Surveying Western architecture from its classical origins, the author aims to show architectural history as a living continuity rather than a museum of neatly labelled styles. This edition carries an additional section covering architectural developments of the last decade.
Surveying Western architecture from its classical origins, the author aims to show architectural history as a living continuity rather than a museum of neatly labelled styles. The validity of the classical language of architecture as the connecting thread of the Western tradition is emphasized. This edition of the study includes a section entititled "Architecture for the Millennium" which discusses both hi-tech architecture, such as that by Foster and also Rogers with hybrid, postmodernist expressions such as the National Theatre in Barcelona by Ricardo Bofill. The need for architectural scholarship to respond to a continuing historical legacy is discussed in the preface.
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The classical foundation: Greek, Hellenistic, Roman; early Christian and Byzantine; Carolingian and Romanesque; the Gothic experiment; Renaissance harmony; Baroque expansion; 18th century classicism; the 19th century; art noveau; the 20th century.
A History of Western Architecture by David Watkin
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