A History of Architecture: Settings and Rituals by Spiro KostofA History of Architecture: Settings and Rituals by Spiro Kostof

A History of Architecture: Settings and Rituals

bySpiro Kostof, Gregory CastilloIllustratorRichard Tobias

Paperback | August 1, 1995

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When the late Spiro Kostof's A History of Architecture appeared in 1985, it was universally hailed as a masterpiece--one of the finest books on architecture ever written. Now, updated and expanded, this classic reference continues to bring to readers the full array of civilization'sarchitectural achievements. Insightful, engagingly written and graced with close to a thousand superb illustrations, the Second Edition of this extraordinary volume offers a sweeping narrative that examines architecture as it reflects the social, economic, and technological aspects of human history. The scope of the book isastonishing. Kostof examines a surprisingly wide variety of man-made structures: prehistoric huts and the TVA, the pyramids of Giza and the Rome railway station, the ziggurat and the department store. Kostof considered every building worthy of attention, every structure a potential source ofinsight, whether it be prehistoric hunting camps at Terra Amata, or the caves at Lascaux with their magnificent paintings, or a twenty-story hotel on the Las Vegas Strip.
Spiro Kostof was Professor of Architectural History at the University of California at Berkeley, and was a former president of the Society of Architectural Historians. Greg Castillo was Kostof's research assistant and literary executor.
Title:A History of Architecture: Settings and RitualsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:816 pages, 9.21 × 11.42 × 1.18 inPublished:August 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

A PLACE ON EARTH 1. The Study of What We Built 2. The Cave and the Sky: Stone Age Europe 3. The Rise of the City: Architecture in Western Asia 4. The Architecture of Ancient Egypt 5. Bronze Age Cities: The Aegean and Asia Minor 6. Greek Temple and "Barbarian" Alternatives 7. Polis and Akropolis 8. The Hellenistic Realm 9. Rome: Caput Mundi10. The World at Large: Roman ConcurrencesMEASURING UP11. The Triumph of Christ12. The Mediterranean in the Early Middle Ages13. The Birth of Nations: Europe after Charles14. The French Manner15. The Urbanization of Europe16. Edges of Medievalism17. The Renaissance: Ideal and Fad18. Spain and the New World19. Istanbul and Venice20. The Popes as Planners: Rome 150-165021. Absolutism and Bourgeoisie: European Architecture 1600-1750THE SEARCH FOR SELF22. Architecture for a New World23. Architectural Art and the Landscape of Industry24. The American Experience25. Victorian Environments26. The Trials of Modernism27. Architecture and the State: Interwar Years28. At Peace with the Past: The Last Decades29. Designing the Fin-de-Siecle

From Our Editors

Pulls together the work of a multitude of scholars into a workable synthesis that will be of value to college students who are just becoming acquainted with the area of study...Kostof has achieved a synthesis of sound scholarship, up-to-date interpretation, and excellent analysis for which he and his publisher are to be congratulated.

Editorial Reviews

"[Kostof] sets the standard for a year-long course of architectural history in a postmodern context."--Joseph Betz, SUNY at Farmingdale