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For too long, the 'centre' of the Renaissance has been considered to be Rome and the art produced in, or inspired by it. This collection of essays dedicated to Deborah Howard brings together an impressive group of internationally recognised scholars of art and architecture to showcase both the diversity within and the porosity between the 'centre' and 'periphery' in Renaissance art. Without abandoning Rome, but together with other centres of art production, the essays both shift their focus away from conventional categories and bring together recent trends in Renaissance studies, notably a focus on cultural contact, material culture and historiography. They explore the material mechanisms for the transmission and evolution of ideas, artistic training and networks, as well as the dynamics of collaboration and exchange between artists, theorists and patrons. The chapters, each with a wealth of groundbreaking research and previously unpublished documentary evidence, as well as innovative methodologies, reinterpret Italian art relating to canonical sites and artists such as Michelangelo, Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese, and Sebastiano del Piombo, in addition to showcasing the work of several hitherto neglected architects, painters, and an inimitable engineer-inventor.
In Western culture, from an early age we are ingrained with the notion that weight in building construction equals strength as evinced even in children's stories such as the 'The Three Little Pigs'. This idea of the relative strength of mass pervades our culture as a fundamental truth, but heavy materials are not intrinsically stronger than lighter ones. While time will be needed to remove the biases that we carry in our cultural DNA, our perception of strength has begun to shift. If we look at the historical evolution of architecture - from the massive pyramids of Egypt to the framed structures of Greek and Roman construction, to the lighter Gothic vaulting and eventually modern architecture of the twentieth century - we see a continuous, almost linear progression from solid mass construction to diaphanous skins of glass and steel. This is our historic journey from mass to membrane.
This is the first book-length work of any kind devoted to Thornton and accordingly contains a comprehensive biological sketch of his antecedents, early life, and career. The volume includes his early antislavery writings, detailed accounts of the evolution of the first successful steamboat, and important papers and drawings dealing with the planning and construction of public works in Washington, D.C.
The range and variety of British railway stations is truly astonishing: from the tiny wayside halt made of corrugated iron to the magnificent stone-built city centre terminus. No less remarkable in their variety are the buildings devoted to the transport of goods, and indeed for most years of their existence this traffic was by far the most important to the railway companies. Subjects also covered include signal boxes and signalling, locomotive depots, bridges and viaducts and much else besides; in fact, just about every aspect of the British railway scene. This book, the second volume in the series, focuses on Eastern and Southern England and covers principally the areas of the Midland, Great Northern, Great Eastern and Great Central railways, and the constituent companies of the Southern Railway. Illustrated throughout with the author's original colour photographs, many of which are now historic, this book is sure to appeal as much to the general reader as to the railway modeller.
Dubbed the Cathedral of France and first church of French Christendom, the Gothic cathedral of Reims was the coronation site of more than two dozen French kings--and a target of German bombardment in World War I. Before 1914 its medieval stained glass had enjoyed the fame of Chartres and Bourges. The first extensive study focusing on the stained glass of this preeminent cathedral, The Gothic Stained Glass of Reims Cathedral offers a groundbreaking analysis of its glazing program. Through unique insights into the clerical agenda and its influence over a building devoted to the coronation of the French monarchy, Lillich considers the stained glass in the context of building chronology, political events, and artistic movements to present a completely new understanding of the stained glass of Reims.
The 1930s in Germany and Austria were marked by economic crisis, political disintegration, and social chaos. This beautifully illustrated catalog surveys the development of the arts in these two countries between the two world wars. Presenting nearly 150 paintings and works on paper, this book reveals artistic developments that foreshadowed, reflected, and accompanied the beginning of World War II. Works by Max Beckmann, Otto Dix, Max Ernst, Oskar Kokoschka, and Alfred Kubin are presented alongside pieces by lesser-known artists such as Friedl Dicker- Brandeis, Albert Paris Gutersloh, Karl Hubbuch, Richard Oelze, Josef Scharl, Franz Sedlacek, and Rudolf Wacker. This book features essays about the appropriation of artistic idioms, the reactions of artists toward their historical circumstances, and major political events that shaped the era.
From the strictly regimented church bells to the freewheeling chatter of civic life, Renaissance Florence was a city built not just of stone but of sound as well. An evocative alternative to the dominant visual understanding of urban spaces, The Noisy Renaissance examines the premodern city as an acoustic phenomenon in which citizens used sound to navigate space and society. Analyzing a range of documentary and literary evidence, art and architectural historian Niall Atkinson creates an "acoustic topography" of Florence. The dissemination of official messages, the rhythm of prayer, and the murmur of rumor and gossip combined to form a soundscape that became a foundation in the creation and maintenance of the urban community just as much as the city's physical buildings. Sound in this space triggered a wide variety of social behaviors and spatial relations: hierarchical, personal, communal, political, domestic, sexual, spiritual, and religious. By exploring these rarely studied soundscapes, Atkinson shows Florence to be both an exceptional and an exemplary case study of urban conditions in the early modern period.
Architectural postmodernism had a significant impact on the broader development of postmodern thought: Utopia\u2019s Ghost is a critical reconsideration of their relationship. Combining discourse analysis, historical reconstruction, and close readings of buildings, projects, and texts from the 1970s and 1980s, Reinhold Martin argues that retheorizing postmodern architecture gives us new insights into cultural postmodernism and its aftermath. Much of today\u2019s discussion has turned to the recovery of modernity, but Martin writes in the Introduction, \u201cSimply to historicize postmodernism seems inadequate and, in many ways, premature.\u201d Utopia\u2019s Ghost connects architecture to current debates on biopolitics, neoliberalism, and corporate globalization as they are haunted by the problem of utopia. Exploring a series of concepts-territory, history, language, image, materiality, subjectivity, and architecture itself-Martin shows how they reorganize the cultural imaginary and shape a contemporary biopolitics that ultimately precludes utopian thought. Written at the intersection of culture, politics, and the city, particularly in the context of corporate globalization, Utopia\u2019s Ghost challenges dominant theoretical paradigms and opens new avenues for architectural scholarship and cultural analysis.
What is Architectural History? considers the questions and problems posed by architectural historians since the rise of the discipline in the late nineteenth century. How do historians of architecture organise past time and relate it to the present? How does historical evidence translate into historical narrative? Should architectural history be useful for practicing architects? If so, how? Leach treats the disciplinarity of architectural history as an open question, moving between three key approaches to historical knowledge of architecture: within art history, as an historical specialisation and, most prominently, within architecture. He suggests that the confusions around this question have been productive, ensuring a rich variety of approaches to the project of exploring architecture historically. Read alongside introductory surveys of western and global architectural history, this book will open up questions of perspective, frame, and intent for students of architecture, art history, and history. Graduate students and established architectural historians will find much in this book to fuel discussions over the current state of the field in which they work.
The perfect companion to experiencing everything that America's most famous road has to offer, The Route 66 Photo Road Trip guides the reader from Amarillo to Las Vegas, with recommendations for dining and lodging, lists of attractions, itineraries and tips for capturing memorable photographs with professional gear or a phone.
Throughout today's postcolonial world, buildings, monuments, parks, streets, avenues, entire cities even, remain as witness to Britain's once impressive if troubled imperial past. These structures are a conspicuous and near inescapable reminder of that past, and therefore, the built heritage of Britain's former colonial empire is a fundamental part of how we negotiate our postcolonial identities, often lying at the heart of social tension and debate over how that identity is best represented. This volume provides an overview of the architectural and urban transformations that took place across the British Empire between the seventeenth and mid-twentieth centuries. Although much research has been carried out on architecture and urban planning in Britain's empire in recent decades, no single, comprehensive reference source exists. The essays compiled here remedy this deficiency. With its extensive chronological and regional coverage by leading scholars in the field, this volume will quickly become a seminal text for those who study, teach, and research the relationship between empire and the built environment in the British context. It provides an up-to-date account of past and current historiographical approaches toward the study of British imperial and colonial architecture and urbanism, and will prove equally useful to those who study architecture and urbanism in other European imperial and transnational contexts. The volume is divided in two main sections. The first section deals with overarching thematic issues, including building typologies, major genres and periods of activity, networks of expertise and the transmission of ideas, the intersection between planning and politics, as well as the architectural impact of empire on Britain itself. The second section builds on the first by discussing these themes in relation to specific geographical regions, teasing out the variations and continuities observable in context, both practical and theoretical.
Palm Beach details the meticulous restorations of more than thirty great houses and public buildings on what has been called America's Riviera. These houses were restored from 1988 to the present, and each house has won the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach's coveted Ballinger Award. The Ballinger Award, presented by the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach, commemorates a restoration or renovation that best exemplifies the traditions of Palm Beach's original houses and the architect who designed them. First given 1988 in honour of the late Robert I. Ballinger Jr., former chairman of the Palm Beach Landmarks Preservation Commission--an individual who worked tirelessly for many years to instill in others a pride in the island's architectural heritage. The year 2018 marks the 30th anniversary of this award's inception, and this book features the award winners from the past 30 years to celebrate this milestone, showcasing the extraordinary homes that have garnered this coveted award. The cycle of building and restoration chronicled here encompasses one of the country's enduring architectural landscapes, as well as the dynamics of its social history. Public and private structures designed by some of the style-setting early architects are depicted, including the works of Addison Mizner, Joseph Urban, and Maurice Fatio, as well as anonymous designers whose feats of imagination rivalled those of the most celebrated professionals.
From the years 2004 to 2008, Beijing and Shanghai witnessed the
construction of an extraordinary number of new buildings, many of
which were designed by architectural firms overseas. Combining
ethnographic fieldwork, historical research, and network analysis,
"Building Globalization" closely scrutinizes the growing phenomenon
of transnational architecture and its profound effect on the
development of urban space.
The abriged paperback edition of The Sourcebook of Contemporary Architecture presents sixty noteworthy case studies that showcase a complete and diverse range of structures worldwide--now in a more portable format. The case studies incorporate every type of architectural project possible-private, commercial and public-making this lushly illustrated, information-rich book a more widely accessible resource that architects and architectural students will turn to again and again.
Each case study includes a succinct description of the project at hand, listing its name, client, and location and presenting its unique objectives, challenges, and solutions. Every case study also features numerous full-color photographs and detailed renderings of site and floor plans. Finally, each case study provides a full listing of those involved in the project: the architectural firm and its participating architects; engineers; consultants; and contractors. The book features the work of world-renowned architects such as Gehry Partners, Ateliers Jean Nouvel, Santiago Calatrava, Daniele Claudio Taddei, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Philippe Starck, Tod Williams Billie Tsien & Associates, Daniel Claudio Taddei, Diller Scofidio, and others. Well-known projects include New York's Modern Museum of Art redesign and Time Warner Center, England's Selfridges Birmingham, and the MIT Stata Center in Cambridge, MA.
This incredible volume is organized into the following categories:
Public buildings: Offices, banks, corporate buildings, convention and exhibition centers, research centers, factories, skyscrapers
Urban planning and transportation: Airports, train stations, urban transportation centers, bridges, communications towers, urban parks, peripheral parks, urban monuments and land art
Cultural facilities: Museums, art galleries, cultural centers and foundations, schools and universities, libraries, houses of worship
Public buildings: Auditoriums; theaters and cinemas; sports facilities; theme parks and attractions; bars, clubs, and game rooms; shopping malls; stores and showrooms; and restaurants
Private homes: Multifamily urban homes, multifamily suburban homes, hotels and residences, semidetached and row houses, single family suburban homes, single family country homes, single family seaside homes.
Future architecture: Art galleries, theaters and cinemas, and others.
Tokyo has earned a reputation as one of the most innovative and
forward-thinking cities in the world, and nowhere is this more
evident than in its modern architecture. Authors and architects
Julian Worrall and Erez Golani Solomon, longtime residents of the
city, have selected 83 outstanding examples of contemporary
architecture, and introduce them, not just from an architectural
perspective, but as part of the social, cultural, and political
tapestry of the city. In addition to the monumental masterpieces of
famous architects, "generic" buildings--from office blocks and
convenience stores, to high-rise apartment towers--are also
sprinkled throughout the book, creating a full and fascinating
overview of the architectural landscape of the city.
Lighthouses of North America is a beautiful tribute to 71 lighthouses in the United States and Canada. The selection covers the full range of lighthouse architectural styles and represents all regions of the continent. The book opens with a brief but fascinating history of lighthouses, which traces their use from the Romans to the 'golden age' of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries when lighthouses became a strategic and commercial asset to seafarers. Readers will discover the fascinating details that give lighthouses their spirit, such as Portland Head Lighthouse, the favourite haunt of poet Henry Wadsworth, providing inspiration for his poem 'The Lighthouse'; how early rocket launches damaged the original Cape Canaveral Lighthouse; that a friendly ghost named Rue is said to wander the grounds of Oregon's Heceta Head Lighthouse; and how the Race Rocks Lighthouse in British Columbia guided vessels into port during the Fraser gold rush. Chapters focus on construction method and present each sentinel over a two- to six-page spread with a narrative description: Conical & Cylindrical Construction, such as the Fire Island Light off Long Island and the Three Sisters of Nauset in Massachusetts; Square Construction, such as the Holland Harbor Light in Michigan and the Presque Isle Light on Lake Erie; Hexagonal and Octagonal Construction, such as the Alcatraz Island Light in San Francisco Bay and the famous Peggy's Point Light in Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia; Skeletal Construction, such as the Sanibel Island Light on Florida's Gulf Coast and the Rawley Point Light in Wisconsin. Striking colour photographs show the lighthouse exteriors and interiors, and a facts box details location, tower height, focal plan, daymark, light characteristics, year established and current use. Thoughtful essays describe the architecture of the essential spiral staircase, lost lighthouses, how the lights work, the light-keepers, haunted lighthouses, the future of lighthouses and the most recognized and unusual of lighthouses, the Statue of Liberty. For the traveller, there is a list of North American Lights and useful resources. Lighthouse aficionados are many in number and all will enjoy this stunning book.
By now a classic, it presents in a single volume a coherent overall view of the history and the changing character of Early Christian and Byzantine architecture, from Rome and Milan to North Africa, from Constantinople to Greece and the Balkans, and from Egypt and Jerusalem to the villages and monasteries of Syria, Asia Minor, Armenia, and Mesopotamia.
An elegant presentation of stunning and inspiring architectural drawings from antiquity to the present day
Throughout history, architects have relied on drawings both to develop their ideas and communicate their vision to the world.
This gorgeous collection brings together more than 250 of the finest architectural drawings of all time, revealing each architect's process and personality as never before. Creatively paired to stimulate the imagination, the illustrations span the centuries and range from sketches to renderings, simple to intricate, built projects to a utopian ideal, famous to rarely seen – a true celebration of the art of architecture.
Visually paired images draw connections and contrasts between architecture from different times, styles, and places. From Michelangelo to Frank Gehry, Louise Bourgeois to Tadao Ando, B.V. Doshi to Zaha Hadid, and Grafton to Luis Barragán, the book shows the incredible variety and beauty of architectural drawings.
Drawing Architecture is ideal for art and architecture lovers alike, as well as anyone interested in the intersection of creativity and history.
From the publisher of Exhibit A: Exhibitions that Transformed Architecture, 1948–2000.
One of the many aspects of London that never failed to attract comment from foreign visitors in the late 18th and early 19th century was the Clubland that sprouted along Pall Mall and St James s. Paris and Vienna had nothing like it. From its foundation in 1764, Brooks s was accepted as one of the most important manifestations of this new form of London living. From its inception, its membership drew on some of England s wealthiest and most influential families. From its inception, too, the Club had a distinct political flavor. Brooks s became the court of the prominent Whig statesman Charles Jame Fox, reputedly the cleverest man in London, as well as the most genial and the most humorous. Although Brooks s was never exclusively Whig, or later Foxite, anyone with a predilection for those political brands would certainly have felt at home there.To celebrate Brooks s 250th anniversary, this beautiful commemorative volume looks afresh at some historical aspects and the architecture of the club, and presents much original research, including essays on the club s archives among the most complete in Clubland and an illustrated catalogue by John Ingamells of the important art collection.Philip Ziegler explores the nature of Whiggish philosophy and Leslie Mitchell looks at Fox and his influence at the club. Andrew Roberts answers the amusing question of what the 27 original members of Brooks s would make of the Club they founded if they were to visit St James s Street today. Max Egremont has written a witty commentary on the Betting Books, comparing the betting propensities of members of Brooks s with those of their rivals White s. Josh Sutton has studied and examined the outcome of 75 bets between 1775 and 1921, chosen to illustrate the variety of contemporary burning issues which attracted members attention and provoked them to place bets. Seth Alexander Thevoz has contributed original research in a chapter on the MPs of Brooks s, 1832-68, including the intriguing fact that in the Melbourne administration of the 1830s, nearly half the club was made up of sitting MPs. Joe Mordaunt Crook has updated his study of the architecture of Brooks s, setting out how, over the years, it has been altered, re-altered and altered again, but each time in ways that disguise the terrors of novelty. Thomas Heneage has drawn on the archives, diaries and memoirs, to write about how William Brooks purchased food and how it was cooked and served to members. In his chapter 'The Evolution of the Wine Cellar, Hugh Johnson entertains with his legendary knowledge, acquired after fifty years of writing about wines. Lucius Falkland expertly describes the games of cards and dice, Faro and Hazard, and some well-known gambling members."
How photography and a modernizing Berlin informed an urban image-and one another-in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries Since the fall of the Berlin Wall, the city that once visually epitomized a divided Europe has thrived in the international spotlight as an image of reunified statehood and urbanity. Yet research on Berlin's past has focused on the interwar years of the Weimar Republic or the Cold War era, with much less attention to the crucial Imperial years between 1871 and 1918. Constructing Imperial Berlin is the first book to critically assess, contextualize, and frame urban and architectural photographs of that era. Berlin, as it was pronounced Germany's capital in 1871, was fraught with questions that had previously beset Paris and London. How was urban expansion and transformation to be absorbed? What was the city's understanding of its comparably short history? Given this short history, how did it embody the idea of a capital? A key theme of this book is the close interrelation of the city's rapid physical metamorphosis with repercussions on promotional and critical narratives, the emergence of groundbreaking photographic technologies, and novel forms of mass distribution. Providing a rare analysis of this significant formative era, Miriam Paeslack shows a city far more complex than the common cliches as a historical and aspiring place suggest. Imperial Berlin emerges as a modern metropolis, only half-heartedly inhibited by urban preservationist concerns and rather more akin to North American cities in their bold industrialization and competing urban expansions than to European counterparts.
Sir John Summerson's account of classical architecture has every right to be called a classic itself. With the help of diagrams, glossary and a wealth of photographs, the reader is taken easily from the great originals of Greece and Rome through the recapitulations and innovations of the Renaissance, the rhetoric of the Baroque and grave statements of Neo-classicism to the 'stripped Neo-classicism' of the moderns - every age using the classical language to make its own statement. For this edition the volume was completely redesigned and the number of illustrations more than doubled.
In Translation Sites, leading theorist Sherry Simon shows how the processes and effects of translation pervade contemporary life. This field guide is an invitation to explore hotels, markets, museums, checkpoints, gardens, bridges, towers and streets as sites of translation. These are spaces whose meanings are shaped by language traffic and by a clash of memories. Touching on a host of issues from migration to the future of Indigenous cultures, from the politics of architecture to contemporary metrolingualism, Translation Sites powerfully illuminates issues of public interest. Abundantly illustrated, the guidebook creates new connections between translation studies and memory studies, urban geography, architecture and history. This ground-breaking book is both an engaging read for a wide-ranging audience and an important text in broadening the scope of translation studies.
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