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Shanghai - Sketches of the City's Architectural Treasures (Paperback): G. Byrne Bracken Shanghai - Sketches of the City's Architectural Treasures (Paperback)
G. Byrne Bracken
R284 R232 Discovery Miles 2 320 Save R52 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Palmyra 1885: The Wolfe Expedition and the Photographs of John Henry Haynes (Paperback): Benjamin Anderson, Robert G Ousterhout Palmyra 1885: The Wolfe Expedition and the Photographs of John Henry Haynes (Paperback)
Benjamin Anderson, Robert G Ousterhout
R562 Discovery Miles 5 620 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

European adventurers began exploring Palmyra's priceless Roman ruins in the 17th century, but it wasn't until the advent of photography that the public became aware of its scale and majesty. In 1885, the sight of Palmyra astounded members of the Wolfe Expedition as they journeyed home from Mesopotamia. The group's photographer, John Henry Haynes, documented the monumental temples, tombs and colonnades in more than a hundred invaluable images. Since then, Haynes and his work have largely been forgotten, and the forces of the self-styled Islamic State have destroyed the key monuments of this world-renowned site, including the glorious Temple of Bel. Haynes's images of Palmyra - published here for the first time - are all the more poignant. The Syrian city of Palmyra - known as 'the Pearl of the Desert' - was one of the most important cultural centres of the ancient world. A key stop on the Silk Road, it was a vital link between the East and the West, and a prize fought over by successive conquering armies.

Ritual House - Drawing on Nature's Rhythms for Architecture and Urban Design (Hardcover, 2nd None ed.): Ralph Knowles Ritual House - Drawing on Nature's Rhythms for Architecture and Urban Design (Hardcover, 2nd None ed.)
Ralph Knowles
R631 R537 Discovery Miles 5 370 Save R94 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The houses we dwell in, the cities surrounding our houses, even the clothes we wear -- these are all shelters we erect against the elements. They are also the embodiment of intuitive rituals, individual and cultural responses to nature's rhythms. Life in the 21st century has separated us from those traditions -- now, Ritual House reawakens us to our lost natural heritage. Celebrated architect Ralph Knowles, Distinguished Emeritus at USC's School of Architecture, has carefully crafted a book for architects, designers, planners -- anyone who yearns to reconnect to the natural world through the built environment. He shows us how to re-examine a shadow, a wall, a window, a landscape, as they respond to the natural cycles of heat, light, wind, and rain. Analyzing methods of sheltering that range from a Berber tent to a Spanish courtyard to the cityscape of contemporary Los Angeles, Knowles shows us the future: by coining the concept of solar access zoning, he introduces a radical
yet increasingly viable solution for tomorrow's mega-cities. Understanding how the elements affect our lives is more vital than ever. High-energy enclosed building systems have cut us off from nature, but we can re-connect to our landscapes and to humanity through buildings that honor ecological balance, personal choice, and creativity. By engaging nature in our designs, we can create shelters that are unique to their climate, their region, and their relationship to the sun. Ritual House will take its rightful place among those classic works that become touchstones for the culture.

Scenarios and Patterns for Regiobranding - Rural-urban Territories in the Metropolitan Region Hamburg (Paperback): Jorg... Scenarios and Patterns for Regiobranding - Rural-urban Territories in the Metropolitan Region Hamburg (Paperback)
Jorg Schroder, Maddalena Ferretti
R839 R655 Discovery Miles 6 550 Save R184 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Scenario drawing and pattern analysis are seen as evolving innovative tools for spatial characterisation and visioning. The design research shown in this book contributes to the project Regiobranding. Targeting three areas in the Metropolitan Region Hamburg, the project aims for regional visions for new rural-urban alliances in a deeply transforming spatial context. Scenarios and patterns are displayed as accelerators in knowledge and decision processes linked to the concept of Regiobranding: to combine imagery, economic positioning, identification processes, and visions of future habitat. In an architectural-spatial approach, explorative scenarios and relational patterns open up design-driven knowledge production for larger spatial strategies and for territorial planning.

Origins of Classical Architecture - Temples, Orders, and Gifts to the Gods in Ancient Greece (Hardcover): Mark Wilson Jones Origins of Classical Architecture - Temples, Orders, and Gifts to the Gods in Ancient Greece (Hardcover)
Mark Wilson Jones
R1,424 R1,307 Discovery Miles 13 070 Save R117 (8%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Greek architectural orders-Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian-lie at the heart of the classical traditions of building, and yet satisfying accounts for their origins have proved elusive. In contrast with conventional theories that would see the orders originating over the course of a long evolution, this book stresses the suddenness of the phenomenon and its dependence on historical context, human agency, and artistic inspiration. Casting new light on a subject that has preoccupied architects since the Renaissance, Mark Wilson Jones shows how construction, influence, appearance, and meaning found expression in complex and multifaceted designs. New emphasis is placed on the relationship between the orders and the temples of worship that they were created to adorn. Temples were exquisitely made offerings to the divinity, and they also contained valuable offerings. In revealing affinities between certain offerings and the orders, the author explains how these gave architectural expression to sensibilities of intense social and religious significance.

Venice Borders - Re-interpreted (Paperback): Listlab Venice Borders - Re-interpreted (Paperback)
Listlab
R441 R410 Discovery Miles 4 100 Save R31 (7%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Today Venice is facing major problems, an overload of tourists and a declining population as well as its precipitous tidal and structural dilemmas. It is to be hoped that it does not become a theme park dead city. The results of the UNSW workshops prove that appropriate housing is able to be successfully integrated into the existing Venetian topography, which proves to still be a dynamic alive city with modern buildings while still embracing its overpowering heritage.

Repair - Australian Pavilion, 16th International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale Di Venezia 2018 (Hardcover, English ed.):... Repair - Australian Pavilion, 16th International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale Di Venezia 2018 (Hardcover, English ed.)
Mauro Baracco, Louise Wright
R965 R756 Discovery Miles 7 560 Save R209 (22%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Place to Call Home: Timeless Southern Charm (Hardcover): James T. Farmer Place to Call Home: Timeless Southern Charm (Hardcover)
James T. Farmer
R887 R620 Discovery Miles 6 200 Save R267 (30%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Architecture In A Climate Of Change - A Guide To Sustainable Design (Paperback, 2nd New edition): Peter F Smith Architecture In A Climate Of Change - A Guide To Sustainable Design (Paperback, 2nd New edition)
Peter F Smith
R1,019 Discovery Miles 10 190 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Revised to incorporate and reflect changes and advances since it was first published the new edition of Architecture in a Climate of Change provides the latest basic principals of sustainability and the future of sustainable technology.Including new material on wind generation, domestic water conservation, solar thermal electricity as well as international case studies Architecture in a Climate of Change encourages readers to consider new approaches to building making minimum demand on fossil based energy.

Skyscraper Gothic - Medieval Style and Modernist Buildings (Hardcover): Kevin D Murphy, Lisa Reilly Skyscraper Gothic - Medieval Style and Modernist Buildings (Hardcover)
Kevin D Murphy, Lisa Reilly
R1,120 Discovery Miles 11 200 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Of all building types, the skyscraper strikes observers as the most modern, in terms not only of height but also boldness, scale, ingenuity, and daring. As a phenomenon born in late-nineteenth-century America, it quickly became emblematic of New York, Chicago, and other major cities. Previous studies of these structures have tended to foreground more avowedly modernist approaches, while those with styles reminiscent of the great Gothic cathedrals of Europe were initially disparaged as being antimodernist or were simply unacknowledged. Skyscraper Gothic brings together renowned scholars to address the medievalist skyscraper, from the flying buttresses to the dizzying spires, and from the Chicago Tribune Tower to the Woolworth Building in Manhattan.

The Routledge Handbook of Planning History (Hardcover): Carola Hein The Routledge Handbook of Planning History (Hardcover)
Carola Hein
R4,909 Discovery Miles 49 090 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

2018 IPHS Special Book Prize Award Recipient The Routledge Handbook of Planning History offers a comprehensive interdisciplinary overview of planning history since its emergence in the late 19th century, investigating the history of the discipline, its core writings, key people, institutions, vehicles, education, and practice. Combining theoretical, methodological, historical, comparative, and global approaches to planning history, The Routledge Handbook of Planning History explores the state of the discipline, its achievements and shortcomings, and its future challenges. A foundation for the discipline and a springboard for scholarly research, The Routledge Handbook of Planning History explores planning history on an international scale in thirty-eight chapters, providing readers with unique opportunities for comparison. The diverse contributions open up new perspectives on the many ways in which contemporary events, changing research needs, and cutting-edge methodologies shape the writing of planning history.

Regenerating Chinese Cities (Paperback): Dong Wenli Regenerating Chinese Cities (Paperback)
Dong Wenli
R1,587 R1,204 Discovery Miles 12 040 Save R383 (24%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Bauhaus, Updated Edition (Hardcover, 2nd Edition): Magdalena Droste Bauhaus, Updated Edition (Hardcover, 2nd Edition)
Magdalena Droste 1
R1,304 R1,083 Discovery Miles 10 830 Save R221 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In a fleeting 14-year period between two world wars, Germany's Bauhaus School of Art and Design changed the face of modernity. With utopian ideas for the future, the school developed a pioneering fusion of fine art, craftsmanship, and technology, which they applied across media and practices from film to theater, sculpture to ceramics. This book is made in collaboration with the Bauhaus-Archiv/Museum fur Gestaltung in Berlin, the world's largest collection on the history of the Bauhaus. Some 550 illustrations including architectural plans, studies, photographs, sketches, and models record not only the realized works but also the leading principles and personalities of this idealistic creative community through its three successive locations in Weimar, Dessau, and Berlin. From informal shots of group gymnastics to drawings guided by Paul Klee, from extensive architectural plans to an infinitely sleek ashtray by Marianne Brandt, the collection brims with the colors, materials, and geometries that made up the Bauhaus vision of a "total" work of art. As we approach the Bauhaus centennial, this is a defining account of its energy and rigor, not only as a trailblazing movement in modernism but also as a paradigm of art education, where creative expression and cutting-edge ideas led to simultaneously functional and beautiful creations. Featured artists include Josef Albers, Marianne Brandt, Walter Gropius, Gertrud Grunow, Paul Klee, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and Lilly Reich.

Frederico Forquet: A Life in Style - Fashion ? Interiors ? Gardens (Hardcover): Hamish Bowles, Guido Taroni Frederico Forquet: A Life in Style - Fashion ? Interiors ? Gardens (Hardcover)
Hamish Bowles, Guido Taroni
R1,910 R1,425 Discovery Miles 14 250 Save R485 (25%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Through his long and crowded life, polyglot designer Federico Forquet has been by turns a couturier who learned his craft at Balenciaga s side and whose creations for his eponymous house clothed the best-dressed women of the day; a decorator of interiors of singular style and charm; a discriminating collector of rare and beautiful objects, furnishings, and pictures; and a creator of magical gardens. For the first time, the many worlds of this creative visionary are brought together in a richly illustrated celebration of style: from imagery of his lavish haute-couture gowns featured in 1960s and 70s Vogue, Harper s Bazaar, and other fashionable publications and worn by trendsetters such as Marella Agnelli, Sophia Loren, and Diana Vreeland to picturesque scenes of verdant Tuscan gardens and opulent, old-world Roman villas and palazzos decorated by Forquet. Accompanied by insightful texts from the design world s authoritative voices, this inspiring and utterly enchanting tome will appeal to readers fascinated by fashion, social history, gardens, interior design, and Italian style.

The Lego Architect (Hardcover): Tom Alphin The Lego Architect (Hardcover)
Tom Alphin
R672 R467 Discovery Miles 4 670 Save R205 (31%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Travel through the history of architecture in The LEGO Architect. You'll learn about styles like Art Deco, Modernism, and High-Tech, and find inspiration in galleries of LEGO models. Then take your turn building 12 models in a variety of styles. Snap together some bricks and learn architecture the fun way!

Green Buildings (Hardcover): Nick Winnick Green Buildings (Hardcover)
Nick Winnick
R532 R487 Discovery Miles 4 870 Save R45 (8%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Bristol's Modern Buildings, v. c20/21 (Paperback, Revised edition): Tony Aldous Bristol's Modern Buildings, v. c20/21 (Paperback, Revised edition)
Tony Aldous
R435 Discovery Miles 4 350 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Reconnecting the City - The Historic Urban Landscape Approach and the Future of Urban Heritage (Paperback): Francesco Bandarin,... Reconnecting the City - The Historic Urban Landscape Approach and the Future of Urban Heritage (Paperback)
Francesco Bandarin, Ron van Oers
R1,832 R1,660 Discovery Miles 16 600 Save R172 (9%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'Historic Urban Landscape' is a new approach to urban heritage management, promoted by UNESCO, and currently one of the most debated issues in the international preservation community. However, few conservation practitioners have a clear understanding of what it entails, and more importantly, what it can achieve.

Following the publication of "Historic Urban Landscape: managing heritage in an Urban Century," the new heritage management approach is now further elaborated with a much more practical slant.

The first book dealt with the underlying theory related to scholarly traditions and contexts (European and non-European) as part of a broader international policy process initiated by UNESCO. This follow-up book translates the rather abstract notion of the Historic Urban Landscape into the operational set of management practices. In this second volume, the editors pull together specially commissioned chapters on best practice in urban heritage management from established professionals in the field. These chapter authors are drawn from a variety of disciplines related to urban management and conservation. They present and discuss methodologies and practices to consider in the implementation of the Historic Urban Landscape approach as advocated by UNESCO.

The contributors are selected from professionals who have written, argued or debated about the role of historic cities in contemporary society. As well as their chapters, there are interviews with six high-profile people from different regions of the world giving their critical reflections on the UNESCO approach in relation to their own ideas on urban heritage conservation and city management.

"The Historic Urban Management: design with culture "provides a thorough discussion, structured by themes on issues related to key topics in the field of urban management, e.g. changing demographics; increasing urbanisation; pressures of economic development and decentralisation; social interaction; and tourism.

By presenting a range of methodologies and tools to support urban conservation in a way that is sensitive to cultural differences, the editors encourage a departure from the compartmentalized approaches of today's urban heritagemanagement.

" "

CONTENTS:

Part 1 The Historic Urban Landscape - From Normative Text to Operational Approach (FB & RvO)

Content: UNESCO Normative Texts and their Meaning; the 2011 Recommendation: From Adoption to Implementation; the Historic Urban Landscape Approach in Action.

Part 2 Remodeling the Historic City Conservation Paradigm

Introduction -Time and Space Layering as a Change Management Tool (FB & RvO)

Chapter 1. Jean Louis Cohen: The Heritage City as an Historic Artifice

"Sheldon H. Solow Professor in the History of Architecture, NYU, New York"

Chapter 2. Raj Ysar: The Asian City as Functional Network

"Professor of Global Communications; Jean Monnet Professor, the American University in Paris"

Chapter 3. Karel Bakker (confirmed): The African City as Assemblage of Indigenous and Foreign Cultures

"Professor and Dean, Department of Architecture, Pretoria University in South Africa"

Chapter 4. Stefano Bianca: The Islamic City as a Collage of Public and Private Space

"Emeritus Director of the Historic Cities Support Program, the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, Geneva"

Chapter 5. Mozart Serra: The Latin American City as Frontier of Territorial Conquest and Social Revolution

"Urban Planner, former World Bank specialist"

Part 3 Cultural Approaches to Urban Conservation

Introduction - The Checkered History of Urban Conservation (FB & RvO)

Chapter 1. Francesco Siravo (confirmed): Social Regeneration as Focus of Urban Conservation

"Urban Conservation Specialist, the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, Geneva"

Chapter 2. Caroline A. Sandes: Urban Archaeology as a Tool for Interpreting and Managing the Historic City

"Archaeologist and Researcher, Co-director (part-time), The Barbican Project, London"

Chapter 3. Mohsen Mostafavi: The Role of Nature in Urban Conservation and Design

"Professor and Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Design, MA - USA"

Chapter 4. Ken Taylor (confirmed): Intangible Values as Drivers of Urban Conservation Policies

"Emeritus Professor, Research School of Humanities and Arts, the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia"

Chapter 5. Simin Davoudi: The Rural-Urban Dialogue

"Professor of Environmental Policy & Planning, Newcastle University, UK"

Chapter 6. Anthony Bigio (confirmed): Addressing Climate Change in Historic Urban Landscapes

"Senior Urban Specialist, the World Bank, Washington DC-USA"

Part 4 Building the Toolkit

Introduction - The Social, Technical and Economic Instrumentation (FB & RvO)

Chapter 1. Civic Engagement Tools: by Julian Smith

"Architect and Executive Director of Willowbank, School of Restoration Arts, Ontario, Canada"

" "

"Box - Richard Engelhart: The Cultural Diversity Lens"

"Visiting Professor, Hong Kong University, China"

Chapter 2. Regulatory Systems: by Patricia O'Donnell (confirmed)

"Principal of Heritage Landscapes, Preservation Landscape Architects & Planners, Vermont-USA"

" "

"Box - Feng Han (confirmed): Harmony in Asian Planning and Design "

"Professor, ""College of Architecture and Urban Planning, "" Tongji University, Shanghai, China"

Chapter 3. Knowledge and Planning Tools: by Jyoti Hosagrahar (confirmed)

"Box - Hidenobu Jinnai: Ground-Level Observation of the Historic City"

"Professor of Architecture at Tokyo University, Japan"

" "

"Box. Claudio Margottini: The City is its stone"

"Geologist and Researcher"

Chapter 4. Financial Tools: by Christian Ost (confirmed)

"Professor in Economics, ""ICHEC Brussels Management School, Brussels, Belgium"

" "

"Box - Eduardo Rojas: The Economics of Historic Urban Landscapes "

"Former Principal Urban Specialist, Inter-American Development Bank, Washington DC"

" "

Part 5 Intervi

Carscadden Thrift - Selected Projects (Hardcover, None): Ian Ross McDonald Carscadden Thrift - Selected Projects (Hardcover, None)
Ian Ross McDonald
R425 R337 Discovery Miles 3 370 Save R88 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Bruce Carscadden Architect is a design studio based in Vancouver. In a decade of practice, their studio has designed and executed numerous building types for a variety of clients, with an emphasis on community recreation projects in British Columbia. Carscadden Thrift is structured in the spirit of the translation from drawing (speculation) to material (actual). Photographs document the messy realities of construction and are referenced to select drawings. The analogy to a set of contract documents is obvious but not superficial. It requires readers to examine both in order to understand the nature of a project, projects that taken collectively describe the culture of the studio and the firm's attempts to understand questions posited by the constraints of scale, site and schedule.

Architectural Heritage of Yemen - Buildings that Fill My Eye (Paperback): Trevor Marchand Architectural Heritage of Yemen - Buildings that Fill My Eye (Paperback)
Trevor Marchand
R1,018 R949 Discovery Miles 9 490 Save R69 (7%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Twenty chapters, authored by leading scholars from around the world, explore the astonishing variety of building styles and traditions that have evolved over millennia in a region of diverse terrains, extreme climates and distinctive local histories. Generations of highly-skilled masons, carpenters and craftspeople have deftly employed the materials-to-hand and indigenous technologies to create urban architectural assemblages, gardens and rural landscapes that dialogue harmoniously with the natural contours and geological conditions of southern Arabia. A sharp escalation in military action and violence in the country since the 1990s has had a devastating impact on the region's rich cultural heritage. In bringing together the astute observations and reflections of an international and interdisciplinary group of acclaimed scholars, the principal aim of this book is to raise awareness among the general public and policy makers of Yemen's long history of cultural creativity, and of the very urgent need for international collaboration to protect it and its people from the destructive forces that have beset the region.Following the editor's introduction, the book is divided into three parts. Part One introduces readers to the astonishing variety of architecture and building traditions across the country, from the Red Sea coast, eastward into the mountainous highlands, to the edge of the Sahara desert, and southward into the deep, dramatic wadis of the Hadhramaut. Part Two is dedicated to exploring the issues and the challenges of conserving and preserving Yemen's rich architectural heritage. Part Three offers vivid personal insights - both historical and contemporary - into the making of place and the construction of identities.

Michael Kenna: Rouge (Hardcover): James Steward Michael Kenna: Rouge (Hardcover)
James Steward
R1,288 R866 Discovery Miles 8 660 Save R422 (33%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

More than twenty years after its initial publication, Michael Kenna's seminal collection of photographs of the Ford River Rouge industrial complex is now available in a new, revised, and expanded edition. One of the world's most acclaimed photographers working exclusively in black-and-white, Michael Kenna has traveled the world to create stunning, magical images of nature and manmade objects. Known for the ethereal tone and incredibly nuanced detail of his photographs, Kenna is also a chronicler of environmental degradation. His images of an auto plant outside of Detroit, Michigan, are some of his best-known works. Long out of print, Rouge has been brought back to life with a spectacular new design, an authoritative essay by art historian James Steward, and many previously unpublished images that were part of the original series. As the city of Detroit struggles to reclaim its heritage as an American commercial and artistic hub, these photographs resonate more than ever with the stark realities and hidden beauty of the industrial landscape.

High Tech Architecture - A Style Reconsidered (Hardcover): Angus J. Macdonald High Tech Architecture - A Style Reconsidered (Hardcover)
Angus J. Macdonald
R641 R564 Discovery Miles 5 640 Save R77 (12%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

High Tech - sometimes known as Structural Expressionism - is a style of Modern architecture that produced some of the most prominent and visually exciting buildings of the twentieth century: the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation headquarters in Hong Kong, the Lloyd's of London headquarters in London, UK, and the Centre Pompidou in Paris, France. Extensively illustrated with photographs and diagrams, and accessibly written, High Tech Architecture - A style reconsidered discusses the intended meanings of the visual vocabulary involved in High Tech, and places the style in the broad context of other Modern architecture of the twentieth century. The book offers a balanced re-appraisal of the extravagant claims that have been made for High Tech, by its progenitors and by architectural critics, as an architecture appropriate for the built environment of the future.

New Japan Architecture - Recent Works by the World's Leading Architects (Paperback): Geeta K. Mehta, Deanna MacDonald New Japan Architecture - Recent Works by the World's Leading Architects (Paperback)
Geeta K. Mehta, Deanna MacDonald
R671 R481 Discovery Miles 4 810 Save R190 (28%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Featuring dozens of high-quality photographs, schematic designs and insightful commentary this Japanese architecture book is a must-have for architects or collectors. The past five years are widely considered to have been the most innovative period in contemporary Japanese design history. The projects featured in New Japan Architecture were completed during this extraordinarily fertile time. Featuring breathtaking images of modern Japan, this volume presents forty-eight extraordinary projects by forty-two of the world's leading architects, including: Hitoshi Abe Ward Kishi Tadao Ando Chiba Manabu Architects Toyo Ito Kengo Kuma Kazuyo Sejima This architecture book features a wide range of buildings, some exhibiting the ultimate ideal of the white Zen cube, while others exemplify the search for the new wow factor in iconic design. In many, cutting-edge modernity is counterbalanced by a concern for sustainability--an issue that has motivated many architects to rethink and reintroduce concepts drawn from traditional Japanese architecture. Projects big and small, private and public, residential and commercial are included. Insightful text by two leading experts in the field of Japanese architecture highlights the remarkable aspects of each building and places these developments within the wider context of world architecture. Offering an essential overview of current trends, New Japan Architecture points the way to modern architecture's future.

What is Architecture? - And 100 Other Questions (Hardcover): Rasmus Waern What is Architecture? - And 100 Other Questions (Hardcover)
Rasmus Waern
R290 R235 Discovery Miles 2 350 Save R55 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This entertaining and informative book explores the world of architecture through a series of 101 questions and answers that cover a wide range of issues on its practice and theory. There are historical questions, such as 'Who was the first architect?' and 'Are all churches architecture?' as well as ones that relate to contemporary activity, such as 'Have computers changed architecture?' or 'How small can a home be?'. There are also many that are intriguing and irreverent, such as 'Why do architects want to paint the world white?' and 'Is Dubai a city?'. For each of the questions there is a brief, one-line answer and then a more extended discussion. Aimed at both general readers as well as those in the field, this book will make a perfect purchase or gift for anyone interested in architecture.

The Stones of Christ Church - The Story of the Buildings of Christ Church, Oxford (Hardcover, Main): Judith Curthoys The Stones of Christ Church - The Story of the Buildings of Christ Church, Oxford (Hardcover, Main)
Judith Curthoys
R980 R712 Discovery Miles 7 120 Save R268 (27%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Christ Church, Oxford's largest and arguably grandest college, has awed visitors ever since its foundation by Cardinal Wolsey in 1525: one seventeenth-century visitor said 'it is more like some fine castle, or great palace than a College'. The already impressive site was further enhanced during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries by ever more imposing structures, and building has continued up to the present day, sometimes following fashion, sometimes leading the way with new architectural styles. The Stones of Christ Church tells the fascinating story of the college's buildings throughout its five centuries, and of those who brought them into being, from the three great 'builder deans', John Fell, Henry Aldrich and Henry Liddell, to the humble slaters, joiners, bricklayers and stonemasons, and the materials that they worked with. The resulting buildings - Tom Tower, Peckwater Quad, Meadow Buildings and many more - are among the most iconic sights of Oxford today. Judith Curthoys, archivist at Christ Church since 1994, is also the author of The Cardinal's College (Profile, 2012), an in-depth history of this remarkable institution. Her new and impeccably researched study shows how much each generation's buildings, whether grand or humble, can tell us about the history both of the site and of those who occupied it.

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