Understanding Architecture: Its Elements, History, and Meaning by Leland M. RothUnderstanding Architecture: Its Elements, History, and Meaning by Leland M. Roth

Understanding Architecture: Its Elements, History, and Meaning

byLeland M. Roth, Amanda C. Roth Clark

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This widely acclaimed, beautifully illustrated survey of Western architecture is now fully revised throughout, including essays on non-Western traditions. The expanded book vividly examines the structure, function, history, and meaning of architecture in ways that are both accessible and engaging.

Significant features of the third edition include:

  • Increased global coverage, with new essays on Africa, Japan, China, India, Islamic architecture, and the architecture of the Americas.

  • A new chapter covering twenty-first century architecture.

  • Updated coverage of sustainable and green architecture and its impact on design.

  • Revised historical survey and expanded and illustrated timeline.

  • Thoroughly revised and expanded art program, including more than 650 black and white images–135 new to this edition, and more than 200 line art drawings created by author Leland Roth. A new 32-page, full color insert features more than 50 new color images.

Understanding Architecture continues to be the only text in the field to examine architecture as a cultural phenomenon as well as an artistic and technological achievement with its straightforward, two-part structure: The Elements of Architecture and The History and Meaning of Architecture. Comprehensive and clearly written, Understanding Architecture is a classic survey of architecture.

About The Author

Leland M. Roth is Marion Dean Ross Professor of Architectural History Emeritus at the University of Oregon at Eugene. Dr. Roth is the author of American Architecture: A History (Westview Press), McKim, Mead & White, and other works. Amanda C. Roth Clarkreceived her Doctor of Philosophy from The University of Alabama, completing her doc...
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Title:Understanding Architecture: Its Elements, History, and MeaningFormat:PaperbackDimensions:816 pages, 10 × 7 × 1.38 inPublished:December 24, 2013Publisher:Avalon PublishingLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Condensed Contents:


Part 1 • The Elements of Architecture

1. Architecture: The Art of Shaping of Space
2. "Commoditie": Building Functions
3. "Firmness": Structure, or How Does the Building Stand Up?
4. "Delight": Seeing Architecture
5. Architecture and Sound
6. Architecture: Part of the Natural Environment
7. The Architect: From High Priest to Profession
8. Architecture, Memory, and Economics

Part 2 • The History and Meaning of Architecture

9. The Beginnings of Architecture: From Caves to Cities
10. The Architecture of Mesopotamia and Ancient Egypt
11. Greek Architecture
12. Roman Architecture
ESSAY 1: Indian Architecture
13. Early Christian and Byzantine Architecture
ESSAY 2: Islamic Architecture
14. Medieval Architecture
15. Renaissance Architecture
ESSAY 3: Ancient Architecture in the Americas
16. Baroque and Rococo Architecture
ESSAY 4: Chinese Architecture
17. The Origins of Modernism: Architecture in the Age of Enlightenment, 1720-1790
ESSAY 5: Japanese Architecture
18. The Roots of Modernism: The Nineteenth Century
ESSAY 6: African Architecture
19. Versions of Modern Architecture, 1914-1970
20. The Expansion of Modernism: From the Twentieth Century into the Twenty-First

Editorial Reviews

“Superbly illustrated throughout. . . It remains the only text to discuss architecture as a cultural phenomenon, making this a top recommendation. . . . Understanding Architecture is the ideal textbook for classroom curriculums and a very strongly recommended addition to both community and academic Architectural Studies reference collections.”—The Midwest Book Review Praise for Previous Editions: “I enthusiastically recommend this 2nd edition, which includes a comprehensive new chapter on such contemporary architectural trends as postmodern traditionalism, neoexpressionism, deconstruction, critical regionalism, and sustainable architecture. Understanding Architecture is a versatile main text that works well for both general humanities courses and more advanced classes in architectural history.” —Dr. David Seamon, Professor of Architecture, Kansas State University "Powerful and Moving." —Judith Cushman-Hammer, Appalachian State University