A history of architecture : settings and rituals

Kostof, Spiro Richard Tobias

A history of architecture : settings and rituals Spiro Kostof - New York Oxford University Press 985 - 788 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 29 cm

pt. 1. A place on Earth
The study of what we built
The cave and the sky : Stone Age Europe
The rise of the city : architecture in Western Asia
The architecture of Ancient Egypt
Bronze Age cities : the Aegean and Asia Minor
The Greek temple and "barbarian" alternatives
Polis and Akropolis
The Hellenistic realm
Rome : Caput mundi
The world at large : Roman concurrences
pt. 2. Measuring up
The triumph of Christ
The Mediterranean in the early Middle Ages
The birth of nations : Europe after Charles
The French manner
The urbanization of Europe, 1100-1300
Edges of Medievalism
The Renaissance : ideal and fad
Spain and the New World
Istanbul and Venice
The popes as planners : Rome, 1450-1650
Absolutism and bourgeoisie : European architecture, 1600-1750
pt. 3. The search for self
Architecture for a new world
Architectural art and the landscape of industry, 1800-1850
The American experience
Victorian environments
The trials of modernism
Architecture and the state : interwar years
At peace with the past : the last decades

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.


Architecture History

720.92 / KOS