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The Story of Architecture


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In the beginning: the growth of cities; Ancient Egypt; early Africa. The classical world: Ancient Greece; Ancient Rome. From darkness to light: Byzantine architecture; monasteries; Romanesque; Islam; North Africa. Gothic: the gothic world; castles; late gothic. The Renaissance: Renaissance Italy; High Renaissance; Andrea Polladio; Italian Baroque; Baroque beyond Italy; absolutism; Rococo; low countries. The Americas: Ancient Mesoamerica; colonial America. China and Japan: classical China; Japan. Asia: India; Southeast Asia. Neo-classical: Neo-classical; the classical landscape; American classical; the French Revolution; Greek revival; Karl Friedrich Schinkel; imperial Russia. The industrial society: industrial revolution; railways; industrial cities; Augustus Pugin; gothic revival; monumental decadence; free style; morality and architecture. The machine age: machines for working in; reach for the sky; Frank Lloyd Wright; Arts & Crafts; Art Nouveau and secession; Antoni Gaudi. Brave new world: revolutionary Russia; the Bauhaus; mass European housing; Ludwig Mies van der Rohe; Fascist architecture; Le Corbusier; mid-century modern; modernism and freedom; new cities; Oscar Niemeyer; brutalism. Every which way: corporatism; postmodernism; extremes; high-tech; architects' engineering; Japanese metabolists; the classical revival. Futures: organic architecture; re-use of buildings; deconstructivism; the computer; enjoyable cities.

About the Author

Jonathan Glancey lives in London and is Architecture and Design Editor of The Guardian, author of several architecture books and a regular TV and radio broadcaster who has written and presented programmes for the BBC and Channel 4. He has been assistant editor of the Architectural Review, editor of The Architect, and has contributed to a number of architectural and design magazines in Europe and the US.


Glancey conducts a whirlwind tour of the history of world architecture, DK-style. Anyone would be hard-pressed to squeeze a thorough overview of so vast a topic into the confines of 240 visually hyperactive pages, but Glancey, architecture/design editor for the Guardian, follows his strengths as a perspicacious observer of the current architectural scene. Devoting nearly half the text to the modern period, he condenses history's panorama into a series of colorful vignettes, each described as having some contemporary relevance. Driven by a contagious enthusiasm, the narrative is enlivened by chatty, sometimes offbeat commentary. Very much a product of our nonlinear, multitasking era, this book will engage the casual browser but is not in the same league as solid, comprehensive surveys such as Spiro Kostof's A History of Architecture (Oxford Univ.,1995. 2d ed.), David Watkin's A History of Western Architecture (Laurence King, 1996. 2d ed.), or Sir Banister Fletcher's magisterial A History of Architecture (Architectural Pr., 1996. 20th ed.). Appropriate for public library and school media center collections.ÄDavid Solt‚sz, Cuyahoga Cty. P.L., Parma, OH Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

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