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How Architecture Works

A Humanist's Toolkit
Rybczynski, Witold (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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An award-winning writer and professor emeritus at the University of Pennsylvania provides tools to understanding the beauty, art and function in architecture through descriptive visits to opera houses, museums, war memorials and a private retreat. 20,000 first printing.

McMillan Palgrave

An essential toolkit for understanding architecture as both art form and the setting for our everyday lives

We spend most of our days and nights in buildings, living and working and sometimes playing. Buildings often overawe us with their beauty. Architecture is both setting for our everyday lives and public art form—but it remains mysterious to most of us.
In How Architecture Works, Witold Rybczynski, one of our best, most stylish critics and winner of the Vincent Scully Prize for his architectural writing, answers our most fundamental questions about how good—and not-so-good—buildings are designed and constructed. Introducing the reader to the rich and varied world of modern architecture, he takes us behind the scenes, revealing how architects as different as Frank Gehry, Renzo Piano, and Robert A. M. Stern envision and create their designs. He teaches us how to “read” plans, how buildings respond to their settings, and how the smallest detail—of a stair balustrade, for instance—can convey an architect’s vision. Ranging widely from a war memorial in London to an opera house in St. Petersburg, from the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., to a famous architect’s private retreat in downtown Princeton, How Architecture Works, explains the central elements that make up good building design. It is an enlightening humanist’s toolkit for thinking about the built environment and seeing it afresh.
“Architecture, if it is any good, speaks to all of us,” Rybczynski writes. This revelatory book is his grand tour of architecture today.



Authors: Rybczynski, Witold
Statement of Responsibility: Witold Rybczynski
Title: How architecture works
a humanist's toolkit
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013
Edition: First edition
Characteristics: 355 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents: Ideas
The setting
Site
Plan
Structure
Skin
Details
Style
The past
Taste
Subject Headings: Architecture
Topical Term: Architecture
LCCN: 2013006524
ISBN: 9780374211745
0374211744
Branch Call Number: 720 R
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Nov 12, 2013
  • GummiGirl rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Worth reading for any layman with an interest in architecture. I learned a lot about famous and not-so-famous buildings, including some here in Seattle, and about many notable modern architects.

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