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Architecture: A Very Short Introduction
Very Short Introductions
This highly original and sophisticated look at architecture helps us to understand the cultural significance of the buildings that surround us. It avoids the traditional style-spotting approach in favour of giving an idea of what it is about buildings that moves us, and what it is that makes them important artistically and culturally. The book begins by looking at how architecture acquires meaning through tradition, and concludes with the exoticism of the recent
avant garde. Illustrations of particular buildings help to anchor the general points with specific examples, from ancient Egypt to the present day.
ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
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will justify the ambition of every young and aspiring architect - but will also stimulate anyone at all curious about buildings ... Clear and jargon-less it shows how all buildings - good, bad and indifferent - are the truest indicators of the state of a society and of its culture. * Joseph Rykwert, University of Pennsylvania * There is really no better book out there. Ballantyne is a beautiful stylist, and the book combines intellegence with a completely beguiling wruterly style. * Sunday Herald (Glasgow) * an excellent introduction to architecture ... one to recommend to students, friends and family, which is quite an achievement! * Robert Tavernor, University of Bath * a densely fascinating guide * Steven Poole, The Guardian Review *