Adventures in Architecture
Dan takes us to the buildings he believes have changed the world, revealing how in truly great buildings function, material and purpose connect to all other parts of life - showing how architecture is the richest and most complex of man's artistic endeavours. Do his chosen buildings live up to expectation, or does he find disappointment and lost ideals? Architecture is an art, a science and a craft. But buildings also have to fulfil a function, cater for human use, withstand the forces of nature, and be built to a budget. Dan considers all these aspects as he looks at places, some well known, many less so, as varied as the Catherine Palace in St Petersburg, the Minaret of Jam in Afghanistan, the Hanging Temple in Shanxi in China, Astana in Kazakhstan, Brasilia, Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria, the Lupanare Brothels in Pompeii, and the building of an igloo, man's earliest exercise in the creation of shelter, in Greenland.
- Paperback | 368 pages
- 128 x 196 x 24mm | 340.19g
- 07 Apr 2009
- Orion Publishing Co
- Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
- London, United Kingdom
"A keen sense of irony and social injustice accompanies each journey as he notes how the igloo is under threat and the Quakers' idea of prison didn't quite work out for the best." BIG ISSUE IN THE NORTH
About Dan Cruickshank
Dan Cruickshank is a regular presenter on the BBC best known for his popular BBC2 series which include MARVELS OF THE MODERN AGE and THE LOST WORLD OF FRIESE-GREEENE. He is one of Britain's leading architectural and historic building experts, and is an active member of the Georgian Group and the Architectural Panel of the National Trust.