Classical Architecture: The Poetics of Order by Alexander TzonisClassical Architecture: The Poetics of Order by Alexander Tzonis

Classical Architecture: The Poetics of Order

byAlexander Tzonis, Liane Lefaivre

Paperback | October 16, 1986

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This fascinating introduction to classical art and architecture is the first book to investigate the way classical buildings are put together as formal structures. It researches the generative rules, the poetics of composition that classical architecture shares with classical music, poetry, and drama, and is enriched by a variety of examples and an extensive analysis of compositional rules. The 205 line drawings make up a discourse of their own, a pictorial text that serves as an introductory theory of composition or basic design aid.

Drawing from Vitruvius, the poetics of Aristotle, the theories of classical architecture, music, and poetry since the Renaissance, and the poetics of the Russian formalists, the authors present classical architecture as a coherent system of architectural thinking that is capable of producing a tragic humanistic discourse, a public art with critical, moral, and philosophical meaning.

Liane Lefaivre is Professor and Chair of History and Theory of Architecture, University of Applied Art, Vienna, and Research Associate at the Technical University of Delft.
Title:Classical Architecture: The Poetics of OrderFormat:PaperbackDimensions:318 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.7 inPublished:October 16, 1986Publisher:The MIT Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:026270031X

ISBN - 13:9780262700313

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An essential work for anyone wrestling with the provocative questions of the validity of the classical tradition in Western architecture. This is a penetrating, superior, and original contribution to the recent literature.