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Experiencing Architecture [Kindle Edition]

Steen Eiler Rasmussen
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Profusely illustrated with fine instances of architectural experimentation through the centuries, Experiencing Architecture manages to convey the intellectual excitement of superb design. From teacups, riding boots, golf balls, and underwater sculpture to the villas of Palladio and the fish-feeding pavilion of the Peking Winter Palace, the author ranges over the less-familiar byways of designing excellence.At one time, writes Rasmussen, "the entire community tool part in forming the dwellings and implements they used. The individual was in fruitful contact with these things; the anonymous houses were built with a natural feeling for place, materials and use and the result was a remarkably suitable comeliness. Today, in our highly civilized society, the houses which ordinary people are doomed to live in and gaze upon are on the whole without quality. We cannot, however, go back to the old method of personally supervised handicrafts. We must strive to advance by arousing interest in and understanding of the work the architect does. The basis of competent professionalism is a sympathetic and knowledgeable group of amateurs, of non-professional art lovers."

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A book of great charm and broad understanding. lucid and clear that every layman and beginner will be able to understand and to enjoy it.

About the Author

Steen Eiler Flint is Scientific Team Leader for Self-Organizing Systems at Los Alamos National Laboratory and Professor of Physics and Director of the Center for Fundamental Living Technologies (FLinT) at the University of Southern Denmark. He is also an an External Research Professor at the Santa Fe Institute.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 7243 KB
  • Print Length: 245 pages
  • Publisher: The MIT Press; 2 edition (15 Mar. 1964)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002W05XRG
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #245,440 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars After Lego 16 July 1998
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Experiencing Architecture was a basic text in my first year of design school; the principles that I learned from it have followed me ever since.
Rasmussen takes the visual world apart and taught me to see things in their simplest forms. His commentaries on form, texture, and massing heightened my appreciation for all forms of design; his discussion of color--for one who is colorblind--provided a life-long guidedog.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who wanted to pioneer the Lego curriculum at university--
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5.0 out of 5 stars My first introduction to architecture 31 Mar. 2014
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Years ago I wanted to learn something about architecture. I've always been interested in buildings: the beauty and the technology behind. This book served the purpose of giving an introduction and explanation of the basic concepts very well. It managed to answer the why and how questions on different levels of scale, as well in details as in general concepts. Most important of all it enforced my appreciation of architecture as a vital and interesting piece of art. Now having read tens of books more on the subject, I would still choose this one as the book to begin with.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book 24 Feb. 2014
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Wonderful book, read it. Anyone interested in why buildings can be exciting, or why buildings can be atrocities (in lumpen, lightless degradation) read this book: this book is a passionate essay on beauty.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good 14 Aug. 2013
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The book is informative however it is a little wordy and not very interesting, i would recommend it to architecture students or those who are studying architectural history
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5.0 out of 5 stars essential architectural reading 5 Dec. 2001
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combining both a sensual and analytical appraisal, this book communicates the aesthetic values by which this author believes architecture can be comprehended. An optimistic book predating the excess of postmodernism and strong on sensitivity.
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