Four Historical Definitions of Architecture by Stephen ParcellFour Historical Definitions of Architecture by Stephen Parcell

Four Historical Definitions of Architecture

byStephen Parcell

Hardcover | April 11, 2012

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Where does architecture belong in the larger scheme of things? Is it a liberal art? Is it related to painting, music, medicine, or horse training? Is it timeless, or does it have a beginning? To pursue such questions, Stephen Parcell investigates four historical definitions of Western architecture: as a techné in ancient Greece, a mechanical art in medieval Europe, an art of disegno in Renaissance Italy, and a fine art in eighteenth-century Europe. These definitions situated architecture within larger classifications of knowledge, establishing alliances between architecture and other disciplines. They also influenced elements of architectural practice that we now associate with three characters (designer, builder, and dweller) and three things (material, drawing, and building). Guided by current architectural questions, Parcell examines writings in these historical periods and focuses on practical implications of texts by Hugh of St Victor, Leon Battista Alberti, and Etienne-Louis Boullée. Four Historical Definitions of Architecture shows how the concept of architecture and elements of architectural practice have evolved over time. Even the word "architecture" has ambiguous roots.
Stephen Parcell is professor of architecture at Dalhousie University, and co-editor of Chora: Intervals in the Philosophy of Architecture.
Title:Four Historical Definitions of ArchitectureFormat:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:April 11, 2012Publisher:McGill-Queen's University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0773539565

ISBN - 13:9780773539563

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". there is so much to learn from Parcell's rigorous manner of fishing and so much to savor from his bountiful catch, that every architectural historian, and, indeed, any critically inclined lover of architectural ideas ought to take hold of this remarkab