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Heavenly Mansions : and Other Essays on Architecture

By: Summerson, John Bloomer, Kent(Introduction by)

0393318575 / 9780393318579
Paperback / softback
728.8
17/10/1998
Stock expected by 20/09/2020
United States
137 x 203 mm, 334 grams 272 pages, Photographs and plans
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A classic of architectural history and theory, Heavenly Mansions interprets architecture as a reflection of the age in which it flowers, and traces the alternating themes of fantasy and functionalism as exemplified in various styles and in the works of a number of influential men, including Wren, Viollet-le-Duc, William Butterfield, and Le Corbusier.

Succinctly summarizing 800 years of viewpoints about architecture, it ranges from Gothic architecture to the Renaissance to the influence of modern abstract art on twentieth-century architecture. "Each essay is a voyage of discovery. What is so interesting and what makes Mr. Summerson the architectural critic of his generation . . . is [an] aversion to dogma. . . . It is supremely well worth reading."-Spectator

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