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Canadian Modern Architecture

Canadian Modern Architecture [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1616898836
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Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) President's Medal Award (multi-media representation of architecture). Canada's most distinguished architectural critics and scholars offer fresh insights into the country's unique modern and contemporary architecture. Beginning with the nation's centennial and Expo 67 in Montreal, this fifty-year retrospective covers the defining of national institutions and movements: • How Canadian architects interpreted major external trends • Regional and indigenous architectural tendencies • The influence of architects in Canada's three largest cities: Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver Co-published with Canadian Architect, this comprehensive reference book is extensively illustrated and includes fifteen specially commissioned essays.

Architects of Fate

Architects of Fate [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 3986773177
Author: Orison Swett Marden,Sheba Blake
Publisher: Sheba Blake Publishing
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Architects of Fate by Orison Swett Marden,Sheba Blake Book Resume:

Architects of Fate, or, Steps to Success and Power, by Orison Swett Marden, is a book of inspiration to character-building, self-culture, to a full and rich manhood and womanhood, by most invigorating examples of noble achievement. It is characterized by the same remarkable qualities as its companion volume "Pushing to the Front."

The Conservation Movement: A History of Architectural Preservation

The Conservation Movement: A History of Architectural Preservation [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1136167013
Author: Miles Glendinning
Publisher: Routledge
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The Conservation Movement: A History of Architectural Preservation by Miles Glendinning Book Resume:

Winner of the 2016 Antoinette Forrester Downing Award presented by the Society of Architectural Historians. In many cities across the world, particularly in Europe, old buildings form a prominent part of the built environment, and we often take it for granted that their contribution is intrinsically positive. How has that widely-shared belief come about, and is its continued general acceptance inevitable? Certainly, ancient structures have long been treated with care and reverence in many societies, including classical Rome and Greece. But only in modern Europe and America, in the last two centuries, has this care been elaborated and energised into a forceful, dynamic ideology: a ‘Conservation Movement’, infused with a sense of historical destiny and loss, that paradoxically shared many of the characteristics of Enlightenment modernity. The close inter-relationship between conservation and modern civilisation was most dramatically heightened in periods of war or social upheaval, beginning with the French Revolution, and rising to a tragic climax in the 20th-century age of totalitarian extremism; more recently the troubled relationship of ‘heritage’ and global commercialism has become dominant. Miles Glendinning’s new book authoritatively presents, for the first time, the entire history of this architectural Conservation Movement, and traces its dramatic fluctuations in ideas and popularity, ending by questioning whether its recent international ascendancy can last indefinitely.

The Political Unconscious of Architecture

The Political Unconscious of Architecture [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1317020685
Author: Nadir Lahiji
Publisher: Routledge
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The Political Unconscious of Architecture by Nadir Lahiji Book Resume:

Thirty years have passed since eminent cultural and literary critic Fredric Jameson wrote his classic work, The Political Unconscious: Narrative as a Socially Symbolic Act, in which he insisted that 'there is nothing that is not social and historical - indeed, that everything is "in the last analysis" political'. Bringing together a team of leading scholars including Slavoj Zizek, Joan Ockman, Jane Rendell, and Kojin Karatani, this book critically examines the important contribution made by Jameson to the radical critique of architecture over this period, highlighting its continued importance to contemporary architecture discourse. Jameson's notion of the 'political unconscious' represents one of the most powerful notions in the link between aesthetics and politics in contemporary discourse. Taking this, along with other key concepts from Jameson, as the basis for its chapters, this anthology asks questions such as: Is architecture a place to stage 'class struggle'?, How can architecture act against the conditions that 'affirmatively' produce it? What does 'the critical', and 'the negative', mean in the discourse of architecture? and, How do we prevent architecture from participating in the reproduction of the cultural logic of late capitalism? This book breaks new ground in architectural criticism and offers insights into the interrelationships between politics, culture, space, and architecture and, in doing so, it acts as a counter-balast to the current trend in architectural research where a general aestheticization dominates the discourse.

Assembling the Architect

Assembling the Architect [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1350126853
Author: George Barnett Johnston
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
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Assembling the Architect explores the origins and history of architectural practice. It unravels the competing interests that historically have structured the field and cultivates a deeper understanding of the contemporary profession. Focusing on the period 1870 to 1920 when the foundations were being laid for the U.S. architectural profession that we recognize today, this study traces the formation and standardization of the fundamental relationships among architects, owners, and builders, as codified in the American Institute of Architects' very first Handbook of Architectural Practice. It reveals how these archetypal roles have always been fluid, each successfully redefining their own agency with respect to the others in the constantly-shifting political economy of building. Far from being a purely historical study, the book also sheds light on today's digitally-enabled profession. Contemporary architectural tools and disciplinary ideals continue to be shaped by the same fundamental tensions, and emergent modes of practice such as BIM (Building Information Modelling) and IPD (Integrated Project Delivery) represent the realization of programs and agendas that have been over a century in play. Essential reading for professional practice courses as a contextual and historical companion to the Handbook, Assembling the Architect provides a critical perspective of the profession that is fundamental to understanding current architectural practice.

Architecture Thinking across Boundaries

Architecture Thinking across Boundaries [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1350153192
Author: Rajesh Heynickx,Ricardo Costa Agarez,Elke Couchez
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
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Architecture Thinking across Boundaries by Rajesh Heynickx,Ricardo Costa Agarez,Elke Couchez Book Resume:

While most studies on the history of architectural theory have been concerned with what has been said and written, this book is concerned with how architecture theory has been created and transmitted. Architecture Thinking across Boundaries looks at architectural theory through the lens of intellectual history. Eleven original essays explore a variety of themes and contexts, each examining how architectural knowledge has been transferred across social, spatial and disciplinary boundaries - whether through the international circulation of ideas, transdisciplinary exchanges, or transfers from design practice to theory and back again. Dissecting the frictions, transformations and resistances that mark these journeys, the essays in this book reflect upon the myriad routes that architectural knowledge has taken while developing into architectural theory. They critically enquire the interstices – geographical, temporal and epistemological – that lie beyond fixed narratives. They show how unstable, vital and eminently mobile the processes of thinking about architecture have been.

Shards of Earth

Shards of Earth [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1529051916
Author: Adrian Tchaikovsky
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
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Shards of Earth by Adrian Tchaikovsky Book Resume:

From the author of the thrilling science-fiction epic Children of Time, winner of the prestigious Arthur C. Clarke Award. Christopher Paolini described Adrian Tchaikovsky as 'one of the most interesting and accomplished writers in speculative fiction'. Shards of Earth is the first high-octane instalment in the Final Architecture trilogy. The war is over. Its heroes forgotten. Until one chance discovery . . . Idris has neither aged nor slept since they remade his mind in the war. And one of humanity’s heroes now scrapes by on a freelance salvage vessel, to avoid the attention of greater powers. Eighty years ago, Earth was destroyed by an alien enemy. Many escaped, but millions more died. So mankind created enhanced humans such as Idris - who could communicate mind-to-mind with our aggressors. Then these ‘Architects’ simply disappeared and Idris and his kind became obsolete. Now, Idris and his crew have something strange, abandoned in space. It’s clearly the work of the Architects – but are they really returning? And if so, why? Hunted by gangsters, cults and governments, Idris and his crew race across the galaxy as they search for answers. For they now possess something of incalculable value, and many would kill to obtain it. Praise for Adrian Tchaikovsky: 'Enthralling, epic, immersive and hugely intelligent' – Stephen Baxter on Shards of Earth 'He writes incredibly enjoyable sci-fi, full of life and ideas' – Patrick Ness ‘Brilliant science fiction’ – James McAvoy on Children of Time

On Architecture

On Architecture [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 9780802777607
Author: Ada Louise Huxtable
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
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On Architecture by Ada Louise Huxtable Book Resume:

Known for her well-reasoned and passionately held beliefs about architecture, Ada Louise Huxtable has captivated readers across the country for decades, in the process becoming one of the best known critics in the United States. Her brilliance over so many years is unmatched, and her range has always been vast-from a plea to save a particular architectural treasure to an ongoing discussion about whether modern architecture is dead. Her keen eye and vivid writing have reinforced to readers how important architecture is and why it continues to be both controversial and fascinating. Since so much of her writing has been in newspapers, it has quickly become unavailable to her many fans. On Architecture will bring together her best work from the New York Times, New York Review of Books, her more recent essays in the Wall Street Journal, and her various books. She is personally selecting and organizing the pieces into sections like "Art and Culture" and "The Art of Architecture," and is revising them as needed to bring them up to date. Whether you love modern architecture or desire a return to Beaux Arts design, this book will give you insight into the mind and heart of a critic who has artfully brought the discussion of architecture, architects and our environment to readers for five decades.

Creating Vibrant Communities

Creating Vibrant Communities [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1925635333
Author: Dean Landy
Publisher: Global Publishing
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Creating Vibrant Communities questions how, as our population continues to grow, can we leave future generations with healthy, sustainable and liveable communities. In an effort to understand these challenges the book briefly reflects on the broad health, transport, employment and social challenges confronting communities and people today. While acknowledging much of the current discussion is focussed on cities, Creating Vibrant Communities concentrates on Australia’s newest communities, those stretching out to the urban fringe, where the majority of our population growth is being accommodated. Creating Vibrant Communities is an idea, a network, a manifesto and a practical guide. It sets out a process encouraging a more considered, strategic and collaborative approach to development, ensuring we are creating the healthy, vibrant and sustainable communities where people love to live and are proud to call home. The book draws on research, professional practice, case studies and a wide variety of experts and thoughts leaders to help inform and create a holistic ‘new community’ development process, referred to as the TRIBUS: Community Evolution Process. TRIBUS is a three phase methodology to assist in the creation of more vibrant communities, setting measurable goals and targets to establish a vision, deliver desired outcomes and seed community life. The TRIBUS process is a unique and practical tool designed to capture 18 key elements that contribute to creating vibrant, healthy and sustainable communities. Creating Vibrant Communities challenges current urban development practices and advocates for the creation of shared value for developers, governments and communities alike.

The Architecture Portfolio Guidebook

The Architecture Portfolio Guidebook [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1351850113
Author: Vincent Hui
Publisher: Routledge
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The Architecture Portfolio Guidebook by Vincent Hui Book Resume:

The Architecture Portfolio Guidebook shows you how to make portfolios for both academic and professional needs to provide reviewers exactly what they are looking for. In school, architecture curricula nurture the knowledge and skills to develop design work to varying levels of presentation. In the profession, those skills are further developed and applied in the creation of the built environment. In both contexts, a portfolio is a core component for admission and advancement. This book provides key strategies to: • develop an understanding of the unique needs of professional and academic organizations; • identify applicants’ key differentiators; • highlight how applicants present themselves in their portfolios to address institutional needs; • create successful reinforcing documentation; • communicate using portfolios. Rather than proposing generic solutions, this book details the successful practices for portfolio creation by addressing portfolio creation academically and professionally. Supporting insights and examples from leading academics and architects from around the world reinforce the themes presented in this guidebook. An ideal read for students and professionals of architecture, landscape architecture, interior design, and urban design, looking to advance their studies and careers.

Architecture and Spectacle: A Critique

Architecture and Spectacle: A Critique [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1351957430
Author: Gevork Hartoonian
Publisher: Routledge
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Architecture and Spectacle: A Critique by Gevork Hartoonian Book Resume:

Focusing on six leading contemporary architects: Peter Eisenman, Frank Gehry, Bernard Tschumi, Zaha Hadid, Rem Koolhaas and Steven Holl, this book puts forward a unique and insightful analysis of "neo-avant-garde" architecture. It discusses the spectacle and excess which permeates contemporary architecture in reference to the present aesthetic tendency for image making, but does so by applying the tectonic of theatricality discussed by the 19th-century German architect Gottfried Semper. In doing so, it breaks new ground by opening up a dialogue between the study of the past and the design of the present. The work of each discussed architect is seen as addressing a historiographical problem. To this end, and this is the second important aspect of this book, the chosen buildings are discussed in terms of the thematic of the culture of building (the tectonic of column and wall for example) rather the formal, and this through a discussion that is informed by the latest available theories. Having set the aesthetic implication of the processes of the digitalization of architecture, the book's conclusion highlights "strategies" by which architecture might postpone the full consequences of digitalization, and thus the becoming of architecture as ornament on its own right.

Continuous Architecture

Continuous Architecture [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0128032855
Author: Murat Erder,Pierre Pureur
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann
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Continuous Architecture by Murat Erder,Pierre Pureur Book Resume:

Continuous Architecture provides a broad architectural perspective for continuous delivery, and describes a new architectural approach that supports and enables it. As the pace of innovation and software releases increases, IT departments are tasked to deliver value quickly and inexpensively to their business partners. With a focus on getting software into end-users hands faster, the ultimate goal of daily software updates is in sight to allow teams to ensure that they can release every change to the system simply and efficiently. This book presents an architectural approach to support modern application delivery methods and provide a broader architectural perspective, taking architectural concerns into account when deploying agile or continuous delivery approaches. The authors explain how to solve the challenges of implementing continuous delivery at the project and enterprise level, and the impact on IT processes including application testing, software deployment and software architecture. Covering the application of enterprise and software architecture concepts to the Agile and Continuous Delivery models Explains how to create an architecture that can evolve with applications Incorporates techniques including refactoring, architectural analysis, testing, and feedback-driven development Provides insight into incorporating modern software development when structuring teams and organizations

Architecture for the Poor

Architecture for the Poor [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0226239144
Author: Hassan Fathy
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
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Architecture for the Poor by Hassan Fathy Book Resume:

Architecture for the Poor describes Hassan Fathy's plan for building the village of New Gourna, near Luxor, Egypt, without the use of more modern and expensive materials such as steel and concrete. Using mud bricks, the native technique that Fathy learned in Nubia, and such traditional Egyptian architectural designs as enclosed courtyards and vaulted roofing, Fathy worked with the villagers to tailor his designs to their needs. He taught them how to work with the bricks, supervised the erection of the buildings, and encouraged the revival of such ancient crafts as claustra (lattice designs in the mudwork) to adorn the buildings.

The Architect's Apprentice

The Architect's Apprentice [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0698182626
Author: Elif Shafak
Publisher: Penguin
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The Architect's Apprentice by Elif Shafak Book Resume:

A colorful, magical tale set during the height of the Ottoman Empire, from the acclaimed author of The Island of Missing Trees (a Reese's Book Club Pick) Chosen for Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall’s “Reading Room” Book Club In this novel, Turkey’s preeminent female writer spins an epic tale spanning nearly a century in the life of the Ottoman Empire. In 1540, twelve-year-old Jahan arrives in Istanbul. As an animal tamer in the sultan’s menagerie, he looks after the exceptionally smart elephant Chota and befriends (and falls for) the sultan’s beautiful daughter, Princess Mihrimah. A palace education leads Jahan to Mimar Sinan, the empire’s chief architect, who takes Jahan under his wing as they construct (with Chota’s help) some of the most magnificent buildings in history. Yet even as they build Sinan’s triumphant masterpieces—the incredible Suleymaniye and Selimiye mosques—dangerous undercurrents begin to emerge, with jealousy erupting among Sinan’s four apprentices. A memorable story of artistic freedom, creativity, and the clash between science and fundamentalism, Shafak’s intricate novel brims with vibrant characters, intriguing adventure, and the lavish backdrop of the Ottoman court, where love and loyalty are no match for raw power.

A House in the Sun

A House in the Sun [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0199394032
Author: Daniel A. Barber
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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A House in the Sun by Daniel A. Barber Book Resume:

A House in the Sun describes a number of experiments in solar house heating in American architectural, engineering, political, economic, and corporate contexts from the beginning of World War II until the late 1950s. Houses were built across the Midwest, Northeast, and Southwestern United States, and also proposed for sites in India, South Africa, and Morocco. These experiments developed in parallel to transformations in the discussion of modern architecture, relying on new materials and design ideas for both energy efficiency and claims to cultural relevance. Architects were among the myriad cultural and scientific actors to see the solar house as an important designed element of the American future. These experiments also developed as part of a wider analysis of the globe as an interconnected geophysical system. Perceived resource limitations in the immediate postwar period led to new understandings of the relationship between energy, technology and economy. The solar house - both as a charged object in the milieu of suburban expansion, and as a means to raise the standard of living in developing economies - became an important site for social, technological, and design experimentation. This led to new forms of expertise in architecture and other professions. Daniel Barber argues that this mid-century interest in solar energy was one of the first episodes in which resource limitations were seen as an opportunity for design to attain new relevance for potential social and cultural transformations. Furthermore, the solar discussion established both an intellectual framework and a funding structure for the articulation of and response to global environmental concerns in subsequent decades. In presenting evidence of resource tensions at the beginning of the Cold War, the book offers a new perspective on the histories of architecture, technology, and environmentalism, one more fully entangled with the often competing dynamics of geopolitical and geophysical pressures.

Architecture and Feminisms

Architecture and Feminisms [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 135139620X
Author: Hélène Frichot,Catharina Gabrielsson,Helen Runting
Publisher: Routledge
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Architecture and Feminisms by Hélène Frichot,Catharina Gabrielsson,Helen Runting Book Resume:

Set against the background of a ‘general crisis’ that is environmental, political and social, this book examines a series of specific intersections between architecture and feminisms, understood in the plural. The collected essays and projects that make up the book follow transversal trajectories that criss-cross between ecologies, economies and technologies, exploring specific cases and positions in relation to the themes of the archive, control, work and milieu. This collective intellectual labour can be located amidst a worldwide depletion of material resources, a hollowing out of political power and the degradation of constructed and natural environments. Feminist positions suggest ways of ethically coping with a world that is becoming increasingly unstable and contested. The many voices gathered here are united by the task of putting critical concepts and feminist design tools to use in order to offer experimental approaches to the creation of a more habitable world. Drawing inspiration from the active archives of feminist precursors, existing and re-imagined, and by way of a re-engagement in the histories, theories and projected futures of critical feminist projects, the book presents a collection of twenty-three essays and eight projects, with the aim of taking stock of our current condition and re-engaging in our precarious environment-worlds.

Unlearning Architecture

Unlearning Architecture [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1664153993
Author: Cengiz Yetken
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
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Unlearning Architecture by Cengiz Yetken Book Resume:

About the Book Louis I. Kahn (1901–1974) was one of the most prolific architects of the twentieth century. He taught architecture at Yale University and the University of Pennsylvania. He designed and built public and institutional projects in the United States and abroad. His buildings are treasured by architects, educators, and the public, and have received accolades, national and international recognition, and awards in architecture. Book Description The book traces Kahn’s approach to architectural design through his poetic phrases uttered in class, and it examines these as guidelines to establish a basic road map for architecture. Accompanied by concept sketches and photographs that describe Kahn’s buildings in a personal light, Yetken walks us through buildings and recalls anecdotes, comments, and stories from Kahn’s class and office. The approach to the subject matter is new. It is a fresh look at Louis Kahn. It doesn’t repeat things that have already been written or said. It conveys the dynamism of Kahn in academic and professional practice environments. This book offers a brand-new context for understanding Kahn’s philosophical views, deciphering his poetic musings as they relate to the actual design processes that took place in his class and in his office, in particular, based on the personal involvement of the author with the particular project. This is also an immigrant story—the coming-of-age of a young architect, from modest beginnings in his native Turkey, to a transformative intellectual and professional journey in America, and above all, to a successful career inspired by someone with greatness. Contribution and Readership The book is different from comparable architectural books. It is written in nonacademic, readable, and easily understandable language. It is the only book on the subject that describes how Kahn guided his students and his staff. It explains how he structured his approach, how he described architecture to his students and his coworkers in his office, and how he envisioned the role architects should play in society. The book will be helpful and appealing to a broad potential readership, such as students of architecture, art, and design; teachers of these disciplines; scholars of Louis Kahn and American architecture in general; practicing architects; and anyone interested in the creative design process.

Reconstruction and Restoration of Architectural Heritage 2021

Reconstruction and Restoration of Architectural Heritage 2021 [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 100050400X
Author: Sergey Sementsov,Alexander Leontyev,Huerta Santiago
Publisher: CRC Press
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Reconstruction and Restoration of Architectural Heritage 2021 by Sergey Sementsov,Alexander Leontyev,Huerta Santiago Book Resume:

Reconstruction and Restoration of Architectural Heritage 2021 presents contributions on various aspects of the study, protection and restoration of architectural monuments and on the reconstruction of major historical urban development sites. Moreover, various complex and problematic aspects of engineering reconstruction of monuments are discussed. A wide range of issues is considered in the process of preserving historical heritage, including: the historical formation of buildings, construction and territories; the conservation, reconstruction and restoration of buildings and constructions; the transformation of historical spaces and areas. parallels and features in the development of urban planning, architecture and construction art in Russia and Spain the fate and work of Augustine Augustinovich Betancourt This collection of papers combines contributions about the history and restoration of many of the largest nature reserves, estates, cities and monuments. It is intended for academics and professionals involved in the history and restoration of nature reserves, estates, cities and monuments.

The Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects

The Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0307432394
Author: Giorgio Vasari
Publisher: Modern Library
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The Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects by Giorgio Vasari Book Resume:

A painter and architect in his own right, Giorgio Vasari (1511-74) achieved immortality for this book on the lives of his fellow Renaissance artists, first published in Florence in 1550. Although he based his work on a long tradition of biographical writing, Vasari infused these literary portraits with a decidedly modern form of critical judgment. The result is a work that remains to this day the cornerstone of art historical scholarship. Spanning the period from the thirteenth century to Vasari’s own time, the Lives opens a window on the greatest personalities of the period, including Giotto, Brunelleschi, Mantegna, Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo, and Titian. This Modern Library edition, abridged from the original text with notes drawn from earlier commentaries, as well as current research, reminds us why The Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects is indispensable to any student interested in Renaissance art.

Le Corbusier, the Dishonest Architect

Le Corbusier, the Dishonest Architect [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 152750736X
Author: Malcolm Millais
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
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Le Corbusier, the Dishonest Architect by Malcolm Millais Book Resume:

This is not a book for architects, but for all those that have suffered, consciously and unconsciously, from modern architecture and have wondered how it came about. This was largely due to one man, an architect called Le Corbusier. For some he was a genius, but the truth is he was a sham, a fake, a charlatan whose only gift was for self-publicity. He was the most influential architect of the second half of the twentieth century; his influence overwhelmed the architectural profession on a global scale, who swallowed his publicity whole, and still hold him in awe. For the rest of the world, the mere mortals, his influence was disastrous, as traditional buildings were destroyed and replaced by featureless boxes of varying sizes, imposing a dreariness hitherto unimagined. As usual, it was the poor who suffered most as they were herded into tower-blocks. These were often grouped into estates that ringed many towns and cities, which then degenerated into high-rise slums with all the well-known attendant social problems. This book exposes the myths that surround Le Corbusier, detailing the endless failures of his proposals and his projects. These were due to his profound dishonesty, both as a person and as an architect. His legacy was an architectural profession that believed, and still believe, they were designing buildings based on logic, functionality and honesty whereas they were doing the opposite.