The book includes with each section a brief overview of the history of the times, architecture which includes drawings and photographs, interior design which includes motifs, color schemes and furnishings - furniture, fabrics and limited discussion of decorative accessories.Has a section of color plates, with each section included - color photos are not integrated into the other pages - UNFORTUNATE - but you can't have everything!!Very through coverage of all periods - certainly covers all at a certain depth - not complete - but it is a great resource if you have a limited amount of space for books and want to get the maximum bang for your buck.It is a costly book but to have all the information included in this one volume could cost much, much more.For interior design students and interior design professionals - this is a great book to have in your library - to keep!

1-0 out of 5 stars NIGHTMARE
A Bootleg book! who new. The pages were photocopied with gray shadows across the pages the glossy photos were not in the binding they were just stuff in between the pages. I returned it and had to drop the class no time to reorder. ... Read more

19. Design on the Land: The Development of Landscape Architecture (Belknap Press)
by Norman T. Newton
Hardcover: 744 Pages (1971-01-01)
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With the role of the landscape architect increasing as it is in importance, this first comprehensive survey of the art and practice of landscape architecture fills a great need.

Norman T. Newton has included over 400 illustrations in his book, which conveys a basic understanding of the aims and scope of landscape architecture and offers visual analyses of major historic works, each in the context of its own time.

The first third of the study is concerned with landscape architecture in the Western world, mainly Europe, from ancient times to the mid-nineteenth century. But the major part of the work is devoted to the development of landscape architecture in the century that has passed since it acquired the status of a profession and an independent discipline.

Concentrating primarily on the United States, Mr. Newton reviews his subject from its beginnings in colonial days to the work of Olmsted, Vaux, Cleveland, Weidenmann, Eliot, Platt, and the founders of the American Society of Landscape Architects. He discusses the Columbian Exposition of 1893, the "City Beautiful" movement and the growth of city planning, the Country Place Era, town planning in England and America, American national and state parks, parkways, urban open spaces, and recent variations in professional practice.

Mr. Newton concludes his book with a timely discussion of the vital role that landscape architecture plays in the conservation of natural resources and in protection of the environment.

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1-0 out of 5 stars Pontification, Sweeping Generalizations, 1920s Worldview
Unfortunately, gentle reader, you're likely to have this book assigned to you as part of your landscape architecture curriculum. If you're not in this situation, run from this book. First, the book was published in 1971, with no noticible updates in the past 33 years. Second, despite the relative modernity of the book, the author seems unaware of any advances in the social sciences and liberal arts after the Hoover administration. Thirdly the book rambles--no incision, no succinct observations, no underlying theme. Fourthly, Newton loads the book with indefensible positions. Fifthly, author weaves a cursory and grossly simplified (reduced) version of world history into an analysis of gardens and town plans. The result is horrid. Here is an example:

From the chapter on Medieval gardens--"It is almost as though man's eyes were not yet wholly open to the wonders of the natural world, for he was too buy contemplating his soul and its tortuous future. Daylight was too bright to bear; these were truly the Dark Ages, and openness to worldly experience would have to wait."

These types of generalizations, which don't stand up to even a cursory understanding of the gardens of the Middle Ages (herbalists, medicinal gardens, plurality of plant species growing in cloisters, flora in illuminated manuscripts, etc), that pepper the book.

This doesn't even begin to address the the ubiquitous invocations of "Mankind."

No university worth its salt can put this in front of a student in good conscience.

3-0 out of 5 stars WARNING: Boy's Club-- No Girls Allowed
Unfortunately this purportedly comprehensive survey of landscape architecture fails to include even one woman in the entire history of the profession. It's as though the female gender never existed! It is inexcusable that this book is still in current use as a university text.

5-0 out of 5 stars Design on the Land : The Development of Landscape Architectu
This is THE textbook for the history of landscape architecture.From early city planning in the cradle of civilization to recreating nature inthe design work of our contemporaries, this book provides a chronology ofland designs and theories, and outlines the formalizing of our professionby the father of landscape architecture, Frederick Law Olmstead.This bookprovides a framework for more intense study of both landscapes and thedesign theories associated with them, including the layout of ancientcities to New York's Central Park.This is one of those textbooks worthkeeping well after graduation! ... Read more

20. Greek Architecture (Classical World)
by R.A. Tomlinson
Paperback: 112 Pages (2009-12-15)
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This volume describes architecture in the Greek land from the prehistoric settlements of Troy, the Minoan palaces of Crete and their counterparts in the Mycenean kingdoms, to the absorption of Hellenism into the Roman Empire. The book pays particular attention to the early period, supplying a large-scale account of the development of pre-Hellenic building. Then the evolution of temples and other religious buildings is traced. Two chapters follow the history of town planning and civic building, while others cover the development of the theatre and such topics as Greek masonry, vaulting and fortification. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Lawrence - Greek Architecture
This is one of the best books to study Greek architecture - not only architecture of temples but also other buildings. Good for archaeologists as well as for architects.

5-0 out of 5 stars THE entry into greek architecture
for any serious student of classical antiquity, lawrence's treatment of greek architecture is a must-read. it is a elegantly illustrated volume, full of plans, drawings and photographs. the text is well-written and easy to understand, even for a beginner to the field. I whole-heartedly recommend this volume to anyone who wants to have a look at greek architecture, beginner as well as expert. lawrence's book is nothing but brilliant. it is THE entryway into greek architecture.

5-0 out of 5 stars Greek architecture reference = Lawrence
Any archaeologist knows that the Lawrence is one of the best Greek architecture/archaeology reference books to own.Buy it if you have any interest whatsoever in the field. ... Read more

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