Experiencing Architecture

Experiencing Architecture

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By (author) Steen Eiler Rasmussen

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  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Format: Paperback | 245 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 201mm x 18mm | 272g
  • Publication date: 1 January 1962
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge, Mass.
  • ISBN 10: 0262680025
  • ISBN 13: 9780262680028
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: facsimiles, plans
  • Sales rank: 34,938

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Profusely illustrated with fine instances of architectural experimentation through the centuries, Experiencing Architecture manages to convey the intellectual excitement of superb design. From teacups, riding boots, golf balls, and underwater sculpture to the villas of Palladio and the fish-feeding pavilion of the Peking Winter Palace, the author ranges over the less-familiar byways of designing excellence. At one time, writes Rasmussen, "the entire community tool part in forming the dwellings and implements they used. The individual was in fruitful contact with these things; the anonymous houses were built with a natural feeling for place, materials and use and the result was a remarkably suitable comeliness. Today, in our highly civilized society, the houses which ordinary people are doomed to live in and gaze upon are on the whole without quality. We cannot, however, go back to the old method of personally supervised handicrafts. We must strive to advance by arousing interest in and understanding of the work the architect does. The basis of competent professionalism is a sympathetic and knowledgeable group of amateurs, of non-professional art lovers."

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Steen Rasmussen is a Professor in Physics at the University of Southern Denmark, the Director of the Center for Fundamental Living Technologies (FLinT) and an External Research Professor at the Santa Fe Institute New Mexico, USA.

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A book of great charm and broad understanding. ...so lucid and clear that every layman and beginner will be able to understand and to enjoy it.

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Profusely illustrated with fine instances of architectural experimentation through the centuries, Experiencing Architecture manages to convey the intellectual excitement of superb design. From teacups, riding boots, golf balls, and underwater sculpture to the villas of Palladio and the fish-feeding pavilion of the Peking Winter Palace, the author ranges over the less-familiar by-ways of designing excellence.