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100 _aKostof, Spiro
100 _aRichard Tobias
245 _aA history of architecture : settings and rituals
_cSpiro Kostof
260 _bOxford University Press
_aNew York
300 _a788 pages :
_b illustrations (black and white) ;
_c29 cm
505 _apt. 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
520 _aWhen 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.
650 _aarchitecture
650 _aArchitecture History
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