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Radical ESSEX (Paperback): Catherine Hyland Radical ESSEX (Paperback)
Catherine Hyland; Text written by Tim Burrows, Gillian Darley, Charles Holland, Rachel Lichtenstein, …
R518 Discovery Miles 5 180 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Vesuvius (Paperback): Gillian Darley Vesuvius (Paperback)
Gillian Darley
R349 Discovery Miles 3 490 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Volcanoes around the world have their own legends, and many have wrought terrible devastation, but none has caught the imagination like Vesuvius. We now know that immense eruptions destroyed Bronze Age settlements around Vesuvius, but the Romans knew nothing of those disasters and were lulled into complacency--much as we are today--by its long period of inactivity. None of the nearly thirty eruptions since AD 79 has matched the infamous cataclysm that destroyed Pompeii and Herculaneum within hours. Nearly two thousand years later, the allure of the volcano remains--as evidenced by its popularity as a tourist attraction, from Shelley and the Romantics to modern-day visitors. Vesuvius has loomed large throughout history, both feared and celebrated. Gillian Darley unveils the human responses to Vesuvius from a cast of characters as far-flung as Pliny the Younger and Andy Warhol, revealing shifts over time. This cultural and scientific meditation on a powerful natural wonder touches on pagan religious beliefs, vulcanology, and travel writing. Sifting through the ashes of Vesuvius, Darley exposes how changes in our relationship to the volcano mirror changes in our understanding of our cultural and natural environments.

John Evelyn - Living for Ingenuity (Paperback): Gillian Darley John Evelyn - Living for Ingenuity (Paperback)
Gillian Darley
R974 Discovery Miles 9 740 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This new biography of John Evelyn (1620-1706), diarist, scholar and intellectual virtuoso, is the first account to make full use of Evelyn's huge unpublished archive deposited at the British Library in 1995. This crucial source evokes a broader and richer picture of Evelyn, his life and his friendships, than permitted by his own celebrated diaries. Gillian Darley provides a rounded portrait of Evelyn's eighty-five years, his family life first at Sayes Court, Deptford, and later at Wotton, in Surrey, his exile in Paris, his interests and his preoccupations. Evelyn lived through some of England's most tumultuous history, through five reigns, the civil wars, the Restoration and the Revolution of 1688. He was author or translator of countless publications, from pamphlets to large folio editions, on varied contemporary issues. He tackled questions ranging from smoke pollution and the environment, gardening and architecture, to town planning and popular science, libraries and fashion, politics, trade and the visual arts. Endlessly curious and engaged into very old age, Evelyn found nothing unworthy of interest, and this absorbing biography demonstrates the liveliness of his hugely busy mind. Gillian Darley has been writing on architecture and landscape since the mid 1970s. She was architectural correspondent of the 'Observer', 1990-4. Her 'John Soane: An Accidental Romantic' (1999), also published by Yale University Press, was shortlisted for the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Biography.

Vesuvius - The Most Famous Volcano in the World (Hardcover): Gillian Darley Vesuvius - The Most Famous Volcano in the World (Hardcover)
Gillian Darley
R275 R220 Discovery Miles 2 200 Save R55 (20%) Out of stock

Vesuvius, nestled over the Bay of Naples, is (still) the most famous volcano in the world. There have been nearly thirty major eruptions since AD 79, but none has matched the cataclysm of the eruption which destroyed Pompeii and Herculaneum within hours. Since then Vesuvius has been speculated upon, feared, and celebrated by writers and artists and hordes of visitors. It is unquestionably a Wonder of the World. For Greeks and Romans Vesuvius was a fearsome sacred place. Spartacus launched his slave rebellion from its crater. The Enlightenment brought the serious study of the phenomenon of volcanic activity. Its famous visitors included Goethe and Mozart, Byron and the Shelleys, Madame de Stael and Lady Hamilton. Painters popular and serious (from Wright of Derby to Andy Warhol) made its exploding or dormant outline an instantly recognisable icon. Vesuvius has remained a focus for tourism and modern life. At the last big eruption in 1944 the Allied forces assumed they were witnessing the detonation of an immense bomb. Rampant modern development means that millions could be at risk when it next erupts. As Dickens said, Vesuvius is 'the genius of the scene...biding its terrible time'.

Vesuvius - The most famous volcano in the world (Paperback, Main): Gillian Darley Vesuvius - The most famous volcano in the world (Paperback, Main)
Gillian Darley
R169 R135 Discovery Miles 1 350 Save R34 (20%) Out of stock

There have been nearly thirty major eruptions since AD 79, but none has matched the cataclysm of the eruption which destroyed Pompeii and Herculaneum within hours. Since then Vesuvius has been speculated upon, feared and celebrated by writers and artists and hordes of visitors. It is unquestionably a Wonder of the World. For Greeks and Romans Vesuvius was a fearsome sacred place. Spartacus launched his slave rebellion from its crater. The Enlightenment brought the serious study of the phenomenon of volcanic activity. Its famous visitors included Goethe and Mozart, Byron and the Shelleys, Madame de Stael and Lady Hamilton. Painters popular and serious (from Wright of Derby to Andy Warhol) made its exploding or dormant outline an instantly recognisable icon. Vesuvius has remained a focus for tourism and modern life. At the last big eruption in 1944 the Allied forces assumed they were witnessing the detonation of an immense bomb. Rampant modern development means that millions could be at risk when it next erupts. As Dickens said, Vesuvius is 'the genius of the scene ... biding its terrible time'.

Perspecta 41 "Grand Tour" - The Yale Architectural Journal (Paperback): Gabrielle Brainard, Rustam Mehta, Thomas Moran Perspecta 41 "Grand Tour" - The Yale Architectural Journal (Paperback)
Gabrielle Brainard, Rustam Mehta, Thomas Moran; Contributions by Gillian Darley, Enrique Walker, …
R425 R340 Discovery Miles 3 400 Save R85 (20%) Out of stock

Architectural travel, from the Eternal City to the generic city. The Grand Tour was once the culmination of an architect's education. As a journey to the cultural sites of Europe, the Tour's agenda was clearly defined: to study ancient monuments in order to reproduce them at home. Architects returned from their Grand Tours with rolls of measured drawings and less tangible spoils: patronage, commissions, and cultural cachet. Although no longer carried out under the same name, the practices inscribed by the Grand Tour have continued relevance for contemporary architects. This edition of Perspecta-the oldest and most distinguished student-edited architectural journal in America-uses the Grand Tour, broadly conceived, as a model for understanding the history, current incarnation, and future of architectural travel. Perspecta 41 asks: where do we go, how do we record what we see, what do we bring back, and how does it change us? Contributions include explorations of architects' travels in times of war; Peter Eisenman's account of his career-defining 1962 trip with Colin Rowe around Europe in a Volkswagen; Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown's discussion of their traveling and its effect on their collecting, teaching, and design work; drawings documenting the monolithic churches of Lalibela, Ethiopia; an account of how James Gamble Rogers designed Yale's Sterling Library and residential colleges using his collection of postcards; and a proposed itinerary for a contemporary Grand Tour-in America. Contributors Esra Akcan, Aaron Betsky, Ljiljana Blagojevic,, Edward Burtynsky, Matthew Coolidge and CLUI, Gillian Darley, Brook Denison, Helen Dorey, Keller Easterling, Peter Eisenman, Dan Graham and Mark Wasiuta, Jeffery Inaba and C-Lab, Sam Jacob, Michael Meredith, Colin Montgomery, Dietrich Neumann, Enrique Ramirez, Mary-Ann Ray and Robert Mangurian, Kazys Varnelis, Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown, Enrique Walker

Factory (Paperback): Gillian Darley Factory (Paperback)
Gillian Darley
R528 R470 Discovery Miles 4 700 Save R58 (11%) Out of stock

Despite its long history, the factory has a particular appeal to modern architects, who have often preferred this building type as "authentic" architecture to the grand public buildings and luxury private dwellings of the contemporary city. Many European architects who looked to America for inspiration in the early 20th century were far more excited by the great factories of Detroit than they were by the monuments of New York and Washington, DC.
This book examines the factory in a number of incarnations; as image, as icon, as innovator and as laboratory. It traces the history of the modern factory from the utopian schemes of Robert Owen or Claude Ledoux in the early 19th century, through the great modernist "cathedrals of industry" of Peter Behrens, Albert Kahn and Frank Lloyd Wright, to the post-industrial revival of former factories, such as Renzo Piano's reconstruction of the Fiat Lingotto factory in Turin, or the landscaped industrial parks created out of former steel mills in the Ruhr area of Germany.

This is the first book in the "Objekt" series, which will examine a wide range of iconic modern objects across many design fields, including architecture, industrial design, graphics and fashion. The books are not intended as exhaustive histories of their subject, but are written as thematic and discursive essays, keeping in mind the broader cultural meanings of objects or buildings as much as their intended functions in the modern period.

Excellent Essex - In Praise of England's Most Misunderstood County (Paperback): Gillian Darley Excellent Essex - In Praise of England's Most Misunderstood County (Paperback)
Gillian Darley 1
R281 R234 Discovery Miles 2 340 Save R47 (17%) Out of stock
The Dictionary of Ornament (Hardcover, New edition): Philippa Lewis, Gillian Darley The Dictionary of Ornament (Hardcover, New edition)
Philippa Lewis, Gillian Darley
R695 R560 Discovery Miles 5 600 Save R135 (19%) Out of stock

This book covers the whole range of decorative styles and motifs used by designers, architects and craftsmen from the Middle Ages onwards. It provides coverage of both architecture and the decorative arts.

Excellent Essex (Hardcover): Gillian Darley Excellent Essex (Hardcover)
Gillian Darley 1
R403 R331 Discovery Miles 3 310 Save R72 (18%) Out of stock
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