Experiencing Architecture 2nd Edition
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From the Back Cover
- Grade Level : 12 and up
- Item Weight : 10.4 ounces
- ISBN-10 : 0262680025
- Paperback : 245 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-0262680028
- Product Dimensions : 7.9 x 5.2 x 0.6 inches
- Publisher : The MIT Press; 2nd Edition (March 15, 1964)
- Reading level : 18 and up
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #459,021 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Originally published in Denmark in 1959, and therefore lacking some of the more contemporary and postmodern design trends, this is an invaluable analysis of primarily European design through the mid twentieth century. This book is profusely illustrated with black and white photographs (most of which were taken by Rasmussen himself) and a fair number of drawings, all of which greatly assist the reader with his understanding of the material.
Specific buildings mentioned are too numerous to list, but the run the gamut from St. Peter's basilica in Rome, to the haunting and sinister Palazzetto Zuccari (also in Rome), to the ultramodern Johnson Wax Company building in Racine, Wisconsin by Frank Lloyd Wright, and the very modern study in open spaces found in the Copenhagen Police Headquarters (one of my personal favorites.)
This would be a useful guide to architects, and is the single best introduction to historical architectural style that I have yet found. Anyone with even a passing interest in architectural design or history would love this book.
The organization/progression of the book is impeccable, and inspires you to read quickly.
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