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The House By Stephen Gardiner

The House by Stephen Gardiner

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Summary

This text shows how the collapse of traditional values since World War II has been mirrored by the new architectural emphasis on materialism, bringing a disregard for the lessons of the past, and a loss of contact, both with human requirements and with nature as a source of inspiration.

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The House: Its Origins and Evolution by Stephen Gardiner

The new edition of Stephen Gardiner's highly readable history of the house comes at a time of crisis in domestic architecture. The author clearly shows how the collapse of traditional values since the Second World War has been mirrored by the new architectural emphasis on materialism, bringing a disregard for the lessons of the past, and a loss of contact, both with human requirements and with nature as a source of inspiration. He offers an enlightening overview of the development of house and home, since the caves of early man, and the rich profusion of indigenous styles that has since emerged, from huts of mud and reeds, Ziggurats, Chinese underground villages with sunken courtyards, multistoreyed tenements in Ancient Rome, Japanese designs that blend with nature, through the Palladian, Arts and Crafts and, more recently, the rediscovery of a more human scale, and the importance of the frame, in particular in the designs of Le Corbusier and Frank Lloyd Wright. After the later twentieth century's violent swings from tower blocks to Post-Modernism and neo-traditionalism we face a new danger, the creeping sprawl that is swallowing up much of our beautiful countryside. Recognising this threat, the author highlights a strand of hope, a vein of architectural excellence that runs through the chaotic post-war picture and points the way ahead.

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"* 'I enjoyed the book and I think it is valuable because of the enormous range of information presented so lucidly that the storyline is never lost...Stephen Gardiner is most readable, unpretentiously scholarly, and he moves through time with confidence and sound architectural judgement.' - Eric Lyons, Spectator

About Stephen Gardiner

Stephen Gardiner is an architect and writer who has been architectural critic for the London Magazine, the Spectator, and the Observer. His previous books include Le Corbusier and Kuwait: the Making of a City.

Additional information

GOR001393970
9781841192444
1841192449
The House: Its Origins and Evolution by Stephen Gardiner
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Little, Brown Book Group
2002-09-26
352
N/A
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