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Why Architecture Matters

Why Architecture Matters
  

A guide to the styles or an architectural dictionary, though it contains elements of all three. It helps to 'come to grips with how things feel to us when we stand before them, with how architecture affects us emotionally as well as intellectually' - with its impact on our lives.

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ISBN 9780300168174
Barcode 9780300168174
Published 15 March 2011 by Yale University Press
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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Author(s) By Goldberger, Paul
Series Why X Matters
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ISBN-13 9780300168174
ISBN-10 0300168179
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced (OOS locally); ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Yale University Press
Imprint Yale University Press
Publication Date 15 March 2011
International Publication Date 29 March 2011
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Goldberger, Paul
Series Why X Matters
Category Theory Of Architecture
Number of Pages 304
Dimensions Width: 133mm
Height: 197mm
Spine: 21mm
Weight 295g
Interest Age 14+ years
Reading Age 14+ years
Library of Congress Architecture and society, Architecture - Psychological aspects
NBS Text Architecture
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 720.103
Catalogue Code 180710

Description of this Book

Why Architecture Matters is not a work of architectural history or a guide to the styles or an architectural dictionary, though it contains elements of all three. The purpose of Why Architecture Matters is to come to grips with how things feel to us when we stand before them, with how architecture affects us emotionally as well as intellectually --with its impact on our lives. Architecture begins to matter, writes Paul Goldberger, when it brings delight and sadness and perplexity and awe along with a roof over our heads. He shows us how that works in examples ranging from a small Cape Cod cottage to the vast, flowing Prairie houses of Frank Lloyd Wright, from the Lincoln Memorial to the highly sculptural Guggenheim Bilbao and the Church of Sant'Ivo in Rome, where simple geometries . . . create a work of architecture that embraces the deepest complexities of human imagination. Based on decades of looking at buildings and thinking about how we experience them, the distinguished critic raises our awareness of fundamental things like proportion, scale, space, texture, materials, shapes, light, and memory. Upon completing this remarkable architectural journey, readers will enjoy a wonderfully rewarding new way of seeing and experiencing every aspect of the built world.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review 'Why Architecture Matters reminds us that in a democratic capitalist society, the only sure guarantee that we will get good architecture is if we shake off our ignorance and start to take a personal interest in the design of our neighbourhoods. Here is a succinct, lyrical and heartfelt book that celebrates the best works of architecture and points the way to being able to build more of it in the world today. There are so many guides to the world of art, so few to the world of architecture. This is among the very best.' (Alain de Botton, author of The Architecture of Happiness) 'Paul Goldberger is America's preeminent public critic of architecture, and his wise, compassionate Why Architecture Matters sums up a lifetime spent exploring, reflecting and writing... Goldberger does not prescribe solutions but argues passionately that architecture must continue to define our place in the world in a way that startles us and comforts us at the same time.' (Kirk Savage, The Washington Post)
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 2 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Paul Goldberger is the architecture critic for The New Yorker and has written the magazine's celebrated Sky Line column since 1997. He also holds the Joseph Urban Chair in Design and Architecture at The New School in Manhattan. He began his career at The New York Times, where he received a Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Criticism. Visit the author's website: www.paulgoldberger.com

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