No mere survey of famous buildings, History examines a surprisingly wide variety of manmade structures: prehistoric huts and the TVA, the pyramids at Giza and the 19th century railway station, the ziggurat and the department store. This new edition features a new concluding chapter as well as a 16-page color section. Photos.No mere survey of famous buildings, History examines a surprisingly wide variety of manmade structures: prehistoric huts and the TVA, the pyramids at Giza and the 19th century railway station, the ziggurat and the department store. This new edition features a new concluding chapter as well as a 16-page color section. Photos.Read Less
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Oct 4, 2009
An excellent in-depth survey of (mostly) western architecture. The great virtue of this book is the author's insistence on seeing buildings as parts of larger environments, usually urban environments. This is no standard catalog of styles and movements; instead, Kostof considers the uses and rituals associated with monumental building--the things that make architecture a vital part of social and civic life. Highly recommended as an introductory text for anyone interested in a history of architecture that addresses more than form and structure.
Apr 24, 2007
Love that book!, a lot of information not found anywhere els along with all kinds of pictures and illustrations.
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