The Elements of Architecture

The Elements of Architecture : From Form to Place

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This is a comprehensive analysis of the whole architecural phenomenon. It includes logical and methodical extraction of general principles from the prevailing pluralism of approaches. The author reveals his conviction that every building ought to be construed as an occasion for adding to the continuous articulation of the human habitat. He is severly critical of buildings that display the ego of the client and competitive prowess of the designer.
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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 205.74 x 213.36 x 38.1mm | 476.27g
  • Spon Press
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English, French
  • bibliography, iconographic references
  • 0747600147
  • 9780747600145

Table of contents

Part 1 Openings: the window in crisis; in search of universal principles; an introduction to the study of architecture. Part 2 Phenomena of perception: the pleasure of looking at, listening to, feeling, touching and moving through architecture; seeing and noticing. Part 3 Order and disorder: inevitable order; factors of coherence; from order to chaos; regularity and irregularity. Part 4 Measure and balance: anthropomorphism and architecture; fascination with number and proportion; balance. Part 5 Fabric and object: town and monuments; composition of the object; the object - faces, corners, relationship to ground and sky; first interlude. Part 6 Space; elements of spatial definition; depths of space; openings of space; densities of space; openings of space; spatial juxtaposition and interpenetrations; geometry of plans, sections and spaces; light and shade; floor wall and ceiling; second interlude. Part 7 Place: the site; limits and thresholds; from one place to the next - path and orientation; the place for identity. Part 8 Form and the nature of materials: truth or untruth; materials have their own propensities.
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