Uncommon Structures, Unconventional Builders by Alan Van Dine
Here are the amazing, enlightening, fully illustrated stories of the most remarkable constructions of human history. Seventeen vividly written, lively, and detailed chronicles of our most ambitious and legendary building projects, how they were launched with vision and high hopes, and the many twists and turns they took as they came into being. Wide-ranging in scope, encompassing a myriad of cultures, time periods and building materials - and even venturing into the animal kingdom, in the case of the uniquely constructed birds' nests - this book is full of human ingenuity and vision as well as adventures in engineering and architecture. Sir Christopher Wren; Ireland's Curious Towers; Tower of Babel; Designs for the Haunted House; Lost City of the Incas; Birds' Nests; Petra; High Gothic; Great Wall of China; Heorot - Home of Beowulf; Igloos; Cabins & Cottages; Neolithic Houses; Shakespeare's Globe; Vaux-le-Vicomte, Fouquet's Folly; Jericho; Colossus of Rhodes; Fully illustrated with full colour and black-and-white photography, historic drawings and plans, fine art and line drawings. A celebration of architectural vision and achievement, of lateral thinking to overcome technical problems.