Architecture: a Very Short Introduction - Andrew Ballantyne (Paperback)

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This highly original and sophisticated look at architecture helps us to understand the cultural significance of the buildings that surround us. It avoids the traditional style-spotting approach in favour of giving an idea of what it is about buildings that moves us, and what it is that makes them important artistically and culturally.

Product Details

Barcode
9780192801791
Department
Books
Released
19 Dec 2002
Supply Source
UK

Book

Author
Andrew Ballantyne
Subtitle
A Very Short Introduction
Binding
Paperback
Publisher
Oxford Univ Pr
Series
Very Short Introductions
Language
English
Number of Pages
144
Dimensions
178 x 114 x 13mm (136g)

Annotation

A guide to architecture looks at the economic, political, and aesthetic significance of buildings throughout history.

Summary

  • The balance of posterity and practicality in architecture throughout history, and its cultural relevance - from the Pyramids of Ancient Egypt to the Sydney Opera House, starkly contrasted with common cottage dwellings - are skillfully examined in this Very Short Introduction. While the reader is introduced to particular historical periods, and to particular styles such as 'baroque' and 'modern', Andrew Ballantyne goes beyond this to explore the economic, political, and aesthetic significance of buildings, looking at how architecture acquires meaning through tradition and how it contributes to our sense of who we are.
  • This highly original and sophisticated look at architecture helps us to understand the cultural significance of the buildings that surround us. It avoids the traditional style-spotting approach and instead gives us an idea of what it is about buildings that moves us, and what it is that makes them important artistically and culturally. The book begins by looking at how architecture acquires meaning through tradition, and concludes with the exoticism of the recent avant-garde period. Illustrations of particular buildings help to anchor the general points with specific examples, from ancient Egypt to the present day.

Non-Fiction

General Subject
Architecture
BISAC Subject 1
Architecture / Reference
BISAC Subject 2
Architecture / Study & Teaching
BIC Classification 1
Architectural structure & design
Library Subject 1
Architecture.
Library Subject 2
Architecture
Library Subject 3
Architecture
Academic Subject 1
Architecture (General)
Dewey Classification
720

Author Bio

Andrew Ballantyne qualified and practised as an architect, and then moved into academic work. He has held research and teaching posts at the universities of Sheffield, Bath, and Newcastle, where he is now Professor of Architecture. He has written on architectural history and theory, and his previous books are Architecture, Landscape and Liberty (CUP, 1997) and What is Architecture? (Routledge, 2002).