World Architecture

World Architecture : A Cross-Cultural History

3.99 (484 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author)  , By (author) 

Free delivery worldwide

Available. Dispatched from the UK in 2 business days
When will my order arrive?

Description

Spiro Kostof's groundbreaking work, A History of Architecture: Settings and Rituals, helped to reshape the study of architectural history. His book extended beyond the discussion of great monuments to find connections with ordinary dwellings, urbanism, and different cultures from around the world. World Architecture: A Cross-Cultural History is an entirely new, student-friendly text by Richard Ingersoll. Building on Kostof's global vision and social context, Ingersoll integrates extensive coverage of world and contemporary architecture in order to provide the most comprehensive survey in the field. Presented chronologically, each chapter now focuses on three unique architectural cultures, which gives instructors the flexibility to choose which traditions are the most relevant to their courses. The text also provides students with numerous pedagogical tools, including timelines, comparative maps, a glossary, and text boxes devoted to social factors and specific issues in technology and philosophy. The result is a comprehensive method for understanding and appreciating the history, cultural significance, and beauty of architecture from around the world. FEATURES * Stunning full-color visuals: More than 750 color photographs, hundreds of original graphics, drawings, and maps, and meticulous diagrams demonstrate how classic buildings were created * Helpful learning and study tools: New timelines, chapter introductions, text boxes with fascinating case studies, bibliographies, review questions, and a glossary help students identify key information and better prepare them for exams and class assignments * Free companion website resources (www.oup.com/us/ingersoll): Chapter summaries, review questions, self-exams, and Google Earth maps with the location of key structures further enhance the textshow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 832 pages
  • 224 x 276 x 36mm | 2,018.48g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Third ed.
  • 0195139577
  • 9780195139570
  • 176,965

About Richard Ingersoll

Richard Ingersoll teaches courses in Renaissance and contemporary art, architecture, and urbanism at Syracuse University in Florence, Italy. He was founding editor of Design Book Review and author of Sprawltown, Looking for the City on Its Edges (2006). Ingersoll received his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley, under the direction of Spiro Kostof. Spiro Kostof (1936-1991) was Professor of Architectural History at the University of California at Berkeley, President of the Society for Architectural Historians, and author of the pioneering work, A History of Architecture, Settings and Rituals. He hosted the 5-part television series "America by Design." He also wrote The City Shaped, Urban Patterns and Meanings Through History (1991), The City Assembled, The Elements of Urban Form Through History (co-authored with Greg Castillo, 1992), and edited The Architect, Chapters in the History of the Profession (1977).show more

Review quote

"Ingersoll has taken up the difficult challenge of updating Kostof's landmark text. The resulting text is comprehensive, inclusive, and insightful."--Mark Hinchman, College of Architecture, University of Nebraska, Lincoln"Ingersoll writes beautifully about the relationship among architecture, city development, and politics, weaving an instructive yet provocative narrative."--Nora Laos, G.D. Hines College of Architecture, University of Houston "Ingersoll has taken up the difficult challenge of updating Kostof's landmark text. The resulting text is comprehensive, inclusive, and insightful."--Mark Hinchman, College of Architecture, University of Nebraska, Lincoln"Ingersoll writes beautifully about the relationship among architecture, city development, and politics, weaving an instructive yet provocative narrative."--Nora Laos, G.D. Hines College of Architecture, University of Houstonshow more

Table of contents

CHAPTER 1. PREHISTORY ; 1.1 Architecture as a Second Nature: Sacred Caves and Primitive Huts ; 1.2 Vernacular Architecture: A Language of Mud, Logs, Hides, and Stones ; 1.3 Megaliths and Stone Circles: Building as Memory ; CHAPTER 2. 3000-1500 BCE ; 2.1 Cities of Mesopotamia: Mud, Gods, and Urbanism ; 2.2 Old Kingdom Egypt: Architecture for the Afterlife ; 2.3 The Indus Valley: Cities without Monuments ; CHAPTER 3. 1500-700 BCE ; 3.1 The Aegean in the Bronze Age: Labyrinths and Cyclopean Walls ; 3.2 New Kingdom Egypt: Axial Temples and Colossal Statues ; 3.3 Biblical Jerusalem: Architecture and Memory ; CHAPTER 4. 700-200 BCE ; 4.1 Southwest Asia and Achaemenid Persia: A Cycle of Empires ; 4.2 The Greek City-State: Classical Architecture at the Acropolis and the Agora ; 4.3 Mauryan India: Emblems of Peace in Stone ; CHAPTER 5. 200 BCE-300 CE ; 5.1 Ancient Rome: Governing through Architecture ; 5.2 Ancient China: The Pivot of the Cosmos in Mud and Wood ; 5.3 Ancient Mexico: Pyramids and Sacrifice ; CHAPTER 6. 300-600 ; 6.1 Early Christian Italy: The Inward Orientation of the Church ; 6.2 Byzantium: The Dome as an Act of Faith ; 6.3 Gupta India: Rock-Cut Architecture and the Art of Subtraction ; CHAPTER 7. 600-800 ; 7.1 The Spread of Islam: Hypostyle Mosques and Soaring Minarets ; 7.2 Tang China and East Asia: Gridded Capitals and Lofty Pagodas ; 7.3 The Maya of Central America: Reproducing the Mountain of Creation ; CHAPTER 8. 800-1200 ; 8.1 Southeast Asia and Southern India: Lived-in Models of Cosmic Order ; 8.2 Islamic Spain and Morocco: Interlacing Forms in al-Andalus and the Maghreb ; 8.3 Western Europe after the Roman Empire: Monks, Knights, and Pilgrims ; CHAPTER 9. 1200-1350 ; 9.1 The Mercantile Mediterranean: New Facades for Old Cities ; 9.2 Gothic Europe: The Fabric of the Great Cathedrals ; 9.3 Sub-Saharan Africa: Living Architecture ; CHAPTER 10. 1350-1500 ; 10.1 Humanist Italy: Public Spaces and Private Palaces of the Renaissance ; 10.2 Eastern Europe: From the Spirit of Wood to the Conventions of Masonry ; 10.3 Pre-Contact America: Empires of the Sun ; CHAPTER 11. 1500-1600 ; 11.1 China after 1000: The Mandate of Heaven Made to Last ; 11.2 The Ottoman Empire: A Culture of Local Symmetries ; 11.3 Papal Rome: The Fountainhead of Renaissance Classicism ; CHAPTER 12. 1600-1700 ; 12.1 Islamic Realms in Central Asia: The Dome of Power, the Garden of Paradise ; 12.2 Catholic Europe: The Settings of Absolutism ; 12.3 Edo Japan: Isolation from the World, Integration with Nature ; CHAPTER 13. 1700-1750 ; 13.1 Protestant Europe: An Architecture of Essentials ; 13.2 The Diffusion of the Baroque: Life as Theater ; 13.3 The American Colonies: Domination and Liberty on the Grid ; CHAPTER 14. 1750-1800 ; 14.1 The Picturesque: Landscapes of the Informal, the Exotic, and the Sublime ; 14.2 Enlightenment Europe: Theory, Revolution, and Architecture ; 14.3 Industry and Punishment: Factories and Warehouses, Prisons and Workhouses ; CHAPTER 15. 1800-1850 ; 15.1 After the Revolution: The Ideological Uses of Neoclassicism ; 15.2 The Gothic Revival: Antimodern and Proto-Nationalist ; 15.3 The New Iron Age: The Spread of Metal and Glass Technologies ; CHAPTER 16. 1850-1890 ; 16.1 The Rise of the Metropolis: Urbanism and the New Scale of Architecture ; 16.2 Lifestyles and House Form: Apartments, Row Houses, Bungalows, and Utopias ; 16.3 The Beaux-Arts: Eclecticism and Professionalism ; CHAPTER 17. 1890-1920 ; 17.1 Arts and Crafts: Design and the Dignity of Labor ; 17.2 The Twilight of Western Imperialism: Monuments to the White Man's Burden ; 17.3 Art Nouveau and the Search for Modern Form: Architecture without Precedents ; CHAPTER 18. 1920-1940 ; 18.1 American Skyscrapers and Automobiles: Mass Production Meets Individualism ; 18.2 European Modernisms: A Dialogue between Form and Function ; 18.3 Totalitarian Settings in Modern Europe: Architecture as Propaganda ; CHAPTER 19. 1940-1970 ; 19.1 The International Style and the Advent of the Welfare State ; 19.2 The Birth of the Third World: Experiments in Postcolonial Urbanism ; 19.3 The Expressionist Resurgence: Hybrids amid Mass Culture ; CHAPTER 20. AFTER 1970 ; 20.1 Postmodern Movements: Populism, Radicalism, and Irony ; 20.2 Multinational versus Multicultural Practice ; 20.3 Toward an Ecological Worldview: Architecture in the Age of Global Warmingshow more

Rating details

484 ratings
3.99 out of 5 stars
5 40% (194)
4 31% (149)
3 21% (100)
2 5% (25)
1 3% (16)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X