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The author's purpose is to set out as simply and vividly as possible the exact grammatical workings of an architectural language.Classical architecture is a visual "language" and like any other language has its own grammatical rules. Classical buildings as widely spaced in time as a Roman temple, an Italian Renaissance palace and a Regency house all show an awareness of thThe author's purpose is to set out as simply and vividly as possible the exact grammatical workings of an architectural language.Classical architecture is a visual "language" and like any other language has its own grammatical rules. Classical buildings as widely spaced in time as a Roman temple, an Italian Renaissance palace and a Regency house all show an awareness of these rules even if they vary them, break them or poetically contradict them. Sir Christopher Wren described them as the "Latin" of architecture and the analogy is almost exact. There is the difference, however, that whereas the learning of Latin is a slow and difficult business, the language of classical architecture is relatively simple. It is still, to a great extent, the mode of expression of our urban surroundings, since classical architecture was the common language of the western world till comparatively recent times. Anybody to whom architecture makes a strong appeal has probably already discovered something of its grammar for himself.In this book, the author's purpose is to set out as simply and vividly as possible the exact grammatical workings of this architectural language. He is less concerned with its development in Greece and Rome than with its expansion and use in the centuries since the Renaissance. He explains the vigorous discipline of "the orders" and the scope of "rustication"; the dramatic deviations of the Baroque and, in the last chapter, the relationship between the classical tradition and the "modern" architecture of today. The book is intended for anybody who cares for architecture but more specifically for students beginning a course in the history of architecture, to whom a guide to the classical rules will be an essential companion....

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ISBN : 9780262690126
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Number of Pages : 80 Pages
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  • Maryam Shahriari
    2019-03-22 11:53

    جان سامرسون تاریخ‌نگار معماری قرن بیستم بوده است که سال‌های سال هم کرسی تاریخ هنر دانشگاه آکسفورد و کامبریج را در اختیار داشته است. در این کتاب گفتارهایی از خود را که در سال 1963 در رادیو بی‌بی‌سی پخش شده است را جمع‌آوری و منتشر کرده است. سعی او بر این بوده که زبان معماری کلاسیک یونان و روم و تاثیرات آن بر دوران کلاسیک‌گرایی مدرن را به مخاطبش بفهماند. به نظرم خواندن این کتاب برای درک واقعیت آن چیزی که معماری کلاسیک غرب را ساخته مفید باشد. مخصوصاً که به زبان ساده هم نوشته شده. البته به درد آن دسته از مثلاً معمارهایی که دلشان می‌خواهد نماهای رومی آنچنانی طراحی کنند و پزش را به فک و فامیل‌شان بدهند هم می‌خورد. حداقل می‌فهمند اصل کلاسیک رومی یعنی چه!‏یکشنبه 15 تیر 93تهران

  • Mana H
    2019-03-30 04:12

    سامرسون انگار دستت را گرفته باشد در شهرهای اروپایی بگرداند از پاریس تا رم و آتن و لندن و معماری کلاسیک غرب را در تک تک بناها نشانت بدهد، ستون‌ها و سرستون‌ها را برایت بشمرد، کاری کند که مثل یک زبان مرده، قواعد معماری کلاسیک را یاد بگیری. البته وقتی رسیدی اخر کتاب، بدانی که هیچ نمی‌دانی از معماری کلاسیک

  • fran
    2019-04-07 11:52

    I read this for my history of architecture course, and despite the eurocentric view, it's just a fun read (if you're an architecture student who is fond of classical architecture and hearing it be described to you floats your boat).

  • Magdalena
    2019-04-10 09:09

    Summerson's six radio lectures about architecture is a short read, very easy to follow. It guides the Orders through the Renaissance, Mannerism, Baroque, Neo-Classical, and Modern architecture, briefly explaining some of the greatest works and architects form these periods. The premise being that classical values lie in the harmonious relationships of parts, it is important to know why and how this ideal has sustained itself over time.The book seems to skim over the surface of the matter, but still required background familiarity with the Orders (Tuscan, Doric, Ionic, Corinthian, Composite/Italian). The book works well as an introduction to classical architecture and its values and shifts over time, but it is by no means a stand-alone kind of book. Also, probably since these lectures were broadcasted by the BBC, there is a lot of emphasis on British architects and buildings. Three stars. I will never understand books on architecture that have tiny greyscale images, all pushed to the last pages of the book. Thank the heavens for Google Images.

  • Constance
    2019-03-22 04:48

    This is a good intro to classical architecture. However, it's a little too Brit-centric, which is forgivable since it was originally a BBC radio broadcast. Sometimes the author forgets that he's addressing a non-architectural public, so those college days sitting in an architectural history course definitely came in handy. But, with google images nowadays, I think a novice could work through this book and walk away with a keener eye for classical motifs.

  • Tomas
    2019-03-31 11:06

    O livro só peca pela constante necessidade de trocar de página para observar as figuras que o texto faz referência. O movimento moderno é avaliado muito precocemente o que torna seu texto pobre, além de cometer o erro de tentar estabelecer relação entre a linguagem classica e moderna, tendo a felicidade de não cometer o mesmo erro com o gótico.

  • Uaba
    2019-04-10 07:51

    I read it in Portuguese. It's the best book about Classical Language on Architecture. It's clear, succint and easy to read. It goes from the first civilizations to use that form of expression, to the latest.

  • Anibal
    2019-04-15 05:49

    La arquitectura es un lenguaje que no se oye, sino que se ve. En este libro se te habla sobre la esencia (simetria, orden, columnas, innovadores clasicos y modernos...) del clasicismo, uno de los dialectos mas puros de la arquitectura.

  • Jason Copenhaver
    2019-03-31 06:50

    So far out of my depth.

  • Guo
    2019-03-25 11:54

    an comprehensive introduction to the architecture between renaissance and late Baroque

  • Othelie
    2019-04-19 09:49

    A surprisingly witty book about architecture. Very British, both in language and in the buildings chosen for comparison to other European buildings.

  • Alper
    2019-03-29 08:54

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  • Ally
    2019-03-27 06:59

    Really useful for the course I was studying in classical architecture.

  • Lukas
    2019-03-23 08:15

    i think this good book

  • Giosmeri
    2019-04-03 11:13

    Interessante e scritto molto bene

  • Saiid Abdul Baqi
    2019-04-11 04:06

    A true masterpiece about classical architecture that spans antiquity to 19th century European and American architecture.

  • Richard Baker
    2019-04-03 03:52

    This is a brilliant book: unpretentiously erudite, pleasantly concise, quietly enthusiastic.

  • Khenan Bragador
    2019-03-25 10:06

    easy to read and very interesting

  • Andrew Rodda
    2019-04-04 11:51

    A easily read narrative for the understanding of interpreting historic buildings. Read twice many years apart, and found it surprisingly still engaging.