Architecture: A Very Short Introduction by Andrew BallantyneArchitecture: A Very Short Introduction by Andrew Ballantyne

Architecture: A Very Short Introduction

byAndrew Ballantyne

Paperback | August 1, 2002

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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 makesthem 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. Illustrations of particular buildings help to anchor the general points with specific examples, from ancientEgypt to the present day.
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 a...
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Title:Architecture: A Very Short IntroductionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.39 inPublished:August 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0192801791

ISBN - 13:9780192801791

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Table of Contents

1. Adding Value: how buildings become architecture2. Architectural Heritage: how buildings tell us who we are3. Architectural Canons: how architecture achieves greatnessFurther reading

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`will justify the ambition of every young and aspiring architect - but will also stimulate anyone at all curious about buildings ... Clear and jargon-less it shows how all buildings - good, bad and indifferent - are the truest indicators of the state of a society and of its culture.'Joseph Rykwert, University of Pennsylvania